Welcome to Fanlore!

The Wiki team is pleased to announce the launch of the beta version of Fanlore!

Fanlore – [http://fanlore.org]

Fanlore is a wiki in which fans can share knowledge and interpretations of fan communities and their histories.

All fans are welcome to add both facts and experiences of fandom to the wiki. Together we hope to build a valuable resource that will serve many different purposes within fandom over the coming years.

To register as a contributor, visit the account creation page.

If you have never used a wiki before, or you’re not sure where to start with this one, the New Visitor Portal will help you. It contains shortcuts to handy links and explanations.

Our hard-working Wiki Volunteers and other OTW staffers have already made a start in seeding Fanlore with content, but we need your help to make the wiki flourish and grow.

What is Fanlore?

The mission of the Fanlore wiki is to engage fans from a wide variety of communities that create and enjoy fanworks, and to provide them with a platform to record and share their histories, experiences and traditions, for both themselves and others.

Currently, Fanlore is in beta, which means that we’re still working on the admin stuff — polishing up our policies, refining our logo and interface, developing the ways in which we hope to make the wiki as user-friendly as possible. You can find out more at Fanlore:Beta.

Fanlore’s policies are based on principles of diversity, multiplicity, and on the value of keeping a constantly-updated record of fans talking about fandom. The main way in which this will work is through the wiki’s Plural Point of View (PPOV) policy, which sets Fanlore apart from Wikipedia and its Neutral Point of View.

The Plural Point of View policy values each fannish voice; we recognise that there is no single history or “truth” in fandom, but many differing experiences, and we welcome each perspective and interpretation.

We want to make all of our policies as transparent and adaptable as possible. We have tried to provide examples, plain English guidance, and in-depth reasons for the choices we made. During the beta period we hope that you can give us feedback on whether we’re reaching these aims.

Get Involved

In addition to regular contributors, Fanlore needs Gardeners. These are the people who monitor, clean up and organize content, and generally make sure everything is running smoothly.

If you’re interested in becoming a Gardener, you can find out more on the Fanlore:Gardeners page.

We hope you will find Fanlore a useful resource as it continues to grow and evolve, whether you just pop by for a visit, decide to sign up and add your own perspective, or become a Gardener.

We can’t wait to see the awesomeness that grows within Fanlore’s pages, with your help, for all of us to share.

The Wiki Committee –

Hope (Chair)

If you have questions or feedback for the Wiki team, contact us at wiki@transformativeworks.org.


You have probably already noticed the new look of the website—we’ve moved from handwritten HTML to Drupal, an open-source content management system. We know everything may not be perfect yet—so take a look around and tell us what you think! We’d really love to know if you have ideas for improvements or can point out things that work differently than you expected. A complete introduction to the new site is coming soon!

Volunteer Search: Systems Committee Member

Job: Systems Committee Member

Description: Systems is looking for a few additional committee members to help with backend support, keeping the operating system and the application software up and running.

We are currently using Debian, but if you are otherwise competent with Unix, knowing Debian specifically isn’t a requirement. The software packages we administer are: Mailman, Apache2, Mongrel, Rails, Drupal, Mediawiki, Postfix, mySQL, Awstats, Nagios, Request Tracker, rsnapshot, S3Sync and Logwatch. Experience installing, configuring and troubleshooting any of these would be good—you need not know them all. Apache would be a huge bonus.

We are also looking for a systems architect. If you have experience in this area, please contact us!

Estimated Time Involved: You should figure an average of three hours a week, including a weekly chat meeting, but the works tends to come in bursts—nothing for a while, and then many things all at once. Obviously, the more people we have, the more we can spread tasks out, and reduce the workload for all.

The length of commitment is up to you, and we encourage staffers to take breaks from the Org when they need them.

How to Volunteer: Use our contact form to send us the following information:

Your name (you may provide your real name or your fannish name–please consider what you feel comfortable using both inside and outside the organization):

Your email address:

Applicable experience:

Please put “Systems Committee” in the subject line. Please do not include embedded links.

Send us your information by: This job remains open.

All volunteers will receive an email confirming their information has been received; please give us up to five days to reply.

Anyone can contact the Volunteers & Recruiting committee at any time by using our contact form.