Stepping Stones: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9

April Membership Drive: Spotlight on Fanlore

Have you visited Fanlore lately? If you have, then you probably know it’s a living, evolving history of fandom, created and maintained by fans. Launched in 2008, Fanlore is a collaborative wiki in which fans are invited to record their experiences and memories of fandoms, fanworks, events, and everything fannish. It’s open for fans just like you to join the community in shaping how everyone perceives and remembers fandom.

Fanlore celebrated a major milestone on February 15 when it reached 500,000 page edits! And it’s still growing: more than 4,000 additional edits have been made since then. These numbers reflect the passion of Fanlore’s many volunteers and contributors, who have helped build and preserve a wide-ranging, ever-changing record of fandom communities.

Some other highlights of Fanlore’s history include:

  • The GeoCities Rescue Project led by OTW’s Open Doors committee, which included a push to create Fanlore articles documenting fannish websites hosted on GeoCities before GeoCities closed down in October 2009.
  • Coming out of beta in December 2010.
  • Participating with other OTW projects in the January 2012 protest against SOPA/PIPA — a piece of proposed US legislation that threatened fans’ freedoms and rights.

Fanlore welcomes contributions from anyone — check out the New Visitor Portal for tips on how to get started. Each edit helps us preserve more of fandom’s history, and takes Fanlore one step closer to ensuring that the staggering creativity, positivity and discussions that grow in and around fandoms old and new are not forgotten. The Fanlore team has their sights set on 600,000 edits next, and, as always, on bringing in new voices to this story of fandom.

Please help Fanlore keep growing: head over to Fanlore, add your stories, and donate today!