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Fan History closed to editing

November 23rd, 2010

As we were down to one active admin and real life issues interfered with our ability to continue to patrol, we’ve decided to lock down the wiki to editing.  If you still wish to edit, please e-mail Laura at Fan History dot Com.  Special access could possibly be given if you would like to really improve things.  The wiki will continue to exists for historical reasons.

We would love for our interests to peak again and to open it again.  If there are a few people who might like to admin, let me know.  Maybe something can be worked out.  If you are interested in having a mirror or taking control of it, or you might be interested in integrating it into a non-profit project, drop me a line.

We’ve had a great run.  We really appreciate all the work that contributors have provided.  Fandom is seriously fantastic and we’ve all met interesting and awesome people as a result.  We could not have created what we did with out you all.  I can’t begin to express my gratitude.  Thank you fandom for your help.

We’re still here…

June 15th, 2010

… but just not very active with the blogging thing. Nicole is busy working on writing for money. I’m busy working on a PhD. Nile is working on her own thing and Tikatu is keeping the ship running by patrolling new edits.

We’ve got a new host and it has created a lot less stress regarding the continuity of the the wiki. We know it will go on and money isn’t the big issue it was. It means we can be active absentee landlords: Update fandomnews, patrol edits, let the community help document the history of fandom while we worry less about continually trying to write an active ongoing history of fandom.

ning preservation efforts on Fan History Wiki

April 17th, 2010

ning is shutting down its free communities at some point soon.  This move was announced after ning also announced they were laying off 42% of their staff.  Like bebo, there isn’t necessarily many historical artifacts on the service.  Also like bebo, one of the major communities that appears to be there is the fanvid one. A lot of what needs to be preserved includes pages that begin to demonstrate the size, scope and activity type of the community.

We don’t particularly have much time to do that on Fan History.  (And with our staff going away, having family issues, going back to school and work issues… we’re even more crunched.)  So like bebo, our focus will be on screencapping a select number of pages, uploading them and putting them into categories for later historical work.  Our goal is to cap and upload around 100 to 200 pages.  This is about on par with our bebo efforts.  (Though our bebo efforts have a lot more data stored in various databases as  I’ve been collecting it longer related to another project.)

If you’d like to help us screencap and upload, we would really appreciate the help.  If you would like to help us out by adding descriptions and integrating information about this network on to appropriate articles, that would be even more appreciated.  One of the struggles of Fan History is realizing we can’t preserve everything… but that we can still try preserve enough to help people understand what was happening.

hiatus news: fandomnews needs your help finding links!

April 13th, 2010

[info]fandomnews needs your help. At the present, the newsletter is compiled and posted with the assistance of about five individuals. Because of family, school, personal and professional obligations, the amount of time that we can spend compiling and posting will become extremely limited starting around April 20. These pressures are unlikely to ease up until mid to late June.

During this time, we’d love to avoid going on hiatus. In order to do that, we need your help by helping us compile our daily link list. The easiest to contribute is add links directly in our staging area. To do that, follow these simple directions:

  1. To access that area, go to April calendar (or May), click on the date for tomorrow.
  2. Go to the edit tab in the upper left hand corner and click on it.
  3. Find the category that best describes the link you wish to add.
  4. Add the link using the following format: * [URL TITLE (OR DESCRIPTION)] by AUTHOR on DATE
  5. Repeat for all links.
  6. Click the [Save Page] button.

Advice:

  • When adding links, only include links that were originally posted in the past three weeks.
  • When editing, please sort links by date.
  • If there is something going on in fandom where you are adding five or more links about a topic, please feel free to create a separate topic heading.

If you are not comfortable or do not desire to edit links in our staging area, please submit links for inclusion using the same format (* [URL TITLE (OR DESCRIPTION)] by AUTHOR on DATE) by commenting in reply to the most recent post or by e-mailing the links to fandomnews@fanhistory.com .We are looking for daily help.

It would be great if people could “claim” one or more of the following links and add relevant links to our staging area on a regular basis. (Please feel free to add links daily from sources beyond these. The more relevant links, the merrier.)

Crosspost: Fandomnews poll response discussion

March 22nd, 2010

I’ve been busy with various things so writing up a response to our March 9 poll has taken more time than I had planned. Before I get into that though, I’d like to request some help with [community profile] fandomnews. If anyone is interested in either compiling links or posting, please let us know via e-mail at fandomnews@fanhistory.com or comment in reply to this post.  We would really appreciate the help!

That out of the way, one of the major reasons we posted the poll was to determine how we should deal with -isms and what sort of content people wanted to see.

73% (or 11 people) said they wanted less sports related content.  Some days, we have a fair amount of it to the point where it dominates fandom specific meta.  Some days, we have very little.   Today we had 4 out of a total out of about 42 total fandom specific posts linked to.  A lot of that content depends on what is going on in the world of sports as sports related meta sometimes feels like it operates on a different time frame than television meta.  Sporting events are often triggers for lots of discussion.  A lot of discussion involves what is currently happening and brings in the past issues in dealing with the present.  Rarely does it feel like a post will be about a situation several months or years ago.  This contrasts with say Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  That fandom feels like it has a few individuals who are revisiting old episodes and discussions in order to help foster community amongst the existing fanbase.  Going back makes sense given the lack of new canonical material outside comics and video games.  Sports posts will come in waves and it shouldn’t be dominating overall.  We’re trying to strike a balance with that as we realize that fandomnews’s primary audience is media fen.  We’re also trying to make it easy to avoid if you aren’t interested in it by clearly labeling the content as sports related.  The only exceptions are when we feel the issue has enough crossover that we think media fen might be interested.

That said, another reason why we’re not likely to reduce our sports content is that sports content often deals with a lot of -isms.  There is racism (fans calling players racists names), sexism (mens and women’s sports/athletes being treated differently.) xenocentrism (nationalistic issues in sports, religious and cultural issues), and classism (participation, fan base demographics).  There are probably a few more.  These issues in sports, one of the major products of popular culture, often mirror their counterparts television, movies, comics and video games. One that comes to mind immediately is the composition of athletic teams.  There is an excellent blogger who talks about the under representation of Muslim women in sports.  This feels like it mirrors conversations about representation of certain racial and ethnic groups on television.  There are also often conversation in sports about the role of women, what it means to be female and questions about why more people aren’t interested in women’s sports.  This feels like it mirrors some of the discussion around female characters on television, and why more people don’t write about them in fan fiction.  The -isms for sports feel close to the -isms for television and fan fiction.  Thus, we want to cover them.

Added to that, two of the three founding members of fandomnews are big sports fans.  And we like to cover what we’re interested in.

40% of people wanted less music content. (13% wanted more.)  We’d like more music content but we haven’t found it.  Most of what we include at the moment comes from hypebot.  It covers a lot of music industry related news.  A lot of the industry news for music has implications for business practices for small press writers, for movies, for web series, for how the powers that be in other mediums engage with their fan audiences.  It often feels like a sneak peak into how fandom is changing.  And that’s why we probably over-include posts by hypebot.  If people don’t see the connection there, please comment to let us know and we’ll reconsider.

53% of respondents wanted more television and movie content.  I’ll admit to feeling perplexed.  Often our fandom meta section will have almost exclusively television and movie content.  My guess is that people want a wider representation of television and movie fandoms.  If that’s the case, let us know where to check to find that content.  One of the areas we have difficultly involves what is meta and what is an episode or movie review.  Our default treatment is: On LiveJournal or its clones, it is meta.  If it is not, the post is a general review and does not make the cut.  We make exceptions for blogs like DisabledFeminist and blogs by academics (and students) studying fandom.

46% of people want more -isms.  Sometimes, for those compiling, it feels like a whole post is chock full of -isms.  They just aren’t found in the general meta category.  Instead, they are found in the fandom specific section.  Examples of that from today include all the Glee related posts.  Most of them deal with disableism.  The Bachelor posts today deal with racism.  Harry Potter posts today deal with sexism.  There are several more -isms in today’s posts that are less easy to label.  These posts are there; they just may not be easy to identify unless you are interested in a specific fandom.  I’m wondering if the 46% vote is thus an issue of perception because people aren’t looking at fandom specific posts? Any clarity from those wanting moe -isms would be much appreciated.

One of our questions asked how many links people wanted in a post.  The last time, people indicated they wanted 20 to 30 links in a post and that they didn’t mind overflow posts.  We thus modified our posting practices to bring the total links per post down to no more than 30.  There are exceptions.  After three days off, we had so many links that chunking off part of the fandom specific meta discussion seemed goofy.  Thus, it had about 40.  If the total looks close to 30 (like 35), we’ll also consolidate down to one post.

We asked: Should meta discussion posts be separated by -isms under their own -ism related heading?  This is a question that has been bugging us a lot.  We’re not set up to tag posts like metafandom or linkspam.  They use delicious related tagging.  We use mediawiki as our source to compile.  Setting up ways to pull out what is an -ism and what isn’t is thus a bit more difficult.  We’re also sensitive to the fact that how you label something can have an influence as to how people read a post.  43% of people responded to our question with “Maybe.”

When Culture!Fail came up, we knew it was a major -ism.  Or we knew it at least had the potential to be a major -ism as it had some of the issues of Race Fail 2009 and at least one person wrote a post calling this Race Fail 2010.  Given the poll response, we decided that we would try to separate this particular -ism related kerfluffle out.  We’d love feedback on if this type of -ism kerfluffle related separation is a strategy that people find good when dealing with how to include -isms on fandomnews.

In response to, “Do fandom specific labels help you find content you want to read?” everyone answered Yes.  That makes us happy as it confirms that our labeling by fandom is useful in helping people find content they want and exposes them to other fandoms and their issues that they might not otherwise read. As the fandom specific labels feel so successful, [community profile] fandomnews we’ve tried to use that sort of labeling for other news like conventions and fansites.  We think this makes identifying the content type easier so that readers can learn something from the headlines, even if they don’t chose to read the actual post.

The long and short of this: Sports is here to stay.  We’ll try to get more television and movies in but we need a better idea of what fandoms people want to see.  We’re trying to pull out -isms on a selective basis in response to kerfluffles.  We’ve listened to suggested link list length and we’re going to continue with the most popular option of 20 to 30 links a post.

fandomnews poll

March 9th, 2010

[info]fandomnews is almost three months old now. There are 72 followers on LJ, 14 on IJ and 52 on DW. We’re also slowly working on creating a version on its own domain for those who aren’t into LJ or its clones. As this community is still a work in progress, we wanted additional feedback from our community. The last time we did a poll, people indicated they were okay with overflow posts and were looking for 20 to 30 posts a day. We changed and we want to see if people are happy with that.


Poll questions! (Please answer in the comments)

Content wise, compared to now, I want:

  • More publishing news
  • Less publishing news
  • More sports content
  • Less sports content
  • More music content
  • Less music content
  • More manga and anime content
  • Less manga and anime content
  • More television and movie content
  • Less television and movie content
  • More comics content
  • Less comics content
  • More isms related meta
  • Less isms related meta

How many links do you want in an average post?

  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 40+

Should meta discussion posts be separated by -isms under their own -ism related heading?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Maybe

Do fandom specific labels help you find content you want to read?

  • Yes, as I’m only interested in some fandoms.
  • Yes, as I learn about issues going on in fandoms I might not otherwise look at.
  • Yes, other reason.
  • No, as I’m less likely to read meta if it labeled by fandom.
  • No, as I find it harder to find -ism related that I might enjoy.
  • No, other reason.

What blogs/journals would you recommend us checking for inclusion in future posts?


There is a really awesome discussion over on kaigou’s dreamwidth. In the comments, I discussed some of [info]fandomnews‘s internal policies regarding how we handle things. You might find it interesting. If you haven’t, check out our feed list of blogs that we check for inclusion. We’re always looking for more to help make [info]fandomnews better. All feedback is appreciated. For LiveJournal people, we posted a version on my LiveJournal where you can answer these questions.

fandomnews link list

March 7th, 2010

When fandomnews first started, we probably checked 30 rss feeds a day.  Now we check close to 150.  The goal is to check a broad variety of fandom discussion sites to present links that offer a panfannish idea of what is being talked about.  We try to include links from comics, music, sports, television, movie, manga, anime, cartoons and furry fandom.  Given that, we thought you might find it interesting to see the feeds we check regularly.  If there are some feeds you think we should be checking but don’t, drop a comment and we’ll add it to our list.

  • “fandom history” – Google Blog Search
  • “It is What it is”: Fandom, Pop Culture, and Then Some
  • “race!fail” – Google Blog Search
  • “race!fail” site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • :: netwoman’s blog ::
  • Access Fandom
  • Airlock Alpha
  • Angry Who Fan
  • Anime Loveu
  • Animology
  • Anti-Oppression Linkspam Community
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Meta
  • BELOW THE BELT
  • Bibliophile Stalker
  • captain america teabaggers – Google Blog Search
  • Christy’s Corner of the Universe
  • Comic Book Fanthropology
  • Confessions of an Aca/Fan
  • Convention Scene
  • Cult Academic
  • Cupid’s Bow
  • Delicious/hedgebird/meta
  • Delicious/inteligrrl/meta
  • Delicious/Kuiskata/meta
  • Delicious/metafandom
  • Delicious/moonling/meta
  • Delicious/natlyn/meta
  • Delicious/poppy_fan/metafandom
  • Delicious/sheera.duerigen/meta
  • Delicious/tag/metafandom
  • Delicious/ts_newsletter/MetaAndDiscussions
  • Delicious/veronicasowell/metafandom
  • Don’t call me ‘bitch’.
  • Erin’s Research
  • Escaping the Trunk
  • Exfanding Your Horizons
  • Fan Essays: By Fans for Fans.
  • Fan Girl
  • FanaticSpace
  • fandom – Google News
  • fandom deviantart com – Google Blog Search
  • fandom incest – Google Blog Search
  • fandom meta – Google Blog Search
  • fandom research – Google Blog Search
  • fandom site:dreamwidth.org – Google Blog Search
  • fandom site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • fandom site:journalfen.net – Google Blog Search
  • fandom site:livejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • fandom -site:livejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • fandom stats – Google Blog Search
  • fanfic “Mary Sue” site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • fanfic discussion site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • Fangasm!
  • Fangirl Saves the World
  • FANS AGAINST THE RACEBENDING OF “THE LAST AIRBENDER”
  • Fauna Urbana
  • Final Fantasy Noticeboard
  • FWD/Forward» media and pop culture
  • FWD/Forward» television
  • Get your meta on!
  • girls make media
  • Heavy Meta Poisoning
  • House Fanfic Recs and the Housefic Meta Library
  • hypebot
  • Icerocket blog search: fandom misogyny
  • Icerocket blog search: fandom racism
  • Icerocket blog search: fanthropology
  • Icerocket blog search: meta fandom
  • Icerocket blog search: meta fanfic
  • Icerocket blog search: metafandom
  • It’s A Dan’s World
  • Kazza1988′s Blog
  • Manga Xanadu
  • Media Fen
  • Media Production Student Stuff
  • Memorias de una Escriba
  • Meta Roundup
  • meta site:dreamwidth.org – Google Blog Search
  • meta site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • meta site:journalfen.net – Google Blog Search
  • Meta Writer
  • metafandom site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • MetaFans
  • MyVampFiction
  • MyVampFiction» State of the Fandom with Sarahbella
  • Nine Inch Nerds
  • Nothing In This Community Constitutes Legal Advice
  • NWSFS
  • oppression site:dreamwidth.org – Google Blog Search
  • Partial Recall
  • Personal S.A.
  • Peter Pan Meta
  • Pokemon. Every day.
  • Rabid fangirls and fanboys suck
  • Racebending.com
  • racism site:journalfen.net – Google Blog Search
  • Research blog, Fantasy, Fandom and Franchise
  • Research Wrap
  • Robot Pilipinas
  • Screenology
  • Sf-Fandom’s WordPress Blog
  • Supernatural Feminist Fans
  • Tell me your thoughts on . . .
  • That’s What She Said! – An Office Meta Community
  • The Crotchety Old Fan
  • The Daily Snitch
  • The Diary of a Music Addict
  • The Fandom Blog – Agri Sublunares
  • The Hooded Utilitarian
  • The Learned Fangirl
  • The Smallville fandom newsletter
  • The Sunnydale Herald
  • Tin Man Meta
  • TrekToday» Fandom
  • TS Talk
  • Twohundredpercent» Football Culture
  • Unspoken» Fannish Life
  • Unspoken» Meta
  • vidding site:dreamwidth.org – Google Blog Search
  • vidding site:insanejournal.com – Google Blog Search
  • WALL*E Meta Community
  • Wet Asphalt
  • whedonverse links roundup
  • When Fangirls Attack
  • Women in Games
  • Women Talk Sports | Latest News and Blog Posts
  • WomenGamers.com Site News
  • Thank you Ross!

    January 28th, 2010

    E-mail and I can have a goofy relationship.  I love to get those little paypal notifications of donations received because yay! a little bit less stress in my life.  At the same time, I never feel like I can express enough gratitude towards the people who have helped Fan History keep going by donating, no matter how little.  Thus, reading those e-mails is a little bit scary.

    So I put off reading the one from Ross last night until this morning.  And when I did, my eyes about bugged out of my head and I had to reread the e-mail about five times to check the decimal place: He donated $500.00 towards Fan History.  That should keep Fan History going for about three months, give or take a few weeks.  And that’s a huge amount of less stress on me and it makes it easier for us to complete our mission as we don’t have to worry for the next two or three months about how to pay for the site.

    And wow.  Just wow.  I… yeah.  I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am.  Seriously.  Wow.  And thanks.  And thanks again.

    I’d also like to thank Nile for her $5.00 and to anyone else who can help support us.

    GoogleAds continue to suck: You’re suspended again with no explanation and no recourse

    January 28th, 2010

    About a week ago, I talked to an industry person I really respected about the cash flow problems that Fan History has had and the stress that this has caused for me.  I’m not really good with the monetization aspect of running Fan History.  It is a problem and a chronic one.  He suggested trying Google Ads again because it works really well for his site.  (And the more prominent the ad placement, the more potential earnings for Fan History.)  We had tried them before on Fan History, only to be suspended right before we would have gotten our first check for $120 so I was leery.  Nevertheless, I conceded to myself that maybe it was time to try again. We did that on January 19.  Last night, our Google Ads were suspended.  Why?  You tell us based on the e-mail they sent me:

    While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense
    account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since
    keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage
    our advertisers in the future, we’ve decided to disable your account.

    Please understand that we consider this a necessary step to protect the
    interests of both our advertisers and our other AdSense publishers. We
    realize the inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you in
    advance for your understanding and cooperation.

    If you have any questions about your account or the actions we’ve
    taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information
    by visiting
    https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153&hl=en_US.

    Sincerely,

    The Google AdSense Team

    I have no clue why Google removed our ads and why they yanked our $2.79 or so in revenue.  And I really have a hard time believing that this is for the best interest of their advertisers.  Why?  Because Google does things that are NOT in the best interest of their advertisers, like allowing people to have a domain up with a single page where Google hosts nothing but ads on it.  How is that traffic in anyway good for an advertiser?  What that sort of thing does is encourage bad practices amongst domain owners, encourages squatting on domain names, etc.

    Google often sucks for the people that host their ads and advertisers; they cheat both out of lots of money.

    Please help support Fan History Wiki…

    January 25th, 2010

    … and FanworksFinder, RockFic and OzzieSport.

    This is one of those hard things to do: Asking for help.  And we’d like your help in assisting us with defraying our hosting costs.  Fan History Wiki costs about $130 a month to run.  In addition, we spend about $100 a year on domains, and $45 every quarter for additional statistical data.  So it costs us about $155 a month if those costs were spread equally each month.

    Fan History has never been particularly self funding.  The most we’ve ever earned off our advertising in a given month is about $15.00.  Job loss / no income makes it hard to cover Fan History’s costs on my own but I make it happen because I really, really believe in what we’re doing.  Fan History has the largest collection of information about fanzines, has the largest directory of members of the fan community on the Internet, gets over 50,000 visitors a month, has over 30 active contributors in any two week period, provides statistical data to the fan community that no one else is doing, has original research that can’t be found elsewhere, worked hard to preserve the history of fandom on Geocities, represents small fandoms, has stub articles on over 50,000 fan communities.  We’ve tried to be good neighbors in the wiki community on wikis such as AboutUs, wikiHow, wikia, Futurama Wiki, Rescue Rangers Wiki and more.  Our admin staff tries hard to balance conflicting fandom beliefs to be fair to everyone.  We love what we do and we think we do it well.  It is why I pay the money to cover hosting, domains and stats.

    It is just getting to the point where this is hard to maintain.  And we could really use some help from others who believe in our mission.  If you could help support us by sending us even $5.00 on PayPal, or if you could bid on our ProjectWonderful ads?  We would really, really appreciate it.  It would go a long way towards helping us with our mission.  The donation button can be found on the sidebar of both the blog and the wiki. Thanks for supporting us.

    Australian sports announcement

    January 7th, 2010

    I posted a series about Australian sports fandom and the size and population characteristics on social networks.  Because it kind of was becoming the thing that ate the blog and I intend to continue with these posts, new posts will now be posted on OzzieSport.com.  They kind of fit here but they were beginning to squeeze out other content.  After about five new posts of there, I’ll post links from here to those posts so people interested in them can continue to easily find them from Fan History’s blog.

    (And yeah, I’m taking a bit of a wiki break to play with this subject matter.  The details will eventually be migrated over to Fan History in good time.)

    Top articles and referrers for 2009 on Fan History

    January 1st, 2010

    This isn’t a complete list… but some of our tops for 2009 including top referrers, search engines, keyword terms internally, and keywords externally.   Also includes top fandoms by type, fan fiction archives, terms, fails and kerfluffles, and blog entries.  This list could be better and longer but once you get below the 2,500 threshold for views, the information is of limited usefulness.

    Top Ten Referrers

    1. animenewsnetwork.com – 12,564 visits
    2. community.livejournal.com – 9,374 visits
    3. journalfen.net – 7,524 visits
    4. chickipedia.com – 6,984 visits
    5. mademan.com – 4,221 visits
    6. fanfiction.net – 3,097 visits
    7. twitter.com – 2,765 visits
    8. tvtropes.org – 2,625 visits
    9. fanpop.com – 2,328 visits
    10. fr.wikipedia.org – 1,407 visits

    Top Ten Search Engines

    1. google – 559,774 visits
    2. yahoo – 61,478 visits
    3. bing – 7,040 visits
    4. aol – 5,106 visits
    5. search – 4,461 visits
    6. ask – 1,998 visits
    7. msn – 1,337 visits
    8. live – 1,277 visits
    9. altavista – 536 visits
    10. lycos – 144 visits

    Top Ten Search Phrases

    1. restricted section – 2,980 visits
    2. adultfanfiction – 2,912 visits
    3. naruto wiki – 2,712 visits
    4. fandomination – 2,413 visits
    5. draco hermione – 2,229 visits
    6. cassandra claire – 2,183 visits
    7. adult fanfiction – 2,131 visits
    8. galbadia hotel – 1,697 visits
    9. sakura lemon – 1,613 visits
    10. draco and hermione – 1,546 visits

    Top Ten Internal Search Phrases

    1. astolat – 77 searches
    2. aja – 38 searches
    3. racefail – 37 searches
    4. yugioh – 36 searches
    5. sasuke – 35 searches
    6. ckll – 34 searches
    7. reborn – 26 searches
    8. dbsk – 22 searches
    9. narusaku – 21 searches
    10. shocolate – 21 searches

    Top Actor Fandoms

    1. Jorja Fox – 2,521 views

    Top Anime Fandoms

    1. Naruto – 11,376 views
    2. Digimon – 10,876 views
    3. Gundam Wing – 4,789 views
    4. Dragon Ball Z – 4,618 views
    5. Prince of Tennis – 4,536 views
    6. Sailor Moon – 3,526 views
    7. Avatar: The Last Airbender – 3,371 views
    8. Bleach – 3,279 views
    9. Pokemon – 2,475 views

    Top Book Fandoms

    1. Cassandra Claire – 18,366 visits
    2. Twilight – 9,001 views
    3. Harry Potter – 5,011 views
    4. Mortal Instruments - 4,741 views
    5. Cassandra_Claire – 3,872 views
    6. Pride and Prejudice – 2,896 views
    7. City of Bones – 2,717 views

    Top Comics Fandoms

    1. Transformers – 2,717 views

    Top Movie Fandoms

    1. Twilight – 9,001 views
    2. The Fast and the Furious – 3,763 views
    3. Star Trek – 2,984 views
    4. Pride and Prejudice – 2,896 views
    5. Beauty and the Beast – 2,733 views
    6. Transformers – 2,717 views
    7. Star Trek – 2,556

    Top Television Fandoms

    1. Supernatural – 4,704 views
    2. Merlin – 3,821 views
    3. Roswell – 3,354 views
    4. Star Trek – 2,984 views
    5. Beauty and the Beast – 2,733 views
    6. Gilmore Girls – 2,612 views
    7. Star Trek – 2,556

    Top Video Game Fandoms

    1. Pokemon – 2,475 views

    Top Thirteen Fan Fiction Archives

    1. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive – 15,321 views
    2. AdultFanFiction.Net – 14,205
    3. FanFiction.Net – 10,984 views
    4. FanDomination.Net – 8,959 views
    5. Fan fiction archives- 7,576 views
    6. FanFiction.net – 7,131 views
    7. RestrictedSection – 5,807 views
    8. FanWorks.Org – 5,074 views
    9. LiveJournal – 4,852 views
    10. FanLib – 3,844 views
    11. Freedom of Speech Fanfiction – 3,581 views
    12. FicWad – 3,311 views
    13. Galbadia Hotel – 2,569 views

    Top Eleven Pairings

    1. Draco/Hermione – 41,658 views
    2. Snape/Hermione – 5,624 views
    3. Harry/Hermione – 4,542 views
    4. Harry/Draco – 3,749 views
    5. Digimon couple list – 3,552 views
    6. Harry Potter pairings – 3,513 views
    7. Sesshoumaru/Kagome – 3,442 views
    8. Michael/Maria – 2,919 views
    9. Draco/Ginny – 2,883 views
    10. Harry/Ginny – 2,729 views
    11. Takari – 2,640 views

    Top Ten Kerfluffles/Fails

    1. Russet Noon – 7,855 views
    2. Race Fail 2009 – 6,469 views
    3. SurveyFail – 5,447 views
    4. Cassandra Claire’s Plagiarism – 4,771 views
    5. GreatestJournal – 4,248 views
    6. FanLib – 3,844 views
    7. Race wank – 2,910 views
    8. Fandom_Wank – 2,451 views

    Top Stories/Individual Fan Fiction

    1. My Immortal – 7,183 views
    2. The Draco Trilogy – 3,907 views
    3. Draco Trilogy – 2,835 views

    Top Terms

    1. Shotacon – 6,647 views
    2. Mpreg – 5,359 views
    3. Tijuana Bible – 4,329 views
    4. Hurt/comfort – 3,359 views
    5. Brother Sister Incest – 2,885 views

    Top Blog Entries

    1. Michael Jackson fanfiction: is it out there? – 7,292 viewes

    The outing of Astolat and Fan History

    December 31st, 2009

    This post is written in response to some comments posted on this blog entry.  I’ve been repeatedly accused of outing Astolat.  I’ve largely been silent on it because it really serves no purpose to confront people about their view on the events.  It tends to piss people off and just drag up a whole bunch of garbage and nastiness in fandom that I’d and others would prefer to avoid.

    Prior to the connection of Astolat and cathexys and and their real names on Fan History, both had made the connection themselves.  They did this on their FLists on LiveJournal.  They shared it with friends and acquaintances on other services.  Neither took active steps to really hide the connections and both were viewed as open fandom secrets that everyone knew.  The information frequently appeared on lol_meme, to the point where the mods on lol_meme stopped removing it.  At the time, Fan History’s admins edited articles and made the connections with out thinking, because everyone knew and the information was easily accessible.  Neither of these women were particularly “in the closet” with their identities.  When we were informed otherwise, I asked members of our staff about it.  One of them, who is no longer on staff, made the final call to put it back in and asked me to make the edit as they viewed as common knowledge.  I did, and I’ve never named that person or blamed them because ultimately, the buck stops with me and I didn’t want to subject a person I considered a good friend to the type of wank storm that I was being subjected to.

    That these women were “in the closet” in regards to their identities is one of the biggest problems I have with the attacks on myself and Fan History.  Neither were and neither continue to be.  If you want to be “in the closet” and keep your fandom identity separated from your “real life” identity and name, you do it all the time.  You don’t decide that it is okay to be out with this person over here and not that person over there.  And by this person, I mean this group of two or three thousand and not that group of ten.    You don’t make information public and then claim that only this group over here can use that information when it suits them.  Still, that’s what both Astolat and cathexys chose to do.  They were out with their real names when it suited them and not when they weren’t.

    We couldn’t have outed either of them.

    Would our admin staff make the same decisions again regarding connecting people’s names like that?  No.  Never.

    Have we changed our policies to prevent this from happening again?  Yes. YesAbsolutely.  And we enforce it and err on the side of caution.  We have a wonderful admin who has the primary job of enforcing these policies and she does an excellent job.  Connections between real names and fan names must be cited if they are being used on the wiki.  If others do make those connections in a way that we feel is malicious, they get banned.  In fact, edits that connect real life names with fannish ones are routinely altered, no matter who the editor is. We handle these issues quickly when they develop.  We make it our mission to create policies that bend over backwards to be fair to the whole of the fan community, from LiveJournal to DeviantART to FanFiction.Net to Rescue Rangers message boards to Yahoo!Groups.

    And that’s better than can be said of the wiki created by the organization Astolat started. They originally said that there would be  no real names would be allowed unless a person consented and that no one would be allowed to connect real names to fan names.  My real name and pen name were connected in a bandom related article.  At first, they removed my real name from the article when I requested it. Later, they added it back without telling me.  (The article about me is one of the most edited on Fanlore.)  That’s fine because it isn’t like I haven’t made the connection myself.  Later, I asked for my real name to be removed from their wiki.  I was told if I took steps to remove the connection, it would be done.  These steps were taken: Removing my last name from all my accounts, and removing links to profiles where I could not remove my last name.  They determined that it sucks to be me because they were not going to do it, despite my compliance with their demands.  When people affiliated with the organization attacked me and Fan History for not allowing fans to control their identities and using real names without permission? And then do the same thing that they accused me of doing just so they can write about me?  That’s just hypocrisy at its finest and fandom politics at their worst.
    Edited to add: Not mentioned in the original edit but worth adding: In trying to get my real name removed from Fanlore after it had been inserted again with out my knowledge after having been told it would be removed, I tried to reach out to Astolat and cathexys.  I asked them, as members of the Organization for Transformative Works who had concerns about outing against their will, to help get my name removed from Fanlore. Neither responded to repeated e-mails. I had e-mailed coffeeandink, who was in a similar situation at the time, and asked for her help as she had friends inside the organization.  She replied to tell me that there was nothing she could do to help me.

    Fan History’s new year’s resolutions

    December 30th, 2009

    The near year is soon upon us.  Much of what has happened in the past year we’ve covered on the wiki.  We’ve only really done two year end round ups: sidewinder’s picks: The Top 10 Fannish Events of 2009 and Our history on Fan History in 2009.  Aside from a summary of our most popular articles and top referrers for the year, we don’t really have anything else planned.  We’re already beginning to look forward for 2010.

    So we have a couple of new year’s resolutions that aren’t so much resolutions as goals.  They are:

    1. Try to improve two articles a month to make them truly outstanding and informational.
    2. Do more work on preservation projects for sites that are threatened an endangered.
    3. Increase Fan History’s traffic to average 3,000 visitors a day by the end of 2010.
    4. Increase the number of contributors in an average two week period from 33 to 45.
    5. Hit the one million article mark.
    6. Get the wiki to be self funding.

    We feel these are pretty reasonable goals.  We know what we need to do to accomplish them.  Any help that you can provide us though?  We would very much appreciate it. 

    We have some other non-tangible goals that we hope to accomplish in 2010 too.  They include reaching out more to the fan community, improving our relations with the wiki community, improving more articles, getting more statistical data on the wiki, and possibly do a case study to see how we can improve our content and our effectiveness at completing our mission in the fan community.   Those are much harder to measure but we’ll work at them.

    Minor tweak to Fan History’s handling of real name deletions

    December 21st, 2009

    We’ve made a minor tweak to our policy in regards to how we handle real name deletions.  It can be found in the FAQ for this type of deletion and now says:

    Because changes to articles removing my real name appear on Recent Changes, will my real name appear elsewhere?

    It is possible that the changes involving your real name, especially if they appear in an article title, may appear on places that get our RSS feed for RecentChanges. This includes Twitter and LiveJournal. If you see your real name appearing there, please contact us. As of December 21, real name removals where the real name appears in the article name will be done on a bot account to help minimize the inclusion on these services.

    Our history on Fan History in 2009

    December 21st, 2009

    We’ve covered a lot of history happening in 2009 and made a fair amount of history for ourselves. This is a year end summary of some our own history for the year. We’ve done a fair amount and are excited about the possibilities for the new year.

    January 2009
    During the early part of January, Fan History’s staff was busy creating an awareness campaign for our project on LiveJournal and InsaneJournal. We were also trying to get people involved in editing the wiki, to help improve the quality of articles related to their fandom. This was a continuation of an effort started at the end of 2008.

    February 2009
    In early February, we were happy to announce that January 2009 was, to date, our highest monthly traffic and all of it was wank free. This was important to us as we had been criticized in the past for trying to use wank for traffic. We felt this validated that we could successfully get traffic and did get traffic wank free.

    Organizational issues have always been an issue on Fan History. Periodically, our staff creates flow charts to explain how we organize things. We created one using Superman fandom as an example. This chart was created to address the problems of fandoms of the same name having multiple canonical sources in several mediums.

    On February 10, Fan History posted a listing for internship opportunities with the wiki.

    In late February, Fan History’s admins and community discussed changing the article deletion policy.

    March 2009
    During the early part of March, Fan History’s contributors were actively working on improving a link list related to Race Fail 2009. The activity around these articles petered out around March 15, when things during that situation quieted down. We were really pleased with the reception that the articles related to Race!Fail recieved as our goal was to provide an unbiased and thorough reporting of the events that took place.

    On March 17, FanworksFinder was effectively closed down. The underlying software was pligg and was extremely vulnerable to spam. The quantities that were coming in, and the number of spam registrations, made it a hassle to hand currate that problem away. Rather than take the site down, the registration and link submission pages were disabled. Despite looking, we could not find a developer to help fix this problem.

    During mid-March, Fan History’s admins discussed our real name deletion policy. Comments were invited from the community. These changes made it easier for everyone involved in removing people’s real names from the wiki.

    Fan History tweaked our article deletion policy in mid-March. This was done to clarify some issues.

    On March 18, Fan History changed the network that the IRC based channel was hosted on. The switch was made to irc.freenode.net because of freenode’s dedication to open source projects and because other important wiki chats are located there. That includes AboutUs, wikihow, Wikipedia, Wikia, RecentChangesCamp, Mediawiki and YourWiki.

    Fan History’s admins had been nervous and repeatedly saving small changes because of losing edits. At RecentChangesCamp, they became aware of a drafts extension that wikiHow had developed. wikiHow provided us with a copy and emufarmers tweaked and installed it.

    April 2009
    Around April 8, the Race!Fail situation blew up a bit again and Fan History’s contributors were once again editing related articles.

    On April 21, after private information was accidentally re-included in an article, drafts were disabled on the wiki.

    In mid-April, the announcement was made that Geocities was closing down. In response, we created the Fan History Geocities Preservation Project. The goal was to document the etymologies of terminology using definitions found on Geocities, screencap fansites on Geocities, create a list of stories archived on Geocities, and get lists of fanzines that could only be found on Geocities.

    Privacy guidelines on Fan History were tweaked on April 21. This was in response to the situation involving Russet Noon.

    In late April, Fan History added around 13,000 stub articles about movies and movie fandoms. This attracted a number of contributions from one or two of our regular contributors.

    On April 29, Fan History added over 1,500 articles about fanzines. Areas that saw an increase in articles included the following fandoms: soccer/football, rugby, basketball, Rat Patrol, due South, Sentinel, Star Wars, furry fandom, Punk, music, and Indiana Jones. This meant that Fan History now had one of the most comprehensive listings of fanzines on the Internet.

    May 2009
    Around May 4, mammoth!fail, involving Patricia Wrede, kicked off and Fan History’s contributors and admins were once again busy editing Race Fail related articles.

    Part of LiveJournal media fandom were very interested in Dreamwidth Studios. The blogging service opened to the public in May and Fan History was busy getting stats on total number of active members for most of the month. This manual stat gathering continued into June.

    On May 15, after re-evaluating admin editing practices, drafts was re-enabled.

    Between May 23 and May 26, a bot created by Lewis Collard for Fan History Wiki created a number of articles about episodes of television shows. The purpose of these articles was to help people define activity in a television fandom that took place in response to an episode. This information could then be integrated into articles about a show’s fandom. It was also viewed as another tool to help contributors promote their own works as an incentive to contribute to the wiki.

    On May 27, Nile Flores joined Fan History’s admin staff. For a while, she was doing most of our tweets on our Twitter stream.

    For a while at the end of May, Fan History was the the largest non-Wikipedia, non-modified MediaWiki install wiki that was not a Wikimedia Foundation project. Or at least according to the list kept on s23.org. Fan History would later be displaced when a few other wikis were added and other wikis grew.

    In late May, Fan History saw increased interest in Michael Jackson in response to his comeback tour in London. We also saw an increase in interest in our AdultFanFiction.Net article.

    June 2009
    During June, some people involved with Race!Fail came in to update their own links and clarify their own involvement during the situation. This included Kathryn Cramer, Will Shetterly and Greg London. The edits that these contributors made were neutral accountants of their own involvement and we were happy to see them contributing.

    In early June, interest in Naruto related articles spiked. Some of this was connected to the Naruto related articles we added.

    On June 14, Fan History changed the procedure for how administrators handle deletion requests.

    During mid-June, Fan History’s founder ran for LiveJournal’s User Advisory Board. She cited her experience with Fan History as a good reason to support her nomination. She didn’t get the 100 votes to make the ballot.

    On June 25, Fan History created a Facebook fan page. It was subsequently mostly forgotten after that.

    Michael Jackson died on June 25 and Fan History saw a huge spike in our Michael Jackson related content as a result. Traffic for Michael Jackson fan fiction related search terms would remain consistent at about 10 to 20 visits a day for the rest of the year.

    At the end of June, Fan History’s founder lost her job. This was stressful as this employment helped cover Fan History’s cost out of pocket.

    July 2009
    On July 7, Fan History was the feature site of the day on AboutUs.Org. AboutUs is one of the biggest and most influential wiki sites on the Internet. Advice from their founder and employees have been influential in helping Fan History formulate its own policies. This recognition from them was awesome.

    In mid-July, two of Fan History’s stat bots died. They kept track of daily posting levels on fan fiction archives and various LiveJournal communities.

    During July, Fan History experienced record traffic. This was the result of several factors including Michael Jackson passing away, being featured on AboutUs, having been mentioned on Mashable, and continuing traffic to our Race!Fail related articles.

    In late July, there were a few really high traffic days to Fan History’s Cassandra Clare article and The Police article.

    August 2009
    August continued with the pattern started in July: A major increase in traffic. After August 8, traffic slowly began to wane but still continued at levels higher than earlier in the year.

    In mid August, there was a huge increase in interest in Fan History’s article about Draco/Hermione.

    In late August, we saw an increase in traffic to our Jon and Kate Gosselin related articles. Much of this can be attributed to increased interest in the couple because of their divorce announcement.

    September 2009
    In late August, SurveyFail kicked off on a large scale. We started covering it on September 2. It was linked to extensively.

    Fan History makes a point not to tell people that we link to them when covering emerging fandom kerfluffles. This is because we believe that doing so has the possibility of derailing conversations. On September 4, we blogged about this.

    On September 8, we created an official Dreamwidth community. This was to complement our InsaneJournal asylum. We just were never very good at updating it. That same day, we also blogged about developing communities on smaller wikis.

    During early and mid-September, Fan History’s admins discussed notability as it pertains to the wiki’s deletion policies. Input was sought from the community to help make the policy as compliant with the multiple and often time conflicting views of fandom. This was in response to an article deletion request from a participant in Race!Fail.

    On September 20, we blogged about why we would not be joining Wikia. The gist of it is that Wikia promised us they would host us, demanded that we turn over our domains, would create a situation where would could not back out… oh and wouldn’t pay us for any of that. We’re not running Fan History with the idea of getting rich. (The site costs us more money than we’ve ever made off of it.) But if we’re going to give Fan History to some one, we want something in return.

    On September 22, Dandizette published an with Fan History’s founder regarding Geocities preservation efforts.

    On September 25, Fan History published its first of three white papers that would be published this year. This paper was titled “Fan Fiction’s Predictive Value for Nielsen Ratings” (appendix) In it, we used data that had been gathered on Fan History to show that fan fiction posting levels is predictive in terms of Nielsen Ratings. This white paper was mentioned on Y!Pulse.

    October 2009
    LambdaFail took place during September and Fan History covered it. linkspam, an anti-oppresion community on Dreamwidth Studios, had also been covering it. elfwreck, one of the communities admins, had been accused of oppresion by taking the side of heterosexuals. This accusation sent the community in to hiatus. In response to this situation, our admin staff offered to step in and help provide links to oppression related kerfluffles. We got turned down because we were too unbiased. linkspam never found anyone else willing to take it over who was biased in the right way.

    On Ocotber 5, we started another experiment with ads on Fan History. We were using Project Wonderful again and a skin given to us by Transformer Wiki. The skin caused some problems but as the founder had some money issues, this was viewed as an okay tradeoff in the short term.

    In October, Fan History talked to a major wiki site about the possibility of being acquired by them. Fan History chose this particularly wiki because the staff felt that they shared Fan History’s values in terms of community and content. While it did not happen, the staff felt they learned a lot and it reaffirmed the direction that Fan History was going.

    In mid-October, LiveJournal media fandom did fail again with the science fiction community. Fan History covered this on the with with The War on Science Fiction and on the blog.

    On October 14, we published our second white paper, MLB Game Attendance and Alternative Social Network Group Engagement. The data and information gathered from this white paper was integrated into the wiki in our baseball category.

    On October 26, Geocities closed. It formally brought to a close Fan History’s preservation efforts. During the last few days, Fan History’s admin and volunteer team were busy trying to screen cap sites, and encourage people to use a Firefox extension to help easily update articles about Geocities fansites. Lewis Collard provided us with a list of Geocities fansite from the Open Directory Project. This list was then converted in to wiki articles. All told some 10,000 articles were created. Creating the category structure for these articles went on well in to December 2009. Fan History owes a huge debt of gratitude to Lewis Collard and Illyism from wikiHow for their help.

    In late October, we added over 2,500 stub articles about wikis hosted on Wikia.

    November 2009
    During early November, Fan History saw a spike in interest in Russet Noon. Our admins looked into the situation, updated the article about the novel and blogged about it. If you’re curious, it looks like Lady Sybilla has deleted much of her online presence.

    On November 10, we revisited organizational patterns on Fan History. This time, we looked at it on the blog. Two areas we looked at was fan fiction archive category structure and blogs. This identified some problem areas and inconsistent categorization problems. These have been

    In the second week of November, we discovered that back around September, a Fanlore contributor had uploaded several images licensed only to Fan History to that wiki. They had also lifted, unattributed, several articles about fanzines from Fan History. This was both annoying and extremely flattering. The flattering part was because members of the Organization for Transformative Works had been extremely critical of our work on Fan History and had questioned the credibility of the wiki. That they were now taking our work and using it word for word, even if uncited and in violation of our copyright, it was still extremely flattering. It meant that we made it.

    In mid-November, Fan History’s domain was unblacklisted from Wikipedia.org. This was done on the promise that Fan History’s admin staff would not link spam Wikipedia again. We made this promise, had a Wikimedia Foundation contributor and staff member vouch for us and it was done. This had been a bit of a sore point when it came up durin the Russet Noon drama. Still, as we had wrongly link spammed, we understood why it had been done.

    On November 18, Fan History started the formal proposal of trying to get acquired by the Wikimedia Foundation to address our back end issues, front end issues, credibility issues and monetary issues. Fan History been in contact with people at the Foundation before this to discuss this possibility. The expectations were none, as Wikimedia Foundation had never acquired a project before. The thought was to offer ourselves more as a case study for how they could handle this in the future.

    In mid-November 2009, Fan History ended its experiment with Project Wonderful ads on wiki. In the two months the ads had been on site, the wiki ended up earning $22.00. The only place that Project Wonderful ads remain on Fan History is on the blog. There, they currently earn about $0.02 to $0.04 a day.

    LiveJournal statistics were gathered on November 17 and November 30th. The data was written up in meta posts on Fan History’s blog on posts like What does the OTW look like? and lion_lamb: A sneak peak into the composition of the Twilight fandom. Charts and graphs from this data also slowly worked its way in to the wiki.

    In late November, we were sad to see emufarmers go. We brought on ShakataGaNai who did a fresh install of Mediawiki, fixed some problems that had existed for a while like our missing RSS, our skin, inability to login in to the blog, integrating ads into our skin, etc. This was pretty exciting for Fan History as backend issues were causing considerable stress.

    Twitter became more important to Fan History as efforts were made to tweet news and interact more starting in late November. Most of this work was being done on @fanhistory and @fanhistorywiki.

    December 2009
    In early December, Fan History switched to Amazon Associates in another experiment at trying to make the wiki more self funding and less of a finacial strain on the founder. A few days later, Fan History added a donation button so people could support the wiki via paypal. After that, search links for Amazon were placed in the right hand corner of articles.

    On December 8, Fan History published a case study with recommendations for how the Wikimedia Foundation should handle their procedure for requests to be required in the future. This was published on Fan History’s blog and on the Strategy Wiki.

    By mid-December, the images and articles with problematic copyright issues from Fan History had been removed from Fanlore Wiki. This was gratifying as trying to figure out how to lodge a copyright complaint on their wiki was confusing.

    On December 12, Fan History changed its copyright to CC-BY-SA. This was done in response to advice on the Wikimedia Foundation mailing list and after some mentions about the possibility and discussion on Fan History’s blog. The switch made us fandom friendlier.

    On December 14, Fan History added Bugzilla. This made the reporting of errors on the wiki much easier and also heralded in a new era of addressing some of back end problems.

    On December 17, Fan History’s admins launched a LiveJournal/InsaneJournal/Dreamwidth Studios based Fandom Newsletter. The purpose was to try to aggregate some of the meta discussion and news events happening in fandom to a wider audience than the one currently found on the wiki. A lot of this type of link collection was already being done on the wiki itself on fandom specific pages so it felt like a natural fit for our admin team. At the same time, some of the prominent communities on those services doing that had stopped updating regularly or were limiting their content. This included metafandom and linkspam.

    On December 18, Fan History finished adding roughly 77,000 articles about sports teams around the world. This continued a larger project the wiki had launched to expand our scope beyond fan fiction and LiveJournal based fan communities.

    During mid-December, Fan History Wiki became the second largest non-modified Mediawiki install that was not a Wikimedia Foundation project or Wikia wiki according to s23.org.

    By the end of December, Fan History Wiki had over 30 active contributors for that two week period. This was the time period with the most contributors all year.

    Fan History Wiki copyright switch: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (“CC 3.0″)

    December 12th, 2009

    We’ve been doing a lot of backend improvements on Fan History. In the course of fixing things up, we’ve been looking at other fundamental issues to our going forward and excelling at our mission. One of the things that we realized was that we needed to make a switch in our copyright policy. We’ve chosen to go with Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (“CC 3.0″).   We feel that this will help us in several areas:

    • Be able to use text contributions from other CC 2.0+ licensed projects. This includes Wikipedia, Wikia, and many, many more.
    • Have a more secure legal position. The enforceability and legality of our current copyright is a big potential issue. This would solve that problem by using a recognized, legal copyright.
    • Become future compatible. CC 3.0 will automatically upgrade to the latest version.
    • Help attract new contributors from other projects. People expect a certain license type if they want to be involved. Our current one is discouraging to some people in the wiki community.

    If you have any questions about what this switch will mean, please read the rational for this.  If you made any contributions and object to this change, please comment on the page with refuse and we’ll work with you to reach some sort of resolution.  If you have yet still  more questions, comment here or on the talk page for the license upgrade switch.

    Case Study: Fan History’s Proposal For Being Acquired by the WMF

    December 8th, 2009

    In November 2009, Fan History Wiki approached the Wikimedia Foundation about possibly being acquired by them.  The motivations for this on the part of Fan History Wiki were to help the project continue with and grow its mission.    The choice to approach the Wikimedia Foundation was based on relationships developed by Fan History’s founder at events like RecentChangesCamp and through interaction in #wiki on irc.freenode.net.

    Fan History approached people connected to the Foundation, put forth a proposal, posted the proposal to the Foundation mailing list and to Strategy wiki.  The process broke down because of some problems.  This included lack of an established procedure for the acquisition process, communication problems and expectation issues.

    There are several recommendations that Fan History Wiki would make to the Foundation on how to fix this process.  The first is to decide if the Foundation is actually interested in new projects or acquiring existing projects.  The second is defining the roles of Meta-Wiki and Strategy wiki. The third is to create a list of staff members who would handle acquisition related requests.  The fourth is to create a clearly established procedure for how to handle this process.

    A copy of the complete case study can be found at http://www.fanhistory.com/FHproposal.pdf.

    FanHistory.com 2.0 and you!

    November 30th, 2009

    Greetings All –

    Allow me to introduce myself, I’m he who goes by the handle (Username) of “ShakataGaNai“. You may have seen me around the FH Wiki as of late, seemingly popping up out of nowhere. I met Laura a while back at Recent Changes Camp, even became admin on here for a time, then dropped off the radar. Now I’m back and I’m here to help fix up FH and keep it running smoothly.

    First Question: What dastardly designs will you discover?

    Well, you may have noticed in the last few days that the Fan History Wiki looks a little bit different. In fact, it received a complete overhaul on the back end. Hopefully, for you, the end user, you don’t notice too much of a change (other than the appearance). Basically, everything should work the same way it did before, just better. I made a point of fixing as many of the glaring issues with the wiki as I could. I also took some time to try and speed things up, though this will be an ongoing process (one in which I would appreciate constructive feedback, i.e. NOT ohgodohgodohgodwereallgoingtodie). You may notice some extensions are no longer installed at all, either because we (Laura and I) felt that they weren’t necessary, or simply because I could not find updated copies of the source code (if there is something you can’t bear to part with, find the code, point me at it, and I will see about getting it installed).

    The single largest change you will notice is the different skins. FH now looks similar to other wikis, most notably Wikipedia – in wiki-parlance this skin is called “Monobook”. While we all appreciated the previous distinctive look, this one is well maintained and has better compatibility across browsers.

    In addition you’ll notice the advertising setup has changed, fairly significantly. Personally, I’m not a big fan of banner advertisements, I don’t think too many people are. The problem is that FanHistory.com still costs money to keep on the air – servers aren’t free after all. I talked with Laura and setup an Amazon Associates account, which you can see a banner for on the left of the wiki, under the standard toolbox.

    Why Amazon?

    Well, because I think it is a win-win situation, especially if you shop on Amazon regularly. Simply clicking through that banner (or other referral links that might get setup at a later date) does not affect your shopping experience in anyway, but Fan History gets paid a small commission. And since I have seen this question asked in other places, let me explain something: You pay the same, no matter what – clicking on the banner simply tells amazon that you came from FH Wiki and want the wiki to get a slice of whatever you bought.

    To review: you get your stuff, FH gets a little money, everyone wins.

    Plus, I personally believe that the Amazon ads are less annoying than most. That being said, Laura very much wants to keep advertising out of the content space. We’re going to be experimenting to see what works the best, gets the most clicks, annoys the users the least (this being one of the more important aspects), and allows the site to keep operating (this being one of the other more important aspects).

    You might not see me on the wiki, but I’ll be around, tinkering. I’m happy to help with any technical issues you may find around the Wiki. So please feel free to leave a message on my talk page, email me or find me on IRC.

    -ShakataGaNai, the tech guy.

    Top referrers, most popular articles on Fan History for November 2009

    November 30th, 2009

    This month has been really exciting for us in a lot of ways. I’ve gotten in touch with more people in the wiki community, started work on planning RecentChangesCamp 2010, applied to grad school, learned a lot about the Wikimedia Foundation, gotten our back end improved, did a lot of fandom research. Year to date so far, our visitor count has increased by about 81%. Lots of excitement! Outside of what we have been doing, what have our visitors been doing?

    Top referring sites

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    Revisiting Fan History’s copyright policy

    November 19th, 2009

    Our admin staff loves the wiki community.  They are a helpful bunch, both in terms of content, back end issues, information structuring, etc.  Which gets to our point: We floated our proposal to merge with the on the foundation mailing list.  One of the issues that came up was our copyright policy.  At the time that we implemented it, we had talked to several people in the wiki community, wanted some sort of copyright protection from automated scrapers, etc.  We were leery of creative commons licenses because we didn’t necessarily think that they would offer us the protection that we might want.

    But the discussion on the mailing list… has a point.  Even if we don’t make the move to WMF (which both sides need to want, where we both feel like compromises can be made to help each of our missions), we still need to address our copyright policy.  When I last had a serious conversation with Wikia about being acquired, Angela indicated that this would be pretty simple to change: Just do it.  (We would have had to change our policy to match the copyrights used by Wikia.)  This mostly seemed to entail: Announce the change, give time for people to comment or disagree, address edits made by those who don’t consent to the change, then just make the change.

    Is it that simple?  And if we do change, what sort of copyright policy should we adopt?  We just don’t want to make such a change without really thinking it through because we don’t want a repeat of the problems that Transformers Wiki went through.  Have other wikis made copyright changes?  How did they handle it?  What are problems that wikis have faced using different licenses?

    This day in fandom history: November 16

    November 16th, 2009

    The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

    Want affiliate links from Fan History? Here’s how!

    November 12th, 2009

    I got an e-mail two or three days from some one who found this blog and asked for affiliate links.  They touted their own page rank and how it would be to both our advantages to do this.  My reply was basically: Why are you asking me for links on the blog when you can get rel=follow blogs on the wiki, where the links can be on pages more targeted to their audience? The person replied back with something like: Fan History is a much better place! Here is more info on why we should affiliate link!

    People?  Don’t send me those type of e-mails.  Don’t send others those sort e-mails.  Fan History Wiki is a wiki.  You want links?  All you have to do is follow our rules and our self promotion guidelines.  You don’t have to ask us if this is okay.  We encourage that because it makes the wiki more relevant and more useful.  If you want more incoming links, go ahead and add them to Fan History.

    Are we going to add links to you on Fan History at your request?  Maybe… but generally only if you’re asking for a front page link because you have big, big fandom news that you think everyone landing on the main page needs to know about.  (Ficathons, charity events, law suits, contests, that sort of thing.)  If the link is good enough because your news is that good, we’ll be happy to blog about it.  Outside that, e-mails for reciprocal link are pretty much ignored.

    The only other exception is if you want us to create a lot of articles (50+) about your site.  Then please feel free to e-mail us with as many details as possible, why you want those pages, what is required of us, how this will help Fan History be better at completing its mission.

    Please, no e-mails requesting affiliate linking.

    This day in fandom history: November 12

    November 12th, 2009

    The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

    Fan History organizational tree: Fan fiction archives

    November 10th, 2009

    During the past few days, we’ve been working on trying to visualize our organizational patterns on Fan History in order to understand our own patterns, how we conceptualize fandom, to check for organizational consistency, create tools to help users understand our organizational patterns, to identify areas where we lack stub content. This is our second post in this series. This one is about fan fiction archives.

    Thus, we’re creating mindmaps like the one below that do that. The purpose isn’t to get a complete tree. (Some of the categories have 10, 50, 200 different sub categories. It isn’t timely.) It is to get enough of one to do the above. The one below is one of these mind maps. It looks at how we conceptualize blogs. Click on it for the link to the full size.

    The structure isn’t complete for a lot of fandom specific categories.  That’s because for some things, there are over fifty categories.  Some of these were chosen as a representative sample.  I tried to put at least eight subcategories in those cases. 

    What strikes me as obvious is the lack of FanFiction.Net appearing in more places.  If there is a category for it, which I’m almost certain there is, it wasn’t linked here.  That needs to be addressed.  Sugar Quill for Harry Potter also deserves its own subcategories.  We need subcategories for archives where we have user lists.  We’re also short on archives for sports and theater and actors.  The actor related archives might have been hidden or minimized because for a while, we didn’t really know how to organize them.  We also didn’t get many actor fan fiction related archives when we did our geocities preservation work. 

    The Adult Fan Fiction archives section isn’t built really well and really lends itself to other questions, like should we be separating out archives with adult content into their own separate hierarchy?  And if we should, should we also be labeling articles that the sites, pages, concepts in question may deal with adult concepts?  Added to that, AdultFanFiction.Net isn’t included in that category at all so if the category should be there, AdultFanFiction.Net needs to be included.  (Unrelated, I would really love to do something like we did for Inuyasha-fiction.net and FanFiction.Net and YuleTide in terms of stories and people articles.)

    There are a lot of multifandom fan fiction archives covering different genres and mediums.  This includes FanLib, AdultFanFiction.Net, MediaMiner.Org, and FanNation.  They are listed in multiple places like Comics fan fiction archives, Movie fan fiction archives, Television fan fiction archives.  The problem is that they are listed along side categories like Batman fan fiction archives, Harry Potter fan fiction archives, Charlie’s Angels fan fiction archives, Wonder Woman archives.  This, to me, doesn’t feel intuitive but I’m not sure how else to categorize these large massive multifandom sites and make them findable for people looking for fandom specific archives that they represent.  Maybe that’s more of an issue for articles, where we include these archives on the article pages?  It needs more thinking and some one to implement.

    If you have any feedback on this tree, any questions about how it developed, we would love your feedback. Do the organic patterns we’ve developed make sense? Is this construction too artificial? Is it not logical? And if you’re really motivated, we’ve really like that feedback on the relevant talk pages for those categories.

    Fan History organizational tree: Blogs

    November 10th, 2009

    During the past few days, we’ve been working on trying to visualize our organizational patterns on Fan History in order to understand our own patterns, how we conceptualize fandom, to check for organizational consistency, create tools to help users understand our organizational patterns, to identify areas where we lack stub content. 

    Thus, we’re creating mindmaps like the one below that do that.  The purpose isn’t to get a complete tree.  (Some of the categories have 10, 50, 200 different sub categories.  It isn’t timely.)  It is to get enough of one to do the above.  The one below is one of these mind maps.  It looks at how we conceptualize blogs.    Click on it for the link to the full size

     

    For blogs, we tend to organize by fandom type (music, sports, actors), by social networking site, by blogging site, by bloggers.  The inclusion of American bloggers on the top level probably isn’t the best place for it and later, some one should probably move that down into Bloggers -> Bloggers by country -> American bloggers.  LiveJournal is actually much deeper than you’re seeing here.  As we post others part of our tree, that might become a bit more obvious.

    A lot of the blogs that we have are generally listed around a topic.  We have few fandom specific categories for blogs like that.  It would be nice to see that expanded, to have blogs listed beyond the ones present on social networking sites.

    If you have any feedback on this tree, any questions about how it developed, we would love your feedback.  Do the organic patterns we’ve developed make sense?  Is this construction too artificial?  Is it not logical?  And if you’re really motivated, we’ve really like that feedback on the relevant talk pages for those categories.

    This day in fandom history: November 8

    November 8th, 2009

    The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

    How to be a good fandom report (on Fan History)

    November 7th, 2009

    This is a crosspost from Fan History Wiki. We are crossposting it to our blog as we’d like to expose it to a wider audience because we think the information contained in it might be useful for other wiki projects and for people to better understand how to do a good job at telling the history of fandom events that are happening in the moment..  Please feel free to comment here, or on the talk page for this article to help improve it.  Please also feel free to edit the on wiki version to make those improvements. 

    Introduction

    Help Fan History improve, be more comprehensive and cover breaking fandom news. Covering major fandom news in the moment, as they happen, is important because articles can be used as quick reference guides for people who are curious as to what exactly happened and this information can be difficult to follow without a good, overall guide. It also helps with the preservation of material that may later disappear (via deletions or expiration of links) and allows for current events to be put into a historical context.

    We need your help to cover breaking fandom news. In covering breaking news, there are three things you should keep in mind:

    1. Strive for being unbiased. Where bias is hard to avoid, present multiple perspectives. Ask for help from other editors to review and remove what might be biased language.
    2. Strive to tell a cohesive narrative. In quickly evolving events, it is crucial to understand how and when things evolved.
    3. Be organized. Compiling a link list is often the best way to begin.


    News sources

    Sometimes you can stumble upon fandom news on your own. You may run across an event that needs covering on your Twitter feed, on your LiveJournal (or its clones) friends list, reading your favorite blogs or as a blow up happens on your favorite mailing list, message board, fansite or archive. If news is not obvious or you don’t know where to go to get, there are several places you can to find news to cover. Sites that are favorites of Fan History’s admins to check for news include:

    This list currently over represents with LiveJournal media fandom because admins are a bit biased in that direction and this type of news is the kind that we get the most incoming visitors from. You can find other sources for fandom news. Please check Help:Be a Fan History Reporter/News sources by fandom for links to those sources. When documenting the history of an event, you don’t need to focus on fandoms and communities that fall under the purview of the communities covered just by those links.


    Naming the situation

    In many cases, small kerfluffles can be worked into an existing article. If the news is about a convention, the reporting can go on the page about that convention. This is how the situation was handled for TwiCon. Sometimes though, fandom news needs to go on its own article. The general rule of thumb is that if the link list in reporting a situation is more than ten links AND/OR the kerfluffle section would be longer than a third of the length of the article AND/OR the kerfluffle involves a large audience beyond the original intended one, a new article about the situation should be created.

    Once you’ve determined that a new article is needed, how do you create a name for it? First, read a bit about the situation. In many cases, participants will have already coined a phrase to describe a situation. This was the case for SurveyFail and Race Fail 2009. If no one has coined a name for the situation you are reporting on, then you are free to name it yourself. The name should reflect what is going on. If there is a particularly influential post with a title that gives an idea of what is going on, you can borrow that. Otherwise if the situation is a fail one, it should include Fail in the title. If the situation is a kerfluffle/kerfuffle, it should include that in the title. If it is a wank, Wank should appear in the title. If it is none of those, chose some other short phrase to describe the situation. This was done for a situation involving Eli Roth that was named Eli Roth saga of doom. After you have chosen the descriptor, couple that before or after the main focus of the topic you are reporting on. Examples of names of topics cover that you can model naming after:

    When thinking of a name, do not worry too much about it. It is easy to move an article or use redirects to point to that article if other names for a situation develop. It is a wiki and the article name being less than ideal is not going to matter. If you later have regrets about what you named an article, just comment on a talk page to ask for people’s opinions on what to rename it.


    Links list

    The heart of most of Fan History’s fandom news related articles is the link lists. These are easy to build and do not require extensive knowledge of a situation. Often, they are one of the first things that reporters write and they are a good place to start. If you do not have a good grasp of a situation, or the situation is developing quickly, we recommend that you start your reporting by compiling a link list. In some cases, this is all

    Examples of articles with link lists that you can model your own article after include:

    Link lists should be organized by date and author. The purpose of providing two versions of one list of urls is to make it easier for people to find content, and to prevent bias in how links are organized. Sorting by date also helps construct the narrative of the events for readers of the article and for other reporters trying to document the event. Sorting by author helps to identify key participants in events and makes it easy integrate those links in articles about members of fandom.

    Links on the list you create should be formatted like this:

    * [http://link Link title or blog post title)]: author[?] on Month day[?], year[?]

    This provides consisting formatting across other news stories and makes it easy to include parts of the list on other page while providing additional context.


    Documenting an event

    When documenting a situation, there are three goals: accurately portray what happened in a neutral fashion, provide a cohesive narrative and preserving the history of an event.

    There are several tricks to writing in a neutral fashion. One way is to try to provide relevant quotes from all sides; do not just quote one side. Second, try to seek out links that represent multiple points of view. For example, in a situation like FanLib, you would want to provide quotes from FanLib, FanLib supporters and FanLib detractors. You would want to link to all of those with out placing a value judgement on the links.

    Sometimes, it appears like people are overwhelmingly supporting one side and it makes it impossible to provide a neutral perspective. In these cases, the best way to handle things neutrally is to identify quotes from the minority that the majority has identified as the most problematic. Use these quotes so that people can see them in their original with out the commentary. Provide links back to that material. Include links to commentary about those quotes in the link section. Handling things in this fashion helps to accurately represent the minority view and highlights complaints of the majority.

    One of the ways to provide a cohesive narrative is to create a timeline of events. When you are first starting to write the article, you may want to use a standard Fan History style timeline with bullets stating that an event occurred on this site on this date with relevant citations. As you improve the timeline, take each of those bulleted points and expand on it by providing relevant quotes and screencaps. Provide additional context to those events, like what something happened in response to or why this event is worth including in the report. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, comment on the talk page to ask for assistance.

    Preserving history is important as some links disappear, people will make posts private or delete comments. When you suspect that content may disappear, screencap the conversation and upload the screencap to Fan History. Put the image in the relevant category or create a new one for this event if there are multiple images. If you are unsure how to do this, leave a comment on the talk page for the image and ask an administrator for help in figuring this out.

    In some cases, it is important that the text be more easily searchable. If that is case, you can create a page with the name of the post, put {{preserving history}} at the top and ask an administrator to lock this article as a historical document. This type of history preservation is useful for documents like Terms of Services when people may want to compare different versions.

    One of the things that we ask at Fan History is that if you are reporting on a story that you do not drop in and comment to people that you linked to in order to inform them that you linked to them. In some cases, such as situations like Race Fail 2009, this could lead to derailing of important conversations. Some of the topics that you may cover are important and derailing would be unfortunate. You are free to post links elsewhere, pointing people to the article as a resource but we ask that reporters for a topic do not drop links. This is similar to the policy at fandom wank of asking users not to “troll” the wank.

    Another thing that we ask is that as you report on event, remember to follow Fan History’s rules. Some important rules to remember:

    • Do not reveal private information in an article. If during the course of reporting an event, some one does this and you think it is important to cover, explain what happened with out providing the private information. Link to the source that provides that information you are providing.
    • Do not use profanity unless you’re quoting some one else and only then, if the profanity helps with documenting the evtn.
    • Do cite sources as often as possible and assume good faith on the part of other reporters.
    • Do not write in the first person. If you are involved in an event, you can get around this by labeling a section {{MPOV}} and giving your account of the events.

    October 2009: Most popular articles

    October 30th, 2009

    Most popular articles for October 2009. (Yes, two days early but I want it done because plans for the weekend.) Some patterns have changed from a year ago but mostly, what has always been popular continues to be popular.

    1. Draco/Hermione
    2. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive
    3. Shotacon
    4. AdultFanFiction.Net
    5. Yu-Gi-Oh Card Maker Wiki
    6. Cassandra Claire
    7. FanFiction.Net
    8. FanDomination.Net
    9. Naruto
    10. Fan fiction archives

    For the month, we had 36,101 pages that were viewed a total of 167,509 times.

    Michael Jackson fandom on Geocities

    October 29th, 2009

    We’ve received several visits to Fan History from people looking for information about Michael Jackson content that was archived on Geocities. We have a fair bit. It can be found in the following locations:

    If you know of any Michael Jackson specific efforts to save info on Geocities, let us know!

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