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Geocities closing and data saving

October 25th, 2009

Like most people, we’ve been pretty busy doing things in life that need to get done.  We worked really hard to get some Geocities preservation work done.  The site closes down tomorrow.  We’re not happy with what we got preserved, even as we are.  Doubled edged sword that.

We did a manual look through and found information on about 5,000 stories archived on Geocities.  We screencapped and created articles about over 500 sites.  We added definitions from around 50 pages on Geocities.  In the final days, we created an extension so that people could look at the page and fill out the form, updating wiki articles about the site.

And in the past five days, we really kicked it into over drive.  We extracted information about 9,000 fansites mentioned on DMOZ.  We screencapped about 5,000 of those pages which contain related meta data.  We screencapped another 500 or so pages based on Google search results.  We downloaded about 1,000 text files related to fandom.  We saved about 10,000 search results from Google that mentioned fandom related terms on pages hosted on Geocities.  Some of this information is just garbage.  Early SEO efforts used random keyword seeding on the bottom of pages and that still pulls up on search, especially 500 deep.  Some of the screencaps are undoubtedly 505 errors.  Others, especially ones based on Google searches, are probably not fandom related.  Lots and lots of potential garbage sorted in with potentially useful information.

The problem now is: What do we do with this data?  The screencaps, the google search results, the DMOZ information?  How do we sort through it, cull through it, put it on the wiki?  Do we just mass upload everything and sort the potential garbage out later?  Do we just slowly try to work out things now?

We’re looking for ideas on how to handle that.  We’re also looking for assistance in implementing any ideas.  Any help you can provide us with post Geocities closing is most welcome.

Continue to help us with our Geocities preservation project!

October 15th, 2009

Our Geocities preservation project is moving right along. We have information on over 1,000 pages. We know there is a total of over 700,000 individual sites on Geocities. We still need your help… If you aren’t sure about creating pages from scratch, consider editing one of our existing pages and improving that. The following list is our most popular articles so far that could use some help:

  • The Jon Bon Jovi Slash Fanfiction Archive
  • CSI Miami Fan Fiction
  • Legolas Fanfiction Archives
  • The GazettE – Fanfiction Archive
  • The Ultimate Tekken Fanfiction Archive
  • Kath & Kerr’s JAG Fanfic
  • Wraithfodder’s Lair: Stargate Atlantis Fan Fiction
  • Huan Zhu Ge Ge Fan Fiction
  • Bully for You – The Anita Blake Fan Fiction Archive
  • Baldur’s Gate Fan Fiction Archive
  • The Stefan and Laura Fan Fiction Archive
  • The Neo and Trinity Fanfic Archive
  • Femslash Fanfiction Archive
  • My TMNT Fanfiction
  • RainShine’s Zac Hanson Fan Page
  • Simon and Simon Fan Fiction Archive
  • Starlight Anime Fanfiction Archive
  • The Draco and Hermione Fanfiction Archive
  • The Labyrinth List Fanfiction Archive
  • The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: Fanfiction
  • Angel Ran’s Gundam Wing Fanfiction Archive
  • Harry Potter Fanfiction Recommendation List
  • Jrock Fanfiction Archive
  • Samuraiheart’s Shounen / Shoujo-Ai Fan Fic Archive – geocities.com
  • THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES!
  • Afterglow–x-files fanfic suggestions
  • Ally’s Farscape Fan Fiction Archive
  • Angel/Buffy Fan Fiction Links
  • Blarney’s Sentinel Fanfic
  • Blood Blade’s Best of Ranma 1/2 Fanfiction
  • Buffy Angel Supernatural Fan Fiction Recommendations
  • Canley Fanfic- The Bill Fanfiction Archive
  • GILMORE GIRLS FANFICTION ARCHIVE
  • Rakna’s Homepage
  • Starsky & Hutch Fanfic
  • TeW’s Ranma Fanfic Page
  • The Fallen: A Batman Fanfiction Archive
  • Welcome to Semper Fidelis – A Willow/Harry Potter Fanfiction Archive
  • What is Yaoi
  • All My Children
  • Beatles FanFic Ring
  • DC Comic Fanfiction Archive
  • GTL’s due South page
  • MLB Game Attendance and Alternative Social Network Group Engagement

    October 14th, 2009

    In 2009, the New York Yankees averaged the second highest per game attendance of any team in Major League Baseball.  On LiveJournal, there was only one team with more communities dedicated to it, only one team with more total members of those communities, and only one team with more posts and total comments.  On bebo, the Yankees had more groups dedicated to them, more total members, more total profile views and more total loves than any other team.  The Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics have the lowest average per game attendance in Major League Baseball.  There are only one or two communities on LiveJournal, LinkedIn and bebo dedicated to these teams.

    Social media is an increasingly popular tool to connect with others who share your same interest.   Sports fans, baseball fans, fans of Major League Baseball teams are participating on social media to do just that.  They are on popular social networks like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.  Sports fans and Major League Baseball fans are also on less popular networks liked bebo, BlackPlanet, CafeMom, Dreamwidth, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, orkut.

    The less popular networks are not examined as often ones with greater traffic and more media attention.  The discussion regarding social networks, and the sports and Major League Baseball communities located on these sites is even less.  These sites are worth analyzing to answer questions such as: Is there a relationship between the number of communities on social networks and a team’s at ballpark attendance?  Is there a relationship between the volume of activity on these networks and ballpark attendance?  Is there a correlation between size of a community in members and attendance? MLB Game Attendance and Social Network Group Engagement seeks to answer those questions and a few related ones.

    The results show that baseball communities dedicated to Major League Baseball teams are large and well established on several social networks like bebo, LiveJournal, LinkedIn and orkut. There is a community presence on other networks including biip, BlackPlanet, Blurty, CafeMom, DeadJournal, Dreamwidth, Eons.com and InsaneJournal.  Community does not exist on BIGADDA, buzznet, cloob.com, DontStayIn, Inksome, JournalFen and VampireFreaks.com. 

    Where communities exist on a network, so does a correlation between the size of that community by team using the average number of people attending games featuring that team and using the percentage average game attendance.  In general, the more people on average attending a team’s games, the larger and more active social network community around that team.  There is a predictive value where you can determine the size of a community or average attendance based on the other variables.

    A copy of MLB Game Attendance and Alternative Social Network Group Engagement can be found at http://www.fanhistory.com/baseball.pdf.

    Fanfox: The plugin to make Geocities history saving easier

    October 13th, 2009

    We’re still looking for help with our Geocities preservation project as it heads into its final days. One new tool we have to make it easier for you to contribute is Fanfox. It is a Firefox extension that loads as a sidebar tool. It has a list of urls, and the page title for that url. You click on the url in the upper left hand corner of the sidebar. In the main page space, the url loads. Look at the page, fill out the form in the sidebar and click submit! There. You’ve helped preserve the history of a page located on Geocities.

    If you’re really interested, let us know and we’ll add a lot more urls. We just haven’t so far as we haven’t wanted to take time away from our other Geocities work.

    Putting aside our differences for the greater good of fandom

    October 8th, 2009

    This is a cross post from Fan History’s InsaneJournal asylum.

    At Fan History, we’ve been busy trying to preserve the history of fandom on Geocities. This is extremely important and we’ve hard at work since the news came out in July. This task would best be accomplished by a group of people, where different fandom projects were being coordinated. To this end, Fan History has tried to reach out several times to the folks at the Organization for Transformative Works for assistance. We’ve sent them e-mails, tweeted looking for people to get in touch, made posts on our LiveJournals asking people to help us get in touch with them. Most recently, we commented on their LiveJournal community.

    So far, all we’ve received in return is aching silence. Our replies are not returned. Time is quickly ticking down. It is likely that Fanlore and Fan History are overlapping in some areas and completely lacking in the same areas. This makes no sense to us at Fan History. We need to put aside our personal differences, work together for one big last push in the 10 days before Geocities closes. We need to coordinate to preserve this history of fandom, so that there will be a record of it, so that when people talk about fandom during the late 1990s and early 2000s, we have good secondary sources to cite as our primary sources are disappearing. It is important. We need to work together.

    Yes, there has been bad blood between Fan History and some of the people at the the Organization for Transformative Works. It needs to be put aside for the greater good. That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve taken away from Race Fail: Principles can and often should trump personal loyalties.

    So if you know some one at the Organization for Transformative Works, please ask them to finally get in touch with us. We would love to work together for one last push to preserve the history of fandom on Geocities.

    Please help edit our Geocities fansite articles!

    October 6th, 2009

    Fan History has used some automation to help create articles about fansites and fan fiction archives.  (This is outside the fabulous job that Sidewinder has done by manually adding this information.)  All of these articles have (Geocities) in the title so that we can readily identify these articles.  With the end of Geocities fast approaching, we could really use some help with what are our most popular articles of this type to date.  Screencaps would be awesome.  Adding information to the timeline, who maintained them, where the sites are moving to (or if they aren’t) is really important to get.  Because of the interest in these sites, improving these would be nice to have as a priority.

    The_Ultimate_Tekken_Fanfiction_Archive_(Geocities) is our most popular article with (Geocities) in the title.

    The following also have views:
    5 views

    4 views

    3 views

    Any help improving these articles would be very much appreciated.  We need to save our history before it is gone forever.  Things like screencaps are important for understanding trends.  (Passions sites tended to be purple.  Just writing the history of a site?  You don’t get that detail.)  Please help!

    Fan History: Now with ads

    October 5th, 2009

    Fan History Wiki once again has ads. Thanks to the folks at Transformers Wiki for providing us with the skin. We are extremely grateful. Fan History is using ProjectWonderful. The skin was specifically designed for them. They have a lot of fandom related companies who buy advertisements.

    Why are we back with ads? Fan History Wiki generally operates as a no-profit business. That is, our primary goal is to cover our costs, to basically behave and do good things like a non-profit organization while organized as a sole ownership LLC. We didn’t do this in order to make money, but rather to cover our costs. For Fan History’s history, the site has almost exclusively been paid for out of pocket by me, the founder of Fan History. Changes in my circumstances have made it in my monetary best interests to see if some of the considerable cost of hosting cannot be recouped to make my life a little bit less stressful. This solution is preferable to the alternatives. If I get to the point where the monetary picture changes substantially, we will go back to being advertisement free.

    In the mean time, I’m going to squee over our new skin and think about what image changes need to be made.

    Help Wanted: Fandom Journalist/Reporter

    October 2nd, 2009
    Fan History LLC
    Fandom Journalist/Reporter

    Are you passionate about fandom? Do you love to see how celebrities are interacting with fans?  Do you check our how professional authors treat their fans?  Do you ever read blogs by professional athletes and musicians to see what they think about their die hard fans?  Do you want a unique experience with a no-profit start up corporation where you can do something with your obsessions?

    Company Background:  Fan History LLC is a developing entertainment company focused on our core products of an wiki and a fan fiction, fan art and fan vidding link site.  Fan History was founded two and a half years ago and incorporated 6 months ago by Laura Hale.  In that period, Fan History has grown from a wiki with a few hundred pages and 200 visitors a month to a become a wiki with over 800,000 pages and getting over 55,000 unique visitors a month.  We offer fans and entertainment related companies information that cannot be found elsewhere including a history of fan communities, the Internet’s largest directory of fans grouped by community, metrics data regarding the growth of fandom community and more.    To learn more about our company and our sites, visit http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Fanhistory.com:About .

    Role Description and Responsibilities: Fan History LLC is currently seeking candidates interested in a part-time fandom Journalist/Report position.  This is an unpaid volunteer position that can be made into an unpaid internship position.  It is virtual so much of the work will be done remotely where you will interact with Fan History LLC’s team via e-mail, instant messenger, phone, and face-to-face depending on location.

    The primary responsibility of the Fandom Journalist will be to document major in fandom news stories.  As such, the Journalist will be responsible for assignments and projects that include:

    • Monitoring major fandom related news sources including:
    • Techcrunch
    • Mashable
    • ReadWriteWeb
    • Metafilter
    • Henry Jenkin’s blog
    • Linkspam on Dreamwidth
    • Fandom wank on JournalFen
    • Unfunnybusiness on JournalFen
    • Sf_drama on LiveJournal
    • Ohnotheydidnt on LiveJournal
    • Metafandom on LiveJournal
    • Creating and updating articles about breaking fandom related news stories.

    Candidate Qualifications:
    Fan History LLC is seeking some one knowledgeable about popular culture or fandom with the following qualifications:

    • Experience editing wikis,
    • Organized,
    • Uses social media,
    • Detail oriented,
    • Ability to distance self from topic reporting so reporting is unbiased,
    • At least intermediate writing skills, and
    • Willingness to learn about different fan communities.

    This position reports directly to the Founder.  This is an immediate opportunity and we are seeking candidates that can work a minimum of 5-15 hours each week.  The weekly schedule is extremely flexible and can be developed around a candidate’s availability.  This position requires a minimum of an 8-10 week commitment. 

    If you are interested, please contact Fan History’s founder at laura@fanhistory.com .

    Fan Fiction’s Predictive Value for Nielsen Ratings

    September 25th, 2009

    On January 15, 2009, CSI had one of its highest rated episodes all season.  On that day, people published 26 new pieces of fan fiction, the most stories posted on the same day as an episode had aired. On September 25, 2008, CSI had it third lowest ratings day all season and people posted zero new stories on that date.

    Fan fiction is a really popular outlet for fan expression of interest in television shows.  The stories are creative, explore plot lines in the show and, according to many fans, help market a series in a positive way.  Fans often argue that their activities mirror larger interest in a show, and that producers should pay more attention to them and cater to their fannish interests as the example provided seems to demonstrate.  Fan Fiction’s Predictive Value for Nielsen Ratings tests this fan theory and answers the question: Does the volume of fan fiction published in the period around when an episode airs correlate to Nielsen Ratings?

    To answer this question, fan fiction daily posting stats were gathered for the one week period around television shows where fan fiction communities existed and Nielsen Ratings were available for that show.  The fan fiction data was compiled from six archives: FanFiction.Net, fanfiktion.de, FanWorks.Org, FicWad, SkyHawke, and Freedom of Speech Fan Fiction.  The Nielsen Ratings data included over 720 episodes representing thirty-nine shows.  Once this data was compiled, it was analyzed using Pearson’s Correlation and linear regression. 

    The results confirmed what many fans already suspected: Levels of fan activity, specifically in terms of the production of fan fiction, mirrors interest specific episodes of television.  Fan fiction can be used to predict Nielsen Ratings.  The predictive value is strengthened in several cases when it is broken down by network, genre or specific television show. The best networks for predicting Nielsen Ratings are CBS, The CW, Disney, Fox and USA. Comedy, crime comedy, crime drama, medical comedy and sports drama are the best genres for predicting Nielsen Ratings.  The strongest correlations for  television shows for predicting Nielsen Ratings are Burn Notice, CSI, Eli Stone, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Hannah Montana, Heroes, iCarly, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Life, Prison Break, Psych, and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    This information is potentially valuable to parties with a vested interest in a television show’s performance.  By analyzing content patterns around periods with high volumes of fan fiction and high Nielsen Ratings, comparing that to periods of low posting volume and lower Nielsen Ratings, producers can make changes to maintain high interest amongst fans.  Non-American television networks and advertisers can better predict how their shows will perform.  This method of analysis can help organizations save money as it is cheaper to monitor and track than other analytic tools.

    A copy of Fan Fiction’s Predictive Value for Nielsen Ratings can be found at http://www.fanhistory.com/FanFicNielsen.pdf . The appendix can be found at http://www.fanhistory.com/FanFicNielsenAppendix.pdf .

    Why Fan History won’t be moving to Wikia any time soon

    September 20th, 2009

    Why Fan History won’t be moving to Wikia any time soon

    I’ve written several variations of this post with varying tones and purposes. Some of these drafts have gone in to several pages. I’m posting this rather simply because in the end, it really is simple.

    I’d like to preface this with I have nothing but respect for Wikia. They have done some fantastic things for the wider wiki community. They’ve released several extensions that have been useful to the Mediawiki community. Wikia has sponsored several wiki conferences. Their community is helpful in terms of learning how to handle different situations in the wiki community. They host a lot of unique content that cannot be found elsewhere. They’ve helped expand the definition of what wikis are capable of doing.

    But Fan History will not be moving to Wikia any time soon because Wikia wants to own Fan History. We would have to change our license, remove our business plan, give up control of the community, could not leave, would have to give Wikia our domains, etc. When Wikia has approached Fan History LLC about acquiring it, Wikia has generally used the approach of treating the acquiring of Fan History like it should be a hosting decision for Fan History LLC and downplayed the ownership issues. While we love Wikia and some of the things that Wikia has done for the wider wiki community, we do not appreciate their approach in this regard.

    Fan History is a business. We are incorporated as a single entity LLC. We have a business plan. We have an intern and are currently looking for more. We have been seeking funding to grow the wiki, improve our back end, integrate and improve FanworksFinder, create related products. We have hired developers to do work for us. We attend professional networking events. We try to keep our actions on the wiki professional and businesslike, rather than purely fannish and hobby like.

    If Wikia were to acquire Fan History, it would be great for their business. Fan History Wiki would take Wikia from about 3.2 million pages to 4 million pages. Fan History has the potential to create an organizational structure for Wikia’s entertainment and sports wikis. Fan History is set up to easily promote Wikia’s other content inside of our own. We have a large amount of content that could have its SEO optimized quickly, with the right team, that would significantly improve its current traffic. Fan History has a number of articles in content areas that advertisers would be happy to have ads placed on. Many of these content pages are for areas where Fan History LLC has little competition in terms of potential audience. Long and short, Fan History has a lot going for it that would really, really help Wikia on several levels. We would be cheap to host, cheap to maintain, would require little staff involvement as there is an active and dedicated admin staff. We’re aware of out potential monetary and PR value to Wikia. All of this could help Wikia’s bottom line.

    Fan History is a business. We identify as a business. We are registered with the state of Illinois as a business. We do not feel that Wikia has approached us, in their talks about hosting (acquiring) us, as a business acquisition. Their representatives have minimized our real business concerns as not important, or that they are irrelevant to Wikia acquiring us. (Even as these things are central to our business plan, and to our identity in the community which we operate.) They want to us to utilize their free hosting, putting us in a situation where we can help their bottom line. They want us to hand over our business to them, for free. If they want to acquire us, they need to treat us as a business and make a serious acquisition offer. Any other approach is an insult.

    Fan History, kerfluffle documenting, linking and informing

    September 4th, 2009

    Fan History covers a lot of topics. One of our most popular article types, in terms of volume of traffic, involve kerfluffle articles. Unlike other articles on Fan History, these articles tend to have two or three contributors. They are updated frequently as a major kerfluffle goes down. Most of the contributors to these articles tend to be Fan History admins or friends of Fan History admins. Given the last statement, I felt it was important that we outline our notification of linking policy and why we chose our particular policy.

    During a major kerfluffle that anyone is covering, there are generally three approaches:

  • Provide links and commentary in a summary of the events. Do not participate in the kerfluffle. Document it. Do not go to people’s blogs and comment to say that Fan History has linked to them. (Don’t troll the wank.) This is the philosophy that fandom wank has adopted.
  • Participate in kerfluffle as you normally would. Do not announce that you are linking to posts on the posts you are linking to, unless you are responding to something where linking to the post is necessary.
  • Inform every person that you linked to in your write up that you linked to them. This is the philosophy of linkspam.

    There are benefits and drawbacks to each philosophy. Fan History’s policy for its admin staff is to follow the first one: Do not go to people’s blogs and comment to say that Fan History has linked to them. We have chosen this policy for our admin staff for a variety of reasons.

    First, we see Fan History’s mission to include documenting the history of fandom as fairly as we can, in as unbiased manner as we can while accurately describing events that took place. We believe that if we actively inserted ourselves into the conversation by commenting to link a person to our post and announcing that we linked to them that we would not be able to work towards Fan History’s mission. It would make us participants in the conversation, and that would hurt our ability to be unbiased, fair and factually accurate. We would be forced to participate and defend our commenting to inform.

    This leads to the second reason: The need to defend if people were upset by our linking could also possibly serve to derail important conversations. We want to document the history. We don’t want to derail conversation in fandom that people think are important. This includes conversations on issues such as gender, race, privilege and more. These are important conversations to have. By changing the focus, making it more about Fan History and that we linked to the person, we may be sending a message that we think we are more worthy of being discussed than the topic in the post.

    The third reason and final reason we don’t link is that Fan History is that people can easily find if they are linked on Fan History. We’re rather search engine friendly and people can find us if they search for us. In many recent kerfluffles, our articles have been well linked so people can find us in the stream of links around a kerfluffle that we are covering. If people really want to know if they are linked, it is pretty easy to do so.

    Before ending this post, I just want to make it clear: This policy is for Fan History’s admin staff only in terms of how we contribute to kerfluffle articles. It is not our intention for links on these posts to be used as starting places for people’s trolling. We also do not hold our contributors to the same policy. If they want to add links to an article and inform people that they linked to them, that is their pejorative.

  • You are notable

    September 4th, 2009

    We’ve had a couple of deletion requests recently on Fan History where we have had to turn people down because they are notable. These requests were connected to people involved with Race Fail 2009. Because of this, we went through and pro-actively put labels on a number of articles to announce that the article was about some one notable and was not eligible for deletion. There are probably 50 articles that are effected by this decision. During the coming weeks, we are likely to review major kerfluffles in fandom and add notable, not eligible for deletion notices to other articles. We’re hoping that this will help alleviate future problems and make people more aware of what we consider notable. If you have any questions, please let us know.

    FanHistory is off to Dragon*Con!

    September 3rd, 2009

    Well, at least one of its representatives is :)

    I’m leaving today for Dragon*Con, where I’ll be all weekend working the Spacial Anomaly Gallery table in the Dealer’s Hall (location F13, if all goes according to plan.) You can also check out some of my artwork in the Art Show and Print Shop.

    I’ll try to post some updates throughout the weekend, though my perspective will be fairly limited during the day to a vendor’s point-of-view. Please feel free to stop by my table during the weekend if you are there, I’d love to say hi, sell you some goodies – and of course, talk about FanHistory!

    Top Ten for August 2009

    September 1st, 2009

    I felt so much guilt for missing July… and this month I’m really busy too. This is shorter than I would like as I’d like to have covered more areas… but I’m sitting on a nice pile of research I want to get analyzed for Monday.

    Most Popular Articles: August 2009

    1. Draco/Hermione
    2. Cassandra Clare
    3. FanDomination.Net
    4. Cassandra Claire’s Plagiarism
    5. Sakura Lemon_Fan-Fiction Archive
    6. Naruto
    7. Digimon
    8. FanFiction.Net
    9. Shotacon
    10. Harry Potter fan fiction

    Most Popular Fandom Articles: August 2009

    1. Naruto
    2. Digimon
    3. Twilight
    4. Mortal Instruments
    5. The Fast and the Furious
    6. Dragon Ball Z
    7. Prince of Tennis
    8. Harry Potter
    9. Supernatural
    10. Merlin

    Most Popular Keywords Landing on Fan History: August 2009

    1. fandomination
    2. restricted section
    3. naruto wiki
    4. freedom of speech fan fiction
    5. draco hermione
    6. shotacon
    7. michael jackson fan fiction
    8. cassandra claire
    9. draco and hermione
    10. michael jackson fanfiction

    Most Popular Internal Keywords Searches: August 2009

    1. racefail
    2. Shadow Crystal Sage
    3. aja
    4. lunaescence
    5. obama day
    6. sonic the hedgehog
    7. a team
    8. harry draco
    9. obama day movie
    10. sasuke

    Most Popular Fan History Referrers: August 2009

    1. community.livejournal.com
    2. animenewsnetwork.com
    3. mademan.com
    4. fanfiction.net
    5. tvtropes.com
    6. metafilter.com
    7. fanpop.com
    8. answers.yahoo.com
    9. twitter.com
    10. sidewinder.livejournal.com

    Fanzine history on Geocities

    August 30th, 2009

    The countdown to Geocities closing is rapidly approaching.  Fan History’s admins are just a bit queasy about this as the closer the get, the more we realize that we don’t have valuable information.  As of yet, there has been no large coordinated effort to data mine Geocities information to preserve fannish history.  Fan History has gotten some information, including about 5,000 articles about stories that were hosted on Geocities.

    What we really want to push now includes terminology, fansites and fanzine information.  I’d really like the fanzine information.  Please.  Also, please help.  Much of the information hidden away on Geocities is from the late 1990s, an era that had a much closer connection to fanzines than we have now.  If you can, please help in the following ways:

    • Screencap and upload pages that mention fanzines.  (We can always data mine that information later, so long as we know it is there.)
    • Create an Excel file, csv file, tsv file, Word table where each row has information about a fanzine where the information was found on Geocities.  E-mail that to us and we’ll automate the creation of pages about those fanzines.
    • Update fandom specific lists like Star Trek fanzines with names of fanzines.
    • Update or create articles about specific fanzines.
    • Comment on talk pages with information about fanzines where the history is found on Geocities.
    • Promote Fan History’s efforts so that more people can get involved with this project.

    Thank you for your help.  We really appreciate it.

    What’s hot for July…

    July 31st, 2009

    … has taken a break this month because I am on vacation in Australia.   It will be back when my Internet connection is a bit more reliable and I have time.  (Or rather, What’s Hot for August should be posted on September 1.)  There is no July post.  Sorry about that.

    Story article creation continues with great success

    July 14th, 2009

    We’ve had some great success recently adding a large number of fan-fiction story articles, both as part of our Geocities preservation project and through indexing stories at large archives such as the due South Fiction Archive and inuyasha-fanfiction.com.

    We at FanHistory see how useful this project can be, and will continue to work on creating more story articles from other large, fandom-specific archives. By creating these articles, we can help readers who may be searching for fiction in certain fandoms or by particular authors. Readers can also leave review comments and add more information on a story. Authors may find this resource helpful should they be faced with a plagiarism case, and need to prove when they first posted a story — or if they simply have lost track of where their stories were posted through the years. Those studying fandom trends, growth, and migration, should now be able to easily see when large fandom archives saw the most posting activity, and what pairings or characters were most popular there, and when.

    For those who might question these efforts, it is important to note several things.

    1. All information being added on stories is publicly available and easily found through Google, or through links off high-ranking Google search returns for fan fiction, fan fiction archives, and specific fandoms. We are not adding links or information about stories under any kind of membership or privacy lock.
    2. If an archive has site-wide warnings, disclaimers, and age restrictions, we are including those warnings on every story article page.
    3. Please note that we are *not* archiving the stories themselves. FanHistory is not a fan-fiction archive. FanHistory is only providing links to stories in descriptive articles. This is no different than any other link list provided by another website or search engine, nor any different from the previously-added individual story articles already on FanHistory.
    4. Authors may request articles about their stories to be deleted at any time. Please see our article deletion page for details.

    We would love to work directly with fan-fiction archivists. Such a collaboration could help build traffic to your archive by featuring it prominently in the FanHistory category for your fandom(s). If you are interested in the opportunity, send us a copy of your current story database, so we can add your site’s information to FanHistory, or please contact one of our Administrators for more information!

    Due South story pages added!

    July 10th, 2009

    A few days ago, we blogged about whether or not to continue adding more story articles to the wiki based on recent experiences building a database of stories in Inuyasha fandom. We have gone ahead with continuing this process, today adding over 5,000 articles on Due South stories from the Due South fiction archive. We felt this was a good fandom to continue with, as FanHistory has received some criticism in the past for not having more content related to Due South and its fandom. We hope this will help track trends and posting frequency in the fandom through the years. Also, as one of our admins pointed out in the earlier discussion, our indexing of archives such as dsa could help in the future in cases of plagiarism in fandom.

    As always, FanHistory is not indexing any information which is not already easily retrieved on the internet through simple search and link methods. We are not actually archiving these stories, only providing links as to where to find them and summary details. We will also be willing and ready to delete story articles on request and will be refining our policies on this matter as we continue to look into indexing more fan fiction on the internet.

    Become a fan of Fan History on Facebook

    July 8th, 2009

    If you’re on Facebook, we’d really appreciate it if you could become a fan of Fan History. :D   Thanks for your continued support.

    Story pages or no story pages…

    July 8th, 2009

    Recently, we added a number of articles about specific stories on Fan History.  Many of these stories were hosted on Geocities.  We wanted a record that these stories existed because they are likely to disappear.  It gave an idea as to what was happening in smaller fandoms not hosted on FanFiction.Net, in real person fic communities and elsewhere.  Many of the fandoms on Geocities more closely paralelled what was happening on Yahoo!Groups than FanFiction.Net or LiveJournal.  It was important to get that out there.

    But we’ve opened Pandora’s Box.  We’ve got all these story pages that we didn’t have before.  After we did that, we added a bunch of stories about Inuyasha.   We had the database.  It was an interesting experiment to try to add those articles.  We were showing some love towards another archive.  (We love to do that.  If you’re in fandom and are looking for a way to promote yourself on Fan History, let us know.)  The articles represented another perspective outside of FanFiction.Net and LiveJournal.  It seemed all good.

    It would be really easy to add articles about a lot of other stories on other archives.  We could e-mail fan fiction archivists and ask them if they would be interested in having articles about the stories they have hosted on Fan History.  We could ask individual authors if they could put together an excel file that lists all their stories.  If we wanted to work towards our goal of getting to a million articles, this would be one way to get there a lot faster.

    Except, you know, over thinking happens.  Do those pages have value?  (Maybe.)  Are most stories able to help people get an idea of possible trends in fandom?  (You’d need to look at 10 to 100 articles to really know.  Maybe.  Hard to tell.)  Would this be useful for smaller fandoms where it isn’t as centralized and readers may not be as aware of other places to find stories?  (Yes.  Definitely.)  Would this be useful to larger fandoms in the same way?  (Not really, no.) Wouldn’t this duplicate what we already have started with FanworksFinder?  (Kind of.  But FanworksFinder doesn’t work.  And what about stories that no longer exist?  Where is the dating?)    Could it almost become like Yahoo!Answers or fic finding mailing lists where people can easily hunt for stories?  (Yes.  If done right.  Likely not though until Fan History’s audience reached a critical mass.)  Wouldn’t it remove some of the neutrality issues of the wiki if we did this and allowed reviews of stories on the wiki?  (Yes.  Hugely scary issue.)  Would we piss off a lot of people in fandom by linking and discussing their stories with out permission?  (Probably.  Maybe. Somewhat.  Bound to happen.  Scary to think about.)  Would people find this useful in terms of promoting their own work?  (Yes.  If person articles are any indication, lots of people would find them useful.)

    There are just so many good arguments both ways.  We’d love feedback from the community regarding this issue as we go forward.

    Geocities preservation project

    July 6th, 2009

    We’ve been trying to figure out how to preserve some of the history of fandom on Geocities.  One way was to try to create an index of some of the stories on Geocities.  (Our best guess is that there are over 250,000 stories hosted in various places on Geocities.  It is just impossible to get an accurate count.)  Fandom ethics pretty much condemn copying and saving stories and archiving them with out an author’s permission.  And doing that?  It wouldn’t really help develop a better idea of what was happening in fandom.  It would just preserve primary source documents, that in many cases would lose the date of authorship.

    To address this issue, what we did was created an index file of stories hosted on Geocities.  This involved a lot of datamining by hand.  This information was then wikified.    Sadly, my most awesome bot developer has been busy and this index kept growing.  We finally did get the information wikified using an extension. Editing these articles isn’t as simple as editing normal articles as you’re much more locked into the template than you are with most pages.  The source wiki code looks like this.  If you need help editing, let an admin know.

    When we finished adding new articles, we had over 5,000 new articles about pieces of fan fiction found on Geocities.  They represented 125 fandoms, and almost 1,200 authors.  Stories were written as early as 1998 and as late as 2009.  We’re really happy with this because, while not much, it represents a piece of fandom history that won’t be lost now.

    June 2009 top articles

    July 1st, 2009

    June ended. It is time to review the site in terms of what was popular for the month and where our traffic came from.

    Most Popular Articles
    33,144 pages were viewed a total of 185,876 times

    1. Draco/Hermione – 3,766 visits
    2. Cassandra Claire – 1,699 visits : Back near the top after having been knocked off last month
    3. Race Fail 2009 – 1,415 visits
    4. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive – 1,412 visits
    5. AdultFanFiction.Net – 1,377 visits
    6. Naruto – 1,026 visits
    7. FanFiction.Net – 961 visits
    8. Digimon – 953 visits
    9. Russet Noon – 898 visits
    10. Update: Permabanned users policy change – 839 visits : blog entry. Featured on fandom_wank because of comment by LadySybilla

    Most Popular Searches Leading to Fan History

    1. galbadia hotel
    2. adultfanfiction
    3. naruto wiki
    4. adult fanfiction
    5. restricted section
    6. gosselins without pity
    7. emo porn
    8. cassandra claire
    9. draco hermione
    10. greatestjournal

    Most Popular Referrers to Fan History
    Referring sites sent 10,761 visits via 965 sources

    1. journalfen.net – 1,289 visits
    2. AnimeNewsNetwork – 1,163 visits
    3. chickipedia – 820 visits: Midway through the month, the site moved to MadeMen.Com and it looks like their traffic dropped off
    4. community.livejournal.com – 661 visits
    5. fanfiction.net – 335 visits
    6. twitter.com – 306 visits
    7. fanpop – 297 visits
    8. tvtropes.org – 255 visits
    9. deviantart.com – 185 visits
    10. mademan.com – 173 visits

    Most Popular Internal Searches
    There were 3,832 unique searches via 3,619 search terms

    1. sasuke – 8 searches
    2. keva – 7 searches
    3. astolat – 6 searches
    4. maderr – 6 searches
    5. racefail – 6 searches
    6. st astryr of the uncool – 5 searches
    7. Likos64 – 4 searches
    8. aggybird – 4 searches
    9. angstgoddess003 – 4 searches
    10. asylum 2009 – 4 searches

    Most Popular Fandoms

    1. Naruto
    2. Digimon
    3. Twilight
    4. Supernatural
    5. Harry Potter
    6. Transformers
    7. Mortal Instruments
    8. Prince of Tennis
    9. Jon and Kate Plus 8
    10. Gundam Wing

    Most Popular Fans

    1. Cassandra Claire
    2. LadySybilla
    3. Maya
    4. Laura
    5. Msscribe
    6. Peter Chimaera
    7. Maygra
    8. Bhaalspawn
    9. Charlie Prince
    10. Ithilien22

    Most Popular Ships

    1. Draco/Hermione
    2. Sesshoumaru/Kagome
    3. Harry/Draco
    4. Harry/Hermione
    5. Michael/Maria
    6. Draco/Ginny
    7. Harry/Ginny
    8. Spock/Uhura – Movie and kerfluffle related bump
    9. Janeway/Chakotay
    10. Bumblebee/Sam

    Most Popular Kerfluffles

    1. Cassandra Claire
    2. Race Fail 2009
    3. Russet Noon
    4. Update: Permabanned users policy change – blog entry. Featured on fandom_wank because of comment by LadySybilla
    5. First there was Torchsong Chicago. Now there is TwiCon… – blog entry.  Linked on fandom_wank in the comments.
    6. Mortal Instruments
    7. Race Fail 2009 by Author
    8. LadySybilla
    9. Cassandra Claire’s Plagiarism
    10. J&N: A Love Story

    Most Popular Fan Fiction Archives

    1. Sakura Lemon Fan-Fiction Archive
    2. AdultFanFiction.Net
    3. FanFiction.Net
    4. FanFiction.net : capitalization difference would make it number one
    5. RestrictedSection
    6. FanWorks.Org
    7. GreatestJournal
    8. FanLib
    9. FanDomination.Net
    10. God Awful Fan Fiction

    Help:Fanzines

    June 23rd, 2009

    We’ve created a Help page for fanzines.  It really needs some additional work in terms of categories, titles, etc.  We wanted something up officially to address concerns have have appeared regarding preservation movements around media fanzines.  The following is our current version.


    Purpose

    The purpose of Fan History’s fanzine articles is to preserve the history of fanzines in the community. Fanzines have long been an important part of all areas of fandom: music, media, science fiction, sports, and punk, just to name a few. Fanzines provide a window into a specific time in fandom history; trends in writing, art and discussion; as well as many other aspects of fandom life and creativity which can be important in understanding the history of fandom.

    That said, Fan History recognizes the issues that can exist in providing documentation of materials that may have been meant to be transient in nature, or may include information considered sensitive that creators and contributors may not wish to be publicly accessible today. Our policies regarding fanzine articles, artwork and content have been designed to provide both freedom of contributors to add information they consider valuable to fannish history, as well as avenues for creators to request removal of material they do not wish to have listed or archived electronically in any fashion.

    Our promise

    Fan History promises to never digitally provide the majority or entire contents of a fanzine on Fan History without consent of the fanzine publisher. If a publisher and individual contributors specifically wish for their materials to be archived for posterity, we can work with those individuals to provide hosting of such content. In general, however, our fanzine entries include a brief description of contents (including a table of contents when available), cover art (when available), publication history, a description of its relevance to fandom, and fan reactions.

    Fanzine article deletion

    See Help:Article deletion#Fanzine article deletion request.

    Fanzine cover art deletion

    See Help:Article deletion#Fan art and fanzine covers.

    Template

    A template for fanzine can be found at Template:Fanzine. To use this template, search for the fanzine title. If it does not exist, click on “Create this page.” In a different window/tab, click edit on Template:Fanzine. Copy and paste the contents of Template:Fanzine to your new blank article. Fill out as much information as possible.

    Admin: Update on Fan History’s deletion policy

    June 23rd, 2009

    Fan History recently clarified our deletion policies in response to on wiki deletion requests related to fanzine covers.   The following is the current version that is subject to change as we continue to evaluate and refine our policies.  If we make any major changes to this, we will make a new post.


    Fan art and fanzine covers

    Fan art, including fanzine covers, presents an issue of specific concern at Fan History. We believe that fan artists should have control over where their work is hosted, yet wiki contributors may feel that the inclusion of a piece of fan art is important in an article when documenting fannish history. (“Fan art” as Fan History defines it for these purposes includes but is not necessarily limited to photomanipulations and original hand-drawn or digitally-created artwork of fannish content. Please note that simple screencaptures, magazine/article scans, and other images which have not been significantly altered from another copyright holder’s image, video, or other property is not considered “fan art”.)

    Likewise, Fan History believes that we can complete our mission of documenting the history of fanzines in fandom without copies of fanzine covers. We also believe that, in general, we comply with fair use when we upload copies of covers. These covers can illustrate the contents of a fanzine, artist styles during certain time periods, help people understand who fan artists were that were active in fandom. Because of this, we allow users to submit fanzine covers.

    We will honor requests that fanzine cover art and other types of fan art be deleted. If you are the creator of a piece of fan art to be deleted (or the publisher of a ‘zine which included a piece of fan art) you should complete the following steps to have any uploaded images removed:

    1. E-mail delete@fanhistory.com. The e-mail should include:
      • Links to all cover/fan art that you wish to be deleted.
      • Some proof that you are the artist (or publisher for the fanzine including the piece of fan art).

    After you have made this request including the necessary information, please allow up to two weeks for an administrator to respond. The administrator will delete the images. If an article includes the image, it will either be replaced with an image saying the cover art has been deleted at the artist’s request or the image link will be removed from the article. After the administrator has completed these steps, you will receive an e-mail confirming this. (You can also monitor the wiki to check for these changes.) Please note that, as with article deletion requests, it is up to the creator of the removed image to monitor the wiki to see that the image is not re-uploaded at a later time, and to submit a new deletion request if it is.


    Fanzine article deletion request

    If you are the publisher of a fanzine, you may request an article about your fanzines be deleted. The process is similar to that of people article deletion requests. This is done as a courtesy to the fan community. Requests will be honored depending on the availability of Fan History’s staff and the rationale behind the reason for requesting deletion. Please allow up to two weeks for a response from the administrators upon submitting a request.

    1. The publisher of the fanzine featured in the the article in question sends an e-mail to delete@fanhistory.com. The e-mail should include the following:
      • The url of the article(s) that the person is seeking to have be deleted. Without this information the administrators may not be able to find your entry.
      • Proof that the person is the publisher of those fanzines.
      • A rationale for deleting of the article(s).
      • An acknowledgment that the publisher understands that Fan History is a wiki that anyone can edit, and that it is their job to monitor the wiki to make certain no one creates a new article on the same subject, as it is not the administrators’ job to do so.
    2. After having e-mailed the deletion request, the deletion requestor must add the following text to the talk page (see the “talk” tab) of the article to be deleted:
    {{Fanzine ADR}}

    This will add a text box that looks like:

    The publisher of this fanzine requests that wiki contributors not recreate the article.

    The publisher that made this request understands that Fan History is a wiki and that anyone can recreate the article using a different title. They ask that you do not. Please respect their wishes or contact them for additional details.

    . After you have done that, type (or copy and paste) the following message:

    I am the publisher of this fanzine and I have requested that this article be deleted from Fan History. I ask that other contributors to the wiki please respect my wishes to not be included. I understand that this is a wiki and that other contributors may choose to create another article about me or reference this fanzine elsewhere in the wiki. Because of that, I understand it is my job to regularly check that no one has created a similar article against my wishes. –~~~~

    After both of those steps have been completed, the rationale for deletion and importance of the fanzine in fandom history will be reviewed. Depending on the rationale involved, the article will most likely be deleted. If the rationale is deemed insufficient or the fanzine has been determined to be too important to the history of fandom, the article will not be deleted. If that happens, the following template will be placed on the article page:

    This article is not eligible for deletion because it does not meet ADR requirements.

    Please see the talk page for this article for additional information detailing what made this article notable. If this article is about you and you have questions, please see your talk page or e-mail support[@]fanhistory[.]com.

    The ADR request will be removed from the talk page and there will be additional comment on the talk page explaining why.


    Can you explain notability some more?

    Fan History has a policy not to delete articles about fans who are determined to be notable. The definition of notable is up to the discretion of the administrator dealing with the deletion request. In most cases, administrators consult with others before determining if a person is notable.

    General guidelines: Not notable

    • A fan is not notable if the article is was created by a bot and has had no edits to it since,
    • A fan is not notable if they are not mentioned on other articles on Fan History,
    • A fan is not notable if they have very little google exposure, and
    • A fan is not notable if they have fewer than 20 fans, “followers” or “friends” on services like Twitter or LiveJournal.

    General guidelines: Notable

    • A fan is notable if they have been featured on fandom wank,
    • A fan is notable if they have been mentioned by mainstream media, and
    • A fan is notable if they have more than 1000 followers on a social media service like Twitter or LiveJournal.
    • A fanzine is notable if there was a major kerfluffle around it.
    • A fanzine may be notable if it won an award like a FanQ.
    • A fanzine may be notable if it is represents a trend in fanzine production, content or because of the contributors.
    • A fanzine may be notable if it has been cited and/or mentioned in a professionally published book or academic article on fandom.

    When there is a question regarding notability, the practice is to error on the side of non-notable.

    Question and answer:

    June 23rd, 2009

    I recieved an e-mail.  It basically asked the following question: I want to contribute to an article but I’m hesitant because I might be biased.  How can I still edit?

    My answer:
    1.  Comment on the talk page before editing to say that you’re trying to be as neutral as possible and ask others to help check your edits to make sure they are neutral.  (It demonstrates good faith on your part and is  signal to admins that you’re trying.)
    2.  Where you know you can’t be unbiased, create a section that says “MY NAME’s perspective’, at the top of that section, put {{MP}} and follow the directions outlined at http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Help:Multiple_perspectives .
    3.  When you’re editing in, comment using <!– to explain what you’re doing in the article’s source code to explain your opinion in the text.
    4.  Screen cap and cite everywhere to make your point.  If quoting, try to avoid taking things out of context.  Try to quote primary sources when you can.
    5.  If an administrator comments on the edit, respond back and try to work with them.  If some one later has an issue with the edits, we’ll have a record of what happened.  It makes resolving potential conflict easier.
    6.  Don’t fret too much if you’re concerned about bias.  People who are self aware of bias and work towards trying to make sure they are not being biased tend to be less biased.

    More about Fan History’s fanzine section

    June 22nd, 2009

    This was an e-mail I sent elsewhere.  I’ve reposted it minus the introduction and the quoted text.


    Recently, Fan History received a couple of fanzine cover deletion
    requests. We had a policy on the wiki which for fan art was e-mail us
    and prove that you’re the artist and we’ll delete the fan art. It was
    not very detailed. We’d never really had an issue with this material
    where we felt we needed to clarify our policy regarding that. The
    deletion requests gave us reason to clarify both our policy in regards
    to fanzine related articles and fanart. 1.6.1 Fan art and fanzine covers
    <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Help:Article_deletion#Fan_art_and_fanzin\
    e_covers
    > is our fanart and fanzine cover policy. 1.7 Fanzine article
    deletion request
    <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Help:Article_deletion#Fanzine_article_de\
    letion_request
    > is our fanzine article deletion policy. Summarizing
    them: If you are a fanzine publisher or fanartist, drop us an e-mail and
    we’ll delete the cover. In regards to fanzines, if the fanzine is
    non-notable, we’ll probably delete it if you can give us a good reason.
    We know that many people published them in pre-Internet days before real
    name issues were as problematic as they can be now. We’ll try to be as
    accomodating as possible.

    Fan History has a fair amount of information about fanzines already.
    That can be found at http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Fanzines
    <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Fanzines> . There is
    probably information about 2,000 fanzines on Fan History. We’re really
    proud of our Star Wars
    <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Star_Wars_fanzines> , Star
    Trek <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Star_Trek_fanzines> ,
    Forever Knight
    <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Forever_Knight_fanzines> ,
    Doctor Who <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Doctor_Who_fanzines>
    , Rat Patrol
    <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Category:Rat_Patrol_fanzines>
    sections. Many articles have cover art, publishing histories, summaries
    of fan responses to the fanzine, links for more information, etc. What
    these articles don’t have and will never have is the complete fanzine in
    image format unless we’re given permission to redistribute a zine in
    that fashion. In one or two cases, (I’m thinking a Led Zeppelin
    drawerfic type zine) we may have extracts of a few pages. We’d argue
    these are fair use and if called on them, we would remove them. We’re
    just not set up to be a redistributor of fanzines in image format. Our
    mission isn’t to do that and we don’t have any intention of doing that.
    (And most especially not charging people to make copies. I’ve seen
    enough of the discussion on mailing lists regarding the reprinting of
    fanzines with out permission to know some people find it repulsive and I
    don’t want Fan History associated with that.) Our mission is to
    document that these fanzines existed, this is what the cover looked
    like, these fandoms were involved with the zine, these people were
    involved in the production of this material.

    We’d also like to think that for fanzine publishers and authors with
    material in fanzines that we’d be useful to you as another place where
    you can promote your fanzines. We don’t have a problem with a fanzine
    publisher coming in and including links to where you can buy the fanzine
    online, what convention the publisher will be at and selling the
    fanzine, etc. Commercial links like that, as long as they fit in to the
    article and follow our rules <http://www.fanhistory.com/wiki/Help:Rules>
    are more than welcome.

    If you have any questions about our deletion policy, our fanzine section
    or anything else regarding Fan History, please feel free to e-mail me at
    laura@… or one of our admins at support@….
    You can also reach us by commenting on the talk page for articles or
    categories you have questions for. In fact, we’d almost prefer the
    second because if you have questions, some one else might have the same
    one and clarifying our policies through the use of talk pages helps out
    everyone in fandom. (And it holds us more accountable because our
    actions are then part of the public record.)

    Thanks for reading.

    Sincerely,
    Laura

    Update: Permabanned users policy change

    June 16th, 2009

    We’ve had a couple of instances in the past where we have permabanned users.  We haven’t really formalized this policy to give us flexibility and to allow for our administrators to try to give people the benefit of the doubt.  What this means in practice is that people get one or two  bans that last two weeks each.  The second or third violation of Help:Rules[?] results in a permaban.  Most permabans are as a result for article blanking, where the individual has been told not to do that. In cases of what look like automated spam bot link baiting or behavior that is truly egregious, people may also be permabanned.  Accounts that we can prove are sock puppets trying to get around a ban also may be permabanned.  Flexibility is helpful because we may screw up and we can undo our actions with out being locked in to a procedure that may not be appropiate for a situation.

    Previously, we had not kept a list of permabanned users because there just did not appear to need to be a reason to.  When we permabanned users for repeated rule violations (like blanking or malicious behavior), an administrator had generally commented on relevant talk to let the individual know.   Recent events on the wiki have caused us to re-evaluate how we handled this situation.

    In the future when a user is permabanned, their user page will appear in a special category and their user page will have an article box put on it that explains that the user was permabanned.

    If anyone has any questions or suggestions regarding how to handle these situations, please let us know.

    Update: Article deletion procedure changed for administrators

    June 16th, 2009

    We’ve changed our policies in regards to how administrators handle deletion requests.  Most people submitting article deletion requests won’t be effected by this uness they are notable.  For the record, a copy of the parts of the procedure that have been revised are:

    If the user has not completed those tasks and is non-notable, e-mail them back with directions as to what tasks they need to complete before the deletion request can be honored. You may need to provide the user with alternative means of contact so you can verify the deletion request comes from the person that the article is about. This may include giving your FanFiction.Net or LiveJournal contact information for verification purposes. If you do not have that account type, see the list of official Fan History profiles on the Fan History administrator community and ask them to contact you there.

    If a user has completed all the tasks and is non-notable:

    • delete the article on the wiki,
    • lock the article so that no one can edit the article, and
    • e-mail the person who made the request to tell them the article has been deleted. The e-mail should make the following points:
      • the user should regularly check the wiki to make sure no one has mentioned them elsewhere or recreated the article under a similar name,
      • Fan History does not monitor to make sure that they are not mentioned elsewhere in the wiki or that someone has not created an article with a similar name, and
      • the user should feel free to contact you regarding any additional concerns they have about the wiki.

    If a user has completed all tasks and is notable,

    • edit the article to include {{Not eligible}} at the top of the article,
    • comment on the talk page to explain why the article about the individual is not eligible for deletion,
    • contact the individual via e-mail to explain that the article will not be deleted. The e-mail should make the following points:
      • the individual has been determined to be notable,
      • because it is not eligible for deletion, Fan History will work with the individual to make the article work better for them with the understanding that the core contents remain and will not be deleted, and
      • the user should feel free to contact you regarding any additional concerns they have about the wiki.

    Things to remember:

    If you have any questions about this procedural change, please let us know.  The reason for the change is to create a formal procedure for addressing articles about people that are notable, where articles are not eligible for deletion.

    LiveJournal’s User Advisory Board

    June 15th, 2009

    I’ve nominated myself for the LiveJournal User Advisory Board. I need 300 nomination support votes to get on the ballot. Please help. LiveJournal’s directions for doing that are:

    To support a nominee’s candidacy, you should comment to their nomination entry stating “I support this nomination” or something substantially similar. You may support multiple candidates’ nominations. Nominees need 300 motions of support in order to be invited to be a candidate in the election. Candidates are asked to assist by only unscreening those comments that express this motion of support, and election moderators will help with that process.

    Thanks for your support and any help you can provide in getting me on the ballot.

    PRESS RELEASE: Fan History is Breaking Wiki Size Barriers

    June 6th, 2009

    In May 2009, Fan History became the biggest MediaWiki-based wiki that is not affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation.

    Sleepy Hollow, Illinois – If you are looking for information about fans and all the activities they engage in, you need to check out Fan History Wiki located at http://www.fanhistory.com/ . In May 2009, in trying to become the best resource of its kind, Fan History became the biggest MediaWiki-based wiki that is not part of the Wikimedia Foundation with over 750,000 articles.

    Fan History’s accomplishment has been several years in the making.  Since May 2006, the project has been working on documenting the history of fan communities.  Fan History started with some basic history information that had originally been found on FanFiction.Net.  The focus had been on media fandom and fan fiction.  In 2007, the focus changed and became broader and less focused on fan fiction.  In 2008, Fan History created a directory of members of the fan community and added over half a million articles in the process of doing that.  Fan History also added statistical information that updates daily; the wiki tracks the growth of fan fiction and LiveJournal communities representing over 4,000 television shows, anime shows, musical groups, actors and video games.  In 2009, Fan History continued its expansion and breadth of topics covered.  This was done by adding articles about fanzines, musical groups, movies and episodes of television. At every step, the fandom community responded, helped improve many of our stubs and added new content.

    Fan History’s place as the biggest wiki of its kind is good news for those seeking to document the history of fandom.  The size of the wiki has led to an increase in traffic and number of contributors.  It has meant that important or interesting things in fandom have been documented for others to learn from.  This includes covering events such as the kerfuffle over Russet Noon in the Twilight fan community, how Dreamwidth Studios was viewed within the LiveJournal fan community, on going issues related to racism in fandom, how Police fans responded to the concert tour, and the current and past role of fanzines in fandom.   Many of these events are not covered elsewhere.  The current size and scope of the project makes this possible where other wikis and projects not in wiki format cannot.

    For a list of the largest MediaWikis, see http://s23.org/wikistats/largest_html.php .

    About Fan History LLC:

    Fan History is a collaborative project like none other currently serving the fandom community. Its core function is as a wiki which allows members of fandom – men and women, young and old – to actively participate in documenting the history of their various fandoms, share current news which may impact their experiences, as well as creating an easily searchable web index of related communities, projects, and activities. It gives members of fandom a chance to share current fandom news that may impact people’s experiences in fandom. Fan History users can also promote their own creative projects, and share opinions with fellow fans and alert them to scams and questionable practices encountered within fandom. By providing these resources, Fan History allows users to celebrate their activities, whichever corner of fandom they come from: anime, cartoons, comics, movies, politics, radio, science fiction, sports, television, theater, and video games.

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