Posts Tagged ‘fan fiction archives’

Across The Pond, a Queer as Folk fan fiction archive, needs help

April 6th, 2010

Parts of this were cross posted to qaf_coffeeclub and as I emphasize with their needs, I thought I’d crosspost their plea here as I hate to see archives in trouble…

Just an FYI.

Okay fellow Queer As Folk fans … UK Qaf, US Qaf, or both!!! ALL
PAIRING PREFERENCES!!!!

If you want to keep the ATP Archive up and running – please read this
information.

Some of you may know I am an archivist at the Across The Pond QAF
Fiction Archive. It’s been many years of hard work, but not a little
pairing drama…lol (just teasing) – but through it all, there has
always been one place that served as an archive for all pairing
choices and all versions of the show “Queer As Folk”.

Now we all have our own pairing favs, and in some cases, we may also
have our pairing specific archives. But all of us know that there is
value in diversity, and having a wider selection can yield many
rewards.

And now, in the spirit of hope, I’m asking for your help to keep the
archive alive. Please read the information below, and know that
ANYTHING you can give is greatly appreciated.

Since our last donation drive in 2006, our failsafe backer(s) have
quietly slipped out of the fandom, and the Archive has literally been
surviving on air for almost a year thanks solely to the generosity of
our host provider. But they can no longer let things stand as they
are. This has come as news to me, and I’m sure to many of you. So
your help is needed, and needed now – if possible. In that spirit -
please share this request with your other QAF communities on
LiveJournal, Yahoogroups, etc.

Remember – No action = no result. And in this case, that would mean
the end of ATP.

The goal for their fundraiser this year is $500

The money will be used for hosting cost, maintenance for the site, and any overages for bandwidth.

Direct PayPal link

Archive of Our Own vs. FanLib: Why they are not succeeding

June 29th, 2009

I love statistics.  I love analytics.  I love analyzing fandom based on those numbers.  The numbers can provide a framework for telling a story.  In the case of this set of numbers, a group was created back in May 2007 to try to bring greater fan control over certain parts of fandom in response to what they saw as the commercialism of fandom.  The specific commercialism of fandom in this case was FanLib.  There were people who hoped and believed that their new archive could end up being bigger than FanFiction.Net.   It hasn’t materialized and compared to what this group was fighting, they didn’t even measure up to FanLib in terms of the number of stories that FanLib had before it closed.  (Comparing their archive to FanLib seems apt.  Their supporters were comparing FanLib to FanFiction.Net.)    Let’s take a look at the numbers and how they stacked up…

Fandom   ? FanLib, # of stories   ? Date   ? Archive of Our Own, # of stories   ? Date   ?
15/Love 0 January 3, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
28 Days Later 1 January 29, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
4400 9 January 30, 2008 3 June 29, 2009
7th Heaven 3 February 2, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
8 Simple Rules 0 February 2, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Absolutely Fabulous 1 February 2, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Alf 0 February 9, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Alias 38 February 9, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Alias Smith and Jones 2 February 9, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Alien 3 January 29, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Angel 122 February 21, 2008 92 June 29, 2009
Battle of the Planets 25 December 13, 2007 3 June 29, 2009
Bleach 113 January 30, 2008 23 June 29, 2009
Brokeback Mountain 23 December 30, 2007 2 June 29, 2009
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer 234 January 2, 2008 244 June 29, 2009
Charmed 70 August 17, 2007 1 June 29, 2009
CSI 250 December 7, 2007 9 June 29, 2009
CSI: Miami 65 December 19, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
CSI: New York 38 December 19, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Disney’s Gargoyles 3 December 30, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Dragon Ball 4 January 7, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Dragon Ball Z 62 January 7, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
due South 0 June 29, 2007 265 June 29, 2009
Final Fantasy VII 17 December 30, 2007 3 June 29, 2009
Friends 71 August 17, 2007 1 June 29, 2009
Gilmore Girls 220 January 30, 2008 14 June 29, 2009
Grey’s Anatomy 27 December 18, 2007 36 June 29, 2009
Gunsmoke 0 August 17, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Harry Potter 1,740 May 3, 2008 236 June 29, 2009
House M.D. 72 January 30, 2008 203 June 29, 2009
Inuyasha 636 January 4, 2008 1 June 29, 2009
Kingdom Hearts 75 December 7, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Lois and Clark 32 December 28, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Lord of the Rings 130 December 8, 2007 55 June 29, 2009
Lost 49 August 17, 2007 52 June 29, 2009
My Chemical Romance 2 January 30, 2008 3 June 29, 2009
Naruto 1,843 December 18, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
NCIS 18 October 2, 2007 18 June 29, 2009
One Tree Hill 11 August 19, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Pirates of the Caribbean 231 January 2, 2008 27 June 29, 2009
Robin of Sherwood 0 January 7, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Sailor Moon 92 May 23, 2007 0 June 29, 2009
Scarecrow and Mrs. King 0 January 27, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
Smallville 84 January 11, 2008 107 June 29, 2009
Star Wars 330 December 8, 2007 20 June 29, 2009
Supernatural 220 December 13, 2007 241 June 29, 2009
Thunderbirds 240 July 24, 2008 0 June 29, 2009
X-Men 72 January 2, 2008 13 June 29, 2009
Zelda 11 December 15, 2007 0 June 29, 2009

Just how big is their lack of success? 1 Inuyasha story. 0 Naruto stories. 0 Sailor Moon stories.  0 CSI: Miami stories. 0 Thunderbirds stories.

Why didn’t they take off?  There are probably a lot of reasons.  The biggest is probably because the group that founded this archive were never FanFiction.Net type users to begin with.  (Thus, FanLib was never intended for them.)  Switching from blogging software to archiving software was probably a cultural struggle that they weren’t motivated to do because the new archive didn’t have readers and would have distanced them from existing power structures in fandom that they value.  (FanFiction.Net  certainly has a power structure, popular people, ways to propell your status on the site and in fandom.  It just is probably less obvious to outsiders.)  At the same time, the creators failed to market the site.  There was no massive outreach to FanFiction.Net users, to former FanLibbers, to Quizilla users, to LiveJournal users, to AdultFanFiction.Net users. (And when they do market it, it looks like they are trying to use wank to generate traffic.  Just look at their warnings we has! announcement on metafandom.)  As a result, their major pool of authors was severely limited.  The last reason why it looks like they fail to succeed as much as FanLib is they don’t appear to believe in their own product.  People aren’t doing fake LJ cuts to it.  They aren’t delicious bookmarking it on any scale.  They just don’t appear to want to make the time commitment to make it THE next FanFiction.Net.

Follow up: Most human revised articles on Fan History

April 9th, 2009

The last post was heavy in terms of bot revised edits on Fan History. It is that way because our data collection bots update every day and some have been active since September 2008. This is the last of non-bot, human edited entries on Fan History.

The following data is cached, and was last updated 18:45, 9 April 2009.

Showing below up to 500 results starting with #1.

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  33. The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards ?(101 revisions)
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Fan History LLC: Community Outreach Internship

February 10th, 2009

Are you interested in gaining experience with a startup?  Would you like to work directly with the people who help shape the vision for the company?  Do you want to be able to make a measurable impact that you can show future employers?  Then considering working with Fan History LLC as a Community Outreach Intern!

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 600,000 pages and getting over 45,000 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 Community Outreach Internship.   This is an unpaid internship that will be virtual in nature (i.e., much of the Intern’s work will be done remotely with regular interactions with Fan History LLC’s team via e-mail, instant messenger, phone, and face-to-face depending on location.)  While the Internship is unpaid, the selected candidates will have an opportunity to be highly involved with the future direction of the company and will have an opportunity to attend events with Fan History LLC staff should any occur during the Intern’s tenure. Additionally, Fan History LLC is willing to work with the selected candidate for the purpose of obtaining academic credit related to this unique opportunity.
The primary responsibility of the Community Outreach Intern will involve engaging in outreach efforts to the larger fan community.  As such, the Intern will be responsible for assignments and projects that include but are not limited to:

  • Communicating with Fan History staff regarding content areas being worked on
  • Contacting fansites, fan fiction archives, bloggers, convention dealers, fanzine publishers to let them know about Fan History, how it can help them in promoting their projects and asking them to help improve articles about their projects
  • Developing relationships with fansites, fan fiction archives, bloggers, convention dealers, fanzine publishers
  • Engaging the wider fan community in order to increase traffic and participation on Fan History Wiki
  • Working with fan fiction archives and fan art sites to get them to list their works on FanworksFinder
  • Updating relevant wiki articles
  • Write blog entries to support activities being done

Candidate Qualifications:
Fan History LLC is seeking some one with a strong mix of hard and soft-skills.  To that end, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work through ambiguous problems and drive to answers
  • Action-oriented mentality and strong drive for results
  • Experience with wiki editing
  • Knowledge of popular culture

This internship opportunity reports to the Founder and the CTO.  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 internship requires a minimum of an 8-10 week commitment.

What’s In It For You:

The selected candidate will be afforded the opportunity to immerse themselves in a developmental, exciting, and entrepreneurial work environment.  Our business is about sharing information, teaching others about what is happening in the fan community and how this information can be applied to help them meet their goals.  That premise carries through our activities both internally and externally – we place just as much an emphasis on our growing our audience share, growing the amount of information that we have available as we do on developing our staff’s skill sets and knowledge base.

The Intern will be afforded extraordinary opportunities for mentoring via interaction with our team.  Our team has been involved in entertainment and fan communities for over ten years and has worked with entertainment companies to help them meet their goals.  The Intern will be personally mentored by Fan History’s Founder and will gain access to our professional network for future job networking opportunities.

What’s Next:
Are you ready to learn more than you think you can handle?  Interested in launching new projects and developing relationships with a large group of people?  Then contact Laura Hale, Founder of Fan History ( laura@fanhistory.com ) for more information or to express interest.

This is a Part-time internship offered for a term of 2 to 4 Months.

What is a good open source solution for creating the next FanFiction.Net?

October 13th, 2008

I don’t know how legit this post here is but it brings up an issue that I think a lot of fans have wondered. How do you create a site like FanFiction.Net with the scalability and the features you want? What script do you chose?

The free choice open source scripts tend to include efiction, MediaWiki and PostNuke. They’re all pretty easy to install. If you chose the right web site host, they can often install these scripts free of charge. And a lot of people who create archives just that way for archive specific fandoms, for ship specific fandoms, to host stories by them and their friends.

But if you’re wanting to create an archive on the scale of FanFiction.Net (or heck, even on the scale of FicWad [wiki] or AdultFanFiction.Net [wiki]), those solutions just are not workable unless  expertise to use effectively, which generally requires knowledge of running  server, database management and basic programming experience. This is a lesson I’ve seen archives learn the hard way. These scripts work wonderfully: For smaller archives that aren’t generating much traffic beyond 2000 uniques a day and don’t have more than 25,000 stories. Once you hit that point, things will stop functioning, the script will just eat a lot of memory which will slow down the site, etc. Unless you have relevant experience with the software, have friends or community members who have the appropriate experience or are willing to shell out the cash to pay a developer to optimize the script or fix errors that occur, you’re out of luck when catastrophe strikes.

Going back to that post: If you’re the author of that post, I would advise against trying to do what you want to do unless you have experience with those solutions, are a programmer or can afford to hire developers to build you the archive that you want. Existing open sources solutions won’t meet your needs if you get 1/50 the traffic of FanFiction.Net because you won’t have the knowledge to tweak the system to meet your needs and fix problems that occur.

(And that doesn’t even get into the issues of what happens once you have the archive software that works for you… such as advertising/promoting the archive, policy issues, etc.  It also doesn’t address the infrastructure issues, your networking solutions and how you’re going to pay a few hundred to few thousand dollars a month for hosting. Those issues are ones that need to be addressed at the same time that you’re building your archive software wise.)

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