Cats in piles
Enal is around 6 years old. He knows this shark well - it lives in a penned off area of ocean beneath his stilted house in Wangi, Indonesia.
Picture: James Morgan
i’ll kick anyone’s ass. i’ll kick your ass. i’ll kick your dog’s ass. i’ll kick my own ass
I thought this was a latte.
it is a catte.
Playboy’s catcall flowchart.
I’m reblogging Playboy. Somebody stop me.
Fanlore is a multi-authored website that any fan can easily contribute to. We want to record both the history and current state of our fan communities - fan works, fan activities, fan terminology, individual fans and fannish-related events. Because Fanlore is based on wiki software, you may edit pages to contribute your own experience, knowledge, and perspective on your community’s activities, its members and histories, and the material it has produced.
Fanlore may not be an unfamiliar term, but many who could benefit may not have heard of the site itself. Fanlore.org, another project of the Organization of Transformative Works and sister site to Archive of our Own, is a wiki generated by, for, and about fans and their communities. There are plenty of ‘fan wikis’ out there, however, so what makes this one particularly special?
Fanlore is not specifically about the canon content of a fandom, but about the way fans have responded to it - the works that have been made, the events held, the communities that have come together and fallen apart all in the name of the passions of those who proudly call themselves fans. This wiki seeks to collect the impact that has been made, and makes strides towards their goal on multiple fronts:
- Plural Point of View policy - Fanlore recognizes that there is no single experience in fandom, particularly across cultures, and seeks to give every view provided positive representation. The goal, in the end, is that by giving all fans a chance to explain their personal experiences, a greater understanding and appreciation will be reached.
- Extensive, current coverage - by capturing events, trends, communities and fandom growth as it happens, over time a much wider view of fannish culture will emerge. This will also allow for future generations to understand their heritage much more clearly.
- Embracing fan perspective - this isn’t a cut-and-dried, one perspective, one “truth” wiki, but one that does its best to live and breathe with the fans that pour their insights and reflections into it. Every voice and every view is vital to gaining a true understanding of the overall picture.
- Continually updated content - updates, add-ons and new perspectives continue to be what makes Fanlore thrive, providing an increasingly rich resource.
Obviously, much respect here for the enormous undertaking, and all the encouragement to everyone to go take a peek at the site and its contents. Here is another place where fans can connect, not just with those they share views with, but with their past and the present as it unfolds, leaving a tremendous gift for our future.