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The Fancyclopedia 3 Project aims to produce a major update of Fancyclopedia 2. Since Fancy 2 dates from the late 50s, the update is necessarily massive. Fancy 2 (and Fancy 1) are an important part of our heritage so we will simultaneously retain the Fancy 2 definitions unchanged while providing updates as appropriate. See Page Layout for details.

Fancy 2's articles were primarily focused on fanspeak and fannish events. This was a necessary limitation in order to create and publish it at all, given the tools available at the time. But the miracle of modern wikis makes it possible for us to have as many articles as we want, so our policy will be to add page links to every person, place, or thing which is of fannish interest. (That is, we want pages for all fans mentioned, but not necessarily mundanes who happen to be mentioned ("George Smith always listened to Duke Ellington while editing the Knuckleheads' clubzine Pickles.") "George Smith", a fan, "Knuckleheads" a club, and "Pickles" a fanzine and "clubzine" an element of fanspeak would get pages. Duke Ellington would not.)

See Standards

One Fancy 1 and Fancy 2 tradition we will avoid: Fancy 3 will not get into politics beyond retaining Fancy 2's articles (e.g., Communism) for example.

We will not allow anonymous editing of the site. To get permission to edit, you must identify yourself.

Please do not edit direct quotes from Fancy 1 and Fancy 2 (they are boxed and identified), but place your corrections above or below. You are welcome to add new material at the top of the page, as long as you don't make changes to the historical text. (I.e., if you want to disagree, feel free, but do so by commenting, not by editing the F1 or F2 material.)

Articles in Fancy 3 will not ordinarily be bylined, since articles (other than those quoted from other sources) may be updated by anyone.

Review and lack of ego are key parts of the editing process. Do not get upset if your edits are changed, focus on improving the text, not assigning blame. We do not want to become like Wikipedia with labyrinthine procedures and passive aggressive behaviour.