The following are among the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at this website, with brief answers (by Fiona Broome) to resolve those questions.

1. What is the Mandela Effect?

It refers to apparently real, alternate memories of a history that doesn’t match the documented history in this reality.  These are personal memories. I try to avoid memories created by “fake news” and spambots.

2. What causes the Mandela Effect?

I haven’t a clue.

So far, most people seem to think it’s either a “slide” to an alternate reality, or we’re in a holodeck that’s experiencing a few glitches.

Right now, it’s all speculation. See the Sitemap for my related articles. Also, many of the best answers from this community are in comments at the Theories page. (Those comments will be reorganized for easier reading, as time permits.)

3. Why are some comments out of order?

This site uses WordPress software. Sometimes, the software lost track of which reply belonged with which comment. Also, some people forgot to hit “reply” and just posted a new comment. That’s always added at the end of the list on that page.

4. Why don’t you use a forum or a message board?

This was never intended as a social site, though — for a while — it may have looked like one. My goal has been to present fresh ideas, insights, and news related to Mandela Effect topics.

Sites like Reddit are better designed for focused threads, casual conversations, and social-style comments. I don’t — and never have — commented at Reddit, or any other Mandela Effect forum.

5. Why can’t I add a comment?

Around the middle of April 2016, I closed the site to new comments.

Here’s why: The many thoughtful comments were great, but I also had to weed out those by trolls, jokers, conspiracy theorists, and people with (what seemed to be) strange agendas. As of early 2016, this took 6+ hours per day. There was no way I could continue that.

Meanwhile, the Reddit site is probably the best way to share your thoughts & observations. (I don’t visit it, but thousands of other interesting people do.)

6. What are “markers”?

Short answer: At the moment, we’re using the term broadly. Markers seem to be indications of a reality shift. Other than that, we’re not sure.

They could be deliberate signs that indicate access points or portals to other realities. They could be coded messages. Or, they could be just coincidental.

7. When will you update this site?

I’m not sure that I will. I may have said all that I can.

This was supposed to be a fun, speculative website for fans of sci-fi and quantum theories. We were in “what if…?” mode, connecting the dots as we mused about alternate memories, alternate history, and parallel universes.

I’ve been fascinated by where those conversations led, but — through other websites and forums, Reddit, YouTube, etc. — it’s taken on a life of its own.

I’m delighted that people are having fun with this. I’m not thrilled when people tie this into sinister groups, conspiracies, mental health issues, and other not-so-fun topics.

But, no matter where people take the Mandela Effect next, I’m pleased (and, admittedly, a little proud) to have been part of the early conversations.