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Hornblowerfic.com, a Horatio Hornblower fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post:

Background explanation

Hornblowerfic.com was created by Versaphile in 2004, welcoming all types of Horatio Hornblower fanfiction.

Open Doors will be working with Versaphile to import Hornblowerfic.com into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from Hornblowerfic.com to the AO3 collection in February 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work on Hornblowerfic.com?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your Hornblowerfic.com works there, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) For instructions on mass-adding works to the new collection on the AO3, Hornblowerfic.com, please see the Open Doors website.

2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) For instructions on importing works and adding them to the Hornblowerfic.com collection, please see the Open Doors website.

3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Hornblowerfic.com account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the Hornblowerfic.com mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Hornblowerfic.com, on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Hornblowerfic.com!

- The Open Doors team