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The Hornblowerfic.com Archive is Coming to the AO3

Published: 2016-01-07 15:05:11 -0500

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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

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Releases 0.9.92 - 0.9.100: Change Log

Published: 2016-01-02 04:54:14 -0500

The first release notes of 2016 collect all the little improvements and fixes we added to the Archive in December of 2015. This includes a much needed upgrade of our Rich Text Editor, several invisible performance improvements, and the ability to refuse gifts.

2015 was a busy year full of fixes and features, and we'd like to thank all of our coders and testers, but especially first-time coders Nerine and l1n and first-time testers madelyn, torigates, truffulafruits, Claire B, Debris, Nerine, and Phoenixacid!

Credits

  • Coders: Ariana, Cesy, Elz, james_, l1n, Naomi, Sarken, Scott
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, Cesy, Elz, Enigel, james_, Naomi, Scott
  • Testers: james_, Lady Oscar, Matty, Michelle D, mugenmine, mumble, Sarken

Details

Works & Comments

  • [AO3-3145] - We've added the ability to refuse gift works. All work blurbs on your Gifts page now feature a "Refuse Gift" button; refused gifts will be collected on their own "Refused Gifts" page (visible only to you) in case you ever want to revisit your decision. When you refuse a gift work, the automated "For [user]" line in the work's Notes section will vanish. The thwarted gift giver will NOT be notified.
  • [AO3-4330] - When a spammer posted a lot of spam works to the Archive, the Abuse team used to have to delete each work individually after banning the spammer. Now they can delete all the works at once during the banning process.
  • [AO3-4383] - Mass imports of external archives would run into issues with some older code that parses incoming work content. This was solved by explicitly prioritizing content sent through the API used by Open Doors.
  • [AO3-4050] - We were running a very old version of our Rich Text Editor of choice, TinyMCE, and have finally joined the rest of the Internet in 2016 by upgrading to version 4.3.2. \o/ Among many other things, this takes care of the bug where single-word paragraphs would quietly get eaten. It also preserves simple formatting (such as bold and italics) when copy/pasting from Google Drive.
  • [AO3-4395] - The TinyMCE update also removed the "horizontal rule" button, oops. We've put it back now.
  • [AO3-4379] - The message that displays on the comment form for moderated works had a typo and said, "Your comment will not appear until it has been by approved by the creator." The extra "by" has now gone bye-bye.

Challenges & Tags

  • [AO3-4358] - If a challenge collection was moderated, the link to the sign-up form would not be included in its dashboard sidebar despite appearing elsewhere on the page. Now challenge sidebars will include the Sign-up Form link for Gift Exchanges and the Prompt Form link for prompt memes regardless of moderation settings.
  • [AO3-4382] - If a tag set had more than 20 additional (freeform) tags, the list of those tags wouldn't appear on the tag set. We added the missing = that caused the problem, and now the tags appear!

Users & Accounts

  • [AO3-3720] - If you changed your AO3 user name and someone wanted to give you a gift, the autocomplete wouldn't suggest your new name -- only your old one. Now when you change your user name, your old name is removed from the autocomplete and your new one is added.
  • [AO3-4321] - The change password page would incorrectly state that you logged in with a temporary password in the event you requested but didn't use a temporary password. Now the message only displays when you are redirected to the change password page after logging in with a temporary password.
  • [AO3-4374] - The page that you are taken to after creating an AO3 account wrote out a URL where it could have used a link and failed to capitalize the word "Archive." We've fixed both of those issues and spruced up the page margins and spacing between paragraphs as well.

Under the Hood

  • [AO3-4380] - Some slow code meant that users with extremely large inboxes were unable to access their dashboard or their inbox. We now use a single, faster query that will make these users' dashboards and inboxes accessible again.
  • [AO3-4392] - We started work on improving database performance and added a tool that points out queries in need of optimizing
  • [AO3-4362] - The byline generated for every work -- creator(s) by pseud or "Anonymous", as appropriate -- involved way too many database requests, especially for pages listing several works. To kill our servers a little less, we are now properly caching the bylines.
  • [AO3-4269] - Several of our automated tests would sometimes fail without a clear reason, making them somewhat less useful than we'd like. We've done some work toward fixing that. (See also: AO3-4402)
  • [AO3-4403] - New developers forking our code on GitHub couldn't connect their repositories to the service we use for running our automated tests. That's all fixed now.

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

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WesleyFanfiction.net, a Buffyverse fanfiction archive, and its subsite Innocent Lies, an Alexis Denisof RPF fanfiction archive, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post:

Background explanation

WesleyFanfiction.net is a fanfiction archive for fanworks centering on the character Wesley Wyndam-Pryce from Buffy and Angel. Originally created by Liz Harris in 2003, then hosted by DJ in 2004, Versaphile took over the hosting in 2005 and added an Alexis Denisof RPF subsite called Innocent Lies.

Open Doors will be working with Versaphile to import WesleyFanFiction.net and Innocent Lies into two separate, searchable collections with their own identities. 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 WesleyFanfiction.net and Innocent Lies to the AO3 collection in January 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work on Wesleyfanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your Wesleyfanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies works there, please contact Open Doors with your Wesleyfanfiction.net or Innocent Lies pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net" and/or "Innocent Lies" in the subject heading.) For instructions on mass-adding works to the new Wesleyfanfiction.net collection or the new Innocent Lies collection on the AO3, 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 WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net" or "Innocent Lies" in the subject heading.) For instructions on importing works and adding them to the new Wesleyfanfiction.net collection or the new Innocent Lies collection on the AO3, 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 WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net or Innocent Lies" 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 WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net" or "Innocent Lies" 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 or the summary 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 WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies 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 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 WesleyFanfiction.net and Innocent Lies 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 both WesleyFanfiction.net and Innocent Lies!

- The Open Doors team

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Thanks a million...actually, make that two!

Published: 2015-12-20 13:22:55 -0500

Banner by Rachel reading '2,000,000 fanworks' with images of computers, tablets and phones

The Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own are proud to announce AO3 has reached 2 million fanworks!

That's right -- a little less than two years after hitting the 1 million fanwork mark, the Archive has doubled in size. The exponential growth of AO3 over the six years since Open Beta is a testament to the passion and creativity of our users, both registered and unregistered, and your enthusiasm inspires the volunteers who manage the Archive and OTW each and every day. Without you, none of us would be here!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We couldn't have done this without your continued support and engagement.

As part of our celebrations for the 1 millionth fanwork, we launched International Fanworks Day. We'll be celebrating again this February 15th, and will be sending out a news post on January 15th with our plans. But we also want to know how you'll be celebrating so let us know in comments!

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OTW Board of Directors Update

Published: 2015-12-16 04:59:23 -0500

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There is a lot of work that needs to be done to keep the OTW running smoothly, and now, following the resignations of the 2015 Directors and our induction as newly-elected Directors, we currently have a Board composed of only two Directors. We need others to join us to manage the workload and tackle the challenges ahead.

Over the past couple of weeks we have considered the possibility of holding another election. However, after reviewing the organization’s by-laws, consulting the Elections team regarding the workload and demands related to the electoral process — both for candidates and for the Elections team, which has just reached the end of a complex season — and considering the likelihood that the only people stepping forward to run in a theoretical election may have just gone through an election in November, we have decided to maintain the regular election schedule.

Instead, in accordance with the organization’s by-law provisions regarding the filling of Board vacancies, we’ve appointed the top three runner-up candidates in the November elections, Alex Tischer, Katarina Harju and Aline Carrão, to fill the Board seats left vacant by Jessica Steiner, Margaret J MacRae and Soledad Griffin's resignations for the remaining two years of their terms. The seat previously occupied by Anna Genoese will be kept empty during the next year and will be up for election in 2016 along with a seventh Board seat.

All three candidates went through the Elections process in full and the scrutiny of the members and users. You can read about their views and opinions under the Alex, Aline and Katarina tags on the Elections website. They bring different experiences and skills to the Board, which will help us move forward.

We hope that these decisions allow us to do justice to the membership's wishes and respect established OTW elections precedent while taking into account the practical limitations of our teams' and our Board's workload.

—Matty and Atiya (Lady Oscar)

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International Fanworks Day is Coming

Published: 2015-12-15 12:16:22 -0500

Banner created by Ania celebrating International Fanworks Day, featuring various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art.

International Fanworks Day will take place on February 15, 2016. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. Whether in text, image, audio or multimedia, and whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your plans for celebrating. We'd also like to get you to tell us what fanworks mean to you.

Send us your thoughts (up to 500 words) through our Communications contact form by January 1. We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News between January 15 and February 15 as part of our lead-up to next year's IFD. When submitting, please tell us:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages!

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Hello, AO3 users! The AO3 Tag Wranglers recently updated the Wrangling Guidelines (rules that wranglers follow to format tags consistently). This update will affect how wranglers handle Relationship tags that include piped Character tags.

What is a piped Character tag?

A piped Character tag is a tag that includes multiple names, separated by a “|” (a pipe).

Example: Felena | Felicia

When are piped Character tags used?

Wranglers use piped Character tags for characters with multiple names in canon, such as:

Min Yoongi | Suga (real name and stage name)
Catherine "Kate" Middleton | Duchess of Cambridge (real name and title)
Shroud | Sonozaki Fumine (secret identity)
Danny Noriega | Adore Delano (singer and drag name)
Kon-El | Conner Kent (known by both names)
Snow White | Mary Margaret Blanchard (dual identity)

Relationship tags for these characters are all wrangled the same way. The "&" or "/" goes in the middle of the Relationship tag, separating each individual Character tag. For example:

Danny Noriega | Adore Delano & Snow White | Mary Margaret Blanchard
Catherine "Kate" Middleton | Duchess of Cambridge/Min Yoongi | Suga

This guideline is not changing.

What about translations?

Many Character tags are piped because a character's name was changed in translation. This often happens with anime and video games. Many historical, folklore, and fairy tale characters are also well-known by an anglicized version of their original name. For example:

Satoshi | Ash Ketchum
Kasumi | Misty
Jounouchi Katsuya | Joey Wheeler
Mazaki Anzu | Tea Gardner
Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood
Schneewittchen | Snow White
Jeanne d'Arc | Joan of Arc
Owain Glyndŵr | Owen Glendower

The old guideline said to split these Character tags and put the “|” in the middle of the Relationship tag, like this:

Kasumi & Satoshi | Ash Ketchum & Misty

This divided “Kasumi | Misty” and “Satoshi | Ash Ketchum” into two mini-relationships:

(“Kasumi & Satoshi”) | (“Ash Ketchum & Misty”)

We are changing this guideline. Tags created according to this guideline were confusing for many Archive users and even wranglers. Some were extremely difficult to wrangle consistently, such as crossover relationships and relationships with piped and non-piped characters.

What is changing? Which tags will be affected?

Character tags will not be changing. Relationship tags that include piped Characters because of translation will now use the same format as all other Relationship tags.

Wranglers will place the “&” or the “/” between each complete Character tag. The new Canonical Relationship tags will look like this:

Kasumi | Misty & Satoshi | Ash Ketchum
Jounouchi Katsuya | Joey Wheeler/Mazaki Anzu | Tea Gardner

How will this affect users?

The tags on your works or bookmarks will stay the same; wranglers can’t (and won’t!) change those. Canonical tags are the tags that appear in the autocomplete, filters, and feeds. Those are the only places tags will change.

If you’ve already used tags affected by this guideline, you do not need to change them! The old tags will be connected to the new tags, so your works will appear in the new filters. Please use whichever tags you prefer.

Although it may take time for everyone to adjust to this change, we expect that having a single standard guideline will be easier for both users and wranglers in the long run. Thanks for your patience while we update the tags!

Where can I learn more?

For more about wrangling, you can read the Wrangling Guidelines. If you have a question about a tag, please use the Technical Support and Feedback link at the bottom of each AO3 page and choose "Tags" as the topic of your feedback.

-- AO3 Tag Wrangling Staff

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November 2015 Newsletter, Volume 97

Published: 2015-12-06 12:20:42 -0500

Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages.

I. NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED

The 2015 election is over! After a slight technical hiccup with the voting software, the election went off without a hitch, and voters chose two new Board Members from a choice of an unprecedented six candidates on the ballot! Congratulations to our new Directors, Atiya Hakeem and Matty Bowers, who began their terms on December 1st! Their victory was originally announced in a public post, 2015 Election Results. We wish them the best in their upcoming terms.

Our Elections Committee received much interest in the data resulting from this election. In response to that, we produced the Elections Statistics for 2015 post. This post briefly elaborates some numbers involved, as well as our process for electing an equal cohort of Board members and our policy regarding the privacy of voters.

With a historic election season behind us, the committee would like to thank everyone who made the 2015 election possible. Candidates and committees, volunteers and voters, this Organization would not be possible without your participation and support. The future of the OTW belongs to you.

II. AT THE AO3

Our Accessibility, Design & Technology Committee is pleased to announce that the Archive of Our Own now has comment moderation. You can read more about this new feature in this post, which includes instructions for how to us it.

Some big milestones are also approaching. AO3 will soon reach 2 million fanworks! We're excited to celebrate this milestone with our users. When the Archive reached 1 million fanworks on February 15th, 2013, we decided to celebrate by declaring that day International Fanworks Day, an annual tradition we'll be celebrating again in 2016. Be sure to plan your own celebrations early so that we can spread the word about them in the new year.

III. OTW LEGAL AROUND THE WORLD

Our Legal Committee was busy with international copyright issues this month. We produced an educational post discussing What the Trans Pacific Partnership Means for Fans, covering a recent international trade treaty’s intellectual property provisions and what impact they could have on fanworks in the countries that sign on to it. Special thanks to our Translation Committee for translating the post into many languages! We also promoted the Save the Link Coalition’s Internet Voice Tool, which is collecting feedback for the European Commission regarding proposed European legislation that could restrict the ability of online platforms to contain links to copyrighted material, or could even make those platforms legally liable for content posted by their users.

Legal also filed two amicus briefs in cases that we’ve been following for years. Following up on September's fair use win in the case of Lenz v. Universal, we asked the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to strengthen its holding in that case that copyright holders must consider fair use before issuing a DMCA takedown notice. And in the case of Davis v. EA Games, we joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to settle a disagreement among U.S. courts about when the First Amendment protects people’s free speech rights to use someone’s name, likeness, or identity without violating their rights of publicity.

IV. GOVERNANCE

On November 22nd, the six sitting members of 2015 the Board of Directors announced their resignation effective December 15th. The newly elected Board members are currently working on making the transition as seamless as possible. There's no need to worry--the OTW and all of our projects (including AO3) aren't going anywhere. We'd like to thank everybody for your patience and understanding as things get sorted out.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Our Volunteers & Recruiting Committee has now finished recruitment for 2015. Recruitment will resume again in 2016.

New Committee Staff: RoseJackson (Abuse), SoyAlex (Volunteers & Recruiting), 1 other Volunteers & Recruiting, Solovei (AO3 Docs), ncastro (I&O), 1 other I&O, Matthew Vernon (Systems), 1 other Systems, ashleyhasahat (Communications), Cameron Salisbury (Journal) & 1 other Journal
New Journal Volunteers: Carmen Montopoli, Christine Mains, and 4 others
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Amy Hoffman, Andrandiriel, Anna S., Aro, BiancaMay, Cecil, Charlene Te, Cortney, ebjameston, Elijah, Fallowsthorn, Firen, hammysammy, Jesse, kadnarim, Kits, L1n, Laura Groeneveld, Lillian S, Luin, lydiacatfish, Noémie Barbet, Paige Hanson, Panda, phantomdoodler, Rania, Suzan Miller, SwaggyOrc, Tori Flot, track_04, Trasyn Lennon, Wes, Weston Richey, 1 other Tag Wrangling volunteer.
New Translator Volunteers: 1

Departing Committee Chairs: Priscilla Del Cima (AO3 Documentation)
Departing Committee Staff: Lommy (Abuse), & 1 other Abuse, Priscilla Del Cima (AO3 Documentation), Claire W (AO3 Documentation) & 1 other AO3 Documentation
Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: 1
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Sammie Jarrett, Merchant, 11 others.
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: openendings, 16 others
Departing Translator Volunteers: Dutchie848, HannahB, 4 Translator volunteers

For more information about the purview of our committees, please see the committee listing on our website.

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