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2016-09-04 05:14:22 -0400

We have whitelisted two new sites for vid embedding purposes (and removed a couple of others), made sure external services don't get stuck on the adult content warning when they're trying to reach a work, prettied things up a bit here and there, and squashed a handful of miscellaneous bugs.


  • Coders: Ariana, dolleye, james, Sarken, tickinginstant
  • Code reviewers: james, Naomi, Priscilla, Sarken, Scott
  • Testers: Alison, Lady Oscar, mumble



  • [AO3-4533] - Once upon a time, the Organization for Transformative Works website was somewhat unstable, so we had to temporarily host a donation page on the Archive. The OTW site is now much more reliable, so we've removed the temporary page and updated our Donate page with the new link and a reassurance that we will never link your financial information to your AO3 name.
  • [AO3-4516] - Most websites these days use the HTTPS protocol to make sure any communication they have with users' computers is secure. In order to switch the Archive to HTTPS, we have begun updating our code so our links no longer use absolute URLs like, but rather relative URLs like /works.
  • [AO3-3496] - It used to take so long for a work to be added to or removed from your Marked for Later list that it was easy to think it hadn't worked and you needed to click the button again. Unfortunately, that would just undo whatever action you originally intended to do. Now your Marked for Later list will be updated immediately, eliminating any confusion and just making things more convenient.
  • [AO3-4547] - Previously, even small updates to our notification banners (used to inform users about site-wide issues, or during OTW fundraising drives) would make the banner pop up again even if a logged-in user had already dismissed it. We have now added an option for admins to prevent this from happening.
  • [AO3-4585] - In very rare cases, trying to create a new account would bring up an 404 error page. We have put in a fix that will hopefully put an end to this.
  • [AO3-4597] - When a page on the Archive has many button-style links in a row, the buttons can sometimes wrap onto multiple lines (e.g. on narrow screens). Previously, there was no white space separating one row of links from the other, which looked bad and made the buttons harder to select on touch screens. This has been fixed!
  • [AO3-4628] - An encoding error was preventing Open Doors from importing works that had certain characters (like curly quotes) in metadata fields. This has been fixed!
  • [AO3-4564] - Our Ruby version has been upgraded from 2.1.9 to 2.2.5! Baby steps.
  • [AO3-4624] - We made a small update to our Rails install.
  • [AO3-4631] - When a bot tried to access a work with an R or E rating (or no rating), it was served the adult content warning rather than the work. That was annoying for sites like Pinboard and the Internet Archive, so now we're letting bots bypass the warning page.


  • [AO3-4420] - We've been working with the Translation committee to test some code for translating AO3 emails, and they found a problem with the way we coded plurals in kudos emails. We've fixed it now, so experimentation can resume!
  • [AO3-3947] - Even after setting the preference to turn off emails about gift works, users would still get those emails. Now they won't.
  • [AO3-4615] - A naked URL in the HTML version of our sign-up confirmation email was messing with the email's layout. We have now dressed up the link in the proper HTML.


  • [AO3-4627] - We added Vidder Tube to our list of whitelisted domains, so you can embed vids into AO3 works.
  • [AO3-4335] - Same for the Internet Archive.
  • [AO3-4626] - Both and Viddler are now-defunct sites and have been removed from the whitelist.

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.


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Sinful Desire, a Wincest and J2 Supernatural archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

Sinful Desire was started in April 2006, and 10 years later, is home to almost 4,500 stories and has over 3,500 members. However, the archive runs on an outdated version of eFiction, and spambots and other technical upkeep, as well as financial costs, make it difficult for spiffyartgirl, the site administrator, to continue maintaining Sinful Desire as is. To preserve the archive's works and allow it to continue to grow, Open Doors will be working with a migration team to import Sinful Desire 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 continued to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from Sinful Desire to the AO3 collection after September.

What does this mean for creators who have work on Sinful Desire?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

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

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 Sinful Desire pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Sinful Desire" in the subject heading.) Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on importing works to the Sinful Desire collection on the AO3.

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 Sinful Desire pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Sinful Desire" 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 Sinful Desire pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Sinful Desire" 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.

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 Sinful Desire 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 Sinful Desire 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 Sinful Desire 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 Sinful Desire!

- The Open Doors team


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2016-08-31 12:15:34 -0400

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Are you interested in volunteering for the Organization for Transformative Works with Communications, Strategic Planning, or Volunteers & Recruiting?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Finance Committee Staff. Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Committee Staff - Posting Specialist - closing 7 September 2016 UTC
  • Strategic Planning Staff - closing 7 September 2016 UTC
  • Volunteers & Recruiting staff - closing 7 September 2016 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

Communications Committee Staff - Posting Specialist: The Communications Committee is the central information distributing arm of the OTW, responsible for the distribution of information internally to OTW personnel and externally to the general public, the media, fans, and other fannish organizations. Communications is also typically the first point of contact for someone interested in or wanting help from OTW, and serves all of the organization's committees and projects.

The Posting Specialist is responsible for scheduling and overseeing the posting of content to the OTW's main website as well as content that is cross-posted from the main blog to the Archive of Our Own.

Applications are due 7 September 2016

Strategic Planning Committee Staff: The Strategic Planning Committee is recruiting for new staff members! We are a close-knit and collaborative committee of people who are tasked with researching, developing, and supporting the implementation of the strategic plan. We are looking for organized people well-versed in problem-solving, survey design, and survey implementation with knowledge of or a background in nonprofit governance. A strong background in research and informational interviewing is a plus, but not a requirement. We welcome all perspectives and are actively interested in people with diverse views on fandom and the OTW!

Applications are due 7 September 2016

Volunteers & Recruiting Committee Staff: Volunteers & Recruiting staff guide and manage services, policies, recruitment and volunteer management for the entire organization; compose and maintain organization policy and training documentation; and communicate with other committees and workgroups in the Organization for Transformation Works on matters related to organization tools and staffing needs. Volunteers & Recruiting staff also serve as a neutral party for personnel-related issues.

Applications are due 7 September 2016

Apply at the volunteering page!


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OTW Elections 2016: are you ready? Monthly calendar for 2016 with the 23rd day marked.

It's almost election time! The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), the nonprofit behind the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures and other projects, will hold elections for its Board of Directors on September 23–26, 2016.

In order to vote, you need to be a member of the OTW by August 23, 2016. That means that you have to have made a donation of US$10 or more since September 23, 2015 AND have chosen the "membership" option. If you're unsure whether this applies to your donation, please contact our Development & Membership team.

If you participate in this Voter Registration Drive, we are offering a special thank-you gift: everyone who donates US$15 or more can receive a three-pack of special OTW election stickers. Don’t miss your chance to vote in this election. Donate today!


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2016-08-18 11:57:08 -0400

Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Sumeria, who volunteers as a staffer in the Tag Wrangling Committee

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a member of the Tag Wrangling Staff, I help to manage the very large volunteer pool that form the AO3's Tag Wranglers, but what I do principally is to help sort and categorize the vast inflow of tags the users of the AO3 generate on their fanworks. Tag wrangling is what makes the AO3, in my opinion, the most useful platform on which to search for fanworks that there is. For most platforms, either you are limited to only using those tags that the platform has pre-seeded (which is inflexible, and means that the concepts you can tag for are, of necessity, limited), or there is no way to search for a unified concept at all. A system like, for example, tumblr, allows users to tag for anything they like, any way they like. This is great for avoiding the limiting factor of a pre-seeded tag set, but it means that if one set of users tag for a relationship as "Tony/Steve", another set as "Steve/Tony" and a third set as "Stark Spangled", you can only search for one concept at a time. (And I assure you: Marvel fandom has way more names for that relationship than just those three examples.)

Tag wrangling means that tags are seen by a human who is generally familiar with the fandom, and who will know that "Pepperony" in the relationships field is a synonym for Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, and who can thus tell the search index to bring up both sets of results when a user searches for one of them. Conversely, Tag Wranglers are also the ones who notice that Sam Wilson, Marvel Superhero codenamed: Falcon is not actually the same individual as Sam Wilson, MD, best friend of Gregory House, and make sure that the canonical tags for these two gentlemen are disambiguated, so that users have the option to look for works about the specific Sam Wilson they are seeking. (EDIT: Whoops! Sam is actually not House's best friend but the wife of his best friend, James. But don't worry, House wranglers know the difference!) This not only makes searching maximally useful, but it also enables us to preserve the rich diversity of fandom language and usages, and give users maximum freedom to express themselves in how they identify their works.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

All tag wranglers assign themselves to a number of fandoms, depending on their own interests, the amount of time they want to commit, and where additional help is needed. When a user creates a new, never-before-used tag, it shows up in what we call the "unwrangled bins" of every wrangler assigned to the fandoms tagged on the work. What wranglers such as myself do is look at those incoming tags, and determine, based on the Wrangling Guidelines, if the tag should be marked as canonical (the form of that concept that will show in the drop down menus and autocompletes), made a synonym of any existing canonical, or left unfilterable as a tag that is too unique as of yet to be useful for filtering. As a general rule, any character who exists in canon, and any relationship that involves at least one canonical character, will be canonized on the first usage. More general concepts (such as "Alternate Universe" or "Angst") will generally need to be used by multiple users before being canonized. (Obviously, those two particular concepts hit the usage threshold basically as soon as the Archive opened, but you get the gist.)

I myself help to wrangle a healthy chunk of Marvel comics, X-Men movies, and a few smaller anime and manga fandoms, so in any given week I usually spend quite a bit of time looking through the bins at new tags, and figuring out what the proper form of their canonicals should be. Since Marvel, in particular, is a vast sprawling web of fandoms that generates a truly unbelievable number of tags, I also spend some time talking to the other Marvel wranglers, helping to determine if, for example, a new character from Agents of SHIELD is based on an existing comics character or not, or discussing how best to disambiguate the several different Marvel characters named Valeria.

As a Staff Member of the Wrangling team, I also spend time discussing with the rest of the Wrangling Staff responses to communications from other committees; answers to questions that wrangling volunteers bring us about difficult or unusual situations; ways to improve the wrangling guidelines; and other general administrative things. I manage to keep myself pretty busy. ^_^

What made you decide to volunteer?

A combination of things. I consume a great many fanworks in my day to day life, but I don't really create that many. Tag wrangling is a way that I can feel as though I give something back to the community that has brought me so much joy. Additionally, I'm the type of boring individual who likes sorting and organizing things -- being able to spend an hour here or there working on wrangling is soothing. Also, you sometimes find the most delightful tags and/or new fanworks that way.

Also, I got to canonize Magneto's Terrible Fashion Sense, which made me grin for most of a day.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Spending time chatting with the rest of the tag wranglers while we sort through our various bins is actually kind of a delight; someone is guaranteed to have discovered some new thing that I personally would never have imagined anyone tagging for pretty much every day. I'm usually a lurker by nature on the internet, but wrangling is a surprisingly good social outlet. I've met a number of amazing people while wrangling.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I read a truly astonishing amount of fanfic, and then I bookmark and obsessively tag my favorites on my Pinboard page, because that is the kind of person I am. In retrospect, the fact that I ended up a tag wrangler may have been somewhat predictable.

I do fanart a lot more than I write, though. I'm currently embroiled on a project of trying to do portraits of the entire cast of the Silmarillion which is...ambitious of me, perhaps, but what is life without flinging yourself into ridiculous projects, right?

Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.


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2016-08-10 16:43:11 -0400

Our last 14 deploys contained a lot of behind-the-scenes work, including improvements to the tools our wonderful Open Doors, Abuse, and Tag Wrangling committees use. We also squashed some annoying bugs concerning challenges, chapter counts, and the font on work summaries.


  • Coders: Ariana, CJ Record, Elz, james, Naomi, Sarken
  • Code reviewers: Elz, Enigel, james, Naomi, Sarken, Scott
  • Testers: james, Lady Oscar, Matty



  • [AO3-4576] - When a challenge's potential match and assignment generation went on for a long time, the process would sometimes fail due to a lost database connection and then restart endlessly, requiring a database administrator to come to the rescue. We've fixed the cause of this and sped up match generation at the same time!
  • [AO3-4577] - The list of givers without recipients wouldn't load for large challenges due to the way we were alphabetizing the list. We've removed the alphabetization to make sure the page will load.
  • [AO3-4128] - If a challenge had more than 1000 sign-ups, the progress page for the matching process would start giving the moderator an error after the first 1000 sign-ups. Now it will work even after the 1000th sign-up is matched!

Servers, Databases, and Automated Tests

  • [AO3-4589] - We use static files called cassettes to speed up our automated tests for our work importing code. The tests started to fail because the cassettes were very old, so we updated the cassettes.
  • [AO3-4575] - When a task takes a very long time to complete, the database connection sometimes gets closed and the task stops running. Now we retry the task when we reopen the connection.
  • [AO3-4596] - We updated our deploy script to reflect the fact we took two of our old application servers out of service in order to provide power for two new database servers.
  • [AO3-4598] - We put one of our old database servers back to work as an application server.
  • [AO3-4601] - We reinstalled another of our old database servers as a unicorn worker.
  • [AO3-4611] - We added two new virtual machines: one to help the machine that currently handles downloads, and another to help the machine currently handling bots. (And all four of these are running our new operating system, too!)
  • [AO3-4612] - Another old server put back to work! This time, we turned an old application server into one that handles Resque workers for background tasks like tag wrangling and challenge matching.

Committee Tools

  • [AO3-3597] - Abuse sometimes receives reports of works that are written in one language but labeled as another. Abuse staff can now label the work with the correct language by themselves rather than waiting for a coder or sysadmin with database access.
  • [AO3-4588] - All tag wranglers had access to a method of editing tags that has the potential to overload the servers if used incorrectly. To ensure that no servers are overloaded, we've restricted access to this tool to tag wranglers with administrator access.
  • [AO3-4359] - The mass import tool used by Open Doors only handled works hosted on the sites they rescue. However, some of those sites include works which are only links to external sites. In order to preserve the collections as they are, we added the ability for Open Doors to import those works to AO3 as bookmarks.


  • [AO3-4593] - On the work posting form, the Rich Text and HTML buttons are supposed to use styling to indicate which editor is active. However, they weren't doing what they were supposed to, so we fixed that. (Obligatory reminder to please avoid composing your works in the posting form!)
  • [AO3-4578] - When a user tried to edit the pseud matching their user name, the page informed them that they could not change their "fallback pseud." It wasn't entirely clear what "fallback pseud" meant (it means "the pseud that matches your username"), so we changed the message to something more informative.
  • [AO3-4573] - Due to problems with spam last year, we turned off the ability for existing users to request invitations. It's unfortunately been off for almost a year, so the error message saying, "Sorry, new invitations are temporarily unavailable" felt a little misleading. We adjusted the wording and updated the links in the message as well.
  • [AO3-4554] - We updated some links in our Terms of Service and Terms of Service FAQ to point to the pages' new URLs.
  • [AO3-4514] - If a creator posted their work using the "Post Draft" button on their drafts page, the posted work would display a chapter count of 0/1. Now the work will show the correct chapter count.
  • [AO3-4567] - When we updated our version of Ruby, it pointed out two code errors that our previous version did not. We fixed those errors.
  • [AO3-4614] - In some browsers on some Android devices, users were seeing work summaries and a whole bunch of other text in a very light grey, which made it hard to read. It turned out that some recent Android updates were revealing a four-year-old mistake in the Archive's CSS. We corrected that mistake, and now the text should be legible once again.


  • [AO3-4566] - There were a few gems we needed to update before we could upgrade our version of Ruby, so we updated them.
  • [AO3-4430] - In our quest to update all of our gems, we found a gem we weren't using. We've removed it so we don't waste any time maintaining it from now on.
  • [AO3-4574] - We updated the gems for a number of things in one go: reordering things like chapters, encrypting passwords, parsing skins' CSS, entering dates for challenges, uploading user icons, and a few more behind-the-scenes things.
  • [AO3-4446] - We've polished up the gem for the unicorns that run the Archive. (That is, we updated the gem for our web server.)

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.


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2016-08-10 13:16:56 -0400

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We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Tag Wrangling volunteers!

Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Finance Committee Staff - closing 17 August 2016 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

Finance Committee Staff: The OTW is reforming its Finance committee with the goal of standardising and streamlining our processes dealing with requesting and approving expenses, maintaining books, making payments and reconciling accounts—from creating and improving internal procedures to communicating with external contractors, OTW committees and the Board of Directors. Finance members are responsible for keeping the our books accurate, making and tracking payments, working with the Board on creating and updating the budget, ensuring that the OTW meets all its tax filing requirements, and preparing and releasing accurate and informative financial statements.

We need motivated volunteers with a background in accounting to help us get solid and sustainable processes in place, and to keep the system moving once we're settled. If you'd like to work on this, please apply!

Applications are due 17 August 2016

Apply at the volunteering page!


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In July, Legal worked with several allies to file an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands. In the brief, we argued that copyright law should not be expanded to include garment designs. The case is about cheerleading uniforms, but some have argued that it could have an impact on cosplay. Regardless of the outcome of the case, the OTW strongly believes that cosplay and other fan costuming and building pursuits will still be allowed under the law, but this brief sends an important message about the value of fan creativity surrounding apparel and industrial design.

Early in the month, Legal wrote about CBS/Paramount’s new “Fan Film Guidelines”. As usual, in July Legal also responded to several queries from fans, many of which concerned those guidelines. The guidelines were also a big topic of discussion at San Diego Comic Con, where Legal Chair Betsy presented on a panel entitled “Comic Book Law School 303: New Revelations.” The panel discussed fair use, fan films, fanart, and other “hot” topics. Also at San Diego Comic Con, OTW allies the Re:Create Coalition unveiled “A Day in the Life of Fair Use: A Different Kind of Superhero at Comic-Con,” showing a few ways that copyright fair use makes events like Comic Con possible.

July also saw the culmination of some work that Legal has been doing for the past few months, with help from students at American University Washington College of Law’s Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic. We successfully petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel trademark registration of the word "fandom" for entertainment services. Just one more success in our effort to combat commercial appropriation of fandom and fan culture!


Journal has gone into production for the Transformative Works and Cultures September 15 issue, which is going to be a big one, with lots of great essays. TWC was also accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals, which is great news, because the DOAJ shares their journals' metadata with a number of aggregators. That means that students or faculty who search for fan studies articles in libraries will be more likely to find content published in Transformative Works and Cultures!

Translation gained a new co-chair this month, SunnyB, who's spent the last couple of months in chair track training. They've also been collaborating with Elections and have started translating content for the upcoming Board elections in September. Translation also helped AO3 Support answer a total of 37 tickets last month, which is an all-time high!

Webs has been busy welcoming new members, and is hard at work setting up training materials, guiding new staff, and working on documentation. The influx of new staff has enabled them to begin setting up an on-call rotation to give everyone a chance to participate as well as have some days off.


Accessibility, Design & Technology deployed 4 releases in July, addressing a wide range of issues. While a number of these fixes were invisible and behind the scenes (rearranging servers, fixing database and test issues, updates to committee tools, keeping the Archive running smoothly), they also made some fixes to challenges and tackled a caching bug. The committee also started working with Development & Membership on changes for drives, and with Abuse on changes to the Abuse form. Abuse received around 400 tickets in July. They are hard at work moving to a new ticketing software which should help us deal with tickets much more efficiently.

AO3 Documentation uploaded two documents—a revised Your Account FAQ and the Unofficial Browser Tools which replaces the old Cool Stuff FAQ. They also added a new question to the Pseuds FAQ.

Open Doors announced the import of two archives (Dave & Ken's Diner, a Starsky & Hutch archive, and Warp 5 Complex, a Star Trek: Enterprise archive), and have been managing tickets related to these imports in addition to preparing for other upcoming archives.

Tag Wrangling compiled and posted the First Principles of Wrangling, with the goal of having these principles easily accessible so as to both help wranglers understand how to implement edge cases in the guidelines, and also let AO3 users see what the general ideas underpinning the Wrangling Guidelines are. The committee also put together a glossary of common terms used in wrangling for our volunteers, and made a small update to the guidelines for how tags related to kinks are handled.

In addition, Tag Wrangling worked with Open Doors to handle tag mapping requests for six incoming archives, and requested two minor changes to the wrangling interface from Accessibility, Design & Technology, which have been implemented.


After a long period of inactivity the Finance Committee has been rebooted. They have a huge to-do list ahead and are only just getting started but are hoping to recruit for new members in early August. So if you know anyone who might have the skills to help out, please send them our way!

Board kept busy with the normal flow of approvals for staff, proposals and legal filings. They also amended the bylaws to make Elections' job for the forthcoming elections easier and the election process harder to be abused. They also set up a schedule for upcoming voice chat meetings, and approved new server purchases.

Board assisted the team reviving the Finance Committee in getting their work started. The team's dedication and effort in tackling this complicated job has already started showing positive results. Strategic Planning also had a productive July fine tuning implementation for the next plan and completing edits on the plan itself.

Development & Membership has been happy to welcome on eight new staffers as they try out a new ticketing tool and a more organized task tracking system. The team is in the early stages of preparation for the October drive.

Elections's new timeline is in place, and they announced the candidates on July 31! Here are some more important dates:

  • The membership deadline is August 23. Any member who donated between October 7, 2015 and August 23, 2016, including both those days, is eligible to vote in this year's election
  • The election will be held from September 23–26.

The committee also has opened an Elections Committee Tumblr account which will have announcements and explanations for how the election works, and they're encouraging interested Tumblr users to follow the account. They also have a new communication platform, which they'll be using for the upcoming candidate chats, hoping to allow for more participation by attending members.

The OTW's bylaws have been updated with two requests from Elections: sitting Board members will need to wait until the year after their term expires before standing for election again, and new changes to the bylaws will only impact elections that are at least 90 days away.


From 28 June to 28 July, Volunteers & Recruiting received 87 new requests, and completed 81. Some highlights of this month's tasks included opening recruitment for Tag Wrangling volunteers and receiving 65 applicants, and renaming two committees: Web Strategy, Design, and Development to "Webs," and Financial to "Finance." As of the 28th of July, the OTW has 582 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: SunnyB (Translation)
New Committee Staff: Richard Haupt (Development & Membership), Kat Heiden (Development & Membership), Mandee Wilcox (Development & Membership), Kris Weldon (Development & Membership), TCD (Development & Membership), and 3 other Development & Membership staffers, Jeniouis (Webs), brioche (Webs), Joseph Marques (Webs), kellyprogramsthings (Webs), Lexis_Blake (Webs), dolleye (Webs), zephyruszzz (Webs), and 1 other Webs staffer, alamerysl (Finance), Priscilla Del Cima (Finance), and 1 other Finance staffer, Ona Lu (Legal), Stacey Lantagne (Legal), and 1 other Legal staffer
New Translator Volunteers: Kalliopi Siaka, zephyruszzz, Lana Garcia, SarkaS, Amsjur, Timi, georgiaodd, Chintan and 1 other volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: Sarah Remy (Communications), 1 Abuse staffer
Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: RepressedLurker, Aesyr, and 4 other volunteers
Departing Translator Volunteers: Ezra Gecko, Sayali Marathe, Nele Noppe, and 3 other volunteers

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


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