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Proposed Content Policy ToS and FAQ changes

Published: 2013-06-28 14:07:52 -0400

In mid-March our Content Policy workgroup asked for user feedback about the following ways in which we would have to address the addition of fannish non-fiction content to the AO3. Because work type is not yet in place as part of the basic upload form, we have been working on a general policy focused on tagging. Based on internal and external feedback, we have made some changes to the initial proposal, though the basic structure remains the same.

The Terms of Service document has proposed minor language changes in the following sections and one major addition:

  • Section II - minor
  • Section IV B and F - minor
  • Section IV K new sections 5 and 6
  • Section V D - minor

You can access this in either Word format or PDF format.

The new FAQ proposal includes some minor word changes in various sections, primarily in how users are referenced ("they"). The major new additions are labeled as follows:

  • Can I archive nonfiction?
  • How will “ephemeral” be defined?
  • What falls within the definition of fandom nonfiction?
  • What isn't fandom nonfiction?
  • How does tagging apply to podfics, vids, and other nontextual content? Do I need to use particular tags?
  • Do I need to tag for “fan fiction”?"
  • What kinds of mis-tagging does Abuse handle?
  • What do you mean by recategorizing a fanwork type?
  • What do you mean by a manual recategorization?
  • When will you change a language tag?
  • When will you remove a fandom tag?
  • Will you recategorize or remove other tags, such as relationship tags?
  • What should I do about recs/commentary on fanworks?
  • I would like to create a list of recommendations or a list of works that use certain tropes.
  • What counts as a recommendation that should be in a bookmark versus a more general discussion or analysis of multiple fanworks?
  • How does the harassment policy apply to reviews?
  • I am looking for a particular story. Can I create a work explaining what I’m looking for?
  • What about a fanwork prompt?
  • What about a letter to someone I've been anonymously matched with for a challenge?
  • How do these rules apply to bookmarks?
  • Addition to "What is tag wrangling?" section.

You can access this in either Word format or PDF format.

As stated in our Terms of Service this post constitutes the beginning of a two week comment period regarding these changes: "At the end of the comment period, proposed changes will be voted on by the Board. If the Board votes in favor, the changes will become effective at that time."

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The OTW invites you to Comic Con San Diego

Published: 2013-06-26 13:52:03 -0400

San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is a major multifandom event taking place each July; this year it's July 18-21. For the first time, the OTW will be covering SDCC, from the convention floor to Hall H lines, from the fan panels to tv, movie and author press rooms. Legal Committee staffer Heidi Tandy will be focusing on legal aspects of fandom, fannish interaction with content creators and other issues of interest to all fans, including fanfic writers, fanartists and vidders.

In addition, the OTW is hosting a party on Wednesday, July 17, 8:00-9:30 p.m. PDT at the Tequila Bar & Grille at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 map and directions here. There will be complimentary margaritas, sodas, chips & salsa, a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity, giveaways and other meet & greet moments designed to welcome everyone to San Diego and Comic Con.

We're requesting a voluntary donation of $5 to attend. You don't need to be attending Comic Con to join us, although the Marriott is adjacent to the Convention Center so anyone coming from the off-site SDCC hotels via Con Bus can reach it easily.

We'd also like to know what SDCC participants you would like Heidi to speak to and what questions you would like her to ask? The ComicCon schedule will become available around July 4, and we will send out another reminder after it is posted.

Let us hear from you! Just keep in mind that Heidi can only be in one place at one time, and that she can speak with only so many people in a single day. She is also scheduled to appear on two panels during the con. The first is a panel for the forthcoming SmartPop book Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, for which she and other current or former OTW staffers have contributed. Heidi will also be moderating a Harry Potter panel on Sunday afternoon. However, we would like to include as many of your suggestions as possible.

Some planned questions currently include:

  • Have you heard of or planned anything for your property to be part of Amazon's Kindle Worlds project?
  • How involved are you with tie-in creations generally, and do you see fan work to be different?
  • How would you have answered this question 3 years ago? What about 8?
  • How much regular contact do you have with legal staff in your work regarding fan creations or other things besides your own content?
  • For fans: Have you ever received a C&D? What did you do? What would you do if you got one now?

We will be publishing stories from her SDCC visit in the week after the event (starting after July 25) in both print and video form - and she'll liveTweet as much as possible from the halls of the San Diego Convention Center through the OTW News twitter account.

Mirrored from an original post on the OTW blog. Find related news by viewing our tag cloud.

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Translated Fandom Tags

Published: 2013-06-17 17:11:57 -0400

Good news for everyone in non-English-language, non-Latin-alphabet fandoms - our fandom tags will now include titles in the actual language, not just transliterations!

Tag Wrangling policy has always been to make our fandom tags in the form "Original Language Title | Translated English Title". However, due to limitations in the Archive code for writing systems such as Chinese, Cyrillic, Hangul, and Japanese, we've used transliterated titles, rendering those languages into the Latin alphabet. This has caused problems because there are multiple transliteration systems in use. Since users have to guess which one we're using, and because in many cases the transliterated titles are never used by anyone in the fandom, the tags aren't reflective of real fannish practices.

The Archive now has improved features for wrangling fandom tags, however, so we've changed our guidelines for wrangling them. Starting immediately, we'll be wrangling fandom tags in all languages as "Original Language Title | Translated English Title", using the original language's writing system. (For fandoms which do commonly use the transliterated titles, such as many anime and manga fandoms, the canonicals will be in the form "Original Language Title | Transliterated Title [| Translated English Title (if it exists)]"

This is an interim solution; we hope to someday get full support for tags in all languages. This guideline is a test case to see how well such tags work for users. For now we're mostly going to stick to handling new fandoms this way, and only changing existing tags on a limited basis until we have a better idea of their usability, and as we have the resources to do so. (With several thousand non-English fandoms on the Archive, it'll take the wranglers time to review all of them!) We also won't be changing most character and relationship tags until we have better support for making those in non-Latin-alphabet languages.

So what does this mean for you?

1) You'll be able to search for fandom titles in either the original language or the English translated title, and find the tags in the autocomplete under either title.

2) For fandoms which only use the original or translated titles, you'll be able to browse alphabetically in the fandoms-by-media listings by the English translated title. (We don't yet have proper support for listing tags in non-Latin-alphabet order). So the fandom ボクと魔王 | Okage: Shadow King will appear in Video Games under "O", not "B".

We hope this change will make the Archive more inclusive and welcoming to fans of all fandoms, in all languages. Please let us know what you think of this change, and thank you for your patience as we work to improve the Archive's tags!

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Volunteer Recruiting: Web Committee Documentation Lead

Published: 2013-06-04 13:25:46 -0400

Thank you to everyone who responded to our calls for Testing Volunteers, Web Developers, and Internationalization & Outreach Committee Members. The chairs of those respective committees are reviewing information that was submitted and will be contacting individuals over the next couple of weeks.

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

  • Web Committee Documentation Lead - Applications Due June 11th

We have included more information regarding the 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(.)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.

Web Committee Documentation Lead
Do you have technical writing or similar experience? Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to the development of web and technical projects through documentation? The OTW's Web Committee is looking for a Documentation Lead to manage and develop new technical documentation for both Web and Systems Committee projects. The Documentation Lead will be also be responsible for assisting other committees with end-user documentation in support of their technical needs. Check out the application form for more information. Applications are due June 11th

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It's time for another volunteer recruiting update! We're still accepting applications for Testing Volunteers & Web Developer Staff for another four and a half hours (0000 UTC, May 28 - When is this in my timezone?).

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

  • Internationalization & Outreach Staff - Applications Due June 3rd

We have included more information regarding the 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.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.

Internationalization & Outreach Staff
Internationalization & Outreach works on projects with other OTW committees to help develop a more diverse audience, message, and volunteer/staffer pool. We also develop our own projects, and occasionally collaborate with external groups and organizations. If you would like to help the OTW better represent fandom's diversity, I&O is the committee for you. Check out the application form for more information. Applications are due June 3rd

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We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Support Staff. The chairs are reviewing applications and should be contacting people within the next two weeks.

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

  • Testing Volunteer - Closes May 27th
  • Web Developer Staff - Closes May 27th

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.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.

Note: We are continuing to work on a set of Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions that we hope to have posted within the next few weeks. If you have any questions about volunteering for the OTW, please let us know.

Testing Volunteer
The Accessibility, Design, & Technology committee (AD&T) is the guiding body that coordinates software design and development on behalf of the Organization for Transformative Works. AD&T is committed to developing high quality, accessible products that support the goals of the OTW while providing opportunities for professional and personal growth for its members. The main project concerning AD&T right now is the Archive of Our Own.

Quality Assurance & Testing (QA&T) is a subcommittee of AD&T responsible for testing bug fixes and new features before they go live, overseeing release and issue management tasks, and maintaining relevant documentation.

We are currently looking for motivated testers to join our team of volunteers and help us test new code before deploys. More information is available at the Testing Volunteer application. Applications are due May 27th.

Web Developer Staff
Do you have experience with Drupal and website management? Join our team of Web Developers! Web Developers are responsible for improvements to and maintenance of the primary OTW web properties. You will participate in an on-call rotation with other Web Developers, design and implement new features and fixes for the websites, and help to determine priorities for future web development efforts. More information is available at the Web Developer application. Applications are due May 27th.

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852 Prospect - AO3 Supports our Sentinel*

Published: 2013-05-12 16:42:54 -0400

The OTW is delighted to welcome 852 Prospect -- the Sentinel Adult Fiction Archive -- to its new home within the Archive of Our Own. The Archivists of 852 Prospect (most recently alicettlg) have worked hard in conjunction with ADT and Open Doors to make this move a reality.

There's some special history associated with this move. 852 Prospect was the first automated fiction archive on the web. Back in 1997, astolat wrote the first version of the Automated Archive software for 852 Prospect, which made it possible for authors to post their stories simultaneously to a mailing list and to an archive, and which also made it possible for archivists to maintain fic archives without hand-coding every post. The automated archive software is now old and creaky and no longer maintained; we're delighted to be able to offer 852 Prospect a new home as an integrated collection within the AO3.

Our coders have set up a redirect from the original domain to the stories' new URLs, to help preserve the validity of old links, rec lists, bookmarks, etc. Because the redirects will be set up to go to the version of each work imported with 852 Prospect, if you have a duplicate on the Archive which has comments / kudos you want to keep, we suggest you keep both versions for now (if you delete the one imported with 852 Prospect, then the redirect will break). Down the line, we’re planning to implement a way of merging two copies of the same work, so you'll be able to keep the redirects and the comments and kudos.

If you don't care to keep the comments/kudos of both works, you can ask Open Doors to reset the redirect to point toward the pre-existing copy on AO3, and then delete the imported copy. To do so, please contact Open Doors with your AO3 account name, your account name on 852 Prospect, and links to both the 852 Prospect URL, and the AO3 URL of the fanwork designated for the redirect.

Most of the newly imported works are not yet visible to people who aren't logged in with an AO3 account. If you're looking for The Sentinel fic on AO3 that was newly imported as part of 852 Prospect, please search for it while logged into AO3. You can also request an AO3 account by contacting Open Doors or using this page.

If you're the author of newly imported stories, you can use the ‘edit works’ function to set them all to 'unrestricted' at once (if you wish) after you've claimed them. For help editing your works, please contact Support. For more information about what happens with imported works, click here for Open Doors' tutorial on automated imports, or here to contact Open Doors. Please note: If you choose to orphan your works, you will want to check them over first and edit out any remaining identifying data.

And if you want to post new stories to the 852 Prospect collection, you are welcome to do so! The collection will remain open to new entries, but will be moderated according to 852 Prospect’s guidelines.

Several of the OTW founders are Sentinel fans, and many org volunteers count The Sentinel among their beloved fandoms. We're thrilled to be able to continue preserving and protecting fanworks which are otherwise at risk of disappearing from the internet, and we're doubly thrilled to be rescuing an archive to which many of us have a longstanding personal connection! Hooray for Jim and Blair, Carolyn, Simon and Rafe and Henri, Megan, Naomi, and the whole city of Cascade finding a safe new home.

 

*Support Our Sentinel was a 1997 effort by fans to keep the show on the air when it was facing cancellation. The effort succeeded, garnering fans an 8-episode season four which brought fan favorite Blair Sandburg back to life!

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Archive of Our Own among TIME's '50 Best Websites 2013'

Published: 2013-05-07 21:59:47 -0400

The Organization for Transformative Works was pleased to learn that one of our projects, the Archive of Our Own, has been named among the '50 Best Websites 2013' by TIME magazine staff. We are excited to be included in this list and in the company of a number of other great websites.

We would like to extend a thank you to OTW members whose generosity has helped to support the continued development of the AO3 and to AO3 users who provide the content that helps make it one of the 'Best Websites'. We look forward to continuing to build the AO3 to make it even better in the years to come.

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