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Seven days of love: Day 7

Published: 2012-02-13 18:09:35 -0500

It's our seventh day of love! In the seven days running up to Valentine's Day, we've been spreading the love across the AO3 with kudos, comments on old favourites and new-to-you authors, recs old and new and challenges and collections. We hope that our prompts have helped to give the wonderful artists, challenge mods, vidders and writers on the AO3 the love they deserve! (Please do go back and join in the days so far to keep the joy alive!)

Fannish love is centred around amazing creativity, so for our final day we'd like to encourage you all to celebrate love of all kinds by posting a love-themed fanwork to the Archive! Don't limit yourself to romantic love - we want to celebrate platonic love, love between family members, love for places and things, and all the other varieties of love you can think of! Tag your work 'Seven days of love' so we know you're joining in the fun.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Seven days of love: Day 6

Published: 2012-02-12 18:42:06 -0500

Love is all around as we hop, skip and jump through our Seven Days of Love on the AO3! Earlier in the week, we asked you to leave a comment on a work you loved but hadn't commented on. Now we'd like you to spread the love even wider - comment on the work of an author who's new to you and let them know you're happy to have discovered them!

If you need some help finding new folk to love, you could check out old and new recs (feel free to add to the recs!), or browse through works tagged love if you want to get in the mood!

Share some joy today!

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Seven days of love: Day 5

Published: 2012-02-11 16:24:29 -0500

We're five days into our seven days of love, and we've been having a wonderful time celebrating the amazing fanworks posted on the AO3! It's great to share the love with kudos, comments and recs old and new (and if you missed any of those challenges, don't feel shy about going back and getting involved now)!

One thing we love about fandom is the way it concentrates fannish love and generates more. One place that happens a lot is in challenges, where challenge mods put in tons of work to get lots of people together to celebrate their particular fannish passions. So, today we'd like to hear some love for your best-beloved challenges and collections, and the dedicated mods who run them! Tell us about your favourites here!

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Seven days of love: day 4

Published: 2012-02-11 05:58:19 -0500

It's the fourth* in our seven days of love and today we're asking you to rec new works! Whether it's a fresh new fic based on a film that hasn't even shown yet, or an amazing vid that's been around for years but that you somehow missed, we want to hear what's made your heart flutter recently!

You can leave recs in the comments to this post, create them in your own space elsewhere and link to them from here, or create recs using AO3 bookmarks (just tick the box to say it's a rec). Share your love and tell us about that awesome vid, work or fanart which everyone needs to know about!

* Yep, we're a little late: your friendly neighbourhood poster was sick yesterday and fell asleep without posting. Um, sorry?

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Seven Days of Love: Day 3

Published: 2012-02-09 12:32:35 -0500

It's the third day of our February lovefest! So far we've asked you to show your love for the creators of your favourite fanworks by leaving kudos and comments. Now we'd like you to share the love a little more widely with some recs. Today, we'd like to hear recs for old favourites. What are the works you've come back to againand again?

You can leave recs in the comments to this post, create them in your own space elsewhere and link to them from here, or create recs using AO3 bookmarks (just tick the box to say it's a rec). Share your love and tell us about that awesome vid, work or fanart which deserves wider exposure!

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Seven Days of Love: Day 2

Published: 2012-02-08 12:13:33 -0500

The year, in the week running up to Valentine's Day, we're running our Seven Days of Love challenge on the AO3! Yesterday we asked you to show your love for works on the Archive with a shower of kudos - 11564 kudos have been left in the past 24 hours, that's 3 per registered user!

Today, we're asking you to speak your love in a little more detail. Just what is it that makes that piece of fanart so perfect you return to it every day, or that fic so gripping that you stayed up all night to finish it? Why is that one vid so memorable to you? Leave a comment on a work you haven't commented on yet. Your comment could be as simple as letting someone know they made you smile today, or it could be that long-deferred essay you've been mentally composing on why every single frame of their vid is perfect.

As anyone who's ever posted a fanwork knows, a comment can make your day. Let your favourite AO3 creators know they're loved!

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Seven days of love on the AO3!

Published: 2012-02-07 17:31:27 -0500

It's February, and Valentine's Day approaches. We figure this is a great opportunity to spread a little love on the AO3!

Over the next seven days, we'll be posting a new prompt each day to encourage AO3 users to spread the love. Celebrate the wonderful work of fandom and share the joy!

We kick off with a simple way to shower people with love: your task for today is to leave kudos on seven works. New works you've just discovered, old ones you unaccountably missed - let their creators know you loved their work! Maybe you read the work when it was posted on another site and you haven't given the AO3 incarnation any love yet, or maybe you downloaded it and never got around to coming back to leave some love. Maybe it's a hidden treasure on the AO3 and hasn't received much attention yet. Seek out those works, old and new, and shower them with hearts!

AO3 kudos image: stylised AO3 made to look like a figure with arms raised in joy, with hearts floating overhead

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Update - AO3 Performance (now with balancing unicorns!)

Published: 2012-02-07 07:52:16 -0500

As we hope users have noticed, the recent performance issues on the AO3 have been alleviated! \0/ The fix came courtesy of our lovely Systems team, who tweaked our server settings to add more unicorns! Unicorns are the workers which actually make the requests of the servers - if there are too many, then things slow down because the servers are overloaded, but if there are too few, then things slow down because we are refusing requests we could potentially serve. (It's a whole unicorn balancing act!)

We weren't optimistic about how much difference changing our unicorn settings would make, because we know we have some underlying application issues which can bog down the database. So, we're really pleased that Sidra was able to find a new balance for the unicorns which has produced noticeable improvements in performance.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, many of our other fine staff have been working on the performance issues. Sysadmin James_ has been working on partitioning the database: data is stored in tables, and in the new version of MySQL we're using, there's a way to split these tables into parts without affecting anything else. This means that you can search within a much smaller table rather than the whole big block of data, which makes everything faster. With the help of Systems staff, our coders have been going through the slow query database, looking for places where the code runs slowly and needs rewriting to be more efficient. James_ has also been looking into caching options for us - we'd like to use Squid or something similar (the unicorns need some tentacly friends), but we have a lot of different options which affect exactly what is displayed on the page, so we need to figure out the best ways of dealing with those.

Senior coder Elz is also continuing her work on rewriting our browsing filters, which are one of the biggest problem areas in terms of performance - she hopes to have the first version of this ready for testing soon.

We're really happy that the unicorns have helped us address the immediate issue, but we know this doesn't get us off the hook - we still have lots of work to do! While much of this work goes on behind the scenes, we wanted our users to have a glimpse of what's happening when we say 'we're working on it'. :)

We'd like to say a big thank you to all the coders and sysadmins who've been working hard on dealing with these issues. We'd also like to say thank you to all the users who have sent us messages of support and encouragement - we really appreciate it and it's a big boost when we're struggling with some tricky issues. Thanks for your patience while we continue to improve the site. <3

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