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2014-05-18 12:49:41 -0400

Open Doors is proud to finally welcome the Yuletide Archive for 2003-2008 to the Archive of Our Own!

In this post:

Background explanation

In late March, we announced that the early Yuletide archive would be moved to the Archive of Our Own.

Our senior coders have now completed the import, and all works can be found in the relevant Yuletide Collection on the AO3.

How will I be notified about my work being imported?

If the email address you used on still works, you should have already received an email from the Archive inviting you to claim your works.

If you’ve lost access to the email address you used on, and haven't already contacted the Open Doors committee, use this contact form to let us know the change and we'll forward the claim email. If you've posted the stories elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the Yuletide Mods to confirm your claims.

How do I claim my works?

The claim email includes a link to the claim page, where you can add your work to your logged-in AO3 account, or create an AO3 account. Once you’ve claimed your work, you’ll be able to edit the work and AO3 tags like any other work you've created.

I have already added my work to the AO3

If you used the AO3's Import tool to import your work from the Yuletide website, or you asked us to transfer comments, a duplicate of the work will not be imported.

However, if you uploaded the work manually and didn't contact Open Doors with your work links before the import, a duplicate was produced with comments from the original archive. Once redirects are set up (scheduled within the next week), the original Yuletide URL will point to this duplicate work.

If you would like to redirect the Yuletide URL to a particular work on AO3, please delete the imported copy and then contact Open Doors to let us know the original Yuletide URL and the URL of the AO3 work it should be redirected to, in the format

Yuletide URL:
AO3 URL to Keep:

(Once you delete the imported copy, the redirect will break, but we will use your links to fix it as quickly as we can!)

Unfortunately we are unable to transfer comments now that the import is complete (see below under What about tags, comments and gift notifications? for further information).

What about tags, comments and gift notifications?

The original Yuletide archive only includes ratings and fandom names; Yuletide fandoms were automatically converted to AO3 Canonical tags upon import. You are welcome to change or add fandom tags and other tags to your work once you have claimed it.

Unfortunately we were only able to transfer comments to existing AO3 works if we were notified prior to the import. While manually adding old comments is not allowed, AO3 coders are working on a merge tool that will allow users to combine the comments (as well as other stats: hit counts, kudos, etc.) while keeping a single work body. If you would like to wait for this tool, we recommend including a link to the preferred copy in the duplicate work's Summary to redirect viewers until the merge tool is complete. If you would still like to delete the imported duplicate, we can provide a reference copy of the Yuletide comments page for your work, though these comments may not be manually imported to the AO3.

Works contain a message "For [Name]". If the recipient has an AO3 account, you’ll be able to assign it to them once you have claimed your work. (Note that their name on the original Yuletide archive and their AO3 name might be different; we advise against assigning it unless you’re sure of their AO3 account name. Try checking this post on the Yuletide Admin LiveJournal community to see if your recipient has posted their AO3 name!)

I used the Import feature or contacted Open Doors before the import, but my work imported again anyway

An import bug caused some works to be imported again despite either having been imported using the AO3 import tool or updated by Open Doors. We were able to delete these duplicates and re-import comments for affected works, which sent an import notification to all affected authors; the works listed in those notifications were all works that received re-imported comments.

I don’t want my work on the AO3

After you receive the claim email, you can choose to delete or orphan your work. (If you want to delete your work because it's a duplicate, see I have already added my work to the AO3! above.)

The Yuletide Archive mods would much prefer that you orphan your stories (i.e., remove your account association and/or name) rather than delete them. Orphaning of your works on the AO3 does not mean they expect you to orphan them everywhere, however. You are of course, as always, welcome to post your Yuletide stories anywhere else you want to, with whatever attribution you prefer.

Deletion of your work from the Yuletide Collection will leave you ineligible for participation in future years. If you have any questions about future eligibility, please direct them to the Yuletide mods at yuletideadmin [at]

I have other 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.

Are you a Yuletide participant or do you otherwise enjoy the challenge? Share your memories on Fanlore and keep its story going for future generations—contributions are welcome from all fans! (New to wiki editing? No worries, just visit this page.)


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The Category Change workgroup is ecstatic to present the final version of how fandom browsing will work in the Archive of Our Own in the future.

This includes deep changes in the way current ‘media categories’ are organized – that is, a heavily reworked grouping of fandoms. You can view current categories in the Fandoms by Media page in the Archive.

This proposal was elaborated based on internal input and the feedback obtained from Archive users, as well as ensuing discussion within the workgroup. You can learn more about the creation of the workgroup and the issues it arose from in our introductory post.

One of our starting points was that our new system should cover several different usages - users should be able to find specific fandoms, or just browse fandom lists and find new fandoms they hadn't thought of. But there were several other goals as well. For example, since fandoms are one of the main and more accessible ways fans can then browse works, it should be as easy and intuitive as possible. The system should be accessible, sustainable and adaptable to changing fandom trends.

It was also important that the system should be translatable, not only words-wise, but culture-wise -- this entails making it as neutral as possible and avoiding, when possible, ethnocentric categorizations.

New Category Types: Country of Origin and Language

Currently, fandoms on the archive are sorted into media categories – Frozen (2013) can be found under Movies for example, and fandoms that fall under multiple categories are listed under multiple categories.

Under this new system, media categories are one of three attributes that fandoms will be sorted by and browsable under. The other two attributes are country of origin and source language.

Like with the current media categories, fandoms will be able to have more than one country or language. What countries are added to a fandom will depend on specific guidelines the Tag Wrangling Committee will set for a particular media or type of fandom. The Tag Wrangling Committee will be also able to rename categories and subcategories and create subscategories.

These will be listed on a fandom landing page, similar to current tag landing pages, that will link to its page in Fanlore and its works and bookmarks in the Archive. A fandom will be allowed more than one attribute of the same type. For example, under this new system, Hana Yori Dango & Related Fandoms could be listed under Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China, in order to incorporate all adaptations.

Instead of the current Fandoms by Media, there will be a page with a search box that will allow users to search for fandoms directly if they know their names or part of their names, and a way to browse country, language and/or media.

The two methods (search and filter) will be combinable. Once a user has selected a combination of attributes, a fandom list will appear, with all fandoms that have those attributes. For example, one can search for any fandom that has 'Batman' in the title, but then refine that search only to English language TV shows.

Media is the only mandatory attribute. Each fandom will have one or more media, and one, multiple, or no Submedia. Each submedia can belong to only one media category. Ideally, fandoms would get all media and submedia that would apply to them, to make sure that anyone who comes looking through this method would find them. Fandoms can be in a media category without being in any of its submedia and there will be a special category for fandoms in this situation.

Defined Media Categories

It's important to remember that this list is not exhaustive and will change in the future. We are not trying to categorize everything that can exist, but rather to organize what already exists in the AO3 while keeping the system flexible enough that new categories can be added in a simple manner. Submedia categories will only be created if they are numerous – more than 40 fandoms and 100 works; these numbers might increase reflecting archive growth – and if it will be a useful browsing category for users.

There will always be fandoms that do not fit any existing or possible category. We cannot and do not aspire to perfection, but rather to the best possible method, one that is strongly based on existing user behavior and usability, rather than philosophical perfection.

We propose eight Media Categories:

Animation, Comics, Manga & Other Sequential Art:

* Animated Films
* Anime & Manga
* (Bande Dessinée)
* English-language Comics and Graphic Novels
* English-language Animated Series and Cartoons
* Webcomics & Animated Webseries
* (Manhwha)
* (Manhua)
* Other Animation, Comics, Manga & Sequential Art

Notes: At this point, there are not enough Manhwha nor Manhua fandoms for the subcategory to be created. Bande Dessinée fandoms does fulfill the numerical requirements for fandoms, but not the requirement for number of fanworks at the moment. Fandoms that qualifies for these subcategories will be placed under the Other Animation, Comics Manga & Sequential Art subcategory.

Audio & Music

* Albums & Songs
* Audio Plays, Radio & Spoken Word
* Other Audio & Music

Books, Literature & Lore

* Religion, Lore & Folk Traditions
* Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
* Poetry
* Other Books & Literature

Performing Arts

* (Ballet & Dance)
* Theater & Musicals
* Other Performing Arts

Notes: The Ballet & Dance subcategory does not currently fulfill numerical requirements. Qualifying fandoms will be placed under Other Performing Arts subcategory.


* Tabletop Roleplaying Games
* Video Games
* Visual Novels
* (Board Games)
* Other Games

Notes: the Board games subcategory currently does not fulfill numerical requirements. Qualifying fandoms will be located in Other Games subcategory.

Live Action Films, TV Shows and Other Productions

* Films
* TV Shows
* Webseries
* Other Live Action Productions

Real Person Fiction

* Actors
* Bands & Musicians
* Political & Historical
* Sports
* Other Real Person Fiction

Other Media

* Paintings, Sculptures and Other Related Art Forms
* Anthropomorphic
* Other Fandoms in Other Media

We believe this proposal solves most issues with the current browsing system and improves it, while also adding flexibility to the Media categories framework – which will allow the AO3 to change it as the Archive itself grows and changes.


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2014-05-12 13:59:57 -0400

This deploy includes code contributions by Ariana, Elz, Enigel, sarken, and tuff_ghost, and was tested by Ariana, briar, Emilie K., Lady Oscar, Priscilla, Runt, and sarken. Many, many thanks again to Enigel for code review and merging!


  • Tag Wrangling
    • We deployed a new bulk action tool that allows wranglers to work more efficiently from fandom tag pages! They can now select a bunch of tags and and perform an action on all of them—for instance, to move several Character or Addtional tags to their appropriate fandom, or to the No Fandom category. This will help free up wrangler time significantly by optimising some of their most repetitive tasks and allowing them to spend more time on tasks which require decision-making and offer more direct benefit to users, such as connecting tags with similar meanings and marking new canonical tags.
    • Links that were also tags automatically got a dotted line underneath, which affected button-styled links on several wrangling pages. We have now cleaned up that portion of our CSS.
  • Works
    • MOBI files, particularly of one-chapter works, mysteriously stopped working in Kindle devices after our last deploy. We tweaked our code to take care of the errors, and continue to work on an overhaul of our download tool—coming soon!
    • A "Discard Draft" button was erroneously showing up when editing chapters that were already posted. Pressing that button (to discard changes) would delete the chapter. >_
    • The "Hide the share buttons on my work." preference only removed the Tumblr and Twitter links from the sharing options. It now completely hides the "Share" button from your works (unless your co-creator does want to display it). Please note that other users can still link to your work from other sites.
    • When adding your works to an unrevealed or anonymous collection (e.g. for a gift exchange), they would still look "posted" to you in a work listing, possibly causing a brief moment of panic. Titles in your blurbs are now preceeded by "Anonymous:" or "Unrevealed:" where applicable, so you can be sure things appear properly hidden to others.
    • When posting or importing a work, adding an external bookmark, or searching for a work, the available categories (Gen, F/F, F/M, etc.) were listed in a seemingly random order. They now appear in alphabetical order everywhere.
    • The metadata for a series (name of creator, series begun and updated, number of works, total word count, etc.) was displayed in a weird order and was missing some information. It has now been re-ordered, and the number of bookmarks was added to the stats.
    • On works or AO3 News posts with very many comments, nested replies would become squished and unreadable on small screens. This has been fixed to allow for better readability on mobile devices.
  • Bookmarks
    • When using the "Save" button on a list of bookmarks, the autocomplete for the "Your Tags" field would show all suggestions in one messy line (or several). It now displays an orderly list.
    • When logged in as an admin and editing an external bookmark—for instance, to add proper warnings—the list of available warnings showed up as a jumble. It now displays correctly as a list.
    • Fixed some inconsistencies with the "Show Most Recent Bookmarks" button on bookmark listings.
  • Front-End Clean-Ups
    • The navigation on a user's Skins page was confusing and did not distinguish sufficiently between the different Site Skins and Work Skins options. The arrangement of the buttons has been improved and titles for the pages in that area were changed for added clarity.
    • When submitting a Site Skin for potential public use, the "Not yet reviewed" or "Approved" label (as applicable) was hidden behind the skin's preview icon. They now display correctly.
    • On a user's dashboard page, the button for going to the user's works (from the latest five displayed) was on a grey background; the buttons for all series and all bookmarks were not. All boxes now sport the proper grey border at the bottom.
    • On a user's profile page, the HTML mark-up included an empty <h3> element even if no title for that page was entered by the user. This has been fixed.
    • In a challenge sign-up with required fields (e.g. at least one fandom per request), the required fields weren't sufficiently marked as such. They now sport an asterisk* and proper mark-up.
    • Our stylesheets include links to our Front-End documentation for more information. We moved our documentation to GitHub a while ago, and have now updated the links accordingly.
    • Removed header styles from sandbox CSS file.

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.


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


Development & Membership was happy to report record donations during our April membership drive. Translation produced over 100 translated posts this month for the membership drive, and helped Development & Membership respond to several potential donor messages.

Translation churned out translations for tweets and a couple of news posts in collaboration with Communications and Accessibility, Design and Technology. It’s been really exciting to see so much content reaching fans in several languages, with great results.

Communications released the OTW video at the end of the membership drive. Work is now underway in getting multiple language versions of the video completed by Translation.

Communication's liaisons to Accessibility, Design and Technology and Wiki have been hard at work with those committees in April, creating and distributing tweets and posts for April Showers. It's been a great month of spotlighting fandoms!


The comment period has closed for proposed changes to the AO3's Terms of Service. The changes announced by Content Policy will now include a DMCA policy that takes fair use into account while providing us with more protection in case we are threatened by copyright trolls.

Abuse received over 200 tickets in April. In the next few weeks they'll be adding new staffers and getting them trained to help manage the workload.

Open Doors had their first open house Yuletide chat last week, and had another on May 4. They've mainly been working on Yuletide requests, while trying to keep other archive import projects moving along. They would also like to give their thanks and congratulations to Bettina, the German Speaking Slashers United mod, for completing the GSSU archive import into the AO3--over 700 works, safe in their new home!

Systems has been doing some spring cleaning of older out-of-date tickets, and continuing the never-ending quest to tune the Archive to get the best performance possible out of it.

Accessibility, Design and Technology continued their rolling releases with updates on April 4, April 13, April 17, April 21, and April 24. They also announced changes coming to the Archive FAQ System, and reassured users regarding the Heartbleed OpenSSL Security Vulnerability.


Journal is finishing up production for the June guest-edited issue, and obtaining the final documents from authors for the September issue. They've already begun working with the guest editors of a 2015 issue.

Legal filed an amicus brief in the case of Garcia v. Google. This case involved the scope and application of the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA and section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which together prevent content hosts -- like YouTube, the AO3, and many others -- from being liable for what their users post.

Strategic Planning is training new staffers and have started a new round of surveys, reaching out to Translation, Finance, and Fan Video. They're working through the info-gathering and data analysis stages for Journal and Fanhackers while plugging away on reports for Support, Communications, Abuse, DevMem and I&O. You can check out Strategic Planning's completed reports on the OTW website.

Development & Membership announced plans for an OTW merchandise store and solicited comments from fans about what they should offer.

Communications reminded users of official sources of information on the OTW, how to contact us, and addressed a few other questions the OTW has been receiving.


Volunteers & Recruiting conducted recruiting for 3 roles, inducted new personnel recruited last month and retired departing personnel. They also answered over 20 non-induction/removal requests, developed some tool documentation, and updated internal training documents.

New Committee Staff: Meep (Support), Nary (Support), Niko Thompson (Strategic Planning), Gryph (Strategic Planning), Kathryn Soderholm (Open Doors), Curtis Jefferson (Open Doors), kittypimms (Volunteers & Recruiting), & 1 Web Strategy, Design & Development
New Workgroup Members: Sammie Jarrett (AO3 Docs), Jennifer Reinhart (AO3 Docs), paraka (AO3 Docs), DekuDani (AO3 Docs), bobdog54 (AO3 Docs) & 7 Others (AO3 Docs)
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: abluegirl, deedidoo, Dr_Harbinger, IrogicalArgument, jon_dough, Sass, Slypher, TricksterWins, Yenelie, marrjoram, ThroughTheTulips, Ciel, Nana, parma, Eko, Val
New Translator Volunteers: Maite, Ana Carolina Nonato, Anneli G, Lisa Altevogt, Daphne, and 2 others

Departing Committee Staff: 1 Support staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 8
Departing Strategic Planning Volunteer: 1
Departing Translator Volunteers: 2


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2014-05-04 20:24:03 -0400

Now that April has left us for another year, we must also leave behind our April Showers fandom celebrations.

But that doesn't mean that the fun is over! Below, we've collected the links to every fandom post we made, along with links to each fandom's AO3 and Fanlore pages, so you can make sure you didn't miss any of them. And the April Showers Recs (2014) collection has been filled with recommended works in dozens of fandoms, perfect to browse through while waiting for those May Flowers to appear.

We'd love to thank each and every one of you who reblogged, retweeted, liked, and clicked on any of our tweets or Tumblr posts ... but that would take too long and would get in the way of your checking out all the great fandoms listed here!

So, without further ado, here are the celebrated fandoms of April Showers 2014.

Highest clickthroughs from ao3org

Young Wizards – Diane Duane -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
Labyrinth -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
due south -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

Highest clickthroughs from fanlore_news
Rooster Teeth
My Little Pony
Dangan Ronpa

Week One:

  1. Warehouse 13 -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  2. Dangan Ronpa -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  3. Divergent Series – Veronica Roth -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  4. "Get a Mac" Commercials -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  5. Labyrinth -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

Week Two:

  1. Transformers: Prime -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  2. Dishonored (Video Game) -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  3. No. 6 – Asano Atsuko -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  4. Rooster Teeth -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  5. My Little Pony -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  6. Pacific Rim -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  7. French Revolution RPF -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

Week Three:

  1. Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  2. Hannibal (TV) -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  3. Young Avengers -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  4. Tatort -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  5. Legend of Zelda -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  6. Cornetto Trilogy -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  7. Nancy Drew – Carolyn Keene -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

Week Four:

  1. Sandman (Comics) -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  2. due south -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  3. Elder Scrolls -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  4. Arashi (Band) -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  5. Frozen -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  6. Free! -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  7. Young Wizards – Diane Duane -- [AO3] [Fanlore]

Week Five:

  1. Bioshock -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  2. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  3. Power Rangers -- [AO3] [Fanlore]
  4. Welcome to Night Vale -- [AO3] [Fanlore]


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2014-05-03 15:19:54 -0400

This deploy includes code contributions by Ariana, Elz, Emily E, Nathan J. Xaxson, sarken, Scott, Tegan, and tuff_ghost and was tested by Emilie, james_, Lady Oscar, mumble, Michelle Dong, Priscilla D., Sammie J., sarken, and Scott. Extra special thanks again to Enigel for code review and merging, and to james_ for his work on automated code deploys to our testing environment!


  • Works
    • Previously, all users who had left kudos on a work were listed, requiring a lot of scrolling to get past them on popular works. Now only the first 50 names appear, followed by a link to expand the entire list.
    • After a recent code change, editing and then previewing a work previously gave a message erroneously claiming that a draft had been created and would be deleted in 30 days. This message now only appears in circumstances where a draft actually has been created (when first previewing a new work and when choosing "Save Without Posting").
    • Improvements to subscription notification emails for chapter updates to avoid redundant "Chapter" labels and include the chapter number.
    • Previously, works which were orphaned immediately after posting could end up in a subscription email, accidentally telling the author's subscribers of the new work. There is now a check in place when these emails are generated that will skip orphaned works.
    • In the posting form, the first item in the Archive Warnings and Category listings wasn't properly aligned with the other items in the list. This is now fixed.
    • The Edit Tags form had a "Save Without Posting" button when editing tags on an already-posted work, erroneously implying that it would be possible to save the work as a draft. The button has been removed.
    • Made changes to the form type for the Fandoms tag field in the posting form. We are aware of issues with screenreaders, e.g. JAWS, for some elements of the posting form, and will continue to work on improvements in that regard.
    • Made changes in a) the help text that appears when clicking on a work's icon block and b) the Category (Gen, F/M, M/M, etc.) help text available when posting or editing a work, to make their wording match.
    • We had previously removed the font specification for work text in PDF downloads to avoid an issue with Internet Explorer 9 that caused the text to show up in Batang under some circumstances. However, this change created issues with font usability for some people, so we have restored the font with fallbacks to avoid the bug.
    • The claim email sent to users whose works have been imported to AO3 by an Archivist referred to claiming "stories". This has now been changed to "works".
  • Bookmarks
    • Attempting to add a bookmark to a closed collection previously failed without an error message. Now it gives a suitable error message and allows the user to choose whether to create/update the bookmark without the collection.
    • The message on a bookmark pending collection moderator approval is now visible only to the bookmark's creator and properly disappears after the bookmark is approved.
    • Users viewing a work with JavaScript disabled no longer see a non-functional "Cancel Bookmark" button at the top of the work. Instead, there is a "Bookmark" button which will jump to the create bookmark form at the bottom of the work.
  • Accounts
    • Clarified the button labels and cleaned up some mark-up on the Request an Invite page.
    • Added help text to the account creation page with information about the requirements for usernames (e.g. no spaces, no special characters) and passwords.
    • The Terms of Service box on the account creation form listed the entire ToS, making the page very long and causing users to miss the "Yes, I have read the Terms of Service and agree to them" ticky box at the bottom. The ToS now appears in a shorter window with a scrollbar.
    • Made minor changes to the success message generated when changing one's username and added an "Are you sure?" confirmation popup.
  • Misc.
    • Tag Search results listings for tags with words in right-to-left languages had an issue with one of the parentheses around the (#) of works being misplaced. This is now fixed.
    • Removed calls to no-longer-existent JavaScript functions from the log-in page to prevent errors when running automated tests with JavaScript enabled.
    • Removed an unnecessary line from the code that creates our pop-up help boxes.

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.


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2014-05-03 12:41:02 -0400

Image of Scales of Jutice's cover

First, a reminder that Open Doors will be holding the second of two public chats on Campfire (the online chat platform the OTW uses) for Yuletide participants on May 4, 1am UTC (what time is that in my timezone?).

Open Doors would like to thank everyone for coming to the last chat, hanging out, and asking questions! We have a few updates we would like to share:

  • Comment notifications will be turned OFF for all works affected by the Yuletide import. That means if we are importing comments for your works, you will NOT receive an e-mail notification for them. (There will still be e-mail notifications for newly-imported works themselves.)
  • Comments will be imported as backdated comments on the imported work, and will be signed but not linked to an AO3 account.
  • If you have already imported your works to the AO3 and we match its original Yuletide URLs to its AO3 URLs before the import takes places, those works will automatically be added to the appropriate Yuletide subcollection, so you will not need to do this. This will also prevent duplicates of the works from being imported, import comments from the original Yuletide archive onto the work you uploaded yourself, and ensure that the redirect leads to the correct story once the import takes place.

As a note, if you would like us to match your Yuletide URLs, please contact us before May 11, with the following information:
Work Title: URL:

With that settled, today we're focusing on Scales of Justice, a famous Starsky & Hutch zine dating from 1985. It featured original ink drawings, silk screen prints, and intricate calligraphy, and is considered, according to Fanlore, "one of the most beautiful fanzines ever created."

Silkscreen image from Scales of Jutice of Starsky's head in a puzzle piece and Hutch falling back into a wind tunnel

As part of Open Doors' Fan Culture Preservation Project, a copy of Scales of Justice will be permanently preserved as part of the University of Iowa's Special Collections.

Open Doors chair Michelle Dong notes: "I got to hold a copy in my hands, once. The art was lovely, and the colors still bright."

Inkwork image from Scales of Jutice of Hutch in a feathered cape and Starsky with his hand covering his face. Both of them are inside a giant eye whose iris edge has a row of runes ending in a dragon's head.

If you swoon the way we do over the possibility of being able to preserve and protect parts of our historical fan heritage and culture like Scales of Justice, please consider becoming a member of the OTW. Your support directly contributes to the continued existence of fanworks like Scales of Justice.


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Along with the increase in donations the OTW received during our April drive, we also got new people in as members of the OTW! As a result, we wanted to provide an update on how you can stay in touch with the OTW, whether it's to contact us directly or just keep up on news from the OTW at large or its projects.

Official vs. Unofficial Accounts

Many people choose to subscribe to OTW news through either their social media accounts or through feed readers. There are some important differences to these choices, though, which can affect both the news you receive and how you can get in touch with us.

We list all our active accounts on the OTW homepage at However, sometimes fans have set up feeds, or even unofficial accounts, on the same platforms we use. Unofficial accounts sometimes make that status clear and sometimes they don't, but they generally have someone running them. On the other hand, feeds are like television broadcasts -- they are automated, the information only stays up temporarily, and you can't contact us from those accounts.

Official accounts are individually posted to by the Communications Committee, and we receive comments and questions submitted to the OTW through those accounts. So if you're in doubt, please check the account you're following compared to the accounts listed at the link above. If you're not subscribed to one of those, you are not following an official account.

Contacting Us

If you want to get in touch with us, you can also use our Contact Us page. If you're not sure who to direct your question to, try Communications, and if we don't have the answer we can send your message on to the OTW section that can help you.

The OTW can be contacted in all of the following languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish.

Finding Information

Another drawback to feed accounts is that due to the limited time that posts appear on them, they are not searchable. If you would like to find previous news posts from the OTW, you can visit our homepage and use the searchbox in the upper right corner.

Alternately, our OTW Pinboard account provides tagged, searchable bookmarks to all our news releases and posts on OTW News, as well as from Fanhackers and more recent news from AO3. The brief format of the site allows you to easily scan everything under a particular tag, such as all news from a particular project or anything put out by a particular committee.

Access to Our Accounts

We are aware that people are often blocked from accessing our sites, whether it's a social media account or the OTW website itself. This is one of the reasons why we maintain official accounts in multiple locations.

While for many these restrictions may be due to local blocks from a school or business, China's firewalls block Facebook, Twitter and Google domains, in favor of homegrown social networks Renren, Weibo, and search engine Baidu. In 2012, Russia accidentally censored all of LiveJournal by blocking LJ's IP address. Various other countries block one or another social media site or domain such as Turkey and Vietnam. However, sometimes firewalls allow filtering for specific topics and words rather than necessarily blocking entire websites.

If you are unable to follow us at one platform, hopefully another one of our sites will be available to you. We are always examining additional locations for official accounts in order to best reach fans, and you are welcome to send us suggestions. Although current staffing or workloads may prevent us from expanding in the near future, we will keep requests in mind as part of long-term planning.

Promoting us!

We've had a few questions recently about promotional graphics and other ways to promote the OTW. You can find those under our "How to help" section on our website. We'd like to review and add to what's there, so if you have any ideas about content you'd like to have available, particular sizes, etc., let us know!

And don't forget, you can always share the OTW video as well!



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