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The Prydonian, a Doctor Who fanfiction archive, and its subsite Human Nature, a Doctor Who RPF fanfiction archive, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Prydonian, a Doctor Who Fanfiction archive for fanworks focusing on the relationship between the Doctor and the Master, was created by Versaphile in 2008. A Doctor Who RPF subsite, Human Nature, was added in 2009.

Open Doors will be working with Versaphile to import The Prydonian and Human Nature into two separate, searchable collections with their own identities. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collections on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from The Prydonian and Human Nature to the AO3 collection in January 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work on The Prydonian and/or Human Nature?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

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

2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your The Prydonian and/or Human Nature pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "The Prydonian" and/or "Human Nature" in the subject heading.) For instructions on importing works and adding them to the new The Prydonian collection or the new Human Nature collection, please see the Open Doors website.

3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your The Prydonian and/or Human Nature pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "The Prydonian" and/or "Human Nature" 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 The Prydonian and/or Human Nature pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "The Prydonian" and/or "Human Nature" in the subject heading.)

If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your The Prydonian and/or Human Nature 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 Versaphile to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

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 The Prydonian and Human Nature on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve both The Prydonian and Human Nature!

- The Open Doors team

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2016-01-20 16:29:07 -0500
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Banner by Erin of a close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Support Staff - closing 27 January 2016 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers - closing 27 January 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.

Support Staff
The Support team is responsible for handling the feedback and requests for assistance we receive from users of the Archive. We answer users’ questions, help to resolve problems they’re experiencing, and pass on information to and from coders, testers, tag wranglers and other teams involved with the Archive.

Applications are due 27 January 2016

Translation Volunteer
Translators and translation betas help make the OTW and its projects accessible to a wider international audience. We work on translating all sorts of content throughout the OTW and its projects: site pages, news posts, AO3 FAQs, AO3 Support tickets, and any inquiry that reaches a committee or volunteer group in languages they can’t translate themselves. Most of our work consists of translations from English to another language, though we also need to do the reverse on some occasions.

If you are fluent in one language (or more!) other than English, if you enjoy working collaboratively, if you like having flexible deadlines, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help it reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!

We really need volunteers who speak Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Norwegian, Slovenian, Turkish and Vietnamese—but help with other languages would be much appreciated.

(Please note that our Brazilian Portuguese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Polish and Spanish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples as part of the selection process. More information can be found on the Translation Committee page.

Applications are due 27 January 2016

Apply at the volunteering page!

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

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year. On February 15th we'll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring but we'd like you to let us know, in comments, about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.

  1. Feedback Fest: Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it, so we're hosting a Feedback Fest to celebrate the works that we love. Participate by leaving a comment to our Feedback Fest post between February 10-15 with either your recs or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs. Share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too. You may even win a gift!

  2. Short fanworks challenge: Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and create a short fanwork on the following topic:

    What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over? For example:

    • What happens when Hetalia's Axis Powers and Allied Forces compete in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?
    • Has Kermit the Frog ever cosplayed as Yoda?
    • What happens when the Avengers take a break from civil war and instead take an afternoon to fan squee over Hamilton?

    Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format on February 15th and tag it #IFDShare on tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, or wherever you fan. And if you post it on Archive of Our Own, tag it with the International Fanworks Day 2016 tag.

    Keep it safe-for-work, and we may give you a signal boost!

  3. What Fanworks Mean to Me: In December, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. We'll be distributing guest posts through OTW News between now and February 15 with some of the results. But if you missed your chance to participate, #IFDShare is also for meta! Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day celebrations.

  4. Fan Activism: OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. They have recently asked for stories from fans worldwide on how notice and takedown is impacting fandom. Have you, or anyone you know, been the subject of a takedown notice? What did you do about it? How did it feel? Have you had a fanwork of your own removed, or has a work you loved been removed? Please submit information you have by February 28. Help the OTW let governments around the globe know that fanworks are important to you!

  5. Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th itself we'll be hosting a chat in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom through all timezones. Join us between 16:00 UTC 14 February and 06:00 UTC 16 February to share fanworks, or play games such as trivia contests or a Cards Against Humanity game. You might even win a prize!

Now that we've shown you ours, please show us your fandom's plans for IFD, either by commenting here or linking us to your post elsewhere!

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When we redesigned the Archive in 2011, most people were accessing the site on desktop devices, so we designed the layout and skin system with larger screens in mind. A lot has changed in the last four years, and the majority of our traffic now comes from small-screen devices like tablets and phones, so we're making some changes to our layout and skin system to reflect this new reality.

Currently, the Archive determines which layout you see based on how many pixels wide your browser window is. If you're browsing in a window that's 640 pixels or narrower, you see a single-column version of the layout. Otherwise, you see the default layout. However, our default layout was designed for larger screens, so if your browser width is between 640 and 1024 pixels, Dashboard pages with filters might not look their best:

A user's works page with the Dashboard, works, and filters arranged in three columns. The filters partially cut off due to screen size.

Soon we will be adding a new breakpoint to help anyone who has been seeing a slightly squished version of the Archive. The resulting layout will be a halfway point between the default and mobile layouts: the Dashboard will appear at the top of the main content, just below the main navigation, but the filters will still be on the right side of the page.

A user's works page with the Dashboard on the top and the main content and filters arranged in two columns.

We will also stop using pixels to define these breakpoints and instead switch to a relative unit known as ems. Em units are based on font size, and using them to set our breakpoints means the Archive layout will work better for anyone who has changed the default font size in their browser. For example, setting the font size to Very Large in Google Chrome cuts off the text in the filters and makes the work blurbs very narrow and long, even if you are looking at the Archive in a window that is 1024 pixels wide:

A user's works page with the browser font size set to Very Large and the Dashboard, main content, and filters arranged in three columns. The filters are almost completely hidden.

Once we add the new breakpoint, the Dashboard will appear at the top of the page, giving the filters and blurbs more room and making the page easier to browse:

A user's works page with the browser font size set to Very Large. The Dashbaord is now at the top of the page and the main content and filters are in two columns.

The new breakpoints of 42em and 62em will be available for use in skins, and any skins using the existing 640px breakpoint will automatically be converted to the new 42em setting.

These breakpoints don't correspond to the dimensions of any particular device -- there are too many devices for that to be a practical approach -- but are instead based on the point at which the Archive's default layout begins experiencing problems. We realize that's not ideal for skin makers who have chosen to remake the layout entirely, but it should be a positive change for the majority of skin users, and we're looking into adding customizable breakpoints in the future to allow you to target any and all devices you use to browse the Archive.

As always, if you have any questions or experience any problems, please contact our Support volunteers, who will be glad to help!

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Hornblowerfic.com, a Horatio Hornblower fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post:

Background explanation

Hornblowerfic.com was created by Versaphile in 2004, welcoming all types of Horatio Hornblower fanfiction.

Open Doors will be working with Versaphile to import Hornblowerfic.com into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from Hornblowerfic.com to the AO3 collection in February 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work on Hornblowerfic.com?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

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

2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) For instructions on importing works and adding them to the Hornblowerfic.com collection, please see the Open Doors website.

3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your Hornblowerfic.com pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Hornblowerfic.com" in the subject heading.) If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Hornblowerfic.com account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the Hornblowerfic.com mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Hornblowerfic.com, on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Hornblowerfic.com!

- The Open Doors team

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

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

Credits

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

Details

Works & Comments

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

Challenges & Tags

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

Users & Accounts

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

Under the Hood

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

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

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

Background explanation

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

Open Doors will be working with Versaphile to import WesleyFanFiction.net and Innocent Lies into two separate, searchable collections with their own identities. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from WesleyFanfiction.net and Innocent Lies to the AO3 collection in January 2016.

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

This is the part where we ask for your help!

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

2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net" or "Innocent Lies" in the subject heading.) For instructions on importing works and adding them to the new Wesleyfanfiction.net collection or the new Innocent Lies collection on the AO3, please see the Open Doors website.

3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net or Innocent Lies" in the subject heading.) Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Wesleyfanfiction.net" or "Innocent Lies" in the subject heading.) If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your WesleyFanfiction.net and/or Innocent Lies account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of WesleyFanfiction.net and Innocent Lies on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve both WesleyFanfiction.net and Innocent Lies!

- The Open Doors team

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

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

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

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

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

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