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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

Sadly, International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but here are a few details to share about the day's events.

1) Some outlets that covered IFD include:

  1. The Daily Fandom moved their Fanfic Friday series to February 15
  2. The Slash Report interviewed OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt.
  3. The Crafting System interviewed OTW Communications Staffer Kirsten Korona

2) There are around 1000 fanworks recced at Feedback Fest, so check out those many comments! We also had a lot of contributions to our Short Fanworks Challenge! 282 works and counting were posted at AO3 as part of the #IFDShare challenge. Below are a few more fanworks from IFD:

From the chat room game players on February 14, here's their Lyrics Round Robin for "Hey Jude" fandom-style:

Hey dude, don't make it sad,
we're all here for our happy endings
Cause John can't take another Reichenbach Fall
Since BBC doesn't make it better

Hey dude, you can write fic,
You can keep the angst in its canon
'Cuz at the minute, feels hit you like bricks
And you know the characters won't get better

Anytime you feel the pain, hey Ciel, refrain
You know that Sam and Dean will come knocking
And we want all want to see our ship, make a cute quip
we've got our fanfics in a giant folder,
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!

While this was the final result from the players on February 15 for "Thriller"

It's close to midnight and we're all reading fanfic in the dark
In Constantine, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You miss fanzines, but tumblr helps you kind of sort of fake it
you find a fic the author hasn't updated for years
Your eyes fill with tears!

'Cause this is fandom, fandoms are life
And Tumblr's not gonna save 'ya from the feels about to strike
You know its fandom, fandom life
You're fighting for your OTP inside a Tumblr post, tonight

You hear a door slam and realise that someone heard you laugh
You try to remain silent and wonder when the feels will go away
You close your eyes and hope that no one sees you cry
but all the while you hear your feels creepin' up behind
You've already died and you don't really mind

3) Congratulations to our chat room game and Feedback Fest prize winners: duckbunny, adustyspectacle, Lilac/Luke, darkmoore, Sherian, and phidari!

4) Lastly, thank you to everyone who has responded to OTW Legal’s IFD activism challenge and given them information about fanwork takedowns. If you haven’t had a chance to send your fanwork takedown stories yet, please do—Legal will keep collecting them for several more weeks.

What’s next?

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts in a few days! From February 22-26, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the copyright laws that make transformative works legal.

This year for Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, OTW's Legal Committee will be hosting a Virtual Q&A, and we want your questions! Ask OTW Legal anything about how the law relates to fandom and fanworks. Every question you were afraid to ask: now is the time to ask it! (With one exception: we can’t give you personal legal advice.)

So send your questions to OTW Legal and they’ll answer them in public posts next week.

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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year across all timezones.

  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 with either your recs, or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs (use the #IFDFest tag!). 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 League of Legends?
    • 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've distributed guest posts through OTW News 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: The OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. They 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: We're hosting a 35-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom. Join us and take part in scheduled games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans.

    All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone

    • February 14th
    • 18:00 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 19:30 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 21:30 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 22:45 - Scattegories -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • February 15th
    • 01:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 03:01 - Cards Against Humanity - Heidi Tandy (OTW Legal) and Mark Oshiro (Mark Does Stuff), hosts
    • 06:00 - 20 Questions -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 07:01 - Character Association -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:00 - First and Last -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:45 - That's Life -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 10:30 - Sounds Like -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications), host
    • 12:00 - That's Life -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications), host
    • 13:30 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 15:00 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 16:30 - Scattegories -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • 18:00 - Three Degrees -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • 19:30 - Linkee -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 21:00 - That's Life -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 22:30 - 20 Questions -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 23:30 - Three Degrees -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • February 16th
    • 01:30 - That's Life -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications) & Angel F. (OTW Translation), hosts
    • 02:30 - Three Degrees -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications) & Angel F. (OTW Translation), hosts
    • 03:01 - Cards Against Humanity -- Kirsten Korona and Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), hosts

There will be 4 games offering prizes of a packet of OTW merchandise, which includes a nylon carry-all, stickers and magnets. To keep things manageable the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you're unable to get in for one event, do try another.

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Here are some we know about:

  1. GleeBlast 2016 is encouraging every Glee writer or artist to help blast AO3 with as much new Glee fandom material as possible! Write, draw, mix, or vid something special from Glee fandom and post it to AO3 today.
  2. In our events announcement post, a fan suggested drawing an F on your index fingernails to signal your participation in fandom to fellow fans today.

Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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2016-02-13 18:52:01 -0500
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We've deployed about forty (forty!) code changes over sixteen releases, primarily focused on invisible, back-end changes that will help with performance and stability. However, we found time to sneak in a small handful of user-facing changes, too!

Credits

  • Coders: Cesy, Elz, james, Sarken, Scott
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, Cesy, Elz, Enigel, james, Sarken
  • Testers: Cesy, Enigel, Lady Oscar, Katie, mugenmine, mumble, Priscilla, Sarken, Scott

Details

Automated Tests

  • [AO3-3922] - We have an ongoing bug where removing yourself as co-author doesn't remove the work from your Works page. Unfortunately, the bug lives on, but now we have automated tests to remind us about it!
  • [AO3-4421] - The automated tests for prompt memes were very, very long -- so long that just their length sometimes caused them to fail! We've split the tests up so we'll have fewer phony failures.
  • [AO3-4423] - Now we have automated tests to remind us about bug AO3-3468 wherein search results aren't fully updated after a user changes their username.
  • [AO3-4455] - Our work deletion tests had some to-do items, so we did them.
  • [AO3-4464] - We also did the to-do items in the automated tests for admin features.
  • [AO3-4456] - Ditto the to-dos in our tests for work importing.
  • [AO3-4469] - And a to-do test item for bookmarking restricted works.
  • [AO3-4467] - To-dos in our bookmark privacy tests? Done!
  • [AO3-4468] - We checked some to-dos off our list for our news post tests, too.
  • [AO3-4422] - We added some tests for our Diversity Statement, Donate or Volunteer, and DMCA pages, as well as some tests for a page the Open Doors committee uses.
  • [AO3-4454] - We rearranged the automated tests for gift exchange challenges so they would be easier to understand.
  • [AO3-4441] - We improved the automated tests for Open Doors features.
  • [AO3-4487] - We finished a WIP! That is, we put the finishing touches on one of our automated tests for comments.
  • [AO3-4476] - The test for importing works from DeviantArt was incomplete and wasn't being run with the rest of our importing tests. Now it's done and running.
  • [AO3-4479] - Unfortunately, the service we use to run our tests occasionally shuts down, which makes it look like our tests are failing. Now our tests will automatically rerun after failing just in case the failure was caused by a shutdown.

Perfomance

  • [AO3-4393] - We have reduced the number of calls that works listings make to our database by asking for all of the things in one go instead of as lots of little questions.
  • [AO3-4405] - We were making a lot of trips to the database to get the information presented on tag pages like Alternate Universe. We've optimized our code so we get everything we need in one trip.
  • [AO3-4404] - The Recent Bookmarks page also made a lot of trips to the database, so we've optimized that code, too!
  • [AO3-4396] - User profiles were making unnecessary calls to the database to get the list of that user's pseuds. We've reduced the database's burden here as well.
  • [AO3-4378] - We added caching for the list of site skins in the footer as well as the skins themselves.

Gem updates

  • [AO3-4399] - Quite a few of our Ruby gems needed minor updates, so we updated them all in one go.
  • [AO3-4399] - We updated the gem for our server-monitoring tool.
  • [AO3-4428] - We updated the gem we use to color the output our database admins see.
  • [AO3-4432] - We updated the gem we use for displaying image banners on collection pages.
  • [AO3-4442] - We updated a gem we use to make writing automated tests a little easier.
  • [AO3-4400] - We upgraded Rails just a tiny bit.
  • [AO3-4491] - ...and then we upgraded Rails just a tiny bit more to get the latest security fixes for our version.
  • [AO3-4437] - We updated the gem that helps us with adding, changing, and removing user icons.
  • [AO3-4433] and [AO3-4465] - We had previously installed a gem to update various jQuery-related things, but it no longer worked with our set up. We removed the gem and updated one of those jQuery things through old-fashioned copy and paste instead.

Front-end

  • [AO3-4291] - We deployed the previously-announced layout changes aimed at making the site more usable for those browsing the Archive in smaller windows.
  • [AO3-4453] - We lost our margins when we deployed the layout changes for small screens, so we put some back in.
  • [AO3-4350] - On small screens, some of the homepage items were the slightest bit off-center. We've centered them now.
  • [AO3-4411] - The icons iOS, Android, and OS X use for shortcuts to the Archive were in the old, glossy style. We switched to the new flat design the operating systems are using now.
  • [AO3-4463] - There were some old, admin-only site statistic pages we never used. We've removed them.
  • [AO3-4478] - Tag wranglers see a special wrangling dashboard on some pages, but on small screens, some of the options on the dashboard were displaying incorrectly and taking up too much space. We've fixed that.
  • [AO3-4477] - If you were replying to a comment while on the logged-in homepage and dragged the reply form down toward the footer, the form would start to disappear behind the footer. Now it will remain visible in front of the footer.

Misc.

  • [AO3-4410] - When we used our Vagrant development environment, one pesky file kept trying to sneak into our source. We've put an end to that.
  • [AO3-4413] - We recently added a tool that would tell us when we were making too many trips to the database. The way it told us, though, was by overlaying a big grey block on the screen, which was very distracting and inconvenient. We've switched its settings to something less obtrusive.

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

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2016-02-12 22:27:49 -0500
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I. Celebrating Fanworks

There have been some big milestones at the AO3 recently. The Archive recently reached the 2 millon fanworks mark. It took over four years to reach 1 million fanworks, and less than two years to add the second million. Also recently, Tag Wrangling canonized AO3's 20'000th fandom. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the Archive's success.

Plans have also been in the works for International Fanworks Day on February 15th. Join us for games, a short fanworks challenge, and Feedback Fest. Alternately, join in one of the many celebrations being held by others and tell us about it!

II. AT THE AO3

Our Accessibility, Design & Technology committee followed up the successful release of comment moderation in November with eight rapid-fire releases in December, making updates to the Rich Text Editor, challenges, and gifts, as well as behind-the-scenes fixes designed to improve overall Archive performance. In January, behind-the-scenes work continued with more performance improvements, Gem updates, and additions to the automated testing suite -- and we found time to announce and deploy layout improvements for different screen sizes, too!

Open Doors announced three more archive imports recently: Hornblowerfic.com, and The Prydonian and Human Nature archives. This is a busy start to 2016 after capping off 2015 with five archive imports.

Our Abuse committee ended the year with a total of 4550 tickets for 2015, up from 2750 in 2014. Our Support committee ended 2015 with 8328 tickets. That’s a 40% increase over 2014 and double 2012!

As a reminder, AO3 will not remove works solely because they portray characters or relationships in a bad light. Per our Terms of Service: "You understand that using the Archive may expose you to material that is offensive, triggering, erroneous, sexually explicit, indecent, blasphemous, objectionable, grammatically incorrect, or badly spelled."

III. Fanhackers and Legal Advocacy

Our Fanhackers committee has been restructured for better efficiency. It is no longer a discrete committee inside the OTW. Instead, the Fanhackers blog (and Tumblr) are now part of our Communications committee, and the Fan Studies Bibliography is now part of our Journal committee. The Fanhackers mission of making research about fans more useful and accessible will continue.

In December, our Legal committee submitted a comment in response to the European Commission's request for comments regarding online platforms, online intermediaries, and cloud computing. The OTW's comments emphasized the dangers of regulating based on the false assumption that all online platforms and intermediaries are large commercial entities like Google and eBay.

In January, a request was made asking fans for their stories about fanwork takedowns. Legal also helped make a public statement supporting fan film makers in the wake of a Paramount/CBS lawsuit against the makers of Axanar, a Star Trek fan film.

IV. GOVERNANCE

The resignation of Andrea Horbinski, Soledad Griffin, Jessica Steiner, Eylul Dogruel, Cat Meier, and M.J. MacRae from the OTW's Board of Directors became effective on December 15th. After meeting with our Elections and Legal committees, newly elected Directors Matty Bowers and Atiya Hakeem announced that the remaining candidates from the November 2015 election would be appointed to the Board.

The Board is now hard at work. A draft of the 2016 budget is undergoing internal review for release as soon as possible. Minutes from Board meetings can be found on the minutes page, and future meeting times are listed on the new Board calendar page. (Note: Our website is currently being migrated to a new platform, so some links may malfunction for a little while. Thanks for your patience.)

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Our Volunteers & Recruiting committee has kicked off recruitment for 2016.

New Directors: Matty Bowers (President), Alex Tischer (Secretary), Atiya Hakeem (Treasurer), Aline Carrão, Katarina Harju.
New Committee Chairs: Atiya Hakeem (Finance), Alex Tischer (Web Strategy, Design & Development (Acting)), Alison Watson (Volunteers & Recruiting), James Baxter (Web Strategy, Design & Development), Mahewa (Elections)
New Committee Staff: Katie (Accessibility, Design & Technology), 1 Journal, Nele Noppe (Communications), Gil (Web Strategy, Design, & Development), Atiya Hakeem (Development & Membership)
New Coder Volunteers: Cesy
New Translator Volunteers: Olya, Rose Hannah, and Chien
New Volunteers & Recruiting Volunteers:

Departing Directors: Eylul Dogruel, Soledad Griffin, Andrea Horbinski, M.J. MacRae, Cat Meier, Jessica Steiner
Departing Committee Chairs: Soledad Griffin (I&O), Eylul Dogruel (Web Strategy, Design & Development (Acting)), Renay (Volunteers & Recruiting), Nele Noppe (Fanhackers), Daniel Lamson (Development & Membership), hele braunstein (Translation)
Departing Committee Staff: Xierroh (Translation), Amalia Blondet (AO3 Documentation & Translation), Katarina Harju (Translation), 1 Support, 1 Open Doors, 1 Wiki
Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: 1
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Selenay, Ciel, 1 other
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: Stephanie S.
Departing Strategic Planning Volunteers: 2
Departing Translator Volunteers: 7 others

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

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International Fanworks Day is nearly here. To celebrate we are kicking off one of our planned events today, which is Feedback Fest!

How does it work?

We know you love fanworks, that's why you're here reading this! So get specific.

Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you've made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities.

For everyone checking out the recced fanworks, don't forget to leave comments, likes, kudos or other love to those fan creators to help spread the squee.

But wait, there's more!

To celebrate AO3's recent milestone of 2 million fanworks, we'll be giving away either an AO3 Water Bottle or an OTW iron-on and sticker to two randomly chosen participants in Feedback Fest. Just start your comment here with a YES or NO so we'll know if you'd like a chance at the gifts. (We'll only be counting one entry per person).

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Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of five archive import projects! Here on the AO3, not only will the original contents be preserved, but all of the archives can continue to grow.

Chains: The Powerfic Archive

Completed: 1 July 2015

Founded in 2000 and originally named Boys in Chains: the slave!fic archive, the Chains archive is a multi-fandom archive for both fiction and art, with a focus on works about relationships between people of different ranks or status. To reflect its openness to femslash, het, and gen, as well as slash, its name was changed to Chains: The Powerfic Archive during the import. Check it out at Chains: The Powerfic Archive! For more information on the archive, see the original Chains import announcement.

Henneth Annûn Story Archive (HASA)

Completed: 1 September 2015

HASA was a large archive of works inspired by the Tolkien Legendarium established in 2002. HASA was notable for including critical essays and fandom meta as well as fanfiction. This amazing collection can be found here: the Henneth Annûn Story Archive. For more information on the archive, see the original HASA import announcement. The Henneth Annun Research Center is still available at Henneth-Annun.net.

This import featured the debut of a fantastic new tool for importing large archives, created by Open Doors' liaison from the Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee, Ariana!

Table for Three

Completed: 4 October 2015

Table for Three was founded in 2005 as a dedicated archive for the Harry Potter Trio Ship, featuring stories in which Harry, Hermione and Ron are involved with each other romantically. If you're looking for Ron/Hermione fic, Harry/Hermione fic or Harry/Ron fic, you'll find plenty of archives and collections to suit your tastes. If, on the other hand, you're looking for the three of them in a great writhing puppy pile, this is the place for you. The collection can be found at: Table for Three. For more information on the archive, see the original Table for Three import announcement.

The Hermit Library

Completed: 13 October 2015

The Hermit Library is a Blake's 7 fanfiction archive. It was among the earliest multi-creator archives in that fandom, as well as its largest for some years after its founding in 2000. Read more at the Hermit Library AO3 collection, or the original Hermit.org import announcement.

Seamus/Dean Forever

Completed: 2 November 2015

Dedicated to the Harry Potter fandom rare pairing of Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas, this archive was founded in 2002 and active through 2005. Featuring both fanfiction and fanart, the collection can be found at: Seamus/Dean Forever! For more information on the archive, see the original Seamus/Dean Forever import announcement.

A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who made these projects possible, and who continue to work to preserve at-risk fanworks.

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The OTW Board of Directors has approved changes to the Archive of Our Own’s Terms of Service and Frequently Asked Questions. Proposed additions in bold; bracketed to be deleted.

This post marks the start of a two-week public comment period. Your comments and questions will be reviewed in order to evaluate whether further changes need to be made.

Thank you for your assistance.

III. Archive Privacy Policy

E. What we will do:

1. We may collect personally identifying information when you register for a user account with the Archive, visit any of the Archive sites, or use any of the Archive services. We may use third-party services to store, process, or transmit data, or perform other technical functions related to operating the site. These services may include spam detectors, backup services, icon hosting, and e-mail services. We endeavor to use only services with comprehensive privacy policies but cannot guarantee their performance. We or the services we use may store or process your personally identifying information in data centers which may be located in the United States or other countries.

2. We will use your e-mail address internally, and if you make it public on the site, anyone can access it and use it for any purpose. We may occasionally send e-mails to you from the Archive. We reserve the right to send you notice of complaints or violations [or suspensions] of the Terms of Service, as well as to reply to any e-mail message you send to the Archive.

3. We may retain:

a. the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail;
b. user-specific information about what pages users access or visit;
c. the IP address of each visitor to our sites;
d. any information that a person sends to OTW or Archive e-mail addresses (i.e., any e-mail to an administrator or other official address).

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V. Assorted Policies

A. Collections, Challenges, and Exchanges

Archive users may create collections and encourage other users to submit fanworks to those collections. The collection maintainer can set any constraints they want on the collection, including rules about anonymous works (see A.4 below) but must otherwise follow the content policy (e.g., if the collection content is explicit, it should be marked as “explicit” or “choose not to rate”). The collection maintainer may be able to ask users for suggestions for new fanworks (“prompts”), collect prompts, match participants with prompts (including contacting them via the contact information provided to the Archive or to the collection maintainer), and show the prompts on the Archive, following the general rules governing works on the Archive. Where collection rules allow, prompts may be anonymous or limited-visibility, as detailed in A.4 and A.5 below.

A challenge maintainer can communicate with challenge participants. The challenge maintainer may have access to participants’ email addresses for this purpose.

FAQ:

Assorted Specialized Policies

Collections

What do you mean by "collections"?

Collections are groups of works collected together under one heading. Collections can be fic or art fests, exchanges, 'big bangs' matching artists, authors, and/or podficcers, or other types of creative challenges, as well as simple collections of fanworks chosen by the collection maintainer. Learn more about collections.

What information can the collection/challenge maintainer see about participants?

The maintainer can see prompts as well as the username and email address that participants use to sign up, in case the maintainer needs to communicate with participants.

What's the point of having separate rules for collections/challenges?

The rules are basically the same as for everything else on the Archive. This just allows another way to group fanworks by areas of interest. There is one important special rule: if the collection maintainer says in the rules that submissions are final, then you can't withdraw your contribution from the collection, though you can always orphan it. We put this rule in place to allow gift exchanges. Ordinarily, removing a fanwork from the Archive is sad, but it's up to you. But when you've added a fanwork as a gift, and possibly received a fanwork as a gift in return, we think it's fair to say that the other participants should continue to enjoy the benefit of your contribution. In those cases, orphaning allows you to sever your connection with the fanwork while not removing it from the collection. This policy was based on prior experience with the Yuletide Rare Fandoms gift exchange.

I think my fanwork would be perfect for a collection, but the maintainer won't add it to the collection!

Unless there's an independent violation of the Content Policy, we won't intervene in collection decisions, even if they are arbitrary, biased, or wrong. You may want to add tags to your fanwork that will be of interest to people who are fans of relevant collections.

How can I start a collection?

Please consult our Tutorials. Please note that participants may provide information to the maintainer for purposes of participating in a collection or challenge. Any use of this information other than to manage the collection or challenge is a violation of our Terms of Service and can result in the termination of the maintainer's account.

Other Changes

 

Can orphaning be reversed?

Usually not. [If you orphan a work inadvertently, or wish to rewrite it and repost under your name, and you can verify your identity as the author in a way we consider reliable enough, we may be able to reverse the orphaning. But orphaning may be irreversible in some cases,] Orphaning is irreversible in most cases, so please use this option carefully.

What if what I want to post isn’t similar to one of the examples listed in the Terms of Service FAQ?

In general, you can post any non-ephemeral, transformative content that is fannish in nature. If you have doubts about any particular examples and you don’t want to risk posting it, you can always contact our [Support] Abuse team to ask, using the [Support] Abuse form.

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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).

In this post:

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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