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2012-02-14 17:48:41 -0500
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Over the past seven days, we've been spreading the love on the Archive of Our Own with our seven days of love challenge! Thanks to everyone who joined in and left comments, kudos, recs, love for challenges and love-themed works of all kinds!

Now, on the eighth day, we'd like to send our own Valentine's message. The Archive of Our Own is special because of all the people who make it that way, and we'd like to send a little love out to them all today! (Warning: mush ahead!)

We love all the OTW volunteers who work hard to create the Archive and keep it running smoothly. We have a lot of fun amidst all the hard work, and we love the joy our teams bring to the project. In reverse alphabetical order (we love you all equally):

Thank you to the Systems Committee, who keep our servers running smoothly and work their mysterious magic behind the scenes. Especial love to Sidra, the recipient of many a middle-of-the night appeal for help, who has gone without sleep to put things right when they've gone awry.

Thank you to the Support Committee, who are fast, patient and responsive and help ensure our users have the information and support they need. They are always smiling and friendly, even at their busiest (and they're getting super-efficient!).

Thank you to the Testers, who devotedly work through each new feature and each code fix to make sure that it's working as it should. They always go the extra mile, and their hard work is invaluable.

Thank you to the Tag Wranglers and the Tag Wrangling Committee, who put a great deal of thought and hard work into curating our tags and making them searchable. With 253,062 tags (and counting) on the site, they do an amazing job of keeping them all in order!

Thank you to the Communications folk, who do their best to keep everyone up to date with the news on the AO3!

Thank you to the Coders, who devote their time to building the Archive, and to fixing things when they go wrong. We love seeing people learning new skills as they work on the code, and we love those who pass on their skills to others.

Thank you to the Accessibility, Design and Technology Committee, who oversee the development of the project, manage design, and keep lots of other parts ticking along.

Thank you to the Abuse Committee, who manage the (thankfully few) disputes and complaints that arise.

Thank you to all the other bits of the OTW who do work in the organisation as a whole and enable all the teams above to do their jobs! We love you all ♥.

 

All of this hard work would be for naught if not for the wonderful people who use and support the Archive. So, love goes out from all our volunteers to you:

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the OTW - your money helps pay for our servers and all the other things we need to keep running!

Thank you to everyone who has ever sent us feedback or thanks - your thoughts help us make a better site and your praise makes us all smile!

Thank you to everyone who creates art, fics, filks, fan-poetry, vids, and other wonderful fanworks and posts them on the Archive for everyone to enjoy! We love you all!

Thank you to everyone who reads, comments, bookmarks, leaves kudos, and generally shares in the fannish excitement on the AO3! Your love keeps the whole thing ticking along.

THANK YOU to everyone whose love makes the Archive of Our Own what it is! We love you all and we hope you feel special today!

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

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2012-02-13 18:09:35 -0500
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It's our seventh day of love! In the seven days running up to Valentine's Day, we've been spreading the love across the AO3 with kudos, comments on old favourites and new-to-you authors, recs old and new and challenges and collections. We hope that our prompts have helped to give the wonderful artists, challenge mods, vidders and writers on the AO3 the love they deserve! (Please do go back and join in the days so far to keep the joy alive!)

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

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2012-02-12 18:42:06 -0500
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Love is all around as we hop, skip and jump through our Seven Days of Love on the AO3! Earlier in the week, we asked you to leave a comment on a work you loved but hadn't commented on. Now we'd like you to spread the love even wider - comment on the work of an author who's new to you and let them know you're happy to have discovered them!

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

Share some joy today!

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2012-02-11 16:24:29 -0500
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We're five days into our seven days of love, and we've been having a wonderful time celebrating the amazing fanworks posted on the AO3! It's great to share the love with kudos, comments and recs old and new (and if you missed any of those challenges, don't feel shy about going back and getting involved now)!

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

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2012-02-11 05:58:19 -0500
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It's the fourth* in our seven days of love and today we're asking you to rec new works! Whether it's a fresh new fic based on a film that hasn't even shown yet, or an amazing vid that's been around for years but that you somehow missed, we want to hear what's made your heart flutter recently!

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

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

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2012-02-09 12:32:35 -0500
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It's the third day of our February lovefest! So far we've asked you to show your love for the creators of your favourite fanworks by leaving kudos and comments. Now we'd like you to share the love a little more widely with some recs. Today, we'd like to hear recs for old favourites. What are the works you've come back to againand again?

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

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2012-02-08 12:13:33 -0500
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The year, in the week running up to Valentine's Day, we're running our Seven Days of Love challenge on the AO3! Yesterday we asked you to show your love for works on the Archive with a shower of kudos - 11564 kudos have been left in the past 24 hours, that's 3 per registered user!

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

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

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2012-02-07 17:31:27 -0500
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It's February, and Valentine's Day approaches. We figure this is a great opportunity to spread a little love on the AO3!

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

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

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

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