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Spotlight on Open Doors

Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 4 archive import projects in 2020, a total of nearly 3,000 works! We hope that you will find old and new favorites in the collections listed below.

TER/MA

Completed: September 2020

TER/MA, short for Truly Erotic Ratboy / Mulder Association, was a popular early fanfiction archive for the slash pairing of Mulder/Krycek. Find works at the TER/MA AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the TER/MA announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the TER/MA Fanlore page.

Obidala Network

Completed: September 2020

The Obidala Network was a het eFiction archive for Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi/Padmé Amidala fanfiction that was active from 2002. Find works at the Obidala Network AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Obidala Network announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the Obidala Network Fanlore page.

Least Expected

Completed: October 2020

Least Expected was the first Tolkien fanfiction archive that welcomed slash fanfic. It was associated with the tolkien_slash mailing list and was active from September 1999 through February 2002. Find works at the Least Expected AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Least Expected announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the Least Expected Fanlore page.

Side by Side

Completed: November 2020

Side by Side was a slash Kirk/Spock e-zine that ran to 23 issues and six special editions between 2001 and 2007, hosted at Lady Kardasi's Domain. Find works at the Side by Side AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Side by Side announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the Side by Side Fanlore page.

Yahoo Groups Rescue Project

On October 16, 2019, Yahoo announced that Yahoo Groups would be permanently closing and deleting all previously posted material on December 14, 2019. Since Yahoo Groups had been a hive of fandom activity since its opening, fans immediately took action to save what they could. Open Doors worked with other OTW Committees, the Archive Team, and the Yahoo-Geddon Project, to publicize the closure and advocate for more time from Verizon. Our collective efforts were reasonably successful: Verizon postponed the shutdown until January 31, 2020 and at least 1 million Groups were ultimately preserved.

Open Doors was able to respond to every Yahoo Groups moderator who reached out to us for help during the impending shutdown. Many have chosen to import the saved works to the AO3 as Open Doors projects, so keep an eye out for those announcements!

For more information on the Yahoo Groups Rescue Project, see the Open Doors website. To learn the history of the Yahoo! Groups Content Purge, or to share some stories of your own, check out the Yahoo! Groups Content Purge on Fanlore.

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We want to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the archivists and volunteers who made these imports possible, as well as all the creators who have transferred or claimed their works! We look forward to importing more archives in 2021.