The Warp 5 Complex, a Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).
In this post:
- A bit of background explanation.
- What this means for creators who have work on the Warp 5 Complex.
- What to do if you still have questions.
The Warp 5 Complex (W5C), which has existed since 2002 to archive Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction, uses eFiction software as its platform. This software is no longer maintained and has become a security hazard. Thus, to keep the stories available to the fan community, the fic archive moderator, Kylie Lee, has decided to move the archive to the AO3 via the Open Doors project, which seeks to archive and preserve fan artworks.
Open Doors will be working with Kylie Lee to import the W5C into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fan fiction currently in the W5C archive will be hosted on the OTW's servers and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. Eventually the links going to the old site will redirect to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from W5C to the AO3 collection in August 2016.
This is the part where we ask for your help!
1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your W5C works there, please contact Open Doors with your W5C pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (Please include "Warp 5 Complex" in the subject heading.) For instructions on mass-adding works to the new collection on the AO3, Warp 5 Complex, 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 W5C pseud(s) and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Warp 5 Complex" in the subject heading.) For instructions on importing works and adding them to the Warp 5 Complex 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 W5C pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Warp 5 Complex" 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 W5C pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Warp 5 Complex" 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 imported on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with their name in 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 W5C 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 W5C mod to confirm your claims.)
We're excited to be able to help preserve Warp 5 Complex!
—The Open Doors team and Kylie Lee