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2018-03-08 13:03:20 -0500
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I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

What do fanworks mean to us? Apparently quite a lot of things! #WhatFanworksMeantoMe was the most successful of the OTW's events for the 2018 celebration of International Fanworks Day on February 15th. Browse the hashtag on Twitter to experience all the different personal stories!

Communications worked hard on #IFD2018, and other OTW events for the celebration included IFDShare, a challenge to create short or quick fanworks, Feedback Fest, a celebration of fanworks through recommendations and other feedback, and games and public chat in an OTW-hosted chat room.

Fanlore also held an event for IFD, the Fanlore Challenge, which had a great response. New editors started Fanlore accounts and made load of edits to articles to earn shiny challenge badges!

Many thanks to the volunteers from all over the OTW who pitched in to help with planning, preparation, and hosting games in the chat room. Translation, in particular, helped make IFD a truly international event, translating posts into 24 languages!

See the wrap-up post for more details about #IFD2018.

II. THE FANFICTION READER WINS 2018 PROSE AWARD

One of the OTW's founders (and current TWC staffer), Francesca Coppa won the 2018 PROSE Award for Media and Cultural Studies for The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age (University of Michigan Press, 2017). The PROSE Awards annually recognize "the very best in professional and scholarly publishing" and the OTW is incredibly proud of Francesca's well earned award! If you're interested in buying the book, royalties go to the OTW. (You can also use the OTW's Amazon Smile link!)

III. AT THE AO3

In February, Open Doors completed two archive imports: The Boy, an archive for fanfiction about any character portrayed by actor Michael Shanks, and The New Adventures of Sinbad Fan Fiction Season 2, a The Adventures of Sinbad (TV) fanfiction archive. Open Doors also announced one other upcoming import: Obidala Network, a Star Wars fanfiction archive focused on the pairing Obi-Wan Kenobi/Padmé Amidala. Special thanks to Tag Wrangling and Systems for all their help!

Accessibility, Design & Technology did lots of work behind the scenes this month in preparation for future upgrades. Thanks to AO3 users for being patient and understanding about hiccups in the Archive. Remember, follow @AO3_Status on Twitter for real-time updates on AO3.

Tag Wrangling reported approximately 616,000 tags wrangled for the month of January. February numbers will be available in the next newsletter.

Policy & Abuse (formerly Abuse), had over 800 tickets come in this month, similar to January's numbers. By contrast, Support received 1660 tickets in February, up quite a bit from 1450 in January and 1329 in December 2017.

IV. ELSEWHERE IN THE OTW

Legal continued to work hard on petitions to clarify and expand exemptions to section 1201 of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In addition, Legal staffers worked on a reply submission and will be providing testimony. They have also responded to a number of queries from fans with legal questions, and have considered and addressed questions about the AO3 terms of service and content policies.

Systems installed new front end servers for many OTW projects during February.

Lastly, Webs assisted TWC in setting up their new Open Journal Systems installation for the TWC website.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 27th of February 2018, the OTW has 653 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Rachel Bussert (Translation), Relle (Translation), lareine (Translation), Rebecca Snyder (Translation), and 2 Communications staffers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2babyturtles, Acrazyworldofdreams, ami, Anca Palade, antonomasia09, AshT, BasedGarbage, Brhi, camlights, Charlottec1, Deifire, DevinKos, Eonni_jagga, Fricklefracklefandomackles, GhostJ, Inrainbowz, Jade Hanson, Julia Santos, keena, Kitsune_Scribe, LaReveuse, Laura Kaye, Letícia Lopes, Lex deLeon, Marina M, Maygen, Megan Q, mopsi, Mouse, one_of_those_crushing_scenes, praecantrix, Quoth, Qwerty, Remi, Sam Bailey, SaraChimera, Soz, SylphOfPaperPlanes, Ulawan5 & zelazny

Departing Committee Staff: Kristen Murphy (Development & Membership), 1 Open Doors staffer, Amy Lee (Translation)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Elf, Maygen, SavanannahM, and 1 other Tag Wrangler
Departing Translation Volunteers: Evmorfia, Lykke, and 2 other Translation volunteers
Departing TWC Volunteers: Shoshanna Green

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


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2018-03-07 12:24:37 -0500
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Would you like to help wrangle tags or assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Tag Wrangling volunteers - closing Wednesday 14 March 23:59 UTC or after 75 applications
  • Policy & Abuse Staff - closing Wednesday 14 March 23:59 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 our email address 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.


Tag Wrangling Volunteers

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Steve/Tony with tentacles or g-rated Rose/Kanaya fluff.)

If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, click through to the job description and application form.

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. Additionally, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only, which will change each recruitment round. Please see the application for which fandoms are in need.

Applications are due Wednesday 14 March 23:59 UTC


Policy & Abuse Staff

The Policy & Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Policy & Abuse staffers are required to spend at least five hours a week handling committee work, though it often tends to be more. Please be sure you can handle the workload before applying.

Applications are due Wednesday 14 March 23:59 UTC


Apply at the volunteering page!

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VinXperience, a multifandom Vin Diesel fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

For almost two decades, the VinXperience web site and message board provided a second home for fans of actor Vin Diesel, as well as other scifi & movie fans, writers, and friends. More than a thousand stories - fanfic, original fiction, group writing projects, and poetry - were housed at the VX message board. VinXperience officially closed its message board in 2017, but the many works of fiction will remain available through the AO3 archive.

Open Doors will be working with Bitten, Silsin, NorthernLights, and MAVDementia to import VinXperience into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from VinXperience to the AO3 after March.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on VinXperience?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

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.

Please contact Open Doors with your VinXperience pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your VinXperience 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 great; if not, we will work with the VinXperience mods to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of VinXperience 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 VinXperience!

- The Open Doors team and the VinXperience mods

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2018-03-02 13:14:33 -0500
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Fair Use / Fair Dealing Week

It’s Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week!

We here at the OTW talk a lot about how most fanworks are legal under copyright law, but we know that most people find copyright law a little bit mysterious. One reason for that is that the answer to most legal questions is “maybe.” This is particularly true for questions about the copyright doctrines of fair use and fair dealing, which are the doctrines that make (most) fanworks legal as a matter of copyright law.

So to celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, we wanted to provide some answers to one of the questions we get most often: Why are Fanworks (Usually) Fair Use?

U.S. (and several other countries’) copyright law is limited by the doctrine of "fair use," which protects free expression by giving people the right to use copyrighted material in certain ways without getting permission or paying. The doctrine of "fair dealing" does the same thing in Canada, the UK, and a number of other countries. Courts in the U.S. have held that fair use is "not merely excused by the law, it is wholly authorized by the law."

The U.S. Copyright Act provides that certain kinds of uses of copyrighted material are fair use, and therefore are not infringing. The law provides examples of the kinds of uses that are likely to be allowed -— such as criticizing or commenting on the underlying work. The law also provides a list of factors to consider in determining whether a particular use is allowed:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Courts generally balance all four factors in deciding whether something is fair use -- no single factor determines the answer.

The Fair Use Factors

Most fanworks are fair use because most fanworks fit well within these four factors. Here’s how:

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes

This factor favors the kinds of noncommercial, transformative fanworks at the heart of the OTW and AO3’s mission. Although some fanworks are sold, most fanwork creators want to share their creative work without thinking about commercial gain. Commercialized fanworks may still qualify as fair use -- commerciality is only one of the factors that courts consider, and most fair use cases have been about commercial works -- but noncommercial uses are particularly favored.

Second, fanworks transform the meaning or message of the underlying work. In the case of Campbell v. Acuff-Rose, the U.S. Supreme Court explained that a use is "transformative" when it "adds something new, with a further purpose or different character, altering the [underlying work] with new expression, meaning or message." The Supreme Court explained that transformative works "lie at the heart of the fair use doctrine’s guarantee of breathing space within the confines of copyright," and "the more transformative the new work," the more likely it is to be fair. For this reason, courts usually find that when a work is transformative, it is not infringing.

(2) the nature of the copyrighted work.

This factor doesn’t have much to do with fanworks either way. It deals with whether the original work was published rather than secret or not made available to the public, and whether the original work was factual rather than fictional. Since most fanworks are made from published works rather than unpublished or secret ones, the third factor generally weighs in favor of fair use, but the fictional nature of many fanworks' source material weighs in the other direction. Regardless, it is usually not a factor that courts tend to place heavy weight on unless the original copyrighted work was unpublished or secret.

(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

How this factor applies will vary widely from fanwork to fanwork, but most only take parts of the original work, and relatively small parts at that. For example, fan fiction often just uses characters, settings, or moments from a work, and recasts them into something new. (This factor, by the way, is one reason why the AO3 does not allow reproductions of whole or substantially-whole copyrighted works without the consent of the copyright owner.) Even when someone uses a "qualitatively important" part of a work, it can still be fair use.

(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

This factor asks whether people would buy the derivative work instead of buying the original copyrighted work or some other work the copyright owner would be likely to make or authorize. Here again, fanworks are favored. This is especially true of fanworks that criticize, comment on, or otherwise transform the meaning of the underlying work in ways the copyright holder would not do or want. Often, copyright holders want people to celebrate works "as they are," but fans want to make those works do or say something new and different. These kinds of transformations do not serve as market substitutes for the underlying work -- in fact, they often help it. Fans tend to spend a lot of money on the original work and associated merchandise, and encourage others to buy also. If anything, they help promote the original creator's work.

What About Fair Dealing?

Fair dealing laws, which govern in Canada, the UK, and several other countries, are similar but not quite the same as fair use laws. Fair dealing laws provide specific categories of works that are allowed under certain circumstances. In Canada, for example, those categories include parody and satire. They also include criticism, review, and news reporting if the maker attributes their sources. And they include non-commercial user-generated content if the maker attributes their sources and the new work does not act as a market substitute for the underlying work. So just as most fanworks are the sorts of work that fair use permits, most fanworks fall into fair dealing categories.

The OTW Is Here To Help

The OTW is committed to advocating for fans and preserving the principle that fanworks are fair use. You can find out more about our work on the OTW’s legal advocacy page.

We’re here for you! If you have questions about fair use and fanworks, feel free to contact our legal team.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2018-02-23 11:49:40 -0500
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Cosette, who volunteers as a coder for the Accessibility, Design, and Technology (AD&T) Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As an AD&T coding volunteer, I work with the open-source code that powers AO3. Coders are recruited to fix bugs, write tests, and develop features. We also work side by side with testing volunteers, to ensure the changes we've made to the code won't cause anything to catch fire.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

AD&T uses a project management tool to track issues (bugs, improvements, new features, tests, etc). So it typically goes like this:

  • Check the planning board for issues I think I can solve
  • Try to solve them
  • Sometimes: cry and dramatically shut my laptop
  • Most times: submit the solution

Other responsibilities include:

  • Creating issues for newly discovered bugs (things that aren't working as intended), improvements (things that could work better), new features (things that don't exist yet but will in the future), tests (automated tests that ensure the website behaves as intended), and so on.

  • Communicating with other members of the AD&T committee about my progress, and keeping up to date with their progress and plans as well.
  • Whenever questions come up, AD&T staff is always helpful in answering them! Also, there's usually some off-topic conversation in the chat room, which is fun.

    Do you have other roles in the OTW besides being a coder?

    Yeah, I also volunteer for Webs, which is the committee that maintains the OTW's website as well as the Elections and Open Doors websites. This mainly consists of fighting WordPress. Since I’m a liaison to Communications, I must also keep them up to date with any problems or changes to the website, and provide answers when they have questions or need a bit of help. Additionally, Webs offers technical assistance to other committees wherever they may need it.

    What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

    The community. There's a lot of socialising that goes on in the OTW and you can always find someone with a common interest. I've never been a part of a working community that was entirely comprised of fans. In theory, you'd think that would be awesome, and in practice, it is.

    What fannish things do you like to do?

    Writing fanfiction!! Translating manga. And browsing fan art. Encouragement is everything so, when I see something I like, I tell the creator how much I love it. Also, brainstorming headcanons and AUs with friends. The existence of fandom is a pillar in my life and I want to do my part in protecting it and contributing to it; that's why I volunteer for the OTW.


    Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    Obidala Network, a Star Wars fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post:

    Background explanation

    Online since at least 2002, Obidala Network was a Star Wars archive for fanfiction focused on the pairing Obi-Wan Kenobi/Padmé Amidala. The archivist, Nadia, has now decided to close the archive and import its works to the AO3.

    Open Doors will be working with Nadia to import Obidala Network into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. 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 Obidala Network to the AO3 after February.

    What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Obidala Network?

    We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

    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.

    Please contact Open Doors with your Obidala Network pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

    1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
    2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
    3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
    4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
    5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
    6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

    Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Obidala Network 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 great; if not, we will work with the Obidala Network mod to confirm your claims.)

    Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

    If you still have questions...

    If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

    We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Obidala Network 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 Obidala Network!

    - The Open Doors team and Nadia

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    2018-02-17 11:26:00 -0500
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    International Fanworks Day

    Sadly International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but there are plenty of things to remember and revisit!

    1) There are over 500 fanworks in many fandoms recced here and elsewhere for Feedback Fest, so check out those comments!

    Congratulations to our prize winners: Imandra_Pipkin, Tactile, Kangofu_CB and CaothicTinyPaws

    We have signal boosted a number of #IFDShare and #IFDFest posts across our news outlets so see if yours is among them!

    2) To those of you who contributed to our Short Fanworks Challenge it's been great seeing all the clever ways people have addressed the prompt! 234 works have been posted at AO3 as part of #IFDShare.

    Congratulations to our prize winners: Pinkwebby, KiraH69, dragonofdispair and owls_and_horses

    3) We only retweeted a few of the many contributions to #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter but it was great to see them all!

    4) We had over 700 visitors to our chat and game room during our 29 hour party and it was great to talk with you. Our first session of Lyrics Round Robin players came up with a fun rewrite of "Shut Up and Dance":

    I don't want to look back
    At all those old OTPs
    I said "This ship is crack.
    Shut up and write with me!"
    This pairing is my OTP
    She said "Ooohhh!
    Procrastinate with me!"

    We stayed up all that night
    The writing with our computer's light
    Helpless to the angst, and the fluff so light!
    We are bound for multichapter
    Bound for multichapter!

    She wrote it down
    I don't know how it happened
    We took the pen and she worooooote!

    "Don't you dare rewrite
    My old OTP!
    I know the sky is black
    But sleep is for the weak!
    This grouping is my OT3!"
    She said "Ooohhh!
    Shut up and write with me!"

    Some comfy sweats and my cozy sheets
    Lying down listening to my MP3
    Seeing the comments fills me with glee!
    I knew we were soulbonded forever
    Me and fic together

    I'm on chapter 40
    I don't know how it happened
    I haven't slept and I knooooooow!

    Oh dont you dare stop writing
    Just look at your screen
    I have so many ideas
    I just can't stick to one theme
    This AU is meant to be
    She said "Ooohhh!
    Shut up and write with me!"

    I couldn't write
    I don't know how it happened
    Then writer's block set me freeeeeee!

    I just passed out
    I don't know how it happened
    I woke up and yelled "NOOOOOOO"

    Oh don't you dare flame me
    Leave concrit only please!
    I need a beta bad
    So won't you come and write with me!
    This fansite is my home now, see?
    So I said "Ooohhh!
    Won't you all come write with me?"

    What's gonna happen next?
    Oh, it's like 4:30
    I should probably sleep
    I can't! I have to keep reading
    This fic makes all of my dreams come true
    It's like whoooo
    Even needs to sleep?!

    And our second Round Robin session came up with a rewrite of Fooled Around and Fell in Love

    I must have been through around a million vids,
    I'd love 'em and I'd leave 'em alone,
    I didn’t care how much they wrote, no sire/sirette/nonbinary si,
    Their ships left me cold as a stone,

    But then I fooled around with present tense,
    I fooled around with present tense,
    I fooled around with present tense,
    I fooled around with present tense,

    It used to be when I'd see a fandom I liked
    I'd get out the Archive and type in the name,
    I'd see a ton of OTP's, but none of them matched mine,
    I just fall deeper in it,

    But then I fooled around with present tense,
    I fooled around with present tense, since I wrote you, fanfic,
    I fooled around with present tense,
    I fooled around with present tense,

    Read on my own, until the fandoms kick in,
    But since I read you, the muse’s got a hold on me,
    (Fooled around with present tense) whoo, fic's got a hold on me now, yeah
    (Fooled around with present tense) I can’t let go of you fandom,
    (Fooled around with present tense) I can’t stop reading you now,
    (Fooled around with present tense) Update!
    ‘Cause I fooled around, I fooled around, I fooled around…
    Fooled around with present tense...

    What’s next?

    We hope any of you who missed the event this year will join us next February 15th and help spread the word about International Fanworks Day!

    Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts soon. From February 26 to March 2, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the elements of copyright law that make transformative fanworks legal. The OTW will be taking part so keep an eye on OTW News.


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    2018-02-14 17:48:43 -0500
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    As our previous post announced the Organization for Transformative Works is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

    We're also hosting a 29-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February to 04:00 UTC 16 February. Join us to take part in 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

  • 23:30 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
  • February 15th

  • 01:00 - Trivial Pursuit -- Kirsten Korona (OTW Communications), host
  • 02:45 - That's Life -- Kirsten Korona (OTW Communications), host
  • 04:00 - Lyrics Round Robin - Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host

  • 05:15 - 20 Questions - Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host

  • 07:00 - Poetry Round Robin -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host

  • 08:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host

  • 10:00 - That's Life -- Anhaita (OTW Translation), host

  • 11:30 - Linkee -- Anhaita (OTW Translation), host

  • 13:00 - 20 Questions -- Adi (OTW Translation), host

  • 14:45 - 5 Things -- Adi (OTW Translation), host

  • 16:00 - Trivial Pursuit -- Silarona (OTW Translation), host

  • 17:15 - That's Life -- Silarona (OTW Translation), host

  • 19:00 - 20 Questions -- Poro (OTW Translation), host

  • 20:15 - 5 Things -- Poro (OTW Translation), host

  • 22:00 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host

  • 23:15 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
  • February 16th

  • 01:00 -- Linkee -- Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host
  • 03:00 -- Countdown -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

  • 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.


    Details About the Games

    5 Things

    How to Play: During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you'll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

    20 Questions

    How to Play: Host thinks of a person, place or thing. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will answer with a YES or NO.

    As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it's correct so that the next person gets their turn.

    The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

    Countdown

    How to Play: The host has a list of 7 clues. After they type each clue into the chat room, people can guess what the answer is. If no one guesses, the host offers the next clue. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing BUT the sooner someone guesses the answer, the more points they will get! After 3 rounds the person with the most points wins.

    Linkee

    How to Play: The host will read a clue and each player should guess (to themselves -- shhh!) what the answer is that fits into the [BLANK]. The host will then read 2 more clues. After each one players can call out a guess about what they think links the clues together.

    The first person to guess correctly gets a point. When we have completed all 10 clue sets the person with the most points wins.

    Lyrics Round Robin

    How to Play: During this game we'll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first line. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

    Poetry Round Robin

    How to Play: During this game we'll write a FANDOM poem. The host will choose a style (limerick, haiku, sonnet, or ghazal) and post the first line. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the poem is finished.

    That's Life

    How to Play: The host will offer two questions. Participants should each name a character that they know well and will then share how that character would answer the questions. For each round, participants will name a different character each time and answer questions for that character. We'll have 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions

    Trivial Pursuit

    How to Play: Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we're online and you're free to do searches we're going to add another factor, which is time -- you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!

    We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!


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