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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!


    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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    Feedback Fest 2018

    International Fanworks Day is nearly here! We're kicking off the celebrations early with Feedback Fest, one of our planned events!

    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.

    But there's more! We will be offering one prize each to 4 randomly selected participants. Those prizes are:

    1. A copy of the limited edition Ghosts of Albion anthology Initiation signed by co-authors Amber Benson and Christopher Golden (#569 of 750 copies)
    2. Copies of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series, issues #1-4
    3. Brazen by Penelope Bagieu
    4. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

    Thank you to First Second Books and Akasha for donating the prizes. These prizes will be shipped internationally so everyone can take part. To be eligible for a prize make your rec comment/post no later than February 16th and include a "YES" in it so we'll know to include you. And 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!


    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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    International Fanworks Day

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

    On February 15th we'll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Activities sponsored by the OTW are listed below, but we'd like you to let us know in the comments about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.

    1. 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 if Lena takes Kara to see a Josie and the Pussycats show?
      • Is Jessica Jones teaching Iron Fist how to knit porgs?
      • Do the Boku No Hero Academia characters get really competitive over Animal Crossing Pocket Camp?

      Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format no later than February 16th 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 2018 tag.

      We will also be offering one of these graphic novels to 4 random participants who meet the terms of the challenge. Thank you to First Second Books for the prizes! They are:

      • In Real Life, by Jen Wang
      • Shattered Warrior, by Sharon Shinn and Molly Ostertag
      • Little Robot, by Ben Hatke
      • Cici's Journal, by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret
      Plus if you keep it safe-for-work, we may give you a signal boost! First Second will ship the prizes internationally so all participants are eligible.
    2. What Fanworks Mean to Me: Last month, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. Some of those submissions went out through OTW News on February 3. 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.

    3. Fanlore Challenge: Fanlore is participating in IFD, too! Every day from 12 to 18 February, Fanlore will post different challenges across its social media channels and on the wiki for all editors to participate in. How well do you know your OTP? It’s time to put that knowledge to the test, and tell everyone about it!

    4. 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 between February 13-16 with either your recs or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs tagged with #IFDFest. We will also offer 4 prizes for randomly selected participants! So share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback to those creators!

    5. Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th itself we'll be hosting a chat in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom through all timezones. Join us between 23:00 UTC 14 February and 04:00 UTC 16 February to share fanworks, or play games such as trivia contests or 20 Questions! We'll post a detailed schedule as February 15 rolls around in our earliest timezones.

    Now that we've shown you ours, please show us your fandom's plans for IFD, either by commenting here or linking us to your post elsewhere!


    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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    I. CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR FANS, FANWORKS, AND FAIR USE

    Legal continued the fight for fans’ ability to make fair use vids and multimedia works, joining several allies in filing support for two exemptions from the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “anticircumvention” provisions in December. The first filing seeks an express exemption for fans who want to rip DVDs, Blu-rays, and streamed material to incorporate audiovisual material in fanfiction. The second filing seeks to clarify and broaden the existing “vidders’ exemption” for ripping DVDs, Blu-rays, and streamed material to make remix video. A big thank you to the many fans who helped gather stories and other factual support for these exemption petitions.

    In January, Legal joined allies to file an amicus brief in De Havilland v. FX, a case about the FX television show “Feud.” In the brief, they argued that the U.S. First Amendment protects the right to make expressive works about real people, and that right of publicity laws shouldn't be used to prevent people from making docudramas and other fictionalized historical and biographical works.

    Also in January, Legal staffer Stacey Lantagne was a Guest of Honor at Illogicon, where she gave presentations and participated in panels on the OTW, law, and fanworks. Legal worked with the Communications team to participate in Copyright Week, with features including “Five Things Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt Said” and a profile post on Josh Lamel of the Re:Create Coalition.

    Meanwhile, Legal also addressed the existence of a phishing site that imitated the Archive of Our Own in an apparent attempt to get users to enter their passwords. Reminder: To keep your passwords safe, make sure that when you visit a familiar site, you’re actually visiting that site. If you follow a link to something that looks like the AO3 but don't know why you aren't logged in, double check to make sure that you’re actually on the AO3.

    II. AT THE AO3

    December and January were busy months at the AO3! Open Doors completed the imports of MTAC and the Dana Knight memorial account. They also announced the upcoming imports of InDeath.net Fan Fiction, All Things Rat, TER/MA, Artifact Storage Room 3, and The New Adventures of Sinbad: Fan Fiction Season 2 with help from Translation and Communications.

    Thanks to Sofia, Terizia, Paula, Sebastian, and the rest of the special project volunteers, Open Doors also continued to tackle the duplicate search queue, completing AO3 searches of MTAC, National Library, The Boy / Michael Shanks, and Firefly's Glow. Special thanks to Tag Wrangling for continuing to help with multiple tag mappings and Systems for setting up redirects to imported works from several archives.

    Tag Wrangling survived the fic exchange season intact! Approximately 550,000 tags were wrangled in November, and another 610,000 in December, which brings the total tags from April-December for 2017 to 5.2 million--about a quarter of all tags ever posted to the archive.

    In other Archive-related news, AO3 Documentation updated the Your Account and Series FAQs this month, as well as uploading a brand new Tutorial: Creating a Work Skin for those creators wanting to customize AO3 and their works.

    Lastly, in December 2017, Abuse had ~1360 tickets come in, compared to 360 in December 2016. January was a bit lower, with 900 in 2018, up from 430 the previous year. Support saw increases of over 50% in numbers of tickets from the same period last year as well, receiving ~1330 tickets in December 2017 and ~1450 in January 2018.

    III. UPDATES TO OTHER OTW SITES

    Transformative Works and Cultures has had an infrastructure update! A big thank you to Systems for making the upgrade to TWC's OJS open-source software happen.

    Fanlore has ramped up its visual presence, thanks to their graphics volunteers, featuring Ship Sunday and Trope Tuesday graphics on its social media accounts. Look for other exciting developments, supported by a new staffer and new volunteers.

    IV. GOVERNANCE

    The OTW celebrated a big milestone on January 1, 2018: the first anniversary of the Strategic Plan! Strategic Planning would like to thank every volunteer in the OTW for help getting the plan off the ground. To celebrate, Strategic Planning launched itself headlong, alongside the Board, into planning the visioning stages of the next strategic plan.

    Board also focused on both past and future in December and January. Before the end of the year, they approved and released the 2016 Annual Report. In addition, they continued to work on protecting users' data and rendering the OTW compliant under the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    V. UPCOMING EVENTS

    February 15 is International Fanworks Day! Help us build awareness of this celebration through the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe tag event. Encourage people in your fandom(s) to take part in the OTW's activities the week of February 15 or to hold their own events -- and look for the full events schedule on February 12.

    Other things to look for in the next few months: an upcoming one-week Fanlore Challenge event to encourage wiki editing, new issues of TWC for March and June 2018, and the upcoming launch of the OTW's April donation drive by Development & Membership.

    VI. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

    As of the 28th of January, the OTW has 626 volunteers. \o/

    Recent personnel movements handled by Volunteers & Recruiting are listed below:

    New Committee Staff: Mandy Gooch (Tag Wrangling), Luin (Tag Wrangling), mmmdraco (Tag Wrangling), 2 Tag Wrangling Staff, redsummernight (Accessibility, Design & Technology), Cyn (Volunteers & Recruiting), Stephanie Godden (Volunteers & Recruiting), 1 Fanlore Staffer

    Departing Committee Chairs: James Baxter (Webs)
    Departing Committee Staff: ChelseaIBelieve (Tag Wrangling), Kat Heiden (Development & Membership), 4 other Development & Membership Staffers, Curtis Jefferson (Volunteers & Recruiting), 2 Abuse Staffers, Catarina Pimenta (Communications), James Baxter (Webs), 1 Support Staffer, 1 Elections Staffer, 1 Fanlore Staffer, 1 Systems Staffer
    Departing Accessibility, Design & Technology Coder Volunteers: Cesy
    Departing Accessibility, Design & Technology Quality Assurance & Testing Volunteers: Eve Forbes and 12 other volunteers
    Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
    Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: nocokenojoke, Vociferocity, summerlove_jl, carboncopies, Mieun, sabinelagrande, regentzilla and 2 other volunteers
    Departing Translation Volunteers: Arence, Audrey Lee, ianavi, nyxmidnight and 3 other volunteers

    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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    OTW Recruitment

    Do you have graphic design experience? Or do you have an interest in fannish history? Or are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting for Development & Membership Graphic Designers, Fanlore Staff, and Translators!

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

    • Fanlore Staff - closing Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC
    • Translation Volunteers - closing Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC
    • Development & Membership Graphic Design Volunteers - closing Wednesday 14 February 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.


    Development & Membership Graphic Design Volunteers

    Do you have graphic design skills and experience? Development & Membership is looking for Graphic Designers!

    The Development & Membership committee (DevMem) coordinates the OTW's fundraising and membership-building activities. Our primary responsibility is coordinating our biannual fund drives. Our other responsibilities include designing a new convention outreach process, communicating with donors, and exploring new fundraising opportunities.

    If you have skills or interest in creating promotional OTW graphics for our fundraisers, convention outreach, and donor communications, consider applying to join our team.

    Applications are due Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC


    Fanlore Staff

    Do you have an interest in fannish history? The Fanlore committee is recruiting for new staff members!

    Fanlore staff members are responsible for dealing with all the behind the scenes stuff to ensure that Fanlore runs smoothly. We respond to questions and complaints; shape Fanlore policies, categories, and tutorials; assist Fanlore gardeners and other editors; promote Fanlore; and do our best to improve it and plan ahead. No extensive experience is required—only reliability, teamwork, and an interest in fannish history and Fanlore in particular. Join us!

    Applications are due Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC


    Translation Committee Volunteers

    If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you're fluent in a language other than English, if you’re passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!

    Translation volunteers help make the OTW and its projects accessible to a wider global audience. We work on translating content by the OTW and its projects from English to other languages, such as site pages, news posts, AO3 FAQs and AO3 Support emails. (However, we do not translate fanworks.)

    We really need volunteers who speak Arabic, Bengali, Croatian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Marathi, Serbian, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh — but help with other languages would be much appreciated. If you're interested in starting a team for a language we don't have yet, you're very welcome to!

    (Please note that our Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

    Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process.

    More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page.

    Applications are due Wednesday 14 February 23:59 UTC


    Apply at the volunteering page!

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    Spotlight on Open Doors

    We missed doing a round-up post last year, but we thought those archives deserved recognition as well!

    Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of eleven archive import projects in 2016, a total of over 17,000 works! We hope that you find both new and old favorites in the archives listed below.


    Wolf and Hound

    Completed: February 2016

    Wolf and Hound was a Harry Potter fanworks archive focusing on the pairing of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, founded circa 2003.

    Find works at the Wolf and Hound AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Wolf and Hound announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Wolf and Hound Fanlore page.

    Innocent Lies

    Completed: February 2016

    Innocent Lies was a RPF subsite of WesleyFanfiction.net (see below) for fanworks about Alexis Denisof, founded by Versaphile circa 2005.

    Find works at the Innocent Lies AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Innocent Lies announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Innocent Lies Fanlore page.

    Hornblowerfic.com

    Completed: March 2016

    Hornblowerfic.com was a Horatio Hornblower fanfiction archive founded by Versaphile in 2004.

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

    Wesleyfanfiction.Net

    Completed: June 2016

    WesleyFanfiction.net was an archive for fanworks centering on the character Wesley Wyndam-Pryce from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, founded in 2003.

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

    The Prydonian

    Completed: June 2016

    The Prydonian was a Doctor Who fanfiction archive focusing on the relationship between the Doctor and the Master, founded by Versaphile in 2008.

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

    Human Nature

    Completed: June 2016

    Human Nature was a fanfiction archive for Doctor Who RPF fanworks founded by Versaphile in 2009.

    Find works at the Human Nature AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Human Nature announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Human Nature Fanlore page.

    Monaboyd Archive

    Completed: August 2016

    The Monaboyd Archive was a LotRiPS fanfiction archive focusing on the pairing of Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin), founded by Shirasade in 2003.

    Find works at the Monaboyd Archive AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Monaboyd Archive announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Monaboyd Archive Fanlore page.

    Warp 5 Complex

    Completed: September 2016

    The Warp 5 Complex was an archive of Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction founded in 2002.

    Find works at the Warp 5 Complex AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Warp 5 Complex announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Warp 5 Complex Fanlore page.

    Dave & Ken's Diner

    Completed: October 2016

    Dave & Ken's Diner was a Starsky & Hutch archive focusing on the slash pairing of Starsky and Hutch, founded in 2010.

    Find works at the Dave & Ken's Diner AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Dave & Ken's Diner announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Dave & Ken's Diner Fanlore page.

    Sinful Desire

    Completed: November 2016

    Sinful Desire was a Supernatural slash fan fiction archive focused on the Wincest and J2 pairings, founded in 2006.

    Find works at the Sinful Desire AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Sinful Desire announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Sinful Desire Fanlore page.

    Ink Stained Fingers

    Completed: December 2016

    Ink Stained Fingers was a Harry Potter fan fiction and fanart archive dedicated to slash and femslash works founded in 2001. At a time when many other archives restricted explicit content, Ink Stained Fingers was created and maintained as a no-holds-barred slash archive.

    Find works at the Ink Stained Fingers AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Ink Stained Fingers announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Ink Stained Fingers Fanlore page.


    A huge THANK YOU to all of the archivists and volunteers who made these imports possible!

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    International Fanworks Day

    Last month the OTW's Communications Committee sent out a call for essays on "What Fanworks Mean to Me" as part of celebrations for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15. A number of you responded, and we'd like to thank everyone who contributed! We share some of those submissions with you below, but for those of you who missed our challenge, we'd like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:

    • Where do you go to find works or more information about your fandoms?
    • If you use the Archive of Our Own, what steps do you take to search it and find specific items?
    • What are your favorite fandoms or tags to browse, if you're not looking for something in particular?
    • How do you look at fanworks -- on your phone, eReaders, computers, in print?
    • When do you usually look for fanworks?
    • Do you tend to save them, bookmark them, rec them, delete them?
    • If you're trying to find a fanwork again, where do you go for help?
    • Have other fans shared with you the way they look for works, and what did you think were good tips?

    Leave your comments here, or keep the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe hashtag going elsewhere with your responses!

     

    Caliadne

    Freedom. To have ideas about someone elses's creation and do something about them. To borrow a creator's characters, things, universe, and use them myself. To write to my heart's content what makes me happy, without pressure.

    OMI_刹那未醒 / OMI_UnwakingMoment, China
    因为自己的冲动而产出的东西居然有人喜欢并且认识了人生以来最重要的一些朋友,知道了爱的单纯,在成年之后得到了最纯洁的热情。 这样吧。

    Sprinkles257, United States

    Fanworks mean, well, a lot to me! There are many amazing franchises run by amazing people (or one person), but unfortunately, some of those franchises run…short. It is completely understandable with how busy those people can be, and it is also bad if a franchise goes on for too long. How do we, everyday people, fix these issues? Fanworks, of course! We take something great and make theories. We take those theories, potential situations, or just things for fun and make them into something equally brilliant as the original!

    I love looking at, reading, drawing, and writing fanworks! I have so much fun with it. Sometimes we may disagree on concepts, but do you know one thing we all have in common? We want content, and so we make it! It is truly a beautiful thing with so many beautiful people.

    LastYearsModel09, England

    Video games are my passion. I adore playing them, collecting art and memorabilia of my favourite games, listening to their soundtracks and reading about them. About a year ago I discovered a new creative outlet for my love of gaming: fan fiction.

    I originally started by just reading other fans work but then I decided to try writing some of my own! While some writers produce long, multi-chaptered works I keep to short stories as due to having CFS I have a daily battle with fatigue, so I find it’s easier for me to produce smaller works and obtain a sense of achievement from actually being able to finish something!

    I love fan fiction as it's another way to interact with the games and characters I love so much. I also find writing to be therapeutic, as it helps me to work through some of my emotions.

    林小奶酪儿sweetie - CheeseLinStweetie, China
    对,同人是我在这个世界上为数不多的安慰!生命之光!

    Michael Langdon

    I've been reading fanfiction for about three years now, and I don't actually have any particular fandom. There are so many fics I have read (even though I got an account just a while ago) that made me wonder if the original works shouldn't just be written by fans, because oh my God they write so much better, and they write just so people will give them enough self-confidence to go on writing. One of my friends was in a pretty bad place a while ago, and I know for a fact that she didn't want to give up for the simple reason that she didn't want to disappoint her readers.

    Honestly, there's something amazing about reading something written on the other side of the world. Sometimes I've read fics on fandoms I've never even heard of, and the authors' decision to make it an AU makes it possible for me to read without question.

    I want to use this post to thank fanwork creators for all the stuff they do for us.

    Edited to Add: Thanks to the mods at WIP Big Bang Challenge for letting us know that they have launched an IFD event! You can read about it on Dreamwidth, Live Journal, or Tumblr and visit their AO3 Collections page.

    If you know of other communities planning IFD activities, let us know in comments!


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    Spotlight on Open Doors

    Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 16 archive import projects in 2017, a total of over 42,000 works! We hope that you will find old and new favorites in the collections listed below.


    Turkfanfiction.net

    Completed: March 2017

    Turkfanfiction.net was a Turkish-language multi-fandom fanfiction and original fiction archive founded by Glenien in 2007 with the goal of bringing together all Turkish fanfiction writers and readers, while educating and advising them on fandom culture. As a large, multi-fandom, non-English, manually imported archive, Turkfanfiction.net was one of our most complex import projects ever! We would like to especially highlight the contributions of Glenien and her team of import volunteers for completing the import in a matter of months, the Translation Committee's Turkish team for taking on a lot of extra expedited work, and the Tag Wrangling Committee for organizing nearly 400 tags across about 20 fandoms.

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

    HP Fandom

    Completed: April 2017

    HP Fandom was a gen and slash Harry Potter fanfiction archive founded in 2004. At over 8,500 works, it is Open Doors' largest import to date!

    Find works at the HP Fandom AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the HP Fandom announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the HP Fandom Fanlore page.

    The Quidditch Pitch

    Completed: May 2017

    The Quidditch Pitch was an all-pairing Harry Potter fanfiction archive founded in 2005.

    Find works at the Quidditch Pitch AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Quidditch Pitch announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Quidditch Pitch Fanlore page.

    Due South Archive

    Completed: June 2017

    The Due South Archive was a due South fanfiction archive which accepted any and all works. Founded in 1994, it was one of the oldest and largest online fanfiction archives.

    Find works at the Due South Archive AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Due South Archive announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Due South Archive Fanlore page.

    Scully Slash Archive

    Completed: July 2017

    The Scully Slash Archive was an X-files femmeslash fanfiction archive for pairings featuring Dana Scully, founded in 1998.

    Find works at the Scully Slash AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Scully Slash announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Scully Slash Fanlore page.

    The Basement

    Completed: July 2017

    The Basement was an X-files slash fanfiction archive primarily featuring the pairings of Mulder/Krycek and Mulder/Skinner, founded in 1998.

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

    The Hex Files

    Completed: July 2017

    The Hex Files was a Harry Potter fanfiction archive focused on the slash pairing of Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, founded in 2005.

    Find works at the Hex Files AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Hex Files announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Hex Files Fanlore page.

    Daire's Fanfic Refuge

    Completed: August 2017

    Daire's Fanfic Refuge was a Highlander fanfiction archive founded in 1997.

    Find works at the Daire's Fanfic Refuge AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Daire's Fanfic Refuge announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Daire's Fanfic Refuge Fanlore page.

    HL Raven's Nest

    Completed: August 2017

    A sister site of Daire's Fanfic Refuge (see above), HL Raven's Nest was a Highlander: The Raven fanfiction archive founded in 1998.

    Find works at the HL Raven's Nest AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the HL Raven's Nest announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the HL Raven's Nest Fanlore page.

    StargateFan

    Completed: August 2017

    StargateFan was a Stargate SG-1 fanfiction archive associated with the fansite StargateFan.com, founded in 2000.

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

    The Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive

    Completed: September 2017

    The Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive was a Queer as Folk (US) fanfiction archive dedicated to the pairing Brian Kinney/Justin Taylor, founded circa 2003.

    Find works at the Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Brian/Justin Fanfiction Archive Fanlore page.

    Hammer to Fall

    Completed: September 2017

    Hammer to Fall was a Blake’s 7 gen fanfiction archive founded in 1998.

    Find works at the Hammer to Fall AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Hammer to Fall announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Hammer to Fall Fanlore page.

    Bang and Blame

    Completed: September 2017

    Bang and Blame was a sister site of Hammer to Fall (see above) focused on post-series fanfiction and meta, founded in 2000.

    Find works at the Bang and Blame AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Bang and Blame announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Bang and Blame Fanlore page.

    The Collators' Den

    Completed: October 2017

    The Collators' Den was a Life on Mars (UK) and Ashes to Ashes fanfiction archive founded in 2008.

    Find works at the Collators' Den AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Collators' Den announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Collators' Den Fanlore page.

    The Alpha Gate

    Completed: November 2017

    The Alpha Gate archive was a Stargate SG-1 fanfiction archive founded in 2001.

    Find works at the Alpha Gate AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Alpha Gate announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Alpha Gate Fanlore page.

    Fandom Haven Story Archive

    Completed: December 2017

    The Fandom Haven Story Archive was a multifandom fanfiction archive founded in 2003.

    Find works at the Fandom Haven Story Archive AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Fandom Haven Story Archive announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Fandom Haven Story Archive Fanlore page.


    A huge THANK YOU to all of the archivists and volunteers who made these imports possible!

    We missed doing a roundup post for 2016 last year, but we thought those archives deserved recognition as well, so keep an eye out!

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