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2018-02-03 12:55:53 -0500
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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!


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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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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2018-01-19 11:36:40 -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. As part of our participation in Copyright Week, today's post is with Betsy Rosenblatt, who volunteers as Chair of our Legal Committee.

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

As chair of the Legal Committee, I have a dual role. Part of my work focuses on legal advocacy, education, and other interactions with the outside world. I help guide the advocacy and education missions of the organization by setting advocacy priorities, writing governmental submissions and informational posts, answering fan questions about law & fanworks, coordinating with allies, responding when the OTW’s projects face legal challenge, and being a representative of the organization in advocacy settings, academic settings, and fandom settings.

The other part focuses on internal work within the OTW -— helping other committees with legal questions and advising the organization on internal legal matters, much the way a legal department of a company would advise the company.

I don’t do any of these things alone, of course -— the legal team is full of wonderful, smart, hard-working experts and we work closely together on each of these tasks.

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

I’m not sure there is such a thing as a typical week! Most weeks involve answering fan queries, responding to questions from other OTW committees, and monitoring legal developments. I also participate in frequent phone conferences with allied organizations to talk about current legal issues and projects.

Beyond that, there’s a lot of variation! Sometimes we’re researching and drafting submissions to governmental organizations or preparing for hearings; sometimes we’re helping review contracts and terms of service; sometimes we’re writing about developments in the law; sometimes we’re doing legal research to help the OTW make legal decisions. We’re always dealing with new things along with our steady maintenance work.

What would the world look like if there was no longer any need for the OTW's Legal Advocacy project?

Utopia? Actually, I’m not sure that such a world could exist. Although there are lots of specific challenges that we face now around the world, the OTW’s legal advocacy project isn’t only about fixing particular problems—it’s about building and maintaining a delicate balance in a dynamic world. As technologies for creation and distribution of media and fanworks continue to grow and change, there will always be new challenges for fans.

I would love to see a world in which noncommercial fanwork creation and distribution were protected from legal challenge and exploitation, and fanworks were readily available to all -— that’s the sort of world we’re working toward —- but law and society are constantly changing each other, so legal advocacy for important causes will always be necessary.

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

Feeling like I -— and more importantly, fans -— have a voice in law and policy.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I’m an old-school Sherlockian, which means I am involved with (pre-Internet, oh my!) organizations like the Baker Street Irregulars and the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. I attend Sherlockian events and write about the Sherlock Holmes canon in the style of the "Great Game."

I also blog about TV. And I go to cons -— I love speaking on panels, working at booths, and walking the floor at San Diego Comic Con. And really, I’ve so integrated fandom into my life as a professor and scholar that it seems like most of what I do is just a little bit fannish!


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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Artifact Storage Room 3, a Sentinel fanfiction and fanart archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

For a variety of reasons, the Artifact Storage Room 3 Sentinel Fanfiction Archive will be closing its door for the last time. Open Doors will be working with Elaine and Mab to import Artifact Storage Room 3 into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction and fanart currently in the Artifact Storage Room 3 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 Artifact Storage Room 3 to the AO3 after February.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Artifact Storage Room 3?

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. Open Doors will then set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Artifact Storage Room 3 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 Artifact Storage Room 3 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 Artifact Storage Room 3 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 Artifact Storage Room 3 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 Artifact Storage Room 3! The moderators would also like to thank those of you who have supported Artifact Storage Room 3 with your fanfic and wish you well for the future.

- The Open Doors team, Elaine and Mab

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International Fanworks Day

International Fanworks Day is February 15, 2018. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. In text, image, audio, or multimedia, whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your plans for celebrating. We'd also like you to tell us what fanworks mean to you. Do one of the following by January 31:

  • Hashtag your thoughts with #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and add a hashtag for your country if you like!
  • Send longer essays (up to 350 words) to Communications through our contact form

We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News on February 5 as part of our lead-up to International Fanworks Day. When submitting, please include the following:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages, so start sharing your fanworks love!


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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2018-01-10 12:34:55 -0500
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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

Do you like organising and working in teams? Or do you have an interest in new media and networking? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting for Tag Wranglers, Volunteer Managers and Media Outreach personnel!

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

  • Communications Committee Staff - Media Outreach Staffers
  • Tag Wrangling Committee Volunteers
  • Translation Committee Staff - Volunteer Managers

All roles will close on the 17th of January. 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 e-mail 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.


Communications Committee Staff - Media Outreach Staffers

Do you have an interest in new media and a knack for networking? Communications is looking for a media outreach staffer!

Communications staffers are responsible for the distribution of information internally to OTW personnel and externally to the general public, the media, fans, and other fannish organizations. Communications is also typically the first point of contact for someone interested in or wanting help from OTW.

The Media Outreach group is responsible for various tasks and projects related to public relations and publicity. Experience with public relations is ideal but not required.

Applications are due 17th of January 2018


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: due to (amazing!) interest in wrangling, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only. See the application for which fandoms are in need.

Applications are due 17th of January 2018


Translation Committee Staff - Volunteer Managers

Do you enjoy teamwork, organizing, writing documentation and working with people? 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!

We're currently looking for Translation Committee Volunteer Managers. Translation committee volunteer managers coordinate localization efforts across the OTW: the translation of site pages, news posts, Archive FAQs, AO3 Support tickets, and any inquiry that reaches a committee in languages they can’t translate themselves.

While translators do the actual text translation and editing, volunteer managers help them by keeping track of priorities, deadlines and pending tasks; assigning work; talking and working with other committees to arrange tools for the translators; uploading translated documents; writing training and procedures documentation; and many other tasks involved in managing a wide, diverse and very active volunteer pool.

Applications are due 17th of January 2018


Apply at the volunteering page!

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TER/MA, an X-Files slash fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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TER/MA, short for Truly Erotic Ratboy / Mulder Association, was a popular early archive for fanfiction for the slash pairing of Mulder/Krycek. It's moving to the Archive of Our Own so that it can be available to the widest possible audience for the longest possible time, no longer reliant solely on one person to maintain the server and archive website.

Open Doors will be working with the moderator, alice ttlg, to import TER/MA into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from TER/MA to the AO3 after January.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on TER/MA?

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 TER/MA 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 TER/MA 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 TER/MA 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 TER/MA 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 TER/MA!

- The Open Doors team and alice ttlg

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As people get ready to celebrate the end of 2017 in one way or another, we'd like to thank our users for their patience and supportive comments as we navigated downtimes, spam problems, and bumpy infrastructure upgrades together. We accomplished a lot of what we had hoped to tackle this year, and added a lot more to the to-do list for next year. Thanks for sticking with us!

As you might know, we've had to disable invite requests for existing users (due to abuse by spammers) and decrease the number of invites we automatically send out from our queue (ditto). As a result, people have had to wait to create an AO3 account for longer than we'd like. So, for the holidays, we're giving 1 shareable invite to every existing account that:

  • currently doesn't have any invites, and
  • is older than half a year, and
  • has left at least 10 comments, or posted at least 1 work

(Sorry, we had to ensure we don't accidentally let the spammers invite all their spammer friends, so some restrictions apply.)

Check out our FAQ (available in a whole lot of languages) to read up on how to send an invite. You can either email the invite code, or copy-paste the code to share it with people through other means. In that case, our FAQ contains some information on how to use an invite code to create an account.

Happy gifting!

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