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2018-02-23 11:49:40 -0500

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

    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.


    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.


    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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    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 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.


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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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    2018-02-07 12:52:42 -0500

    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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