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I. EMOJI FOR ALL!

This month, Accessibility, Design & Technology and Systems collaborated on a week-long process to update AO3's database encoding. This was a big project with a big result: the AO3 now allows for an extended character set in all languages and, including ALL THE EMOJI! We're delighted to have implemented the update and are looking forward to seeing new emoji-filled fanworks.

II. AT THE AO3

Accessibility, Design and Technology had a busy month. In addition to updating the character set, they issued a new set of release notes, which collect a couple of months of updates including improvements for Support and Policy & Abuse. The next big project will be a major update to the code that powers the AO3 login system, sometime in the next few weeks. This will entail all users being logged out of their accounts. Don't forget to read our news post about this so that you can be sure you have all of your login information.

Open Doors continues to add new content to the Archive. In November, they announced that Twice Bitten, a Blood Ties fanfiction archive, was moving to the AO3. They also collaborated with the Tag Wrangling committee on tag mapping for three new archive imports.

In October, Tag Wranglers handled more than 189,000 tags. (November numbers will be in the next newsletter.) Policy & Abuse received approximately 1000 tickets this month. Support received approximately 1300 regular tickets, as well as managing a server issue on the 25th which prompted an extra thousand or so tickets.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

It's been a relatively quiet month for the rest of the OTW. Several committees have been doing behind-the-scenes work, so keep an eye out for new announcements soon!

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 November the OTW has 711 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Angelique Jurd (Communications)
New Committee Staff: Linda Levitt (TWC) and 4 other TWC staff, C. Ryan Smith, Ilona van der Vegt, Nerine Luna Cyran, wingblade (all Policy & Abuse) and 1 other Policy and Abuse staff, Aris Gemenetzis, Caelan McAdam, Effie Sapuridis (all Fanlore) and 2 other Fanlore staff, Pam Haas (Communications) and 1 other Communications staff
New Open Doors Volunteers: Scrivener and 4 other volunteers
New Translator Volunteers: Alissa, AnnaJ9, Athena, Cinna_moon, Cynassa, Ekevka, Fiki Islami, Hulja Varjula, hwaranni, Louise Stonehill, Marisa Poulsen, Maryia Ambrazhey, nimadge, Putri, stellahibernis, wellperhaps, Zenaida Lynds and 15 other volunteers
New TWC Volunteers: Jennifer Duggan

Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: idiosincrasy, Marta Cardoso, momma2bugandbean, thefrogg and 21 other Tag Wrangling volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: AdaVila, Amalia Blondet, bixenboye, Lisa Altevogt, Maria Romanova, Teodora Kaurinović and 8 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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I. OTW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Thanks to you, this month's membership drive was a huge record-breaking success! Once everything was counted up, the donations received totalled US$203,557.29 from 8203 donors. 479 premiums were requested--including the very popular new kudos stress ball.

Kudos to all the OTW peeps who worked hard on the membership drive, including Development & Membership, Communications, Translation, Finance, and many others!

And kudos to you--everyone who donated, signal boosted, and celebrated the OTW with us. Thank you so much!

II. AT THE AO3

Tag Wrangling celebrated a major milestone this month with the canonization of the 30,000th fandom on AO3! In honour of the occasion, Tag Wrangling put together some tips on how to make tagging work to your advantage, including how to avoid the too many Peters problem.

Open Doors is back at it with two archive import announcements this month. P/K All the Way, a Star Trek: Voyager fanworks archive, and Elusive Lover, a Star Wars fanworks archive, are both coming to the AO3.

Policy & Abuse continued to receive thousands of spam tickets this month, in addition to roughly 700 actual tickets. Please be patient when waiting for a response to a report you've made. We do respond to every (non-spam) report, but it's taking a bit longer than usual right now.

Lastly, Support received over 700 tickets this month, and Tag Wranglers handled about 210,000 tags in September. (October numbers will be in next month's newsletter.)

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

You may remember OTW Legal’s continuing advocacy work on expanding and clarifying exemptions to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions. The DMCA exemptions expressly allow certain kinds of decryption (such as ripping DVDs or Blu-Rays, or decrypting digital files) for certain kinds of copyright fair use. Over the years, for example, OTW Legal has successfully secured an exemption for non-commercial vidders to rip DVDs and Blu-Rays, and decrypt digital files, in order to use short portions in their vids.

Over the past year, we have been working to clarify and expand exemptions to allow decryption for other sorts of fan uses. And in October, the Copyright Office issued its rulings on the most recent round of petitions that OTW Legal and our allies submitted to the Copyright Office. We didn’t get everything we asked for, but we do have some good news:

  • The exemptions have been expanded beyond documentary film and noncommercial vidding to include uses of short portions for parody, criticism, and comment.
  • The exemptions have been expanded for non-fiction multimedia e-books, so they allow (for example) authors to decrypt DVD, Blu-ray, and online sources to include short portions of them in the OTW’s academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures.

Hooray for this step in the right direction, and we’ll keep fighting for fan-friendly laws!

Also in October, OTW Legal submitted an amicus brief in the case of TVEyes v. Fox. In the brief, we asked the United States Supreme Court to reaffirm a principle that the Supreme Court first articulated years ago: that if a copyright owner wouldn’t ever authorize a particular use of its work—such as parody, criticism, or transformation they disapprove of—then someone who uses the work for that purpose isn’t harming any market for the work that the copyright owner would ever take advantage of. We’ll keep you informed if anything else happens with this case.

IV. GOVERNANCE

Newly elected Board members Lex de Leon and Natalia Gruber began their terms this month, while Matty Bowers and Atiya Hakeem finished theirs. Our thanks to the departing Board members, and a warm welcome to the new ones.

Finance published an updated version of the OTW's 2018 budget this month and held a public chat to answer questions about it. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the chat--it was great to meet with you!

Finance also released the OTW's audited 2017 Financial Statements this month. They can be found on the Reports and Governing Documents page of the OTW website.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 October the OTW has 701 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Claire P. Baker (taking over as president)
New Committee Staff: Frost The Fox (Volunteers & Recruiting), Linde (Volunteers & Recruiting), likegallows (Elections), Emma Lloyd (Elections), Daniela Maria António (Elections), 4 other Elections Staff, and 2 Policy & Abuse Staff
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: WinterKnight, Crimsonochrome, Emily Finbow, Yuki, Emma L.

Departing Directors: Matty Bowers, Atiya Hakeem, Priscilla Del Cima (no longer president but remaining on board)
Departing Committee Chairs: SunnyB (Translation), Trey C (Translation)
Departing Committee Staff: ltfoxyee (AO3 Documentation) and 1 other AO3 Documentation Staff, Moth (Policy & Abuse), 1 Communications Staff, 1 Development & Membership Staff, 2 Election Staff, 1 Strategic Planning Staff, 1 Support Staff, and 1 Systems Staff
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Eve Forbes, Natalia Gruber and 3 other Tag Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 1 Translation volunteer

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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I. Happy Anniversary!

There were two major anniversaries this September. The first one was the 11th anniversary of the founding of the OTW. Communications celebrated this with some fun graphics and a scavenger hunt trivia contest where people searched for information about the OTW's projects over the past year. Congratulations to MemeKon, who won the contest and will be receiving a copy of Check, Please! Year 2.

The other anniversary was that of Transformative Works and Cultures. The TWC committee published the 10th anniversary issue of the scholarly journal, Volume 28: The Future of Fandom. Just in time for this release, the journal got a shiny new server. Thanks to everyone for your patience while we settle into our new home and fix a couple issues.

II. At the AO3

It's been a month of behind-the-scenes work at the AO3. Accessibility, Design & Technology is busy preparing for upcoming changes later in the year. Systems added some new Archive servers. And Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of the import of the Pretty Lights collection.

In front-end news, AO3 Documentation added a new FAQ about Tag Sets.

Support received 1,084 tickets during September, 50% below the monthly average. A shout-out to Translation, who helps with roughly 10% of all Support tickets! By contrast, Policy & Abuse received around 5,700 tickets this month, though approximately 4,900 of them were spam. Lastly, Tag Wrangling wrangled and raked about 218,190 tags during August (September totals available in the next newsletter).

III. Legal Advocacy

Legal has been hard at work this month helping fans who are concerned about proposed copyright legislation in the European Union. In addition to responding to many questions from fans, they also published two news posts about the legislation. The first post explained the legislation, including Article 11 and Article 13, and why it was unfriendly to fans. The second post, made after a vote on the wording of the legislation, explained how AO3 and other fandom-heavy sites might be affected if it becomes law.

IV. It's All About the Peeps

As of 28 September the OTW has 679 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Ori (Translation), Kate Flanagan (Fanlore)
New Committee Staff: Tuba Terry (Systems), Elizabeth Chicken (Systems), Wyatt Parsons (Systems), Rachel Bussert (Systems), and 2 other Systems staffers; Isabella Ruffalo (Open Doors), Pete Hicks (Open Doors), telescopicpoems (Open Doors), Kate Flanagan (Open Doors), and 2 other Open Doors staffers; ioana and 1 other Translation staffer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Afi, Beth Boisvert, cageot, Cait Sidh, Cecilia, Chrome, confxzzled, EmpressKat, Felicia W., Haley O'Neill, Hope, JackalMidnight, Kaylie, lovemelikesunday, Mayari, Miss Saucy, NatashaK, nctuwu, Novile, OneSweetMelody, Renquise, sapphire2309, sopor, speakingmermish, sybaritick, TarryKnight, Tori Estel, Vasileios Pasialiokis, waveridden, waywardtrekkie, Zip
New Translation Volunteers: 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Chairs: Lauren Hanna (Communications)
Departing Committee Staff: Molly S (AO3 Documentation), and 1 other AO3 Documentation staffer, afterandalasia (Policy & Abuse) and 1 other Policy & Abuse staffer, 1 Strategic Planning staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2babyturtles and 1 other volunteer
Departing Translation Volunteers: Anna Morbach, monnwilk, Nakamura, nanabanana

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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2018-09-10 12:02:41 -0400
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I. 2018 Elections Success!

Congratulations to our newest Board members - Lex de Leon and Natalia Gruber were elected to the Board of Directors and will formally begin their term on October 1, 2018.

Key to the success of the 2018 Elections was the hard work of the Elections committee, in collaboration with the Communications, Development & Membership, Translation, Volunteers & Recruiting, and Webs committees. The 2018 Election saw an increase in voter participation with 14.6% of the potential voters casting a ballot, an increase from 12.7% of voters in 2017. Elections would like to thank all four excellent candidates, everyone who participated in the candidate chats and Q&As, and everyone who voted in the election!

II. AT THE AO3

After July’s major upgrade to AO3’s search engine, Accessibility, Design and Technology spent August deploying two releases, 0.9.219 and 0.9.220, which contained a variety of fixes and enhancements across the board. Also in August, users alerted the OTW to an issue where AO3 MOBI files were suddenly unable to be sent to Kindle devices and apps. AD&T was able to contact Amazon and eventually get them to resolve the issue. Thanks to users for flagging the issue and helping make sure Amazon was aware!

In August, Policy and Abuse received approximately 1000 tickets this month and Support received approximately 900 tickets, down from last month’s 1600. Both committees have recently added new recruits to assist with ticket volume.

III. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of the 26th of August the OTW has 679 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Natalia Gruber, Lex deLeon
New Committee Staff: donshin, ewink, ExpatGirl, Judy Wen, Makari Crow, Marmosette, Molly S, Rakel, Rania, Scylle, Sijing Xie, Syb, WomanonFyre (all AO3 Documentation staff) and 2 other AO3 Documentation Staff, MalMuses and 1 other Finance staff
New Translator Volunteers: bixenboye, lunabreaker, Rin and 20 other translators

Departing Committee Staff: Gesundheit (Tag Wrangling), Katie L (Support), 1 Strategic Planning Staff
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: danifellis
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Gesundheit, GhostJ and 5 other Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: alive, Diya Basu, Francine Dulay, and 3 other translators

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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I. AO3 MILESTONES! 4 MILLION FANWORKS & NEW SEARCH

On 20 July, The Archive of Our Own reached four million fanworks! AO3 continues to grow at an ever-increasing rate; previous fanworks milestones: 3 million fanworks on April 28, 2017, 2 million fanworks on December 20th, 2015, 1 million fanworks on February 15th, 2014.

Another milestone this month was the release of the major AO3 search engine upgrade! New features like tag exclusion and better search-by date will make searching those 4 million fanworks much easier. Also helpful: the updated hidden search operators cheatsheet.

Cheers to Accessibility, Design and Technology for reaching the end of this very long process!

II. ELECTION 2018

The Election for the OTW Board of Directors will take place August 10-13.

The Development & Membership Committee has finished the task of compiling the voter rolls and, by now, all members should have received voting instructions by email. The Elections committee worked closely with Communications to hold and advertise two candidate chats on July 22 and July 28 and the publication of candidates’ Q & A responses. For all the Elections information, visit the OTW Elections site, follow @OTWElections on Twitter, and otwelections on Tumblr.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

Good news from the European Union! In early July, the EU Parliament voted against automatic approval of a “Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market”. The European Parliament will revisit the proposal with amendments in September. The OTW Legal Committee updated their June post with these new developments in these potentially fan-unfriendly changes to EU copyright law.

In Australia, Legal submitted a response to the Australian Government's call for stakeholder input into its copyright modernization process. The OTW comment argued that Australia should adopt a flexible fair use standard that leaves room for fan creativity, in place of its current fair dealing law. Thanks to all the Australian users and members who submitted their stories!

Also in July, OTW Legal joined with allies at the Suffolk Law Clinic to oppose registration of the term "Rapunzel" as a trademark for dolls and toys. They argued that Rapunzel is a folklore and popular-media character used in many fanworks including fanfiction, fanart, and fan dolls and toys, so the word cannot act as a brand for any particular maker of dolls or toys.

IV. ALSO AT THE AO3 and ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Open Doors announced the import of FictionAlley, a Harry Potter fanfiction, fanart and essay archive, on July 19th. Open Doors is also pleased to announce the completed imports of Artifact Storage Room 3, a Sentinel fanfiction and fanart archive, and the National Library portion of the West Wing Fanfiction Central. Open Doors would like to thank their special project volunteers, who completed the AO3 search of TER/MA, an X-Files slash fanfiction archive, marking substantial progress in the duplicate search queue.

Head's up: have you been using the Stylish browser extension to style websites? AO3 Documentation wants to alert users that the extension is malware, stealing internet history data. Stylish has been removed from the Chrome, Firefox, and Mozilla extension stores. AO3 Docs has removed it from their Unofficial Browser Tools FAQ; look for replacement options soon.

Finally, Support received approximately 1,500 tickets in July, up from 1,100 in June; however, a higher percentage of those than usual have been ~praise~! Users are very excited about the new search features :) Policy & Abuse received 982 tickets this month, and Tag Wrangling handled ~171,000 tags in June.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 25 July the OTW has 656 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Cyn (Support), Ellen (Support), Jeniouis (Support), JR (Support), Sable (Support) and 8 other Support Staffers, 1 new Open Doors Staffer.
New Fanlore Volunteers: 1 volunteer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Rachel Marie, Zorya
New Translator Volunteers: LapsedPacifist, Beyza G., Marina81, Keeni, wermea, Ula, and 7 other volunteers
New TWC Volunteers: 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: 1 Elections staff, 1 Policy and Abuse staff
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: NirCele and Ron Geromy and 2 other Tag Wrangler Volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: alive, Diya Basu

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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I. MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE OTW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In June, the Elections committee was pleased to announce the candidates running for the OTW Board of Directors' two open spots. In alphabetical order by given name, the 2018 candidates are:

Click on a candidate's name to see their biography and platform statement.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for the candidates to answer! Follow @OTWElections on Twitter and otwelections on Tumblr for notifications of when candidate Q&As are posted, as well as for information about upcoming live chats with candidates.

Reminder: Voting will take place from August 10-13, 2018. Check out the Elections website for the election timeline and voting instructions for more information about eligibility and procedures.

II. NEW VOLUME OF TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES

In June, TWC published the 27th volume of Transformative Works and Cultures, Tumblr and Fandom. The issue was edited by Lori Morimoto (Independent Scholar) and Louisa Ellen Stain (Middlebury College), with a cover image by Hannah Craig. Essays in this issue focus on Tumblr and include topics such as the Johnlock Conspiracy, the rhetoric of gifs in Supernatural fandom, and "Ms. Marvel" and identity in digital spaces.

Next up for TWC is its special 10th anniversary issue, out September 15, 2018, exploring the future of fandom while looking back to its past. If you're interested in contributing to upcoming issues, visit the TWC announcements page for current calls for submissions.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

OTW Legal had a particularly active month in its continued fight for fan-friendly laws globally.

In late June, Legal addressed fan questions about potential changes to EU copyright law resulting from June's adoption of a “Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market” by the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament. The proposal goes before the EU Parliament in early July.

Legal made a submission with the Canadian Parliament as part of Canada’s regular review of its Copyright Act. Their submission used Canadian fans' stories to argue that Canada’s Fair Dealing and User Generated Content exceptions were effective and socially beneficial. Many thanks from Legal to all the Canadian fans who sent in their stories!

Legal continued to work on the process of seeking clarified and expanded exemptions to the U.S. DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, filing letters in response to the U.S. Copyright Office's requests for follow-up information.

For the second year in a row, OTW Legal joined a number of allies to successfully oppose a New York State legislative proposal attempted to expand right-of-publicity laws.

For more on Legal's current world-wide advocacy efforts, check out their June public post.

IV. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Leading up to the June 30 membership deadline for voting rights in the 2018 Board of Directors election, Development & Membership ran a successful mini-membership drive. New members who donated between June 28-30 got a special icon made just for them!

In June, it's been all hands on deck for Translation in translating 2018 elections candidates' biographies and platforms.

Updated search is here! Accessibility, Design & Technology continued the Elasticsearch upgrade process for AO3 and released a post on some of the new features available.

Tag Wrangling handled an amazing 205,626 tags in May! Policy & Abuse received over 700 tickets this month. Support received over 1,100 tickets in June, down substantially after two months with over 1,400 tickets each!

Follow @AO3_Status on Twitter for real-time updates on AO3.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 27 June the OTW has 634 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Committee Staff: Nrandom, Relle, Dre, and Ingi (Tag Wrangling) and two other Tag Wrangling Staff, MagnusIsMyRock, Beth Paige, Nedmac (Policy & Abuse) and 2 other Policy & Abuse Staff
New Fanlore Volunteers: danifellis, and 1 other volunteer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Addy, Adi M., BeautifulMistake3, brougeoisie, Chloé Hendrickx, galvelociraptor, gmpmdullsen, Iron_x_4, Izzy, JacenBoy, Janneke, Kaelin, Kerri Jo Holmes, KH Ivywater, Lesbian Valkyrie, Lorena, Lyssie, Maca, Mae Caringal, middnighter, Morgan Jane, Peophin, Rebecca Lee, Rochie, roguewords, Rustled, Saloni, SLiverofJade, teyla, WhitedSepu, Yumeko
New Translator Volunteers: Stefan Fjellander and 2 other volunteers

Departing Committee Chairs: puckling (Systems)
Departing Committee Staff: 2 Communications Staffers, puckling (Systems), Priscilla Del Cima (Finance), 1 Fanlore Staffer, 1 Elections Staffer, 1 Webs Staffer, 1 Development & Membership Staffer, and 3 Support Staffers
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing AD&T QA Tester Volunteers: 3 Volunteers
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Anna S., ChelsealBelieve, nocokenojoke, and 6 other Tag Wrangler volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: redsummernight, Urtin, Michelle H Costa, MiaVivisol, Rabbit, and 2 other volunteers

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


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I. The GDPR is here!

If you visited the Archive of Our Own any time after May 25th, you ran into a pop-up requiring your consent to our updated Terms of Service (TOS). This notice was probably only one of hundreds of such requests you received from organizations worldwide over the past few weeks since the European Union’s new regulation on data protection, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. We’ve been working very hard to bring the OTW into compliance with the GDPR’s strict rules on data privacy and transparency. You can learn more about the GDPR’s impact on the OTW and how we use your data in our AO3, the GDPR and You post. Thanks to Board, Accessibility, Design & Technology, Development & Membership, Fanlore, Open Doors, Systems, Support, Tag Wrangling, Translation, TWC, Volunteers and Recruiting, and Webs for helping with this massive project! Special thanks and kudos to Board, Legal and committee chairs for preparing the updated TOS and a summary of the changes.

II. AT THE AO3

The Archive of Our Own reached 1.5 MILLION registered users on May 25th! Thanks so much to everyone who visits the site--you've helped it become what it is today. \o/

During May, Accessibility, Design & Technology was extremely busy dealing with some server issues caused by a combination of the ongoing Elasticsearch upgrade process and some GDPR-related changes, which briefly brought down AO3. Kudos to them for managing a huge month! For real-time updates on AO3, remember to follow @AO3_Status on Twitter.

AO3 Documentation added a new tutorial on importing text-based works, and updated several FAQs including Comments & Kudos, Your Account, Invitations, and Posting & Editing. These updates include information about gift works, our spam filters, what happens when you delete your account, and more.

Open Doors completed the imports of The Spooky Awards, a collection including X-Files fanfiction submitted to the Spooky Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and Firefly's Glow, a collection of fanfiction from the Firefly fandom.

Policy and Abuse received over 800 tickets this month, up slightly from 700 tickets the previous month. By contrast, Support completed a second month with 1300 tickets, down from previous months.

III. Elsewhere at the OTW

Elsewhere at the OTW in May, Systems dealt successfully with a number of hardware failures, including a server failure that briefly took down the TWC site. [log?] Systems are currently putting things back together, as well as working on some improvements to our monitoring setup to reduce the chance of a repeat occurrence.

Legal's advocacy work didn't stop in the face of GDPR-related work. In preparation for submitting Comments to the Canadian Government as part of Canada’s review of its Copyright Act, Legal put out a call for Canadian stories about how fans have benefited from fanworks, fan communities, and fair dealing laws. Canadian fans responded with dozens of powerful, moving, and very helpful stories. Legal sends a huge thank you to everyone who sent in stories!

IV. 2018 Elections

The 2018 election will be held August 10-13. Some key dates coming up in June: The membership deadline to be eligible to vote is June 30, and candidates running for the Board of Directors will be announced on June 18. Check out Elections’ Twitter and Tumblr for updates throughout the election season.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 23 May, the OTW has 662 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Committee Chairs: briar_pipe (Elections) and Jenny McDevitt (Elections)
New Committee Staff: 1 Development & Membership staffer

Departing Committee Chairs: Araise Solace (Elections)
Departing Committee Staff: Genevieve Marshall (Development & Membership) and 1 other Development & Membership staffer, Connie Pini (Volunteers & Recruiting), Cryllia (Tag Wrangling), Sammie Louise (Translation), 1 Communications staffer, 1 Policy and Abuse staffer, 1 Tag Wrangling staffer
Departing Communications Volunteers: 1 Communications volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: aethel, CirqueDuCinq, IPutTheSassInAssassin, pearwaldorf, Perydot, plantpun, ShayBriar, Trixxster103 and 27 other Tag Wrangler volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: someplacelikebolivia and 3 other Translation 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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I. Membership Drive Success!

This April, 4,799 donors from 80 countries contributed to the OTW’s April Membership Drive. The final total of US$130,084.00 in donations exceeded our goal by over US$30,000. Kudos to Development & Membership for running the drive, and thanks to Communications, Translation, and everyone else in the OTW who worked hard to ensure everything went smoothly. Thank you also to everyone who donated, signal boosted, or otherwise helped out! Your support helps the OTW carry out its mission of preserving and promoting fanworks and fannish culture.

If you'd like to learn more about how the donations will be used, Finance released the OTW's 2018 Budget in early April. They also hosted an open chat on April 21 where members of the public could ask questions. Thanks to everyone who attended that and made it a success!

II. AT THE AO3

Legal secured an important victory for AO3 in April. The World Intellectual Property Office ruled in favour of the OTW's petition against a phishing site imitating the Archive of Our Own. The WIPO voided the infringer's domain name registration and transferred it to the OTW, and soon it will redirect to archiveofourown.org.

This serves an an important reminder for all AO3 users: Before you log into AO3, be sure to confirm that you are on the correct site by checking that the URL is archiveofourown.org. If you suspect that your AO3 account has been compromised, you should change your password.

Accessibility, Design & Technology made a major announcement this month about the Archive of Our Own. Upgrades are coming to Elasticsearch, AO3's search engine. These upgrades bring Elasticsearch from version 0.90 to version 6.2. Accessibility, Design & Technology is currently testing the new engine, and they plan to start switching users over to it in batches once everything's ready. For real-time updates on AO3, follow @AO3_Status on Twitter.

Open Doors completed the import of Unknowable Room, a Harry Potter fanfiction and fan art archive. They would like to thank their special project volunteers for their hard work this month, as well as Tag Wrangling for helping with multiple tag mappings, and Systems for setting up redirects to imported works from several archives.

Both Policy & Abuse and Support received fewer tickets in April than in March. Policy & Abuse received over 700 tickets, down from 900 tickets the previous month. Support received roughly 1,300 tickets, down from March’s count of 1,600.

III. April Showers Bring Fandom Flowers!

Fanlore’s annual month-long April Showers event was also a success, growing not flowers, but fannish histories, as fans expanded and edited Fanlore to earn special badges. You can learn more about the event and Fanlore itself on its homepage, its Dreamwidth community, or its Tumblr account.

IV. Legal Advocacy

In April, Legal worked with Communications to issue a news post that responded to fan questions and concerns about recent U.S. legislation known as FOSTA/SESTA. In short, the law as it currently exists does not apply to fiction and only applies to commercial endeavours, therefore it should have no impact on the Archive of Our Own.

In other legal advocacy news, Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Legal staffer Heidi Tandy, joined by vidder (and OTW Legal staffer) Tisha Turk and other allies, testified to the U.S. Copyright Office in support of their petition to streamline and expand exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention rules. This petition is part of Legal's fight for fans’ rights to gain access to and use DVDs, Blu-Rays, and online content that they already own for Fair Use purposes. Thanks to all of the fans whose information and stories contributed to their testimony!

Also in April, Legal finalized and filed a comment to the Canadian Radio-Television and Communications Authority opposing a proposal that would allow Canadian telecom providers to block access to websites without a court order.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of April 26, the OTW has 662 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Megan Diane (Policy & Abuse), Bella Irvine (Policy & Abuse), waywardtrekkie (Policy & Abuse), Nile (Policy & Abuse), Astrid Clemons (Policy & Abuse), and 1 other Policy & Abuse staff
Development & Membership: Amy2 and 1 other volunteer
New Translator Volunteers: buse_sivri and 1 other volunteer
New TWC Volunteers: 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: Boheme (Policy & Abuse), cyrilcee (AO3 Documentation)
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Charlottec1, Cyn, and 4 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 2 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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