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I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

This February 15th marked the fifth annual International Fanworks Day! Fans around the globe participated in the OTW's celebrations, hosted by Communications and including a variety of virtual events. These events included the 29-hour fan chat and games in the OTW's public chat, the week-long Fanlore Challenge of daily editing challenges on the Fanlore wiki (with prize badges for completion!), as well as short essays contributed by fans on the topic "What Fandom Means to Me."

Over at the AO3, the IFDrabble tag has more than 100 short fanworks created for IFD2019 in response to the prompt "characters and/or celebrities discover new fandoms," and the FeedbackFest post generated more than 300 comments discussing and recommending favourite fanworks (and there's even more on social media at #FeedbackFest).

If you weren't able to participate live in IFD2019, check out the roundup post and #IFD2019 on social media for more information, and we hope to see you next year!

A special shout out to Translation for translating International Fanworks Day posts into 25 languages. Also, thanks to all of the rock star volunteers across the OTW who helped with the fan chat, and to all the fans who participated and made IFD a roaring success!

II. AT THE AO3

During February, Accessibility, Design and Technology completed, tested, and deployed a major rewrite of the Archive's work download code. For more details on the updates to AO3's download features, including the addition of the AZW3 format, please see the release notes.

Policy and Abuse received approximately 750 tickets in February, a decrease from December (1,100) and January (1,000). Support received approximately 950 tickets in February, a decrease from from 1,165 in January and 1,518 in December.

Taking advantage of January updates to the wrangling interface that made it easier for wranglers to locate and sort tags on non-canonical fandoms, Tag Wrangling made massive strides on catching up on backlogged tags, decreasing the total number of unwrangled tags for the first month since monthly tracking of tag counts began. More than 260,000 tags were wrangled in January 2019.

III. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Volunteers & Recruiting

As of 26 February, the OTW has 724 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Translation Volunteers: Blue_posey, docmint, Filip Drnovsek Zorko, Hookedonthesky, Koteneko, northernstar, Panwonderland, Sofia, Soulful spark, Veggie, Paiyan, Akima Ras, and 8 other Translation volunteers
New TWC Volunteers: 1 Volunteer

Departing Committee Chairs: Priscilla Del Cima (Fanlore) and Rebecca Sentance (AO3 Docs)
Departing Committee Staff: VSSAKJ (AO3 Docs) and 1 other AO3 Docs staffer, 1 Fanlore staffer, Megan Diane (Policy & Abuse), Mandy Gooch (Strategic Planning & Tag Wrangling), and 1 other Tag Wrangling Staffer

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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2019-02-10 12:14:03 -0500
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I. UPDATES TO TAG WRANGLING

During January, Accessibility, Design & Technology made several updates to AO3, one of which was a change in how tags are sorted for wrangling. This change will mean more efficient wrangling and less strain on the servers going forward. However, Tag Wrangling would like to remind folks that, for the next little while, it may take up to a month for new tags to be wrangled, rather than the usual goal of two weeks. Thanks to everybody for your patience and understanding while we get everything sorted.

II. AT THE AO3

During December, Accessibility, Design & Technology made several updates to AO3, including successfully updating the Archive's login system with a switch to the Devise gem. During January, they made other updates, including squashing several bugs related to Collections.

AO3 traditionally sees traffic spike around the end of the year, and some old traffic records were soundly broken over the last couple of months: there were 857 million page views in December 2018 (compared to 731 million in 2017), and 219 million page views in the first week of January 2019 (compared to 189 million in the first week of 2018).

Policy & Abuse received approximately 1,100 tickets during December, bringing the 2018 total to approximately 12,300. During January, Policy & Abuse received approximately 1,000 tickets. As a reminder, sending in multiple reports about the same case with no new information, or encouraging others to also report the same issue, slows down Policy & Abuse drastically. They investigate every ticket sent in, and the more complex the case, the longer it takes.

Support received 1,518 tickets during December, bringing the 2018 total to 18,743 (1,478 of which were in languages other than English). During January, Support received 1,165 tickets, nearly 200 of which were in Chinese. Thanks to the Translation committee for helping with all non-English tickets!

Tag Wrangling wrangled about 194,000 tags in November, and in December they handled a whopping 238,000 (approximately)!

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

In December, Legal worked with Communications to inform users regarding changes to the Tumblr terms of service. Also in December, Legal staffer Rebecca K. appeared on the Three Patch Podcast to talk about OTW Legal’s advocacy work.

In addition to that work, Legal got some excellent news in December regarding a trademark matter they’ve been working on. Together with allies at Suffolk Law School, Legal had opposed registration of the term "Rapunzel" as a brand of dolls, explaining how fans make fanart, fanfiction, and other works regarding the fairy tale character, and demonstrating that fans use the name as a generic descriptor of the character. The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that it was proper for to advocacy groups (like the OTW!) to file such oppositions. Our allies' case will go forward to what we hope will be a great success!

In January, Legal worked with Communications on two posts for Copyright Week – one regarding the long-awaited expansion of the public domain, and the other regarding the dangers of Internet filtering and a positive development regarding EU copyright.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 25 January the OTW has 712 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: antonomasia09 (Tag Wrangling), Christine Mains (TWC), Jessa (Finance), Julia Santos (Tag Wrangling) and 2 other Tag Wrangling staffers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: AlgaeRa, Armand, Ayumi09, Brie Atienza, c_doves, deliciousghosts, EldritchLaura, Elsinore, Evey A, faejilly , Ffwydriad, Hemisphaerica, HerderInk, HS, Isis C, Jackee Wu, Jessa Sue, Ketsele, KillClaudio, Kjcblackstar, Lilized, lydia-theda, Madi, Marian Weaver, Meicdon13, NikitaRia, Ohsodeluded, Pete M, Rei, René D, R.M. Hartwell, Resilur, Shalee, SherlockianWhovian, syr shimmer, thomastelbon, touchinghearts, tread-softly, unknownlifeform

Departing Committee Staff: Siobhan Gibson (AO3 Docs Staffer), Seamus Johnston (Systems Staffer), 3 other Systems Staffers, Tisha Turk (Communications Staffer), 2 other Communications Staffers, Misty Fritz (Elections Staffer), 1 AD&T Staffer, Kit Molnar and 3 other Support Staffers, 3 Open Doors staffer, 1 Tag Wrangling staff, Girard (Legal Staffer)
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing AD&T QA Tester Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: Francesca Coppa and 2 other Fanlore Gardeners, fictionforlife, Fie, and 3 other Graphics Volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 7 Tag Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: canakya, Stefan Fjellander, wellperhaps and 3 other Translation volunteers
Departing TWC Volunteers: Amanda Retartha

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. 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!

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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.


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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