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2019-02-19 12:35:27 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

International Fanworks Day 2019 has come to an end. We are absolutely thrilled with the response and celebrations we have witnessed on this fifth anniversary of IFD! Here’s a look at how it all went down:

Fanlore sent out their second annual week-long editing challenge. If you missed it, don't worry--the folks over at Fanlore can always use more hands from those fans who wish to add to the collective pool of knowledge in the fandom wiki.

The OTW’s call for submissions to the topic "What Fanworks Mean to Me" produced some very heartening responses. Check out the What Fanworks Mean to Me post to see more, and keep the ball rolling by mentioning #WhatFanworksMeanToMe on social media.

IFDrabble was a success! There are over 100 submissions under the International Fanworks Day 2019 tag on AO3. If you’re looking for some quick and hilarious fanworks, then go check out how different fans have interpreted the prompt "characters and/or celebrities discover new fandoms."

A huge thank you to everyone who has commented and posted recommendations as a part of Feedback Fest. As of the time of this writing, there are over 300 comments recommending and discussing people's favourite fanworks. If you haven’t done so yet, go visit the comments on the Feedback Fest post for recommendations to your favourite fandoms--and maybe some new ones, too!

The games and fan chat was more popular than ever! We had OTW volunteers moderating for this 29-hour party where fans joined to participate in the games. Below are excerpts from the Lyrics Round Robin and Poetry Round Robin games. Fans brought some incredible enthusiasm and creativity to the table, and shoutout to the guest MiraculousReader for being a powerhouse of ad lib song lyrics and poetry!

Lyrics Round Robin:

To the tune of “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

Coming out of my page
and I’ve been attacked by fans
gotta write it down
because fans read it all
fic started out with a kiss
how did i get to this?
it was only a ship, only a ship
now I'm falling asleep
at the keyboard again
while the fans rage on
and im taking a nap
now my characters are all dead
and my beta is sick
all ideas in my head
but i cant write it down
Now, the ship has gone angst
now, let it sink

To the tune of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

It’s keeping me awake
I can’t eat sleep or drink
I gotta read about it
Every single author's got a story to tell
Fandoms from the popular
to the obscure
But I can’t stop thinking about it
no matter how hard I try

It’s the only thing keeping me alive, fanfic sites are my home

I'm gonna switch it off,
or maybe just another line or two
Far from wattpad evermore
Or maybe five fics more
And I’m reading, and I'm reading, and I’m reading
Now my eyes are sore
All the words are gonna fill me up
Kudos and comments evermore

To the tune of “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams

I saw my first real fanvid
It was for a small fandom
Left a comment on it, 'god i love this video!'
I watched until I flooded with tears
It was the summer of 2018

Me and some friends from tumblr
had a fandom and we blogged real hard
One left for Instagram, One left for deviantart
my ship sank, my head-cannon got blasted

Oh when i remember our OTPs
Those ships seemed to last forever
They seemed so strong together
And if i was the writer
The ship would've become canon

To the tune of “My Immortal,” by Evanescence

This ink won't seem to flow
this block is just too real
there's so much backspace cannot erase

when I cried, the keyboard collected all my tears
characters scream and fight through all their fears
and I wrote this fic through all of these years
author still has all of me

Poetry Round Robin:

Haiku
Winged fire creature,
That is burning down Laketown,
Cumberbatch, so hot.

Limerick
When a writer and symbiote meet,
The readers are in for a treat,
He'll whip out his tongue,
Keep an eye on your young,
For he might think them so sweet.

Haiku
A boy with no quirk
still wants to be a hero
but already is

Sonnet
When Thanos snapped his finger you were gone.
I did not know what to do without you,
I never got to hear your final song.
I have been in love with you all along.
Tell me how did I end up with this life?
Tell me how to say goodbye to you now,
I had the best time with you in the past.
The sun is now setting and I'm alone,
I'd do anything I could to fix this.
My heart is broken without you here now,
I can't function without you by my side.
Only memories keep our hearts alive,
in this empty world I scream for the lost,
Yet I still hope to see you come morning.

Limerick
A paladin whose name was Keith
had kept his sword in a sheath
His lion was red
he fought till he bled
then knocked out all of his teeth

Ghazal
A three-patch problem arrives at his door,
Uninviting, painted black, an old wooden door.
Difficulties posing as opportunities knock on the door,
Hiding his genius the quaint little door.
Sherlock smiles, the game's afoot,
Prowling mysteries afoot.
the culprit is found at home,
red stained hands at home,
Mrs. Hudson beckons home
two chairs and hot tea at home

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2019-02-14 18:00:22 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

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. Please note that this chatroom will be moderated in English. Check out the game descriptions below and join in the fun! The game content is fan-themed in celebration of #IFD2019. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone.

The chat is now closed. Thanks to everyone for participating!

February 14th
23:30 – Linkee — donshin (AO3 Docs Staff), 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 – Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
05:15 – 20 Questions – Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
07:00 – Poetry Round Robin — C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
08:15 – Trivial Pursuit — C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
10:00 – That’s Life — Adi (OTW Translation), host
11:30 – Linkee — Adi (OTW Translation), host
13:00 – 20 Questions — Anhaita (OTW Translation), host
14:45 – 5 Things — Anhaita (OTW Translation), host
16:00 – Trivial Pursuit — Chrome (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
17:15 – That’s Life — Chrome (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
19:00 – 20 Questions — Silarona (OTW Translation), host
20:15 – 5 Things — Silarona (OTW Translation), host
22:00 – Lyrics Round Robin — Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
23:15 – Poetry Round Robin — Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

February 16th
01:00 — Linkee — Paula (OTW Support & AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
03:00 — Countdown — Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host

To keep things manageable, the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you’re unable to get in for one event, do try another.

Details About the Games

5 Things

How to Play: During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

20 Questions

How to Play: Host thinks of a person, place or thing. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will answer with a YES or NO.

As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it’s correct so that the next person gets their turn. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

Countdown

How to Play: The host has a list of 7 clues. After they type each clue into the chat room, people can guess what the answer is. If no one guesses, the host offers the next clue. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing BUT the sooner someone guesses the answer, the more points they will get! After 3 rounds the person with the most points wins.

Linkee

How to Play: The host will read a clue and each player should guess (to themselves — shhh!) what the answer is that fits into the [BLANK]. The host will then read 2 more clues. After each one players can call out a guess about what they think links the clues together.

The first person to guess correctly gets a point. When we have completed all the 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!

The chat is now closed. Thanks to everyone for participating!

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!

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Welcome to the International Fanworks Day Feedback Fest!

Here’s how it works:

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 recommendation post you’ve made elsewhere or tag it with #FeedbackFest for people to find. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too, so there are a lot of possibilities!

For everyone checking out the rec'ed fanworks, don’t forget to leave comments, likes, kudos, or other feedback to those fan creators to help spread the love. Let the fannish celebration begin!

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2019-02-12 12:35:54 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

International Fanworks Day is coming up on February 15. To mark the occasion, the OTW called for submissions on "What Fanworks Mean to Me." We are thrilled with the responses we have received, and we would like to thank everyone who submitted! Below are some of the responses we received.

For those of you who missed our challenge, we’d like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:

  • What devices do you usually use to access fanworks? And when do you enjoy them?
  • How do you save fanworks to find again? Do you recommend them to others?
  • What are your favourite tropes to browse? What are your favourite fandoms to browse?
  • Do you prefer one type of fanwork (art, fic, vid etc)? What makes this your favourite?

Leave your comments here or drop in at our social media to tell us more!

What Fanworks Mean to Me

Mary-Catherine Berger, via e-mail

Fanworks to me, really mean a lot. Fanworks, and the community that has evolved around them, has opened me up to a whole new world of acceptance and love. I've learned a lot in just this past year about writing. I've been challenged in so many ways by myself, as well as by my fellow fanwork creators. The amazing creations that my fellow fans have created have opened my eyes to the amazing depths of exploration and creation that I hadn't been exposed to before. Fanworks mean acceptance, love, devotion, talent, dedication, and a million other things that have brought positivity and joy to my life.

rya_204, via AO3

1. Per me, a volte, i fanwork sono quelle opere che superano di gran lunga l’opera originale e ti viene da chiederti dove si nascondano queste persone così talentuose perché, come dice il giovane Holden, vorresti che gli autori fossero tuoi amici e vorresti poterli chiamare ogni volta che vuoi.

2. Fanwork vuol dire passione, dedizione, curiosità, scoperta. Rappresenta anche rassicurazione, conforto, sostegno, abitudine (perché nulla dà più sollievo del ritrovare qualcosa che già si conosce e si ama profondamente). Vuol dire commuoversi, vuol dire dolcezza e vuol dire anche porno. Significa imparare, meravigliarsi, insegnare, comunicare, sentirsi parte e contribuire a qualcosa di più grande. Significa rimanere stupiti di fronte alle infinite declinazioni che una stessa cosa può assumere. Ma sopra ogni altra cosa per me vuol dire libertà. Libertà di non seguire nessuna regola, preconcetto o pregiudizio. Libertà di riscrivere e reinventare completamente anche norme così radicate che abbiamo dimenticato che possano esistere alternative. Persino, addirittura, la libertà di ignorare totalmente anche le leggi stesse che dovrebbero regolare una storia (soprattutto per quanto riguarda una fanfiction), libertà di prendere uno spunto e spingerlo oltre fino a creare qualcosa di paradossale, perché non esistono limiti all’immaginazione. Libertà che nessuno, dall’alto di una sua cattedra o di un suo ruolo di prestigio, si permetta di dire cosa è o cosa non è bello, cosa possa meritare di essere studiato e considerato arte.

3. Infine, per me i fanwork sono semplicemente inseguire un’idea, uno spunto, un barlume scaturito dal lavoro di qualcun altro e concretizzarlo in qualcosa di tangibile, perché un’opera (se è meritevole) non esaurisce in se stessa cosa ha da dire e se l’arte fosse solo in grado di creare con il suo pubblico un dialogo muto e unilaterale, senza stimolare una risposta dall’altra parte, allora vorrebbe dire che è già morta.

greatvaluegay, via Twitter

I think the main reason it’s my dream to work on character and concept design is bc of how special it is to me to find characters I id with, I wanna be a part of making that experience for someone else to like….give back what I’ve received if that makes sense. I know id with characters in fanworks more than I do with their actual canon characterization, but I think that’s even more reason why I wanna create the characters like the ones I’ve grown to love and see myself in.

goldfinchex, via Twitter

in terms of writing it's both practice and expression, as well as translating thoughts to paper to ground myself in my present but at the same time make something that's entirely personal and imaginary a shared commodity.

Shyla Ramos, via Twitter

#WhatFanworksMeanToMe it allows me to get my ideas out and gets people to read and enjoy what I write.

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International Fanworks Day

This February 15th will mark the 5th annual International Fanworks Day. Wherever you are across the globe, we invite you to celebrate with us!

In honour of IFD, the OTW will be hosting several events, but we'd love for you to tell us what you'll be doing for #IFD2019 so we can signal boost other celebrations.

So what's the OTW doing? Lots of things!

1. What Fanworks Mean to Me: A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. Tomorrow, we'll be posting selected essays from the submissions. If you missed your chance to send us an essay, don't worry! You can always post on social media with the tag #IFD2019. Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day festivities.

2. IFDrabble: This is a fanworks fest that invites you to create short fanworks (like drabble fanfics) about characters and/or celebrities being fannish over something. We created an AO3 tag to use when posting your works, and on social media, you can use #IFDrabble for a chance for us to signal boost your work.

This year, to shake things up, we're suggesting a specific theme: Characters and/or celebrities discovering new fandoms! How about Izuku and Katsuki discovering Madonna? Or McCree discovering Venom? Anything goes for IFDrabble--fanfiction, fanart, fanvids, or anything else you can come up with.

3. Feedback Fest: Feedback Fest is a chance to show your favourite fanworks some love, and to get some great recommendations from others! Look for our Feedback Fest post on February 13th, then leave a comment with some fanwork recommendations. On social media, use the tag #FeedbackFest when posting.

4. Fanlore Challenge: Fanlore is participating in IFD, too! Every day from February 11-17, Fanlore will post different challenges on their Tumblr, their Twitter, their Dreamwidth, and on Fanlore for all editors to participate in. How well do you know your fandom? It’s time to show off your knowledge and contribute to Fanlore!

5. Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th, we’ll be hosting a chat in the OTW’s Public Discussion chat room. Join us between 23:00 UTC February 14th (What time is that where I live?) and 04:00 UTC February 16th (What time is that where I live?) to play trivia games and chat with other fans! The the games schedule and chat room link are now live. (The chat room will be moderated in English.)

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2019-02-10 12:14:03 -0500
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Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages

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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2019-02-09 17:01:58 -0500
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Soon we'll be replacing our current method for generating work downloads with the Calibre command line interface. Our current patchwork system of third-party tools and custom code comes with a number of bugs and limitations, and moving to a well-maintained and documented application like Calibre will enable us to better maintain and even enhance the download feature going forward.

Because this is an entirely new system, there will be some differences between old and new files. We've provided an overview of these changes and some previews below, but we're still testing these changes, so there may be some minor differences between the previews and the final versions. Additionally, exactly how a file looks and behaves may vary depending on your device, software version, and settings.

HTML & PDF

HTML files serve as the basis for all of our download files, so it was necessary to make a few tweaks to help Calibre create tables of contents for other download types. Most of these tweaks are invisible, but we did make one visible change: the work title is now included at the top of the file, above the URL. Aside from these minor changes, HTML downloads will remain the same.

Because generating PDF downloads with Calibre would require us to install additional software on our servers, we will continue to use wkhtmltopdf to create PDFs, although we have upgraded it to a newer version. Like HTML downloads, PDFs will now include the title at the top of the first page but otherwise remain the same.

EPUB & MOBI

The biggest changes will be to MOBI and EPUB files, which are currently very different from each other due to limitations that existed when our system was created nearly ten years ago. The new code will give these files a more consistent look and feel and allow readers to take advantage of some features ebook readers provide.

EPUB

A current EPUB open in the iPhone Books app. The work meta is displayed in two columns inside a box. A new EPUB open in the iPhone Books app. The work meta is displayed as a bold heading, e.g. Rating, above the relevant tags.

The new EPUB files will do away with the two-column display of work meta (i.e. tags and statistics), which doesn't work well for small screens, lots of tags, or large font sizes.

This update will also fix the bug where EPUB files were missing chapter endnotes.

You can download an example of the new EPUB files to preview on your device.

MOBI

First page of a current MOBI file on the iPhone Kindle app, cropped to show the table of contents links provided at the top. A new MOBI file on the iPhone Kindle app, cropped to show the file's table of contents in the app menu.

Our current system provides a list of links on the first page as a makeshift table of contents, but Calibre will create files designed to work with your device or app's built-in table of contents function. (As you navigate with the shiny new table of contents, you may also notice each chapter begins on a fresh page.)

The text of a chapter in a current MOBI file on the iPhone Kindle app. The text of a chapter in a new MOBI file on the iPhone Kindle app.

Calibre will also add margins to prevent the text from running against the edge of the page. Additionally, we've switched from using indented book-style paragraphs to using vertical margins to create blank lines between paragraphs, bringing MOBI files in line with how text is formatted on the site and in other download files.

This update also brings a major improvement for internationalization: MOBI files of works written in non-Latin alphabets will no longer be automatically transliterated! Please note, however, that MOBI offers only limited support of right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic, so Kindle users will need to use AZW3 to read works in those languages.

You can download an example of the new MOBI files to preview on your device.

AZW3

We'll also be adding a new download format: AZW3, which was created by Amazon for use with Kindle devices and apps. It's a newer format than MOBI, and it will allow us to offer Kindle users downloads of works in right-to-left languages, but it will otherwise look the same.

AZW3 downloads will be available on all works, but if you rely on Send to Kindle to transfer files to your device, you'll need to stick with a different format: Amazon doesn't allow you to send this file type. However, you can still transfer AZW3 files to your Kindle by downloading them to your computer and connecting your device.

If you're using the Kindle app on an Android device, you can move AZW3 files you've downloaded to your SD card's Kindle folder in order to access them. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a workaround for the iOS Kindle app, so iPhone and iPad users will need to use another download format or a different, non-Kindle app.

Deploy date

While this upgrade won't immediately resolve all of the existing issues with downloads, it's an important part of the process, and it will ultimately make the Archive more secure and more maintainable. (After the deploy, our release notes will have more detail on specific bugs this change has fixed.)

We're still in the testing stages, but we plan to deploy these changes sometime after February 11. When the time comes, we'll announce it on our @AO3_Status Twitter account.

No downtime is expected, but if you have a work already loaded in your browser at the time of the update, you'll need to refresh the page to download it.

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2019-02-06 12:12:30 -0500
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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

Do you love meta and research on fans? Or would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? Or are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting for new personnel in several roles!

Today we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Staff: Fanhackers Staffer - closing 13 February 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Policy & Abuse Staff - closing 13 February 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteer - closing 13 February 2019 at 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.


Communications Staff: Fanhackers Staffer

Do you love meta and research on fans? Are you familiar with Transformative Works and Cultures and other fan studies research? Are you interested in volunteering for the OTW? Great! Fanhackers is a project and blog that aims to make fan studies research accessible to fans. The Fanhackers team is currently looking for someone who can spare a few hours a week to help us collate, curate, compile, and manage academic work on fans and fannish meta. We would love someone with a good knowledge of fan studies (both historical and current) who is interested in communicating complex research to a more general audience.

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

Applications are due 13 February 2019 at 23:59 UTC


Policy & Abuse Staff

The AO3 Policy & Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Policy & Abuse staffers are required to spend at least five hours a week handling committee work, though it often tends to be more. Please be sure you can handle the workload before applying.

Applications are due 13 February 2019 at 23:59 UTC


Translation Volunteer

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, Filipino, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Malay, Marathi, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, 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, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese-BR, Portuguese-PT, 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 13 February 2019 at 23:59 UTC


Apply at the volunteering page!

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