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I. WELCOMING NEW USERS TO AO3

Recently, the Archive of Our Own has received an influx of new Chinese users, a result of tightening content restrictions on other platforms. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to them, and remind everyone that our committees are working to make AO3 as accessible as possible in languages other than English.

Tag Wrangling has a new Chinese-speaking team helping make works in this language easier to sort and filter, and Translation volunteers have been assisting the Policy & Abuse and Support committees with incoming tickets in Chinese and other languages.

If you're new to AO3, you can check out our recent welcome post, available in 27 languages, including Chinese.

Special thanks for all the hard work put in by Translation, the new Tag Wrangling team, and all the other volunteers who have stepped up to help welcome our new users!

II. ALSO AT THE AO3

Open Doors was excited to announce the upcoming import of Side by Side, a Star Trek e-zine for fanfiction and fanart.

Our Policy & Abuse and Support committees received approximately 1,200 tickets each during May, while Tag Wrangling handled more than 193,000 tags across more than 32,100 fandoms in April.

III. OTW BOARD ELECTIONS COMING SOON

The Elections committee is working hard to ensure everything is ready for the upcoming election season. For more details, please check out the 2019 Election Timeline & Membership Deadline.

Please note that the last date to become a member if you want to vote in this year's board of directors election is 30 June, 2019!

IV. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 May, the OTW has 722 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Jess Hindes (Communications), VSSAKJ (Tag Wrangling), Rachel Bussert (Volunteers & Recruiting), Stephanie Godden (Open Doors)
New Committee Staff: Nrandom (Development & Membership)
New Translation Volunteers: Aatreyee, Alba_Z, Bubbly Sage, Gioia Rodica, Dan Ph, Natalia Suzdal, Noemie, Laure, Diya Basu, and 6 other Translation volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Sammie Louise (Policy & Abuse) and 3 Elections staffers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Aderam, JujYFru1T, TamaraAnn, Windian, and 36 more Tag Wranglers
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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I. THANK YOU!

Our April membership drive was a massive success! Nearly 10,000 donors from 86 countries showered the Organization for Transformative Works with donations, totalling over US$245,000 and leaping over the fundraising target! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, signal boosted, and cheered us on. Your support means the world to us.

Development and Membership led the drive, keeping track of donations and answering everybody's questions. Special thanks go to Translation and Communications for getting the word out about the drive--in 28 languages!

If you want to know more about where those donations go (or what they grow), check out the OTW's 2019 Budget that the Finance committee recently made public.

II. ASKING FOR YOUR HELP

Communications is preparing an article about virtual cons and would like to talk to anyone who's attended or organized one to learn about your experiences. If that's you, please use our contact form to let us know how to get in touch with you. Anything you can share would be helpful!

III. AT THE AO3

Did you hear that the Archive of our Own is a finalist for the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Related Work? Thank you to everyone who nominated us! Check out our "For Your Consideration" informational packet that will be sent to all eligible Hugo voters.

Celebrations did not stop regular business, however. Behind the scenes in April, Accessibility, Design & Technology continued to make improvements to the Archive.

In April, Policy & Abuse and Support received 1,000 tickets each. In March, Tag Wrangling wrangled approximately 202,000 tags.

IV. LEGAL ADVOCACY

In the beginning of April, the OTW Legal team filed a Comment with the government of New Zealand as part of New Zealand’s regular review of its Copyright Act. The comment discussed the many social and cultural values of laws that permit and promote creation of transformative works, and argued that New Zealand should retain and expand fair dealing policies to advance those policies. Huge thanks to the many New Zealand fans who sent testimonials--your stories are powerful and helpful!

Also in April, OTW Legal testified at U.S. Copyright Office Roundtable Hearings as part of the Copyright Office’s study of the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions for Internet Service Providers. Our testimony focused on ways in which the safe harbor provisions have encouraged an explosion of expression on platforms like the AO3. We encouraged the Copyright Office to remember the wide variety of Internet platforms and not to presume that large commercial operations like YouTube are the only kinds of platforms out there.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 April, the OTW has 757 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Frogzanity, GoldenFalls, mambo, Nisha Gode and Vavvaflo (All Support) and 3 other Support Staffers
New TWC Volunteers: Cameron Salisbury (TWC)

Departing Committee Staff: Cameron Salisbury (TWC) and Patrycja Zarzecka (Support)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Tirnisse
Departing Translation Volunteers: ncastro and 3 other volunteers

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


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I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

It was a busy month for the OTW's Legal team, beginning with a post to mark Fair Use/Fair Dealing week, which ran this year from 25 February to March 1. The week is coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries and celebrates the laws that permit fans to create transformative works based on copyrighted content.

Unfortunately, the rest of the month was less celebratory as EU lawmakers voted on March 26 to pass the "Digital Single Market Directive," which contains fan-unfriendly proposals related to the use of copyrighted material. The good news is that AO3, as a non-profit, will not be affected by the legislation; but other platforms may have to make more adjustments. Legal wrote a post for the OTW blog, which explains the ruling and its implications in detail.

The OTW is committed to advocating for the rights of fan creators, and the Legal team also took action this month to make sure that our voice is heard as part of these debates. They joined the Horizon 2020 European Advocacy coalition, which will conduct research and advocacy in Europe, and submitted a comment to the US Copyright Office regarding the definition of "commercial."

II. NEW ISSUE OF TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES

The latest issue of the OTW's scholarly journal, Transformative Works and Cultures, was published on March 15 . This issue, themed on "Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color," was edited by Abigail De Kosnik and andré carrington. It features articles on the Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and How to Get Away with Murder fandoms, amongst others, as well as reviews of a number of recent fan studies publications. As always, the journal content is free to read and download.

III. AT THE AO3

Policy & Abuse received approximately 1000 tickets this month. Support received 1118 tickets, 188 of which were translated by Translation. In February, Tag Wrangling wrangled over 201,000 tags.

IV. GOVERNANCE

OTW users, members, and volunteers were able to pose questions to the Board at an open Q&A session on March 14. If you missed out, don't worry - there will be another Q&A in the not-too-distant future. Stay tuned for more information!

The Board also approved the 2019 Budget, which is now available to view online.

V. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 March, the OTW has 755 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Erlkoenig, Frost The Fox, Irina, Jen S, Metro, JessicaLovesSocks2658, Ranowa (all Policy & Abuse) and 5 other Policy & Abuse staffers
New Communications Volunteers: Szabó Dorottya
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Aprilcake, ArianaR, August, Aya, Bianca, bookscorpion, ellimac, erinaconyx, faultystart, GloriaRoies, Hoang C., Jazelock, Jessz, JoJo, JSaintJ, Karma, KeepCalmAndPlayDumb, LizS, mammaria, Marisa Poulsen, Mierke, mimi, Mimo, molars, Novic, raunchyandpaunchy, Rebeccaheather, Rebecca Snyder, romanticallyinept, Sarah Konersmann, Seas, Summers, Sunshijne, Tirnisse, Vokova, woyo, Zerovirus, Zixin Zhang and 1 other volunteer
New Translation Volunteers: Upasana Das and 6 other volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Rebecca Snyder (Translation) and 1 other Translation staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: c_doves, DebetEsse, JanOda and 9 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing TWC Volunteers: Mara Greengrass

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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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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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