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Banner by Erin of a close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

Are you a digital artist interested in the OTW's work? Are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Communications Graphics Volunteer - closing 12 February 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteer - closing 12 February 2020 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 Graphics Volunteer

Are you a digital artist interested in the OTW's work? The OTW Communications committee is looking for graphic designers to create digital art for our news posts and other official documents. Communications is the main information distribution team for the OTW. We manage the OTW News blog and related social media accounts, and we assist other teams in managing project-specific communication. If you would like to join the OTW and help bring fandom news to the public, click through to learn more about the role and apply to join as a Communications Volunteer.

Applications are due 12 February 2020

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 Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Marathi, Persian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian, 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 Catalan, Czech, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese-BR, Portuguese-PT, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish 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 12 February 2020

Apply at the volunteering page!


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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2020-02-02 11:27:57 -0500
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I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

This coming February 15 will be our sixth annual celebration of International Fanworks Day! International Fanworks Day, or IFD, was first celebrated in 2015 to honor the anniversary of AO3 passing the 1 million fanworks milestone. We're very excited to continue this tradition by celebrating the fanworks that we spotlight, share, and advocate for.

Communications announced the upcoming holiday with an IFDrabble/IFDrawble challenge: Characters react to discovering fanworks they are in. Translation has been hard at work translating this and upcoming posts about IFD into a whopping 29 languages. Meanwhile, Fanlore is preparing to launch their IFD Fanlore Challenge in conjunction with IFD as their first event of the year. Stay tuned for more information about IFD festivities coming soon!

II. AT THE AO3

The AO3 broke records this holiday season with 281 million page views in the first week of January and 1.12 billion page views in the month of December. To help tackle intermittent server troubles and keep up with all that traffic, new servers will be coming soon! \o/ Accessibility, Design and Technology also unveiled several code deploys, including an update to our rich text editor, support for the HTML5 audio and video tags, a tweak to how we handle language selection, and some less confusingly labeled buttons.

Open Doors is in the final stages of preparations for their Yahoo Groups Rescue Project with the Board of Directors and the Legal committee, and they hope to begin working with Yahoo Groups moderators to import their Groups to the AO3 in February. They have a long queue of Groups waiting for import, so please be patient if your Group is on the wait list! Verizon has now deleted all data associated with Yahoo Groups, but any moderators who downloaded the contents of their Yahoo Groups in advance of the deletion deadline are still welcome to contact Open Doors about importing them to the AO3. Additionally, Open Doors announced the upcoming import of the Watchmen Kinkmeme to the AO3, with thanks to Communications and Translation!

Policy & Abuse received about 1,250 tickets in December and over 19,000 tickets in the year 2019. Their ticket count for 2018 was around 11600, so that’s quite an increase! They will likely break 20,000 tickets in 2020, while just four years ago their yearly ticket count was only around 5,300! Meanwhile, Support received 1,474 tickets in December and 15,763 total tickets in the year 2019. Tag Wrangling has also been fielding huge numbers, wrangling 216,000 tags in November, 240,000 tags in December, and an astonishing 2.7 million tags in the year 2019.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Strategic Planning has reached the end of the OTW's 2017-20 Strategic Plan. This was the OTW's first ever strategic plan and allowed the OTW to clarify each committee's role and goals, develop a budget and financial policies, and discuss options for improving the organization's governance structure, among other goals. A big shoutout to all OTW volunteers for their hard work and dedication carrying the plan out to the end!

Over the holiday and year-end period, Fanlore ran several internal editing chats that focused on adding to areas that are underrepresented on the Fanlore wiki. On December 17, they marked the one-year anniversary of the Tumblr NSFW Content Purge with a post inviting fans to share their memories of Tumblr fandom before and after the purge, which was widely reblogged with stories and thoughts. They also spread the word about the 8tracks shutdown and encouraged fans to archive their fanmixes and link them on Fanlore.

Legal celebrated Copyright Week with a Five Things post featuring Legal staffer Stacey Lantagne. They also cooperated with Board to add the OTW’s support to savedotorg.org, a petition to stop the sale of the .org domain, used by us and most non-profit organizations.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 14 January the OTW has 784 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: 1 Fanlore staffer, 2 Translation staffers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 1 Tag Wrangler

Departing Committee Chairs: Janita Burgess (Communications)
Departing Committee Staff: Calescent (AO3 Documentation), Janita Burgess (Communications), 1 Finance staffer, Ilona van der Vegt (Policy & Abuse), Mars (Policy & Abuse), & 2 other Policy & Abuse staffers, 1 Support staffer, Megan Diane (Volunteers & Recruiting)
Departing Communications Volunteers: Atiya B, Elin and 1 other volunteer
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: Oxymora
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Kay and 7 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 8 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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International Fanworks Day

It’s getting to be that time of year again: International Fanworks Day is right around the corner! We celebrate IFD on the 15th of February, which this year will fall on a Saturday. 2020 marks our sixth annual celebration, and we are very excited to keep the tradition alive!

So what is International Fanworks Day, anyway?

International Fanworks Day is an opportunity to celebrate the fan-created content that the OTW was established to spotlight, share, and protect. We are fortunate to be part of an incredible fandom community from around the world, and we hope that many of you will participate in the events we have planned for IFD itself as well as the days leading up to it. During this time, we will seek involvement from fan creators and consumers to create new fanworks and to recognize some of the fanfiction, fanart, podfic and fanvids that you’ve enjoyed over the past 12 months. Wherever you are and whatever language you speak, we want to hear from you!

Fanworks Challenge: how would your characters react?

In anticipation of #IFD2020, we’re issuing a challenge to fan creators. We’d love to see you use this prompt as inspiration for an IFDrabble, IFDrawble, or other short or speedy fanwork in whatever medium suits you best. Work on them now and post them online in February, tagging #IFDrabble on social media or ‘International Fanworks Day 2020’ on AO3. We’ll be reblogging some of our (SFW!) favorites on our social media channels from the 8th - 15th February. What’s the prompt for this year? It’s time to get meta! We’d love to see characters discovering fanworks about themselves. What if Crowley got hold of some Good Omens fanart and showed it to Aziraphale? Or Voldemort began sorting through Harry Potter fanfic in search of strategies to win the wizarding war? We can only imagine the chaos that might ensue; but luckily for us, we only have to imagine it. Making it happen is your job! So, get working on your creations now and start posting them online any time from February 1st. (Remember to use the tags!) Our next IFD blog post will appear on the 8th of February, kicking off our fanworks challenge reposts and inviting you to participate in some further events. We look forward to checking in with you then!

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2020-01-20 11:12:41 -0500
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Stacey Lantagne, who volunteers as member of OTW's Legal Advocacy project. It's posted today to highlight the celebration of Copyright Week

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a volunteer for the Legal Committee, I work on behalf of OTW's mission to protect and nurture fanworks as a legitimate creative activity. The Legal Committee monitors legislation in the United States as well as internationally, and provides comments on behalf of the interests of fan creators. For instance, recently the Legal Committee provided comments in response to New Zealand's request for input on its review of its Copyright Act (with help from New Zealand AO3 users!). We also join briefs in legal court cases that have fanwork implications, as well as review internal procedures and policies to ensure compliance.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

It depends on what's going on! Sometimes I'm working on a specific project, like the New Zealand comments, or checking the nonprofit regulations of all fifty states as they apply to the OTW. Sometimes I'm getting ready to be a guest at a con or speak on a panel at a conference about fannish legal issues. Sometimes I'm assisting in efforts to communicate about major legal changes, like the EU's recent new regulations. Sometimes I'm just helping to respond to the many emails that come in weekly, whether asking questions about works on AO3 or asking questions about personal fan projects people are working on. The Legal Committee can't give legal advice, but we strive to provide relevant legal information.

What did AO3's Hugo win in 2019 mean for OTW's Legal Team?

For the Legal Team, as I think for everyone involved with the OTW, the Hugo win felt like a huge recognition of the validity and importance of fanworks in creativity. At the same time, we recognize that it's not the end of our work. But it was incredibly inspiring to watch all those people at the Hugos speak up for how much fanworks have played a part in their lives. We at the Legal Committee were waving along at home!

Why do you think Copyright Week is an important event?

Copyright isn't just a law for Disney; it's a law for all people who create, and that's most people! Copyright Week is important because it raises awareness of how much copyright is there for all of us. A lot of the narrative we hear about copyright is in terms of piracy and media conglomerates but copyright is out there protecting all of those stories you scribble or doodles you draw, just to make yourself happy! It also has protection built in to make sure the rest of us have some freedom to engage with the behemoth copyright properties, and Copyright Week reminds us of that.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I am a voracious consumer of all things fannish. I wish I could draw, because I'm in awe of fan artists, but I'm a writer myself. Catch me on a perfect weekend curling up with a 150K coffee shop AU.


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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Spotlight on Open Doors

Watchmen Kinkmeme, a Watchmen fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

Watchmen Kinkmeme is a fanfiction archive for the film/comic Watchmen hosted on LiveJournal. Beginning in 2008, the archive was initially for anonymous kink-based fiction, but has grown to include all genres of Watchmen fanfiction. While the original archive will not close, The Watchmen Kinkmeme is being imported to AO3 by the moderator, Sail, for its preservation and to organize the archive and lend better searchability.

Open Doors will be working with Sail to import Watchmen Kinkmeme into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction currently in the Watchmen Kinkmeme will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from Watchmen Kinkmeme to the AO3 after January.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Watchmen Kinkmeme?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. Works archived on behalf of a creator who wishes to be named will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Please contact Open Doors with your Watchmen Kinkmeme pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Watchmen Kinkmeme account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the Watchmen Kinkmeme mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Watchmen Kinkmeme on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Watchmen Kinkmeme!

- The Open Doors team and Sail

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2020-01-08 10:58:23 -0500
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Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 15 January 2020 at 23:59 UTC or until 85 submissions have been received
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer Chinese – closing 15 January 2020 at 23:59 UTC or until 30 submissions have been received

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.


Tag Wrangling Volunteer

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán with ABO Dynamics, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, click through to the job description and application form.

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. Additionally, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only, which will change each recruitment round. Please see the application for which fandoms are in need.

While all wranglers need to be fluent in English, we welcome applicants who are also fluent in other languages, especially Chinese (中文), Russian (Русский), Spanish (Español), Italian (Italiano), Polish (Polski), Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), Brazilian Portugese (Português brasileiro), Korean (한국어), Thai (ไทย) and Hindi (हिन्दी).

Applications are due 15 January 2020 at 23:59 UTC or until 85 submissions have been received


Tag Wrangling Chinese Volunteer

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán with ABO Dynamics, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you're a fluent Chinese speaker who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling! To join us, click through to the job description and application form.

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. We’re currently looking for applicants who are fluent in both English and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified both welcome). The work will involve both regular Tag Wrangling work and translating tags from Chinese into English.

Applications are due 15 January 2020 at 23:59 UTC or until 30 submissions have been received


Apply at the volunteering page!

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The last several code deploys introduced some exciting changes to work posting: a big update to our rich text editor, support for the HTML5 audio and video tags, a little tweak in how we handle language selection, and some less confusingly labeled buttons! In addition, a whole lot of challenge improvements and behind-the-scenes infrastructure upgrades.

Credits

  • Coders: Alix R, cosette, Elz, Enigel, james_, redsummernight, Sarken, Tal, tickinginstant
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, bingeling, Enigel, james_, redsummernight, Sarken, Scott, tickinginstant
  • Testers: bingeling, Briar, CJ Record, GoldenFalls, Izzy, james_, Lady Oscar, lydia-theda, MagnusIsMyRock, McBangle, Nary, nimadge, Paula, Rebecca Sentance, redsummernight, Relle, Sarken

Details

Rich Text Editor

  • [AO3-5191] - We upgraded the version of TinyMCE that we use for our Rich Text Editor.
  • [AO3-5809], [AO3-5811] - The new version of TinyMCE overrides the browser's default context menu, which prevents desktop users from right-clicking to copy, paste, spell check, etc. We disabled this behavior.
  • [AO3-5812] - The same new version of TinyMCE defaults to a reduced interface for users on mobile devices. We disabled this behavior too.

Collections and Challenges

  • [AO3-4353] - Some inconvenient caching was affecting the display of tag set content (e.g. Character or Relationship tags) on challenge sign-up pages. Now the correct tags are shown.
  • [AO3-5786] - Trying to access the list of allowed tags from a challenge sign-up would throw an error 500, which is now fixed as well!
  • [AO3-5785] - Owners of collections were previously able to add works in other, anonymous collections to their own, which enabled them to see the work's creator. We've now made it impossible to add anonymous works to your collection.
  • [AO3-5101] - Trying to save a challenge with sign-ups open and a closing date set, but no opening date, would throw an error 500. Now the challenge profile correctly states that you can sign-up and until what date.
  • [AO3-5102] - If you closed sign-ups for a challenge before the set closing date, the challenge profile would show that sign-ups were closed, but ~in the future~~~ (i.e. the set closing date). Now the date just isn't displayed anymore, to avoid any confusion.
  • [AO3-5593] - When fetching a list of all collections a work had been approved to be in, we used an unnecessary query, which was not good for database performance. Much better now!
  • [AO3-4571] - You have two open assignments, and they both happen to be for the same recipient. You post a work fulfilling one of the assignments. However, the other assignment's ticky box is also checked in the posting form. If you don't notice this, you post the work and suddenly your other assignment is fulfilled as well. But it's really not! (Aww.) We now make sure only the correct ticky is ticked and you still have to write a second work for the other assignment. *\o/*

Language

  • [AO3-5702] - We previously had English set as the default language when posting a new work. This led to a lot of miscategorized works, since creators often wouldn't notice the language selection when posting non-English works. We now require all users to manually set the language their work is in.
  • [AO3-4605] - The form used for work imports now sports a mandatory "Choose a language" field as well.
  • [AO3-5790] - We accidentally broke filtering for works in português brasileiro or português europeu, so we intentionally fixed it.
  • [AO3-5616] - In our lists of FAQ categories available in Arabic or Hebrew, the first category name was misaligned. We've put it back in line.

Misc.

  • [AO3-5693] - Posting audio or video fanworks? Now you can use the HTML5 audio and video tags!
  • [AO3-4080] - We had a very peculiar bug where our devs weren't able to use multiple CSS box shadows on their development environments despite it being possible on the Archive itself. Turns out we had a broken regular expression in our code, but the fact that we had box-shadow in the wrong part of the production configuration file was hiding the issue. The bug has been fixed and the production config file updated, so now box-shadow works the same for everyone.
  • [AO3-4560] - We renamed the buttons for posting works: "Post Without Preview" becomes "Post", and "Save Without Posting" becomes "Save As Draft".
  • [AO3-5632] - When you follow a link from the Archive to another site or go to a page with the Twitter widget (e.g. a work), some information is automatically sent to the site (or Twitter). We have now limited referrer information and won't tell the site you clicked on (or Twitter) which page you were on.
  • [AO3-5761] - We have added the Rack::Attack gem, which enables us to control how many requests to the database an IP address can send before we firmly tell it to not (and serve an error page instead).
  • [AO3-5639] - Trying to visit an unrevealed work (and getting a helpful message instead) or accessing a hidden work (as an admin) would increase that work's hit count, potentially giving the creator of said work quite the scare. We have removed that particular source of panic now.
  • [AO3-3617] - Tags that begin with a capital letter with an accent or other diacritical mark (e.g. Éomer) wouldn't show up in the autocomplete if no fandom was entered in the posting form. Now they should!
  • [AO3-5825] - Dashboard sidebars retrieve work and bookmark counts from Elasticsearch, which ties up Elasticsearch in long queries, making everyone sad. We are now caching those counts, creating a little less work for the search engine every time a page with the sidebar is loaded. \o/ (Note: This means the count will no longer go up immediately when you add or delete a work or bookmark. The delay should currently be about half an hour, but we may adjust it in the future.)

Infrastructure

  • [AO3-5789] - Updated Database Cleaner and other test-only gems.
  • [AO3-5795] - Updated MySQL2 to 0.5.2 to support libmariadb and Debian 10.
  • [AO3-5798] - Updated Loofah from 2.2.3 to 2.3.1.
  • [AO3-5749] - Updated Elasticsearch to 6.8.5 and its gem to 6.8.0.
  • [AO3-5826] - Updated Nokogiri to 1.10.5.
  • [AO3-5797], [AO3-5800] - Updated the staging server names in our deploy script.
  • [AO3-5194] - Updated schema and structure files.
  • [AO3-5787] - We've put the code for the public site skins Reversi, Snow Blue, and Low Vision Default in our code repository for safe keeping and better tracking of changes.

Tests

  • [AO3-5788] - We had previously been using Ubuntu Xenial for tests on our CI service, but now we've switched to Bionic, which is closer to our production environment.
  • [AO3-5814] - Sometimes we make changes that we don't need our automated tests to check. We've made it so we can include a note in the commit message that will tell one of our CI services to skip running the tests and deploy the changes straight to our staging environment.
  • [AO3-5815] - The automated tests for our emails had a lot of redundancy, so we reduced that.
  • [AO3-5758] - We changed some settings on our automated code style checker to make its formatting suggestions more useful.
  • [AO3-5772] - We've stopped running automated code style checks on JavaScript files for third-party plugins, since we didn't write them and aren't going to address style violations found in them. We've also stopped checking minified JavaScript files because, seriously, we know it's one giant long line without spaces or indentation -- that's the whole point.

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I. MILESTONES FOR FANLORE AND AO3

This month, two of the OTW's projects celebrated major milestones, as Fanlore hit 50,000 pages and AO3 turned 10 years old.

Communications made a series of posts marking the AO3's 10-year anniversary, which fell on November 14. We spoke to a number of staffers who have been with the OTW since the early days about some of the challenges they had faced, as well as about their favorite parts of working for the OTW and some of their predictions for the future. The hard work of the Translation committee meant that we were able to publish these posts in 24 languages.

A little later in the month, we were happy to see the 50,000th page published on the Fanlore wiki. The committee marked the occasion with social posts across Tumblr, Twitter and Dreamwidth as well as a post on AO3 news. Check out the post to see the special banner that the team's graphic designers created for the occasion!

Fanlore's next goal is to reach one million edits; they are already at 900,000 and climbing. If you are interested in contributing, you can find more information at Fanlore's Portal for new visitors.

II. AT THE AO3

The Accessibility, Design and Technology committee and the Systems committee have been dealing with some intermittent site slowness on the AO3 over the past few weeks. This is due to strain on the Elasticsearch servers, which became more acute under the heavy traffic of the American Thanksgiving weekend. The OTW had already been planning to purchase new servers and these have now been ordered (as of 27 November) but we ask for users' patience over the next few months until they are delivered and installed. In the meantime, we are working to upgrade the Elasticsearch software in the hope that this will at least alleviate the issue.

We'd like to thank everybody whose generous donations enabled this purchase: this is a real example of what we are able to do with the money entrusted to us by our users.

Continuing the work they began last month, our Open Doors staffers have been working hard (in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Legal committee) to preserve as much content as possible in advance of the Yahoo Groups closure, currently scheduled for December 14. This work has included expanding archive import procedures to include procedures for importing Yahoo Groups and/or storing their contents.

The Tag Wrangling team created a new team of Chinese-speaking wranglers, who work to translate tags for the rest of the committee. They're also working to standardize these translations so that the same terms remain consistent regardless of who is working on them. That was in November; in October, the wranglers handled around 244,000 tags in more than 34,000 fandoms!

Meanwhile, Policy & Abuse handled 2,000 tickets in October and Support around 1,200 tickets.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

A few additional updates from our other committees: the Board has been working with Legal, Systems and Finance to explore how we can push back against the recent sale of ".org" domains to a private company. Translation conducted a very successful recruitment round, receiving an unprecedented number of applications and bringing the team to a total of 236 volunteers!

Lastly, Transformative Works and Cultures is working hard on the finishing touches for their next issue, which will be published on December 15.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Volunteers & Recruiting: As of 27 October the OTW has 812 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Aenya, AliceJane (Policy & Abuse)
New Committee Staff: ami, BooksAreLife, Cerberusia, Haunt_Haunt_Haunt, interstitial, Mars, Seakittens & Zixin Zhang (all Policy & Abuse) and 10 other Policy & Abuse staffers, Beth Boisvert, Gillian Webster, Irina, Jen S, Megan Q, Zoë Renee (all Tag Wrangling) and 2 other Tag Wrangling staffers, Laure (Translation), Hanna White (AO3 Documentation)
New Fanlore Volunteers: Marion McGowan
New Translation Volunteers: Aqilah Norain, aruna, Beste Karataş, Bruna, Cynassa, Cypher, dxdim, Felix Engler, Joyce Zhao, Lauritz, lemoncave, Masha Yankovych, Maya Habee, Melifluo, Reptile Ruler, siobhrag, solrosan, soumyaa, Tygermine, Vincent, wildflower01, Winchester1989, Zoey and 20 other Translation volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: SarkaS (Translation), Cyn (Support), Muriel Kalliokoski (Policy & Abuse), Makari Crow (AO3 Docs), Ona Lu (Legal), Aris Gemenetzis (Fanlore), 1 AO3 Docs Staffer, 2 Communications staffers, 4 Development & Membership staffers, 1 Fanlore staffer, 1 Legal staffer, 1 Translation staffer
Departing Communications Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Development & Membership Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: BeautifulMistake3, cest_what, Flynn Germain, Giana, Hannah Miro, Minkster, Sam Bailey and 25 other Tag Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Anya Z, SimK
Departing TWC 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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