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Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 11 archive import projects in 2018, a total of nearly 12,000 works, bringing the total number of works preserved over the lifetime of Open Doors to just shy of 100,000! We hope that you will find old and new favorites in the collections listed below.

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MTAC

Completed: January 2018

MTAC was an NCIS fanfiction archive for all characters and pairings, including crossovers, founded in 2006.

Find works at the MTAC AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the MTAC announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the MTAC Fanlore page.

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The New Adventures of Sinbad: Fan Fiction Season 2

Completed: February 2018

The New Adventures of Sinbad: Fan Fiction Season 2 was a fanfiction virtual second season for the TV series The Adventures of Sinbad.

Find works at the New Adventures of Sinbad AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the New Adventures of Sinbad announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the New Adventures of Sinbad Fanlore page.

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The Boy - Michael Shanks

Completed: February 2018

The Boy / Michael Shanks Fanfiction Archive was a "multi-Michael" archive for gen, het or slash fanfiction about any character portrayed by the actor Michael Shanks. It was founded circa 2002.

Find works at The Boy - Michael Shanks AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see The Boy announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out The Boy Fanlore page.

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The Spooky Awards 2003-2005

Completed: April 2018

The Spooky Awards, also known as the Spookys, were an annual fan-run event to recognize excellence in X-Files fan fiction. Alice_ttlg hosted the award winners from 2003-2005.

Find works at the Spooky Awards collections. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Spooky_Awards fanlore page.

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Unknowable Room

Completed: April 2018

The Unknowable Room was a Harry Potter archive for fanfiction and fanart, focused primarily on Marauder-era works and Lily/James as a primary pairing. It was founded in 2005.

Find works at the Unknowable Room AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Unknowable Room announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Unknowable Room Fanlore page.

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Death-Marked Love

Completed: May 2018

Death-Marked Love was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction archive focused on the Spike/Buffy pairing founded in 2001.

Find works at the Death-Marked Love collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Death-Marked Love announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Death-Marked Love Fanlore page.

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Firefly's Glow

Completed: May 2018

The Firefly's Glow was an archive founded circa 2002 for Firefly fanfiction of all types -- gen, het and slash, all pairings, all ratings.

Find works at the Firefly's Glow collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Firefly's Glow announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Firefly's Glow fanlore page.

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Artifact Storage Room 3

Completed: August 2018

The Artifact Storage Room 3 was a The Sentinel fanfiction archive founded in 2008.

Find works at the Artifact Storage Room 3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Artifact Storage Room 3 announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Artifact Storage Room 3 Fanlore page.

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Glass Onion

Completed: September 2018

The Glass Onion was a multi-fandom fanfiction archive founded in 2001.

Find works at the Glass Onion collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Glass Onion announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Glass Onion fanlore page.

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Pretty Lights

Completed: September 2018

Pretty Lights was a multifandom actor RPF Secret Santa challenge which ran from 2005 to 2010.

Find works at the Pretty Lights collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Pretty Lights announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Pretty Lights Fanlore page.

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P/K All the Way

Completed: December 2018

P/K All the Way was a Star Trek: Voyager fansite founded in 2000 that included a small fanfiction archive for stories dedicated to the Tom Paris/Harry Kim pairing.

Find works at the P/K All the Way collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the P/K All the Way announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the P/K All the Way Fanlore page.

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A huge THANK YOU to all of the archivists and volunteers who made these imports possible, as well as all the creators who have transferred or claimed their works! For a full list of Open Doors projects, please see the Open Doors Fanlore page.

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

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The Underground is an archive dedicated to the 1986 film Labyrinth, with almost 200 works. The archivist, banshee, has now decided to close the archive and import its works to the AO3.

Open Doors will be working with banshee to import Underground into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old archive sites will re-direct to their new collections on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from Underground to the AO3 after December.

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

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. All works archived on behalf of a creator 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. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Underground 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 Underground 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 Underground 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 Underground 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 Underground!

- The Open Doors team and banshee

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The Tom Paris Dorm, a Tom Paris-centric fanfiction archive is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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The Tom Paris Dorm is an archive for fanfiction about the character Tom Paris, from Star Trek: Voyager. The TPD was created at the end of 1999 under the name of "The Wonderful World of Thomas Eugene Paris". Since then it has continued to grow steadily, and holds over 1300 works. The archivist, banshee, has now decided to close the archive and import its works to the AO3.

Open Doors will be working with banshee to import The Tom Paris Dorm into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old archive site will re-direct to the new collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from The Tom Paris Dorm to the AO3 after December.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on The Tom Paris Dorm?

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. All works archived on behalf of a creator 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. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your The Tom Paris Dorm, 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 The Tom Paris Dorm 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 Tom Paris Dorm 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 The Tom Paris Dorm, 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 The Tom Paris Dorm!

- The Open Doors team and banshee

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Twice Bitten, a Blood Ties fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Twice Bitten is a fanfiction archive for the TV show Blood Ties and Tanya Huff's Victoria Nelson Series (the books on which the show is based). Created in 2007, it is the only the only automated archive for this fandom, and holds over 300 works. The archivist, banshee, has now decided to close the archive and import its works to the AO3.

Open Doors will be working with banshee to import Twice Bitten into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old archive site will re-direct to the new collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from Twice Bitten to the AO3 after November.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Twice Bitten?

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. All works archived on behalf of a creator 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. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Twice Bitten 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 Twice Bitten 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 Twice Bitten 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 Twice Bitten 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 Twice Bitten!

- The Open Doors team and banshee

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2018-11-08 12:47:24 -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 Ariana, who volunteers a staffer in our Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee and as the Senior Technical Staffer in our Open Doors Committee.

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

As a volunteer coder for both Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee (AD&T) and Open Doors, I mainly help with the OTW's aim of preserving fan history. In my twenty-odd years of online fandom, I've seen many works and sites disappears and it's very satisfying to be able to do my bit to ensure that this happens less frequently in future.

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

Because I have both children and a full-time job, I have to fit my OTW duties in around my "real" life. As a general rule, I will spend several hours at the weekend and at least one or two hours in the evening working on OTW projects, as well as attending the weekly meeting for AD&T and, when I can, the Open Doors one which is a bit late in my timezone.

Fortunately, as I'm a software developer in real life too, I can also sometimes sneak in code reviews, research, or a bit of coding at work without anyone thinking it odd -- as long as I remember not to actually open the Archive or any of the sites Open Doors is importing! Conveniently, we use a lot of the same tools at work too, including the messaging app used by the OTW, which means I'm able to keep in touch with other volunteers to ask or answer questions and keep track of any major projects we're working on.

Have you recently worked on any particularly interesting or challenging projects?

My main focus over the last couple of years has been to create a sustainable pipeline to import archives rescued by Open Doors into the Archive. This has involved adding a mass import API to the Archive and a generic website that Open Doors can use to feed external data into it. There are also a set of scripts that adapt the contents of the rescued archives to the format needed by the generic website. The main challenge now is how to process the variety of old archives with those scripts; since every site is different, importing each one is still a lot of work and we've recently recruited more technical volunteers to help with this. The aim is to make importing archives as painless as possible so we can provide a home to all the sites whose owners ask us to add them to the Archive.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Perhaps the most useful thing about volunteering for the OTW has been learning software engineering; when I started out as an AD&T coder six years ago, I only knew a bit of theory and some HTML, and now I'm a Principal Software Engineer for a big multinational company!

In a way that's been fun for me, too, because I love computing, but I think to be honest that the most fun aspect of volunteering has been meeting the people I volunteer with. Over the last few years, I've made a lot of friends, some of whom I even meet in real life on a regular basis! It's great to be able to share anything with a group of people who, though they are scattered across the globe, tend to share my fannish, geeky and open-minded views on things.

What fannish things do you like to do?

When I can squeeze a bit of free time, I love to write stories. Most are quite short, but every few years, I'll embark on something long and rambly: my current WIP is over 100,000 words and has been going for nearly two years now! I've always enjoyed making up stories in my head and imagining how the characters from some book or TV show might behave in a given situation. Thanks to the feedback of various betas over the years, I've improved a lot as a writer -- rather as I've improved as a coder!


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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Elusive Lover, a Luke Skywalker/Han Solo Star Wars fanfiction, fanart, and poetry archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

From 2000-2014, the Elusive Lover archive presented stories, poetry and art featuring Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, including materials previously published in the printed zine. At the time the site went up, it was the first and only archive dedicated exclusively to Han/Luke slash. A lot of hard work, love, and creativity went into the site which, sadly, has been offline for the past four years. Importing the Elusive Lover collection to Archive Of Our Own will keep it available for new generations of fans and readers – hopefully providing delight, entertainment and inspiration.

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

We will begin importing works from Elusive Lover to the AO3 after October 2018.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Elusive Lover?

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. All works archived on behalf of a creator 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 Elusive Lover 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 contributions to Elusive Lover, 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 Elusive Lover moderator 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 Elusive Lover 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 Elusive Lover!

- The Open Doors team and Cara Loup

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P/K All the Way, a Star Trek Voyager fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

P/K All the Way was a Star Trek Voyager fansite that included a small fiction archive for stories dedicated to the pairing Tom Paris/Harry Kim. Although P/K All the Way is no longer online, the moderator wants the stories to remain available.

Open Doors will be working with Leigh to import P/K All the Way into separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from P/K All the Way to the AO3 after October.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on P/K All the Way?

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. All works archived on behalf of a creator 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 P/K All the Way 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 P/K All the Way 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 P/K All the Way 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 P/K All the Way 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 P/K All the Way!

- The Open Doors team and Leigh

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2018-08-16 12:06:28 -0400
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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 Stephanie Godden, who volunteers as a staffer in our Open Doors Committee.

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

The mission of the Open Doors project is to collaborate with the moderators of offline and at-risk archives and help import their works to the AO3, in keeping with the OTW’s goal of preserving and providing access to fanworks. So my duties as an Open Doors staffer range from directly interacting with archivists, creators, and fans; to actively participating in imports; to making improvements to our procedures and documentation. One nice thing about being on Open Doors is that it’s a very small committee, so there’s a lot of opportunity for anyone interested to learn every piece of the import process and to take initiative with additional tasks internal to the committee.

Open Doors’ work fits into the OTW by requiring quite a lot of cross-committee collaboration. For instance, we work with Translation and Communications to publish import announcements in multiple languages and spread the word on social media. Systems helps us to transfer hosting and domains of imported archives to the OTW as well as to set up redirects from original URLs to their imported copies on AO3. AO3 Documentation writes the FAQs on our website, and these require Open Doors approval throughout the drafting process. We collaborate with Accessibility, Design, & Technology, who manage AO3, via our fabulous liaison who also serves as Open Doors’ technical staffer. We also work closely with Tag Wrangling, who “map” the tags used on original archives to their counterparts on AO3 and whose Special Project Volunteers assist with searching the AO3 for existing copies of works before we do imports, so that we don’t end up with duplicates.

I currently serve on four OTW committees, so I have my hands on a lot of different moving parts! My role as a Tag Wrangler allows me to build relationships between tags so that AO3 users receive more complete, accurate results when they filter works. As a Media Outreach staffer with the Communications Committee, I interact with the OTW community by providing fans with content about what’s happening within fandom and within the OTW, and I help increase the OTW’s visibility and strengthen its connections to the media. On the other hand, in my staff position on Volunteers & Recruiting, I get to strengthen the OTW’s infrastructure by keeping our personnel records up-to-date, coordinating recruitment drives, and participating in projects that enable our volunteers to do their work more easily.

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

Another nice thing about volunteering with Open Doors is that it’s very self-directed: you can take on as many or as few archives, tickets, and other tasks as you have time for. Depending on how far along the archives I’ve claimed are in the import process, during a typical week, I might be corresponding with archivists in order to draft import agreements, notifying other committees of upcoming imports and import announcements, or pushing buttons to import works en masse to the AO3, just to name a few possibilities.

Besides working with archivists, my volunteering also might include helping creators claim their works on their AO3 accounts or researching offline archives and reaching out to their moderators at the request of fans. Most of our work is centered on importing archives and helping creators access their imported works, but we also try to make time for keeping our internal documentation of our procedures up-to-date and for responding to other committees, like when AO3 Documentation wants us to look over FAQ drafts.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I started actively reading fanfiction on AO3 in early 2016, but I didn’t really know what the OTW was until I saw the Spotlight on Legal Advocacy post that was linked in a banner over the site during the October 2016 fundraising drive. Impressed, I spent an evening browsing the OTW's website and reading up on the OTW’s structure and goals. I’ve been moderating fan-run forums since the early 2000s, including a six-year stint acting in various mod roles on a fanfiction-based community until it closed down just a few months before that time, so when I learned that the OTW was a volunteer-run organization, I was immediately interested in joining it as a volunteer.

Three months later, the OTW announced that several committees, including Open Doors, were recruiting new volunteers. The Open Doors Committee’s work in particular resonated with me, as I had previously been a member of several archives that had closed down or were in danger of doing so (one of which, Unknowable Room, has since actually been imported to the AO3 through the Open Doors project!). I applied, and now four committees later, here we are!

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

The people I get to volunteer with! I’ve formed some great friendships with my fellow volunteers on Open Doors as well as elsewhere on other OTW committees. Moreover, even though I’ve been in the OTW for about a year and a half now, there’s always so much to learn and still so much that I don’t know about how all the different pieces of the organization fit together. I have great respect for the chairs of my committees and the experienced volunteers I’m privileged to work beside and learn from.

What fannish things do you like to do?

Besides modding and volunteering, fanfiction has always been the part of fandom that I’m most active with. I go in and out of binge-reading phases, and I’ve been on a slow-but-consistent writing kick ever since I joined the Supernatural fandom, although my one true fandom will always be Harry Potter.

I love getting my hands on every interesting piece of writing I can find about my chosen characters or ships, so that I can see the connections between which creators were influential over other creators and the ways that tropes and headcanons spread within a fandom over time. As a writer, I also love filling in the gaps before and between canonical events, finding canon-compliant ways to explain plot holes and canon inconsistencies, and exploring interesting alternatives that arise from canon divergence—all while adding as much character development and angst as possible.


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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