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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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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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I. Transformative Works and Cultures Publishes Its 30th Issue

On 15 September, the Transformative Works and Cultures team published the journal's 30th issue. This was a large issue on general topics, containing over 20 items whose subjects range from eighteenth-century prophecy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's something for everyone!

The team is now working on the next issue, number 31. “Fan Fiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures” will be guest-edited by Frauke Uhlenbruch and Sonja Ammann and is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2019. They're also looking forward to the issues coming out next year (and beyond): check out the TWC website to view open Calls for Papers.

II. AT THE AO3

This month, Open Doors completed the import of a little piece of gundam wing, an archive which originated way back in 2001. We're happy that it's found a permanent home on the AO3!

Good news for those with questions about tagging their fanworks: this month, AO3 Documentation uploaded a new and improved Tags FAQ. Use it to find answers to all of your questions, including what tags are, how they are organized and what to do when the tags you want don't seem to exist. One thing that we all know for certain is that our Tag Wrangling team are kept busy: in August, they wrangled approximately 256,000 tags! (September numbers will be available next month.)

And finally for AO3 news, our user-facing teams have been busy as usual: the Policy and Abuse and the Support teams each received around 1,100 tickets across the month. Policy and Abuse ask for users' patience as they deal with your incoming tickets: the team is small and made up of volunteers and where cases are complex, it can take some time to get through them. They would like to request that users submitting a report bear in mind that the more information you can provide, the easier it is to investigate. As a reminder, non-fanworks such as prompt posts, fic searches, RP ads, etc are not allowed on the Archive and will be removed where they are reported. A warning will also be noted on the account and future violations may cause an account to be suspended or banned.

The Support team further reminds users that they are unable to provide users with updates on the status of cases reported to Policy and Abuse. Our privacy policy means that only Policy and Abuse staffers have access to the information in their queue.

III. COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTENT PRODUCTION

The OTW's Communications committee has been busy this month. On 5 September, they led celebrations of the OTW's 12th anniversary, marking the location by releasing updated flyers and info sheets as well as a series of genre-themed graphics which fans can use on their own websites and social media pages to show support for the OTW. They also published a Guest Post, chatting to Angie Fiedler Sutton of the G33K Out podcast; a Five Things interview with Volunteers and Recruiting staffer Frost the Fox; and two issues of This Week in Fandom, volumes 121 and 122.

As well as keeping our own website busy, Comms staffers have continued to respond to media requests received in the wake of the AO3's Hugo win. As usual, you can find all the latest articles in which OTW projects appear in our Press Room on transformativeworks.org.

Meanwhile, Fanlore ran the two-week long Stub September challenge, focused on growing stubs into full-blown articles. Participants were rewarded with some fantastic badges courtest of the team's new graphic design volunteers! Fanlore also reports a general uptick in editing activity thanks to the excitement around the AO3 Hugo Award. Many, many thanks to everyone who worked hard at documenting it all!

IV. GOVERNANCE

The OTW Board voted on, and is proud to announce, its new Officer roster for 2019/2020: Natalia Gruber as President, Lex de Leon as Secretary, and Yuechiang Luo as Treasurer. The Board also extends its thanks to Priscilla Del Cima and Kristina Busse for their hard work as their tenure on Board comes to an end, and to Claire P. Baker and Jessie Casiulis as they pass their officer roles onto the next cohort.

Development and Membership and Translation were both busy throughout September preparing for the October fundraising drive. You can expect to hear more about that in our newsletter for October!

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Volunteers & Recruiting: As of 24 September the OTW has 815 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Kirsten Wright, Rebecca Sentance
New Committee Chairs: Morgan Drake (AO3 Documentation)
New Committee Staff: Briar, Fiona M, Kelly Gritten, memorizingthedigitsofpi, MorningStarlight, Semnai, x_lazart_x (all AO3 Documentation) and 1 other AO3 Documentation staffer, Audrey J. (Communications), Silas O'Neill (Communications), Seamus Johnston (Systems), Ashley Pancho, arwenxs, eastofoktober, Jocelin, Kyrstin, Leila Varzideh, Mile, Nick_S, SashaK (all Support) & 4 other Support Staffers
New Fanlore Volunteers: djiange, Jercy Dee, memorizingthedigitsofpi and 4 other volunteers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 1hillarynguyen, Alana, Amy2, Aurita, batcat229, Blue_Link13, ceci, cirelle, Cordz, Danielle Plung, Dawn Huang, Dia, Dixon, eak_a_mouse, fulltimeDreamer, gecko, Gwen O, hmsphere, Jacqui, JakUnderhill, Jody, Kay, Leah Kim, Liekinloimu, Martisz, Masha, Mavis, Megan S, Minx, Mosaik, mysk, papernote, Patricia Tang, peaandsea, pumpkinpaix, Quine, Ron Geromy, Siki, SWColeson, Terri Morgan, toby, Upasana Das, Zhimo, Zhirong, Zozo and 2 other Tag Wranglers

Departing Committee Chairs: Angelique Jurd (Communications)
Departing Committee Staff: Angelique Jurd (Communications)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: waveridden and 1 other volunteer
Departing Translation Volunteers: Lez, Naroen, Natalia Suzdal, Ula and 1 other volunteer

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


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

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2019-09-14 13:49:21 -0400
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I. THE ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN WINS A HUGO AWARD

Champagne and fireworks!! The Archive of Our Own won the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Related Work at the Hugo Awards ceremony at Dublin 2019: an Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention.

We're thrilled by this win, and we thank everyone who has helped AO3 get to where it is today. We had a party over on our Tumblr and our Twitter to celebrate with fans.

II. 2019 OTW BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS RESULTS

Congrats to our newest Board members: Kirsten Wright and Rebecca Sentance!

The 2019 Board of Directors elections ran from 10-12 August, with results announced on 13 August.

Thanks to all the candidates who ran, the volunteers and staff from across the OTW (especially from the Communications, Translation, Webs, and Development & Membership committees) who assisted the Elections committee, and to all the members who made their voices heard by voting. 2019 saw, according to Elections' voting statistics, the highest turnout ever for an OTW election, with a 22.5% turnout of potential voter (an increase over 2018's 14.6%). Even more impressive was the 270% increase in the number of ballots cast (from 827 to 2234)!

III. AT THE AO3

AO3's Hugo Award win caused ripples behind the scenes of the Archive, too. Support saw its overall ticket numbers go up in August, as a result of many users writing in with congratulations! By contrast, Policy & Abuse received approximately 1,000 tickets this month, down from July's 1,500.

All of these tickets for Support and Policy & Abuse rely on web-based forms, and those forms don't work without some back-end help! Accessibility, Design & Technology spent August, amongst other tasks, on the Zoho API migration, which keeps the forms working without interruption. They thank both Support and Policy & Abuse for their help testing; please see the Release Notes for additional information.

Also during August, Open Doors completed the import of Underground, an archive dedicated to the 1986 film Labyrinth.

Finally, Tag Wrangling handled around 232,000 tags in July, slightly up from the previous month. August numbers will be available next month.

III. TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES CALL FOR PAPERS

TWC's Production team has been preparing General issue No. 30 (September 2019) and special issue No. 31 on "Fan Fiction and Ancient Scribal Cultures" (December 2019), while their editorial teams have been reviewing and accepting essays for the three upcoming issues in 2020. If you are interested in upcoming issues or potentially contributing, check out TWC's Calls for Papers for upcoming special issues on "Fandom and Theatre" and "Fan Studies Pedagogies."

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 August the OTW has 753 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Jessie Casiulis (Translation), Reanna (Support)
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: AllanV, Allonym, Alyndra, aproudhermit, ArcadianMaggie, argentconflagration, Bagel, Barnesarmed, Beth Paige, BiffElderberry, bredrumm, BrinaH, Chach, CJ Apple, crimsonherbarium, DAzebras, Deirdre, Ekala, Ekevka, Ellsey, endofthyme, faejilly, Fluegel, Giana, Harlow, iroh, JR, kentucka, Kittiehawke, Klyn, ladybubblegum, LauraKellyA, mits, morcise, Ocèanna, pixxc, Raven, RedShepherd, Sarah Fox, Thane, vindetta and 1 other Tag Wrangler
New Translation Volunteers: Gakovic, Mira.A and 3 other Translators

Departing Committee Chairs: Kate Flanagan (Fanlore)
Departing Committee Staff: 1 Systems staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Bella Irvine and Rebecca Lee
Departing Translation Volunteers: Sunny, vasilymo and 5 other volunteers

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


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I. AO3 MILESTONES: 5 MILLION FANWORKS & 2 MILLION USERS

In July, the Archive of Our Own celebrated two big milestones: 2 million registered users and 5 million fanworks! Coincidentally, this milestone comes a year to the day after AO3 hit 4,000,000 fanworks on 20 July, 2018 -- the fastest growth in AO3's ten-year history.

The OTW marked these milestones with festivities including AO3 Fanwork Bingo (#AO3Bingo), a cross between regular bingo, a fanworks rec list, and a scavenger hunt. Prizes were cool badges for the winning players and lists of fanwork recs for the rest of us! Thanks to Communications and Translation for getting the word out; and, as always, many many thanks to all the creators, writers, readers, and volunteers who make this community what it is today!

II. ELECTION 2019

July saw the OTW Board of Directors Election season in full swing. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for the candidates and took part in the live chat. The election is now closed and the results have been announced. Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to our new Directors! Their terms begin on October 1st.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY NEWS

In July, the Legal committee joined allies for an active month of advocacy. They collaborated with others to file an amicus brief about the fair use doctrine in the case of Smith v. Drake, which concerned the musician Drake’s use of a sample from a spoken word piece in a rap song. The brief argued that fair use should apply to uses of substantial amounts of a work when those uses have a different meaning, message, or purpose from the underlying work.

Legal also joined allies and experts to make a joint statement of principles about Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency act, which provides protections for Internet platforms; and joined allies to submit a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the CASE Act, which would create a Copyright small-claims tribunal that could impose penalties of up to $30,000 on alleged infringers without due process.

IV. AT THE AO3

In July, Open Doors completed the import of the yaoi and shounen ai fanfiction archive soul circuit and finished searching the AO3 for existing copies of works from the Vin Diesel archive, VinXperience, and a Star Trek archive, Side By Side, marking substantial progress in the duplicate search queue. Open Doors would like to thank their special project volunteers for all their help!

Finally, Support tickets are holding steady, thanks to the hard work of the Documentation and the Coding teams, at approximately 1,500 tickets in July. A substantial number were very positive, due to a Tumblr post that welcomed positive feedback. Policy and Abuse also received approximately 1,500 tickets this month, and Tag Wrangling handled approximately 225,000 tags.

IV. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

As of 26 July the OTW has 718 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Sammie Louise (Support), 1 other Support staffer, Cayce Stevenson (Strategic Planning) and 2 other Strategic Planning staffers
Development & Membership: amy2, Injo Davi, Rachel "Metallic_Sweet" and 4 other staffers
New Translation Volunteers: Deeksha Devik, and 3 other volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Annamarie, C. Ryan Smith and JessicaLovesSocks2658 (Policy & Abuse), galvelociraptor (Support) and 5 other Support staffers
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: BruceWayne, JessicaLovesSocks2658, Saloni and 3 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Cynassa, firey and 1 other volunteer

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


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I. OTW ELECTIONS SEASON BEGINS

Our Elections team has been busy as this year’s OTW Board Directors election season has begun! The election will be held from 9-12 August, but in the meantime you can learn more about the three candidates competing for positions on the Board at our Elections page (for personal reasons, one of the original four candidates has withdrawn her candidacy). The Elections Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed questions for the upcoming candidates Q & A, answers to which will be posted to the Elections page.

Please note that the deadline to become an OTW member in order to vote in the upcoming election has now passed. If you don’t want to miss out next year, you can join at any time by making a US$10 membership donation at the OTW’s donations page.

II. FANLORE BINGO

This month, Fanlore concluded a very successful Bingo Challenge event which saw lots of participants – both established editors and newcomers – taking part to complete their 'bingo cards' and earn adorable badges. Thanks to everyone who took part!

III. AT THE AO3

Our AO3 Documentation team uploaded a new FAQ, explaining how to format content on AO3 using HTML. Look out for more FAQ updates coming soon!

The Open Doors committee was happy to complete the Born For War archive import, first announced in February.

The Policy & Abuse committee received around 2,000 tickets this month, which is more than usual. They ask for your patience as they work through them! Meanwhile, our Tag Wrangling team wrangled over 262,000 tags and Support received approximately 1,400 tickets.

IV. LEGAL ADVOCACY

June brought good news for Legal’s advocacy project on two fronts. First, the results of the Canadian Parliament’s statutory review of the Copyright Act review were released, and the OTW’s submission was cited favorably in a number of places. This report doesn’t change Canadian law in any way, but it reflects that Canada’s Parliament hears and respects the interests of fans! Second, the OTW joined allies in successfully opposing proposed fan-unfriendly expansions of the right of publicity in New York State.

V. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Many of our teams welcomed new members this month, including Translation whose 11 new volunteers included four which created new language teams: Afrikaans, Galician, Lithuanian and Macedonian.

In total, the OTW has 722 volunteers as of 26 June. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: redheadandslytherin (Translation)
New Communications Volunteers: Atiya B, Elin, and 2 other volunteers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2 volunteers
New Translation Volunteers: 7 volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Ingi (Tag Wrangling), Lauren Hanna (Communications), Linde (Volunteers & Recruiting), Priscilla Del Cima (Fanlore) and 1 other Communications staffer
Departing Communications Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Adie and 2 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: RiiaN and 5 other volunteers

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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.


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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