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2021-03-21 17:35:00 -0400
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From time to time, we get contacted by students, scholars, and people interested in fandom stats who would like to access information about the fanworks in the AO3 database, such as frequently used tags or growth of a fandom over time. While we're unable to respond to individual requests, today we're pleased to provide a one-time release of data for all of our users.

The data comes in two CSV files.

The first includes information about works:

  1. creation date
  2. language
  3. word count
  4. restricted or not
  5. complete or not
  6. associated tag IDs

The second provides the key to the tag IDs:

  1. tag ID
  2. tag type (e.g. Warning, Fandom, Relationship)
  3. tag name (unless the tag has fewer than 5 uses)
  4. canonical or not
  5. an approximate number of uses
  6. merger ID (i.e. the tag's canonical version, if it has one)

🏷️ Download both CSV files as a zip (417 MB)

We hope to one day be able to provide regular, automatic dumps of this data, but for now, our focus is on other projects. In the meantime, there are a number of tools available to scrape publicly available data, or you're welcome to build your own. (If you're planning to scrape the Archive, we do ask that you include a delay between requests to reduce load on our servers, and avoid scraping on weekends, which are our busiest time. We'd also appreciate it if you could set your scraper's user agent string to include the word "bot.")

If you use this data in one of your projects, we'd love to hear about it! Drop us a line here in the comments or tag us on social media to show us what you've done.

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2021-03-17 12:00:38 -0400
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OTW recruitment banner by Blair

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

  • Support Staff - closing 24 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 50 applications
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers - closing 24 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 100 applications
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers (Portuguese) - closing 24 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 applications
  • TWC Staff - Symposium editors - closing 24 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • TWC Volunteer - Copyeditor - closing 24 March 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • TWC Volunteer - Proofreader - closing 24 March 2021 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.

Support Staff

If you've spent time figuring out how to make the Archive dance (or are willing to press the button to see what happens), are patient in the face of strange questions, can self-motivate, and are interested in helping your fellow fans, we would love to hear from you! The Support team is responsible for handling the feedback and requests for assistance we receive from users of the Archive. We answer users’ questions, help to resolve problems they’re experiencing, and pass on information to and from coders, testers, tag wranglers and other teams involved with the Archive. We are especially looking for volunteers who are fluent in Spanish or Russian, as well as English, helping to provide support to our growing overseas userbase!

Applications are due 24 March 2021 or after 50 applications

Tag Wrangling Volunteers

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to connect and sort the tags on AO3! 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 fill in our application form. There will also be a short questionnaire that will help us assess whether you have the skills and attributes that will lead to your success in this role.

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. For this role, 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.

Wranglers need to be fluent in English, but we welcome applicants who are also fluent in other languages, especially af Soomaali (Somali), Čeština (Czech), Español (Spanish), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), Русский (Russian), فارسی (Persian), हिन्दी (Hindi), ไทย (Thai), 中文 (Chinese) and 한국어 (Korean) — but help with other languages would be much appreciated!

Applications are due 24 March 2021 or after 100 applications

Tag Wrangling Volunteers (Portuguese)

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to connect and sort the tags on AO3! 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 Bakugou Katsuki/Todoroki Shouto romance, James Potter/Lily Evans Potter with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you're a fluent Portuguese 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 fill in our application form. There will also be a short questionnaire that will help us assess whether you have the skills and attributes that will lead to your success in this role.

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 Portuguese (we welcome all dialects!). The work will involve both regular Tag Wrangling work and translating tags from Portuguese into English.

Applications are due 24 March 2021 or after 30 applications

TWC Staff - Symposium Editor

Transformative Works and Cultures is an international peer-reviewed Gold Open Access online publication about fan-related topics, promoting dialogue between the academic community and fan communities.

Symposium editors solicit submissions from contributors and manage completion, peer review and revision of Symposium submissions.

Applications are due 24 March 2021

TWC Volunteer - Copyeditor

Transformative Works and Cultures is an international peer-reviewed Gold Open Access online publication about fan-related topics, promoting dialogue between the academic community and fan communities.

Copyeditors professionally copyedit submissions for Transformative Works and Cultures according to Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) 17, Merriam-Webster online, and the TWC style guide. Applicants may be given a brief test.

Applications are due 24 March 2021

TWC Volunteer - Proofreader

Transformative Works and Cultures is an international peer-reviewed Gold Open Access online publication about fan-related topics, promoting dialogue between the academic community and fan communities.

Proofreader carefully proofreads final online HTML-tagged manuscripts for online publication, using Chicago Manual of Style 17 (CMOS), Merriam-Webster online, and TWC's style sheet. Applicants may be given a brief test.

Applications are due 24 March 2021

Apply at the volunteering page!

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Banner of a paper airplane emerging from an envelope with the words 'OTW Newsletter: Organization for Transformative Works

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

Legal has been working hard on a couple of submissions that will be going out in March to U.S. lawmakers, including comments to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a submission to the U.S. Copyright Office supporting improvements we have proposed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s “vidding” exemption. They've also corresponded with some apps and sites that have been offering merchandise or services in ways that are likely to confuse users into thinking they’re affiliated with the OTW.

The informational side of OTW Legal is also going strong. Legal staffer Casey Fiesler presented as part of an online town hall event sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to answer everyone’s questions regarding recent developments in copyright law for internet creators. They've also worked with Communications to prepare for a panel appearance at the Pop Madness virtual con hosted by the San Antonio (Texas, U.S.) public library.

II. AT THE AO3

Accessibility, Design & Technology has been busy this February! In addition to finding and fixing some bugs, they deployed the previously announced changes to comments, such as the ability to freeze comments and the ability for AO3 admins to restrict comments on news posts. They reviewed and discussed various future plans, including updates to Rails and Elasticsearch. AD&T also worked with Policy & Abuse to approve plans to make hiding comments easier for admins.

Open Doors released a news post announcing the upcoming import of Lord of the Rings archive FrodoHealers.

Following on the success of previous efforts to recruit tag wranglers fluent in Chinese, Tag Wrangling initiated a special effort to recruit new wrangling volunteers fluent in Russian, which is the third most used language on the Archive. They also started planning for an upcoming recruitment of tag wranglers fluent in Portuguese, as the Archive continues to gain usage in more languages. We welcome all the new users joining us -- and there are a lot of you! In January, Tag Wrangling wrangled a record-breaking 440,000 tags -- more than a thousand tags per wrangler! -- across more than 41,000 fandoms. Meanwhile, at the time of this writing, Support was on track to receive over 1,500 tickets in February, and Policy & Abuse had received over 2,300 tickets and expected to reach 3,000 by the end of February.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

This year's celebrations for International Fanworks Day were a success! Communications focused on lesser-known fandoms, characters, ships, and fanworks with a writing prompt and Feedback Fest, and they also hosted a chatroom games marathon on Discord. Find out how to view participants' fanworks and recs in the event wrap-up post. Meanwhile, Fanlore ran a very successful fourth annual IFD Fanlore Challenge during the week of the event, which saw several new editors get their start on Fanlore by taking part in the challenge. Thank you to everyone who participated in all the festivities!

Board will be hosting a public meeting on March 14, at 15:00 UTC (What time is that for me?). To participate, keep an eye on our Twitter account - a link to the chatroom will be posted about an hour before the meeting. Hope to see you there!

Systems worked on getting a new firewall installed and also began upgrading the software underlying Fanlore.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 25 January to 24 February, Volunteers & Recruiting received 110 new requests, and completed 92, leaving us with 40 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 February 2021, the OTW has 939 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: destinies, Erika, Grace Chen, Katherine Hoovestol, Megs and 2 other Fanlore staffers; Rhine (Translation)
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: abrandnewheart, Al, Ashley P., Auri, Cyan Ryan, Droid, equestrianstatue, Glasses, homusapiens, Ike, Isabella Ruffalo, ItchyWitchie, Jin, Kaellig, Karrin Blue, Kaylyn, KB, Kirk, KN, Lije Baley, Lind, magfira, MC, Mikey, Minorin, Mossflower, NTaya, Peppery, Raizel, Raptor, seres, Silverdragon, Silver Kou, Soppon, tanzanite, the_gabih, Winter, Zara
New Translation Volunteers: 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: Madara and 1 other Policy & Abuse staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: raunchyandpaunchy & 5 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Meepu, Michelle Uller, & 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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Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive, Harry Potter fanfiction and fanart archives, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Thin Line was a Severus Snape/Sirius Black fanfiction archive opened in 2001, that later expanded to include pairings with Severus Snape and any male members of the Black family. The Snape/Weasley Archive was a Harry Potter archive opened in 2001 that accepted fanworks that paired Severus Snape with any male member of the Weasley family.

Both archives were members of the Snape Slash Fleet, an association of archives centered around Severus Snape slash pairings. Both Thin Line and the Snape/Weasley Archive were taken offline in 2011, due to technical reasons. After a long delay, all files were found and the archives are being imported to the Archive of Our Own to avoid getting lost.

Open Doors will be working with Titti to import Thin Line and the Snape/Weasley Archive into separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction and fanart currently in the Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive to the AO3 after March 2021.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive?

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 Thin Line and/or Snape/Weasley Archive 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 Thin Line or Snape/Weasley Archive 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 Thin Line and Snape/Weasley Archive 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, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive 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 Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive!

- The Open Doors team and Titti

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2021-02-27 10:48:47 -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 Koteneko, who volunteers with the Translation Committee.

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

Being a translator for the Ukranian team, I make the OTW and all its projects easier to access for non-English speakers, so that everyone can know about transformative works, their legal status, etc. It encourages people to create fanworks by spreading knowledge about their legitimate nature.

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

What does the word "typical" even mean? XD My daily life makes it nearly impossible to create some stable schedule, but I try to use every bit of my free time efficiently. Sometimes (seldom, but still) I can do translation even on my way to the uni, for example. I'm trying not to miss any deadlines (although I don't always succeed), so mostly I work on tasks either on the same day I receive them or on Fridays and weekends.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I have been a huge fan of fanworks for almost five years now, and it all started from fanfiction. I was really into one particular fandom at that time. I would read tons of fics in it in my second native language, and one day it simply wasn't enough. I've loved English (and studied it as a foreign language) for 13 years, so I thought why not find something in English? That's how I discovered AO3. At first I was just a reader, then I found some works, which were too awesome just to keep for myself, so I decided to share them with someone else by translating them!

I had been involved in fantranslation for about two years, when I saw a post about recruiting volunteers. So I got curious and decided to help make the Archive of Our Own easier for non-English-speaking users (I didn't know much about all the other OTW projects back then). Fun fact: originally I wanted to become a translator for my second native language, but that team was full, so I thought why not try to create a team for my first native language! The more I contemplated this idea, the more I grew to like it, because even though fan culture is popular in my country, it's not very common in my native language. Hopefully, what we are doing in our team will change the situation at least slightly.

Is there anything you've worked on that you found challenging or memorable?

Some documents I've translated were quite challenging due to the complexity of language -- I'm not a big expert on financial terms, for instance. But if I were to talk about one particular example, that would be the translation-specific Cheatsheet. Each team has a list of the most common or important terms we come across, which have to have consistent translation (for example, one should translate "OTW" in the same way everywhere). Here I was, a newbie to the OTW AND some of its projects, and some terms from the cheatsheet were unfamiliar and so confusing for me! I was the first one on the team, which made it even more challenging.

Thankfully, I had some help from other teams' members, but I'll never forget that experience! (And it makes me even more grateful for my teammates and our two-beta system now ❤)

What fannish things do you like to do?

Oh, I love being involved with different fannish activities! I enjoy reading fanfics (and translating them; unfortunately, I haven't written anything in a while... ehh, I loved writing some time ago; I wish I could resurrect my inspiration somehow) and comics (I can only admire them, I'm terrible at drawing). I have also tried creating some fan merchandise (not for selling, just for myself)! And of course I'm always exploring new fandoms or re-exploring old ones (when I have free time, which is nearly a non-existent thing at this point, but still).


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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FrodoHealers, a Lord of the Rings fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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As a result of the Yahoo! Groups move away from maintaining archives of emailed messages, works posted to FrodoHealers have been saved and are being shared so these stories aren't lost.

Open Doors will be working with Ancalime8301 to import FrodoHealers into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from FrodoHealers to the AO3 after February.

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

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 FrodoHealers 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 FrodoHealers 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 FrodoHealers 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, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of FrodoHealers 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 FrodoHealers!

- The Open Doors team and Ancalime8301

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2021-02-19 20:04:10 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

That's right: International Fanworks Day is over for another year, and we at the Organization for Transformative Works want to thank everybody who participated in our scheduled events.

This year we chose to focus on lesser-known fandoms, characters, pairings and fanworks. We're grateful for everybody who created new works on this theme and posted them on social media under the #IFDChallenge2021 hashtag, or on Archive of Our Own using our International Fanworks Day 2021 tag. Make sure to go and check out everyone's creations: you might find a new fandom, encounter a new pairing or be introduced to a character you've never considered before.

In the days before IFD we hosted a Feedback Fest, asking fans to recommend their favourite works on the 'lesser-known' theme. Thank you to everybody for your suggestions and ideas! We hope all the fanwork creators are feeling the love.

Thank you, too, to everybody who participated in our chatroom games marathon, which ran for 30 hours across February 15 (to allow for the many time zones that the OTW's users inhabit!). We hosted this on Discord for the first time in 2021, but although the venue was new, the enthusiasm and creativity of the users who joined in was very familiar. Our volunteer moderators had a great time hosting you. We're also glad to report that as promised, the results of our Lyrics Round Robin sessions have been immortalised on the IFD AO3 account.

If you didn't manage to participate in any of the above events, don't worry! The last event of IFD is still running. Fanlore's 2021 editing challenge will end on February 21. You still have a chance to earn a shiny 80s-themed virtual badge!

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2021-02-17 12:18:29 -0500
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OTW recruitment banner by Blair

Are you an awesome beta or a writer with an eye for technical details? Are you a digital artist interested in the OTW’s work? Would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? Do you have experience with organizational governance? Can you translate from another language? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

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

  • AO3 Documentation Staff - closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 80 applications
  • Communications Graphics Volunteers - closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 40 applications
  • Policy & Abuse Staff - closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • Strategic Planning Staff - closing 24 February 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers - closing 24 February 2021 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.

AO3 Documentation Staff

Do you enjoy helping others learn about AO3? Are you an awesome beta, or a writer with an eye for technical details? If so, then please consider joining Docs!

AO3 Documentation is the committee that writes and updates AO3 FAQs, tutorials, and more. We’re looking for people who love the Archive of Our Own and who have experience relevant to writing and proofreading user help documentation. If that sounds like you, then please follow the link for more information and apply today!

Applications are due 24 February 2021

Communications Graphics Volunteers

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 24 February 2021

Policy & Abuse Staff

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

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

Policy & Abuse staffers are required to spend at least 10-15 hours a week handling committee work, though it often tends to be more. Please be sure you can handle the workload before applying.

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role.

Applications are due 24 February 2021

Strategic Planning Staff

The Strategic Planning Committee is recruiting for new staff members! We are a close-knit and collaborative committee of people who are tasked with researching, developing, and supporting the implementation of the strategic plan. We are looking for organized people well-versed in writing and social science research methods, with knowledge of or a background in organizational change processes and/or nonprofit governance. Knowledge of agile project management, surveying, and interviewing are all pluses, but not requirements. We welcome all perspectives and are actively interested in people with diverse views on fandom and the OTW!

Applications are due 24 February 2021

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, Bengali, Bulgarian, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Persian, Sinhala, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian 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 Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese-BR, Portuguese-PT, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese 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 24 February 2021

Apply at the volunteering page!

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