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I. ELECTIONS ARE COMING

Elections is happy to announce that this year's Board of Directors election will be contested, with 4 declared candidates running for 2 open seats. Bios and platforms for all 4 candidates are now available at the Elections website with Q&A responses forthcoming. Bios and platforms have been translated by Translation into 21 languages, while news posts regarding the election are being translated into 26 languages. The election will take place August 13th - 16th, and anyone who became an OTW member by June 30th is eligible to vote! To ensure that everyone interested in voting is eligible to do so, Development & Membership ran a mini membership drive from June 24th - 27th advertising the election and the requirement to become a member in order to vote.

II. AT THE AO3

Systems is pleased to announce that they have installed two new archive servers, which bring capacity and performance improvements to AO3! Accessibility, Design and Technology posted about the growing traffic at the site and how it compared to growth in prior years. (Spoiler alert: It's grown a lot.)

Meanwhile, with help from Communications and Translation, Open Doors announced the imports of Weaver of Dreams, Land of Dreams, and Sarek and Amanda Archive.

In May, Tag Wrangling handled more than 440,000 tags across more than 44,000 fandoms -- at a rate of nearly a thousand tags per active wrangler! At the time of this writing, so far in June, Policy & Abuse had received approximately 1500 tickets, while Support was on track to receive around 1300, on par with their monthly average for the last three months.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Fanlore held a very fun and successful Bingo Challenge -- thank you to everyone who took part! They are now well underway with planning and editing pages for our next themed month, Fandom in Colour, which will be advertised on their social media channels in July. They also published two more Meet the Team features with Social Media & Outreach staffer Masha and Gardener Auntags.

The Board of Directors will be holding another public meeting on July 11th at 16:00 UTC (what time is that for me?) to discuss their prospective new officer roles -- check Twitter closer to the time for the link to join!

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 24 May to 24 June, Volunteers & Recruiting received 99 new requests, and completed 90, leaving us with 27 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 June 2021, the OTW has 1,007 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Kate Sanders (Strategic Planning) and Ranowa (Policy & Abuse)
New Committee Staff: Allegra, Shyamala Parthasarathy (both Communications), and 1 TWC staffer

Departing Committee Staff: 1 Elections staffer; BooksAreLife and tarael2020 (both Policy & Abuse); 1 Support Staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: crimsonherbarium, Emyn Nefydd, Stay and 6 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Cageot, Ellisa_SS, Ely_Baby, tezzin 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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2021-06-04 12:44:45 -0400
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I. FANLORE EVENTS

In May, Fanlore started gearing up to run their ever-popular Bingo Challenge during the first two weeks of June. The challenge is going on now, so be sure to check it out!

On social media, Fanlore celebrated a month of Bandom-themed posts in May and published the first post in a new series, Meet the Team, which introduces people to the volunteers working behind the scenes at Fanlore. Their first post featured longtime Policy & Admin staffer WhatAreFrogs?!

Fanlore also changed their Tumblr and Twitter handles to match one another - they are now fanlore-wiki on Tumblr and @fanlore_wiki on Twitter.

Finally, Systems has been working to upgrade the version of MediaWiki that Fanlore uses. The new upgrade is currently undergoing testing behind the scenes, and they hope to release the updated site soon.

II. AT THE AO3

Open Doors announced the upcoming import of The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive, with thanks to Communications and Translation.

Tag Wrangling wrangled almost 420,000 new tags across more than 42,500 fandoms, and Support received over 1,200 tickets in April. At the time of this writing, Support had received over 1,000 tickets and Policy & Abuse had received about 2,000 tickets in May.

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

At the end of April, OTW Legal joined allies to submit comments to the U.S. Copyright Office in response to a Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry regarding implementation of the CASE Act. The CASE Act created a tribunal called the “Copyright Claims Board” (CCB) within the Copyright Office for handling copyright “small claims,” and gave the Copyright Office discretion regarding many aspects of the CCB and its operation. Our submission gave specific recommendations regarding how the Copyright Office should limit the scope of the CCB’s power, should make it clear and easy for people to opt out of participation in CCB proceedings, and should be impartial in communications regarding the CCB.

Also at the end of April and through May, Legal informed users about copyright-law developments in Germany and helped users share their opinions with German legislators with a Change.org petition. This petition was organized by Legal, the Board of Directors, TWC volunteer Kristina Busse, and activist Julia Reda to oppose restrictions on parody, caricature and pastiche in Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive that would have impacted transformative works. We're delighted to say that the petition was successful - thank you to everyone who co-ordinated and campaigned on this issue!

In May, Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt conducted a briefing with U.S. legislative staffers about fair use. A recording of that briefing, introduced by Re:Create Coalition Executive Director Josh Lamel and followed by a round-table discussion with fair use experts from other nonprofits, is available to the public -- check it out if you’ve ever wanted a 20-minute introduction to fair use law!

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 26 April to 23 May, Volunteers & Recruiting received 120 new requests, and completed 149, leaving us with 16 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 23 May 2021, the OTW has 1024 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Eonni and ScarlettLecter (both Support) and 1 other Support staffer, Hanna Hacker (TWC) and 1 other TWC staffer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: aliteralcat, AmberW, Asas Carmesins, Babbling Eccentric, Beatriz Tomaz, Bibliotango, Carochinha, Carpfish, Dessie, Elle, Emma M, Hawke, Helli, Hexverse, hollyleaf, Intyalote, Katlou, LadyCake, Mikinaak, MoonPsii, Nini, Nowali, Oliver, Ollie, Patrícia Ferreira, pimpinella, Pinky G Rocket, pitytheviolins, Poisson, Reaxeons, remiwolf, Rio, Rui, Sammy G, Satie, Sobriquett, Sonoma, Susie, temis, TheCrystalRing, Tor, Vincent, Vinoro, Zoey and Zozo
New Translation Volunteers: Anastasia Dumarque, Arahime, Noy Robin, Saša V., Shivani Kadam, spoilthevines, Su Sakarya, Ula and 2 other volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Kyrstin (Support) and 1 other Support staffer, 1 Strategic Planning staffer, and 1 Fanlore staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: englishsummerrain, lemoncave, roguewords, and 5 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Lora 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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I. OPEN DOORS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Doors released two announcements for the upcoming imports of two Lord of the Rings archives, West of the Moon and Lord of the Rings Fanfiction. Thanks to Communications and Translation for their assistance publishing these posts! These mark the eleventh and twelfth archives whose imports have been announced in 2021, with more to come soon.

Open Doors' import assistant team has also been hard at work compiling creators/works tracking spreadsheets and tags mapping spreadsheets for three archives: Land of Dreams, Weaver of Dreams, and The BuffyGiles Fanfiction Archive. These spreadsheets help us keep track of honoring requests from creators about their works, systematically search the Archive of Our Own for existing copies of works that would otherwise be imported as part of an archive import, and (with help from Tag Wrangling) map the tags used on an archive to the appropriate Archive of Our Own canonicals for use during the import process.

Finally, Open Doors' technical staff and volunteers have been making significant progress improving our eFiction processing code and applying it to several archive imports! Stay tuned for more imports to come.

II. AT THE AO3

AO3 Documentation is pleased to release an updated Skins and Archive Interface FAQ, which is now live on AO3.

In March, Tag Wrangling wrangled approximately 480,000 new tags - that's around 1,100 tags per wrangler - across approximately 43,000 fandoms. Support received approximately 1400 tickets in March and, at the time of this writing, had received approximately 850 tickets in April, while Policy & Abuse had received about 2,000 tickets to date.

III. ELECTIONS ARE COMING!

In anticipation of the Board of Directors election to take place this August, Elections has been hard at work finalizing the Elections Timeline and releasing additional details about membership and elections. Communications assisted with publishing these posts, and Translation translated both posts into 25 additional languages.

The last date to become a member of the OTW in order to vote in the upcoming election is June 30th! Keep following along for more information about the election and its candidates soon.

IV. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Development & Membership coordinated the OTW's April 2021 Membership Drive, Kudos to You, with support from Communications. Translation also translated the Drive posts into 35 languages. The Drive far exceeded our target goal of US$50,000, raising US$264,918.85 from 9110 donors in 84 countries. We also increased our membership to 16,842 members total. Thanks so much to everyone who donated and signal boosted!

Fanlore has been working on some edits to Help pages, including creating "templates" that will make the creation of new pages easier. One existing template, Vid Pages, has been updated, while three new templates have been created, including Fan Pages, People Pages, and Fanfiction Pages.

TWC is finishing up the work on the September 2021 issue and is reviewing three pitches for guest-edited issues for 2022 and 2023. In addition, TWC will be recruiting again for production roles, so check our volunteering page from time to time or follow our news posts through your social media accounts.

In April, Legal testified at hearings before the U.S. Copyright Office regarding section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This hearing was part of the every-three-year process of renewing and clarifying the “vidders’ exemption” that allows vidders to decrypt DVDs, Blu-Rays, and digital sources to make fair uses of video clips. We’ll keep you informed as the exemption renewal and clarification process continues!

Finance also released a budget for 2021 and held a live chat where anyone wanting to stop by and ask questions about the report could talk to members of the committee.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 25 March to 25 April, Volunteers & Recruiting received 120 new requests, and completed 112, leaving us with 47 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 25 April 2021, the OTW has 988 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: jmathieson (Tag Wrangling), May K (Support), Joy_Z (Support), Steph S (Support), Lucy Longman (Support), Aque (Support), JKLM (Support), Alyssandra Maglanque (Support), keluoyi (Support), KehkashanB (Support), stillreading (Support), tova (Support) & 17 other Support staff
New Communications Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Committee Staff: Nerine Luna Cyran (Policy & Abuse), Zoey (Support), C. Ryan Smith (Open Doors), JoJo (Tag Wrangling), & 1 AO3 Documentation Staffer

Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Anne Apocalypse, bre, jeansprout, tread-softly, Wadeye & 5 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Harold Liu, Lunabreaker, Mimozka, Paiyan and 2 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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I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

In March, Legal has been busy working for fans! They submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee opposing proposed changes to online copyright law, they submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office arguing for renewal and clarification of the vidders’ exemption to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anticircumvention provisions, and they joined allies in sending a letter to the newly-appointed U.S. Trade Representative supporting international copyright treaties that incorporate limitations and exceptions to copyright exclusivity.

Legal staffer Casey Fiesler also participated in a Town Hall for Internet Creators, where she and others discussed what the CASE Act means for Internet Creators. The CASE Act will go into effect in about a year and will create a “small claims” tribunal in the U.S. Copyright Office for allegations of copyright infringement. The U.S. Copyright Office is currently in the process of planning how the tribunal will work, and OTW Legal will have a voice in that process. Regardless of how the tribunal ends up working, users accused of copyright infringement under the CASE Act will be able to opt out of the procedure.

Legal also prepared to testify before the U.S. Copyright Office in April regarding the vidders’ exemption.

II. AT THE AO3

Accessibility, Design, & Technology reviewed, tested, and deployed some new code, and they shared some data about tag use.

Open Doors announced the upcoming imports of Thin Line, The Snape/Weasley Archive, and Yahoo Groups Gilmore Girls Adult Fic and Gilmore Girls Slash.

At the time of this writing, in March, Policy & Abuse had received about 2000 tickets, while Support had received 1000 tickets. In February, Tag Wrangling wrangled a massive volume of new tags -- over 480,000 in total, more than a thousand tags per wrangler -- while working closely with the Policy & Abuse team to deal with an influx of spam tags.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

On March 15, Transformative Works and Cultures released No. 35, Fan Studies Pedagogies, edited by Paul Booth and Regina Yung Lee.

The OTW has been getting ready for its next Board of Directors election, which is scheduled to take place August 13-16. Elections has been finalizing the election timeline, which will be available in mid-April, and the Board of Directors held a public meeting educating fans about what the Board does; this was also the Board's first ever public meeting to take place on Discord.

Systems are working on a number of networking projects: configuring new firewalls and segmenting their internal network more so that a problem in one area is less likely to cause issues elsewhere. They also have been working on upgrading the software behind Fanlore, including migrating to a newer version of Mediawiki, migrating from SphinxSearch to ElasticSearch as a search backend, and more.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 24 February to 24 March, Volunteers & Recruiting received 137 new requests, and completed 123, leaving us with 43 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 March 2021, the OTW has 977 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Dre (Tag Wrangling)
New Committee Staff: cinnamonandtea (Translation); peaandsea (Volunteers & Recruiting) and 2 other Volunteers & Recruiting staff; AlexMartin, alsaurus, Anna Rose, Blake N, Cheyenne Bingham, kentucka, Neymat Raboobee, silverinerivers, Srosh Hassan & Taylor Brianne (all AO3 Documentation) and 4 other AO3 Documentation staff; Alex Johnson, Natalie Semczuk (both Strategic Planning) and 1 other Strategic Planning staff; Cath S, Jared, Quietborderline, Sophia Zhai, vinndetta (all Policy & Abuse) and 4 other Policy & Abuse staffers; GloriaRoies, hmweasley, Isis C (all Tag Wrangling) and 2 other Tag Wrangling Supervisors
New Translation Volunteers: Alisé, Anastasiia Malaia, Celine Lean, Eirian Llwyd, Fedorak Zhanna, Glowsval, Kockožder, Lulu, Manasi Kendurkar, Masturah, Mirissa, Nicola, Paiyan, petals_sunwards, TanMoh, tmninja and 7 other volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: 1 Tag Wrangling Supervisor & 1 Policy & Abuse Staffer
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: Rodolphe Courtier
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: cinnamonandtea, Kaelin & 1 other volunteer
Departing Translation Volunteers: smauglocki & 4 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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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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I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

Communications has been busy making preparations for International Fanworks Day, which is coming up on February 15! So far, they have released a public post inviting users to share or create fanworks for their favorite lesser known fandoms, characters, or ships. Stay tuned for more information about this year's festivities in a couple of days!

Fanlore will be taking part in the celebrations as well by running their annual IFD Fanlore Challenge over the week (Monday to Sunday) of International Fanworks Day. This year, Fanlore will have some fun 80s-themed badges as prizes for completing the challenge.

II. FANLORE CELEBRATES

Elsewhere on the Fanlore Committee, Fanlore reached an important milestone in January: they passed one million edits and marked the occasion with a celebratory scavenger hunt held on their Dreamwidth! The event had a grand prize of a Citrus Scale sticker set, generously donated by Development & Membership, that was given to the first user to submit all correct answers to the challenge questions.

On Fanlore's Twitter and Tumblr accounts, Fanlore has been running a 'Featured Article Face-off' event where people vote for their favorite Featured Article of 2020, which has been a lot of fun and had some great engagement! Finally, Fanlore is also planning a month of femslash-themed posts in February in honour of Femslash February.

III. AT THE AO3

At the very end of 2020, the AO3 reached a major new milestone: 7 million fanworks posted! Communications released a news post commemorating the event.

Accessibility, Design & Technology started the new year off with a bang: one release with fixes for 26 issues! (And this is right on the heels of release 0.9.296 in December, which had 20 issues!) The highlights of this jumbo-sized January release include an adjustment to make images in works display better on small screens, tweaks to some text margins for right-to-left languages, and an update so audio files previously embedded using Dewplayer will continue to play now that Flash has been retired.

Open Doors has continued to release announcements of upcoming archive imports, including Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009), 春日泽 (SpringFen), The Croft Codex, and a memorial archive in honor of the works of Frodo Baggins of Bag End. They also released a post, Yahoo! Groups In Memoriam, recognizing the final closure of Yahoo Groups and the measures that Open Doors and others have taken to preserve their contents, as well as a roundup post celebrating the four archive imports that took place in 2020.

Systems recently expanded to a third rack in their main data centre. You can see some pictures of their shiny new servers on the AO3 News Tumblr.

Policy & Abuse ended the year with around 2,100 tickets in December. They had around 19,000 tickets come in throughout 2020 -- a roughly 25% increase in comparison to the previous year. At the time of this writing, they were at around 1,400 tickets already for January, with no signs of slowing down.

In December, Tag Wrangling wrangled more than 430,000 tags - that's more than a thousand tags per wrangler. In 2020, Tag Wrangling volunteers wrangled more than 4.1 million tags, a significant increase over the 2.7 million handled in 2019! Tag Wrangling also added over 5,000 canonical fandoms to the archive during 2020.

IV. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

The end of 2020 was busy for Legal! The U.S. Congress passed some copyright provisions as part of year-end legislation, including passing a law known as the CASE act that creates a "small-claims" copyright tribunal. While these won’t have immediate impact on fans, they are significant. Legal will be involved with consultations on how they should be implemented, and they will keep fans informed about what they mean and what their implementation will look like. They also posted about some fan-unfriendly proposals in the U.S. Senate, and will keep working to make sure fan interests are heard as Senators consider copyright questions going forward.

In January, Legal continued our copyright policy work in a meeting with the U.S. Copyright Office to discuss how copyright policy can incorporate fan interests as part of the Copyright Office’s "listening tour" meetings with copyright stakeholders. They also discussed U.S. copyright questions in response to press queries and responded to a number of fan queries.

Meanwhile, Communications has been tracking usage of the OTW's social media and was astounded by the growth of our Weibo account! In 2020, Weibo went from having about 21,000 followers at this time last year to over 271,000 this year -- a nearly 1300% increase! In 2020 the Weibo mods made 168 posts and received 1.08 million reactions (repost + comment + like) and 150 million views, making it the OTW's most followed account by over 120,000 followers.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 25 November to 24 January, Volunteers & Recruiting received 112 new requests, and completed 120, leaving us with 20 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 January 2021, the OTW has 905 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: 1 Systems staffer, Akima Ras (Webs), Prerna A. Popat (Translation), Stephanie Godden (Volunteers & Recruiting), 1 Translation staffer
New Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
New Open Doors Volunteers: 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: IndyKitty (Elections), mmmdraco (Tag Wrangling), 1 Fanlore Policy & Admin staffer, 1 Fanlore Social Media & Outreach staffer, 1 Elections staffer, 2 Open Doors staffers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Felicia W., Goose, HS , mimi, mmmdraco, Océanna & ravelqueen and 15 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Juliette, Julija, nõiaelu & 2 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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I. AO3 MILESTONES

November was a big month for the AO3! Tag Wrangling canonized the AO3's 40,000th fandom and celebrated with a post that explained ways that wranglers organize tags to help AO3 users make decisions about how to tag their fanworks. Two weeks later, the AO3 also reached 3 million registered users and made another post to thank AO3 users for their contributions and to summarize some of the benefits of registering an account.

II. ALSO AT THE AO3

AO3 Documentation had a successful month uploading new and revised documents to AO3! In addition to an updated Glossary, the Docs team has created a whopping six new FAQs and tutorials, including the Collections FAQ, Gift Exchange FAQ, Prompt Meme FAQ, Tutorial: Creating a Collection, Tutorial: Running a Gift Exchange on AO3, and Tutorial: Running a Prompt Meme on AO3. Feel free to check out any of these that pertain to you!

Open Doors formally announced the upcoming import of Yahoo Group Rawhide-fic this month! Refer to the import announcement for more information. There is also a new collection on AO3 where fanworks from Rawhide-fic will be available after the import.

In October, Tag Wrangling handled over 380,000 tags, amounting to over 800 tags per wrangler and more than 19,300 pages of tags! Support saw another 1200-ticket month in October, same as September. At the time of this writing, Support was on track to see even more tickets in November, and Policy & Abuse had received over 1500 tickets in November.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Elections has created a new team of Public Relations Specialists who will be working to improve awareness of our annual Board of Directors election. Remember that anyone who donates at least USD$10 to the OTW is eligible to become a member and vote in the upcoming year's election.

Communications was pleased to unveil a new social media account in October: be sure to follow us on Instagram! Meanwhile, Finance has completed the 2019 audited financials and tax return and will be uploading them before the new year.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 24 October to 24 November, Volunteers & Recruiting received 185 new requests, and completed 212, leaving us with 15 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 November, the OTW has 937 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Ioana (Translation)
New Committee Staff: satsuma, Emma M, Lauren Messenger, Sam L & Patchlamb (all Fanlore), Audrey Kosier, Sarah Westvik and 4 other Elections staff, Frost the Fox, inimitablereel, Naath, David Ferguson (all Systems), Apollonie (Volunteers & Recruiting)
New Translation Volunteers: Brina Recelj, Chaiu, Celina, elyyyna, Keiko (Kay) Nishimura, Lunachi, MetebelisIII, Patrícia Ferreira, sideDani, Sira Dragonnier, Sofia M & weisswald and 7 other volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Linda Levitt (TWC) and 1 other TWC Staffer, 1 Support Staffer, Ehryn, Frost The Fox (both Policy & Abuse) and 7 other Policy & Abuse Staffers, 2 AO3 Documentation staff, Pam Haas (Communications) and 2 other Communications staff, Malley (Fanlore) and 2 other Fanlore staff, 1 Legal staff, 2 Volunteers & Recruiting staff & 2 Webs staff
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 2 Volunteers
Departing Communications Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2 Volunteers
Departing TWC Volunteers: Cameron Salisbury and 2 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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I. PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS

The OTW's October Membership Drive, "Growing Together", was a success! This Drive was unique in that it did not focus on a monetary goal but instead encouraged donors to become members of the OTW or renew their OTW memberships, which will allow them to vote in the next OTW Board of Directors election in August. Thanks to the Drive, 2660 new members across 69 countries were registered, raising a total of US$89,688.51 for the OTW. Thanks so much to everyone who donated and signal boosted! The Drive was coordinated by Development & Membership and advertised as news posts with help from Communications, while Translation made Drive posts accessible in 30 languages.

Fanlore's social media presence in October featured an unofficial anime theme, with posts discussing anime topics and including related graphics, and received a great response! The Fanlore Committee is now gearing up to celebrate its next milestone--1 million edits--within the next couple of months.

Communications is preparing for several upcoming events as well, including International Volunteer Day in December, International Fanworks Day in February, and an AO3 milestone of 3 million registered users within the next several months. Stay tuned for more on these celebrations!

II. AT THE AO3

Open Doors announced the upcoming import of DoyleCordy, an Angel: the Series archive. Whether you're a creator from this Yahoo Group or just an Angel: the Series reader, check out the import announcement for more information about the move, and keep an eye on the new AO3 collection where imported works will be listed!

Policy & Abuse had received 1200 tickets in October at the time of this writing, and Support received 1200 tickets in September, a full 10% of which involved translation of non-English tickets by the Translation committee. In September, Tag Wrangling handled more than 351,000 tags across more than 39,400 fandoms.

III. ELSEWHERE IN THE OTW

In addition to their recent celebrations, Fanlore has also just finished a major overhaul of and update to their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)! This handy page can answer any burning question you might have about Fanlore, from the best way to get started as an editor to what kind of content can be put on Fanlore and more.

At the very end of September, Legal submitted comments to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in connection with a hearing on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. These comments followed up and supported earlier conversations and testimony that the OTW has provided to the House and Senate in connection with legislative review of the history and effectiveness of the DMCA. In October, Legal joined allies in sending letters to Congress opposing U.S. legislative proposals that would have harmed online free expression and fan interests.

Systems is in the process of ordering another rack in one of their data centers, which will let them continue to expand our server capacity and give them better failure tolerance.

IV. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 24 September to 24 October, Volunteers & Recruiting received 174 new requests, and completed 170, leaving us with 23 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 October, the OTW has 894 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: 1 Communications staffer, Vinita Eggers (Finance) and 3 other Finance staffers, Tei and Eliette (Policy & Abuse) and 1 other Policy & Abuse staffer, Sam L (Fanlore) and 7 other Fanlore staffers
New Open Doors Volunteers: karatam, Paul Helling, and 2 other Open Doors volunteers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Antinomy Citron, Ashlet, Aster, byecroft, Ceme, centreoftheselights, Char Lee, chronoshift, Colercw, Dan L, Eliza Hunt, Erin M, hanna_yuki, Harold Liu, HimC, itsmyusualweeb, jdsummers, jochi, Kandy, Kuh, ladra, ladymarianor, Laixi, Lia S, Loxaris, lyssy_marie, Mags, MickyRC, Moony, nivosity, Nyx, Petunia, pickledragon, raining_kittens, Roissy, Roland, snberry, Sofia, sub_etheric, timetravelingkayak, trashchancellor, Varsha, Yuan and 1 other volunteer
Departing Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, Jessie Casiulis
Departing Committee Chairs: Amy Shepard (Strategic Planning)
Departing Committee Staff: 1 AO3 Documentation staffer, Amy Shepard (Strategic Planning), doughtier (Tag Wrangling)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Fricklefracklefandomackles and 17 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Beyza G., Ciezuru, Fransiska Andita, Gwen Ngo, Hala Yosef, LaStellaBianca, Maryia Ambrazhey, Natasa Maric, Paralelsky, prada, Spencer, Winchester1989 and 2 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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