Commercial Works Authors, Commercialization of Fans, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, News of Note
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OTW Board, OTW Sections, Spotlight
Spotlight on Board: In this general bi-monthly series, individual OTW Board members will talk about their work, goals, and ideas from a more personal perspective. Today's post is by Jenny Scott-Thompson.
I started out my year as Secretary by writing up the list of goals from the old and new boards. These are available in our Board minutes. Here they are in the order they were first mentioned in the meeting (as we went round the people present):
Books, Education and Curriculum, Fandoms, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Fannish Practices, Music, News Media, Sports, Television, News of Note
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The OTW has developed a tradition for elections, that we run a couple of public chat sessions with all the candidates. The transcript is posted afterwards for those who missed it. We'll be changing the format slightly this year. As the org grows and the number of voters increases, we need to make sure everyone gets a fair chance to participate.
The timing of the chat sessions is determined by the candidates themselves. Depending on their availability, the Elections Officer picks the best time that suits as many of them as possible. Each chat will last one hour.
Archive of Our Own
Our Systems team have been doing some behind-the-scenes maintenance over the past week or so to improve the Archive of Our Own's firewalls. This has mostly been invisible to users, but last night it briefly gave everyone a fright when a typo introduced during maintenance caused some people to be redirected to some weird pages when trying to access the AO3. We also had a few additional problems today which caused a bit of site downtime. We've fixed the problems and the site should now be back to normal, but we wanted to give you all an explanation of what we've been working on and what caused the issues.
Archive of Our Own, Announcement
This is just a quick message to say that, due to a typo in our DNS, the Archive of Our Own is currently offline for some users. The error has already been fixed but it may take as long as 7 hours to propagate through the system. However we were not hacked or anything and we hope to be up as soon as possible. (Systems is telling us that this was a test of our communication and response teams...oh, wily wily Systems! Also typing is hard!)
We are sorry for the inconvenience and for any alarm. Also, it would be best not to click any links or submit any personal information to any unfamiliar sites.
Systems will have a fuller report on the problem soon for those who want the dirty details. Otherwise stay tuned and thank you for your patience!
Archive of Our Own
We'd like to apologise for the delay in returning tag filtering on the Archive of Our Own. We had hoped to have tag filtering updated, run through our testers, and back out to you by the end of July. However, it's taking us much longer than we expected to finish that code and get it all tested. We hope to have all the work finished and the tag filters returned by the end of September. However, we can't promise we won't run into more unexpected snags, so right now this is a very rough timetable and we may have to revise it. We'll keep people updated as the work progresses.
Books, Fanart, Fandoms, News of Note
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Survey Research, Announcement
Hi, this is Julia, the lead for the OTW's Survey Workgroup. I wanted to let you know that we will be skipping our regularly scheduled Survey Sunday post this week. The reason for the delay is actually very good news: a new statistics expert has recently joined our workgroup and is now helping us review our methodology. We have decided to rework our planned posts according to these new guidelines to make better and more meaningful use of the data. In other words, we have chosen to go with quality over speed, but once we have re-adjusted our process, we will take up our regular schedule again. Thank you for your patience!
OTW Survey Workgroup
Fanfiction, Fannish Practices, Intellectual Property, Technology, News of Note
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