Report, Survey Research
The OTW Community Survey closed on Thursday 2nd May after its two-week run. An amazing 5986 people responded, which surpasses our wildest expectations. We'd like to thank everyone who took it and who helped to spread the word for making it such a huge success! We'd also like to apologise for the delay in posting about our preliminary results. We had originally intended for this post to go up the day after the survey closed, but unfortunately the mass of data involved and some unexpected commitments on the part of some key staffers meant that we weren't able to do this. We're sorry that we didn't post an update about the delay -- improving our processes to cover stuff like this is one of the things we're still working on. Thank you for your patience and your overwhelming response to the survey!
Announcement, Open Doors
Sentinel fans remember with nostalgia how Blair moved in with Jim. We have good news for those who know and love 852 Prospect, the Sentinel Adult Fiction Archive; it's moving in with the Archive of Our Own!
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I. OTW EVENTAPALOOZA
April saw numerous activities taking place throughout the OTW which required coordinated activity from various committees and workgroups. The most notable was our incredibly successful membership drive under the leadership of our Development & Membership committee. The drive broke records in terms of funds raised -- 1,256 individual donations totaling over US$35,744. This support is both welcomed and necessary to sustain the OTW's projects and help the organization continue developing resources for fans.
Conferences, Gender and Sexuality, News of Note, Fanart, Movies
Here's a roundup of stories about women in fandom that might be of interest to fans:
Accessibility, Design, & Technology, Announcement, Systems Committee
For everyone who uses IRC and has been looking for ways to join in conversations with OTW volunteers, look no further! The OTW is now registered on Freenode at #otw-dev.
This channel is a new option for OTW volunteers, particularly those who work in our Systems and AD&T committees, to keep in touch with each other. It will also allow interested people outside the org to meet us! We don't guarantee that there will always be someone in there, but we hope people will find the additional contact point useful.
Many people who are coders and work in site development use IRC to communicate with other coders and systems folk. We hope that the increased visibility of those volunteers who serve in these areas of the OTW will allow for more collaboration and discussion with those working in similar areas outside of our organization.
Announcement, Strategic Planning
The Strategic Planning workgroup very much appreciates the feedback we've gotten on the roadmap post that went up during the recent drive and want to take this opportunity to respond to some of the common themes. Of course, we may not have seen all of the posts people have made in their personal spaces about these issues. We'd love for people to contact us (http://transformativeworks.org/contact/communications will get a message passed to us) so that we can hear what you have to say. We will do our best to respond to each of you individually, though we can't promise individual responses if the team is overwhelmed with feedback.
Activism, News of Note, Gaming, Books
Here's a roundup of fan activity stories that might be of interest to fans:
If you haven't taken the OTW Community Survey yet (see our announcement post for details), now is the time to do so!
It closes at midnight UTC today (when is that in your timezone?).
We'd love to hear your opinion on all things OTW as we work to keep making the organization even better! The survey is hosted on a secure connection at Surveymonkey:
News of Note, Gaming, Sports, Fannish Histories, Public and Private Identities
Here's a roundup of fan wish-fulfillment and memorial stories that might be of interest to fans:
Comics, Event, Movies
Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.