• July 2012 Newsletter, Volume 61

    Étiquettes: Newsletter, OTW Sections


    This month has had another strong focus on technology across the board with a number of committees collaborating on different issues. The Wiki Committee is still working together with Systems to install new anti-spam solutions. Fanlore is now using ReCaptcha to reduce the number of spambots. The transformativeworks.org website was also hit by a deluge of spam in the past weeks, prompting the Webmasters to temporarily suspend comment tracking to these blog posts until subscribers stopped being hammered with emails.

  • Announcing the OTW Pinboard Account!

    Étiquettes: Communications Committee, OTW Sections, Announcement

    Are you curious about what sorts of information the OTW puts out? Want to point us to useful resources for fans? Want a guide to OTW posts? Check out the OTW's new Pinboard account!

    Why Pinboard?

    Users can click on our tag terms from any post on our website, and visitors to our mirrored posts are directed to our website tag cloud at the foot of each post. This can be helpful in terms of finding all uses of a term or to get an explanation of the term, but there is otherwise no way to interact with this tagged material.

  • OTW Events Calendar for August

    Étiquettes: Call for Papers, Fan Conventions, Event

    Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of August! 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.

  • Links roundup for 31 July 2012

    Étiquettes: Fan Videos, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, Fannish Practices, News Media, Remix, News of Note

    Here's a roundup of fanworks making the news stories that might be of interest to fans:

  • Archive of Our Own Newsletter - July 2012

    Étiquettes: Accessibility, Design, & Technology, Archive of Our Own

    *coughs* *taps microphone* Is this thing on?

    Ahem, after something of a pause, this is (hopefully) the return of our regular AO3 newsletter! Your friendly AO3 news poster (that's me, Lucy!) started off the year with good intentions and a shiny new format. However, between writing various other special edition posts, co-chairing the Communications committee, and dealing with real life, somehow the newsletter kept slipping down the to-do list. The good news is that new Communications staffer Camden has volunteered to take the baton, so hopefully these newsletters will be making a more frequent appearance in the future. So, without further ado, a few updates on the major happenings in recent times.

  • 2012 OTW Elections

    Étiquettes: Elections, Announcement

    The Elections workgroup has begun advance planning for our next election in November and in the interests of transparency, we'd like to point out a few useful links. Our FAQs have been updated, with further updates coming soon, and the timeline for 2012 is now available. The FAQs now answer a lot of the questions that came up last year, so please do read them, and let us know if you have any concerns or queries.

  • Survey Sunday #6: OTW Website

    Étiquettes: Survey Research, Report

    A short update on Survey Sundays

    We've been working on a rough schedule for our Survey Sunday reports to give the committees involved time to review their data and make sure we systematically cover all questions. Unfortunately, this means that we may not be able to answer your Survey Sunday inquiries in a timely fashion, as the related post might be scheduled for weeks or months off. We've done our best to push posts which people showed particular interest in to the top of the pile, but this hasn't always been possible. Although we warned about possible delays in our announcement post, we wanted to give you a specific heads up about this.

    In short: we're still very happy to take questions, but we will integrate them into our regular releases, which might mean long delays. Thanks for your patience!

  • Links roundup for 28 July 2012

    Étiquettes: Comics, Fan Conventions, Fandoms, Gender and Sexuality, Sports, News of Note

    Here's a roundup of the benefits of fandom stories that might be of interest to fans:

  • Strategic planning update #4

    Étiquettes: Strategic Planning, Report

    The Strategic Planning Workgroup’s first two surveys have been deployed! On July 11, one survey went out to the Tag Wrangling volunteers and another to the Tag Wrangling staff members. A third, designed for former wranglers, is being edited and reviewed right now.

    The survey deadline for TW volunteers and staff was July 25th, and we were excited to see completed surveys rolling in steadily for the full two weeks. We’d like to publicly thank everyone on the Tag Wrangling team for their willingness to engage with us and give us their honest assessments of the Tag Wrangling team, the OTW, and also the survey itself. The meta-commentary on our survey is going to be very helpful going forward -- for this incarnation of the SP workgroup as well as all the future ones.

  • Happy SysAdmin Day!

    Étiquettes: Systems Committee, Event

    Happy SysAdmin Day! Here at the OTW, we'd like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our fantastic Systems team!

    Systems work tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything work smoothly for the whole organisation.

    What you see

    Screenshot of a tweet reading 'The #AO3 will have some planned downtime on Thursday 26 July for some software upgrades: http://bit.ly/MCE4Ur'