Commercialization of Fans, Entertainment Industries, Fanfiction, Intellectual Property, Television, News of Note
Here's a roundup of fanfiction stories that might be of interest to fans:
Development & Membership Committee, Legal Committee, Open Doors Committee, OTW Sections, OTW Sightings, Technology, Vidding
These past two months have seen a spike in interviews with OTW staff by various media outlets. Here's a rundown on some of the places online where you can read their discussions about fandom, fanworks, and the OTW.
Comics, Fandoms, Gaming, Gender and Sexuality, News Media, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Sports, Television, News of Note
Here's a roundup of issues in fandoms that might be of interest to fans:
Archive of Our Own
We've been receiving a small number of reports of people unable to access the Archive of Our Own - if you've been affected by this issue, this post will give you a bit more information about what's going on. We'd also like to appeal for your help as we work to fix it!
We recently upgraded our firewall to improve the security of our servers. Unfortunately, it seems that we haven't got the configuration absolutely right and it's causing connection problems for some users. This problem is only affecting a small number of users, and it's not completely consistent. However, if you've received an Error 404, a warning saying 'Secure Connection Failed', or you've been redirected to a url with 8080 in it, then this is what's causing it.
Commercial Works Authors, Commercialization of Fans, Fanfiction, Fanfilms, News of Note
Here's a roundup of pro intersections with fandom stories that might be of interest to fans:
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
Here's a roundup of stories explaining fandom that might be of interest to fans:
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!