Drumroll, please... it's time to announce the winners of the server name poll which we conducted a while back! In this post you'll find the winning names -- and also some metadiscussion about why it's taken us so long to announce the winners of the poll.
First, we want to thank everyone who worked on orchestrating the process, collecting name nominations, and creating the slate of names on which fans voted -- and especially everyone who cast a vote in the poll and let us know which names please you most.
To support the March Drive we asked a few members of our community to write a guest blog about their views on the OTW. Thank you to Aja for contributing this post!
Recently, I've had two of my default assumptions about fandom overturned.
Assumption #1: The Powers That Be know what fandom is.
In May, I attended the first annual Book Blogger convention, where a room full of publishing reps were asked, “How many of you know what fanfiction is?” I was stunned when less than half of them raised their hands.
We're super-excited to announce that we've just taken delivery of the brand-new servers for the Archive of Our Own! \0/ Our new, vastly expanded server setup gives us more power, more memory, and more room for expansion, and we are THRILLED to be able to have them. They have been purchased with the generous support of fandom - thanks to all our awesome members and donors!
The OTW is officially on break, and will be until mid-January, but it's a very busy time for many of us!*
A change is as good as a rest, or so we've heard! That's a good thing, because change is what we're preparing for: a new term, a new Board, and new committees, all well rested and ready for a strong 2011. In some cases, change means new staff in the form of volunteers who are able to increase their commitment; in other cases, change brings brand new people who answered our Willing to Serve post in October.
Ming Wathne, long time archivist of the Fanzine Archives, passed away on December 17, 2010 at the age of 84. Before she died, the OTW helped her transfer the entire archive - over 3,000 zines - to the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa, where it became the founding collection of the OTW's Fan Culture Preservation Project.
We're drawing toward the end of the year, a busy time on both fannish and non-fannish fronts for many of us. We wanted to be sure to remind you that the next few weeks are your last chance to qualify for tax deductions in 2010 (United States). If you've been thinking about donating to the OTW but haven't done so yet, you may want to take a look at your finances and see whether it would be to your benefit to do so before December 31. And if you're employed, please find out if your employer offers matching donations!
This is the time of year when fans participate in fic exchanges and drink mulled cider and curse out the Archive of Our Own for being so @#$!%&# slow. Because after a day of fighting holiday crowds or waiting on lines in department stores, nothing bums you out like getting Error 502: Page did not respond in a timely fashion on your favorite comfort fic.