In preparation for hosting fanart on the AO3 (that is, you will soon be able to upload art directly to our servers and not just link it from elsewhere), we are revising the official Terms of Service and our FAQ!
As always, we actively seek and very much appreciate feedback on all archive policies. The coding for fanart is still underway, and there is time to make changes, so if there's anything in this draft that concerns you, please let us know.
Here are the proposed additions to the FAQ:
* When can I use pictures I have made on the archive?
Do you edit Fanlore or would you like to do so? Now is the time to learn how. The OTW's Wiki-committee will host an introductory chat to editing Fanlore. The chat is aimed at both current and new editors.
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!