We regret to announce that Jenny Scott-Thompson will be resigning from the OTW Board effective at the end of December, which coincides with our organization's term break. We are deeply saddened to lose her as a board member, but Jenny will be continuing on in her other roles within the OTW as a staffer on the Finance Committee and as part of the Strategic Planning workgroup. She will also finish her term as Elections Officer, which ends at the end of December as well.
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.
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!)
Hi, this is Julia, the lead for the OTW's Survey Workgroup. I wanted to let you know that we will be skipping our regularly scheduled Survey Sunday post this week. The reason for the delay is actually very good news: a new statistics expert has recently joined our workgroup and is now helping us review our methodology. We have decided to rework our planned posts according to these new guidelines to make better and more meaningful use of the data.
We had a lot of questions submitted to the candidates by voters last year, and we're expecting even more this year. We all want to know what they think of the particular area of the organization we care about.
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.
Users of the transformativeworks.org news blog have reported seeing an "access denied" message when attempting to unsubscribe from comment notifications. This unfortunately coincides with a large influx of spam comments, which is resulting in lots of unwanted e-mails for users who are subscribed to notifications. To protect our users' inboxes from further spam, we have temporarily disabled comment notification e-mails while we work on the problem. We will post an announcement when notifications become active again.