• OTW Board Reports on 2014 Retreat

    Tags: OTW Board, OTW Sections, Spotlight

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    Along with the Strategic Planning committee and delegates from the Legal and Volunteers & Recruiting committees, the OTW Board of Directors had a productive and encouraging retreat in Silver Spring, Maryland this past weekend. We packed a lot of intense discussions into three days of meetings, and it was also a welcome opportunity to meet some of our colleagues in person. The Strategic Planning committee in particular put in a lot of work before and during the retreat, and we are very grateful for their efforts and for everyone’s participation.

    The Board of Directors is disappointed to announce that Anna Genoese resigned her position with the OTW after the conclusion of the retreat. We would like to thank Anna for her service on the Board and to the OTW. Director Andrea Horbinski will be taking over Anna’s role as Secretary of the Board for the remainder of the 2014 term.

  • Chat with Support (in multiple languages!)

    Tags: Archive of Our Own, Support Committee, Event

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    AO3 Support staffers are the people who receive your tickets through the Support and Feedback form and try to respond as soon as possible to register your feature suggestion, pass your bug report on to our coders, or do their best to help you out with a problem. However, when it comes to explaining how to do things or why something doesn't seem to be working right, the formal back-and-forth emails of a Support request aren't always ideal.

    So Support will be holding an Open Chat session in our public chat room.

    They'll be available on Sunday, October 26, 17:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?). Volunteers will be available to answer inquiries in Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. If you can't make it to this chat, another chat is planned for Sunday, December 7.

  • OTW Fannews: Grabbing the Spotlight

    Tags: Anime and Manga, Books, Comics, Cosplay, Fan Conventions, Studies, Television, News of Note

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    A post by Denise Dorman at Bleeding Cool raised some hackles when she suggested that comics creators were losing money due to cosplay at cons. "Conventions are no longer shows about commerce, product launches, and celebrating the people who created this genre in the first place. I’ve seen it first-hand – the uber-famous artist who traveled all of the way from Japan, sitting at Comic-Con, drawing as no one even paid attention to him, while the cosplayers held up floor traffic and fans surround the cosplayers–rather than the famed industry household name – to pose for selfies. The hard-working artists and creators who are the very foundation of this industry…have been reduced to being the background wallpaper against which the cosplayers pose in their selfies. At what point do you start to wonder if...the general fandom population even gives a shit about the creators more than they care about their Instagram profiles?"

  • Board Candidate Manifestos, Q&A, and Chats

    Tags: Elections, Announcement

    Banner by Lisa inspired by Diane's of a 3 line checkbox with the choices 'OTW' and'Elections News' and including the year

    Last Thursday, we announced the Board candidates for 2014. Over the next few weeks, we'll be offering 3 ways to get to know them.

    Manifestos and Bios

    We asked each candidate to provide us with a bio that sums up their professional and fannish experience, as well as to write a manifesto about their goals for their term on the Board by answering the following questions:

  • The OTW Needs More Volunteers!

    Tags: Accessibility, Design, & Technology, Communications Committee, Strategic Planning, Tag Wrangling Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Volunteering

    OTW Volunteer Recruitment Banner by Erin

    We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Support Staff.

    Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    • AD&T Quality Assurance & Testing Subcommittee Testing Volunteer - closing 20 October 2014 UTC
    • Communications Staff: Wiki Liaison - closing 20 October 2014 UTC
    • Strategic Planning Staff - closing 20 October 2014 UTC
    • Tag Wrangling Volunteer - closing 20 October 2014 UTC

    We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page, but these will be the final volunteering opportunities available in 2014, in order to allow our committees to focus on end-of-year tasks. Please check the volunteering page or OTW news outlets in early 2015 for our next round of volunteer opportunities.

    All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

    If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

  • OTW Fannews: Celebrating Art

    Tags: Fanart, Fandoms, Fanfiction, Movies, Television, News of Note

    Artist painting multiple characters on canvas

    A Los Angeles art gallery presented exhibited fan art based on the work of Joss Whedon, with Whedon's enthusiastic encouragement. At the opening, Whedon praised the artists and spoke in favour of fanwork: "If I could do this, this is what I'd do. I'd do fan art, I'd do fan fic of the stuff that I love ... I just love the art so much... It's hard to process the idea that it has anything to do with me." [No transcript available.]

  • Candidates Announcement

    Tags: Elections, Announcement

    OTW 2014 Elections Banner

    The OTW is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2014 Election (in alphabetical order by given name).

  • Come to the Fanlore Editing Chat!

    Tags: Wiki Committee, Announcement

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    Are you new to creating entries on Fanlore? Have you been editing for a while but would like to talk to other people working on Fanlore?

    Whatever your connection to Fanlore, you are cordially invited to an editing chat for questions, discussions, or just to talk about Fanlore editing. The chat will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30pm UTC (what time is that in my timezone?), in the Fanlore chat room on Campfire.

  • Calling all fan video makers! Tell us about your work!

    Tags: DMCA, Fan Videos, Legal Advocacy, Legal Committee, Announcement

    OTW Announcement Banner by Diane

    The OTW's Fan Video & Multimedia Committee and Legal Committee are once again working to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.).

    This year, we'll not only be pushing to renew the exemptions we've already won in the last two rounds of DMCA rulemaking, but also pushing to add Blu-Ray and streaming services.

  • Looking for AO3 Support Staff

    Tags: Support Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Volunteering

    Banner by Erin of a close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

    We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for AO3 Documentation volunteers.

    Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    Support Staff - 13 October 2014 UTC

    We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

    All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

    If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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