OTW Celebrates

Happy SysAdmin Day 2016

The OTW has a lot of moving parts and many volunteers that keep things running across our projects. But as an organization that exists entirely online, our Systems team is critical to those efforts.

Systems volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes to make everything works smoothly for the whole organisation. When you see a twitter update discussing downtime and maintenance work, that’s Systems on the job.

Systems maintains the servers for the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformativeworks.org, Transformative Works and Cultures, Open Doors, and our internal wiki. They:

  • Install server software
  • Arrange the installation of new hardware
  • Find solutions when Fanlore is hit by a wave of spam
  • Optimize performance on the AO3
  • Wake up in the middle of the night to fix things when our servers melt
  • Maintain and administer web development environments for our trainee coders
  • Research and consult on hardware purchases
  • Answer technical questions so Support can tell people what’s happening
  • Pull stats to help us understand more details about our projects
  • Set up new software tools; and much more

So give our Systems team a cheer on their special day for the work they do for you all year round!

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 18

After a week off from This Week in Fandom, we’re back, and this week we’re discussing a question that has been on a lot of people’s minds lately:

‘What is the point of pop culture in a world gone mad?’

Entertainment reporter Vinnie Mancuso searched for the answer in a poignant article for The Observer, confessing, ‘As Diamond Reynolds took to Facebook live inches away from her dying, bleeding boyfriend Philando Castile, killed seemingly for the crime of not looking like the man in the video with gun outstretched, I wrote—I complained—that we’d have to wait a little longer from Game of Thrones season 7.’


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Guest Post: Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Lynn Zubernis, PhD, West Chester University and Katherine Larsen, PhD, George Washington University are authors of the books ‘Fangasm Supernatural Fangirls’ ‘Fan Phenomena: Supernatural’ ‘Fandom at the Crossroads’ and Fan Culture: ‘Theory/Practice’. They also run the blog Fangasm The Book