Accessibility, Design and Technology Meeting 29 May 2010

All the latest news on the Archive of Our Own below the cut! Mirrored from an original post on the Archive of Our Own.

This was a landmark meeting for us – we got through the entire agenda! Several members of the committee were absent because it was a holiday weekend, and those who remained were slightly distracted by the Eurovision Song Contest, but apparently we were borne upwards on butterfly wings!

Highlights

  • We discussed our volunteers process and ways of making it easier for more people to get involved. We have a lot of awesome and dedicated people on this project, but we would like to make it easier for new people to get involved and to spread the workload a bit! If you know of examples of good practice, we’d love to hear about them.
  • We signed off on a whole bunch of small coding issues which have been waiting for a final bit of design. Coming soon – more control over visibility to search engines, a way of removing a co-author from a series, and a fix for the editing of some old and buggy bookmarks.

Recent updates

We deployed new code to the Archive at the end of May – see the exciting list of new features in the Release 0.7.5. This release includes our new advanced search and a revamp to the HTML parser – this stuff was tricky to test and we’re proud that the small amount of support requests suggests our testers did a great job of catching all the bugs!

Archive Roadmap

We’ve just released an updated version of our Archive Roadmap, which gives an overview of all the amazing work which has been done so far and all the cool things we have planned in the future. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved – fandom power is awesome! Thanks to our brilliant translations team you can also read the Roadmap in Deutsch or Español.

If there are features you’d like to see in the Archive, then we’d love to hear about them! Please contribute your thoughts to our post on the future of the Archive!

News from our sub-committees and sister committees

  • Coders are gearing up to work on a new round of projects. We’re about to revamp our translations code so that it can be used, making improvements on advanced search, and thinking about priorities for new projects.
  • Testers did a great job getting everything ready for the last release, and are now working through the new code on the Beta Archive to verify that it’s still working well.
  • Tag wranglers did an awesome job of keeping up with the wealth of new tags introduced onto the Archive during two big challenges – Final Fantasy Exchange and Remix.
  • Support continue to do a great job keeping up with support requests – for one golden moment there were no unclaimed issues! They also did a great job of swinging into action when our Support form had a momentary hiccup. 😀

If there are things you’d like to do or say, please share them in comments, via the AO3 support and feedback form, by volunteering, or in whatever medium you feel comfortable with. Everyone is welcome to this party!

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