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May 2019 Newsletter, Volume 135

I. WELCOMING NEW USERS TO AO3

Recently, the Archive of Our Own has received an influx of new Chinese users, a result of tightening content restrictions on other platforms. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to them, and remind everyone that our committees are working to make AO3 as accessible as possible in languages other than English.

Tag Wrangling has a new Chinese-speaking team helping make works in this language easier to sort and filter, and Translation volunteers have been assisting the Policy & Abuse and Support committees with incoming tickets in Chinese and other languages.

If you’re new to AO3, you can check out our recent welcome post, available in 27 languages, including Chinese.

Special thanks for all the hard work put in by Translation, the new Tag Wrangling team, and all the other volunteers who have stepped up to help welcome our new users! Read More

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The OTW is Recruiting Translators and Development & Membership Staff

Do you have skills with graphic design, fundraising, or customer service? Or are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Development & Membership Committee Member – closing 12 June 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers – closing 12 June 2019 at 23:59 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 our email address 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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This Week in Fandom, Volume 111

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the new Good Omens TV show that debuted this week? What do you think? Are you one of the people helping to make Ineffable Husbands the top ship on Tumblr? Let us know in the comments!


After the controversial Game of Thrones finale we talked about last time, some fans have decided to do some good in the name of the fandom. Harper’s Bazaar has reported that fans have raised over US$105,000 for SameYou, a charity started by actress Emilia Clarke to help people recovering from brain injury and stroke. The fundraiser was initially posted to r/FreeFolk, the same subreddit where the petition to remake season 8 of Game of Thrones was posted.

Emilia Clarke posted a heartfelt video to her Instagram to thank everyone who donated. Read More