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This Week in Fandom, Volume 113

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you miss E3 this year? If so, don’t worry, there are plenty of roundups of the big stories from the expo. Happy gaming!


One of the big pieces of news to break this week was the story that author Suzanne Collins is writing a Hunger Games prequel. According to Cnet, the book will “explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival” with a story set 64 years before the already-published trilogy. Read More

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2019 OTW Election Candidates Announcement

The OTW is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2019 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • Astrid Olin*
  • Kirsten Wright
  • Morgan Schroeder
  • Rebecca Sentance

*July 1: Per an announcement, Astrid Olin withdrew from the ballot.

Because we have 2 seats to be filled and 4 candidates, the 2019 election will be contested – that is, the members of the OTW will vote on which candidates fill the seats.

The Elections Committee is excited to introduce the candidates to all of the members of the OTW! Included in this post are links to short Bios and Platforms written by the candidates. This post also marks the beginning of our Q&A period, during which we invite the public to submit questions for the candidates. Additionally, we will be holding a series of live chats – dates and times for those are to be announced based on candidate availability. Information on the voting period and how to vote will also be posted shortly.

In the meantime, there is a timeline of Elections events available here for your reference. Read on to learn more about our candidates and how you can submit questions for them! Read More

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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