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This Week in Fandom, Volume 26

Welcome back to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you declared which #ThreeFictionalCharacters best represent you?


There was sadness and dismay this week over the quasi-shutdown of the queer-women-focused media website AfterEllen. Former Editor in Chief Trish Bendix wrote a personal essay / open letter about the site’s changes on her Tumblr, and it was picked up by Advocate. Bendix explains that “Evolve Media purchased AfterEllen from Viacom two years ago. They gave us two fiscal years to become their LGBT property and profit in that space, and they found we are not as profitable as moms and fashion… Evolve has decided to keep the site and its archives alive for now, with a promise of periodically publishing freelance pieces in the future. I am not sure what that will look like.”

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OTW Guest Post

Guest Post: Versaphile

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.

Versaphile is “officially an old timer, having been in online fandom since 1995: over the years I’ve been in X-Files, Due South, Stargate SG-1, Lord of the Rings, BTVS/ATS, Hornblower, Life on Mars, Doctor Who, and BBC Merlin fandoms. I used to do a lot of fannish infrastructure projects like recs and archives, as well as vids and manips, but now I’m happy writing ridiculously long and angsty Merlin epics.” Today, Versaphile talks about the experience of working with the OTW’s Open Doors project as the owner of archives they’re working to import into the AO3.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I inherited my parents’ Star Trek fannishness, but my own first proper fandom was X-Files. I came online in 1994/1995 and discovered Usenet and alt.tv.x-files and more importantly, a.t.x.creative. I got into fanfic and never looked back.

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The OTW is Recruiting Staff for the Support, Communications, and Abuse Committees!

Are you interested in volunteering for the Organization for Transformative Works with the Abuse Committee, Fanhackers or AO3 Support?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Communications, Strategic Planning, and Volunteers & Recruitment staff!

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

  • Abuse Committee Staff – closing 21 September 2016 UTC
  • Communications Committee – Fanhackers Staff – closing 21 September 2016 UTC
  • Support Committee Staff – closing 21 September 2016 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.

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