5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Ariana Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Ariana, who volunteers a staffer in our Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee and as the Senior Technical Staffer in our Open Doors Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a volunteer coder for both Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee (AD&T) and Open Doors, I mainly help with the OTW’s aim of preserving fan history. In my twenty-odd years of online fandom, I’ve seen many works and sites disappears and it’s very satisfying to be able to do my bit to ensure that this happens less frequently in future.


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AO3 Celebrates 30,000 Fandoms!

Tag Wranglers are pleased to announce that we have reached the milestone of 30,000 fandoms on Archive of Our Own – AO3 ! This comes shortly after we celebrated reaching 4 million fanworks in July.

AO3 users have always been incredibly creative. Over the years, we’ve reached several fandom milestones:

  • 5,000 fandoms around New Year’s Day, 2010
  • 10,000 fandoms in September, 2012
  • 15,000 fandoms in April, 2014
  • 20,000 fandoms in December, 2015
  • 25,000 fandoms in June, 2017

Are there any rare fandoms you love that you discovered on AO3? (more…)

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AO3 Reaches 4 Million Fanworks!

Partial screenshot of the AO3 homepage showing that the Archive has 4 million works.

The Archive of Our Own is proud to announce that it has reached four million fanworks!

The creation and growth of AO3 has been a wild ride. The initial suggestion for the Archive was made in May 2007, and ever since then we’ve been having a blast! Thanks so much to everyone who has helped make AO3 the thriving community that it is today, including those who have shared fanworks for others to enjoy.

Here are some other milestones AO3 has reached, courtesy of the Archive of Our Own Fanlore article: (more…)