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New Improvements to Tag Wrangling

AO3 is making a change to how tag wrangling works. Starting January 24, tags will be sorted differently for wranglers to interact with.

Before now, wranglers for a particular fandom were only automatically shown tags from works that were tagged with the canonical tag for their fandom. That meant, for example, that wranglers for How I Met Your Mother would only automatically be shown tags from works tagged with How I Met Your Mother. Read More

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? Read More