Importing The Quidditch Pitch to the AO3

The Quiditch Pitch

The Quidditch Pitch (TQP), an all-pairing, all-era Harry Potter archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

The Quidditch Pitch came into existence on October 31, 2005 with 30 authors and 40 members, and by 2015, had grown into a well-frequented archive with almost 500 authors, about 5,500 stories, and over 41,000 members. Unfortunately, that year the archive’s hosting plan expired during a time when the mod, Annie, was not able to renew it, and the original archive was deleted by the hosting provider.

Using a backup of the archive, Open Doors will be working with Annie to import the original archive into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links that directed to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from The Quidditch Pitch to the AO3 collection after October.

What does this mean for creators who had work on The Quidditch Pitch?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your TQP works there, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (Please include “TQP” in the subject heading.)
Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on mass-adding works to the TQP collection on the AO3.

2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include “TQP” in the subject heading.)
Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on importing works to the TQP collection on the AO3.

3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include “TQP” in the subject heading.)
Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include “TQP” in the subject heading.)
If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too–we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your TQP account, please contact Open Doors and we’ll help you out. (If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s fantastic; if not, we will work with the TQP mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, or tutorials page. If these pages don’t offer the answers you need, you can contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Quidditch Pitch on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re pleased to be part of preserving The Quidditch Pitch on the AO3.

– The Open Doors team