This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 57

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Steven Moffat would like everyone to know that there has been no backlash from anyone about Jodie Whittaker being cast as The Doctor. Ok, Steven. It’s not like it’s ever been a controversial issue.

The talk of the moment is the new video game dating sim Dream Daddy. In the game, the player character and the datable non-player characters are all dads, with cisgender and transgender options for both and a variety of races. Kotaku recently did an earnest interview with game creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw about the achievements and criticisms of the game, which they published as two articles (link 1) (link 2).

According to Gray and Shaw, their overall approach to the game was serious with a side of humour. “Especially being a very queer game, it wouldn’t have felt right for it to be 100 percent a joke. [We] harped on this concept of sincerity a lot. When you tell a story to the internet, it’s hard to tell a serious story at face value. You have to wrap in a couple of layers of jokes and irony and cynicism for people to really accept it.”


OTW Celebrates!

Happy SysAdmin Day 2017

Happy SysAdmin day! Here at the OTW, we’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our critical Systems team and highlight their work.

As with the rest of the OTW, our Systems Committee is staffed entirely by volunteers, but they can have long and disruptive on-call situations due to the nature of their work. The fact that our projects — Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, the Fanhackers blog, and Open Doors — are accessible is evidence that they’re on the job.

Systems maintains the servers for our projects and also our organization website, the Elections website, internal wiki and email service. They also respond to reports about these sites and let you know when they’re troubleshooting or installing updates.
For a good look at what an urgent as well as a slow process this can be, you can read a report from them about what this entails. These reports also help us understand how to plan for the future so as to avoid similar problems.

If you want to stay updated on developments and downtimes at our sites, you can subscribe to one of our twitter accounts:

Because of Systems, fandom can own the servers, so our Systems team gifts us year-round. Let them know you’re happy they do!