AD&T Weekly Meeting – 5 December 2009

While the fabulous [info - personal] samvara is still on well-deserved vacation, this week’s update is brought to you by [info - personal] rustler. This post may also be found on the Archive of Our Own which is commentable by anyone with or without an AO3 account. Comments are disabled elsewhere so discussion may be concentrated in one place.

Deploy Schedule: More Collections and Challenges code needed for Yuletide is heading for deploy shortly, as well as some more important fixes and enhancements.

Open Beta: Still good! Our servers seem to be doing fine and we’re readying everything for the influx of new Yuletide users.

Code: Collections and Challenges, bug fixes, and IE optimization are still at the forefront for our coders. Our testers and tag wranglers have been very busy behind the scenes, coordinating with the coders to get crucial pieces in place.

Invitation Schedule: We’re maintaining the 30/day rate for issuing new invitations for now, while Support catches up with current requests, and fixes go in which should anticipate many of the most common Support issues before more new users run into them.

Stuff coming up:

Collections and Challenges: Yuletide is coming! The time is growing near and the Collections and Challenges code is being put into place to provide Yuletide a comfortable new home.

Warnings: We’ve received a lot of feedback about our warnings and tag systems, and have some changes and clarifications on the way. Be on the lookout for a special post on this important topic soon!

About the Support Team: Our brilliant Support team deserve a massive shout-out for all their hard work helping people out with the Archive. They’ve been doing their best to answer support requests speedily and have done a great job keeping up with the work generated by Open Beta. They would love to welcome new people to the team: if you feel like you’ve gotten to know the Archive well and would enjoy helping other users, get in touch via our Volunteers’ form. No experience is required, but you’ll need to be a friendly and clear communicator.

If there are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or by volunteering, or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. We welcome your input. 🙂

This post may also be found on the Archive of Our Own which is commentable by anyone with or without an AO3 account.

AO3_Status Feeds

The Archive of our Own now has its own Twitter feed for status updates, emergency notifications, and other quick messages: AO3_Status.

You can access this information in several ways:

* on Twitter
* embedded on the front page of transformativeworks.org
* as a LJ feed: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/ao3_status/
* as a DW feed: http://ao3-status-feed.dreamwidth.org/

You can get more news and information about the Archive at the A03’s own admin blog: http://archiveofourown.org/admin_posts. We also post Archive news to the OTW blog; find it using the archive-update tag set up for that purpose.

TWC Issue on Supernatural & Statement of Editorial Philosophy

This spring, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) will launch a special issue dedicated entirely to Supernatural! The issue will deal with the actors, the show, the fans–and of course the fanworks! There’s been a bit of concern about what works will be discussed and what the journal policy is on discussing them; be assured that TWC policy is to make sure that its authors are in dialog with fan writers and artists, and know that we are always aware of issues of fan privacy. If you want to know more, see the editors’ policy statement here on our site.