November 2008 Newsletter, vol. 21

Welcome to the first November issue of the OTW Newsletter! We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to keep fandom up-to-date and informed about what’s going on behind the scenes here at OTW, so twice a month, Community Relations compiles updates about what the various committees are working on and we share them here.

All issues of the newsletter will be tagged accordingly, so you can follow our progress chronologically.

News: Vidding History Project

The OTW is pleased to announce the release of a series of six short documentaries on vidding made by Francesca Coppa and Laura Shapiro and produced by OTW for MIT’s New Media Literacy project. These are part of a larger group of documentaries on remix culture, and the whole series is aimed at middle and high schoolers (so are very introductory to the art of vidding.) You can see these documentaries online here, and the OTW will also be hosting them as part of our new Vidding History project (you’ll be hearing more about this in OTW’s second year: if anyone wants to work on one of the OTW’s vidding projects, please contact the Volunteers committee.)

Committee Updates

Academic Journal Update from mafaldastasi

The TWC academic journal has added Veruska Sabucco to the Review team. Welcome, Veruska!

TWC staff member Julie Levin Russo is co-hosting a HASTAC forum discussion (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). The discussion’s theme is Online Academic Publishing, Open Access and Copyright issues; the forum will remain active through November 17. You’re invited to join the conversation at http://www.hastac.org, or simply to read it here.

Check out Julie’s video introduction!

Accessibility, Design, and Technology Update from black_samvra

AD&T are having a bit of a break right now. We have also added over half of the people who gave feedback (that we have emails for) and nothing has melted (except some Coder brains).

Board Update from kellyannbessa

The Board has been on a short, impromptu break due to so many of us being out of town or fighting off pestilence (or, in a few cases, both). Back to work this week!

Community Relations Update from femmequixotic

ComRel has been assisting Elections, helping update FAQs, fielding questions from the internets, and documenting for the transition to a second term and the upcoming merger with PR to form an all new Communications team!

Content Policy Update from ainsley

Content Policy has posted the draft version of the remaining portion of the Archive’s ToS and its additional policies at here. Please read and let us know what you think!

Development and Membership Update from ignazwisdom

DevMem continues to meet weekly and is currently in the process of drafting a list of our technical requests for fundraising and donation tracking in 2009.

Elections Update from ellen_fremedon

Check your inboxes! Elections has sent members a letter about the Board changeover. We’ll be inviting members to our chats with Board candidates on November 11 and 16; see the email for the chatroom URL.

Financials from sandersyager

The sharks of FinCom have been swimming along through the political waters of not one but two elections. Here in the US, our members have blogging in support of their candidates, walking door to door to talk to voters, and making calls to encourage people to get out and vote. In addition to fulfilling our civic duties, we have been quietly supporting the recent OTW membership drive and preparing for our role in the OTW elections.

Legal Update from killalla

The Legal Committee continues to provide advice and support to other Committees as needed. Currently, we are reviewing the organization bylaws and the related sections of the FAQ in the context of the OTW election. And as ever, we attempt to respond promptly to queries from the public as they arise.

Open Doors Update from Francesca Coppa

The Open Doors project is currently in the process of contacting research libraries to discuss the possibility of a zine preservation project.

Public Relations Update from jacquez

The PR team is working with a volunteer graphic designer on ads for a virtual season, among other things. We continue to prepare for the transition to the new unified Communications team.

Systems

No update at this time.

Translations Update from logovo

We’ve started the translation of donation forms, following the lead of our fearless leader lian, who has already tackled the task in German. We’ve welcomed new volunteers, although we’re always on the look out for new people. On the OTW page front, we’re still working on getting Portuguese language uploaded.

Volunteers and Recruiting from kellyannbessa

Volunteers has been busy sending acknowledgments to everyone who replied to our Willing to Serve post. If you volunteered for a position and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us.

While the official recruiting period is over, we happily accept volunteers at any time. If you are interested in any of our committees or projects, send us your info via our contact form.

Webmasters Update from juniperphoenix

It’s been a relatively quiet two weeks. We have upgraded our website software and continue to work on our website documentation project.

Wiki Update from angstslashhope

Fanlore continues to grow, as meanwhile the Wikimittee busily monitor changes, provide assistance and nut out issues.

What details would you like to know? Please give ComRel a helping hand and let us know! Email us at comrel @ transformativeworks.org.

–femmequixotic, bethbethbeth, ciderpress, mirabile_dictu, shrift, and svmadelyn
Community Relations Committee

Archive: Assorted policies & FAQ

Below is the final section of the draft Terms of Service for the Archive of Our Own, and its accompanying FAQs. The earlier sections and their accompanying FAQs can be found on the Archive site (ToS and FAQs).

This is a work-in-progress. We’re posting it to get as much feedback as possible. If there’s something you don’t understand, please ask. We will try to clarify, and possibly add to the FAQ. If there’s something you don’t like, it would be really helpful if you’d suggest alternatives.

Members of the Content Policy committee will be available to answer questions. Please remember that anonymous comments are disallowed.

In response to feedback on the first sections of the policy, we have changed some wording and made two substantive changes: First, rather than a strict three-strikes policy, the abuse team will have discretion on when to issue warnings, temporary suspensions, and permanent suspensions, with that discretion to be exercised with an eye to correcting inadvertent violations of the ToS and preventing deliberate abuse.

Second, we have clarified that original works are not currently allowed, unless they come in as part of an Open Doors collection. While this policy, like others, is open to revision depending on user feedback, we concluded that this was the best initial policy, especially given our plans to host fanart.

J. User Icons

User icons should be appropriate for general audiences. They should not contain profanity or depictions of frontal nudity or sexual activity.

V. Assorted Policies

A. Collections, Challenges, and Exchanges

Archive users may create collections and encourage other users to submit fanworks to those collections. The collection maintainer can set any constraints she or he wants on the collection, but must otherwise follow the content policy (e.g., if the collection content is explicit, it should be marked as “explicit” or “choose not to rate”).

To be part of a collection, the fanwork creator has to affirmatively submit the fanwork to the collection. The collection maintainer will be able to remove the fanwork from the collection, but not from the Archive.

In addition, if the collection maintainer has specified in advance in the collection rules that submissions cannot later be removed from the collection, the user who submitted the fanwork will not be able to delete it, but will be able to orphan it so that the user’s identity is no longer associated with the fanwork.

In the absence of an independent violation of the abuse policy, the Archive will not intervene in decisions by the collection maintainer.

B. Fannish next-of-kin

Registered archive users may designate a fannish next-of-kin. A next-of-kin agreement allows the transfer of content maintenance in the case of a user’s permanent incapacitation or death.

Both parties to the agreement must be registered users of the Archive.

The Archive’s role in this agreement is only to act as a facilitator. If the person designated as the fannish next-of-kin activates the agreement by sending a message to the Archive, the Archive will not do any independent investigation to confirm the necessity for the transfer.

A fannish next-of-kin agreement is confidential and accessible only by designated members of the archive team, who may only use it for purposes of implementing the agreement.

C. Orphaning Works

1. Definition of orphaning.

One of the goals of the OTW and the Archive is to provide a permanent long-term home for fanworks. We also understand that circumstances can arise in which creators wish to remove their stories from the internet or otherwise dissociate themselves from their work. Our archive software gives creators the ability to anonymize or “orphan” fanworks along with the option of deleting them from the archive. An orphaned story will retain no information connecting it to its original creator, while preventing broken links and allowing people who enjoyed the story to read it again in the future. This allows us to preserve the work while protecting the author’s decision to avoid association with the work. We encourage orphaning as an alternative to deletion.

2. User-controlled orphaning.

Users will have the ability to delete or orphan their works themselves as long as they have a valid account. Users are responsible for saving their account passwords and keeping their e-mail addresses up to date. Users will be able to have passwords e-mailed to them and to change the e-mail addresses associated with accounts. However, a user who has lost a password and has no access to the e-mail associated with the account may be unable to access the account for any purpose, including orphaning or deletion, unless the user can verify identity in some other way, as described below.

3. Caution: orphaning may be difficult or impossible to reverse.

If a user affirmatively orphans a work, any connection between the user and the work will be removed. It therefore may be difficult or even impossible to restore the link between an orphaned work and a user.

4. Linking an author with an orphaned work.

As part of the OTW’s commitment to user privacy (link), users are not allowed to use comments or tags to publicly identify the creator of an orphaned work after the work has been orphaned. Users who add public identifying tags or comments after a work has been orphaned violate the Archive’s Terms of Service. Additionally, identifying tags or comments will be removed.

If the creator has an account, it is the creator’s responsibility to delete any identifying comments associated with the work prior to orphaning it, and to inform the abuse team of any identifying tags that should be deleted. If the creator does not have an account, it is the creator’s responsibility to identify any comments and/or tags that should be deleted as part of a request for orphaning (see “Policy on unverified identities and orphaning or deletion” below).

5. Policy on unverified identities and orphaning or deletion.

Our policy is that creators should be able to orphan or delete a work, and they should also be protected against claims by non-creators. We will provide creators with several alternative methods of confirming source, including using the e-mail address associated with the fanwork; using information from a creator’s own site or journal; or using an e-mail address or other form of contact associated with a different copy of the fanwork, including on the Internet Archive. We will also consult with the maintainer of any collection of which the fanwork is a part and take any other actions that seem likely to help with verification.

If the source of the request is confirmed, we will comply with the request. When the link between the source of the request and the fanwork’s creator cannot be confirmed, and attempts to contact the fanwork’s creator through any existing contact information receive no response, we will orphan the fanwork.

D. Open Doors

Please note: these terms are designed for agreements between the OTW and archive owners.

The Open Doors project of the Organization for Transformative Works is dedicated to preserving fanworks for the future.

Once the Archive of Our Own is up and running, we will be happy to help maintainers of typical fanfic archives preserve or back up their collections by transferring the contents of their archive into the Archive of Our Own. We plan to collect these stories under the name of the archive from which they came, as well as to set up automatic redirecting from the original URLs if desired and whenever possible. Other fannish projects that cannot be integrated into the Archive may also be preserved as special collections, resources permitting. Both kinds of projects will be featured on the Open Doors page.

1. ToS for Open Doors projects

a. Maintainer Consent

The OTW will only preserve collections with the full consent of the maintainer of the collection. The current maintainer of the project must agree to the Open Doors ToS and agree to grant us access to a copy of the current contents of the collection. The maintainer must also transfer ownership of the domain name (if any) if she or he wants URL redirects, and if such redirects are possible. (Domain name transfer is not necessary if the maintainer is merely backing up an archive within the Archive of Our Own.)

b. Transfer of Project

When the board of the OTW and the current owner of the collection have decided to bring on an archive or a special collection under the Open Doors project, the current owner will provide a copy of the current contents (either manually or by giving Systems access to the existing site) and transfer ownership of the existing domain name to the OTW (if he or she wants redirects; again, domain name transfer is not necessary if the maintainer is merely backing up the archive within the Archive of Our Own.)

Typically, fanfiction archives will be transferred into the Archive of Our Own, and individual stories will tagged with the name of the archive from which they came to preserve the archive’s history as a collection. In the case of projects that are structurally difficult to integrate, we may either preserve whatever software is currently being used to maintain the project, or choose different software in consultation with the original maintainer. Systems will not be required to install any software on the OTW servers which they are not prepared to maintain, and the software and content must pass a security review before they are added.

c. URLs for Open Doors Project

The special collection or project will be available under one or more URLs like the following:

A subdomain of transformativeworks.org: http://foresmutters.transformativeworks.org

A subdirectory of opendoors.transformativeworks.org: http://opendoors.transformativeworks.org/foresmutters

We may also preserve the original project’s domain name, if any: http://www.foresmutters.org/

In addition, the collection will be linked from the Open Doors gallery: http://opendoors.transformativeworks.org/

Archives that have been integrated into the Archive of Our Own will also be listed in the Open Doors gallery.

d. Role of Original Maintainer

The original maintainer of the archive special collection will be invited to continue working on the collection for as long as she or he wishes, so long as she or he is willing to abide by OTW’s general policies for its volunteers (including but not limited to the conflict of interest policy and admin access policies). The OTW will try to find volunteers to provide maintainers with what assistance they need for as long as they work with us.

In the case of an archive that has been preserved within the Archive of Our Own, the maintainer will be invited to moderate her or his archive’s collection within the Archive of Our Own with all the powers that a collection moderator in the Archive usually has; so, for instance, to decide whether a new story fulfills her collection’s rules, or should be removed from the collection.

If the collection’s maintainer no longer wants to work on the collection, the OTW will find someone else in the organization to keep the collection up and running, and potentially growing into the future.

e. Collection Policy

Where possible, the existing policies of the collection will be preserved, even if they differ from the policies of the Archive of Our Own. Specifically, collections (whether integrated into the Archive of Our Own or preserved as special collections) can have limits on fandom, subject matter, sexual content, etc. that do not apply to archive content generally. Open Doors collections may be mixed fan and non-fanworks; when we accept a mixed collection, the entire collection will be added to the Archive, and the standard prohibition on non-fanworks will not apply to the collection. However, the OTW retains the right to remove content from its servers if the Board deems removal necessary for specific legal reasons, or if the content violates the Content Policy (other than the prohibition on non-fanwork content).

Control over individual fanworks contained within a collection rests with their creators. If the creator of any individual fanwork contained within a collection requests its removal or alteration, the OTW will always comply with such a request. We will also provide mechanisms allowing creators to claim their fanworks from such a collection and if desired to attach them to a new or existing Archive of Our Own account.

f. Parting from the OTW

As noted in section e., control over individual fanworks contained within a collection always rests with their creators. This section applies to collections as a whole. If the collection’s original maintainer decides that he or she no longer wants to be affiliated with the OTW, or the OTW board decides they no longer wish to work with the original maintainer, the following procedures for dissolution will apply:

i. OTW will keep the content currently on the OTW server(s), whether in the Archive of Our Own or in a special collection.

ii. OTW will keep the subdomain (e.g., foresmutters.transformativeworks.org) and subdirectory (e.g, opendoors.transformativeworks.org/foresmutters) URLs of special projects, pointing to the content currently on the OTW servers.

iii. OTW will give the original maintainer back the original domain name if any (e.g., www.foresmutters.org) or the archive or special project, as well as a copy of the current contents of the project (or all stories under the archive tag in the Archive of Our Own).

iv. OTW will not be responsible for helping the maintainer set up elsewhere, only for giving him or her the content and transferring back domain ownership.

v. OTW will place a prominent announcement on the Open Doors page indicating that the original maintainer has moved to a new location, with a link to the new location if provided by the maintainer.

vi. OTW may choose to continue work on the collection on the OTW servers.

vii. These ToS are written assuming a single maintainer. If there are multiple active maintainers of a collection, they must all agree before the OTW will bring the collection into Open Doors. If some but not all of the maintainers later wish to part from the OTW, those who wish to do so can continue to work with the collection on the OTW servers, while the OTW will follow provisions iv. and v. for any maintainers who wish to move the collection elsewhere. The OTW will retransfer domain names only to maintainers who were registered owners of the domain names at issue. For active collections, maintainers can use whatever dispute resolution procedure they work out between themselves, provided that they otherwise comply with OTW policies.

The goal of these rules is to be clear about how special collections and other extant fannish projects might come under the OTW umbrella while still preserving the autonomy both of the original maintainer and of the OTW. We want to provide a permanent home to projects, and preserve the results of our efforts, without the original maintainer feeling like she or he is giving up all control.

g. General provisions

Matters not specifically addressed in this agreement will be governed by the general Terms of Service.

User Icons

Q: Why are the rules for user icons more restrictive than the general archive rules?

A: Right now, the design calls for user icons to appear on pages, such as user profiles, that are entirely unrated. The design provides for only one user icon per pseudonym, rather than multiple icons, which means that whatever icon a user picks will be visible to any browser. If there is substantial interest in changing the system, we may revise the archive so that a user may have multiple icons and/or may rate his or her profile just as a fanwork may be rated, in which case we will change the user icon policy. The icon policy is not the general fanart policy. We do anticipate eventually hosting fanart and treating it like textual fanworks, governed mainly by ratings and warnings rather than by content restrictions.

Collections

1. What do you mean by “collections”?

Collections can be fic fests, exchanges, ficathons, or other types of creative challenges, as well as simple collections of fanworks chosen by the collection maintainer. Currently, the limited beta version of the archive software being tested now has a tab called “communities,” where collections will be listed once that feature is active.

2. What’s the point of having separate rules for collections/challenges?

The rules are basically the same as for everything else on the Archive. This just allows another way to group fanworks by areas of interest. There is one important special rule: if the collection maintainer says in the rules that submissions are final, then you can’t withdraw your contribution from the collection, though you can always orphan it. We put this rule in place to allow gift exchanges. Ordinarily, removing a fanwork from the archive is sad, but it’s up to you. But when you’ve added a fanwork as a gift, and possibly received a fanwork as a gift in return, we think it’s fair to say that the other participants should continue to enjoy the benefit of your contribution. In those cases, orphaning allows you to sever your connection with the fanwork while not removing it from the collection. This policy was based on prior experience with the Yuletide Rare Fandoms gift exchange.

3. I think my fanwork would be perfect for a collection, but the maintainer won’t add it to the collection!

Unless there’s an independent violation of the Content Policy, we won’t intervene in collection decisions, even if they are arbitrary, biased, or wrong. You may want to add tags to your fanwork that will be of interest to people who are fans of relevant collections.

4. How can I start a collection?

When the Archive adds this feature, we will add a link here!

Fannish Next-of-Kin

5. What does “fannish next-of-kin” mean?

The Archive allows you to choose someone to manage your fannish works if you die or are permanently incapacitated.

6. What does my fannish next-of-kin get to do?

We will transfer control of your archive account to your next-of-kin. After that, they can follow whatever guidelines you set for them. You might ask them to leave all of your fanworks alone but transfer control of any challenges you were running to people of your or their choice. You might ask them to orphan all of your fanworks and close your account.

7. How do I choose someone?

That’s up to you. It should be someone reliable, someone you trust to make decisions about your fanworks.

8. What do I do once I’ve chosen someone?

Both you and your fannish next-of-kin need to send a message to [next-of-kin address] indicating that you want to have him/her as your fannish next-of-kin and that s/he agrees. You need to provide your Archive usernames for our records. When we receive matching requests, we will confirm that a fannish next-of-kin arrangement is in place.

9. If they’re my next-of-kin, am I theirs?

The relationship can be reciprocal if you want, but it doesn’t have to be. However, you can only have one person as your fannish next-of-kin at a time.

10. Why can’t I have more than one fannish next-of-kin?

We want to know who has the final say. This arrangement exists precisely so that we don’t have to mediate disputes over what you would have wanted.

11. What happens if my fannish next-of-kin also dies?

You would need to choose a new person. Your fannish next-of-kin can also designate someone else as their own fannish next-of-kin. If A designates B as a fannish next-of-kin, then dies, and B designates C as B’s fannish next-of-kin, when B dies C can control all the accounts that B controlled, which at that point would include A’s.

12. What if my fannish next-of-kin decides s/he’s tired of being my fannish next-of-kin?

Either party can revoke a fannish next-of-kin agreement by sending a message to [next-of-kin address]. We will inform the other party that the agreement has been ended. Please include your username and the username of the other person involved in the agreement so we can find the right record.

When a fan is dead or incapacitated, the fannish next-of-kin will have control of the account and can make any decisions about it, including handing it off to someone else; the Archive cannot control whether or not anyone shares password information with anyone else. If the fannish next-of-kin lets us know that s/he wants to stop managing the account, we will permanently suspend the account, which means that all existing content will stay in place, but nothing may be changed or added.

13. What if I decide I don’t like my fannish next-of-kin agreement?

Send an e-mail saying that you want to terminate the agreement. Please include your username and the username of the other person involved in the agreement so we can find the right record. The [name of committee/group] will e-mail the parties involved in the agreement to let them know. Either party in an agreement can terminate it. You are free to choose a new fannish next-of-kin.

14. What if my fannish next-of-kin does something I wouldn’t like?

Please choose someone you trust. It would be difficult or impossible for the Archive to enforce the exact terms of your agreement. All we will do is verify your status and transfer account control to the appropriate person.

15. How can my fannish next-of-kin get control of my fanworks?

A fannish next-of-kin can activate the agreement by sending a message to [next-of-kin address] that you are dead or permanently incapacitated. The Archive will send a message to the email address associated with your account. If we do not receive a response from that address within ten days, we will transfer control of your account to your fannish next-of-kin. The Archive will not do any independent investigation into whether you are dead or incapacitated.

16. Why won’t the Archive check to see whether I am really dead or incapacitated?

We don’t want to be in the position of collecting and possessing personal information of the kind that we’d need to confirm what your fannish next-of-kin says. It is your responsibility to choose someone you trust. If you want a custom arrangement, we suggest you make private arrangements with someone you trust to handle your passwords and accounts in the event of your death or incapacity.

17. What happens if I die before choosing someone?

Your account will remain just as you left it. No one will be able to delete, orphan, or modify your fanworks except in response to a ToS violation.

18. Why should I bother choosing someone?

It can be useful to have someone you trust as a fellow fan to make decisions about your account.

19. Help! Something went wrong: control of my account has been transfered, but I’m still hale and hearty!

If rumors of your death were greatly exaggerated, please contact [next-of-kin address] right away. Whether you’ve turned up after being lost in the Amazon for a decade or whether someone is just trying to pull a fast one, we’ll do our best to get you your account back ASAP.

Orphaning

20. You mention that an orphaning request might come from someone who doesn’t have an active account. How could that happen?

Someone whose account has been permanently suspended, or someone whose fanworks are archived in a collection that we are preserving through Open Doors, might submit an orphaning request. In that case, we’d attempt to verify their identity according to the procedures set forth in the Orphaning policy.

Open Doors

See our Open Doors FAQ.

October 2008 Newsletter, vol. 20

Welcome to the second October issue of the OTW Newsletter! We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to keep fandom up-to-date and informed about what’s going on behind the scenes here at OTW, so twice a month, Community Relations compiles updates about what the various committees are working on and we share them here.

All issues of the newsletter will be tagged accordingly, so you can follow our progress chronologically.

Academic Journal Update from Mafalda Stasi

The academic journal team is writing a FAQ for the OTW Web site.

Submissions are arriving for the academic journal’s second issue and are going through blind peer review. The editorial team is actively soliciting content.

The academic journal wrote up job descriptions to be posted for some more production personnel to augment those currently on board, including HTML layout and proofreaders. We are also looking for three people to comprise an Interview team, to solicit interviewers and interviewees. These jobs are being posted through OTW’s usual channels.

Accessibility, Design, and Technology Update from Black Samvara

We’re all limp with relief at the reception of the Beta Archive and doing some gentle tidying up of existing code before we launch into our next round of new functionality.

We’re also cautiously adding new users from the pool of fabulous people who gave feedback *adopts as Beta testers* and watching the server to see if it melts!

Board Update from KellyAnn Bessa

The Board is breathing a sigh of relief that so many things are finally out the door and launched, and making plans for the transition to our second term.

Community Relations Update from shrift

ComRel has been assisting DevMem and Elections, helping update FAQs, fielding questions from the internets (as always!), and documenting for the transition to a second term and the upcoming merger with PR to form an all new Communications team!

Content Policy Update from ainsley

Content Policy will be releasing some additional policy drafts within the week, so keep your eyes open!

Development and Membership Update from Ignaz

We recently wrapped up our second official donation/membership drive, and now we’re in the process of thanking those donors and evaluating the drive so we know what to do (and what not to do) next time. We were thrilled by the number of people who were able to get employer-matching donations for us. Thank you to everyone who contributed! In other news, we just launched a widget that will allow people to easily shop on Amazon (.com, .ca, and .co.uk) using the OTW’s referral code, which means the org gets a tiny donation with everything you purchase. Check it out!

Elections Update from Ellen Fremedon

The extended period to declare candidacy for the Board has now ended. Elections will be sending a letter about the outcome to all members soon.

Financials Update

No update at this time.

Legal Update

No update at this time.

Open Doors Update

No update at this time.

Public Relations Update from Laura

The Public Relations committee is very excited about the upcoming merger with ComRel, forming a new Communications team! We’ve been talking to ComRel and sorting through our files and documents, to make sure the new committee will have everything it needs.

Systems Update

No update at this time.

Translations Update from logovo

We’re in the process of adding the Portuguese translation to the website and fine tunning all translations. After the website and election documents, our attention now turns towards the Archive itself. We’re on standby, as the kinks get worked out, but totally excited about the future, where Archive Of Our Own will be going international.

Volunteers and Recruiting from KellyAnn Bessa

Volunteers is currently looking for people interested in being on a committee during our second term.

Webmasters Update from juniperphoenix

The Webmasters recently worked with DevMem to polish the donation and membership page in preparation for the fund drive. We are also working with Systems to set up a request tracking system for website updates. Our website documentation project is ongoing.

Wiki Update from ana

Fanlore launched with a big splash, and the site now boasts more than 1300 articles created by the active portion of over 350 users; two numbers that we hope will continue to grow. We’re working to make sure the site and its policies reflect the needs of our users and visitors, and we’re grateful to all those helping us refine Fanlore during this beta period.

For a look at some of the articles which are developing nicely, check out, for example, http://Fanlore.org/wiki/Stargate_Atlantis or http://fanlore.org/wiki/Popslash. While you’re there, feel free to explore… And if you have not joined us already, please consider doing so! We’ll be happy to welcome you.

What details would you like to know? Please give ComRel a helping hand and let us know at our contact page!

–Femme, Beth, Ciderpress, Mira, shrift, Madelyn
Community Relations Committee