AD&T Meeting 21st November 2009

Welcome to our weekly update from the chair of ADT. All the news that’s fit to print about the progress of the Archive of Our Own is below the cut. 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 as we’d like people to be able to share any discussion with each other.

7am Sunday to about 9:30 (sorry to everyone in Europe/UK who were at that meeting and thank you for all the highly productive not sleeping you are doing). We had a rather large number of issues to work through – mostly design questions collated from all the Support and Feedback we’ve received plus some Tag wrangler questions.

  • Deploy Schedule: Release 0.7.1.1 is on Beta now and it’s mighty fine if I do say so myself. The amount of coding and fixes that got created since we launched Open Beta is remarkable and they all got tested in time! The next deploy date is subject to change but will be within the next two weeks and will contain some of the code for Collections & Challenges (and a couple of fixes, if I put the kibosh on them I’ll get pilloried :p).
  • Open Beta: Still ticking along nicely.
    • Code: we’ve fixed a lot of the most urgent problems and are quietly working on designs for half a dozen of the less urgent ones. The longer term changes will be for early 2010 though, we’ve only got 5 weeks left of 2009.
    • Invite schedule: we slowed to automatically issuing 30/day so as to give Support a chance to catch up (in preparation for bringing in Yuletide authors) and we’ll leave it on that for the week of 22nd – 29th Nov then re-evaluate again.
  • Stuff coming up:
    • Yuletide: importing the Yuletide user table and inviting those users. I’m with [info - personal] astolat on this one *runs around in terrified circles*
    • Passwords: we’ll add password validation for people updating their email addresses
    • Tag display: a maximum of 12 tags display on the works blurb, we’ll increase this and add a ‘more…’ option to display all
    • Chapter numbering: we’ll give people the option of overriding the automatic numbering for those who write prologues and epilogues

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. You are invited to this party 🙂

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

AD&T Chair Update: Open Beta

OMG we did it people! It’s almost exactly 2.5 years (17th May 2007) since a certain someone said we should build an Archive of Our Own and I am so proud of us! We didn’t have a meeting this week unless you count staying logged into the chatroom continuously from Friday afternoon to Monday morning (I lie, I left to sleep occasionally). We *did* have a number of passionate discussions which revolved around performance, squee, bugs, more squee, support, and you know, squee. More details after the cut!

Fun things (some of them) I have done in the last 5 days.

  1. Ticked a tickybox marked “Invite from queue enabled ” and clicked ‘Update’
  2. Entered ‘50’ into a field marked “Number of people to invite:” and clicked ‘Invite from queue’ I did that a lot! My apologies to people kicking the queue during the times I was asleep in Australia, we decided it would be easier if one person managed invite issuing.
  3. Posted a few times
  4. Sleep – still building up to that :p

AO3 Launch Update: [info - personal] zooey_glass masterfully summarised the launch in her fabulous post Open Beta – How the party’s going! and we’ve set up an AO3_Status on Twitter to let people know what’s going on in the (hopefully extremely rare) event of an outage.

AO3 Invitation update: We were issuing 30-50 per hour for a fair amount of the weekend. We’re now switching to letting the automated job issue about 50 per day. We’ll re-evaluate this on the coming weekend.

Stats as of Wed 18th 1:00 am UTC for the curious 🙂

Number of shareable invitation codes issued to account holders: 531
Number of invitations issued to addresses from the queue: 1305
Total invitations issued: 1757
Total unused invitations out there: 520

Number of accounts before Open Beta: 347
Number of accounts at present: 1663
Potential number of accounts: 2104
Accounts created during Open Beta: 1316
Percent invitation uptake: 79%

Percent increase in accounts: 379%

Number of works before Open Beta: 6598
Number of works at present: 13502
Works created during Open Beta: 6904
Percent increase in works: 205%

Number of fandoms represented before Open Beta: 674
Number of fandoms represented at present: 1104
New fandoms created: 430
Percent increase in fandoms:164%

AO3 Help:[info - personal] zvi  has generously contributed a fabulous explanation of how the tagging wuzzle system works and in that vein I have bookmarked some other great posts I have seen. Comment and let me know if you see, or would like to contribute something. We’re conscious we need to do more of this so if you have an urge to write ‘help using the AO3’ documentation we’re keen on recruiting you. We’ll do this regardless (the writing, not the recruiting although we like doing that too) but we love new people and welcome fresh views.

AO3 Support: We’re doing our best to respond to everyone and we’re delighted people are talking to us – we’re also getting a lot of requests so please, be patient with us if we don’t respond immediately.

Deploy Schedule:We have a mini-release called Release 0.7.1.1  (heh,  ‘mini’, it has 29 items so far) of fixes to some of the most commonly reported problems. We’d like to deploy it this weekend but we’re making changes to the Post Work form so if it doesn’t test clean we’ll delay until it does.

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. You are invited to this party 🙂

This post may also be found on the Archive of Our Own which is commentable by anyone with or without an AO3 account. I am disabling comments elsewhere as I would like people to be able to share any discussion with each other.

Archive Open Beta – How the party’s going!

We’re now in the second day of Open Beta for the Archive of Our Own! It’s been a crazy weekend! Here are a few updates on how it’s all going, below the cut.

First of all, some of you will have noticed that we did experience some site downtime between roughly 6:00 UTC and 7:45 UTC. Sorry about this! The good news is that this was not caused by excessive volume on our servers, but by a bug which caused a server process to hang. Happily this was very easy to fix – the outage only went on so long because it happened to strike at a moment when all our Systems people were unavailable. (Our Systems team are beyond awesome, but they are few in number and sometimes they have to eat and sleep!) We’re working on a more permanent fix for this bug.

Our site downtime was a timely reminder that we need a better way to communicate quickly with users when the site goes down. From now on we’ll be posting to AO3_Status on Twitter with any status updates. You can subscribe to us on Twitter, follow the RSS feed, or just check the Twitter page directly to stay informed about site status.

That short hiccup aside, things have been going GREAT so far. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that invitations have been issued a bit faster than the queue estimate suggests. This is because the queue estimates the time your invitation will go out based on the number set to be issued automatically. We’ve been issuing batches manually to give the process a headstart, and we’ve actually issued them slightly faster than we planned. This is because even at peak usage times, the servers have been coping really well with the extra load. (As mentioned above, the problems they did experience were caused by a bug, not the usage volume.) We’re really happy that we’ve been able to bring in lots of new users right away!

Depending on how things go in the next 12 hours, we will probably issue one or two more batches of invitations to addresses in the queue manually. After that, batches of invitations will be issued automatically on a daily basis, although we’ll be monitoring the site carefully to be sure that everything is as it should be.

A few statistics for your interest:

Number of shareable invitation codes issued to existing account holders: 451
Number of invitations issued to addresses from the queue: 958
Total invitations issued: 1410
Total unused invitations out there: 663

Number of accounts before Open Beta: 347
Number of accounts at present: 1076
Potential number of accounts: 1707
Accounts created during Open Beta: 747
Percent invitation uptake: 62%
Percent increase in accounts: 315%

Number of works before Open Beta: 6598
Number of works at present: 9506
Works created during Open Beta: 2908
Percent increase in works: 144%

Number of fandoms represented before Open Beta: 674
Number of fandoms represented at present: 886
New fandoms created: 212
Percent increase in fandoms: 131%

You can see from the above that the site has already expanded massively! We’re over the moon that it is holding up so well, and we’re very excited about seeing the variety of fandom represented. Remember, we welcome fans from all corners of fandom. If you don’t see your fandom represented in the Archive at the moment, then it just means you might get to be the person to add it! You don’t have to wait for us to add a tag for your fandom, just enter it manually and we’ll take care of it!

Since the site is still in Beta, there are still bugs floating around and many more improvements planned. We’re happy to be receiving lots of feedback through our Support and Feedback form. Our amazing Support team is doing a sterling job responding to the support requests and general feedback that’s come through already. So far, we’ve received 200 support requests and have responded to approximately 150 of them. We’ve also helped with a few problems in our Support Chatroom. Please feel free to drop in there and chat with us!

You can find more information about the Archive of Our Own and Open Beta under our posts Announcing Open Beta, Open Beta is here! and Archive Open Beta News and FAQs.

This Open Beta launch is the culmination of more than two years of work by a whole host of people: the coders and systems people who built the Archive itself, the host of people managing design and documentation, the dedicated testers who worked out the bugs, those who raised funding and organised volunteers, those who wrote policies and worked out the legal issues, translators, tag wranglers, support people and many many more. It’s also the fruit of the amazing support of fandom. We’re pleased and proud that it is going so well – thank you to everyone!

Mirrored from an original post on the Archive of Our Own.