AD&T Weekly Meeting: 19 September 2009

In the interest of giving you more information, we continue to crosspost entries summarizing ADT’s weekly meetings. You can comment or ask questions of our ADT chair below or on her original post at We hope you find these notes informative!

At 6:58am I was feeling unnaturally but delightfully cheerful and it carried through the day. [info - personal] bingeling is chairing for practice as part of her internship (she got to study me doing it for a couple of months first). It’s a very different experience! I said to poke me back in my box if I was annoyingly chairy-ey by accident or something and it seemed to work out 🙂

Colocation: We’re testing on NewBeta (colocation server) right now and we’re cautiously optimistic. It is mostly a matter of making sure all the right settings are on in the background as we have it configured to do certain things, and of making sure some things are all turned on. I say ‘some things’ because I have not been tracking the individual details – our fabulous Testers are completely on it and working with Systems to resolve any issues – who have been wonderful (I am looking worshipfully at [info - personal] sidra here).

AD&T News Post: is out so check it out for details on what colocation and Open Beta is all about!

Deploy Schedule: No changes assuming all critical code gets committed this week *wibble*

  • Admin FAQ/Updates: the code has been committed! I’m *so* going to have a play with it the second we deploy it to Test.
  • Bookmarking external works: we had a fun talk about what kind of icon you need to indicate a bookmark of something external to the AO3.
  • Collections & Challenges: the abuse team are having a peek at the proposed draft in order to make sure they are comfortable with it – for the most part a collection is owned by the archivist/moderator who is running it so abuse issues should hopefully not apply.
  • Help on first login: we’re going to have to delay this until we have a coder who can work on it – was hoping to have it for Open Beta but we’re going to have to settle for the FAQ. Oh well, this is not the only code push we’ll make this year.
  • Hoovering: Heh, this is probably not going to be the long-term name for this feature – importing/duplicating and a bunch of other words were bandied about… I quite liked ‘replicating’ but I gather there are evil replicators out in fandom somewhere. I’m mostly just keen to learn what non-AO3 Archives are wanting to move in – now I know exactly how much storage space we have I want to know how long it will take to fill it up (long term planning is *important* and my thing)
  • Internet Explorer 7: we simply don’t have a CSS coder who can work on this right now – please, please, please, if you’ve got the skills and are using IE7 we need you. Comment or email me or send a pigeon with a note attached.
  • Tag Wrangling: we’re not going to be able to make any more changes to this either which is a shame, we don’t have the ability to do ‘metafandoms’ right now and we know we need it – which makes fandoms like Trek, Bandom, RPF and lots of the Anime difficult to work with. We do love them, we just can’t fix them at this point in time and they are totally on our list of things to keep working on.
  • Site Map: we’ll have one. Phew!

Open Beta: No changes to schedule assuming nothing goes wrong! There has been some understandable discussion about account distribution. We’ve tried to build a system that is fair and creates an opportunity for any interested person to be eligible for an account. Technically, that means invite codes + sign-up list. Procedurally, here’s some further information:

  • AD&T are handling the technical build and are the Archive Administrators at this point in time. We will be the people ticking the ticky that says ‘Turn invite queue on’ and clicking ‘Save’ (I am looking forward to it!). We are the people who will trigger posts saying ‘We are now open for sign-ups!’ If the past is any indication, most of the committee will be loitering supportively and gleefully in chat as we do it, followed by a certain, ah, readiness to pounce if something goes wrong.
  • We are conscious when we do this will affect people in different timezones and we will try to handle that sensitively.
  • One of our tasks is to ask DevMem, the committee that handles memberships, to advise OTW members when the queue goes live – making OTW members the first to be advised personally.

Succession Planning: the AD&T Committee dissolves at the end of the calendar year and re-forms in the New Year around a person chosen to act as chair. This allows old members to retire, ongoing members to re-negotiate their roles, makes way for new members and provides a way to gracefully resolve potential relationship stresses. I plan to step down as AD&T chair at the end of my 2009 term. Not because of any negative reasons but because if I don’t give other people a chance to do it then we don’t get to increase our pool of people with the skills. One of the reasons we *have* OTW is to move away from the ‘solitary hero’ model and move towards a community model where people don’t burn out and die in exhausted flames. I’m not at burn-out yet, not even close but I would like to stop while I’m still healthy and happy and concentrate on supporting someone else towards developing the same skillset. We talked about it in AD&T and while *my* biggest worry was how to handle it if lots of people had a burning desire to arm-wrestle for the chair’s hat; the committee’s biggest worry seems to be where I’m planning on sneaking off to – and the answer is that I’ll still be around *loves on you all*

If you are thinking there are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or by volunteering, or by messaging or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. You are invited to this party 🙂

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Job Search: Wiki Documentation Specialists (Closed)

Description: The Wiki Committee is in need of a terrific writer to help us straighten out the internal side of Fanlore — basically, we need help reorganizing and rewriting policy pages and help files, and organizing them in a user-friendly manner. You do not need to be an expert in wiki markup, though some experience and comfort with basic wiki markup (linking, categorizing) is needed.

The committee’s feeling is that our policy pages are somewhat over-detailed, and our help files aren’t sufficiently helpful in walking a new user through the process. Basically, we need help straightening this out to make Fanlore as user-friendly as possible. The ability to write clearly and succinctly, using examples and user-friendly language, is required, as is the ability to organize information.

Estimated Time Involved: We would love to have this complete by the end of the term (December 18th), but the position can continue into the new term if necessary. No specific time commitment is required per week, but we would like to see steady progress.

How to Volunteer: Use our contact form to send us the following information:

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Anyone can contact the Volunteers & Recruiting committee at any time by using our contact form.

Cinema Journal Puts Fandom in the Spotlight

The Summer, 2009 issue of Cinema Journal features a section on fandom in general and vidding in particular edited by TWC‘s Kristina Busse and featuring a number of members of TWC’s editorial board. (Yes, that’s a shot from Lim’s “Us” on the cover!) The issue is currently being mailed to subscribers, but eventually will be online at JStor and available through academic search engines in libraries and such.

In Focus: Fandom and Feminism
Gender and the Politics of Fan Production

“Introduction,” by Kristina Busse
“A Fannish Taxonomy of Hotness,” by Francesca Coppa
“A Fannish Field of Value: Online Fan Gift Culture,” by Karen Hellekson
“Should Fan Fiction Be Free?” by Abigail De Kosnik
“User Penetrated Content: Fan Video in the Age of Convergence,” by Julie Levin Russo
“Living in a Den of Thieves: Fan Video and Digital Challenges to Ownership,” by Alexis Lothian

Edited to add: Not sure for how long this file will be available, but the “In Focus” section can currently be found on the SCMS website here (right-click and save).