Thanks To Everyone!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the OTW’s recent membership drive: by posting about the drive or about the org, by sharing one of our awesome lolcats, and most especially by donating. It will take a few days for the last promised donations to clear, and then your humble DevMem team will take a few days off to decompress, but we hope to post soon with some nifty statistics and graphics so that you can share our glee.

A few folks contacted us late in the drive to say, “I’m not able to donate now, but I hope to have the money to donate sometime soon — can I still donate after the drive is over?” The answer is yes! Our formal March 2009 membership drive has ended, which means we’ll stop proclaiming the awesomeness of the OTW quite so loudly from the rooftops, but you can support the OTW with a donation at any time.

Thanks for being a part of the OTW!

The Development/Membership Committee of the OTW: Carla, Elizabeth, Ignaz, Monica, Rachel, Shoshanna, and Vera

Last Day of the March Membership Drive!

OK, the truth is: you can actually sign up for membership (and donate) to the OTW all year round. But like public television and radio, OTW holds membership drives at fixed times during the year so that we’re not constantly pestering you for money. Tomorrow is the last day of our March membership drive; after that, this site will be a free fannish space until October. So here’s our last plea for cash!

If you’re not a member of OTW, please become a member! If you’re already a member, renew your membership! Non-profit spaces like the OTW are one of the ways we fans can push back against the increasing commercialization of the internet and fight the attempted commercialization of our communities. Ten bucks is enough to get you a year of membership and voting rights in our organization.

We are building our own software and buying our own servers. We are stepping away from the increasingly advertising-driven culture of Web 2.0. We are declaring our pride in fandom and the real worth of our fannish communities, practices, activities, and fanworks. We are working together to preserve our many and varied histories and to keep fandom open and alive for all newbies everywhere, without gatekeepers or restrictions.

Join OTW!

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Job Search: Fanlore Graphics

Job: Fanlore Graphics

Description: Fanlore is looking for someone to design some small buttons suitable for sidebar display, in 100×100, 64×64, and 128×128 sizes, as well as various “badges.” (Badges are about 210 px wide, and vary in height, but are generally rectangular.)

You can see the Fanlore wiki here. You are not tied to our color scheme, but we do want all the graphics to have a unified look, and be easily recognizable as part of Fanlore.

How to Volunteer: Email your designs to Please submit one square and one rectangular sample of your proposed design.

Graphics cannot include any images under copyright, so no Batman or Fox Mulder, etc. Public domain images that you think are appropriate (books, computers, etc) are acceptable, but please make sure they are not under copyright. Of course, any work you would create on your own and allow us to use would be welcomed, as well.

Send us samples information by: March 24th, 2009.