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Born For War is Coming to the AO3

Born For War, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Born For War was an archive for multifandom works (chiefly het fanfiction), opened by Delenn in May 2000. Originally it housed only Xena/Ares (Xena: Warrior Princess) works, but later expanded to include Max/Alec (Dark Angel), Angel(us)/Darla (Angel: the Series), and Spike/Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) works. For a brief period, it also housed works focused on Drusilla (BtVS/AtS), which were later absorbed into the respective show sections.

In order to preserve the works that would have been lost when the archive closed in 2015, Open Doors will be working with Delenn to import Born For War into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Born For War to the AO3 collection after January.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Born For War?

We will send an import notification to the e-mail address we have for each creator. We’ll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Born For War pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You’d like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s great. If you don’t, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Born For War on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re excited to be able to help preserve Born For War!

– The Open Doors team

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The OTW Needs Volunteers!

The Organization for Transformative Works is now looking for Open Doors staff, Translation volunteers, and TWC (Journal) volunteers.

For the first round of recruiting this year, we’re pleased to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Open Doors Committee Staff – closing 25 January 2017 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers – closing 25 January 2017 UTC
  • TWC Proofreader Volunteer – closing 25 January 2017 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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Open Doors Celebration Panel Transcript

If you missed any of our posts spotlighting our Open Doors project, check out our Five Things post with Open Doors volunteer Alison Watson, and our Guest Post with archivist Versaphile.

Below is the transcript of the panel chat held on September 18th which concludes our celebration. A special thanks to all Open Doors volunteers, past and present, who have worked to preserve fanworks and have contributed so much to the OTW’s mission. They have already announced two new archive imports this month and there will be more on the way!

If you are interested in donating your physical format fanwork collections or other fan-related materials (whether right now or in the future), contact Open Doors. And if you have an account at AO3, consider creating a Fannish Next of Kin.

This transcript has been edited for clarity and to omit recurring announcements, and arrivals and departures in the room.
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