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The OTW is Recruiting Support Staff and Tag Wranglers

Would you like to help your fellow fans use the AO3? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Chinese to English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Support Staff – closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Chinese) – closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 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 our email address 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. Read More

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New Improvements to Tag Wrangling

AO3 is making a change to how tag wrangling works. Starting January 24, tags will be sorted differently for wranglers to interact with.

Before now, wranglers for a particular fandom were only automatically shown tags from works that were tagged with the canonical tag for their fandom. That meant, for example, that wranglers for How I Met Your Mother would only automatically be shown tags from works tagged with How I Met Your Mother. Read More

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Solovei Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Solovei, who volunteers as a staffer in our Tag Wrangling Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

Tag Wrangling volunteers make sure that readers can find the works they’re looking for, while also being able to tag their works however they want! We’ve seen just about every variation of a ship name you can think of. Usually with tagging systems, it’s either a free-for-all or a strict set of allowed tags, and Ao3 has somehow managed to find a very interesting medium in between those two! I think the tagging system on Ao3 is amazing – I have yet to see something like this work anywhere else.

On top of my regular wrangling work, I am also a Tag Wrangling staffer, which means I do a lot of the administrative tasks that are required for other wranglers to do their work: everything from looking at incoming applications, scheduling and conducting training and regular check-ins, to processing hiatus and retirement requests.

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