Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Laure 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 Laure, who volunteers in the Translation Committee.

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

I’m one of the volunteers managing the Translation Committee, and I’m also a French translator! So I get to participate in the organisational and administrative side of things, and I still translate or proofread documents sometimes.

Although many people think that Translation works on fanfic, we don’t translate them (it would be nice but there are so. many. of them!). What we work on is a lot of the information and news content that’s produced by the OTW and its projects — like the FAQs, news posts, and some of the homepages. We’re trying to make it all as accessible as possible to fans who don’t speak English!

At the moment there are more than 250 translators for 45 languages, and it’s been amazing to get to work and chat with people from so many different cultures.

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DoyleCordy is Moving to the AO3

DoyleCordy, an Angel (the Series) fanfiction archive focusing on the Cordelia/Doyle ship, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

Following the closure of Yahoo Groups, the DoyleCordy mods were committed to preserving the history of fandom through the small portion of the archive they were able to save.

Open Doors will be working with Heather to import DoyleCordy into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from DoyleCordy to the AO3 after October.

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OTW Guest Post: armoredsuperheavy

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

ArmoredSuperHeavy is an amateur archivist of queer fiction and erotica. They have hand published 100 fanfic projects over the past two years. Their bookbinding can be found on Tumblr, writings on Dreamwidth. Today, ArmoredSuperHeavy talks about bookbinding and their fandom experiences.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

While I spontaneously wrote a couple of self-insert fics earlier, I first discovered fandom and fanfic as a thing other people did in the late 90s, the era of web rings. I was a teenager.

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