Accessibility, Design and Technology Meeting – 18 September 2010

All the latest news on the Archive of Our Own! Cake, servers, and Rails 3! Mirrored from an original post on the Archive of Our Own.

We all still had slight cake hangovers at this meeting after our wonderful party to celebrate our servers’ first birthday!

Baby servers are one – our birthday party

Thank you to all the Archive users and volunteers who came along to our birthday party to celebrate the first anniversary of our servers of our own! It was an amazing party full of squee, virtual cake, fannish chat and amazing creativity – check out our round-up post for more details of all our party hijinks! Since the party our users have been busy – we now have over 107500 works hosted on the Archive and over 9496 users!

We really appreciate all the lovely feedback we receive – thanks to the many people who take a moment to drop us a line via our Support form or leave us a comment to let us know the things they are enjoying. This project is the hard work of lots and lots of volunteers, and it’s a huge boost when people let us know our hard work is appreciated!

Forthcoming changes – Rails 3

There’ll be a longer gap than usual before we release any new features, as the next task our coders will be working on is the upgrade to Rails 3 (the framework the Archive runs on). This is a big job which will affect all the code in the Archive, so we’re pausing work on new features to allow this to take place. We think that the shiny new features in the last release make up for a little pause!

News from our sub-committees and sister committees

  • Coders are working on all the tasks necessary to upgrade to Rails 3 – writing more automated tests, updating our documentation, and figuring out the actual changes that will be needed in our code base.
  • Testers are updating documentation about regression testing in readiness for the Rails 3 upgrade. Regression testing involves working through every aspect of the site to check that everything is working right and looking good (automated tests help to check these things, but for big changes there is no substitute for real people testing!)
  • Tag wranglers have been thinking about ways of making our wrangling system easier for users to understand and keeping up with the many new tags being added to the Archive by our new users!
  • Support have been working hard to keep up with lots of Support requests from new users. They’re doing a fantastic job, but there is a higher volume of requests than usual, so please bear with us if it takes them a little while to get back to you.

If there are things you’d like to do or say, please share them in comments, via the AO3 support and feedback form, by volunteering, or in whatever medium you feel comfortable with. Everyone is welcome to this party!

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