Archive Roadmap 2013

Preface

The OTW Board is pleased to announce the newly updated Archive of Our Own Roadmap.

The Roadmap is a broad outline of planned improvements and changes to the AO3. It is maintained by the Accessibility, Design, & Technology committee with input from many OTW committees including Abuse, Internationalization & Outreach, Open Doors, Support, Systems, Tag Wranglers, and Translation. While such an involved cross-committee process takes time, we are happy that it includes input from so many committees because we believe that collaboration results in a high-quality document and (hopefully!) a shared understanding of how and why we do the things we do.

Updating the Roadmap is a huge task which involves:

  1. Talking to everyone to learn what is needed and wanted (which can be different for everyone but thankfully there is some common ground)
  2. Talking about priorities (because our wish list is way larger than our ability to grant wishes)
  3. Working out what we need to do to get from A to C (sometimes that means people get B first on the way to C even though B was low priority)

AD&T walked the Roadmap through multiple drafts (the first rough outline was created in August 2012) and worked with multiple versions of the Board (there were five new Board members in this period) to reach a final version. The Board would like to thank everyone who worked on this task for the energy (and patience!) given to make this possible. We really appreciate all the time the staff and volunteers put into this.

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