Organization for Transformative Works: Elections News: Cast Your Vote!

OTW Election Candidate Chats and Q&A Roundup 2021

The Elections season is in full swing! We have chats with candidates coming up soon. You can also find links to the candidates’ answers to your questions at the bottom of this post.


There will be four public chats, all of which will last 90 minutes. All of them will have 2 candidates in attendance. Chats will take place in our public chatroom.
They are scheduled for:

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OTW Guest Post: Norloth

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.

Norloth is an illustrator and a fan-artist who loves to wander in Tolkien’s world. She is also one of the founders of The Redbook of Middle-earth, a Chinese fan-site dedicated to Tolkien. Today, Norloth talks about how she came to be a Tolkien fan and run a site.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

When I first watched The Lord of the Rings films in early 2002, I felt so eager to share my thoughts and feelings about the story with someone else. But it seemed no one around me was interested in it. I had to search the internet for a place where I could communicate with others about the trilogy. I found a forum called “The Lord of the Rings Chinese Forum”, which I think was when I first found out about fandom and fanworks. Browsing the forum every weekend became a must. I was not a sociable person, but the forum gave me the courage to reach out to people and make new friends.

There were two sections on the forum where people could post their fan-art and fan-fiction. I would post my own artworks there, most of which were portraits of Aragorn…(I was not as skillful as I am now.)

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The OTW is Recruiting for Tag Wranglers, Open Doors Staff & Open Doors Technical Volunteers

Do you want to rescue at-risk fan archives? Do you know MySQL? Would you like to help wrangle AO3 tags? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

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

  • Open Doors Staff – closing Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 applications]
  • Open Doors Technical Volunteer – closing Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 applications]
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 23:59 UTC [or after 100 applications]
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Russian) – closing Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 23:59 UTC [or after 35 applications]

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.

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