Posts by Claudia Rebaza

IFD 10th Anniversary Survey Report

The OTW launched a user survey as part of the International Fanworks Day’s 10th annual celebration. It was launched on February 9th and closed on February 19th. The survey, which asked 12 questions, was offered in 25 languages and was started by 55,620 people. This survey report covers the following: 1) How many responses there were to each question 2) How many people gave which answers. Below is an example from the report: Q8: Have you ever used AO3 bookmarks to rec a fanwork? 50,591 survey takers answered this question. Yes – 36,026 (71.37%) No – 14,565 (28.63%) Visit this link to access the rest… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 42

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 42, “Fandoms and Platforms”, guest edited by Maria Alberto, Effie Sapuridis, and Lesley Willard. The essays in this issue focus on “The platform as the foundation of digital media”, as well as “fan activity of various kinds [which is] built upon and through specific spaces, technologies, and cultural norms”. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews. This issue groups its articles into three broad categories: architecture, community, and power. Some examples include: “It’s not your tumblr”: Commentary-style tagging practices in fandom communities Discord as a fandom platform: Locating a new playground The fading of… Read more

Feedback Needed Regarding the ELVIS Act

Tennessee’s proposal of the ELVIS Act might sound like something fun for fans, but in fact has the potential to create problems for fans engaging in a variety of fannish activities. This legislation is moving forward next week under pressure from Tennessee Governor Lee, but there is still some time to voice concerns and message the governor about how this act will hurt the public interest. A number of organizations including the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, Authors Guild, Copyright Clearance Center, National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are sponsoring this act. The proposed legislation creates a new… Read more

OTW is Recruiting for Tag Wrangling & Graphics Volunteers

Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Russian to English? Can you read and translate from Filipino to English? Are you a digital artist interested in the OTW’s work? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for: Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 20 March 2024 at 23:59 UTC [or after 90 applications] Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Russian) – closing 20 March 2024 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 applications] Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Filipino) – closing 20 March 2024 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 applications] Communications Graphics Volunteer – closing 20 March… Read more

Open Doors celebrates the completion of 101 archive imports since 2012!

Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 11 archive import projects in 2023, a total of over 10,000 works! We hope that you will find old and new favorites in the collections listed below. Open Doors has been importing at-risk archives of fanworks since 2012, starting with the Smallville Slash Archive. These latest projects bring our total number of archives imported to 101! The 100th archive imported was the LeBeau Library of the Gambit Guild forum. A Priest in Korea Completed: January 2023 Susan Leinbach created fanart and fanfiction in a number of fandoms, including M*A*S*H (as Iolanthe) and Star Trek. Unfortunately, Susan… Read more