Posts by Retired Personnel

OTW Finance: 2024 Budget

Through the last year, the OTW Finance team has continued to ensure that the organization’s bills are paid, tax returns filed, and standard accounting procedures met. Preparation for the 2023 audit of financial statements is currently ongoing! The team has also been diligently working to meet the OTW’s 2024 needs, and is proud to present to you this year’s budget (access the 2024 budget spreadsheet for more detailed information): 2024 Expenses Archive of Our Own (AO3) US$36,323.75 spent so far out of US$317,388.37 total this year, as of February 29, 2024. 47.2% of the OTW’s expenses go towards maintaining the AO3. This includes the bulk… Read more

Five Things Remi 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 Remi, who volunteers as a Tumblr moderator on our Communications committee. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? I run the OTW Tumblr account! The OTW was born of a love of fandom, and Tumblr is a place where a lot of fandom things happen. Still. No matter what the other… Read more

January 2024 Newsletter, Volume 185

I. IFD 2024 International Fanworks Day (IFD) is just around the corner! The Communications team has been hard at work preparing for this special occasion, and the Translation team is kicking off the new year by ensuring that we have content ready in 25 different languages for International Fanworks Day. Additionally, the Fanlore team is preparing for their annual International Fanworks Day Fanlore Challenge, which will take place the week of the event. This year marks the 10th anniversary of IFD and we’ll share our celebration plans in a few days! II. AT THE AO3 Accessibility, Design and Technology spent most of December testing and… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Alpha

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. Alpha started out in fandom in the Spanish-speaking community as the moderator of a manga shonen forum. She has been writing fanfiction for ten years and editing Fanlore, the OTW’s wiki documenting fannish history, for two years. Today, Alpha talks about preserving Spanish-speaking and pre-Internet fandom history on Fanlore. How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks? When… Read more

October 2023 Membership Drive: The Meaning of Membership

After the Archive of Our Own (AO3), Fanlore, and our donation form went down due to the DDoS attacks in July, many fans responded by donating in the following months. We greatly appreciate both your generosity and your desire to respond to the attacks with this show of support. We received a 35% bump in donations in July and August of 2023 compared to July and August in 2022. That’s why, during our usual October membership drive, we want to encourage you to become a member of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) — the nonprofit organization behind AO3 and Fanlore, among other projects —… Read more