Posts by Retired Personnel

The OTW is Recruiting for Tag Wrangling Volunteers

Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Spanish or Portuguese to English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting! We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for: Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 18 October 2023 at 23:59 UTC [or after 110 applications] Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Portuguese) – closing 18 October 2023 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 applications] Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Spanish) – closing 18 October 2023 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 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… Read more

Five Things Brian Austin 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 Brian Austin, who volunteers as a coder for our Accessibility, Design & Technology committee. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? I’m a coding volunteer with the AD&T (Accessibility, Design & Technology) committee. We’re responsible for writing the software that runs AO3, including adding new features and squashing pesky bugs. We… Read more

The OTW is Recruiting for Open Doors Administrative Volunteers

Are you interested in the rescue and preservation of fanworks? Enjoy coordinating projects and liaising with people? Still guiltily–or not so guiltily–love the first fanwork that opened your eyes to fandom? We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for: Open Doors Administrative Volunteer – closing 20 September 2023 at 23:59 UTC [or after 30 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… Read more

Tell the Copyright Office About AI

With ChatGPT’s rapid growth since its launch in late 2022 and many other text, graphic and video AI generative services gaining popularity, AI and copyright has become a heatedly debated topic. The U.S. Copyright Office is now seeking public comment to assess the need for legislative or regulatory steps in copyright law issues raised by the rapid development of AI. Four main areas surrounding the use of AI systems are currently for public comment, some of these are more closely connected to fannish activities and have a direct impact on AO3 users. Using copyrighted materials in training AI models, specifically, whether permission from copyright owner… Read more

July 2023 Newsletter, Volume 180

I. DOWNS AND UPS Systems was hard at work getting the Archive back online after a large DDoS attack. After a period of downtime, the Archive was back up behind Cloudflare, and the committee has been spending some time fine tuning things to reduce the impact to good traffic, while still taking care of the bad stuff. Huge kudos to Cloudflare for working to get us back up and running & continuing to help us refine things, to our datacenter for helping us work through the initial attacks & the move to Cloudflare, and to everyone who sent messages of support as our volunteers worked… Read more