Posts by Retired Personnel

Spam protection measures at AO3

Due to an influx of abusive spam comments on April 21, 2024, we temporarily disabled all guest comments across the site. We have now re-enabled the ability to leave guest comments, but if you comment while not logged into an account, you may encounter a verification page that checks that you are not a bot. We are also working on other ways to help reduce spam, including a small change to the default comment settings on the work posting form that will be rolled out soon. What to do about spam you’ve received If you’ve received a small number of spam comments, you can mark… Read more

You Can Now Subscribe to OTW News by Email

Although OTW News can be accessed through various social media platforms, today we’d like to announce an additional option. You can now subscribe to get OTW News delivered to your Inbox. This service is being offered both for reader convenience as well as a workaround for issues fans experience, such as the inability to add links to Instagram posts, missing news posts due to algorithm shenanigans or busy days, or not using the social media sites we post to (or any social media at all). The OTW News by Email service is free and available in multiple languages. There is further information at the link,… Read more

PHOENIX: Michael Biehn Archive is Moving to the AO3

PHOENIX: Michael Biehn Archive, a multi-fandom fanworks archive focusing on characters played by the actor Michael Biehn, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post: A bit of background explanation What this means for creators who have work(s) on PHOENIX: Michael Biehn Archive And what to do if you still have questions Background explanation PHOENIX: Michael Biehn Archive has been hosted on an eFiction site, but it became insecure and Tarlan, the moderator, had to restrict access. Tarlan says, “I am moving the archive onto AO3 as it has far better features for uploading, sharing, reading, downloading and searching for… Read more

April 2024 Membership Drive: Thanks for your Support

The Organization for Transformative Works’s April membership drive is over and we are delighted to say that we are finishing with a total of $207,088.91 raised, far exceeding our goal of $50,000. These donations came from 6073 people in 70 countries: thank you to every single one of you, as well as to all of you who posted and shared the news about the drive! We are particularly pleased that 5206 donors chose to either take up or renew OTW membership with their donation. The OTW would not exist without its users all around the world, and your continued support for us is our absolute… Read more

April 2024 Membership Drive: Keeping Fanworks Safe

The OTW has recently completed two surveys with our project users to find out more about what they know about our work. In our 16th Anniversary Survey, 87% of the 67,474 fans who responded said that they had never heard of OTW’s Open Doors. However, in our International Fanworks Day (IFD) 10th Anniversary Survey, over 60% of survey takers said they did know that the OTW preserves fandom archives, although only 28% knew that we help preserve physical fanworks as well. So we’d like to put a spotlight on the important work that this OTW project does. Open Doors began in 2009 by facilitating donations… Read more