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March 2020 Newsletter, Volume 144

I. ACCESSIBILITY, DESIGN, & TECHNOLOGY

Accessibility, Design, & Technology (AD&T) deployed releases that made changes to user accounts, admin accounts, our testing environment, and more. Notable in these releases were changes to how kudos are recorded and stored, in order to ensure that we don’t run out of room for the Archive’s 640 million and rising kudos. A side effect of this work was the removal of duplicate kudos from works, but as AD&T explained, the only kudos removed were duplicates from the same user: no unique kudos from unique users were removed. Read More

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Sarken 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 Sarken, who volunteers as co-chair of the Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I’m a co-chair of the committee responsible for the development and maintenance of the Archive of Our Own codebase. The Archive provides a home for over five million fanworks, which supports the OTW’s goals of preserving and providing access to fanworks.

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February 2020 Newsletter, Volume 143

I. LEGAL ADVOCACY

Legal had an active month this February! In response to an outpouring of concern from AO3 users about unofficial AO3 reader apps, Legal answered a number of user queries and released a public news post about apps monetizing fanworks or monetizing access to works posted on the AO3 without the authors’ consent, helping creators understand their own copyrights and helping them unravel what they could do to prevent this sort of activity if they didn’t approve of it. Read More