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OTW News Post Moderation Policy

With approximately 7 million registered users on AO3 and thousands of OTW members, news posts get more engagement than ever. We love when users express their thoughts or concerns regarding the news we publish! However, the comment sections on some of our previous news posts have not been a welcoming or safe space for engagement. In recent months, we have developed a News Post Moderation policy and recruited a team of volunteers who you may see commenting on posts in the future. We would like to announce the key points of the policies our News Post Moderators will be following when monitoring the comment sections… Read more

2024 OTW Election Timeline and Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2024 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted! This year’s election will be held August 16-19. This means that the deadline for volunteers to declare their candidacy is June 21. As usual, the election membership deadline is June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date. Please note that your donation receipt will be dated in US Eastern Time, so if your donation is listed after 19:59 on June 30, 2024 on the receipt, you won’t be eligible… 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

OTW Board Meeting, April 21

The OTW Board will be holding its next public meeting from 02:00 to 03:00 UTC on April 21 (what time is that for me?). This meeting will be held in the Board Discord server. The server will have a team of moderators, and a set of rules and community guidelines. The server is open even after the meeting, but the channels for meeting and asking questions will be read-only. Board will be posting replies to questions that cannot be addressed during the scheduled meeting hour. The agenda will include: Decisions made since the last public board meeting DEI and organizational culture update Organizational Culture Roadmap… Read more

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