Posts in Archive of Our Own

OTW Signal, August 2022

Every month in OTW Signal we’ll take a look at stories that connect to the OTW’s mission and projects, including legal, technology, academic, fannish history, and preservation issues that are important for fandom, fan culture or transformative works. In the News A recent article celebrating Pride and game modding gave an unexpected shoutout to OTW’s academic journal, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC):

Changes to Support and Policy & Abuse Responsibilities

In order to better balance the workloads of our Support and Policy & Abuse committees, we are making some changes to who is responsible for which kinds of requests. Policy & Abuse will continue to address Terms of Service violations, and Support will continue to answer questions on how to use the site and address bug reports, as always. But there are some cases which Policy & Abuse have previously been handling, and which will now be handled by Support. These are: Loss of access to an account (for example, if you no longer remember or have access to the email address you used to… Read more

The Archive of Our Own Reaches Seven Million Fanworks!

The OTW is thrilled to announce that AO3 has reached seven million fanworks! That averages out to around 1700 fanworks a day since AO3 first went online on November 14, 2009. AO3 hit its first million fanworks only seven years ago, on February 15, 2014, and since then it’s grown exponentially, hitting three million fanworks on April 28, 2017, and five million fanworks on July 20, 2019. AO3 also recently hit three million registered users on November 26, 2020. We could not be more grateful for all the users and creators who make this possible. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful fanworks with… Read more

The Archive of Our Own Reaches Three Million Registered Users!

The Organization of Transformative Works is pleased to announce that the Archive of Our Own has now passed 3 million registered users! After opening to members of the public on November 14th, 2009, AO3 has seen rapid growth. We hit 1 million registered users four years ago on October 31, 2016 and 2 million registered users just over a year ago on July 17, 2019. We could not be more thrilled to have hit this new record. We absolutely could not have done this without all of you, our users, both registered and unregistered alike, and we cannot thank you enough for helping us to… Read more

Celebrating 40,000 Fandoms on the AO3

The Tag Wrangling Committee is pleased to announce that we have reached the milestone of 40,000 fandoms on Archive of Our Own! Over the years, we’ve reached several fandom milestones: 5,000 fandoms around New Year’s Day 2010 10,000 fandoms in September 2012 15,000 fandoms in April 2014 20,000 fandoms in December 2015 25,000 fandoms in June 2017 30,000 fandoms in October 2018 35,000 fandoms in December 2019 This time, we’ve chosen to celebrate with this post, which explains more about the ways that our Tag Wranglers organize the tags that make AO3 easy to navigate even as it grows. We’ve also included some tips to… Read more