Posts in Archive of Our Own

AO3 Celebrates 13 Million Fanworks

The numbers on our homepage might have given it away, but it is time to celebrate an amazing milestone for the Archive of Our Own! We at the OTW are excited to announce that we have now passed 13 million works published in the archive! It’s only been half a year since we reached 12 million works; you guys have been busy! We are extremely thankful for the time, effort and love each and every creator and reader dedicates to the AO3. Discover AO3 Dark Mode One of the best things about AO3 is that all 13 million works are always accessible for you to… Read more

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

AO3 Is Always Free to Use

In the past few weeks, the Archive of Our Own’s Support Committee has been receiving a number of requests for assistance with an app that creates a paywall block after more than one hour of daily reading. We have no control over this (or any) mobile app, and do not approve of any paywalling of AO3 content. This is not the first time users have had problems with unofficial apps. For various reasons, the Archive is not developing a mobile app, so any app you may find available is unofficial and might even pose a security risk to use. The AO3 site is always free… Read more

AO3 Celebrates 12 Million Posted Fanworks

We are very happy to share this exciting news with you: the Archive of Our Own has reached 12 million published works! We are incredibly proud of our community for reaching this milestone, and we want to celebrate it with you. We also thought we’d take the opportunity to share a tidbit of information on a topic that has confused some users new to the site. Unlike other sites you may use, AO3 does not have an algorithm! That means that when you post something to the site, it will show up in chronological order both on the Recent Works page as well as when… Read more

The OTW’s Commitment to Safety: Responding to Recent Concerns About AO3

This post hopes to address some claims made yesterday by Rahaeli on Twitter and her site, Dreamwidth, for purposes of clarification. After the illegal attack on OTW volunteers in May, 2022, the OTW took numerous steps to protect volunteers, including hiring an outside law firm with expertise in cybersecurity, working with contractors and firms that investigate and handle security incidents, and comprehensively revising our internal volunteer practices and updating our technological tools, including email systems, as well as making all necessary reports to NCMEC and others. These actions, revisions and updates are ongoing. We also communicated with volunteers, both through personal and organization-wide communications, providing… Read more