Posts in Archive of Our Own

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

The Archive of Our Own Hits Six Million Posted Works!

As you may already know, we’ve been busy here at the OTW over the last few months: usage of AO3 has risen significantly since much of the world went into lockdown (you can learn more about it in this stats post). With that in mind, it’s not surprising that we’ve hit our next major milestone. Yes, that’s right! We now host six million fanworks on the Archive of Our Own! The AO3 launched in November 2009. It took 54 months – or four and a half years – before we reached the first million fanworks, in February 2014. The gaps between the milestones have been… Read more

Ten Years of AO3: Michele Tepper

Michele Tepper’s contribution is the final post in our series celebrating 10 years since the launch of the Archive of Our Own. Michele was a founding member of the OTW and helped create much of AO3’s “look” in her role as head of design in the early days. Her contribution provides a nice conclusion to the series, emphasizing the importance of working together in order to make such a big project a success. I got involved with the OTW because I knew some of the other founders already. I had designed a discussion board for Buffy fans (buffistas.org) a few years earlier, and so I… Read more

Ten Years of AO3: Matty

Today’s post in the Archive of Our Own’s 10th anniversary series is from Matty, who has been with the AO3 since it launched. You’ll read in her contribution about the many departments she has been part of since she began volunteering with us 10 years ago. There have been a lot of long work hours, particularly for the volunteers who were with the OTW in the early days, and we are so grateful for Matty and all of the others who contributed their time to help us make AO3 a reality. I joined the Organization for Transformative Works as a tag wrangler back in 2009…. Read more

Ten Years of AO3: james_

When asked to write up a few words about his time with the OTW and AO3 in particular, james_ had so much to say that he had trouble sticking to the word count. (He’d like to thank Priscilla for helping him to edit!) Below you can read about some of the tougher times that james_ has seen during his time as a member of the Systems and Accessibility, Design and Technology committees. You can also hear about the rewards he’s gained from his hard work to keep our vision clear and our morale high. As you can see below, james_ was amongst the staffers who… Read more