January 2024 Newsletter, Volume 185

I. IFD 2024

International Fanworks Day (IFD) is just around the corner! The Communications team has been hard at work preparing for this special occasion, and the Translation team is kicking off the new year by ensuring that we have content ready in 25 different languages for International Fanworks Day. Additionally, the Fanlore team is preparing for their annual International Fanworks Day Fanlore Challenge, which will take place the week of the event.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of IFD and we’ll share our celebration plans in a few days!


Accessibility, Design and Technology spent most of December testing and tweaking code for a jumbo-sized release (over 20 issues!) that was deployed on January 6. This was followed by several releases consisting of only a few issues each.

Open Doors completed imports of LeBeau Library (of the Gambit Guild forum, an X-Men fanfiction archive focusing on the character Remy LeBeau or “Gambit”), Library of Moria (a Tolkien slash, femslash, gen, and RPF fanfiction and fanart archive), and Offpanel.net (a DC Comics and other fandom archive). They have also announced the import of The Common People Warehouse (an archive focusing on the ordinary people of the Marvel universe, inspired by The Common People (TCP) genre of Marvel Comics fanfiction) and Elysejský klíč (a Harry Potter fanfiction and fanart archive).

Tag Wrangling continued to make progress in testing the new procedures for wrangling tags not associated with specific fandoms, and began implementing some of the decisions made in early rounds of testing. In December, more than 390,000 tags were wrangled across more than 62,800 fandoms – more than 900 tags per wrangler.

Elsewhere, Policy and Abuse received approximately 23.6K tickets in 2023 (1,700 in December), and Support received 2,981 tickets in December, bringing their yearly total for 2023 to 24,814 tickets, an increase of nearly 36% over the previous year.

Pie chart of the nearly 23,600 Policy & Abuse tickets submitted in 2023, divided by type of complaint. Non-fanworks: 47%; Rejected complaints about offensive content: 18%; Plagiarism and Copyright infringement: 9%; Harassment: 8%; Commercial promotion: 7%; Policy questions: 3%; Other: 3%; Incorrect fandom tags: 3%; Insufficient ratings or warnings: 2%. These categories reflect the subject of the complaint, and (with the exception of Offensive Content), do not indicate whether the report was upheld or rejected.


To close out 2023, Fanlore ran a fun editing chat focused on minor characters and rarepairs, and Systems kept an eye on the servers as they happily whirred along through December, serving everyone their wonderful AO3 works and Fanlore pages.

In December and January, Legal addressed quite a few user queries, dealt with an app that was violating the Archive Terms of Service by charging money for access to works on the Archive, and worked to address other situations where users were confused about sites that seemed to be connected OTW or AO3, but weren’t. One of their major projects in December and January involved handling some mistaken copyright takedown notices that had been sent to Microsoft that were blocking search access to some material on AO3.

Excitingly, Transformative Works and Cultures has been awarded a prize from the University of Amsterdam for their Diamond Open Access Journal! Additionally, they will soon be announcing the winner of the TWC Fans of Color Research Prize which will recognize the best peer-reviewed article about fans and/or fandoms of color published in TWC in the preceding 3 years. The next issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, a special issue focused on “Fandoms and Platforms” will be published on March 15, 2024.


Board spent time preparing for its public meeting, which took place on January 28. Be on the lookout for the minutes which will be released soon. Meanwhile, Finance is working on finishing up 2023 bookkeeping to prepare for year end accounting adjustments and reconciliations.

Development and Membership had a blast at Arisia! Check out photos on Tumblr or Twitter, and add your #OTWThreeTropeDraw prompts if you drew one – or try at home if you have one of our spiffy card decks! The OTW will be at two events coming up: Ret-Con Outside Raleigh and Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.


From 25 November to 19 January, Volunteers & Recruiting received 279 new requests, and completed 302, leaving us with 55 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 19 January 2023, the OTW has 886 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Committee Chairs: Harley G. & Sveritas (Communications)
New AD&T Volunteers: Brian Austin (Senior Volunteer)
New BAT Volunteers: 1 Moderator
New Communications Volunteers: 1 Communications Technical Assistant
New Fanlore Volunteers: Iris Leona, kiminojellylove, scioardeo (Policy & Admin), 1 Gardener, and 1 Policy & Admin Volunteer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Achilles, Ailinen, Altein, Anastasia Clare, Aran R., Azrael, Ben Q, Camila Lopez, Ceez, Clara, Claudia M, Daniailís, Edai, Ella B., elphy, ErinOlivia, escapedramatica, Giu, Giulia F., Icarus, InsertSthMeaningful, inspiredstork, Iris Leona, Kenn, KT, Ky, Lucia Sinatra, Mare, Margaret H, Moran, nadir, Ninety, Noah A, Patrycja Zarzecka, Pidge, purple rae, Remu, Remy A., Ry-nines, sahar, Sammyamwich, stellarcatfish, Sturmlight, Sydders, Tabby, Theodore, Treehawk, victor h, ynkkie, Yuki G, Yun D. (all Tag Wranglers), and 2 other Tag Wranglers
New Translation Volunteers: Nadja (Translator), 1 Task Assistant, and 1 Translation Volunteer Manager
New Volunteers & Recruiting Volunteers: 1 Volunteer

Departing Committee Chairs: Amy Lowell (Development & Membership)
Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: Mo (Editor) and 2 other Editors
Departing Communications Volunteers: lee e (Posting Specialist and Event Coordinator), Meilinda Lopez (Site Moderator), 1 Fanhackers Volunteer, 1 Site Moderator, 1 Chair Assistant, and 1 Media Outreach Volunteer
Departing Development & Membership Volunteers: Chelsea Cheyanne (Membership Data Specialist) and 1 other Membership Data Specialist
Departing Elections Volunteers: 2 Communication Specialists
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: Rebecca S (Policy & Admin Volunteer)
Departing Finance Volunteers: Kay L. (Financial Analyst)
Departing Legal Volunteers: 1 Committee Member and 1 Intern
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: blueshiftofdeath (Technical Volunteer), Joanna Pernick and 3 other Administrative Volunteers, 3 Import Assistants, and 1 FSHP Volunteer
Departing Policy & Abuse Volunteers: memorizingthedigitsofpi, Wishopenastar, and 2 other Volunteers
Departing Support Volunteers: 13 Volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: jmathieson (Tag Wrangling Supervisor), batcat229, Charls, Tyto, Megan Q, hanna_yuki, heartbreakordeath, Eonni (all Tag Wranglers), 1 Tag Wrangling Supervisor, and 5 other Tag Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: lee e (Translator and Translation Volunteer Manager), Vesta (Translator) and 6 Translators
Departing TWC Volunteers: Cheng Shon (Proofreader), Sarah New (Layout Editor), 1 Layout Editor, 1 Proofreader, and 1 Symposium Editor

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


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