March 2024 Newsletter, Volume 187


Open Doors posted their 2023 roundup and announced the completion of over 100 at-risk archive imports since 2012! They are continuing to work on previously announced imports and will be announcing new incoming archives soon.


AO3 Documentation uploaded two new documents, the brand new Gifts FAQ and an updated History and Mark For Later FAQ. They are still working away on their Review process to check all the uploaded FAQs and Tutorials and see which will need to be revised in the near future.

Accessibility, Design and Technology spent the first half of March testing and deploying an upgrade to Ruby 3.1, which will – among other things – enable future improvements to how PDF downloads are generated. After that, they pivoted to a mini release for a little break from more involved testing. Systems worked alongside AD&T to upgrade the Archive to Ruby 3.1, which will help us towards our goal of bringing our production servers to the newest version of Debian. They also finished a short work for the public that explains the big picture actions taken during last year’s DDoS attacks.

Policy and Abuse received 1,983 tickets in February and Support received 1968 tickets in February, with Tag Wrangling wranglers handling more than 416,000 tags across more than 63,000 fandoms – more than a thousand tags for each wrangling volunteer!

Tag Wrangling also continued work on the ongoing project to address some updates to canonical tags not associated with specific fandoms. In addition to some earlier updates they’ve made some tweaks to some tags in the Alternate Universe tag tree. Tags for Alternate Universe – Age of Sail, Tudor Era, and American Revolution will now be found subtagged under the “Alternate Universe – Historical” tag, among other improvements.


TWC published issue no. 42 of Transformative Works and Cultures on March 15, 2024. This was a special issue on the theme of “Fandoms and Platforms,” guest edited by Maria K. Alberto, Effie Sapuridis, and Lesley Willard.

Fanlore is in the process of rolling out an update to its Featured Article process. Meanwhile Legal answered a lot of user queries and released a public post urging users to oppose efforts to pass an overreaching right-of-publicity law in Tennessee, USA.

Development and Membership‘s Conventions and Live Events had a blast at Ret-Con, where one of our volunteers hosted a panel on fic searching, and at Emerald City Comic Con, where they offered custom AoTree stickers. Tag OTW in photos if you grabbed one, or come see our volunteers soon at Supanova in Melbourne or C2E2 in Chicago.

Communications has new site mods at X, Facebook and LinkedIn and March’s 5 Things post featured Tumblr mod, Remi. They also released the results of February’s IFD2024 Survey with the assistance of Translation, who wrapped up the last International Fanworks Day survey report translations. They were also hard at work translating news posts and graphics for the April membership drive.


Board is in the process of preparing for their previously announced second quarter public meeting in late April. The Board Assistants Team completed some internal projects and began new ones including the first draft of an organization-wide CSAM policy, which will address how we handle reports of CSAM on our sites as well as attacks similar to the May 2022 Attacks. In addition, the newly appointed Board Cybersecurity Delegate has begun work.

Strategic Planning has been working on the early steps of our Paid Staff and Cybersecurity Strategic Plan and Diversifying Spaces goals. They have received
Results from an internal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) survey from OTW committees.


Volunteers & Recruiting worked on external recruitment for three Tag Wrangling positions and one Communications position, as well as internal recruitment for one Volunteers and Recruiting position. They’ve also continued working hard behind the scenes on internal projects.

The committee has officially kicked off an Internal Complaint and Conflict Resolution (ICCR) subcommittee, and are in the process of learning and setting up the associated tool for it.

From 22 February to 23 March, Volunteers & Recruiting received 141 new requests, and completed 124, leaving us with 57 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below). As of 23 March 2024, the OTW has 859 volunteers. Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Jenni D. (QA&T Lead), iManga (ICCR Lead), Fiona M & telescopicpoems (AO3 Docs Chairs)
New BAT Volunteers: 1 Board Cybersecurity Delegate
New Communications Volunteers: Elintiriel (Event Coordinator), bringyourbasket and choux (Media Outreach Volunteers), Cold Sky (Site Moderator), Antonia (Chair Track Volunteer), 1 Event Coordinator, 1 Media Outreach Volunteer, and 2 Site Moderators
New Fanlore Volunteers: Skeptic (Discord Moderator Volunteer), 1 Discord Moderator Volunteer, 2 Outreach Analysts, and 1 Social Media Moderator Volunteer
New Open Doors Volunteers: 1 Import Assistant
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Derpinaz, pitytheviolins, Slumber and 1 other Supervisor
New Translation Volunteers: mango mochi (Volunteer Manager), Ezster, Iva, Janka, Julia Neugarten, KHR, Kristine Tentere (Translators), and 5 Translators

Departing Committee Chairs: Sammie Louise (AO3 Docs)
Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: 1 Editor
Departing BAT Volunteers: 1 BAT Moderator
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: 2 Administrative Volunteers
Departing Support Volunteers: 1 Support Volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: owlwinter, sahar, Mika and 19 other Tag Wranglers

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

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