May 2024 Newsletter, Volume 189

I. PARTNERING WITH FANS AND OTHERS

In May, Legal Advocacy joined allies to file an amicus brief in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of McGucken v. Valnet. The brief emphasized the importance of existing legal standards regarding who is responsible for material that is visible on one site but hosted by a different site (known as embedding). Embedding is a key tool for web users, including fans, and the OTW supports fans’ ability to embed images on the AO3 and other sites.
Also in May, OTW Legal joined a coalition of LGBTQ+, reproductive justice, and civil rights organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives reiterating their objections to the pending “Kids Online Safety Act” (KOSA) as currently drafted and urging the U.S. Congress to reject the bill as drafted. They also worked with Communications to encourage users in California, U.S., to oppose the pending age verification bill AB3080. OTW Legal is watching a number of fan-unfriendly legislative proposals and will keep working to oppose them!
The OTW also received a letter of appreciation from U.S. Congressperson Anna Eshoo (D-CA) for our support of the Invest in Child Safety Act of 2024, which—unlike KOSA—is actually aimed at preventing and investigating child exploitation on the Internet.

II. AT THE AO3

Accessibility, Design, & Technology upgraded the Archive to Rails 7! After that excitement, they shifted to work on a release with a variety of bug fixes and new features. Systems also investigated a solution to remove a single point of failure from the Archive.

Open Doors announced the import of a group of archives focusing on the HBO Oz TV series, including Unit B, Twisted Sisterhood, and the earlier works of Oz Magi.

In April, Policy & Abuse received 2,596 tickets, and Support received 2,263 tickets. In the same month, tag wranglers handled more than 429,000 tags, across over 21,400 fandoms—more than 1,100 per active wrangler! Tag Wrangling also implemented the first of several planned initiatives to let some volunteers assist with tasks that had previously been done by supervisors.

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Communications has added a new subcommittee with volunteers who will be doing News Post Comment Moderation. They released a post announcing the new policy which will apply to news posts made at the OTW website and the AO3 News blog.

Fanlore held an editing chat focused on Asian fandom in their Discord server, and it was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who took part, and to their volunteers for running the event. Pan-Asian Fandom Month ran throughout May on Fanlore’s social channels; you can check out the pages they highlighted on Tumblr.

Fanlore’s annual Fanlore Bingo Challenge has just started! This year, it’s from Monday, June 3, to Sunday, June 16, and the theme is mythical creatures. Any Fanlore visitors and editors, new and old alike, are invited to participate.

IV. GOVERNANCE

Board had a busy month! They published the April public Board meeting minutes to the OTW website and started preparation for the next public meeting in July 2024. They started work on an internal Organizational Culture Roadmap based on insights from the external culture consultant report, as well as internal feedback from volunteers, with the assistance of the Board Assistants Team. The Board Assistants Team also continued work on projects like the OTW Procurement Policy and updating the OTW website.

Elections worked with Translation to announce the 2024 Election Timeline. If you would like to vote in the 2024 Elections, the deadline for membership is June 30.

Development & Membership has been hard at work shipping donation gifts and are preparing for the elections membership drive in June. On the Con Outreach side, volunteers attended a con in Budapest, Hungary! C2e2 was a blast, and the Fannibals were out in fabulous force. Be sure to check out the AO3 fic rec collection to see what everyone recommended!

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From April 23 to May 24, Volunteers & Recruiting received 200 new requests, and completed 165, leaving them with 5 open requests.

As of May 24, 2024, the OTW has 905 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Natalie Semczuk (Strategic Planning) and 1 News Post Moderation Lead
New Communications Volunteers: zamolodchikohyeah (Graphics Volunteer) and 1 Report Writer
New Communications News Post Moderation Volunteers: 2 News Post Moderators
New Support Volunteers: Mille K, Adrian, RRHand, Aiden, Hanni, Alchem, Caty, and 25 other Support Volunteers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Akira, Ashrue, Azul, bittersweetResilience, Cascade, Cesium, CJacky, Cliff, Concrastinator, Daph, Daria G, Deniz, Droggelbecher, Fiona Young, Flick, Glowsval, Hollandia, Holly T, HollyW, Jae Ocean, Juss, K. Lee, Keegan, Kereudio, kiwiana, Lemon Bread, Marie Shady, Maru, Mechthild, mediant, Meggie, Mori, none1791, Palarista, pan, Rhiannon, skeleton_boots, Sol, Tack, Tal, thegreyhermit, wistfulbirdie, Yenn, Zelda, and zyncope (All Tag Wranglers)
New Webs Volunteers: Kari Dayton (Acting Co-Chair)

Departing Committee Chairs: Arly Guevara (Strategic Planning) and Harley G. (Communications)
Departing Communications Volunteers: 2 Graphics Volunteers
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: Effie Sapuridis (Social Media & Outreach Volunteer) and 1 Discord Moderator
Departing Support Volunteers: 4 Support Volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Ben Q, Jel, Ky, and 20 other Tag Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 6 Translators

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


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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