November 2008 Newsletter, vol. 22

Welcome to the second November issue of the OTW Newsletter! We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to keep fandom up-to-date and informed about what’s going on behind the scenes here at OTW, so twice a month, Community Relations compiles updates about what the various committees are working on and we share them here.

All issues of the newsletter will be tagged accordingly, so you can follow our progress chronologically.

Academic Journal Update from mafaldastasi

The TWC academic journal has added Rebecca Lucy Busker to the Symposium team. Welcome, Lucy!

November 15th marked the deadline to submit contributions for the second issue of the TWC academic journal, on the theme of gaming. The TWC team is now busy going through the editorial process; issue two will be out by March 2009.

Accessibility, Design, and Technology Update from black_samvra

The war of human versus machine continues… AD&T are in the middle of a battle against spambots whose initial battering attack did not crash the Beta Archive (Yay!) We are also working our way through a bunch of bug fixes, getting the Translation interface ready and generally being busy.

Board Update from kellyannbessa

The Board continues to work on the transition to our second term. Following a break for the American Thanksgiving holiday, we will be meeting with our two new Board members to discuss 2009!

Community Relations Update from ciderpress

ComRel has been assisting Elections, fielding questions from the internets, and documenting for the transition to a second term and the upcoming merger with PR to form an all new Communications team!

Content Policy Update from ainsley

We are still soliciting feedback on the Assorted Policies and FAQ we posted two weeks ago. This portion of the ToS includes detail on fannish next-of-kin, orphaning, and Open Doors, as well as a couple of other Archive features. Go forth and inspect!

Development and Membership Update from ignazwisdom

DevMem update from Ignaz: Our last donation drive was in October, and after adding everything up, we made $2338 in donations and welcomed 31 new OTW members. We really appreciate the support we received, especially with everyone contributing to many important causes that month. (I hear there were some elections in a few different places? Who knew!) We also debuted our widget, as well as our new option for recurring donations, and we would like to thank everyone who signed up to give a little bit to the OTW automatically each month. If you are interested in recurring donations, please visit the How You Can Help section of the OTW website.

Elections Update from ellen_fremedon

Elections has been working to codify for next year’s committee members all our plans and policies for running a contested election. Institutional memory FTW!

Financials from sandersyager

The sharks of FinCom are continuing to work on next year’s budget and making sure the bills are paid.

Legal Update from killalla

The Legal Committee continues review of the organization bylaws and the related sections of the FAQ with regard to elections procedure. And as ever, we provide advice and support to other committees as needed, in addition to responding to queries from members and the public as they arise.

Open Doors Update from Francesca Coppa

Open Doors is in conversation with various university and research libraries in the hopes of finding a partner for a future zine archive.

Public Relations Update from jacquez

The PR committee continues to prepare for the new Communications committee merger. We are also helping field interview requests and working with a designer on some new materials for the organization!


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Translations Update from logovo

One word: Archive! This week we begin poking around the translation features of the test archive.

Vidding History Project Update from Francesca Coppa

The Vidding History project is brainstorming its plans for 2009, which include not only a project page for the MIT/NML vids about vidding produced by OTW but also a home for the Oral History project and…who knows, maybe, just maybe a vid archive. Stay tuned!

Volunteers and Recruiting from kellyannbessa

Volunteers & Recruiting has added a new member, ainsley, who has been with the Org for a while now, working on the Content committee. We’re happy to have her join us for the next term a little early so she can help us with the transition. Welcome, ainsley!

Webmasters Update from juniperphoenix

We continue to work on our website documentation project. We are also working with the Development & Membership committee to research options for improving donation and membership processing.

Wiki Update from angstslashhope

The Wiki Committee continues to work on the population of Fanlore, as well as soliciting feedback from users on developments and engaging in discussions between users on Talk pages throughout the wiki. We’ve also set up our Gardeners mailing list, which is trundling along happily.

What details would you like to know? Please give ComRel a helping hand and let us know! Email us at comrel @

–femmequixotic, bethbethbeth, ciderpress, mirabile_dictu, shrift, svmadelyn
Community Relations Committee

  1. bellaboo commented:

    Just want to \o/ at y’all in general salute and the good work you continue to put in. (I’ve been swamped and unable to help out as much as I’d have liked, but I’m still crazy excited about the OTW, and look forward to the day when I can wrestle with ’em tags again!) ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. kassrachel commented:

    Vidding history project FTW!

    And I am completely addicted to the Fanlore recent changes page. If my productivity totally plummets this fall, I blame y’all. 😉