November 2017 Newsletter, Volume 119


The OTW is excited to introduce an additional way to donate as of November 2017: We’re now a Humble Store charity! Are you shopping for games, books, comics, or software? If so, shop at The Humble Store or purchase a Humble Bundle, select the Organization for Transformative Works as your charity of choice at checkout, and the OTW will get a portion of the proceeds.

Humble Bundle lets you pay what you want for a selection of games, books, comics, and software, while the Humble Store acts as a hub for users to purchase games for multiple platforms. In both cases, you can select an amount to go to the OTW in support of its projects. Content availability may vary depending on your country, but there’s an incredible selection to choose from. Just remember to select the Organization for Transformative Works as your charity of choice at checkout, and we will receive a portion of the proceeds. As always, your privacy is guaranteed!

(Donations the OTW receives as a result of Humble Bundle or Humble Store purchases will not make you a member of the OTW. If you wish to become a member, please donate via our donation form.)

Thank you so much for your support! And kudos to the Finance committee for launching this new relationship!


In November, Accessibility, Design and Technology and Abuse successfully combatted an avalanche of spam works through the deployment of several new anti-spam measures and improvements to the admin interface. This allowed the reopening of the AO3 invitation queue after a forced closing of several weeks. Using the spam detection tool to automatically hide works flagged as spam, with Abuse staffers monitoring the hidden works to unflag legitimate fanworks, has had a promising success rate so far. Users should start seeing less spam in their fandoms, and what does make it through should be dealt with in minutes instead of hours.

On a related note, the Webs committee has also (fortunately) seen a sharp dip in spam on the OTW website as of late.

At the end of November, Support received 1,686 tickets in one day when the old search engine went down. Accessibility, Design & Technology resolved the immediate problems and are working to deploy the new version of the search engine–which includes improvements to the filtering interface–as soon as possible, even while necessary server upgrades are ongoing.

The Open Doors committee continued to be busy during November, completing imports of The Alpha Gate and The Fandom Haven Story Archive! New import announcements were made for Glass Onion, The Boy / Michael Shanks, and the Dana Knight Memorial Archive.

Lastly, Systems have bought new servers and are working to set them up, and ticket numbers continue to rise, with Support receiving an unusually high 2,954 tickets in November, and Abuse receiving over 1,200 tickets.


As part of the Legal committee’s petition for clearer and more inclusive legal exemptions to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, they put out a call for stories to help the OTW fight for fair use. The stories collected will support Legal’s petition seeking exemptions that would allow fans to rip clips from DVDs, Blu-Rays, and digital downloads, not only to make noncommercial remixes like fanvids, but also to include clips and stills in fanfiction. These expanded and clarified exemptions would build further on the successful renewal of the vidders’ exemption to the DMCA in October.


As of the 27th of November, the OTW has 671 volunteers. \o/

Recent personnel movements handled by Volunteers & Recruiting are listed below:

New Committee Chairs: Rebecca Sentance (Fanlore)
New Committee Staff: 1 Communications staffer
New Fanlore Volunteers: Nat Bauer, fie, fictionforlife, and 3 other volunteers
New Translator Volunteers: Gaël, Carrochan, MJ Martinez, Poro, KeepCalmAndPlayDumb, Hanna Alexander, Halley, Adi M., Nilv, and 5 others.
Departing Committee Staff: Atiya Hakeem (Lady Oscar) (Finance), and 2 other Finance staffers, Madoc Cage (Translation), Stephanie Godden (Elections), 1 Abuse staffer, Nemopedia (Legal), Morgan (Support), and 1 other Support staffer
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: dense.lancer, and 3 other volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: AParticularlyLargeBear, Chiralitivity, Amanda Triplett, MichelleMS, Llwyden ferch Gyfrinach, Tari, Avery, supergreak, pedanther and 39 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 1 volunteer
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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