November 2020 Newsletter, Volume 152


November was a big month for the AO3! Tag Wrangling canonized the AO3’s 40,000th fandom and celebrated with a post that explained ways that wranglers organize tags to help AO3 users make decisions about how to tag their fanworks. Two weeks later, the AO3 also reached 3 million registered users and made another post to thank AO3 users for their contributions and to summarize some of the benefits of registering an account.


AO3 Documentation had a successful month uploading new and revised documents to AO3! In addition to an updated Glossary, the Docs team has created a whopping six new FAQs and tutorials, including the Collections FAQ, Gift Exchange FAQ, Prompt Meme FAQ, Tutorial: Creating a Collection, Tutorial: Running a Gift Exchange on AO3, and Tutorial: Running a Prompt Meme on AO3. Feel free to check out any of these that pertain to you!

Open Doors formally announced the upcoming import of Yahoo Group Rawhide-fic this month! Refer to the import announcement for more information. There is also a new collection on AO3 where fanworks from Rawhide-fic will be available after the import.

In October, Tag Wrangling handled over 380,000 tags, amounting to over 800 tags per wrangler and more than 19,300 pages of tags! Support saw another 1200-ticket month in October, same as September. At the time of this writing, Support was on track to see even more tickets in November, and Policy & Abuse had received over 1500 tickets in November.


Elections has created a new team of Public Relations Specialists who will be working to improve awareness of our annual Board of Directors election. Remember that anyone who donates at least USD$10 to the OTW is eligible to become a member and vote in the upcoming year’s election.

Communications was pleased to unveil a new social media account in October: be sure to follow us on Instagram! Meanwhile, Finance has completed the 2019 audited financials and tax return and will be uploading them before the new year.


From 24 October to 24 November, Volunteers & Recruiting received 185 new requests, and completed 212, leaving us with 15 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 November, the OTW has 937 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Ioana (Translation)
New Committee Staff: satsuma, Emma M, Lauren Messenger, Sam L & Patchlamb (all Fanlore), Audrey Kosier, Sarah Westvik and 4 other Elections staff, Frost the Fox, inimitablereel, Naath, David Ferguson (all Systems), Apollonie (Volunteers & Recruiting)
New Translation Volunteers: Brina Recelj, Chaiu, Celina, elyyyna, Keiko (Kay) Nishimura, Lunachi, MetebelisIII, Patrícia Ferreira, sideDani, Sira Dragonnier, Sofia M & weisswald and 7 other volunteers

Departing Committee Staff: Linda Levitt (TWC) and 1 other TWC Staffer, 1 Support Staffer, Ehryn, Frost The Fox (both Policy & Abuse) and 7 other Policy & Abuse Staffers, 2 AO3 Documentation staff, Pam Haas (Communications) and 2 other Communications staff, Malley (Fanlore) and 2 other Fanlore staff, 1 Legal staff, 2 Volunteers & Recruiting staff & 2 Webs staff
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 2 Volunteers
Departing Communications Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2 Volunteers
Departing TWC Volunteers: Cameron Salisbury and 2 other Volunteers

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


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