November 2021 Newsletter, Volume 163


November was a busy month for Open Doors! They announced the upcoming imports of The Disney Kink Meme and The Harry Potter FanFic Archive, and they completed three archive imports: Twice Bitten, Gilmore Girls Slash, and Gilmore Girls Adult Fic. They also finished legitimizing the previous import of Sarek and Amanda Archive.


Accessibility, Design & Technology upgraded the Archive to ElasticSearch 7, with a much shorter downtime than anticipated. (It still brought us over the 210,000 Twitter followers threshold!) They’ve also been collaborating with Translation to start testing translated AO3 emails. Both teams are very excited to be one step closer to allowing AO3 users to receive AO3 emails in languages other than English!

Systems has installed their first system with the latest Debian release.

Policy & Abuse had a slight decrease in tickets in October, with about 2,300 new tickets by the end of October. Their new recruits have also entirely finished their training and are helping to tackle that big number! At the time of this writing, Support was on track to receive about 1,300 tickets in November, staying fairly level, and their team has been doing a great job of keeping up with the incoming tickets.

In November, Tag Wrangling assisted Open Doors with several tag mapping projects for new archive imports. They’ve made a few tweaks to some behind the scenes processes, but mainly they’ve been gearing up for an expected busy December–and a big thank you to Accessibility, Design & Technology for the recent updates to how the autocomplete handles accent marks, which has been a big time-saver in some fandoms. In October, around 430,000 tags were wrangled across more than 46,000 fandoms!


The Board of Directors has been working on preparing the position description for a Diversity Consultant Research Officer and have opened it for feedback from committee chairs.

Finance issued the 2020 audit and filed the tax return! Progress has also been made on the chart of accounts update, and at the time of this writing, Finance anticipated completing it by the end of November.

Translation has updated their map on the Translation page of the OTW website showing where in the world you can find Translation members. Feel free to check it out!


From 25 October to 24 November, Volunteers & Recruiting received 145 new requests, and completed 164, leaving us with 18 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 November 2021, the OTW has 1,021 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Staff: Beth Boisvert, TheDarkFlygon, Zixin Zhang (all Open Doors), 1 Development & Membership staffer, Bethany L, cinnamonandtea, Lera, Tamara Mendelson (all Elections) and 2 other Elections staffers
New Open Doors Volunteers: 1 volunteer
New Translation Volunteers: angrytomato, Anouk, HajnalM, Hanbei Zhou, Sammi Lee, Sanjalee, Tanyarin Karuchit, and 3 other volunteers
New TWC Volunteers: A. Smith, Jillian Kovach, and 1 other volunteer

Departing Committee Chairs: Karen Wolf (Development & Membership), Rachel Bussert (Volunteers & Recruiting)
Departing Committee Staff: donshin (AO3 Documentation), Nele Noppe (Communications) and 2 other Communications staffers, Karen Wolf (Development & Membership), Clark Seanor (Elections) and 1 other Elections staffer, serkestic (Fanlore) and 6 other Fanlore staffers, 2 Finance staffers, 3 Open Doors staffers, Cath S (Policy & Abuse) and 10 other Policy & Abuse staffers, James Kruk (Strategic Planning and Support), 1 Support staffer, 1 Tag Wrangling staffer, Rachel Bussert (Volunteers & Recruiting) and 1 other Volunteers & Recruiting staffer
Departing AD&T QA Tester Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Communications Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: 1 volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Cryllia, Halcyon and 3 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Lisa Kruger, Quanna, ru, Sira Dragonnier, Vinoro, and 1 other volunteer
Departing TWC Volunteers: 1 volunteer

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


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