September 2020 Newsletter, Volume 150


The Open Doors project is delighted to announce the completion of three online archive imports to the AO3 during the month of September! Check out the AO3 collections for Least Expected, Obidala Network, and TER/MA to see all of the newly imported works. Special thanks to Tag Wrangling with their assistance manually importing Least Expected! The Open Doors Committee is already hard at work on more upcoming imports and hopes to complete more imports in the near future.


Accessibility, Design, & Technology has been hard at work behind the scenes working on several improvements to the AO3. In addition on getting the Archive updated to Rails 5.2, AD&T contractors have started work on moving collection browsing and filtering to Elasticsearch, which will allow users to search for collections that contain bookmarks — not just works — in the fandoms of their choosing.

Support received 1200 tickets in August, the lowest since last October, while at the time of this writing Policy & Abuse had received over 1100 tickets in September. Meanwhile, Tag Wrangling wrangled more than 420,000 tags in August — the highest number in any single month in the Archive’s history!


TWC released its September 2020 issue (No. 34, a general issue) on time! Their March 2021 issue is in production, and they are accepting submissions on a rolling basis for their September 2021 issue.

Fanlore hosted its annual Stub September challenge, which was a great success. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Communications completed the OTW Annual Reports for 2018 and 2019, with thanks to the Board of Directors for their assistance. The documents were advertised on social media alongside an OTW 2019 By The Numbers infographic which offered up a summary of 2019 activity. Meanwhile, Communications also celebrated the OTW’s 13th anniversary with a news post. Thanks to our readers for all the celebratory messages!


From 24 August to 23 September, Volunteers & Recruiting received 118 new requests, and completed 108, leaving us with 26 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 23 September the OTW has 920 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Alex Tischer, Jess White, Kati Eggert
New Committee Chairs: Arly Guevara (Strategic Planning), Cyn (Volunteers & Recruiting)
New Committee Staff: 1 Translation staffer, AuctoremSceleris, Yrindor (Open Doors) and 1 other Open Doors Staffer
New Fanlore Volunteers: Solovei
New Translation Volunteers: Midorime

Departing Committee Chairs: Elliot Oberholtzer (Strategic Planning)
Departing Committee Staff: 1 AO3 Documentation staffer, Elliot Oberholtzer (Strategic Planning), Xiuzhe (Support), Luin (Elections)
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: 1 Staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 2 Volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 1 Volunteer

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


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