September 2021 Newsletter, Volume 161


From September 13 to September 26, Fanlore hosted its annual Stub September challenge, a two-week challenge in which editors create and expand short articles (“stubs”) on Fanlore. 236 new pages were created, and 3,422 edits were carried out!

Fanlore also carried out a comprehensive update of Fanlore’s Wish List page, which included cleaning up outdated requests, adding links to new editor tutorials, and creating a new section for pages that need more international scope. Finally, Fanlore’s social and graphics teams worked hard at preparing posts for an anime and manga themed month in October, or Fanimangalore, ongoing now.


Open Doors completed a whopping four archive imports in September! Be sure to check out the AO3 collections for The Tom Paris Dorm, Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives, I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009), and The Buffy/Giles Fanfiction Archive.

At the time of this writing, Policy & Abuse was on track to receive around 2,200 tickets in September. Meanwhile, Support is keeping consistently busy, with around 1,200 tickets a month, and now has 50 regular volunteers working on tickets! Roughly 15% of those Support tickets are in one of the non-English languages they support, with thanks to Translation for their assistance translating those tickets. Support recently took on some of Policy & Abuse’s workload as well.

In August, Tag Wrangling wrangled more than 440,000 tags–almost a thousand tags per wrangler!


The Board of Directors hosted a public meeting on September 29 on Discord to welcome their new directors and elect the next set of officers for the coming year. The Board appointed Antonius Melisse to fill the vacancy left by director Kati Eggert and welcomed him, E. Anna Szegedi, and Kari Dayton to the Board. They also elected Antonius Melisse as this term’s Board President, Alex Tischer as Secretary, and Finance chair Yuechiang Luo to continue her position as Treasurer.

TWC published Transformative Works and Cultures No. 36, a general issue, on time on September 15. They are pleased to announce that a new editor team comprising Poe Johnson and Mel Stanfill will be replacing current editors Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson over the course of the next year.

In September, Communications was pleased to announce the OTW’s 14th anniversary. Finally, kudos to Translation, who dealt with 560 regular tasks and 119 time-sensitive tasks in September!


From 23 August to 24 September, Volunteers & Recruiting received 92 new requests, and completed 87, leaving us with 30 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 September 2021, the OTW has 1034 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Directors: Antonius Melisse, E. Anna Szegedi, Kari Dayton
New Committee Chairs: disjointed (Elections), Nrandom (Development & Membership)
New Committee Staff: Diana-Fortyseven, Feanaria_, Hypatia, Kory, Principal of the Thing, Sarah Rose, Venhedish and 3 other Policy & Abuse staffers, 2 TWC

Departing Directors: Kati Eggert
Departing Committee Staff: Morgan Drake (Tag Wrangling), Jess C and 1 other Policy & Abuse staffer, Aque and 2 others Support staffers, 1 AO3 Documentation staffer, and 2 Elections staffers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Ashsmash, Morgan Drake, & 6 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Brina Recelj, SilenceoftheSolitude and 2 other volunteers

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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