September 2023 Newsletter, Volume 182

I. MILESTONES!

The OTW got to celebrate its 16th anniversary month with a new milestone at its Archive of Our Own project! On September 18th the 60,000th fandom was canonized by Tag Wrangling. That fandom is Kołysanka | Lullaby (2010) which comes to us courtesy of Fandom Kombat. In August, more than 550,000 tags were wrangled, which works out to more than 1,250 per active Tag Wrangler.

OTW’s anniversary was also marked by a survey which was accessed 90,607 times. The survey ran from September 5 – 21. The Communications Committee is at work creating a public report on the results, which should be released in October. The committee also completed work on the OTW’s 2022 Annual Report.

II. AT THE AO3

Open Doors announced the import of Between the Lines a JAG fanfiction archive. They also completed the import of the Weir/McKay Fanfiction Archive, a fanfiction archive for the Stargate: Atlantis ship Rodney McKay/Elizabeth Weir.

Policy and Abuse received 1876 new tickets in August and Support tickets remain very high – 3198 tickets in August, which is nearly twice what they receive in an average month. We appreciate your patience as the Support team works on these!

III. MORE PROJECT NEWS

TWC released No. 40, a general issue, on September 15. The next issue of TWC, No. 41, is a special issue titled “Chinese Fandoms”. It will appear on December 15th, 2023.

Fanlore‘s Stub September editing challenge was a big success! 38 participants completed at least one task, and 23 completed all five. Join in to their audio fandom themed month, Podtober, this month!

Legal joined allies in opposing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the U.S. and urged users to do the same! In addition to the U.S. laws discussed above, Legal has also been paying close attention to the UK Online Safety Bill, which passed recently. The UK Online Safety Bill—under the interpretations of that bill that they believe are reasonable and likely—will not affect the AO3, but is likely to make life difficult for some other fan spaces when it goes into effect. Our Legal team will continue to watch enforcement actions and trends carefully to see how authorities interpret the bill.

IV. GOVERNANCE

Board has continued to be busy training incoming Board members! They have approved a few Finance requests this month, and are gearing up for an upcoming Board meeting. Board has also begun talking with a potential DEI consulting firm, and are excited to continue moving forward with this project.

Meanwhile Strategic Planning is in the process of contacting chairs and leads to check their progress as the OTW is getting close to the 3 month deadline in the current strategic plan.

Development and Membership is setting up for the October Drive. They have new gifts in the works and can’t wait to show everyone! While they did not have any events this past month, October is Worldcon: the World Science Fiction Convention in Chengdu, China! Our local volunteers will be representing the OTW there with a table, and have stickers based on Chinese Fandom slang. If you are attending, please tag the OTW in your photos!

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

In addition to recruiting externally for the Strategic Planning committee this month, Volunteers & Recruiting started work on the OTW’s 2023 Still Willing To Serve campaign and finalised selection of a conflict management tool. The committee also contacted the first batch of external HR companies, and are currently scheduling the first round of meetings.

From 25 August to 25 September, Volunteers & Recruiting received 201 new requests, and completed 166, leaving us with 123 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 25 September 2023, the OTW has 924 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Joanna Pernick (Fanlore) and Noah A (Fanlore)
New Communications Volunteers: hheyhalley (Graphics Volunteer)
New Open Doors Volunteers: Bella Irvine (Import Assistant) and one Open Doors Chair Assistant
New Systems Volunteers: Albert Pedersen
New Translation Volunteers: Parul Hunnargikar, Veronika Kathi, Anna Zervos, Maria G., and 3 other Translators

Departing Committee Chairs: Rebecca Sentance (Fanlore)
Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: Synnie
Departing Communications Volunteers: 1 Chair Assistant
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 1 Social Media & Outreach and 5 Graphic Designers
Departing Legal Volunteers: 1 Intern
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: Bella Irvine (Administrative Volunteer)
Departing Policy & Abuse Volunteers: 12 Volunteers
Departing Support Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Systems Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Dhobi ki Kutti, Autumn, ladymarianor, Lisette, gecko, and 14 other Tag Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Ridicully (Volunteer Manager) and 4 Translators
Departing Volunteers & Recruiting 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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  1. Muccamukk commented:

    So I’m guessing absolutely no one apologised to Dhobi ki Kutti for the racist treatment dished out by her chairs. Someone should.

    • An OTW Volunteer commented:

      I agree. TW chairs: just like you had balls to issue the CCAP in the first place, you should have the balls to retract it and apologize. It’s the least you can do.