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February 2023 Newsletter, Volume 175

I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY On and before February 15, Communications celebrated the ninth annual International Fanworks Day, including a fanworks challenge, rec fest, and fan chat and games on Discord. Fanlore also celebrated with its sixth annual IFD Fanlore Challenge, and Translation translated several IFD news posts into a whopping 32 languages. Thanks so much to everyone who helped make it happen! II. AT THE AO3 AO3 Documentation has uploaded an updated Accessing Fanworks FAQ, including some new questions to better guide our users. Meanwhile, Open Doors is off to a good start in 2023, with three archives recently imported: Dragonfayth (Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfiction), Lord of… Read more

January 2023 Newsletter, Volume 174

I. OPEN DOORS IMPORTS Open Doors had a very active December and completed three archive imports, including the long-anticipated Star Trek archive The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive, the Star Wars archive Elusive Lover, and the Chinese-language Prince of Tennis archive SpringFen. Check out the linked collections to read all of the imported works! Also in December, Open Doors announced the import of The 9 Forum, an archive of fanworks for the movie “9”. II. AT THE AO3 Accessibility, Design & Technology had an eventful two months! It deployed some significant changes to our HTML parser, a ton of gem updates, and an update to Ruby 3.0,… Read more

November 2022 Newsletter, Volume 173

I. OPEN DOORS IMPORTS In November, Open Doors completed the imports of By Your Command, a Battlestar Galactica archive, and The Pony Fiction Archive, a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic archive. It also announced the upcoming imports of Slashknot, a Slipknot (band) LiveJournal community, and The LeBeau Library, an X-Men fanfiction archive. Stay tuned at the beginning of 2023 for a roundup of all the imports Open Doors has completed in the past calendar year! II. AT THE AO3 Accessibility, Design & Technology posted release notes detailing a whopping 55 issues resolved over four deploys from August through November. Meanwhile, Support worked on… Read more

The OTW’s 2021 Annual Report Is Now Available

We are pleased to publish the OTW’s 2021 Annual Report, available in PDF or HTML formats. The report provides a letter from our Board of Directors, a summary of our activities during the past financial and calendar year, and our financial statements for 2021. Some highlights from 2021 include Fanlore’s one millionth edit, Transformative Works and Cultures’ new editor team, and comment freezing deployed on AO3 works and news posts. You can also access reports from all earlier years at the Reports and Governing Documents page of the OTW website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

October 2022 Newsletter, Volume 172

I. FANLORE NEWS Fanlore has had a busy month! It started off in style with its long-awaited MediaWiki upgrade, which was capably overseen by Systems. One of the big additions in the upgrade has been the introduction of a Visual Editor that makes formatting really easy – if you haven’t yet, give it a whirl on Fanlore by using the “edit” tab! If you need a guide to which button does what, Fanlore’s Editing Pages Help page has got you covered! Right after this, Fanlore kicked off its anime & manga themed month, Fanimangalore! It’s been highlighting ships, terminology (lemon, anyone?) and tropes on our… Read more