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June 2021 Newsletter, Volume 158

I. ELECTIONS ARE COMING

Elections is happy to announce that this year’s Board of Directors election will be contested, with 4 declared candidates running for 2 open seats. Bios and platforms for all 4 candidates are now available at the Elections website with Q&A responses forthcoming. Bios and platforms have been translated by Translation into 21 languages, while news posts regarding the election are being translated into 26 languages. The election will take place August 13th – 16th, and anyone who became an OTW member by June 30th is eligible to vote! To ensure that everyone interested in voting is eligible to do so, Development & Membership ran a mini membership drive from June 24th – 27th advertising the election and the requirement to become a member in order to vote.

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May 2021 Newsletter, Volume 157

I. FANLORE EVENTS

In May, Fanlore started gearing up to run their ever-popular Bingo Challenge during the first two weeks of June. The challenge is going on now, so be sure to check it out!

On social media, Fanlore celebrated a month of Bandom-themed posts in May and published the first post in a new series, Meet the Team, which introduces people to the volunteers working behind the scenes at Fanlore. Their first post featured longtime Policy & Admin staffer WhatAreFrogs?!

Fanlore also changed their Tumblr and Twitter handles to match one another – they are now fanlore-wiki on Tumblr and @fanlore_wiki on Twitter.

Finally, Systems has been working to upgrade the version of MediaWiki that Fanlore uses. The new upgrade is currently undergoing testing behind the scenes, and they hope to release the updated site soon.

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April 2021 Newsletter, Volume 156

I. OPEN DOORS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Doors released two announcements for the upcoming imports of two Lord of the Rings archives, West of the Moon and Lord of the Rings Fanfiction. Thanks to Communications and Translation for their assistance publishing these posts! These mark the eleventh and twelfth archives whose imports have been announced in 2021, with more to come soon.

Open Doors’ import assistant team has also been hard at work compiling creators/works tracking spreadsheets and tags mapping spreadsheets for three archives: Land of Dreams, Weaver of Dreams, and The BuffyGiles Fanfiction Archive. These spreadsheets help us keep track of honoring requests from creators about their works, systematically search the Archive of Our Own for existing copies of works that would otherwise be imported as part of an archive import, and (with help from Tag Wrangling) map the tags used on an archive to the appropriate Archive of Our Own canonicals for use during the import process.

Finally, Open Doors’ technical staff and volunteers have been making significant progress improving our eFiction processing code and applying it to several archive imports! Stay tuned for more imports to come.

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