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The OTW is Recruiting for Elections, Fanlore, Policy & Abuse, Systems and Tag Wrangling

Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Chinese to English? Are you interested in writing and editing public news posts? Or would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? Maybe you have an interest in wiki editing, or writing help documentation? Or you have systems administrator experience or a working knowledge of Linux? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Elections Staff: Communications Specialist – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Elections Staff: Public Relations – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Fanlore Staff: Policy & Admin – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • AO3 Policy & Abuse Staff – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Staff – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer – closing 23 September 202 at 23:59 UTC or until we receive 80 applications
  • Tag Wrangling Chinese Volunteer – closing 23 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC or until we receive 50 applications

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Matthew Vernon Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Matthew Vernon, who volunteers as chair of our Systems Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I am the Chair of Systems, which is the committee responsible for managing hardware and IT infrastructure for the OTW as a whole (not just AO3!) We work closely with a number of other OTW committees, particularly AD&T who manage the software design and development of AO3.

As Chair I do a range of things — I run our weekly meetings, manage our volunteers, liaise with the OTW Board and Chairs of other committees, keep an eye on our ticket queue, and do quite a lot of code review.

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OTW Celebrates

Celebrating SysAdmin Day 2020

Today is SysAdmin Day, on which systems administrators everywhere are feted as they truly deserve. Here at the OTW we are delighted to take the opportunity to celebrate our own Systems committee, who carry out essential work supporting all of our projects. Most notably, they maintain the servers and the infrastructure on which OTW projects such as the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore runs. One of the fundamental ideas behind the foundation of the OTW was that fandom would ‘own the servers’ for the first time: we wouldn’t be able to do that without them.

Systems also helps to keep things running behind the scenes, maintaining servers for internal services such as our internal wiki pages (which carry a huge amount of essential information). But that’s not all! The OTW’s Systems staffers work around-the-clock to make sure that everything is running smoothly and they also do an incredible job of keeping us all updated about any problems that do arise. You might have read updates on the ao3_status Twitter or the AO3 news stream, letting our users know about scheduled (and unscheduled!) downtime and maintenance work which our team has been coordinating or carrying out.

Systems administrators carry out a demanding job that largely takes place behind the scenes. Today, we’re glad to shine a spotlight on their incredible work. Thank you, Systems!