Happy SysAdmin Day 2018

Today is SysAdmin Day, an opportunity to celebrate the work of systems administrators everywhere. We think it’s especially important as the nature of the job means that a successful systems administrator is likely to go unnoticed.

Here at the OTW, our Systems team carries out essential work supporting, troubleshooting and expanding the infrastructure that supports all of our projects, including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures. They also maintain the servers for a whole host of internal services at the OTW: our internal wiki and email, the Elections website and our main website.

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The OTW is Recruiting for Systems, Translation, and AO3 Documentation

Are you an awesome beta, or a writer with an eye for technical details? Or are you fluent in a language other than English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

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

  • AO3 Documentation Staff – closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers – closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Committee Staff – closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Technical Writer – closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Systems Technical Project Manager – closing Wednesday 11 July 2018 23:59 UTC

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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OTW Celebrates!

Happy SysAdmin Day 2017

Happy SysAdmin day! Here at the OTW, we’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our critical Systems team and highlight their work.

As with the rest of the OTW, our Systems Committee is staffed entirely by volunteers, but they can have long and disruptive on-call situations due to the nature of their work. The fact that our projects — Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, the Fanhackers blog, and Open Doors — are accessible is evidence that they’re on the job.

Systems maintains the servers for our projects and also our organization website, the Elections website, internal wiki and email service. They also respond to reports about these sites and let you know when they’re troubleshooting or installing updates.
For a good look at what an urgent as well as a slow process this can be, you can read a report from them about what this entails. These reports also help us understand how to plan for the future so as to avoid similar problems.

If you want to stay updated on developments and downtimes at our sites, you can subscribe to one of our twitter accounts:

Because of Systems, fandom can own the servers, so our Systems team gifts us year-round. Let them know you’re happy they do!