Text reads 40,000 fandoms and shows the AO3 logo imposed over an image of the AO3 homepage, which shows that more than 40,000 fandoms are now represented on the site

Celebrating 40,000 Fandoms on the AO3

The Tag Wrangling Committee is pleased to announce that we have reached the milestone of 40,000 fandoms on Archive of Our Own!

Over the years, we’ve reached several fandom milestones:

  • 5,000 fandoms around New Year’s Day 2010
  • 10,000 fandoms in September 2012
  • 15,000 fandoms in April 2014
  • 20,000 fandoms in December 2015
  • 25,000 fandoms in June 2017
  • 30,000 fandoms in October 2018
  • 35,000 fandoms in December 2019

This time, we’ve chosen to celebrate with this post, which explains more about the ways that our Tag Wranglers organize the tags that make AO3 easy to navigate even as it grows. We’ve also included some tips to help you tag your own works in ways that will benefit both you and the other people using the AO3 filters.

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A close-up of Rosie the Riveter's arm with an OTW logo on it and the words 'OTW Recruitment'

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 Julia Santos 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 Julia Santos, who volunteers as a Tag Wrangling staffer.

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

As a Tag Wrangling volunteer, I help sort through and organize tags so it is easier for users to find what they want to read or filter out what they don’t want to read! This means making tags canonical (filterable), connecting tags to already existing canonicals, checking on the growing number of tags that express the same fandom concept, and discussing the best formats to canonize tags. \o/ Wranglers always try their best to make tags intuitive so Archive users have an easy time browsing through fics and finding what they are looking for.

As a Tag Wrangling supervisor, I also help with recruitment and training of new Tag Wrangling volunteers, check in on progress, and lend a hand and/or help coordinate other Wrangling projects when needed.

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