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The OTW is Recruiting for Tag Wranglers, Fanlore Staff, and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff

Are you interested in social media, community management or outreach? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Russian to English? Are you good at administrative tasks or working with people? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

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

  • Fanlore Social Media & Outreach staff – closing Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling volunteers – closing Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 85 applications
  • Tag Wrangling (Russian) volunteers – closing Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 40 applications
  • Volunteers & Recruiting staff – closing Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC or after 30 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 Novic 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 Novic, who volunteers as a tag wrangler. This post was originally released in Chinese on the OTW’s Weibo account and contained a little extra information. It is presented here in its original form as well as an English translation (thanks to our Weibo moderators!)

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?
AO3每天会收到大量来自世界各地、各种语言的同人作品,涉及到各种可能的作品圈、配对、和角色。AO3就像一个藏书量每天都在增长的巨大图书馆,必定需要一套整理系统,而我们作为标签管理员就像是图书管理员,以标签(tag)为工具将作者们发布的同人作品进行分类、管理,目的是让网站更便于用户检索,让大家能轻松看到自己想看到的作品。作为一名中英志愿者,还需要把中文标签翻译成英文,方便其他不会中文的志愿者查看。

Everyday, large numbers of fanworks from every corner of the world, in different languages get uploaded to AO3 and they can be of any fandom, pairing and characters. AO3 is like a huge library that’s growing day by day and there must be a system to organize the works. We tag wranglers are just like librarians, using tags as the tools to categorize and manage the works published by the creators to make it easier for users to search and allow everyone to find the work they want to read easily. As a bilingual(English/Chinese) volunteer, I also translate Chinese tags into English to make it easier for other English volunteers to check.

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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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