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Spam protection measures at AO3

Due to an influx of abusive spam comments on April 21, 2024, we temporarily disabled all guest comments across the site. We have now re-enabled the ability to leave guest comments, but if you comment while not logged into an account, you may encounter a verification page that checks that you are not a bot. We are also working on other ways to help reduce spam, including a small change to the default comment settings on the work posting form that will be rolled out soon. What to do about spam you’ve received If you’ve received a small number of spam comments, you can mark… Read more

Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 42

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 42, “Fandoms and Platforms”, guest edited by Maria Alberto, Effie Sapuridis, and Lesley Willard. The essays in this issue focus on “The platform as the foundation of digital media”, as well as “fan activity of various kinds [which is] built upon and through specific spaces, technologies, and cultural norms”. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews. This issue groups its articles into three broad categories: architecture, community, and power. Some examples include: “It’s not your tumblr”: Commentary-style tagging practices in fandom communities Discord as a fandom platform: Locating a new playground The fading of… Read more

This Week In Fandom, Volume 141

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! First, a small format change to TWIF for now, since the broader entertainment world is on hiatus: we’re going to be featuring more recommendations and events from around the internet as we all spend more time at home. There may be only so much Netflix you can watch, but fandom is full of things to create and participate in. Feel free to tell us about cool fandom things that are happening in the comments! First up, a handy primer for all the apps, services, and ways people are hanging out over… Read more

This Week in Fandom, Volume 124

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, are you participating in Inktober this year? Or are you more focused on getting ready for NaNoWriMo? Maybe both? Let us know in the comments! One of the big stories this week is the upcoming near-closure of Yahoo Groups. According to an article from The Daily Dot, “After [October 28], users won’t be able to upload any new content. Then on Dec. 14, virtually everything stored on Yahoo Groups (files, photos, links, polls, conversations, etc.) will be erased, although you’ll still be able to join and email groups—all… Read more

This Week in Fandom, Volume 107

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released this week! What did you make of it? Has it got you excited for episode IX? Let us know in the comments! The OTW was itself the subject of a major news story, as the AO3 was nominated for a Hugo award in the category of Best Related Work. Many fans have been celebrating the “nomination of our own” as evidence of fanworks’ growing legitimacy; others have taken the opportunity to praise the AO3’s hardworking developers,… Read more