Application: Tag Wrangling Volunteer

Position Title: Tag Wrangling Volunteer

Organisation name: Organization for Transformative Works

Committee: Tag Wrangling Committee

Reports to: Tag Wrangling Chair(s), Tag Wrangling Committee

Time Requirements: Variable (1+ hour/week, plus initial training time); must log in at least once every two weeks

Term: 1 year

Role overview: Tag wranglers work within the Archive to ensure that the varied forms of user-generated tags are sorted and filterable, without changing any of the specific tags the users choose, so that the archive users have an easier time finding the type of content they are looking for.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Sort and link tags on the Archive of Our Own according to wrangling guidelines
  • Participate in discussions about wrangling guidelines
  • Communicate with supervisors and chairs about availability and any issues that arise that may impact wrangling work
  • Respond to comments and wrangling-related communications in a timely manner
  • Communicate respectfully with other wranglers, org volunteers and users
  • Respect the privacy of other wranglers, org volunteers and users

Skills, experience and attributes:

  • An Archive of Our Own account and familiarity with the Archive
  • Legally of age to open explicit fanworks in your local jurisdiction
  • Fandom knowledge and/or research skills
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Commitment to diversity and willingness to work descriptively, not prescriptively, in order to respect user tag choices
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing rules and guidelines as fits the needs of the Archive users
  • Patience with the limitations of Archive tools

Training requirements:

  • Tag Wrangler volunteers will be trained in the tools, skills and tasks required for their role

To volunteer as a Tag Wrangler, you should:

  • Read Tag Wrangling Work Description for information about what wranglers do.
  • Have an AO3 account (at least 6 months old) you use regularly.
    • Applicants with new accounts will not be accepted.
    • An alternate wrangling account can be accommodated if your application is accepted.
  • Have at least 5 hours free time per week for the next 3 months, as well as time that you can consistently commit to wrangling in the next year.
    • If you are planning to start college/university, begin a new job, have a child, or another big change in the next few months, we recommend you wait and apply at a later date.
    • Training for wrangling while also handling major life changes has not historically been successful, and we want to help maximize this opportunity for you to become a happy and comfortable long term member of our team!
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be familiar with 3-10 of our fandoms in need (listed below).
    • To ensure that there will be wrangling work available for you once you join.
    • In the future, we’ll open recruitment for other fandoms as needed.
  • Follow the application directions carefully.
    • There is a second part to the application. After submitting part 1, you will receive an email with part 2. Submit part 2 within 3 days of submitting part 1.
    • If you do not receive an email with the Part 2 link, please contact Volunteers & Recruiting via the contact form.

Note: if you are fluent in reading/writing in Chinese, please consider applying for our Chinese Wrangler role! The Chinese Wrangler role has the exact same opportunities as the regular role, as well as the added opportunity to help address the needs of our growing Chinese community. (Please be aware that your translation skills will also be assessed for that role.)

Please choose 3-10 specific fandoms from below:

  • All Fandoms – Any fandom(s) from this list with 30 or more works in parentheses. You can also filter by Media Type (such as Anime & Manga, Music & Bands and Video Games if that will help you find fandoms of interest. The same number limit of 30 works will apply.

Specific fandoms:

  • Jodhaa-Akbar (2008)
  • कुमकुम भाग्य | Kumkum Bhagya
  • Ramayana – Valmiki
  • 霹靂布袋戲 | Pili Glove Puppetry (TV)
  • 金光布袋戲 | Jīnguāng Bùdàixì (TV)
  • 9-1-1 (TV) – is looking for people also familiar with 9-1-1: Lone Star (TV 2020)
  • Arrow (TV 2012) – Familiarity with other series in the Arrowverse, (in particular, Arrow (TV 2012), The Flash (TV 2014), Supergirl (TV 2015), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV)) is recommended.
  • B: The Beginning (Anime)
  • Big Bang
  • Black Clover
  • BROCKHAMPTON
  • 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS
  • Call of Duty (Video Games)
  • Creepypasta – Fandom is looking for additional cowranglers. In particular someone familiar with the game side of fandom would be welcome.
  • Dark (TV 2017)
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV) – Familiarity with other series in the Arrowverse, (in particular, Arrow (TV 2012), The Flash (TV 2014), Supergirl (TV 2015), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV)) is recommended.
  • 名探偵コナン | Detective Conan | Case Closed
  • Detroit: Become Human (Video Game)
  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Elder Scrolls I: Arena
  • Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
  • Empires (Band)
  • Gotham (TV)
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • GreedFall (Video Game)
  • GTOP (Band)
  • Harvest Moon is looking for people familiar with several Harvest Moon and Story of Season Games.
  • 第五人格 | Identity V (Video Game)
  • inFAMOUS (Video Games)
  • James Bond – All Media Types
  • 賭ケグルイ | Kakegurui (Anime & Manga)
  • Light as a Feather (TV)
  • Little Witch Academia
  • Magic Kaito
  • Noblesse (Manhwa)
  • おそ松さん | Osomatsu-san (Anime)
  • Parahumans Series – Wildbow
  • Rainbow Six (Video Games)
  • Resident Evil (Gameverse)
  • RWBY
  • 龍が如く | Ryuu ga Gotoku | Yakuza (Video Games)
  • Servamp (Anime & Manga)
  • Shall We Date?: Obey Me!
  • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Tales of Arcadia (Cartoons)
  • Sanders Sides (Web Series)
  • Supergirl (TV 2015) – Familiarity with other series in the Arrowverse, (in particular, Arrow (TV 2012), The Flash (TV 2014), Supergirl (TV 2015), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV)) is recommended.
  • The 100 (TV)
  • The Flash (TV 2014) – Familiarity with other series in the Arrowverse, (in particular, Arrow (TV 2012), The Flash (TV 2014), Supergirl (TV 2015), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV)) is recommended.
  • The School for Good and Evil – Soman Chainani
  • The Vampire Diaries (TV)
  • The Last of Us (Video Games)
  • The Pacific (TV)
  • Tomorrow X Together | TXT
  • 신의 탑 | Tower of God
  • Warhammer 40.000
  • Warhammer 40k (Novels) – Various Authors
  • Horus Heresy – Various Authors
  • Warhammer Fantasy
  • 妖怪ウォッチ | Yo-Kai Watch
  • Young Justice (Cartoon)
  • Young Justice – All Media Types
  • In addition you can also choose fandoms from this list here: All Fandoms – Any fandom(s) from this list with 30 or more works in parentheses, will qualify for this recruitment round.