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Watchmen Kinkmeme is Moving to the AO3

Watchmen Kinkmeme, a Watchmen fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Watchmen Kinkmeme is a fanfiction archive for the film/comic Watchmen hosted on LiveJournal. Beginning in 2008, the archive was initially for anonymous kink-based fiction, but has grown to include all genres of Watchmen fanfiction. While the original archive will not close, The Watchmen Kinkmeme is being imported to AO3 by the moderator, Sail, for its preservation and to organize the archive and lend better searchability.

Open Doors will be working with Sail to import Watchmen Kinkmeme into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction currently in the Watchmen Kinkmeme will be hosted on the OTW’s servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from Watchmen Kinkmeme to the AO3 after January.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Watchmen Kinkmeme?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We’ll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. Works archived on behalf of a creator who wishes to be named will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Watchmen Kinkmeme pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You’d like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Watchmen Kinkmeme account, please contact Open Doors and we’ll help you out. (If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s great; if not, we will work with the Watchmen Kinkmeme mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Watchmen Kinkmeme on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re excited to be able to help preserve Watchmen Kinkmeme!

– The Open Doors team and Sail