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The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fen to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures.

Click here for details on how to be a supporter.
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The due South Archive is being imported to AO3! Click here for details!

TYK, Organization for Transformative Works!
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It's the annual October membership drive for the Organization for Transformative Works! Click here to join, renew membership, or in some way donate.

Supporting the OTW provides support for:

•The Archive of Our Own (AO3), a non-profit, non-commercial archive for transformative fanworks


•Preservation of fanworks and fan history through Fanlore and Open Doors

•Legal advocacy work to protect fans from commercial exploitation and legal challenge

•Innovative scholarship on fanworks and fan practices through Transformative Works and Cultures
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WHAT IT SAYS IN THE SUBJECT LINE! For details on how to participate in the May 1 - 6 Membership Drive Click This Link.
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Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is now part of the Amazon Smile Program!

Amazon Smile is a program set up by Amazon that allows you to donate to a charitable organization every time you shop, AT NO COST TO YOU. There are currently nearly one million organizations participating, and now the OTW is one of them!

How to use Amazon Smile: go to http://smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. The site has the same products and services as the usual Amazon domain, many of which will be marked “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” on their product detail pages. (Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.) The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charity of your choice. If you have an existing Amazon.com account, all details will remain the same including your shopping cart, Wish List, and registry. On your first visit to Amazon Smile you will be asked to select a charitable organization. Enter "The Organization For Transformative Works Inc" in the search field. That's it!

(At this time, Amazon Smile is only available to users of the U.S. site, and Amazon Smile is the only retail program through which the OTW receives donations. If you have suggestions of other programs, please let the OTW know.You can also donate directly to the OTW at any time of year through their donation page.)

To see this page and a direct link to Amazon Smile, go to the OTW webpage at https://archiveofourown.org/admin_posts/1988
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(Note : the same message as below BUT WITH LIVE HYPERLINKS is at http://9worlds-fanfic.dreamwidth.org/8613.html and at http://9worlds-fanfic.livejournal.com/8279.html )

1 million fanworks party! London, 8 March 2014

Posted by 9worlds_fanfic
Nine Worlds Fanfic is throwing a party to celebrate 1 million fanworks on archiveofourown.org. Details below:

Date: Saturday 8 March 2014
Time: 5pm-11pm
Venue: The Blue Lion, 133 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8TU

Access: There is a 2" step up from the street, after which everything is on one level. Assistance is available; please email us on fanfic@nineworlds.co.uk if you're at all worried, and we'll help.

Children: are welcome with no restrictions, so feel free to bring the family.

If you would like to join us, we need you to RSVP: Here on Doodle please. You can use a pseud if you'd prefer that. There is also a Facebook event with these details here: please only RSVP once (there, or on Doodle). Doodle is better for privacy, if that's a concern for you.

We will have exclusive use of the pub between 5-11pm. Everyone is welcome, but we do need to know who's coming so we can make sure we don't exceed the venue capacity. Please fill in the Doodle RSVP poll, or reply to the Facebook event, to let us know.

There will be a cash bar, and food can be ordered (including veggie options). The Blue Lion changes its menu weekly, but samples are available on their website. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know and we'll make arrangements.

As 8 March is International Women's Day, our theme for the party will be Women In Fanfic. We're planning a suitable flashfic challenge so we can boost that fanworks total a bit, and we'll have a recs board for Awesome Women In Fic. There will be a quiet area for chatting, and some other games available too. Let us know if you have ideas for things you'd like to do/see; comment below, or email fanfic@nineworlds.co.uk.
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The Archive of Our Own has just passed the 1 million fanworks mark!
On November 14, 2009, the AO3 entered open beta. Two days into the launch, AO3 News shared the following statistics:

"Total invitations issued: 1410
Number of accounts before Open Beta: 347
Number of accounts at present: 1076
Number of works before Open Beta: 6598
Number of works at present: 9506
Number of fandoms represented before Open Beta: 674
Number of fandoms represented at present: 886"

And now, just four years and two months later, AO3 has over 1 million works representing 14,353 fandoms! The site has over 270,000 registered users (with at least 1 million unregistered users visiting each day) and is still growing. AO3 currently issues 750 invitations a day, so if you’re not already registered, now is a great time to join the Archive.

What does this mean?

AO3’s rapid growth shows the ever-increasing number of fans creating and sharing fanworks online. This site is still relatively young, joining a long line of fanwork archives, from those created to host a single fan’s work to the many dedicated to individual fandoms, characters and relationships; particular topics or genres; specific languages or countries; formats and connected fandoms. The sheer number of visitors to AO3 also represents the importance of fanworks to the everyday life of millions of people internationally. Whether fans are creating, commenting, sharing or viewing, they engage in fannish activities every single day. Finally, the Archive is one of a very small number of open-source projects founded and largely staffed by women, another contribution fans have made to the internet as a whole. Many women who were not previously involved in technology have learned new skills in the name of fannish activities, and the AO3 is proud to stand as a shining example of this growth.


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Flailing about the Wrangulator'verse on AO3!

Here's what Fanlore says about Wrangulator : "The Wrangulator is an imaginary steampunk-inspired machine in which the AO3's tag wrangling team works. The universe was originally imagined in Campfire chat discussions, then established by jinjur in Forma, a tag wrangler RPF fic. Other tag wranglers quickly added stories to the Wrangulator'verse. Black Samvara created fanart of the Wrangulator in quiddity. Awils1 created corresponding RPF that featured the members of the Support team, set in the same timeframe."

For works tagged Wrangulator'verse in AO3, see : http://archiveofourown.org/tags/wrangulatorverse/works
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[personal profile] akamine_chan pointed this out to me, and I want share it.

Fannish Next-of-Kin Policy at AO3

What does "fannish next-of-kin" mean?

The Archive allows you to choose someone to manage your fannish works if you die or are permanently incapacitated.

What does my fannish next-of-kin get to do?

We will transfer control of your archive account to your next-of-kin. After that, they can follow whatever guidelines you set for them. You might ask them to leave all of your fanworks alone but transfer control of any challenges you were running to people of your or their choice. You might ask them to orphan all of your fanworks and close your account.

How do I choose someone?

That's up to you. It should be someone reliable, someone you trust to make decisions about your fanworks.

What do I do once I've chosen someone?

Both you and your fannish next-of-kin need to send a message to otw-abuse@transformativeworks.org indicating that you want to have him/her as your fannish next-of-kin and that s/he agrees. You need to provide your Archive usernames for our records. When we receive matching requests, we will confirm that a fannish next-of-kin arrangement is in place.

If they're my next-of-kin, am I theirs?

The relationship can be reciprocal if you want, but it doesn't have to be. However, you can only have one person as your fannish next-of-kin at a time.

Why can't I have more than one fannish next-of-kin?

We want to know who has the final say. This arrangement exists precisely so that we don't have to mediate disputes over what you would have wanted.

What happens if my fannish next-of-kin also dies?

You would need to choose a new person. Your fannish next-of-kin can also designate someone else as their own fannish next-of-kin. If A designates B as a fannish next-of-kin, then dies, and B designates C as B's fannish next-of-kin, when B dies C can control all the accounts that B controlled, which at that point would include A's.

What if my fannish next-of-kin decides s/he's tired of being my fannish next-of-kin?

Either party can revoke a fannish next-of-kin agreement by sending a message to otw-abuse@transformativeworks.org. We will inform the other party that the agreement has been ended. Please include your username and the username of the other person involved in the agreement so we can find the right record.

When a fan is dead or incapacitated, the fannish next-of-kin will have control of the account and can make any decisions about it, including handing it off to someone else; the Archive cannot control whether or not anyone shares password information with anyone else. If the fannish next-of-kin lets us know that s/he wants to stop managing the account, we will permanently suspend the account, which means that all existing content will stay in place, but nothing may be changed or added.

What if I decide I don't like my fannish next-of-kin agreement?

Send an e-mail saying that you want to terminate the agreement. Please include your username and the username of the other person involved in the agreement so we can find the right record. The Abuse Committee will e-mail the parties involved in the agreement to let them know. Either party in an agreement can terminate it. You are free to choose a new fannish next-of-kin.

What if my fannish next-of-kin does something I wouldn't like?

Please choose someone you trust. It would be difficult or impossible for the Archive to enforce the exact terms of your agreement. All we will do is verify your status and transfer account control to the appropriate person.

How can my fannish next-of-kin get control of my fanworks?

A fannish next-of-kin can activate the agreement by sending a message to otw-abuse@transformativeworks.org that you are dead or permanently incapacitated. The Archive will send a message to the email address associated with your account. If we do not receive a response from that address within ten days, we will transfer control of your account to your fannish next-of-kin. The Archive will not do any independent investigation into whether you are dead or incapacitated.

Why won't the Archive check to see whether I am really dead or incapacitated?

We don't want to be in the position of collecting and possessing personal information of the kind that we'd need to confirm what your fannish next-of-kin says. It is your responsibility to choose someone you trust. If you want a custom arrangement, we suggest you make private arrangements with someone you trust to handle your passwords and accounts in the event of your death or incapacity.

What happens if I die before choosing someone?

Your account will remain just as you left it. No one will be able to delete, orphan, or modify your fanworks except in response to a ToS violation.

Why should I bother choosing someone?

It can be useful to have someone you trust as a fellow fan to make decisions about your account.

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TIME Magazine has named AO3 one of the top 50 best websites of the year! Oh fandom!

http://techland.time.com/2013/05/06/50-best-websites-2013/
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 Fandom Is Love: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9

There's this awesome fanfiction archive that gazillions of fen use, and it just keeps getting bigger. There's also this open source journal that was free and online since before everybody was talking about open source academia. There's this legal team that's weighed in on many issues relevant to fen and this amazing wiki which has huge amounts of information. There's just seriously a lot of good stuff happening in, around, and through the OTW. And while the people work for free, the tools and the space and the servers and the bandwidth cost money, so if you like or use this stuff, please please donate.

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