2023
Fanhackers • Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online...
"Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online fandom even more so. A printed zine from the 1970s..." “Media fandom is an ephemeral culture, and online fandom even more so. A printed zine from the 1970s may last longer than a story published online in the last six months. In fact, continual changes in publication preference and fannish infrastructure have impacted the accessibility and permanence of fan fiction: zines may have a much lower initial circulation, but hard copies have a permanence that newsgroup posts, mailing-list e-mails, or blog posts may lack. Even as fandom as a whole has become more widely accepted and openly public, distribution patterns have moved away from public archives toward individual fan archiving, which allows writers to maintain greater control.”
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Versaphile. 2011. “Silence in the Library: Archives and the Preservation of Fannish History.” Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 6.

This piece by fan writer and archivist Vesaphile is a great overview of the technical challenges fannish communities have historically faced in the preservation of our fan works, culture, and history. Published in 2011, it covers everything from zines and bulletin boards to mailing lists and LiveJournal. It predates fandom’s big migration to Tumblr and only touches on the Archive of Our Own, but it also makes some quite prescient comments about the ways in which fannish online presence and archiving efforts might develop. Versaphile speaks from her own lived experience as a long-time fan archivist, and it’s great to see that knowledge recognised and preserved in an academic journal.
fanhackers 
12 hours ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 59
This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Books  Television  Music  Gender-and-Sexuality  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality 
yesterday
Fanhackers • New fan studies research - August 15th, 2017
New fan studies research - August 15th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public).

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access

Cavcic, Antonija. 2017. “Boys’ Love for the Love of It: Progressive Prosumers and the Proliferation of Queer Culture through Manga.” PhD dissertation, Murdoch University. http://ift.tt/2x1VvtE

Kolehmainen, Pekka. 2017. “Social Media Narratives as Political Fan Fiction in the 2016 US Presidential Election.” European Journal of American Studies 12 (12–2). http://ift.tt/2w7Pn6Q

Valero Porras, María José; Cassany, Daniel. 2017. “Translation by Fans for Fans : Organization and Practices in a Spanish-Language Community of Scanlation.” BiD: Textos Universitaris de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, no. 38

Yang, Benny Chen-heng. 2017. “Why Godzilla? The Factors for Global Fame of Tokusatsu Giant Monsters.” International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science 5 (5). http://ift.tt/2x1D34o

Not open access

Buozis, Michael. 2017. “Doxing or Deliberative Democracy? Evidence and Digital Affordances in the Serial SubReddit.” Convergence, August, 1354856517721809. doi:10.1177/1354856517721809

Carviou, James. 2017. “Modern Family and Family Guy: Representation and Relevancy among Twitter Fans.” PhD dissertation, University of Iowa. http://ift.tt/2w7Sb3V

Creekmur, Corey, Melanie Kohnen, Jonathan McIntosh, Lori Morimoto, Katherine Morrissey, Suzanne Scott, and Louisa Stein. 2017. “Roundtable: Remix and Videographic Criticism.” Cinema Journal 56 (4): 159–84. doi:10.1353/cj.2017.0044

Kyriakidou, Maria, Michael Skey, Julie Uldam, and Patrick McCurdy. 2017. “Media Events and Cosmopolitan Fandom: ‘Playful Nationalism’in the Eurovision Song Contest.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 1367877917720238. http://ift.tt/2x1QRMq

Wu, Jingsi Christina. 2017. “Voting for the Next Super Girl and Political Talk.” In Entertainment and Politics in Contemporary China, 89–130. East Asian Popular Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-48264-4_3
fanhackers 
yesterday
2017 Election Results
The Elections Committee is proud to present the following new Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Jessie Camboulives. Learn more here.
Announcement  Elections 
yesterday
The Fandom Haven Story Archive is Moving to the AO3
The Fandom Haven Story Archive, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Announcement 
2 days ago
Fanhackers • During the 2006–7 television season, the...
"During the 2006–7 television season, the production team and cast for Grey’s Anatomy (2005–)..." “

During the 2006–7 television season, the production team and cast for Grey’s Anatomy (2005–) dealt with a series of unfortunate industry events that significantly affected the writers’ room, cast, and ongoing story lines of the show. An actor uttered a homophobic slur, which received wide media coverage, and which ultimately led Grey’s Anatomy to create a compelling, true-to-life lesbian story line.

This essay examines the discourse surrounding these events, including news reports and audience reaction to the story lines developed in response to the scandal. The LGBT fan community I examine here is Erica_Callie, a LiveJournal (LJ) community, which was highly active during the 2008–9 TV season, with over 1,800 individual posts and tens of thousands of comments.

The production response to real-life events relies on underlying production-culture knowledge of media concepts, such as authenticity, audience identification, and emotional realism, as a remedy for the damage inflicted by the scandal on both the show and the affected LGBT audience. The development of the lesbian story line in Grey’s Anatomy was an act of industry public relations; the story line was constructed to develop and resonate with LGBT audiences.


- Zuk, Tanya D. 2017. “Coming Out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industry Scandal, Constructing a Lesbian Story Line, and Fan Action.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
fanhackers 
3 days ago
Five Things Chien Said
In Five Things Chien discusses life as an OTW volunteer without wifi, & how her work can be a conversation starter
Translation-Committee  Five-Things 
3 days ago
Fanhackers • Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience...
"Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience heterogeneity lead yuri to an awkward place in terms..." “Corporate sales, creator identity, and audience heterogeneity lead yuri to an awkward place in terms of genre identity. Is yuri the schoolgirl romance created by men for a male audience who consider love between girls pure, or is it the girl’s romance that has roots in S literature for a female audience who fondly remember their days admiring upperclassmen at all-girls schools? Or is it for lesbians, whose stories are nominally acknowledged in narratives of self-awareness of love for a member of the same sex or feelings of being different, without any use of the word lesbian? The heterogeneity of creator and audience causes difficulty in both definition and scholarship. Who gets to define yuri?”
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Friedman, Erica. 2017. “On Defining Yuri.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.

This piece looks at the history of and the different influences on yuri - the Japanese genre depicting love and relationships between women. Friedman’s main point is that the creators, publishers, and audiences for yuri are hugely diverse and frequently have diverging interests, resulting in a genre (or possibly collection of genres) that is difficult to pin down. Some works are aimed women (queer and/or straight), some are aimed at straight men, some depict love between women without touching on lesbian and queer identities, some are by lesbian creators, though many are not. The paper is relatively short and covers a lot of ground - I’d love to see a longer piece elaborating on some of the aspects this only hints at.
fanhackers 
7 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 58
This Week in Fandom: Betsy Rosenblatt & Francesca Coppa on podcasts, Mary Sues vs Gary Stus, and why you need to know your fandom history
This_Week_in_Fandom  Fannish-Practices  Gender-and-Sexuality  Podcasts  Fan-conventions  Intellectual-Property  OTW-Sightings 
8 days ago
Release Notes 0.9.194 - 0.9.198: Change Log
The Archive is now running on Rails 4.2! \o/ This took a lot of effort, and we want to thank everyone involved for their work (and our donors for allowing us to pay a contractor for part of it). We also fixed a handful of bugs, got closer to full https support, and continued improving our automated tests. Next up: Rails 5 and 5.1!

Please note: Starting with this release, you won't be able to submit a support request without supplying an email address. This doesn't have to be the address associated with your account, but our Support personnel does need a way to contact you if you have a question. Please help us help you!
Archive-of-Our-Own  release_notes 
9 days ago
AO3 Top History Pages - September 8 2013
Top 10 Histories

145,816 items
82,513 items
50,548 items
43,963 items
37,419 items
36,962 items
35,892 items
34,422 items
27,815 items
25,775 items
The average across all users is 492 items, or 25 pages. (Note: 6,590 users have disabled the history feature in their preferences. We currently have ~204,000 registered accounts.)
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 days ago
Archive Page Views and Stats - 2012
On Monday, we welcomed our 160,000th user, shortly followed by the 700,000th work uploaded to the Archive. On the weekend, we watched the official fandom count break the 12,000 mark.

The same weekend, we had our busiest Sunday yet, with 5,250,000 page views. The whole week saw a new record traffic of 32,600,000 page views total. This means that in any given minute, 3,000-5,000 pages (works, tag lists, user profiles, custom search results…) are simultaneously assembled for users
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 days ago
How many activated users the Archive has - 2012
We currently have 114,390 account holding users on the Archive and 3,747 more waiting for invitations in the queue. We invite 750 of those users every day, in addition to the invitations that our account holding users give away to their friends!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 days ago
How much email the Archive generates 2012
So far, in the first five days of the New Year the Archive has sent out over 313,000 emails! In addition, we send on average 1.5 million emails every month!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 days ago
AO3 Ticket Stats 2012
In this post, I’m going to summarise the types of tickets received, what categories they fall under, and the general trends we witness. But first, some explanation of the process.
Spotlight  Support-Committee  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 days ago
Posting a multi-chapter work 2013
Find the “This work has multiple chapters” option in the posting form, ticky the box, and a little form will appear that lets you enter an optional chapter title.

You can also fill in the expected number of total chapters. If you don’t know yet when your work in progress will be done, just leave in the question mark.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Resources-for-Fans  AO3-Unlocked 
10 days ago
Traffic Stats March 2014
Daily traffic stats for March, with a vertical bar for each day, representing pages served per minute. The weekends are marked in red. Sundays are the busiest days, reaching close to 6,000 pages per minute on average. Thursdays and Fridays are the slowest, sloping down to 5,000 ppm. The overall effect for the whole month is a zig-zig shape with little valleys between the weekends.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 days ago
Share AO3 works and bookmarks on Tumblr
There’s also a Tumblr option for sharing bookmarks that will automatically include any notes you’ve added to that bookmark. You can find the Share button for bookmarks on your bookmarks page, right by the options for editing or deleting a particular bookmark (using the regular Share button on top of the work won’t copy your notes).
Archive-of-Our-Own  Resources-for-Fans  AO3-Unlocked 
10 days ago
July 2017 Newsletter, Volume 115
In the July 2017 Newsletter: Elections are almost here & OTW at ComicCon and on the air
Newsletter 
10 days ago
September of Stats 2016
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting charts and infographics showing AO3 traffic, work/bookmark/kudos stats, and overall growth of the Archive in 2014 and 2015, with a particular focus on international usage trends (where possible).

At the end, all graphics will be collected in a round-up post at the AO3 News, along with the raw data we used to create them, so if you’d like to get in on the infographic fun, you can!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report 
10 days ago
Support Tickets 2016
Our record month was January 2015, with 784 tickets. A year ago (August 2014), Support handled 541 tickets; in August 2015 it was 679.

Support collaborates with the Translation committee to provide support in several languages other than English. In the 12 months between August 2014 and August 2015, the Chinese team provided translations of user emails and Support replies for 34 tickets, followed by the Spanish team with 25 tickets, and the Russian team with 9.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
Traffic Growth from 2012 to 2015
The above chart shows all weekly page views, beginning in the last week of June, 2012, and ending in the last week of August, 2015. Traffic has grown considerably over the years! Significant traffic spikes can be seen in December and January, when a lot of users have more time to browse the Archive or post their fanworks:
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
Emails Sent Per Hour 2016
Most hours, we processed somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 emails, with a spike between 3am and 4am on Monday (when was that where I live?) when we sent out 22,219 emails. That’s 370 emails a minute, or 6 emails a second.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
The ten languages (other than English) with the most works on the Archive,
Russian: 30,512
Spanish: 16,164
Chinese: 8,817
French: 8,110
Italian: 6,186
Polish: 4,399
German: 4,296
Indonesian: 2,850
Portuguese (Brazilian): 2,493
Korean: 847
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
Countries By Average Sessions 2016
The country generating the most traffic is the US, with 17,500 average sessions during that quarter. The next few countries are the UK (3,180), Canada (2,010), Australia (1,450), and Germany (960). In South America, Brazil comes out on top with 237 average sessions, in Africa it’s South Africa with 82, and in Asia the Philippines with 369.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
Chart of Translation Teams Working with Support
Following our post on support tickets and ticket languages, here’s a chart of Translation teams that have worked with Support (in two parts for readability).

Listed are the number of volunteers in each team, counted after each recruitment drive since September 2013. As volunteers join or leave the organisation, team sizes fluctuate over time, but a general upward trend is evident. More languages, bigger teams, more to do!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Translation-Committee  Report  Support-Committee 
10 days ago
AO3 celebrated a new milestone: 20,000 fandoms!
At 3:30 UTC December 10, AO3 celebrated a new milestone: 20,000 fandoms!

Our 20,000th, Ghosts of Culloden Moor Series - L. L. Muir, couldn’t have done it alone – three other fandoms were added in rapid succession to help push the Archive over the threshold, with more still added since.
Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 days ago
Recent Changes to Canonical Character Tags for Tolkien Fandom on AO3
The AO3 Tag Wranglers have recently updated the canonical character and relationship tags in the various Tolkien fandoms to better comply with the existing Wrangling Guidelines. None of these changes will affect the tags you can use on your works; this will only affect the tags you see when browsing the Archive and the tags that appear in the drop-down when tagging works in Tolkien subfandoms. Read on for a summary of the changes.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Announcement 
10 days ago
Make sure your email is up to date!
Friendly reminder to check your AO3 account’s email address!

If you need to update it but notice the page is missing a place to enter your password, we’re sorry! This is a known issue, but there is a workaround:
Announcement  AO3-Unlocked  Archive-of-Our-Own 
10 days ago
“Haven” is now “Haven (TV)”
We’ve recently changed Haven’s fandom tag to “Haven (TV)” in accordance with our disambiguation guidelines. All works previously tagged with plain “Haven” will appear in that filter, so you don’t need to do anything. You can change to the new canonical, but that’s completely optional – all your works will appear under the new tag no matter what.
Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
10 days ago
Changes to X-Men movie tags
Currently, X-Men (Movieverse) serves as the metatag for the following fandoms:

X-Men (Movies)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Wolverine (Movies)
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
10 days ago
Changes to Tortall Fandom Tags on AO3
Tamora Pierce’s Tortall universe is currently composed of six subfandoms: Provost’s Dog, Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small, Tricksters, and Student of Ostriches. All of the subfandoms are being combined into the single existing “Tortall - Tamora Pierce” fandom.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
10 days ago
Comments per user in 2016
Inspired by this post by toastystats on the subject of account activity, our volunteer sysadmin zz9pzza spent some time digging into our database for answers (on August 27, to be precise). Frontend coder bingeling turned all the numbers into some pretty graphs. ♥
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
Daily traffic stats for June, measured in total page views for that day:
Sundays and Mondays are the busiest days, Fridays are the slowest. (We got similar results when we collected daily traffic stats in May 2014.)

On our busiest Sunday (June 7), we served 13.8 million pages, or an average of 9,600 pages per minute. On our slowest Fridays (June 5 and 12), that number went down to 11.8 million, or 8,200 pages per minute.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Report  Resources-for-Fans 
10 days ago
Hello Hetalia Lovers!
In order to make Hetalia fanworks on AO3 more accessible - and to bring our character and relationship tags into compliance with current tag wrangling guidelines - the Hetalia wranglers will be making some changes to character and relationship tags. Many of you may have noticed that some of these changes have already begun. Please note that this is only a change in how tags are wrangled; the tags on your works and bookmarks will not change.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
10 days ago
Marvel Fandoms on AO3: Small Makeover to Help the Unicorns Run Free
Hi Marvel fans! Your hard-working AO3 Marvel wranglers have voted unanimously to make one change to the Marvel fandom tags to help the servers (and their unicorns) run more smoothly. This will mean fewer errors when you try to access the site and fewer indexing problems for Marvel-tagged works.

We will be removing the extra middle layer tag “Marvel (Movies)”. That tag will become a synonym of the existing plain “Marvel” tag. All 13 unrelated movies/franchises directly subtagged to it will be moved up to be subtagged directly to plain “Marvel” if they don’t already have another Marvel metatag (most do).
Archive-of-Our-Own  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Announcement 
10 days ago
Ang Mga Tag ng Buhay Kolehiyo sa AO3
Buhay Kolehiyo fans, welcome to the Archive of Our Own (AO3)! We’re so glad you joined us. \o/

We think we have your tags wrangled. The fandom tag where you can find all the works is “Academia (Anthropomorphic)”. You can tag your own works with that or with “Buhay Kolehiyo” - they will both go to the same place.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Translation-Committee 
10 days ago
Fanhackers • Queerbaiting is the outcome of increased...
"Queerbaiting is the outcome of increased paratextual discourse about LGBT content at a specific..." “Queerbaiting is the outcome of increased paratextual discourse about LGBT content at a specific moment of queer contextuality. We might be tempted to reserve the term, in the sense that I use it, for media texts that fail to have canonically queer characters despite textual and paratextual content that suggests the possibility. However, doing so would not explain why The 100, with a canonical F/F couple, has also been widely cited as an example of queerbaiting. The crucial element is not a lack of canonicity, but how satisfactorily queerness plays out in the canonical text relative to viewer expectations that emerge from the reading of multiple texts and paratexts and that take account of queer contextuality.”
- Ng, Eve. 2017. “Queerbaiting and the Contemporary Media Landscape in Rizzoli & Isles and The 100.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
fanhackers 
10 days ago
The "Search Within Results" Field and You: The Round-Up
This concludes our little series in advanced searching and browsing! As always, all the tricks and little hacks mentioned here are very much optional. Simply clicking your way through the Archive tags and playing around with the existing filter options will already give you what you're looking for in the vast majority of cases.

For those wanting to build more complicated searches, here's all information in handy list format:

The "Search Within Results" Field and You, Part 1
The "Search Within Results" Field and You, Part 2
Tag IDs for your convenience:
Archive-of-Our-Own  Resources-for-Fans  AO3-Unlocked 
11 days ago
Fanhackers • Slash - even more so than gay romance - is the...
"Slash - even more so than gay romance - is the ultimate fictional expression of erotic faith. The..." “Slash - even more so than gay romance - is the ultimate fictional expression of erotic faith. The romance heroes in these stories fall so in love with their male friend or partner, so embrace the religion of erotic faith, that they can’t help committing themselves as lovers. These male heroes may not understand themselves as “really” gay and may be portrayed as heterosexual men whose beloved simply happens to be another man. But the love these men discover for each other is strong enough to defeat patriarchy’s chief rule that a man must be straight. In a society that preaches the religion of erotic faith - where love provides meaning and fulfillment as the path to the promised land - the ultimate test of erotic faith is for a heterosexual alpha male to willingly and openly love in a romantic way another such male. To do so is much riskier than the expected path of loving a woman, for it is to breach the great taboo against same-sex male love that defines patriarchal masculinity.”
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Roach, C. M. (2016). Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture. Indiana University Press.

Remember Catherine Roach and her breakdown of the key elements of the romance story? Towards the end of her book, Roach turns to gay romance and slash fan fiction. There has of course been a fair amount of fannish meta written about the exact relationship between slash and queer sexualities, and some academic research too. Roach’s perspective is as someone who is primarily a romance scholar (and writer), not a fan studies scholar, so she perhaps emphasises different aspects of slash to those fans and fan studies scholard to. What do you think?
fanhackers 
14 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 57
This week in fandom: Hype for Dream Daddy, the psychological benefits of being a fan, and the bad & good of Fandom Fest
This_Week_in_Fandom  Television  Gender-and-Sexuality  Fan-conventions  Fannish-communities  Gaming 
15 days ago
The Collators’ Den is Moving to the AO3
The Collators' Den, a Life on Mars (UK) and Ashes to Ashes fanfiction archive, is coming to the AO3! Learn more here.
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction 
16 days ago
Happy SysAdmin Day 2017!
It's SysAdmin Day and the OTW has a lot of things to thank its systems team for. You can add your voice as well! https://goo.gl/vn8m3c
Event  Systems-Committee  Spotlight 
19 days ago
Members – Check Your Email for Voting Instructions
OTW Elections voting instructions have been e-mailed to all members. Find out what to do if you didn't get yours
Announcement  Elections 
21 days ago
Fanhackers • SwanQueen creates a space where female concerns,...
"SwanQueen creates a space where female concerns, even queer distress, are not merely brushed aside..." “SwanQueen creates a space where female concerns, even queer distress, are not merely brushed aside but discussed and dealt with—discussions that I and other fans find pleasurable in many ways.”
- Strauch, Sandra. 2017. “Once Upon a Time in Queer Fandom.” In “Queer Female Fandom,” edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24.
fanhackers 
24 days ago
End-of-year reminder
The 2008 calendar year is almost over…which means ’tis the season for nonprofit organizations to remind their communities that if you want to deduct a contribution on your 2008 taxes, you’ll need to donate by 12/31!
Financial-support  Development-&-Membership-Committee 
24 days ago
Second Annual Membership Drive
Welcome to the OTW’s second annual membership drive, which begins today!

In March of 2008, we officially opened the doors for membership in the OTW. If you joined the organization last year, we hope you’ll renew your membership this week! And if you haven’t yet joined, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to do so, and/or to make a donation to help support the OTW.
Development-&-Membership-Committee  Financial-support 
24 days ago
OTW Guest Post: UsedKarma
Fan artist/writer Usedkarma tells us about her fandom history, the Darcyland network, & what sets it apart
Fanart  Fandoms  Fannish-communities  Guest-Post 
24 days ago
Changes to Generic Relationship Tags
Last year, Tag Wrangling adopted a stronger set of guidelines about tags with unclear meanings on the Archive of Our Own. In order to provide more accurate filtering/subscriptions for users and to decrease the server strain caused by unnecessary metatags, we now canonize tags in the most clear and unambiguous way possible. As we update tags to meet this guideline, we sometimes discover old canonicals that were created when the tag length limit was still 42 characters. We are adjusting or removing those now.

To make relationship tags unambiguous, we encourage anyone who previously tagged with one of the following ambiguous tags to consider putting the specific relationship intended instead:
Archive-of-Our-Own  Tag-Wrangling-Committee  Announcement 
24 days ago
Progress Report: AO3 Rails Upgrades!
As a result, the slog through our outdated code will take a while longer, and progress will seem slow from the user side. We are currently on Rails 3.2 and our upgrade will take us to the latest version of Rails 5. (Anyone familiar with Rails knows that this is quite a bit of work.) And once we’re done with the Rails work, we need to upgrade Elasticsearch, which powers the Archive's search and filtering functionality. After that's all done, we'll take a little nap we can go back to more exciting and significantly more visible projects!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.191 - 0.9.193: Change Log
[AO3-4943] - Users kept running into error 500s when trying to download works. /o\ This deploy should fix several common causes for these errors: hyphens in work titles, a deleted parent work (i.e. the inspiration for a remix, or the original of a translation), or a deleted series that included the work. Fingers crossed!
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.186 - 0.9.190: Change Log
[AO3-4493] - If you subscribed to a work or series with a very long title, the unsubscribe button on your Subscriptions page would sometimes run right off the side of the screen. We've made it so the text will wrap across lines instead of stretching horizontally.
[AO3-4451] - Our error pages were using some very old stylesheets, which meant they weren't displaying correctly on all screen sizes. Now they should look better on smaller screens, like phones and tablets.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.181 - 0.9.185: Change Log
We've fixed CSV downloads for gift exchange sign-ups, corrected fandom counts in collections, and made a whole heap of behind-the-scenes changes, test improvements, and other minor fixes.
release_notes 
24 days ago
We're Back on the Wayback Machine
We're pleased to announce that after seven months, the Archive of Our Own is once again available on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine!

Late last year, the AO3 suddenly vanished from the Wayback Machine, a non-profit archiving service. We reached out to its maintainers several times during this period, to find out why AO3 pages weren't archived anymore. The project's director contacted us this week and explained the problem.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Issues With Posting Works (And What We're Doing to Solve Them)
You may have noticed the Archive has been slow or giving 502 errors when posting or editing works, particularly on weekends and during other popular posting times. Our development and Systems teams have been working to address this issue, but our March 17 attempt failed, leading to several hours of downtime and site-wide slowness.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Systems-Committee 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.175 - 0.9.180: Change Log
[AO3-4109] - We used to use angle quotation marks (« and ») as the links in works' series navigation, but they were difficult to use on touch devices, and confusing to anyone using a screenreader. We changed the links to say "Previous Work" and "Next Work" instead, which makes the links both bigger and clearer.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.169 - 0.9.173: Change Log
[AO3-4795] - Filtering a user's or collection's works for a particular fandom, character, rating and so on, and then trying to sort that subset of works (e.g. by kudos) would kick you out of the filtered view and back to all works. Now you can filter and sort at the same time again!
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.167 - 0.9.168: Change Log
[AO3-4686] - The autocomplete for potential matches (in the No Recipient or No Giver tabs for gift exchange matches) would list the available matches in random order. They are now sorted by quality of the match.
[AO3-3380] - Posting a work and then quickly editing it to add it to an anonymous collection would result in a subscription notification with the creator's name in the title and "by Anonymous" in the body. Oops. We've now put in an extra check to make sure the work didn't suddenly become anonymous before sending out the subscription email.
[AO3-3686] - When signing up for a prompt meme or gift exchange with a pseud that was later deleted, the sign-up would still hang around but the actual prompt would vanish. This was very awkward and shouldn't happen anymore! (Now the whole sign-up will be transferred to the default pseud, as intended.)
release_notes 
24 days ago
Release 0.9.166: Change Log
[AO3-3213] - Certain combinations of letters and characters in user-entered tags, such as "a.k.a." would lead to errors when trying to look at work listings for that tag. It was also impossible for wranglers to fix those, so a database admin had to step in. Now these can be wrangled just like any other tags!
[AO3-4375] - When logging in for the first time, new users are greeted with a small banner offering tips & tricks about Archive features and options. Our Docs team has now updated and clarified much of this information, and added links to our ever-expanding FAQ. (Hint: Tick the "Turn the new user help banner back on." option in your Preferences to access this content.)
[AO3-1654] - Deleting comments in a long thread could render undisplayed comments inaccessible. Now, you can properly access the rest of the thread.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.164 - 0.9.165: Change Log
We have drastically sped up gift exchange matching by reducing the number of database queries involved in the process. Through the magic of hash mapping, caching, batching, indexing, and pre-processing, we've made matching at least five to ten times faster, depending on your challenge settings -- and we've eliminated the recently-implemented constraints that were causing difficulties for challenges that relied on hand-matching. Note that you won't notice any difference when putting your challenge together -- all these changes only affect back-end processes.

We think that all gift exchanges will benefit from the new code, but some challenges will see especially noticeable improvements. This includes single-fandom exchanges as well as fanwork fests that let participants offer and request fic, art, podfic, etc. through Additional Tags.
Archive-of-Our-Own  release_notes 
24 days ago
Upcoming Changes to Challenge Matching
We will be deploying a major improvement to the potential matching code for challenges and gift exchanges shortly, and want to give a quick overview of how this could affect any exchanges you may currently be running.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.159 - 0.9.163: Change Log
In this release, we are introducing changes to the abuse report form and fixing a couple of issues with subscription emails for anonymous works. Also included: some invisible code improvements and better documentation for developers wishing to submit bug fixes.

Please note that as of this release, email addresses are required when submitting an abuse report. You can read more about the reasons for this in our post about a clarification in the Terms of Service. Please help the Abuse team help you!
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.154 - 0.9.158: Change Log
We have whitelisted two new sites for vid embedding purposes (and removed a couple of others), made sure external services don't get stuck on the adult content warning when they're trying to reach a work, prettied things up a bit here and there, and squashed a handful of miscellaneous bugs.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.140 - 0.9.153: Change Log
Our last 14 deploys contained a lot of behind-the-scenes work, including improvements to the tools our wonderful Open Doors, Abuse, and Tag Wrangling committees use. We also squashed some annoying bugs concerning challenges, chapter counts, and the font on work summaries.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Proposed change to the terms of service: change how abuse reports are submitted
Our hard-working, all-volunteer Abuse team has asked for a change in how abuse reports are submitted. Based on the past seven years’ experience, it has determined that anonymous complaints are unhelpful and highly burdensome. First, the majority of anonymous reports are duplicates. Second, a large number of anonymous reports have, in the past, been rejected, but we have no way to contact the reporters to explain what is and is not a violation of the Terms of Service. Finally, many anonymous reports do not include the necessary information, which means Abuse closes them without investigating since there is nothing else it can do—the team can’t follow up to get more information. We realize some people may not feel comfortable reporting things under their own name. However, reports may still be made using a throwaway or dedicated email account, as long as there is a way to contact the person making the complaint.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Maintainers Can Invite Works to Collections!
The new code will allow collection owners and maintainers to add works to their collections by visiting the work, selecting the 'Add To Collections' button at the bottom, and entering the name of the collection.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.117 - 0.9.128: Change Log
[AO3-4408] - On Android Chrome, the list of pseuds on a user's Manage My Pseuds page overlapped the New Psued link, which made it impossible to follow. We've fixed it so Android Chrome users can once again use the link.
[AO3-4492] - The navigation options on users' Gifts pages were hidden behind the blurbs on some small screens. The Accepted and Refused Gifts options should now be visible regardless of screen size.
[AO3-4490] - It was previously possible to create a skin without a title. The title field is now required (and marked as such).
[AO3-4504] - To reduce the number of accidental clicks, we removed the Delete Work link from the top of creators' own works, and now only show it on the works' edit pages.
[AO3-4332] - On narrow screens, the filters were missing from the Unassigned Fandoms page our Tag Wrangling team uses. Now the filters are available in all screen sizes.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.101 - 0.9.116: Change Log
We've deployed about forty (forty!) code changes over sixteen releases, primarily focused on invisible, back-end changes that will help with performance and stability. However, we found time to sneak in a small handful of user-facing changes, too!
release_notes 
24 days ago
Open Doors celebrates the completion of five archive imports in 2015!
Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of five archive import projects! Here on the AO3, not only will the original contents be preserved, but all of the archives can continue to grow.
Open-Doors-Committee  Announcement 
24 days ago
Upcoming layout improvements for different screen sizes
When we redesigned the Archive in 2011, most people were accessing the site on desktop devices, so we designed the layout and skin system with larger screens in mind. A lot has changed in the last four years, and the majority of our traffic now comes from small-screen devices like tablets and phones, so we're making some changes to our layout and skin system to reflect this new reality.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.92 - 0.9.100: Change Log
The first release notes of 2016 collect all the little improvements and fixes we added to the Archive in December of 2015. This includes a much needed upgrade of our Rich Text Editor, several invisible performance improvements, and the ability to refuse gifts.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Thanks a million...actually, make that two!
The Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own are proud to announce AO3 has reached 2 million fanworks!

That's right -- a little less than two years after hitting the 1 million fanwork mark, the Archive has doubled in size. The exponential growth of AO3 over the six years since Open Beta is a testament to the passion and creativity of our users, both registered and unregistered, and your enthusiasm inspires the volunteers who manage the Archive and OTW each and every day. Without you, none of us would be here!
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Tag Wrangling Guideline Update: Translated Character Names in Relationship Tags
Character tags will not be changing. Relationship tags that include piped Characters because of translation will now use the same format as all other Relationship tags.

Wranglers will place the “&” or the “/” between each complete Character tag. The new Canonical Relationship tags will look like this:
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Tag-Wrangling-Committee 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.87 - 0.9.91: Change Log (Comment moderation released!)
[AO3-4320] - Added a link to the more detailed Tags FAQ to the tags help files.
[AO3-4141] - Updated the Edit Pseud form to link to the help file with the correct set of available HTML tags.
[AO3-4034] - In the Diversity Statement, we were "the archive" instead of "the Archive" when referring specifically to the AO3. Now we have a capital A! \o/
[AO3-4373] - A new database column (to track if a work has comment moderation enabled or not) temporarily broke search indexing, whoops! Fixed.
release_notes 
24 days ago
October 24-29 Downtime Report
At approximately 23:00 UTC on October 24, the Archive of Our Own began experiencing significant slowdowns. We suspected these slowdowns were being caused by the database, but four days of sleuthing led by volunteer SysAdmin james_ revealed a different culprit: the server hosting all our tag feeds, Archive skins, and work downloads. While a permanent solution is still to come, we were able to put a temporary fix in place and restore the Archive to full service at 21:00 UTC on October 29.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  Systems-Committee 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.79 - 0.9.86: Change Log
[AO3-4338] - Trying to edit an existing bookmark to add it to a non-existent collection now gives an informative error message rather than Error 500.
[AO3-4344] - Suspended/banned accounts can no longer create collections.
[AO3-4347] - There was an Uncategorized Fandoms option in the fandoms menu for collections, but collections do not have Uncategorized Fandoms pages. We removed the menu option.
release_notes 
24 days ago
Comment moderation is coming
The Archive currently offers a few ways to control how other people interact with your works: you can choose to only allow comments from signed-in users, or you can make your work only accessible to signed-in users to begin with.

However, to counter cases of severe harrassment on the Archive (including abusive comments from throw-away accounts created to circumvent the anon restrictions), we are now introducing a way for creators to review any comments before they appear on their works.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement  AO3-Unlocked 
24 days ago
A Contractor of Our Own!
Today we're excited to announce that thanks to user donations, we've been able to contract an experienced programmer for several months' worth of work! \o/ And she isn't just an experienced Ruby developer — she's a Ruby developer who has been working on the Archive since 2008! Since she's familiar with all the nooks and crannies of our infrastructure, it will be easy for her to jump right in on major projects, like the much-needed update to our searching and filtering code. After that, it's onwards to back-end improvements, code cleanup, and other long-awaited projects like site internationalization.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Announcement 
24 days ago
Releases 0.9.70 - 0.9.78: Change Log
If you signed up for a prompt meme challenge and the moderator edited the settings to stop allowing a certain field (e.g. Warnings), you wouldn't be able to edit your sign-up. It is no longer possible for challenge moderators to change the allowed fields once sign-ups exist.
release_notes 
24 days ago
On Archive of Our Own Mobile Apps
An unofficial Archive of Our Own Android app was recently released to Google Play. As this release has brought the subject back into the spotlight, we wanted to take this opportunity to share the current state of official AO3 app development.

"Have you thought about making an app?" is one of our most frequently asked questions, but in mobile app development, there isn’t actually such a thing as "an" app. Apps need to be built for different mobile platforms -- Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile being the top three -- and for the many versions of those platforms still in use.
Archive-of-Our-Own  Resources-for-Fans  Announcement 
24 days ago
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