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I. VOLUNTEER PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY UPDATES

In light of the malicious email attacks against OTW volunteers that took place in early May, teams across the OTW have been working to improve our internal processes to protect volunteers' privacy and secure sensitive data. The Board of Directors has been continually liaising with committees, including Legal, to deal with the ongoing aftermath of these attacks. Likewise, the Board discussed with Strategic Planning integrating data security into the OTW's upcoming Strategic Plan. A draft of the proposed new strategic plan has been sent to all chairs for review and feedback, and Strategic Planning is working on incorporating the feedback it has already received into the plan draft. The vision statement for the plan is still in the works for posting to the OTW’s website with the help of Communications and Translation. Stay tuned!

The Board also worked with Elections to prepare for the upcoming Board of Directors election, including giving feedback on proposed measures to protect candidates' privacy. As such, Elections will only be publicly posting the legal names of elected or appointed Board Directors. If you are an OTW member, you will receive your voting instructions email on July 23, and this correspondence will include candidates' full names. Similarly, candidates' full legal names will appear on the ballot, and everyone is still running under their legal name! Elections Chairs have also reviewed its security precautions for the upcoming election and will make any changes that are required to ensure volunteers, candidates, and members can safely engage with the election process.

Elections has also begun updating some historical posts on its website to remove personally identifiable information provided by former candidates. This can only be done at the direction of the candidate themselves. If you're a former candidate and you are concerned about the information you have shared on Elections' website, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Elections Committee.

Meanwhile, also due to the attacks, Volunteers & Recruiting cancelled its recruitment cycles for the months of May and June, and external recruitment remains frozen until further notice. However, Volunteers & Recruiting has been doing its best to provide all of the OTW's volunteers with as much support and information as possible and will keep on working to make sure that everyone's private data are safe within the OTW.

Translation has been reviewing many of its policies on data retention in the past couple of months, particularly anonymising and destroying older records. It has also started testing a new password manager and secure document storage solution. Similarly, Tag Wrangling finalized some updates to internal tools to implement new security guidelines. While Systems provided some advice and support to Board and other chairs, Communications has resumed news posting after a delay, and various OTW committees have begun responding to the backlog of tickets that accumulated during the attacks.

These are only some of the measures that the OTW has taken in the last few weeks to protect its volunteers. The OTW’s investigation is ongoing as the Board and Legal Committee continue working with all relevant authorities.

II. AT THE AO3

In May and June, Accessibility, Design & Technology had three deploys culminating in the release of comment blocking! It also started testing a release of miscellaneous issues with code from a number of new contributors. Elsewhere, Open Doors is delighted to announce that it has completed the imports for Thin Line and The Snape/Weasley Archive, both Harry Potter fic archives (with some art).

As the day-to-day operations of Policy & Abuse and Support continue to be impacted by the effects of the email attacks, user reports are taking longer than usual to address. For Support in particular, April was a normal month with just over 1450 tickets, but May saw Support's highest number of tickets (over 1900) since April 2020. However, new volunteers on both committees are slated to soon begin or resume their training to help with this increased workload.

In June, Tag Wrangling made some improvements to its procedures for finding cowranglers for larger fandoms. This is especially needed because we now have more than 50,000 canonical fandoms in the archive!

III. LEGAL ADVOCACY

In addition to dealing with the attack and responding to user queries, Legal did quite a bit of advocacy in May and June. In May, Legal submitted comments in response to a U.S. Copyright Office inquiry regarding “technical measures” or detecting and preventing copyright infringements under section 512 of the DMCA. In June, Legal chair Betsy and committee member Stacey attended a series of roundtable meetings with the U.S. Copyright Office, also regarding technical measures. In both proceedings, they provided input from the point of view of fans, Internet creators, and small Internet providers. They urged the Copyright Office to remember that many service providers, like AO3, do not receive many copyright-related complaints, and they opposed any suggestion that the Copyright Office endorse or impose technical filtering measures on online service providers. They explained that there is no one-size-fits-all way of applying technology to questions of copyright infringement, that current technologies do not exist that would allow service providers (like the OTW) to distinguish between infringing and non-infringing material, and that there is no existing technology that could replace human evaluation of copyright fair use.

Legal also joined its ally Electronic Frontier Foundation in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Warhol v. Goldsmith, arguing that a broad and flexible fair use test is essential and relying on fanvids as examples to urge the Supreme Court to reaffirm its prior fair use holdings. Here’s what EFF wrote about it.

At the end of June, Legal chair Betsy attended a copyright policy roundtable with participants from a variety of library, technology, public policy, and creator advocates to discuss copyright policy proposals and strategies. Legal also communicated with two apps that were using OTW/AO3 trademarks in confusing ways.

IV. GOVERNANCE

It has been a very busy two months for Elections, which is very happy to announce that the 2022 OTW Board Election will be contested - there are five candidates and three open seats. You can read Elections' Candidate Announcement post and the candidates' Bios & Platforms on the Elections website. You can keep checking the Election Timeline for news of other upcoming events, including Q&A posts and Candidate Chats.

Development & Membership also collaborated with Elections to prepare for the OTW's annual voting membership drive, as June was the last chance for anyone who would like to vote in the 2022 election to attain membership.

V. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Fanlore's annual Bingo Challenge took place in June and was a great success -- thanks to everyone who took part, ticked off their Bingo cards, and earned loot in the form of shiny pirate-themed badges! Fanlore's social media and graphics teams are now busily planning content for their Fandom in Color themed month, which will be taking place in July. Elsewhere, Fanlore has been discussing improvements to its Help page guidance on page naming conventions and formulating a set of guidelines for page names where the original canon is in a language other than English to better support editors in documenting a wide variety of fandoms on Fanlore!

TWC is preparing to go into production next month for general issue No. 38 (to be released September 15, 2022) and is working with authors for the editorial push for No. 39, a special issue guest edited by Jennifer Duggan and Angie Fazekas on trans fandom (to be released March 15, 2023).

As Systems' contractor has been making good progress on modernising the OTW's email infrastructure, the committee has been getting ready to bring new hardware online. Finally, Development & Membership has been hard at work sending out the many, many card decks requested as donation gifts!

VI. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 25 April to 24 June, Volunteers & Recruiting received 187 new requests, and completed 147, leaving us with 78 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 June 2022, the OTW has 963 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Committee Chairs: Heleen (Translation), Priscilla (Translation)
New Open Doors Volunteers: Schnikeys (Import Assistant), 1 Volunteer, and 3 other Import Assistants
New Support Volunteers: DumplingSquids, Harold Liu, Kawm, Marianne, Marlene, MxCK, Saagarika Verma, Sushishin, Uschi, and 9 other Support Volunteers New Translation Volunteers: Amanda Kassis, CassieLiu, CSancora, gigic, Hao, Ida D, LPCollins, MariaCJ, mushrooom, nire, Polyxeni Foutsitsi, V. Bosmans, and 6 other News Translators

Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: alsaurus, Cheyenne Bingham, MixyStyx
Departing Communications Volunteers: Emily Rogan (Chair-Track Volunteer)
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: Luz Villarreal (Administrative Volunteer)
Departing Policy & Abuse Volunteers: 2 Volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Alexandria, Ink_Herder, itsmyusualweeb, mithrel, Sofia and 14 other Volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 1 Volunteer

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2022-06-29 15:05:27 UTC
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Rosa, who volunteers as a Translation volunteer for Team Swedish.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I translate news posts and other types of documentation for the OTW from English to Swedish. That means I help to make the work the OTW does more accessible for people and spread the information about transformative works outside of the English-speaking world. Most Swedes are fluent in English and don’t expect things on the internet to be available in Swedish, but having access to things in your native language still helps create a global community of fans.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

As a translator, I’m assigned tasks to either translate a document from English to Swedish or to beta an already translated one from one of my teammates. (Team Swedish is a pretty big team for such a small language, and we use a two-beta system, which means every post we put out has been betaed twice.) So when I get a task, I look at it, do a quick time estimate and then make a mental slot in my schedule of when to do it. The deadlines (and possibility for extensions) vary depending on what type of task it is, and how long it is. When I sit down to do the work, it’s very straightforward. The documents we’re assigned are very structured and easy to work with. Hats off to the people doing the prep-work!

A few times per week, I also log onto the OTW chat system to see if a) a tag wrangler has encountered some Swedish tags they need help wrangling (rarely happens, but when it does it’s so much fun!) or b) Staff has an ad hoc translation/update that needs to be done quickly.

I’m also signed up to help out with translating Support tickets and Policy & Abuse tickets, but so far, none have come my way. I have a feeling most Swedes send in their tickets in English.

What made you decide to volunteer?

Not to sound overly dramatic, but in the fall of 2019 I was feeling very adrift and looking for a purpose (as one does, from time to time). I saw a post on Tumblr about the OTW looking for volunteers and thought that this could be a purpose. Giving back to the fannish community could be a purpose!

I’m still so excited I was picked to do this work!

What has been your biggest challenge doing work for the OTW?

...updating the Cheatsheet. No, the Cheatsheet (the team glossary where the language teams decide on how to translate fannish and OTW-related words/terms like ‘ship (verb)’ and ‘ship (noun)’ or ‘anti-circumvention provisions’) is a lifesaver! It is one of those things we translators love to hate, because some words/terms are very hard to translate in ways that make sense. Particularly, legal terms relating to a legal system that may not have an equivalence outside of the country where the law exists.

This does relate to my biggest challenge, though, or what I’ve struggled with the most, and that’s scrutinizing and reevaluating how I use both English and my native Swedish, especially when it comes to where the languages intersect. So many fandom terms only exist in English (for me). I learned these words and terms through English in English spaces, and finding ways to speak about them in Swedish has been difficult at times.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I mostly write and read fanfiction. And talk endlessly with friends who, for some reason, never grow tired of me even though some of us aren’t in the same fandoms anymore. Nothing feeds the plot bunnies as much as bouncing ideas with other fans. I’m very open about my fannish life outside of fandom, which has made me the go-to person for everyone at work when they need to have a fannish moment, even if I don’t have any/limited knowledge of the source material. It’s the best! I’ve learned so much about Star Wars, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who, and James Bond over cups of coffee in the breakroom.

I also spend some time making sure the Swedish pages on Wikipedia for the OTW and AO3 are updated. (I still haven’t made a single edit on Fanlore, which I’m greatly ashamed of.)


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in the comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2022-06-27 12:32:05 UTC
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An advisory note to readers: This newsletter reports on activity in April 2022, which was originally intended to be released in May 2022. Due to interruptions to our usual process as explained in the OTW Board's post last month our posting schedule has been delayed. The OTW's investigation is ongoing as the Board and Legal Committee continue working with all relevant authorities.

I. APRIL DONATION DRIVE

Development & Membership held the April Donation Drive in April, and thanks to the overwhelming support of our users (and the excitement over the card decks), we far exceeded our donation goal, with a final total of US$275,724.51 donated by 7,528 people. We are particularly pleased that 5,810 donors chose to renew or begin OTW membership. Translation worked on posts for 26 languages and we received donations from fans in 84 countries!

II. AT THE AO3

Accessibility, Design & Technology deployed three whole releases, including an update to Rails 6 and big improvements to AO3's tag search, which have significantly improved functionality for Tag Wrangling. And because three releases just wasn't enough, AD&T started testing a fourth!

AO3 Documentation is thrilled to announce that it has uploaded an updated and slightly reworked Posting and Editing FAQ.

In March, Policy & Abuse received about 2600 tickets last month, which is a bit more than average, and Support received about 1400 tickets. Meanwhile, also in March, Tag Wrangling wrangled more than 380,000 tags across more than 49,000 fandoms--more than 900 tags per wrangler!

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Open Doors announced two more archives to be imported: WWFSML (pro wrestling slash fic) and Pony Fiction Archive (My Little Pony fic).

Legal has continued advocacy work opposing proposed U.S. online filtering mandates and technical measures legislative proposals. Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt participated in an online town hall with allies from the EFF to discuss these fan-unfriendly proposals; a recording is available on EFF’s YouTube channel.

It's been a long time coming, but a contractor has made a start on some email-related work that will bring Systems closer to retiring some of the oldest bits of the OTW's infrastructure. Also, Webs fiddled with the OTW website a bit more, and it now does a number of fancy automations that should reduce the number of tickies that Volunteers & Recruiting and Development & Membership in particular have to tick!

IV. GOVERNANCE

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has appointed a Diversity Consultant Research Officer to help the OTW formulate its next steps towards hiring a diversity consultant or firm. The role remains open for internal recruitment as the Board would ideally like it to be held by two people for the sake of redundancy and sharing out the workload. The Board also held its quarterly public meeting at the beginning of the month -- thanks to everyone who came and asked questions!

The Board of Directors Election Timeline is now available on Elections' website, which lets readers know what news and information will be released when during the Board election season.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 24 March to 24 April, Volunteers & Recruiting received 51 new requests, and completed 45, leaving us with 23 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 24 April 2022, the OTW has 948 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Policy & Abuse Volunteers: Aalictoa, ereidivh, FestiveFerret, KayMar, QED, Zoey and 6 other Volunteers
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Alecto Gaia, Allonautilus, Ally, Ara, Bard, Bee, Birdie, Bjorn, cali, catmisae, chidorinnn, Defixionesss, denjidenji, Dragonshield, Emmens, erasica, Esin, Faye, Fu, Goosey, Jiang Xinyuan, Juice, Kai Alec, Laura Anne, Leo, Luanna, MoonSally, Morgan Guenther, Nia, obliviscence, plantpun, RannieCRL, Red Wolf, Rune, sarisally, Seonaid, StableState, TBE, Tevya, therealmorticia, Thirteenthesiac, thirtysixhudson, Tyto, Wayward Wren, Wombatmist, and YunShan (all Tag Wranglers)
New Translation Volunteers: idiosincrasy (Manager)
New Volunteers & Recruiting Volunteers: 1 Volunteer

Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: Carly & 1 other Editor
Departing Elections Volunteers: 1 Team Coordinator and 1 Public Relations Specialist
Departing Policy & Abuse Volunteers: Jen S and 2 other Volunteers
Departing Support Volunteers: KehkashanB
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Captured_in_LSpace, Clock, Courtney, Kamika, Kuh (all Wranglers) and Jen S (Supervisor) and 2 Wranglers
Departing Translation Volunteers: 3 Translators

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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OTW Elections News

It's almost election time! Being a member of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) means being able to vote for its Board of Directors. This helps affect how projects such as the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, and Transformative Works and Cultures are run now and going forward. This year, our election for the Board of Directors will be held from August 12 to August 15. (Access the full Elections Timeline for 2022).

In order to vote, you need to be a member of the OTW by midnight UTC on June 30, 2022 (What time is that for me?). That means that you have to have made a donation of US$10 or more between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, AND have chosen the "membership" option. If you're unsure whether this applies to a donation you've made, please contact our Development & Membership team.

If you participate in this voter registration drive, you will receive a specially designed icon, only available during this drive. Thank you for your support of the OTW! Register to vote and donate today!

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2022-06-19 12:35:03 UTC
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Candidates Announcement

The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2022 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • Heather M
  • Michelle S
  • Natalia G
  • Noémie B
  • Tiffany G

Candidates’ full legal names will not be publicly posted this year unless they are appointed or elected to the Board.

E. Anna Szegedi is stepping down from her position on the Board for personal reasons, and so there will be 3 open seats in this year's election, one of them a partial term of two years. The candidate who places third will be elected to this seat. We are grateful for Anna's service and thank her for her work and dedication.

Because we have 3 seats to be filled and 5 candidates, the 2022 election will be contested – that is, the members of the OTW will vote on which candidates fill the seats.

The Elections Committee is excited to introduce the candidates to all of the members of the OTW! Included in this post are links to short Bios and Platforms written by the candidates. This post also marks the beginning of our Q&A period, during which we invite the public to submit questions for the candidates. Additionally, we will be holding a series of live chats – dates and times for those are to be announced based on candidate availability. Information on the voting period and how to vote will also be posted shortly.

In the meantime, there is a timeline of Elections events available here for your reference. Read on to learn more about our candidates and how you can submit questions for them!

Platforms and Bios

We asked each candidate to provide us with a Bio that sums up their professional and fannish experience, as well as to write a Platform about their goals for their term on the Board by answering the following questions:

  • Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
  • What skills and/or experience would you bring to the Board?
  • Choose one or two goals for the OTW that are important to you and that you would be interested in working on during your term. Why do you value these goals? How would you work with others to achieve them?
  • What is your experience with the OTW’s projects and how would you collaborate with the relevant committees to support and strengthen them? Try to include a range of projects, though feel free to emphasize particular ones you have experience with.
  • How would you balance your Board work with other roles in the OTW, or how do you plan to hand over your current roles to focus on Board work?

You can read both the candidates’ answers to these questions and their bios by following the links below.

Question & Answer (Q&A)

Candidates will also answer questions from the public. Anyone may submit questions via the Elections form. Please submit all questions by 11:59pm UTC on June 26 (what time is that where I live?). All candidates will answer each question submitted, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Questions can be a maximum of 50 words long.
  • Questions must not be repeats of questions from the Platforms. This is to allow candidates to spend their time answering new questions.
  • Similar questions will be grouped together so candidates don’t have to repeat themselves. Elections staff will decide which questions are similar enough to group.
  • If you have a follow-up to a Platform question, please specifically mention that it is a follow-up so it isn’t treated as a repeat.

The posting date for answers will be chosen depending on the number of questions received. Posts will be spread out, arranged by topic, to make it easier for voters to read all the answers.

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We're pleased to announce that, in the coming days, we'll be rolling out the first part of our blocking and muting features: the ability to block specific logged-in users from commenting on your works and replying to your comments.

Blocking and Muting: A Refresher

We'll be implementing two sets of features to help users curate their own experiences and add a layer of protection against harassment, without making it harder for people to create and interact with content on the Archive:

  • Blocking, which will prevent certain users from interacting with you.
  • Muting, which will exclude content by certain users from your personal Archive experience.

Because applying these concepts to all of the Archive's numerous and often interconnected features at once would be a massive undertaking, we're taking a gradual approach that will allow you to block and mute users in some areas while we continue to work on others.

Blocking Part 1: Comments

The Blocked Users page describes what blocking does and allows you to block additional users via a small form. It also lists users you have blocked and provides an option to unblock them.

With this first release, we're focusing on blocking comments from logged-in users. When you block a user, they will no longer be able to comment on your works or reply to comments you've left on news posts or other creators' works. They will also be unable to edit existing comments or replies they've left you.

The block will persist even if the blocked user changes their name.

You can block a user by pressing the "Block" button on their profile, dashboard, or comments. Users you've previously blocked can be unblocked from these locations as well.

You can also block a user by entering their name on the new Blocked Users page, accessible by following the "Blocked Users" link on your preferences page.

The Blocked Users page lists all of the users you've blocked. Other users will not be able to see who you've blocked -- the only people with access to your list of blocked users will be you and site admins with certain access levels.

If you suspect someone you've blocked is still commenting on your works or replying to your comments elsewhere on the Archive, contact the Policy & Abuse team.

Please note that if you block a user with whom you've co-created works, your blocked co-creator will still be able to comment on works you've co-created. However, they will not be able to reply directly to your comments on those works.

Muting: An Update

We're working on a similar interface for muting logged-in users, but in the meantime, you can mute users, works, series, or external works by creating a site skin and using the following CSS:

  • .user-000 { display: none !important; } to hide all of a user's works, series, and bookmarks from work and bookmark listings and search results, as well as any logged-in comments the user has left on works or news posts. Replace 000 with the ID of the user whose works you want to hide. A user's ID is a series of numbers that can be found on the user's profile in the "My user ID is" section. A user's ID does not change if the user changes their name.
  • .work-000 { display: none !important; } to hide a specific work from work and bookmark listings and search results. Replace 000 with the ID of the work you want to hide. The work ID is a series of numbers that can be found in the work URL. The ID comes immediately after /works/, e.g. https://archiveofourown.org/works/000/chapters/123.
  • .series-000 { display: none !important; } to hide a specific series from bookmark listings and search results, as well as users' series pages. Replace 000 with the ID of the series you want to hide. The series ID is a series of numbers that can be found in the series URL. The ID comes immediately after /series/, e.g. https://archiveofourown.org/series/000.
  • .external-work-000 { display: none !important; } to hide a specific external work from bookmark listings and search results. Replace 000 with the ID of the external work you want to hide. (Note that there may be multiple copies of a given external work, each with a different ID.) The external work ID is a series of numbers that can be found in the external work URL. The ID comes immediately after /external_work/, e.g. https://archiveofourown.org/external_work/000.

To hide multiple items, you can separate the selectors with a comma: .work-000, .work-149319, .user-000000 { display: none !important; }

Other Options

In addition to the upcoming blocking and muting features, there are a variety of existing ways to control your Archive experience.

Our Unofficial Browser Tools FAQ lists some third-party scripts that let you filter out unwanted content, and here are some built-in options for managing various features:

We're always working on more options like this, so be sure to check back regularly -- we announce most major changes here at AO3 News shortly before they're released. You can also follow @AO3_Status on Twitter or ao3org on Tumblr to stay up to date.

Update 20:59 UTC 10 June 2022: These changes have now been deployed.

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Since May 3rd, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) — the nonprofit behind AO3, Fanlore, and other projects — has been dealing with malicious attacks aimed at the organization and its volunteers. We wanted to share with you some of what's been happening, as well as what we're doing to contain it, and how it may affect our response times to your inquiries and our workload in general. Above all, we need to ask for your patience, because these are complicated times for all of us at the OTW.

An unknown attacker has been sending our volunteers threatening emails with illegal child sexual abuse material (CSAM), which has been reported to several law enforcement authorities.

These attacks have not affected AO3 user accounts or accounts on any other OTW projects, or OTW donor data. At this time we have no reason to believe that emails or other private user data whatsoever associated with AO3 or any of our other projects have been exposed to any external bad actors.

We've already alerted the relevant authorities, and we're seeking legal advice on how best to proceed. Protecting our volunteers and safeguarding this investigation is our top priority right now, which means we've shut down a number of internal tools necessary to do our work effectively. This was done to better protect our volunteers from further threats.

As a consequence of this, changes and announcements that had been planned for the next few weeks are likely to be delayed. You can expect delays in response times for all OTW teams. Please note:

  • AO3 Tag Wrangling's planned changes for Dream SMP fandoms will be delayed. New tags will not be wrangled until a later time.
  • AO3 Support, Open Doors, and Policy & Abuse responses are all likely to take much longer than usual. The same applies to Fanlore teams.
  • Responses to queries sent to OTW Legal, including DMCA Takedown Notices, may be delayed.
  • OTW donation gifts may be delayed.
  • OTW recruitment is suspended until further notice.
  • The OTW's social media posting schedule will be reduced for most outlets.

There have been no changes to the following:

  • The OTW election timeline will remain unchanged.
  • AO3 invitations for new users are being sent out normally.

Please be patient with us at this time. We are trying our best to keep our projects running as smoothly as possible while also keeping our volunteers — without whom none of these projects would exist — safe. Thank you so much for your understanding and support.

(One final note: we've disabled comments on all our news posts for the time being for security reasons. If you need to get in touch with us, please use the Support and Feedback form, but bear in mind that responses will likely be delayed.)

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The Organization for Transformative Works' Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2022 election for new members of the Board of Directors has been posted!

This year’s election will be held August 12-15. This means that the deadline for volunteers to declare their candidacy is June 17.

As usual, the election membership deadline is June 30. If you're interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date. Please note that your donation receipt will be dated in US Eastern Time, so if your donation is listed after 19:59 on June 30, 2022 on the receipt, you won't be eligible to vote. If you are unsure whether your donation was made before the deadline, please contact our Development and Membership Committee by using the contact form on our website and selecting "Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?".

You can find out how to become a member on the Elections website, or if you’re familiar with the process, you can donate here!

If you want to know more about the election process in general, you can check out the Elections Policies.

We’re looking forward to an active election season with ample communication between candidates and voters, and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Don’t forget to follow the Elections committee on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news!

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Elections.

Comments on this post will close 2 weeks after the end of election season, September 6th, 2022.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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