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The Bureau of Time and Space, a Flint the Time Detective fanwork archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Bureau of Time and Space has been offline since the early 2000s. Small as it was, moving it to AO3 will double the amount of fic available for the fandom.

The purpose of the Open Doors Committee’s Online Archive Rescue Project is to assist moderators of archives to incorporate the fanworks from those archives into the Archive of Our Own. Open Doors works with moderators to import their archives when the moderators lack the funds, time, or other resources to continue to maintain their archives independently. It is extremely important to Open Doors that we work in collaboration with moderators who want to import their archives and that we fully credit creators, giving them as much control as possible over their fanworks. Open Doors will be working with Saoirse to import The Bureau of Time and Space into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all art files currently in The Bureau of Time and Space will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from The Bureau of Time and Space to the AO3 after October.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on The Bureau of Time and Space?

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

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

Please contact Open Doors with your The Bureau of Time and Space pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

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

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

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

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

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

We're excited to be able to help preserve The Bureau of Time and Space!

- The Open Doors team and Saoirse

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2022-09-21 16:43:13 UTC
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A red banner by Sharky with slanted white stripes on either side that reads “15th Anniversary Celebration.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in the festivities for the OTW’s 15th anniversary! We’re so inspired by your creativity and enthusiasm. We’d also like to recognize that the Archive of Our Own reached five million registered users on September 15th, which is a wonderful milestone to occur during a month celebrating the fan-made achievement that is the OTW.

Today, we’re pleased to announce the 15 winners of our anniversary trivia and fanworks challenge prize drawing. The following fans are the trivia winners:

Alex C
coprime
Emmerlie
FestiveFerret
ihni
Lumeleo
Moodle01
satbiym
Serpi
theirprofoundbond

We also randomly selected the following five fanworks on AO3 as winners of the fanworks prize drawing:

ThisFiniteLife - The Warden of the Sierra Madre
Boss_duck - Another 15 Minute Sketch
DaybreakOverRain - Birthdays
Helen_scram - For All Time
TheTimeTraveler24 - Dear Bianca

Later today, we’ll email all of our winners, who will have 72 hours to provide us with a mailing address to send their prize to. If you are a winner and do not see our email in your inbox or your spam folder within the next 24 hours, please contact the Communications Committee to let us know.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the OTW15 | OTW 15th Anniversary Fanwork Challenge tag on AO3, Francesca Coppa’s Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said post, Constance Penley’s Guest Post, and our newly updated OTW History infographics.

It’s also not too late to join the Stub September challenge on Fanlore, which is ongoing until September 25!

The answers to all 15 trivia questions are listed below.



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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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

This month the Organization for Transformative Works turns 15! As part of the celebrations, we're publishing a special 5 Things post with one of our founders, Francesca Coppa. In this post, you can read Francesca's memories about the early days of the OTW, and the challenges that the organization has faced since then. We're also hosting a trivia contest (available only in English) and a fanworks challenge. If you'd like to know more, please visit the English version of the OTW's anniversary post.


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.

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

I have had so many different roles in the OTW since we started in 2007. Before we were even an organization, I was in charge of organizing all the many, many fans who declared that they were willing to volunteer. Then I was five years on the Board during which I did Communications, helped to set up Open Doors, and worked on Fan Video and Multimedia.

I got drafted to keep track of the wireframes of the archive back when we were still working on designing the user experience of AO3; that was fun and something outside my normal expertise! Nowadays I work more on the aca-legal end of things; I write arguments (e.g. I worked on the Dr. Seuss/Star Trek case) and give testimony when OTW Legal needs me to, and I also work with Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC), scouting out papers and reviewing. Communications also knows that I'm around if needed, and I still do interviews and give background on fandom to journalists so that they're oriented. (Though so many journalists are themselves fans now, which helps so much!)

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

The work I do is much more seasonal than weekly. TWC continues to put out two (and sometimes three!) peer-reviewed issues a year which is just incredible; as I always point out, there are university funded journals with paid staff that don't have that kind of track record! Most journals last only a couple of years and then peter out, but we're still going strong. The aca-legal side is very deadline-focused; things come up and need fast responses. (Shout out to the continuing amazing OTW Legal as well, who really ensure that we have a voice in legal issues that affect us.)

When you look back to the OTW's beginning, what surprises you the most about where the OTW is now?

That there are some people--even people who love us--who don't realize that the OTW is a fannish project, not a business! That it was cooked up by a bunch of fans who'd had enough of being screwed over by market forces! I guess a lot of fans now honestly don't remember the pre-capitalist internet; they assume that anything on the web is a business. And the OTW's nonprofit model might be confusing to some--because fandom does pay to keep it running, just not everyone pays.

The OTW fundraises so that those who can pay support those who can't, on the model of U.S. public TV or radio, and everyone can use our projects regardless of whether they can afford to. But I think there are people who honestly can't believe that something this big and successful (and I mean all of OTW, not just AO3 but also TWC and OTW Legal, writing amicus briefs and being recognized by the government as an important body etc.) operates outside the market. We pay for (and actually own) the servers, but all the labor is donated by fandom, from the Board on down. And to be honest, the labor is what's priceless, not just economically (though economically!) but also in terms of the passionate investment that fandom makes in the org. The OTW is something that a lot of people wished into being and worked to make happen; it's a boat we built ourselves and it only works because new people continue to step up and work to make it work.

What makes you feel the proudest about your own accomplishments in the OTW?

The looks on my students' faces when they learn that I was involved in forming the OTW. All of a sudden, I'm a rockstar! They all have AO3 accounts. I can remember a past when I was worried about people finding out about my involvement in fandom, and now my college promotes it as a feature: The AO3 won a Hugo!

What thing (or set of things) has been the most challenging about the OTW's development?

Oh jeez. There were and still are challenges. When your labor is donated, there's always a tension between what needs doing and what people like to do, want to do, or are good at doing. And not surprisingly, a lot of people don't want to volunteer using the same sort of skills they use in their day job; they want a break from work! But there's an old saying that the gardener plays piano for fun, and the pianist gardens. I've always thought that fandom is a lot like that, and the OTW, too.

I'm sincerely moved by what the OTW team does, that so many people turn up and make things happen. I think the talent and the responsiveness of the OTW is actually pretty astounding for an organization where nobody gets paid. And fandom knows it, too--we do better in my opinion than most if not all for-profit sites, and we're more professional than most not-for-profit sites. (Not that we're perfect, far from, but people who complain never point at who's doing it better, because nobody is: some problems are just hard problems.)

That said, now that we're so big, when I think about the future...like, in my opinion, the next level up for us isn't a "little" more money than we're raising, it’s magnitudes more money, a whole other scale of money. It's a little like (some of you reading this will know what I mean) when someone asks you what you want for your birthday, and you're like, "Nothing" but what you really mean is, "Nothing you could give me for my birthday--I need, like, a couch. I need to have the house repainted. I need a new transmission for the car."

And even if we were to raise that kind of money, well--as the great Cyndi Lauper wisely noted, "Money changes everything." If we had an OTW with a lot of paid employees that we could order to do things, it wouldn't be the same kind of organization. So, I don't know, but we've done really really well so far by any reasonable metric (she says with intense pride) and that there's no reason we won't continue to do well. Fandom re-imagines, regenerates, and invents; it's what we do!

What fannish things do you like to do?

Fandom is honestly less things that I do and more like the place that I live; I settled here and I've lived here now for, like, forty years? It's my town! Fans are my neighbors, and I've known some of them for decades, and sometimes new people move in and others move out. So, I mean--yes, sure, I still read and write and beta fic, and I watch vids in fandoms that interest me, but I also feel like a citizen of fandom, sitting on my front porch, watching what's happening without always having to do it myself. I take an interest, is what I'm saying; I want to know what the big fandoms are, I want to get the jokes, speak the language: I want to recognize all the blorbos even if I'm not fannish about those shows.

I think I'm drawing the line at TikTok though. (Sigh...but I've said that before, so, you know: never say never.)


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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Banner of a paper airplane emerging from an envelope with the words 'OTW Newsletter: Organization for Transformative Works

I. CHANGES TO FAN CULTURE PRESERVATION PROJECT

In August, Open Doors announced two updates to its Fan Culture Preservation Project, which seeks to preserve physical fanworks such as fanzines. While continuing its partnership with the University of Iowa, Open Doors added several additional partners as part of an overhaul of its website, which now lists contact information for multiple institutions that donors can choose from when deciding where to donate their fannish memorabilia. Open Doors also announced a new subproject, the AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project, which will involve importing scanned or transcribed zines to the AO3 with the permission of creators and/or zine publishers.

For more information about both of these updates, check out the announcement post.

II. AT THE AO3

In addition to its Fan Culture Preservation Project updates, Open Doors announced the import of All About Spike, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series archive for fanfiction and essays focusing on the character Spike. It also completed the imports of Weaver of Dreams (a fanfiction archive featuring the actor Oded Fehr and the characters he has played) and Animators Inc. (fanfiction in Italian set in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter universe).

Accessibility, Design & Technology spent the tail end of July and most of August testing release 0.9.323 and reviewing code for future releases. AD&T also posted its latest release notes detailing the work it did from April through early July. Meanwhile, AO3 Documentation has uploaded its updated Downloading FAQ and made a couple of other small updates across the FAQ suite.

August was a busy month for Tag Wrangling, which assisted Open Doors with several tag mapping projects and also opened recruitment for additional volunteers, who are much welcomed as the archive continues to grow. In July, more than 430,000 tags were wrangled across more than 51,000 fandoms -- nearly a thousand tags per wrangler!

III. ELSEWHERE AT THE OTW

Communications spent most of August finalizing preparations for the OTW's 15th anniversary. Check out the announcement post for more details on the celebrations, which are going on now! The festivities include a scavenger hunt being held on the OTW Twitter account, a fanworks challenge (using the tag #OTW15 on social media and OTW15 | OTW 15th Anniversary Fanwork Challenge on AO3), and upcoming interviews to be posted to AO3 News and the OTW website. Fanlore's Stub September challenge this year, happening September 12-25, is also anniversary party-themed in honor of the occasion.

In August, Legal responded to press inquiries regarding new U.S. litigation over The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical and about ongoing litigation about copyright fair use that will soon be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Rebecca Tushnet and Betsy Rosenblatt presented in a webinar about fanworks and fair use law hosted by Library Futures. Legal also responded to several user queries about copyright and fanworks, conducted internal legal analysis regarding some recent legal developments around the world, and prevailed in a WIPO domain name dispute against a site that was confusingly imitating the AO3.

Systems continued to work with its data center folks on some hardware replacements, with Fanlore on its MediaWiki upgrade, and with Volunteers & Recruiting on transitioning OTW committees to a new project management platform. Systems also has made the first steps toward transitioning AO3's security certificate.

IV. GOVERNANCE

August was the busiest month of the year for Elections, which held its annual Board of Directors election from August 12-15. Before the election, Translation translated all candidates' bios and platforms into a whopping 30 languages. Meanwhile, during the election, Elections moderated hundreds of comments on its website and responded to approximately 600 membership queries with help from Development & Membership, who investigated the membership status of many of the people who reached out. Elections is continuing to respond to nonessential queries while investigating new tools to prepare itself to respond to a high volume of requests in the future.

Heather McGuire and Natalia Gruber were elected to replace outgoing directors Rebecca Sentance and Kirsten Wright, while Michelle Schroeder was elected to complete the remaining two years of the term for E. Anna Szegedi, who stepped down from the role. Elections and Board would like to thank all departing directors for their service, everyone who ran for making a contested election possible, and all users still waiting for responses to their queries for their patience and understanding!

Elections has also released its 2022 election statistics post. Some highlights: 39.3% of all eligible voters cast a ballot, with a 98.4% increase in the number of ballots cast compared to 2021.

Lastly, Strategic Planning released the OTW Vision Statement 2022-2025 at the start of the month.

V. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

From 25 July to 25 August, Volunteers & Recruiting received 47 new requests, and completed 51, leaving us with 18 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 25 August 2022, the OTW has 918 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Open Doors Volunteers: cinnamonandtea, Emily Cohen (both Import Assistants) and 1 more Import Assistant
New Translation Volunteers: 1 Translator

Departing AO3 Documentation Volunteers: Srosh Hassan (Editor)
Departing Open Doors Volunteers: antonomasia09 (Import Assistant)
Departing Policy & Abuse Volunteers: Muse and 6 other Policy & Abuse Volunteers
Departing Systems Volunteers: Rachel Bussert (Project Manager)
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: byeke, Emily Fowl, Moontyger, Tay and 21 other Tag Wrangling Volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Beste Karataş, blondreader, Farah MA, Sho, Wermea (all Translators) and 1 other Translator, 1 Volunteer Manager

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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By Your Command, a Battlestar Galactica (1978) fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

By Your Command is an archive preserving stories from the BSG Slash mailing list for the Battlestar Galactica (1978) TV show. Funding for By Your Command, which has always been a static archive, is no longer available to maintain it on its old platform at Slashcity, and it will be moving to a new home as a collection on Archive Of Our Own. The archive will remain closed to new submissions.

The purpose of the Open Doors Committee’s Online Archive Rescue Project is to assist moderators of archives to incorporate the fanworks from those archives into the Archive of Our Own. Open Doors works with moderators to import their archives when the moderators lack the funds, time, or other resources to continue to maintain their archives independently. It is extremely important to Open Doors that we work in collaboration with moderators who want to import their archives and that we fully credit creators, giving them as much control as possible over their fanworks. Open Doors will be working with Anna (Starry Diadem) to import By Your Command into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from By Your Command to the AO3 after October 2022. However, the import may not take place for several months or even years, depending on the size and complexity of the archive. Creators are always welcome to import their own works and add them to the collection in the meantime.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on By Your Command?

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

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

Please contact Open Doors with your By Your Command pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

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

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

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

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

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

We're excited to be able to help preserve By Your Command!

- The Open Doors team and Anna (Starry Diadem)

Commenting on this post will be disabled in 14 days, on September 23. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this import after that date, please contact Open Doors.

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2022-09-07 15:59:53 UTC
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Would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • News translator - closing 14 September 2022 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

News Translator

Would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? We are looking for volunteers of native or near-native fluency in their target languages, who can translate or beta news posts within five-day deadlines. If you enjoy working collaboratively, if you're fluent in a language other than English, if you're passionate about the OTW and its projects, and want to help us reach more fans all around the world, working with Translation might be for you!

We particularly need people for Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Kyrgyz, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Welsh — but help with other languages would be much appreciated.

(Please note that our Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Vietnamese teams are not accepting new members at this time.)

Applicants may be asked to translate and correct short text samples and will be invited to a chatroom interview as part of the selection process. More information about us can be found on the Translation committee page.

Applications are due 14 September 2022

Apply at the volunteering page!


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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2022-09-05 16:53:44 UTC
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A red banner by Candice with red and black text that reads “It’s Our Anniversary: Celebrate 15 Years of the OTW.” The text is displayed in front of two black speakers on either side, each of which has the red OTW logo in its center.

Today, the Organization for Transformative Works turns 15!

Since its foundation in 2007, the Organization for Transformative Works has strived to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan culture, and it’s been an honor to do so through all of our projects for these last 15 years. Some of our major milestones over the last four years are shown below. For a look at more from our earlier days, visit the freshly-updated infographics on our website.

An infographic titled “A Brief History of the Organization for Transformative Works: Arrival Phase.” Under 2019 are the following milestones: In May, Open Doors completes its 50th archive import. In August, AO3 wins the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. In October, Open Doors launches the Yahoo Group Rescue Project. In November, Fanlore reaches 50,000 published pages. Under 2020 are the following milestones: In January, the OTW celebrates the end of its first ever strategic plan. In December, AO3 reaches seven million posted works. Under 2021 are the following milestones: In January, Fanlore reaches one million edits. In March, TWC releases its 35th issue. In August, AO3 reaches four million registered users. In October, Open Doors completes its 75th archive import. Under 2022 are the following milestones: In March, AO3 reaches nine million posted works. In May, AO3 canonizes its 50,000th fandom tag. In August, Open Doors launches the AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project.

We’re incredibly grateful to all of the fans, volunteers, and OTW members who have brought our projects to life and made this work possible. We look forward to continuing our mission in the years to come, and we hope you’ll follow us as we do so! You can track updates to our projects through our news posts, project websites, and social media channels.

In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to join us this month in celebrating our 15th anniversary! Here’s how you can get involved and have the chance to win some OTW swag:

Trivia Game

Answer questions about our organization’s history for a chance to win OTW goodies! Here’s how it works:

  1. Starting today, we’ll post a new trivia question about the OTW on Twitter each day for the next 15 days. To find the answers, you’ll need to explore the OTW’s project and news pages. We hope you’ll learn a little more about the OTW and how it works along the way!
  2. By 15:00 UTC on September 21 (what time is that for me?), please submit all 15 of your answers to our Communications Committee. (Put “OTW Trivia” in the subject line of your message.)
  3. Let us know in that message what name or pseudonym you’d prefer we use when we announce the winners.

Please do NOT post your answers publicly.

We’ll randomly select 10 winners from the list of people who correctly answer all 15 questions. If we do not receive enough correct responses to qualify for the prizes, we will include entries with 14 correct answers, or 13 correct answers, etc. until we have 10 winners.

Winners will be notified by email and have 72 hours to provide us with a mailing address for us to send their prize to. We will ship internationally, so everyone can participate. But if we do not hear back from you within that 3 day time frame, we will be randomly choosing another winner in your place. (Please check your spam folders!)

Check our Twitter account later today for the first question. Happy hunting!

Fanworks Challenge

If you’re a creator, you have another chance to win by joining us in creating 15-themed fanworks for the next 15 days! This can include any of the following:

  • 15-sentence fics
  • 15-minute fanart
  • 15-minute (or less) podfics
  • 15-item fanmixes
  • 15-second fanvids

Tag your fanworks OTW15 | OTW 15th Anniversary Fanwork Challenge on AO3 or #OTW15 on social media, and we just might feature one of them on our social media accounts! We will be reblogging, retweeting, and reccing a selection of 15th anniversary fanworks for the next 15 days. We’ll also randomly select 5 fanworks posted to AO3 using the tag OTW15 | OTW 15th Anniversary Fanwork Challenge to receive prizes! If you do not want to be considered for a prize, please say so in the author’s notes of your work on AO3.

Fanlore Stub September Challenge

Fanlore’s annual Stub September challenge runs September 12-25, and in honor of the OTW’s 15th anniversary, this year’s theme is birthday/anniversary celebrations! Anyone is welcome to create a Fanlore account and help create or edit “stubs” – empty or short Fanlore articles – to win merit badges that you can show on your Fanlore user page or anywhere else. If you have any questions about how to get started as an editor or want to chat with fellow editors during the challenge, check out the official Fanlore Discord server.

News Posts

Get ready for some special interviews in our Five Things and Guest Post series! This month, we’ll be interviewing OTW cofounder Francesca Coppa, as well as Professor of Film & Media Studies and slash fandom acafan Constance Penley. In these news posts, you’ll learn more about studies of women in fandom and the early days of the OTW.


Your participation in the OTW has shaped it at every stage of its 15-year journey, and we hope that you feel the same pride and excitement that we do in reaching this milestone. Please take the time to get involved with our celebrations and – to all of our participants – good luck!

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The OTW Open Doors Committee is pleased to announce two new developments: first, an expansion of its Fan Culture Preservation Project (FCPP) to include additional partner institutions; and second, the start of a new project, called the AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project (FSHP), which will begin digital preservation of select fanzines and other physical fannish artifacts with permission from creators or publishers.

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Background explanation about the FCPP

The Open Doors Committee launched the FCPP in 2009 as a joint venture between the OTW and the Special Collections department at the University of Iowa Libraries. The goal of the FCPP was to facilitate the preservation of physical fannish materials such as fanzines and to give them a safe home. The OTW will continue to work with the University of Iowa toward this goal, but Open Doors will be expanding the scope of the FCPP to provide donors more options for preservation.

How are Open Doors’ zine library partnerships changing?

Open Doors will continue to partner with the University of Iowa Libraries, but has updated its website to include additional institutions that house fanzines and other physical fannish memorabilia. These additional partnerships will provide fans who intend to donate their fanzines with more options, especially because different institutions accept different types of works, may or may not require donors to index their materials before donating them, may or may not cover shipping costs if that is a concern for donors, and may or may not be located near to the donor. This also provides donors with additional options if one institution already has a donor’s fanzines in its collection and so will not accept a duplicate donation.

A complete list of Open Doors’ current FCPP partners can be found on the Open Doors website.

What should I do if I want to donate my fannish memorabilia or fanzines to one of Open Doors’ partners?

The Open Doors website provides donors with information about each partner institution’s location, area of focus, restrictions, indexing requirements, ability to pay for shipping, and contact information. Prospective donors are encouraged to select an appropriate institution based on these criteria and reach out to it about donating their fannish materials. Donors are still welcome to contact Open Doors if they would like assistance selecting or contacting an institution to whom to donate their materials.

What is the AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project?

While the FCPP focuses on preserving hard-copy zines, OTW also recognizes the value of digitizing fannish history. Therefore, Open Doors is pleased to announce the AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project (FSHP), a new partnership with Zinedom, a fan-run preservation project, in order to bring digitized copies of fanzine works to the AO3.

With approval from OTW Legal and the OTW Board of Directors, Open Doors will collaborate with Zinedom volunteers to transcribe stories, scan art, and upload both to the AO3 with permission. Fanzine works will only be imported to the AO3 with permission from their creators and/or zine publishers.

What if my work has previously been published in a fanzine?

Please contact Open Doors with your fanzine pseud(s) and contact information, if:

  1. You'd like to give Open Doors permission to import fanzines for which you were the publisher or any fanworks of yours that were published in fanzines.
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your fanzine works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your fanzine works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You’d like to import your fanzine works yourself and need a copy of the story or art scan.
  5. You would NOT like your fanzine works moved to the AO3.
  6. You are happy for us to preserve your fanzine works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name or prefer to use another name/pseudonym.
  7. You’re interested in helping Open Doors and Zinedom transcribe works from fanzines.
  8. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the title of the project (FSHP or AO3 Fanzine Scan Hosting Project) in the subject heading of your message. If you no longer have access to the contact information associated with your publication(s), please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out.

Please see the Open Doors website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

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

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of any fanzines in which they may have been published on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve these fanzines for future generations of readers!

- The Open Doors team

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