OTW election news: make your voice heard

2017 OTW Elections Timeline and Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2017 election has been posted!

There are some changes to the timeline this year. In order to avoid conflicts with other OTW events, the election has been moved to earlier in the year. This change started last year, with the election taking place in late September, and this year it’s moving to August, where it should stay for the foreseeable future.

Specifically, this year’s election will be held August 11-14.

This means that the deadline to become a member and be eligible to vote has also moved up. Like the election time, this date will be the same every year. The election membership deadline is now June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date.

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 and Tumblr to keep up to date with the latest news!

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

OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

The OTW is Recruiting Tag Wranglers, Plus Elections and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff

Can you code in Python (or learn to do so)? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Are you good at administrative tasks or working with people? The OTW is recruiting for new personnel!

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Abuse Staff and Elections Staff. Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Elections Staff: Voting Process Architects – Closing 19 April 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteers – Closing after 50 applications or 19 April 23:59 UTC
  • Volunteers and Recruiting Staff – Closing 19 April 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 volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org 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.

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 46

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening. Before we get started, what do you think of Harry Styles’ new single, Sign of the Times? Do any of these reactions seem fitting?


There has been upset in fandom recently over changes at Livejournal. As io9 reports, Livejournal’s servers have been moved to Russia–where the company is located–and therefore a new User Agreement has been devised that states that site content is now subject to Russian laws. According to the io9 article, this means that the site has “officially banned “political solicitation”— which can mean anything that criticizes the Russian government, as well as pro-LGBTQ discussions.” Privacy may also be an issue: “Critics have claimed the user agreement puts users at risk of having their data accessible to Russian intelligence, in accordance with anti-terrorism legislation.”

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