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This Week in Fandom, Volume 50

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, apologies, but Eurovision is a mythical beast that is too great for this humble newsletter. Check out #Eurovision and #ESC2017 for flaily goodness, plus this indy100 article for a bit of controversy.


Syfy announced a rebranding this week. The Verge published an article detailing how the network is refocusing on fandom. (Warning for flashing gif at link.) In 2009, the name change was made from “The Sci Fi Channel” to Syfy in “an effort to capture a broad audience.” However, “the corporation now understands the need to do the opposite, by doubling down on Syfy’s roots. The end goal [according to network executive Chris McCumber], is to create a home ‘for fans to come in and celebrate the genre that they love.'” According to Collider, “[Syfy’s] focus will now be in four areas: science fiction (like The Expanse), fantasy (The Magicians), supernatural/paranormal (Channel Zero), and superheroes/comics (new series Krypton).” (Warning for potentially disturbing image at link.)

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5 Things a Volunteer Said

Five Things Rebecca Sentance 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 Rebecca Sentance, who volunteers as chair of the AO3 Documentation Committee.

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

I’m a co-chair with the AO3 Documentation committee, also known as “Docs”, which handles the user-facing documentation for Archive of Our Own — things like FAQs, tutorials and screencasts. You can find our work over on the Archive FAQ page. Our job is to make sure that there’s clear and accessible documentation explaining the different functions of the Archive, which users can consult if they run into any issues.

For this we work closely with the Support Committee, making sure that our docs address the user queries that they’re getting; Accessibility, Design & Technology, to take interface changes and feature updates into account; and Translation, who make our documentation available in all sorts of languages.

I also wear another hat which is as a layout editor for the Transformative Works and Cultures academic journal, where I’m responsible for HTML tagging articles for publication in each issue. I’ve learned a lot about the world of academic HTML in the process!

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The OTW is Recruiting Strategic Planning Staff and Translation Volunteers

Are you fluent in a language other than English, or have experience with research methods, problem solving or nonprofit governance?

We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Tag Wrangling Volunteers, Elections Staff, and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff.

Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Strategic Planning Staff – closing Wednesday 17 May 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteers – closing Wednesday 17 May 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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