This spring, Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) will launch a special issue dedicated entirely to Supernatural! The issue will deal with the actors, the show, the fans–and of course the fanworks! There’s been a bit of concern about what works will be discussed and what the journal policy is on discussing them; be assured that TWC policy is to make sure that its authors are in dialog with fan writers and artists, and know that we are always aware of issues of fan privacy. If you want to know more, see the editors’ policy statement here on our site.
Welcome to our weekly update from the chair of ADT. All the news that’s fit to print about the progress of the Archive of Our Own is below the cut. This post may also be found on the Archive of Our Own which is commentable by anyone with or without an AO3 account. Comments are disabled elsewhere as we’d like people to be able to share any discussion with each other.
Our fearless leader samvara is off on a fabulous holiday (we hope she’s having a great time!), so we’re sharing chairing duties amongst the rest of the committee. This week brought to you by zooey_glass.
Deploy Schedule: After lots of discussion about timing, we deployed release 0.7.1.2. This includes a few emergency fixes and the first set of the code for Collections and Challenges, which will be needed for Yuletide. Our team of Testers performed heroically to get all the issues included in this update tested out so that we could deploy them to the live site *loves on testers*. Check out the Release Notes for R1789 for more info on what was included.
Open Beta: Still going well! We’re excited to have seen the number of works shoot up to over 21,000 already!
Code: We’ve been focusing our energies on fixing bugs in our existing code and building Collections and Challenges. Our front-end coders are also working on making the site more compatible with Internet Explorer. We’re holding off on adding other new features for now so we don’t get all confuddled with Collections *g*
Invitation schedule: The number of people on the queue has now dropped below 300 for the first time! Last week we dropped down to issuing 30 invitations per day to give our Support team a bit of breathing space and prepare for Yuletide. We reviewed that again this week and decided that we’d stay on 30 per day now, since Support are still busy and the queue is going down.
Stuff coming up:
- Collections and Challenges: Most of our energies are going towards preparing for this at the moment *wibbles* Naomi has been hard at work coding Collections and Challenges, while our testers have started the first round of banging on things to see if they are working right.
- Speedy tag editing: Lots of people have asked for a way to quickly edit tags without going through the whole Edit – Preview – Post process. This is definitely scheduled as a future improvement, although not until Collections and Challenges is well out of the way.
If there are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or by volunteering, or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. You are invited to this party 🙂
This post may also be found on the Archive of Our Own which is commentable by anyone with or without an AO3 account.
Open Beta for the Archive of Our Own is entering its third week of booming growth, and we’re all very excited by the positive, thoughtful, and constructive feedback we’ve been receiving from all of the new users. We’ve also been incredibly gratified by the groundswell of excited volunteers, eager to help us to make the Archive even better!
Happily, volunteer opportunities abound – particularly filling jobs in the infrastructure supporting the AO3. Organizing and communicating with our new volunteers is how our Volunteers & Recruiting Committee makes all our other work possible. Our Financial Committee makes sure the bills get paid, assuring a secure, stable home for all of that work. Both are vital to AO3 growth and sustainability.
If you’re inspired by the AO3 project, and are moved to help us make it better, you may have just the sort of enthusiasm we can use! Volunteering in other capacities doesn’t mean you can’t also test code (banging on new features) or wrangle tags (helping to improve searchability) – many of us do both. Please take a look at the opportunities listed in our Willing to Serve post and help us to build stronger support for the AO3 by strengthening our organization. Send us a message to volunteer or to find out more!
As always, if you don’t have the time or energy, but feel the impulse to be a part of what we’re accomplishing, you can donate in support of our servers and our continued self-sufficiency – or just help spread the word to your friends and fannish communities!