AD&T Weekly Meeting – 24 October 2009

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’re noticing people ask similar questions and would like everyone to be able to share the discussion.

Sat 11pm meeting. I was sick and slept instead but had peppered the agenda with comments and the latest schedule updates (hopefully coherent ones) and sent out a plea for someone to chair the meeting. The lovely [info - personal] bingeling came to my rescue and stalking the transcript after says they don’t need me at all :p

  • Deploy schedule: Next deploy to Beta currently scheduled for 8th November (Release 0.7.1). Also I gotta stop saying ‘push it back’ when talking scheduling because it doesn’t mean the same thing to all of us and I should know better 🙁
    • Admin News Post comment email: the link in the email doesn’t work, we’ve put the underscore back in the right place for this deploy.
    • AO3 Logo: Temporary logo is on Test. Official Logo competition deferred until we can recruit someone to run it. Heh, the front page in Test is currently displaying: "Latest work: This is a story with very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very verylong title" *loves on testers*
    • Autocomplete: Stopped working for the Post New form when entering tags. We’ve got a fix for that – it’s on Test – and can I just say [info - personal] rustler is awesome 🙂
    • Invitations: the code is on Test (yay [info - personal] elz!) , it can do all sorts of things. I turned the invitations queue on and off, entered some email addresses into the queue, checked my predicted invite time and bounced around excitedly. I also issued invite codes to my user account, sent them to other testers and generally poked things. It still need some enhancements (this is the first version of a whole new feature and a big piece of work) but we’re very happy with it so far.
  • Open Beta: Mid November. We think we can squeeze the planned stability period (where you deploy code then stare at it and wait for it to explode) down to one week . We wanted two but that was when were doing one deploy containing EVERYTHING rather than splitting it into 0.7.0 (on Beta now) and 0.7.1 (coming to Beta soon).
  • Test Team: Are amazing! A piece of work we do after a code deploy is to go through all the issues and confirm that the changes got deployed and are working as expected. That means they do all the testing/verification they did on Test again on Beta (except without creating junk data). There were 89 in total (there were 90 but one fix failed testing) and we’re already down to only 39 waiting for verification.
  • Stuff coming up:
    • Admin Stats! Yes, I know I’m the only one who cares but OMG I care a lot! *cradles the JQuery plugin tenderly*
    • Languages: We’re at the point where we can talk to the Translation team about what languages to add so that people can specify what language they are posting in.
    • Notes: *grins* Yes, you may have 5k character Notes, we’re extending the limit.
    • Task Queue: We’re conscious that one of the first things you do with a shiny new account is import your back catalogue of works, this hasn’t been a problem in Closed Beta because we add people in such small amounts. Performance testing suggests the AO3 can handle quite a lot before it slows down but we’re looking at ways to make this not an issue. Long term we’ll probably set up a task queue so you can start importing and it will import when it can if it can’t straight away.

If there are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or by volunteering, or by messaging or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. You are invited to this party 🙂

Concerning Fanfiction

Mercedes Lackey has announced the following on her blog:

News: Concerning Fanfiction:

As you folks already know, my agent, Russel Galen, has in the past been opposed to fanfiction. However, he is also Cory Doctorow’s agent now, and Cory is a persuasive little gnome.

As a result of this, I am happy to announce that we are officially permitting fanfiction to be licensed as derivative fiction under the Creative Commons umbrella…

Thanks, Cory, for helping Mercedes and her agent recognize that fans’ reaction to works can (and already do!) legitimately include creative responses. We don’t think we need her permission, but we’re always happy to have her blessing–and as fans of hers, we’re happy that she’s happy! 🙂

AD&T Weekly Meeting: 17 October 2009

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’re noticing people ask similar questions and would like everyone to be able to share the discussion.

Sunday 7am for me and we didn’t stop for 2.5 hours – see [info - personal] bingeling it’s not just you :p We talked a lot about schedules, communication (especially Support and Tag Wranglers) and held us a workshop on some of the finer points of the Collections design – should they be bookmarkable (we think yes), should the description field be compulsory (we think no).

Deploy Schedule: the AO3 has been updated and we’re now on revision 1585 \o/ Our next deploy is planned for about three weeks from now and will contain the Invitations code and any fixes to existing problems that we can squeeze in – this is the Open Beta drop, we won’t be able to add any more code before we launch.

  • AO3 Logo: We’ve agreed on a temporary logo. I think it’s very pretty and it’s certainly a lot better resolution than our poor little ‘house’ favicon. Our energy is pretty centered around Open Beta right now so finding someone to run a logo competition is going to have to wait – suggestions and volunteers welcome 😉
  • Filters: We’re going to change the filers slightly, we’ll change the Rating and Category tickyboxes to radio buttons to reflect the fact that if you try to select more than one you always get zero results (can’t be Rating=E AND Rating=T at the same time). This way, you can only ever pick one at a time anyway and will hopefully stop people having the frustrating experience of thinking they can have both then finding out they can’t. erm, I really hope what I said made sense – poke me if it doesn’t.
  • Invitations: I can see the code being added to our code repository in great big chunks and [info - personal] elz greeted me this morning with a design question. Yes, some of our features get developed when I’m half awake and half dressed – it’s an excellent system I swear!

Open Beta: Mid November. Our Support team are gearing up, we have plans, plan, plans and I’m only panicking every second hour :p

Stuff coming up: Open Beta! Code Optimising, Yuletide importing (OMG)