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July 2019 Newsletter, Volume 137

I. AO3 MILESTONES: 5 MILLION FANWORKS & 2 MILLION USERS

In July, the Archive of Our Own celebrated two big milestones: 2 million registered users and 5 million fanworks! Coincidentally, this milestone comes a year to the day after AO3 hit 4,000,000 fanworks on 20 July, 2018 — the fastest growth in AO3’s ten-year history.

The OTW marked these milestones with festivities including AO3 Fanwork Bingo (#AO3Bingo), a cross between regular bingo, a fanworks rec list, and a scavenger hunt. Prizes were cool badges for the winning players and lists of fanwork recs for the rest of us! Thanks to Communications and Translation for getting the word out; and, as always, many many thanks to all the creators, writers, readers, and volunteers who make this community what it is today!

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June 2019 Newsletter, Volume 136

I. OTW ELECTIONS SEASON BEGINS

Our Elections team has been busy as this year’s OTW Board Directors election season has begun! The election will be held from 9-12 August, but in the meantime you can learn more about the three candidates competing for positions on the Board at our Elections page (for personal reasons, one of the original four candidates has withdrawn her candidacy). The Elections Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed questions for the upcoming candidates Q & A, answers to which will be posted to the Elections page.

Please note that the deadline to become an OTW member in order to vote in the upcoming election has now passed. If you don’t want to miss out next year, you can join at any time by making a US$10 membership donation at the OTW’s donations page. Read More

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May 2019 Newsletter, Volume 135

I. WELCOMING NEW USERS TO AO3

Recently, the Archive of Our Own has received an influx of new Chinese users, a result of tightening content restrictions on other platforms. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to them, and remind everyone that our committees are working to make AO3 as accessible as possible in languages other than English.

Tag Wrangling has a new Chinese-speaking team helping make works in this language easier to sort and filter, and Translation volunteers have been assisting the Policy & Abuse and Support committees with incoming tickets in Chinese and other languages.

If you’re new to AO3, you can check out our recent welcome post, available in 27 languages, including Chinese.

Special thanks for all the hard work put in by Translation, the new Tag Wrangling team, and all the other volunteers who have stepped up to help welcome our new users! Read More