Back in May last year, we wrote about how the European Commission’s “Licences for Europe” initiative had turned into a fiasco, with public interest groups and open access supporters pulling out in protest at the way it was being…
European fans! From what I can tell, this is a serious opportunity to weigh in and argue for a right to make transformative, noncommercial works. Apparently sometimes sheer numbers do matter. Questions 40-44 deal with “user-generated content,” including fanworks, and you don’t have to answer other questions—you can just answer those.
Further from Techdirt: “Navigating this can be daunting, so a broad coalition has put together a site called youcan.fixcopyright.eu. It is designed to offer a quick way of selecting groups of questions that are most likely to be of interest to specific kinds of respondents — for example, online users, teachers, parents, bloggers, etc.”
Just writing about why we should have the right to make transformative works could have real effects. Please consider giving it a moment of your time!
Reblogging for great justice! :) EU fans, please give it a look!
Former OTW board member Naomi Novik will be testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Jan 28 on behalf of fans: http://bit.ly/1mOCaQn
What’s up with the recent downtimes?
If you’re a regular Archive visitor or if you follow our AO3_Status Twitter account, you may have noticed that we’ve experienced a number of short downtime incidents over the last few weeks. Here’s a brief explanation of what’s happening and what we’re doing to fix things, mirrored from the AO3 News post.
Every now and then, the volume of traffic we get and the amount of data we’re hosting starts to hit the ceiling of what our existing infrastructure can support. We try to plan ahead and start making improvements in advance, but sometimes things simply catch up to us a little too quickly, which is what’s happening now.
The good news is that we do have fixes in the works: we’ve ordered some new servers, and we hope to have them up and running soon. We’re making plans to upgrade our database system to a cluster setup that will handle failures better and support more traffic; however, this will take a little longer. And we’re working on a number of significant code fixes to improve bottlenecks and reduce server load - we hope to have the first of those out within the next two weeks.
One area that’s affected are the number of hits, kudos, comments, and bookmarks on works, so you may see delays in those updating, as well as issues with the “Date Updated” sorting on bookmark pages.
Behind the scenes
We apologize to everyone who’s been affected by these sudden outages, and we’ll do our best to minimize the disruption as we work on making things better! We do have an all-volunteer staff, so while we try to respond to server problems quickly, sometimes they happen when we’re all either at work or asleep, so we can’t always fix things as soon as we’d like to.
While we appreciate how patient and supportive most Archive users are, please keep in mind that tweets and support requests go to real people who may find threats of violence or repeated expletives aimed at them upsetting. Definitely let us know about problems, but try to keep it to language you wouldn’t mind seeing in your own inbox, and please understand if we can’t predict immediately how long a sudden downtime might take.
Ultimately, we need to keep growing and making things work better because more and more people are using AO3 each year, and that’s something to be excited about. December and January tend to bring a lot of activity to the site - holiday gift exchanges are posted or revealed, people are on vacation, and a number of fandoms have new source material.
We’re looking forward to seeing all the new fanworks that people create this year, and we’ll do our best to keep up with you! And if you’re able to donate or volunteer your time, that’s a huge help, and we’re always thrilled to hear from you.
I saw this suggestion on twitter (sorry I can’t find it again) but then got distracted by wank and never got to post it yesterday. If you are outraged/upset/irritated/miffed or just generally put out by what Caitlin Moran did with a piece of fanfiction at the BFI premiere, how about donating to…
What she said.
Also you can donate by buying a copy of _Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World_ by Anne Jamison, who has defended mildredandbobbin, and includes an essay by Atlin Merrick, another defender and awesome ficwriter. _Fic_ is an incredibly important book because it makes us legit. It is a paper-and-ink, published book that can now be referenced in scholarly papers which, at least in academia, is huge. Also, it’s fun to read and if you use the link above, part of the proceeds go straight to OTW (which runs AO3).
Obviously I love the donation suggestion, and I’m very pleased by the success of Fic. But fan studies has been around for decades as an academic subdiscipline! Here are over 1700 academic works in the field (thanks, Nele Noppe!). Since we are working in a highly feminized field, our history can easily be lost—it’s one of the things Joanna Russ mentions in How to Suppress Women’s Writing, that it’s really easy to present a work/an artist as the only one of its/her kind rather than as part of a tradition, and that this erasure marginalizes female artists.
Summary: if that’s your standard for legitimacy, we’ve been legit for a while!
Please reblog and consider volunteering, especially if you’re an experienced coder!
Here’s the coder application form in particular that lists the skills needed — if you have at least one please consider jumping in the pool! (And btw Ruby is a super fun language to work in and easy to pick up if you’ve never tried!)
Link is to full list.
But wow, Ao3 gets a positive mention for being well organized. Also, way to not mock fanfic, TIME.
(And the AO3’s specific slideshow slide is right here if you wanna jump right to it.)
I am ridiculously jazzed about this.
I might be a little bit proud about this. :)
Guys, if you haven’t already read about how much it costs to run the AO3, please do, and then please donate.
Ultimately, the archive can only survive if we want it enough to pay for it with our donations. That’s the flip side of having a service that isn’t dependent on making advertisers or venture capitalists or even grant-funders happy, that isn’t going to mine and sell your personal data, and that isn’t going to charge you up front to use it.
If you love the archive, please support it!
An AO3 version of the Tumblr H8 button or Tumblr Savior.
Or, you know, for me to be able to scroll past things without grinding my teeth.
But the former seems, much as it’s a pipe dream, easier to accomplish than the latter.
I mean, I’m almost 39, so we’re talking almost four decades of…
You have to edit the top of the script to put in your blacklist (this is much easier than it sounds, it’s pretty obvious when you look at the file).
If you’re using Chrome, you have to save the script on your desktop, open your Extensions page, and drag the script in there.
esteefee replied to your photoset: AO3 series tip/suggestion! I have started doing a…
I like the Author’s Favorites idea, but, e.g., I have a 146 stories in SGA alone. That’s a helluva lot of work when readers can just click on the already existent sort link (works?fandom_id=70) and get them all that way. Unless I’m missing something?
The reason I prefer the per-fandom series is it’s a single click from the first story to get to another story, where otherwise (especially if an author has a lot of fandoms) then to get the next story, you have to click to the profile, then expand the list, then get to the work index, then pick a story.
Also in that kind of case (a fandom with TONS of stories), I would also love something like an “Author’s SGA Favorites”. :)
The broader point is more, I think it’s useful to use series as a way of curating your own stories for readers, and to help guide readers from one of your stories to others.
AO3 series tip/suggestion!
I have started doing a couple of things on AO3 that I would love to see more people do, especially those of you who are prolific:
* Author’s favorites series
I created a series called "Author’s Favorites" and I’ve put my roughly top 10 favorite stories I’ve written into it. That means that someone who wants to see what other stuff I’ve written has a convenient series they can poke into and see what I think of as my “best” stories.
* Per-fandom series
I’ve created a "POI stories" series for all my stories in that fandom. This means that when someone hits the bottom of a story I’ve written, they can super-easily find all the other stories I’ve written in that fandom and navigate back through them if they like. I’m planning to go back and add these to my other fandoms too as time allows.
Anyway, I mention this because I would love to see others do this — I always find it super neat to see what stories an author thinks are her best, so having an Author’s Favorites list right on the AO3 to browse would be great, and the first thing I do after I finish a story I’ve liked is go and see what else that author has written in my fandom, so the per-fandom series would be super useful. :D
AO3 feed for Reese/Finch
Hey all, I have set up ao3feed-reesefinch, a tumblr that follows the Reese/Finch tag from the AO3 and posts the story announcements here to Tumblr. :) Follow to get fic announcements delivered to your dash!
(And see the original how-to post for instructions on how to set up a similar feed for another pairing or fandom!)
Fanfic Lifetime Stats
(posted to celebrate getting ALL my stories uploaded to the archive)
total count: 1,646,005 words in 330 works in 54 fandoms
earliest work posted: 1994
longest work: Revelations, 51,459 (and it’ll be longer once I finish it, which will be SOON)
fandom with most stories: American Idol RPF Season 8, with 44
number of fandoms with only one story: 25
Post your own! :D You can get them on the “Statistics” page linked off your main profile, using Flat View. (And haha I know my numbers are crazy but I do point to that 1994 start date, omg. Almost TWENTY YEARS at this.)
Probably if you’re reading this, you’ve at least heard of the AO3 — read stories on it, maybe posted — but you may not realize that it’s 100% donor-supported, that we are and always will be ad-free (except for our donation drive banner ;), and that we’re never going to try to find some way to make a profit off the content.
The AO3 is funded by the OTW, the Organization for Transformative Works, which makes possible the archive and a ton of other projects that also would be too big for any one fan to accomplish alone — including Fanlore, Transformative Works And Cultures, Open Doors and the Fannish Culture Preservation Project, and our legal advocacy.
So if you use or value these — please support if you can! $10 is all you need to donate to become a member and show your support, and there is shiny shiny swag at higher levels. :D
Speaking of which, CHECK OUT THE AWESOME SWAG! Kudos water bottle! *makes grabby hands*
(PS: You do still have to wait in the AO3 queue for an invite though — sorry! For privacy reasons we keep all financial/RL information completely separate from our services.)
And please reblog reblog reblog! <3
Setting up AO3 Feeds on Tumblr
I’ve worked out a pretty easy way to get AO3 fandom notifications on tumblr using the IFTTT service, yay. :) If there’s a fandom where you’d like to get all the story notifications on your dash, here’s how to do it:
1) See if someone else has already done all the work for you by looking in the #ao3feed announcement tag or just seeing if there’s an ao3feed-[fandom] blog already set up. If so, follow that blog. You’re done!
2) If not, set up a tumblr blog and named it ao3feed-[fandom] so other people can find it easily (eg, I’ve created ao3feed-thor for the Thor movie). You can use whatever theme you want. Keep in mind the entries are all going to be plain text.
3) Go to ifttt, create an account for this feed, activate the Tumblr channel, and select the new ao3feed-whatever blog as the blog that the account will post to. (At the time I write this, ifttt.com only allows you to post to one tumblr blog per account, so you have to make a new ifttt account for each feed you want to set up. Annoying!)
4) Now you need the AO3 feed URL: browse to the fandom that you want to follow on the AO3 and copy the URL from the RSS feed:
5) Go to the ifttt recipe I’ve created for AO3 feeds and REPLACE the Thor feed URL with the one you just copied.
6) Also add one or more tags for your fandom:
7) Click “Use Recipe”
8) Hover anxiously over the Tumblr blog refreshing until the first story appears. (This won’t happen until someone posts a new story to that fandom tag! So if you have made a feed for Super Obscure Fandom you may have a wait, alas.)
9) Tell people you’ve set up a new feed under the #ao3feed announcement hashtag!
Do you think Naomi Novik ever looks at AO3
sees some incest mpreg
and whispers to herself “I never wanted this.”