OTW Celebrates!

Happy SysAdmin Day 2017

Happy SysAdmin day! Here at the OTW, we’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our critical Systems team and highlight their work.

As with the rest of the OTW, our Systems Committee is staffed entirely by volunteers, but they can have long and disruptive on-call situations due to the nature of their work. The fact that our projects — Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, the Fanhackers blog, and Open Doors — are accessible is evidence that they’re on the job.

Systems maintains the servers for our projects and also our organization website, the Elections website, internal wiki and email service. They also respond to reports about these sites and let you know when they’re troubleshooting or installing updates.
For a good look at what an urgent as well as a slow process this can be, you can read a report from them about what this entails. These reports also help us understand how to plan for the future so as to avoid similar problems.

If you want to stay updated on developments and downtimes at our sites, you can subscribe to one of our twitter accounts:

Because of Systems, fandom can own the servers, so our Systems team gifts us year-round. Let them know you’re happy they do!

OTW election news: make your voice heard

Members – Check Your Email for Voting Instructions

At this time, all eligible OTW members should have received an email linking to the voting instructions for 2017. The subject line was “Voting Instructions for Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) Board Election”. Please note that anyone who didn’t receive this email is not on the voter rolls this year and will not receive a ballot.

If you are a member and didn’t receive this email, please do the following:

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OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: UsedKarma

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

“Hi! I’m Ophelie, aka Usedkarma on tumblr. I’m french, in my 30’s and I’m deep into a smallish fandom called Darcyland that I helped create in 2012 by opening fuckyeahdarcylewis on tumblr. Since then it keeps growing. I also have a twitter and a deviantart.” Today, Ophelie talks about starting the Darcyland network and the magic of fandom.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I think I started being into fandom since very young but before internet you kinda felt it didn’t exist, so when I had internet the very first time was when The X-Files was on air (yes, I’m that old). Being French and wanting to read in English for school, I discovered fanfictions (and boy, was that wild). I really started creating both graphics and fanfictions with Buffy, I was a huge Willow Rosenberg fangirl. Then years went by, BtVS went away and I sorta watched Smallville (in fast forward, I wasn’t that in love with the show but it was easier to create my own AU’s of the episodes). I loved the character of Chloe Sullivan, thus I created a French forum about her and wrote fanfictions in french — at the same time I started reading fanfictions in English on NaughtySeduction about Chloe and Lex. It’s not until I matured, started finally realizing that my English level was kinda good that I just decided to create fanarts and writing in English. I read what feels like a ton of fics, all in English and I can’t really imagine my life without fanworks now to be honest. Being surrounded by nice and nurturing people really helps going outside my comfort zone. Sometimes I write drabbles that go with whatever picspam I make.

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