Help Us (and the AO3) Grow!

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!

AD&T Meeting 21st November 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’d like people to be able to share any discussion with each other.

7am Sunday to about 9:30 (sorry to everyone in Europe/UK who were at that meeting and thank you for all the highly productive not sleeping you are doing). We had a rather large number of issues to work through – mostly design questions collated from all the Support and Feedback we’ve received plus some Tag wrangler questions.

  • Deploy Schedule: Release 0.7.1.1 is on Beta now and it’s mighty fine if I do say so myself. The amount of coding and fixes that got created since we launched Open Beta is remarkable and they all got tested in time! The next deploy date is subject to change but will be within the next two weeks and will contain some of the code for Collections & Challenges (and a couple of fixes, if I put the kibosh on them I’ll get pilloried :p).
  • Open Beta: Still ticking along nicely.
    • Code: we’ve fixed a lot of the most urgent problems and are quietly working on designs for half a dozen of the less urgent ones. The longer term changes will be for early 2010 though, we’ve only got 5 weeks left of 2009.
    • Invite schedule: we slowed to automatically issuing 30/day so as to give Support a chance to catch up (in preparation for bringing in Yuletide authors) and we’ll leave it on that for the week of 22nd – 29th Nov then re-evaluate again.
  • Stuff coming up:
    • Yuletide: importing the Yuletide user table and inviting those users. I’m with [info - personal] astolat on this one *runs around in terrified circles*
    • Passwords: we’ll add password validation for people updating their email addresses
    • Tag display: a maximum of 12 tags display on the works blurb, we’ll increase this and add a ‘more…’ option to display all
    • Chapter numbering: we’ll give people the option of overriding the automatic numbering for those who write prologues and epilogues

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.

AD&T Chair Update: Open Beta

OMG we did it people! It’s almost exactly 2.5 years (17th May 2007) since a certain someone said we should build an Archive of Our Own and I am so proud of us! We didn’t have a meeting this week unless you count staying logged into the chatroom continuously from Friday afternoon to Monday morning (I lie, I left to sleep occasionally). We *did* have a number of passionate discussions which revolved around performance, squee, bugs, more squee, support, and you know, squee. More details after the cut!

Fun things (some of them) I have done in the last 5 days.

  1. Ticked a tickybox marked “Invite from queue enabled ” and clicked ‘Update’
  2. Entered ‘50’ into a field marked “Number of people to invite:” and clicked ‘Invite from queue’ I did that a lot! My apologies to people kicking the queue during the times I was asleep in Australia, we decided it would be easier if one person managed invite issuing.
  3. Posted a few times
  4. Sleep – still building up to that :p

AO3 Launch Update: [info - personal] zooey_glass masterfully summarised the launch in her fabulous post Open Beta – How the party’s going! and we’ve set up an AO3_Status on Twitter to let people know what’s going on in the (hopefully extremely rare) event of an outage.

AO3 Invitation update: We were issuing 30-50 per hour for a fair amount of the weekend. We’re now switching to letting the automated job issue about 50 per day. We’ll re-evaluate this on the coming weekend.

Stats as of Wed 18th 1:00 am UTC for the curious 🙂

Number of shareable invitation codes issued to account holders: 531
Number of invitations issued to addresses from the queue: 1305
Total invitations issued: 1757
Total unused invitations out there: 520

Number of accounts before Open Beta: 347
Number of accounts at present: 1663
Potential number of accounts: 2104
Accounts created during Open Beta: 1316
Percent invitation uptake: 79%

Percent increase in accounts: 379%

Number of works before Open Beta: 6598
Number of works at present: 13502
Works created during Open Beta: 6904
Percent increase in works: 205%

Number of fandoms represented before Open Beta: 674
Number of fandoms represented at present: 1104
New fandoms created: 430
Percent increase in fandoms:164%

AO3 Help:[info - personal] zvi  has generously contributed a fabulous explanation of how the tagging wuzzle system works and in that vein I have bookmarked some other great posts I have seen. Comment and let me know if you see, or would like to contribute something. We’re conscious we need to do more of this so if you have an urge to write ‘help using the AO3’ documentation we’re keen on recruiting you. We’ll do this regardless (the writing, not the recruiting although we like doing that too) but we love new people and welcome fresh views.

AO3 Support: We’re doing our best to respond to everyone and we’re delighted people are talking to us – we’re also getting a lot of requests so please, be patient with us if we don’t respond immediately.

Deploy Schedule:We have a mini-release called Release 0.7.1.1  (heh,  ‘mini’, it has 29 items so far) of fixes to some of the most commonly reported problems. We’d like to deploy it this weekend but we’re making changes to the Post Work form so if it doesn’t test clean we’ll delay until it does.

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. I am disabling comments elsewhere as I would like people to be able to share any discussion with each other.