Welcome to the new OTW website!

The Webmasters are pleased to announce the launch of the new website and blog.

http://transformativeworks.org

In addition to a facelift, the website now has several spiffy new features that increase the ease-of-use of the site. The most important of these is the blog, which will be taking over from otw_news as our primary information service. It will also allow all comments to be centralized in one (non-LiveJournal) location hosted by OTW itself.

Features

We’ve been working hard to introduce a number of new features for site visitors, including multilingual options (take a look at the language switcher on the left), a new site-based OTW news blog (you’re reading it), and the ability to comment on this blog, with or without creating a site account (or you can use an OpenID).

Feeds

There are several ways to track updates to the site and blog:

  • An RSS feed for all blog posts is available.
  • The on-site Tracker is a way to find updates while using the website.
  • Finally, there is the Yahoo!Pipe feed, which combines both blog posts and all updates to the website.

How the blog works

The blog will post all the things you’ve seen in the past on otw_news, such as newsletters, calls for volunteers, spotlights on OTW committees, and updates on our projects. This information will be re-posted on our other news services:

You can leave comments on the blog much as you would on the journaling services, by creating your own account or using OpenID, or simply by providing a name and an email address. The blog operates under the Website Terms of Service, which includes this comment policy:

We may maintain one or more blogs on the site that accept comments. We strive for transparency and will generally post comments we receive, including critical comments. However, by submitting a blog comment, you agree that it is our decision whether or not to post it. If we decide, in our sole discretion, that a blog comment is spam or advertising; reveals the personal information of another person; or contains illegal content or hate speech, we may not post that comment, or we may remove it at any time.

What about otw_news?

Not a lot will change. The big difference is that otw_news will become a feed service for the blog – all the same content will be mirrored there, but commenting won’t be turned on. All comments will be centralized on the blog, which will allow fans from different communities who use different blogging or social networking services to engage on equal footing.

Basically, if you’re subscribed to the feed on LiveJournal or a clone, sorry, we don’t monitor any comments there! Come on over to the blog to reach us – the link to our comment page is given below.

Feedback on the new website

We are very excited to finally be sharing all these new features with you, and we hope you enjoy the added functionality the website and blog offer. We know everything may not be perfect yet – so take a look around and tell us what you think! We’d really love to know if you have ideas for improvements or can point out things that work differently than you expected.

The Webmasters.

If you have questions or feedback for the Webmasters, contact us at OTW Webmasters.

Welcome to Fanlore!

The Wiki team is pleased to announce the launch of the beta version of Fanlore!

Fanlore – [http://fanlore.org]

Fanlore is a wiki in which fans can share knowledge and interpretations of fan communities and their histories.

All fans are welcome to add both facts and experiences of fandom to the wiki. Together we hope to build a valuable resource that will serve many different purposes within fandom over the coming years.

To register as a contributor, visit the account creation page.

If you have never used a wiki before, or you’re not sure where to start with this one, the New Visitor Portal will help you. It contains shortcuts to handy links and explanations.

Our hard-working Wiki Volunteers and other OTW staffers have already made a start in seeding Fanlore with content, but we need your help to make the wiki flourish and grow.

What is Fanlore?

The mission of the Fanlore wiki is to engage fans from a wide variety of communities that create and enjoy fanworks, and to provide them with a platform to record and share their histories, experiences and traditions, for both themselves and others.

Currently, Fanlore is in beta, which means that we’re still working on the admin stuff — polishing up our policies, refining our logo and interface, developing the ways in which we hope to make the wiki as user-friendly as possible. You can find out more at Fanlore:Beta.

Fanlore’s policies are based on principles of diversity, multiplicity, and on the value of keeping a constantly-updated record of fans talking about fandom. The main way in which this will work is through the wiki’s Plural Point of View (PPOV) policy, which sets Fanlore apart from Wikipedia and its Neutral Point of View.

The Plural Point of View policy values each fannish voice; we recognise that there is no single history or “truth” in fandom, but many differing experiences, and we welcome each perspective and interpretation.

We want to make all of our policies as transparent and adaptable as possible. We have tried to provide examples, plain English guidance, and in-depth reasons for the choices we made. During the beta period we hope that you can give us feedback on whether we’re reaching these aims.

Get Involved

In addition to regular contributors, Fanlore needs Gardeners. These are the people who monitor, clean up and organize content, and generally make sure everything is running smoothly.

If you’re interested in becoming a Gardener, you can find out more on the Fanlore:Gardeners page.

We hope you will find Fanlore a useful resource as it continues to grow and evolve, whether you just pop by for a visit, decide to sign up and add your own perspective, or become a Gardener.

We can’t wait to see the awesomeness that grows within Fanlore’s pages, with your help, for all of us to share.

The Wiki Committee –

Hope (Chair)
anatsuno
Betty
kai
Melina
Rache

If you have questions or feedback for the Wiki team, contact us at wiki@transformativeworks.org.

Welcome!

You have probably already noticed the new look of the website—we’ve moved from handwritten HTML to Drupal, an open-source content management system. We know everything may not be perfect yet—so take a look around and tell us what you think! We’d really love to know if you have ideas for improvements or can point out things that work differently than you expected. A complete introduction to the new site is coming soon!