TWC No. 3 released!

The OTW’s Academic Journal committee is pleased to announce the release of No. 3 of Transformative Works and Cultures , an online-only open access journal geared to academics, acafans, and fans.

TWC No. 3 has essays in the following fandoms: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Law & Order: SVU, Doctor Who, Lost, and gaming. HP fans might want to read Melissa Tatum’s analysis of filk versus wizard rock, complete with sound clips (Melissa L. Tatum, “Identity and Authenticity in the Filking Community”) as well as Anne Collins Smith’s Symposium essay about wizard rock called “Playing [with] Multiple Roles: Readers, Authors, and Characters in ‘Who Is Blaise Zabini?'” Similarly, The Lord of the Rings fans might want to read Robin Anne Reid’s review-analysis of the LOTR fan film, “The Hunt for Gollum: Tracking Issues of Fandom Cultures” in conjunction with Emma Dollard’s interview with the fan film’s producer, Chris Bouchard. Fans of Law & Order: SVU should definitely check out Julie Levin Russo’s “Sex Detectives: Law & Order: SVU‘s Fans, Critics, and Characters Investigate Lesbian Desire,” which centers around the contested queerness of one of SVU’s main characters, Olivia Benson.

TWC No. 3 also delivers on TWC’s promise to consider “transformative works, broadly conceived”; in addition to fan films, wizard rock, and filk, this issue also features essays on quilting and copyright (Debora J Halbert’s “The Labor of Creativity: Women’s Work, Quilting, and the Uncommodified Life”), fan wikis (Jason Mittell’s “Sites of Participation: Wiki Fandom and the Case of Lostpedia”), and fan fiction archives (“The Web Planet: How the Changing Internet Divided Doctor Who Fan Fiction Writers”). There is also an essay on gaming fandom by Hanna Wirman (“On Productivity and Game Fandom”), which focuses on player productivity in an effort to complicate our understanding of what constitutes fannish behavior. We also review the formation of Dreamwidth, the open-source, fan-owned and run, social network and journal service.

So swing by and browse TWC No. 3! And remember that TWC No. 4, out in Spring 2010, will be a special issue on Supernatural, guest edited by Catherine Tosenberger.

AD&T Weekly Meeting: 12 September 2009

This is the first of our crossposted entries summarizing ADT’s weekly meetings. You can comment or ask questions of our ADT chair here or on her original post (link below). We hope you find these notes informative!

Too stuffed up to chair the meeting. [info - personal] bingeling jumped in and did a noble job *worships* Herein lies the update based on my reading the meeting transcript, the last week’s emails and, you know, “stuff”

Colocation: Severs are racked, powered up and in the hands of our Systems team, we’re waiting for handover to AD&T so we can confirm the AO3 code works the same way on the Coloc servers as it does on the Beta server (we expect it to but we care enough to check) plus we want to do some performance testing

AD&T News Post about Colocation: almost ready for posting – we’ve been holding off while Translations convert it into many languages and also so we can adjust the proposed dates if necessary – the server ordering has been interesting and not always in the good way

Deploy Schedule: moved one week later, still counts as early October though :p

  • Accessibility: we’ll be making an actual project of Accessibility in Jan 2010, it’s something we’ve been trying to work on ad hoc and it really needs focussed attention and a serious review
  • Admin ability to post FAQ / Updates: coming along, I am really keen on this, I want to be able to make these posts on the AO3 itself so people can find them more easily. Go [info - personal] rustler! I also note happily that the Site Map is being rolled into this piece of work – yay! We need one 🙂
  • Admin: Abuse interface is progressing, OMG [info - personal] cal you are amazing
  • Bookmarks: most of the new code on Test now. I’m so happy to see the changes – it’s going to be a big change when you see it on Beta! Please remember it’s the first version and we’re expecting people to tell us what works for them and what doesn’t
  • Collections & Challenges: first draft for design of Collections is almost completed by our lovely [info - personal] bingeling. Having a full-time designer has been incredible and I’m going to cry when bing goes back to full-time study
  • Front Page: OMG so many opinions, so many designs. We could do this forever but we have settled on a final design so we have something we can use for Open Beta. I am freakin’ proud of the teamwork here, it’s hard when we all have different, strong opinions and I’m impressed at how well people have worked together to come to a final decision
  • Hoovering: also coming along; I see regular triumphant exclamations coming from [info - personal] astolat in the Coders chatroom. There were some long talks about how we’re going to coordinate importing archives that want to use the AO3 for hosting/backup/rescue. I’ve asked for a list from Open Doors so AD&T can make sure we can meet their needs (if there any special needs I’d like the design team aware of it now, rather than later). I’m keen to know who has what and how much, so we can work out how long our (currently ginormous) storage space is going to last and I’m hoping knowing what fandoms are represented can also help guide future outreach
  • Internet Explorer 7: Issues are up for grabs to coders. I’m really hoping we can get these in for Open Beta. IE6 is awful (and old and buggy), and IE8 doesn’t seem to need tweaking so much so we’re concentrating on IE7 right now
  • Testing: I have to wave a flag for our Testing team right now, they are chewing through the new code we’ve been dumping on Test at an incredible rate and their work is amazing 🙂

Open Beta: Now looking at late Oct/Early Nov. We’re moving everything out by another week so we have time to get a) lots of time to test Coloc, b) lots of time to test the new Invitations code and c) some stability time on coloc+new code pre-Open Beta. On the loosely related subject of whether we should say "earlier" and "later" instead of "forward" and "back" when we’re talking about time I have to share this link from boingboing on The surprising links between anger and time perception

Finally, if you’re looking at this and thinking there are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or volunteering, or by messaging or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. You are invited to this party!!

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