FictionAlley is Moving to the AO3

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FictionAlley, a Harry Potter fanfiction, fanart and essay archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3) (although the FictionAlley Park forums are staying where they are).

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Background explanation

In JKR's Wizarding World, one comes of age at 17; as FictionAlley has reached its 17th year, it's time for the fic and art to move to a larger database - the Archive Of Our Own. Forums/Park posts, blogposts, tutorials and pre-2006 essays are still hosted at

Open Doors will be working with Heidi, on behalf of the FictionAlley team to import FictionAlley into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction, fanart and HPInkPot essays currently on FictionAlley will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. Eventually, redirects will be set up from the original archive to the AO3 collection.

We will begin importing works from FictionAlley to the AO3 after August.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on FictionAlley?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. No less than 1 month after the import has completed, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Open Doors will then set up the redirects.

Please contact Open Doors with your FictionAlley pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your FictionAlley account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the FictionAlley mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of FictionAlley on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve FictionAlley!

- The Open Doors team and Heidi, on behalf of the FictionAlley team

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

Five Things James Kruk Said

Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with James Kruk, who volunteers as an AO3 Support Staffer.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I volunteer with the AO3 Support Committee, which has the responsibility of answering any questions about how to use the site. Really, it’s about making AO3 as accessible to as many as people as possible, and helping them get the most out of the Archive.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

AO3 Support has a fairly steady rhythm day-to-day. When people send in a request for technical support and feedback, it generates a support ticket, where it will be claimed or assigned to a Support volunteer. From there, we figure out what the response should be, or whether it needs to be passed along to another group, such as the AO3 Abuse Team (who deal with questions related to the Terms of Service), or to our translation team. Sometimes we get inundated with tickets (such as whenever the Archive goes offline for a few minutes), or when major events like Yuletide come along. And while it’s never entirely quiet, some weeks are smoother than others.

Some tickets can be answered in a manner of minutes, but many require some research, testing, and consulting with other volunteers. The questions users come to us with really can be about anything, so every week usually involves tinkering with something new. One week it’s figuring out if AO3 is compatible with the Tor Browser, the next, it’s figuring out how Google Chrome renders combining diacritics.

What made you decide to volunteer?

Way before I applied to volunteer, I’d been preaching the benefits of AO3 to everyone in my writing circles, trying to convey to them just how awesome of a platform it was. I found I really enjoyed showing off all the neat things you could do with the site, and I loved to tout its policy of maximum inclusiveness.

Eventually, I realized that my enthusiasm could maybe be made to actually help the Archive itself. With AO3 Support, I’ve found I’ve been able to directly improve people’s experiences of using the Archive, helping them enjoy it the same way I do. And that has been incredibly rewarding.

What’s the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Helping authors publish their fics the way they want them to appear. Sometimes that involves showing writers how to embed images in a work, how to right-align text, how to format line breaks or add in a hyperlink. You can do a ton of cool things with HTML to get your story to look just how you imagine, and helping authors with the finishing touches is extremely rewarding.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I write fanfiction as regularly as I’m able to. I remember typing up Star Wars adventures on my computer when I was maybe ten years old, and I don’t believe that the bug ever really left me. I began publishing in earnest around 2013, and soon made AO3 my home for all my works. I used to stick primarily in one or two fandoms and wrote mostly in the same genre, but I’ve grown much more comfortable experimenting over the years, both in terms of style and subject. I crossed the half-million word mark not too long ago, and have no plans to stop now!

Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

June 2018 Newsletter, Volume 125

Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages


In June, the Elections committee was pleased to announce the candidates running for the OTW Board of Directors' two open spots. In alphabetical order by given name, the 2018 candidates are:

Click on a candidate's name to see their biography and platform statement.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for the candidates to answer! Follow @OTWElections on Twitter and otwelections on Tumblr for notifications of when candidate Q&As are posted, as well as for information about upcoming live chats with candidates.

Reminder: Voting will take place from August 10-13, 2018. Check out the Elections website for the election timeline and voting instructions for more information about eligibility and procedures.


In June, TWC published the 27th volume of Transformative Works and Cultures, Tumblr and Fandom. The issue was edited by Lori Morimoto (Independent Scholar) and Louisa Ellen Stain (Middlebury College), with a cover image by Hannah Craig. Essays in this issue focus on Tumblr and include topics such as the Johnlock Conspiracy, the rhetoric of gifs in Supernatural fandom, and "Ms. Marvel" and identity in digital spaces.

Next up for TWC is its special 10th anniversary issue, out September 15, 2018, exploring the future of fandom while looking back to its past. If you're interested in contributing to upcoming issues, visit the TWC announcements page for current calls for submissions.


OTW Legal had a particularly active month in its continued fight for fan-friendly laws globally.

In late June, Legal addressed fan questions about potential changes to EU copyright law resulting from June's adoption of a “Proposal for a Directive on Copyrights in the Digital Single Market” by the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament. The proposal goes before the EU Parliament in early July.

Legal made a submission with the Canadian Parliament as part of Canada’s regular review of its Copyright Act. Their submission used Canadian fans' stories to argue that Canada’s Fair Dealing and User Generated Content exceptions were effective and socially beneficial. Many thanks from Legal to all the Canadian fans who sent in their stories!

Legal continued to work on the process of seeking clarified and expanded exemptions to the U.S. DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, filing letters in response to the U.S. Copyright Office's requests for follow-up information.

For the second year in a row, OTW Legal joined a number of allies to successfully oppose a New York State legislative proposal attempted to expand right-of-publicity laws.

For more on Legal's current world-wide advocacy efforts, check out their June public post.


Leading up to the June 30 membership deadline for voting rights in the 2018 Board of Directors election, Development & Membership ran a successful mini-membership drive. New members who donated between June 28-30 got a special icon made just for them!

In June, it's been all hands on deck for Translation in translating 2018 elections candidates' biographies and platforms.

Updated search is here! Accessibility, Design & Technology continued the Elasticsearch upgrade process for AO3 and released a post on some of the new features available.

Tag Wrangling handled an amazing 205,626 tags in May! Policy & Abuse received over 700 tickets this month. Support received over 1,100 tickets in June, down substantially after two months with over 1,400 tickets each!

Follow @AO3_Status on Twitter for real-time updates on AO3.


As of 27 June the OTW has 634 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Committee Staff: Nrandom, Relle, Dre, and Ingi (Tag Wrangling) and two other Tag Wrangling Staff, MagnusIsMyRock, Beth Paige, Nedmac (Policy & Abuse) and 2 other Policy & Abuse Staff
New Fanlore Volunteers: danifellis, and 1 other volunteer
New Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Addy, Adi M., BeautifulMistake3, brougeoisie, Chloé Hendrickx, galvelociraptor, gmpmdullsen, Iron_x_4, Izzy, JacenBoy, Janneke, Kaelin, Kerri Jo Holmes, KH Ivywater, Lesbian Valkyrie, Lorena, Lyssie, Maca, Mae Caringal, middnighter, Morgan Jane, Peophin, Rebecca Lee, Rochie, roguewords, Rustled, Saloni, SLiverofJade, teyla, WhitedSepu, Yumeko
New Translator Volunteers: Stefan Fjellander and 2 other volunteers

Departing Committee Chairs: puckling (Systems)
Departing Committee Staff: 2 Communications Staffers, puckling (Systems), Priscilla Del Cima (Finance), 1 Fanlore Staffer, 1 Elections Staffer, 1 Webs Staffer, 1 Development & Membership Staffer, and 3 Support Staffers
Departing AD&T Coder Volunteers: 1 Volunteer
Departing AD&T QA Tester Volunteers: 3 Volunteers
Departing Fanlore Volunteers: 2 volunteers
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Anna S., ChelsealBelieve, nocokenojoke, and 6 other Tag Wrangler volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: redsummernight, Urtin, Michelle H Costa, MiaVivisol, Rabbit, and 2 other volunteers

For more information about the purview of our committees, please access the committee listing on our website.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

2018 Election Candidate Chat Dates and How-To

OTW election news: make your voice heard

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for our candidates! They have been divided into three sets. The first Q&A set has already been posted on the Elections website, and the next two will be posted July 11 and July 18.

If you missed the Q&A deadline or have any follow-up questions, all the candidates will be available for two live chats. Chats will be held in the Elections Discord server on July 22, 01:00 UTC, and July 28, 20:30 UTC. To find out what times those will be in your location, click the dates to be taken to a time-zone converter.

Please note that though the link to the chat server is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately one hour before the chats begin.

How to Access and Use Discord

Clicking on the above link will take you to the login page. On the login page, you’ll need to provide a screen name.

Once you enter the server, you’ll find a list of users on the right and a list of chat rooms on the left. Settings are available via the gear icon on the lower left, near your screen name; there you can choose, among other options, whether you prefer a dark or light chat room appearance.

There are three rooms available to chat attendees who are not candidates or Elections Committee staffers: general, candidate_chats, and open_chat.

  • General is where you’ll find a list of rules for the chats. Please read through these carefully before entering the other two rooms.
  • Candidate_chats is where the candidates will answer questions and debate amongst themselves. Only the candidates and moderator will be able to chat in this room.
  • Open_chat is where all attendees can participate and talk to each other. We ask that you try to stay on topics related to the election. A moderator will be in the room, so if you have a question for the candidates, you can signal the moderator with o/, the candidate’s name, and the question. Use o// if it’s a follow-up question to the current discussion.