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ao3org:

OTW is recruiting for AO3 documentation volunteers. Interested? Find out more. If not, pass this on!

ao3org:

OTW is recruiting for AO3 documentation volunteers. Interested? Find out more. If not, pass this on!

heyheyrenay:

Hugo Award Nominations: Best Related Work - Archive of Our Own by The Organization for Transformative Works.

The Archive of Our Own is eligible in the Best Related Work category.

Archive of Our Own is a fan-created, fan-owned, fan-operated multi-fandom archive and a project of The Organization for Transformative Works. More information about AO3’s creation and maintenance is available on Fanlore.

This probably seems a little weird as a nomination, but the rules for Best Related work are as follows: Any work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and which is either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category. Emphasis mine, although I would argue that the AO3 qualifies under the “is either non-fiction” bit, too.

I think the Archive of Our Own is pretty damn notable, friends. It made Time’s 50 Best Websites in 2013! As of writing this, it has 256,339 users and is home to 14,110 fandoms. Last year during our October drive, we raised US$44,594.05 in order to keep owning our servers. Clearly, we are pretty rad, and our archive is pretty rad, too. It deserves to be celebrated and recognized.

The AO3 has drastically changed my fannish life: between having a place to store all my work, the ability to download stories to read on my mobile devices, features like kudos that make appreciating works easier than ever, and fan work exchange features that have kept the exchange I co-own going strong for several years, it’s an integral part of my fannish life. I can’t imagine what I would do with it and am super thankful for the teams that keep it going. Thanks, AO3 Committees! <3

More information about participating in the Hugo Awards is available via minorearth’s Hugo explanation post and thehugoawards.org; there’s a spreadsheet with potentially eligible media/creators available on google docs. :D

Dec 7

*Twitches*

msbarrows:

With all the reading on AO3 I’ve been doing over the last couple months since diving into the Avengers fandom, I’ve come to identify two (closely related) major pet peeves with the way some authors post to it.

 
 

The first is the authors who plug in an extra blank paragraph between each separate paragraph.

 

 

So their text looks like this.

 
 

Which is annoyingly widely spaced and looks like crap in the epub downloads.

 
 

And then there are the authors who apparently believe in not having proper paragraph breaks at all.
And only use line returns between each separate paragraph.
But fail to insert any form of indent at the beginning of new paragraphs so that the left margin forms an unbroken line of text. It’s a horrible wall-o-text effect that makes reading along very headache-inducing.
Is this really necessary? I don’t think so.

Now, there are authors who play around with the formatting and achieve some nice (but still readable) effects using just the basic HTML coding that is allowed. But I don’t consider either of the above to fall into that category. Though of the two, I’d rather have too-widely-spaced than not-spaced-at-all.

And yes, I know that sometimes it’s just a side effect of whatever combination of writing tool and import method they use. As a reader, I have to say how very thankful I am for the authors who do take the time to correct any such automated weirdness, by finding workarounds that correct the broken HTML or fixing it manually themselves.

Weird but true … the way I get my formatting correct in AO3 is by posting to FF.net first, and then cutting and pasting my story from their edit window. It gives me the right paragraph breaks that way. (Whereas if I do it from Windows Word (oops, sorry for the typo), everything is all borked and takes forever to fix). 

Even so, AO3 does weird things - any time I edit a chapter, the breaks between paragraphs are fine, but it adds extra lines between my spacers (like, continually. If I edit a chapter three times, each time a new line will be added before the spacer). Sometimes I remember to fix it, sometimes not. It’s just weird. 

AO3 Census 2013

centrumlumina:

As some of you may have seen, I recently compiled some AO3 statistics about the works on the site. While discussing those results, I discovered there’s almost no statistics on fandom demographics - in particular, on gender identity, sexuality, and race.

So I’m doing the survey myself!

This survey will run until the end of October and I would ideally hope to gather around 2000 responses - about 1% of the users of the site. This is in no way official or endorsed by AO3 or OTW, but is archive-specific to correspond to the stats I have already done. I will be posting all of my results in #ao3 census when they are available.

If you use Archive of Our Own, please fill out the form - it’ll only take 5-10 minutes, and you can skip whatever questions you like if you’re in a hurry.

Even if you don’t or can’t participate, please reblog this post to spread the word! The more responses I get, the better the results will be.

Jun 6

commanderamandakitswell:

WHAT ARE ARCHIVE WARNINGS?!

Oh! Sorry! I was faffing around with Loghain (in the Toolset; I gave him red eyes and took screenshots even because why not hahah). 

Archive warnings are for the overall story - if you know you’re going to have non-con, or underage sex or something. I generally choose NOT to use them, and instead I check, “Author chooses not to use warnings” (or whatever that option is), and then I just put my own trigger warnings at the beginnings of individual chapters that need them. I don’t feel like my ENTIRE story needs an “explicit sex” warning, for example. Because, so far only, like, two out of SEVENTY chapters actually have smut. I really wish that we could use those warnings chapter by chapter, but I just do that in the “notes” instead. For your story, I don’t think you need to worry about any of it, and you could probably just check “No warnings apply.” 

commanderamandakitswell:

heretherebdragons said: SURE! I’m here. What do you need to know?

Just how I go about tagging everything. I’m not sure how that works. There’s also formatting… I don’t get it.

I’d start out simple with tags - you can always edit and add to them later. Obviously, you’ll have tagged it m/f, and dragon age, and nathaniel/velanna (which is probably already a ship option that exists). Then I’d probably go with romance, action/adventure, fantasy, explicit sex, consensual sex. Yeah, that’s probably a good start? 

And as far as formatting, the secret is to switch to “Rich Text” - at the top of the big window/box where you put your actual story, on the right hand side there’s a button to toggle. Switch from HTML to Rich Text, and now you’ll be able to format it in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get way. SO MUCH NICER! :D 

shadoedseptmbr:

heretherebdragons said: FWIW, I just post on both ff.net and AO3. It doesn’t take much extra time, and I have a different set of readers at each site (although some of my ff people have started reading at AO3). So maybe both is good?

Oh, I post on both, too. For different sets of readers, exactly. But the majority of my current fic is M or above and it does violate the terms. And I would just edit it for ff.net, but…sometimes I do manage to sneak plot points (or at least a chunk of character development) in my smut.

Ah, yeah. That is a problem. I’ve done what you suggest - I just edit it out. Either the whole scene fades to black once clothes come off, or if there are plot thingies that need to happen, I just tone it all down and don’t mention specific body parts other than hands and necks and things. :D It’s a bit of a pain … BUT I also post a message at the bottom of those chapters (and then I link to the chapters on my FF.net profile page), saying that the explicit version is available at AO3, and a substantial number of readers have made the jump and read at least the explicit chapters at AO3. In a way, I don’t mind doing both versions; I’ve also posted notices at AO3 saying that there are “tamer” versions at FF.net, so if there’s anyone who would be more comfortable with a less explicit version, that option is also available. But yeah, it is somewhat more effort.

Apr 8
stealyourshiny:

hatteress:

teland:

nothing-but-color:

astolat:

Guys, if you haven’t already read about how much it costs to run the AO3, please do, and then please donate. 
Ultimately, the archive can only survive if we want it enough to pay for it with our donations. That’s the flip side of having a service that isn’t dependent on making advertisers or venture capitalists or even grant-funders happy, that isn’t going to mine and sell your personal data, and that isn’t going to charge you up front to use it.
If you love the archive, please support it!

THIS. 
I know none of us want to deal with an archive run by a for-profit company that’ll saturate the site with ads or charge fees or sell our data or try to make us link our accounts with our Facebook profiles or what-the-fuck-ever bullshit a for-profit company can come up with to boost their bottom line.
So, if you’ve got a couple spare bucks, please please please toss them in the hat for AO3!

It’s ours! Let’s keep it that way, hunh?

THIS, my doves. I just donated and if anyone’s in a position to do the same please do! As someone who remembers the dark days of fanfiction archives before AO3: PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SUPPORT AO3!

I can’t donate, but please, AO3 is amazing and you should definitely give them some money to remain ad-free!

I just renewed my subscription. :) 

stealyourshiny:

hatteress:

teland:

nothing-but-color:

astolat:

Guys, if you haven’t already read about how much it costs to run the AO3, please do, and then please donate. 

Ultimately, the archive can only survive if we want it enough to pay for it with our donations. That’s the flip side of having a service that isn’t dependent on making advertisers or venture capitalists or even grant-funders happy, that isn’t going to mine and sell your personal data, and that isn’t going to charge you up front to use it.

If you love the archive, please support it!

THIS. 

I know none of us want to deal with an archive run by a for-profit company that’ll saturate the site with ads or charge fees or sell our data or try to make us link our accounts with our Facebook profiles or what-the-fuck-ever bullshit a for-profit company can come up with to boost their bottom line.

So, if you’ve got a couple spare bucks, please please please toss them in the hat for AO3!

It’s ours! Let’s keep it that way, hunh?

THIS, my doves. I just donated and if anyone’s in a position to do the same please do! As someone who remembers the dark days of fanfiction archives before AO3: PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SUPPORT AO3!

I can’t donate, but please, AO3 is amazing and you should definitely give them some money to remain ad-free!

I just renewed my subscription. :) 

lifeofkj:

lirillith:

Looking through the comments on the FF.net/mass exodus fanfic flamingo posts made me want to rant a lot, so I’m sticking it under a cut.

Warning: I hate FF.net.  I HATE it. 

Read More

All of this. Except I actually did give up on posting on FF.net and moved to AO3 exclusively, even though I’m sure it means not getting as many of readers, because I just couldn’t take it anymore — the war on punctuation was my last straw.

Yes. I, too, agree with the OP, although my feelings aren’t quite as vehement. Then again, OP clearly has a lot more years of dealing with FF.net. I’ve only been reading fic there for a few years, and posting for not quite a year (the anniversary of my first chapter of “Unshaken” is actually coming up in less than a month). So I haven’t had as much time dealing with these issues.

The punctuation thing is particularly obnoxious. I spent hours coming up with chapter breaks that don’t get stripped, but still look decent. And the inability to strikethrough makes me want to kick things.

I adore AO3 for the reasons given, and also for the ability to include artwork and even just LINKS. Oh, and the explicit content thing. I’m about to come up against that in “Unshaken,” and I’ve decided I’ll just post the full version of chapters with sexytimes to AO3, and then post edited, PG-13 versions to FF.net, with a note that readers who like reading about sexytimes should please go see the full version at AO3.

It’s definitely still worth it for me to post at FF.net, though. Judging by reviews, I have about four times as many readers at FF.net. (It actually might be more than that in terms of hits; I suspect a slightly larger percentage of AO3 readers are reviewing my story, but I haven’t sat down to do the math). 

foxghost:

imagecaptain-critical replied to your post: I didn’t notice this before because I never…

This is how I feel when I watch my numbers go up! I’ve been staying quiet about it because it makes no sense to me, but Concurrence is 2 kudos away from being the top-kudosed one-part Fenders Fic on AO3. It’s craaazy!

And what does it say about me that instead of publicly kudos I get new subscribers instead. <_< And private bookmarks that I didn’t even know existed until I check the stats page.

(Possibly because of all the non-con…)

(POSSIBLY.)

\o/ concurrence. One of those kudos are mine.

Wait. I don’t think I even really knew about bookmarks. So I looked at my stats, and yep! There are more people with bookmarks for Unshaken than there people who are subscribed. What is that all about? At any rate, I’m glad to know about this!