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Elections had a very busy July, posting three sets of Q&As and hosting four chats on Discord with the candidates for the upcoming Board of Directors election. If you were unable to attend any of the chats, you can find the chat transcripts on the Elections website, along with the Q&As and the Bios & Platforms.

Voting instructions have been emailed to all eligible members, thanks to the work of Elections, Communications, Development & Membership. Translated versions of these voting instructions are also available on the Elections website. If you have not received your voting instructions by email, or if you have a different query, you can contact the Elections Committee through their website.

The election will be held August 13-16, and your ballot will come via the email you gave when you donated.


Open Doors has announced the upcoming import of The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive, with help from Communications and Translation, and has completed the import of Rawhide-fic!

In June, Tag Wrangling handled more than 390,000 tags across more than 44,000 fandoms. At the time of this writing, Policy & Abuse had received about 1500 tickets in July so far, and Support was on track to receive about 1200 tickets in the month of July.

Accessibility, Design & Technology has been testing the next release, and fielding database requests from Support and Policy & Abuse. We’d like to give a special shoutout to all of our GitHub contributors, new and old! We’re extremely grateful for their contributions and their patience as we try to finish up this release and start merging some of their changes.


The Board of Directors hosted a public meeting on July 11. The main discussion involved the creation of two new officer roles: to aid us in introducing paid staff, and to research options for diversity consultants. Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting and gave their input! As always, if you have any feedback or questions about their work, you can email the Board.

Fanlore has been hard at work creating posts for their Fandom in Color spotlight, and they've had a great response so far -- check out their Fandom in Color tag on Tumblr and #FandominColor on Twitter to see the posts! They also announced an upcoming addition to their Identity Protection Policy that will allow for fans to remove associations between two fannish identities that they wish to keep separate, even if there is no link to a real-life identity. You can check out the full text of the policy update on Dreamwidth!

TWC has also been busy. The September 2021 issue of Transformative Works and Cultures is currently in production, and editorial acceptances are accelerating for the March 2022 issue. TWC also has a new Twitter account! Soon after it launched they tweeted about the site going through some updates on July 26, so follow them to stay informed about TWC activities. Just a reminder that you can find links to all the OTW's social media accounts at our Where to Find Us page on the OTW website.


From 25 June to 24 July, Volunteers & Recruiting received 69 new requests, and completed 69, leaving us with 28 open requests (including induction and removal tasks listed below).

As of 25 July 2021, the OTW has 1007 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below.

New Translation Volunteers: DFM, Llio, Luthfia, QT, ru, snjeguljica33, Tear, Tiass, yaghma, Åse Gjefsen and 4 volunteers
New TWC Volunteers: Emily Cohen and 1 volunteer

Departing Committee Staff: inimitablereel (Systems), J. Quadrifrons (AO3 Documentation), MorningStarlight (AO3 Documentation) and 1 Policy & Abuse Staffer
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: Colercw, haru and 2 other volunteers
Departing Translation Volunteers: Filip Drnovsek Zorko & 4 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.


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2021-08-06 16:30:34 UTC

Spotlight on Legal Issues

We've been getting a lot of inquiries about tumblr's recent announcement that it would be beta testing a feature it is calling "Post+," which allows users to monetize posts by locking them to subscribers.

How does this interact with AO3 policies?

Don't worry, nothing's changing. As always, AO3 is dedicated to noncommercial fanworks, and has a policy against using the AO3 for commercial solicitation. So, linking to your blog or other social media from AO3 is fine. But linking to your Patreon, Ko-fi, Amazon sales page, or other commercial/fundraising site isn't. Letting people know how to learn more about you is fine, but soliciting financial support isn't. So how does this rule apply to tumblr? We know a lot of people link to their tumblr accounts from their AO3 profiles or works, and that's fine! But linking specifically to subscriber-locked material on tumblr isn't, and using AO3 to ask people to subscribe to a monetized tumblr account isn't. And of course, AO3's rules don't govern what you do on other websites.

What about fan activities on tumblr and elsewhere?

We've also gotten questions and seen a lot of concern floating around about how tumblr's Post+ program affects fans on tumblr and on the Internet more generally. The good news is...probably not much. We want to be clear that we have no relationship with tumblr, so we have no control over them or what they do. But here's our take on things, as experienced lawyers.

Making and sharing fanworks has long been a predominantly noncommercial activity, and the OTW celebrates the community that has grown around that noncommercial approach. Also, the OTW's position is that noncommercial, transformative fanworks are fair use under U.S. copyright law, which means that they do not infringe copyright. Importantly, as a matter of U.S. law, commerciality is one of a number of factors that courts consider in determining whether a use is fair use--it's not the whole question. In other words, it is possible for noncommercial things to infringe copyright, and it is possible for commercial things not to. (In fact, all of the major U.S. cases holding that transformative works constitute fair use have been about commercial works.) Generally speaking, the more a work transforms the meaning, message, or purpose of the underlying work, the less a court would care that the work is commercial; and vice versa--the less transformative a work is, the more commerciality would matter.

But all of this talk of courts is very remote. As a practical matter, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows copyright holders (publishers, entertainment companies) to seek to have things taken down from the Internet if they think those things aren't fair use, and we know that in general, copyright holders are more likely to seek takedowns for commercial things than for noncommercial things. That doesn't mean those commercial things are necessarily infringing, but it does mean they're more likely to be taken down.

The law does not give Internet platforms (like tumblr) much discretion in determining whether to take things down when they receive a valid request--basically, if a takedown request is valid and the work isn't an obvious fair use, the platform has to take it down, as a matter of law. As a practical matter, then, it's reasonable to expect that monetized tumblr posts are more likely to be the subject of takedown notices than non-monetized ones. But it doesn't mean they're automatically infringing or non-infringing. Fair use is always a case-by-case analysis.

To think about this differently, Internet platforms (including tumblr and YouTube and all the other ones) act as a form of insulation from lawsuits. That insulation happens in the context of DMCA takedown notices--rather than suing an individual poster, the copyright owner just asks the platform to take it down. It's always up to users to decide what to post, and--in the very (very, very!) unlikely event that a copyright holder would decide to sue rather than just relying on the takedown process--users always bear the risk of being sued. If work gets taken down under the DMCA, users always have the opportunity to "counternotify" and ask for it to be put back up, with the understanding that having it put back up might make a lawsuit more likely. In other words, although platforms don't "defend" their users, they do add layer of protection, in a way. Nothing about tumblr's Post+ program changes any of that.

We hope this is helpful information. The OTW and AO3 are dedicated to maintaining space for noncommercial fanworks and fan culture, and we'll continue to do that.

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.


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2021-08-04 16:24:24 UTC

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Would you like to assist AO3 users by resolving complaints? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Policy & Abuse Staff - closing 11 August 2021 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

Policy & Abuse Staff

The AO3 Policy & Abuse Committee is dedicated to helping users deal with the various situations that may arise. We also handle any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. The team determines if complaints are about legitimate violations of the Terms of Service, and what to do about them if they are; our major goals are to adhere to the TOS, to make our reasoning and processes as clear and transparent as possible, and to keep every individual case completely confidential. We work closely with other AO3 related committees such as Support and Content.

We are seeking people who are self-motivated, are patient in rephrasing explanations, can make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Staffers need to be able to handle complex and sometimes-disturbing content, and must be able to commit a sufficient amount of time to the team on a regular basis.

Policy & Abuse staffers are required to spend at least 10-15 hours a week handling committee work, though it often tends to be more. Please be sure you can handle the workload before applying.

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role.

Applications are due 11 August 2021

Apply at the volunteering page!


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2021-07-27 20:15:19 UTC

This large batch of updates includes a rewrite that killed several tag saving bugs, new tools and fixes to prevent abuse and customize your Archive experience, and a generous helping of behind-the-scenes improvements.

Special thanks to agenderdanvers, hocestcorpus, korrien, and lethnie, who all submitted their first fix! (If you'd like to contribute to the Archive codebase as well, please refer to our Contributing Guidelines.)


  • Coders: agenderdanvers, Alix R, cosette, Enigel, hocestcorpus, korrien, lethnie, redsummernight, Sammie Louise, Sarken, ticking instant, tlee911
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, james_, redsummernight, Sarken, ticking instant
  • Testers: Alison Watson, Claire Baker, cosette, GoldenFalls, james_, Jocelin, Lady Oscar, lydia-theda, Nary, QED, Qem, Rebecca Sentance, redsummernight, runt, Sarken, Taylor Clossin, Teyke



Security fixes and visible user/work IDs to make hiding content easier, deployed on March 16th.

  • [AO3-5585] - We fixed a security risk concerning challenge assignments.
  • [AO3-6011] - We also made sure you can't claim a prompt pretending to be another user.
  • [AO3-6137] - When an admin changes a user's roles (e.g., makes them a tag wrangler), that change is supposed to be logged in the account's history. However, for the past ten years, it... hadn't been getting logged. We've fixed that now.
  • [AO3-5525] - We've added an option for our Policy & Abuse team to turn off password reset emails for users who report being harassed in this manner.
  • [AO3-6025] - Two of the emails related to work imports asked users to whitelist emails from the domain. We've updated the wording to "add email addresses from to your list of safe contacts" instead.
  • [AO3-6131] - We've added user and work IDs to work blurbs to allow hiding or highlighting via site skins. (For instructions on doing this, please check out our update on blocking and muting. We'll have a dedicated post once we've expanded this ability to bookmarks and series.)
  • [AO3-6135] - The list of servers we deploy to used to live in the Capistrano deploy scripts, which sounds reasonable -- deploy is in the name! -- but it was terribly inconvenient because it required a code change every time we changed our servers. We've moved that list somewhere else, where it's easier to change.


Search index improvements (part 1), deployed on March 22nd.

  • [AO3-6147] - To shift some data around in Elasticsearch, we had to add a task to update the mapping.


Search index improvements (part 2), deployed on April 1st.


Upgrade to Ruby 2.7.3 plus various bug fixes, deployed on May 9th.

  • [AO3-6155] - The preferences page previously referred to your History as your Viewing History. We never call it that, so we've corrected the phrasing.
  • [AO3-6145] - If you tried to add duplicate tags to a bookmark, e.g. both Angst and angst, it would give a 500 error. Now it saves the bookmark with just one of the tags, much like what happens if you try to add duplicate tags to a work.
  • [AO3-5740] - Editing a work to add a series, previewing your changes, and then cancelling used to result in your work still being added to the series. Now it respects your wishes and doesn't add the work to the series.
  • [AO3-5056] - Designated archivists can import works for others, e.g., when moving a whole collection of works to the AO3. The creators of those works receive an email about the import and can make some choices about having their works imported. Previously, those choices would not be properly saved under some circumstances; now they are.
  • [AO3-4008] - The Comments button on works now properly jumps you to the comments section, not the list of kudos.
  • [AO3-6157] - We've upgraded to Ruby 2.7.3, which also involved changing the gem we use to handle pseud and collection icons.
  • [AO3-6162] - We updated some broken FAQ links in the help pop-ups on the work posting form.
  • [AO3-6151] - Our Gemfile previously installed every AWS gem imaginable even though we only really needed one. We're rectified that.
  • [AO3-5910] - We've updated our repository's database schema and structure files to match the current state of the database on production.


Gem updates, deployed on June 2nd.

  • [AO3-6170] - We updated Rails due to a security vulnerability in actionpack.
  • [AO3-6173] - We updated nokogiri due to a security vulnerability.
  • [AO3-6169] - The Twitter widget would sometimes cause our tests to fail, so we stopped loading the Twitter widget in our tests.


Various bug fixes and infrastructure improvements, deployed on June 18th.

  • [AO3-6177] - Our automated tests for rate limiting sometimes failed even though the rate limiting code works just fine. We made it so the tests stop lying.
  • [AO3-6174] - Headings consisting of long, unbroken strings of characters would cause pages to scroll horizontally. Now we force the text to break so that doesn't happen.
  • [AO3-4936] - Occasionally, works are saved without fandom tags. It used to be that when this happened with multi-chapter works, you'd get a 500 error if you tried to access the work in Chapter by Chapter mode. Now the work will load.
  • [AO3-3498] - If you posted a work from a draft, sometimes the word count would just be blank. That won't happen anymore.
  • [AO3-6178] - Our CI will no longer mark builds as failing just because the process of uploading a coverage report failed.
  • [AO3-6072] - If you set up a new development environment, there wouldn't be any language options available on the pages for submitting support tickets or abuse reports. We've made it so there will always be a language available.
  • [AO3-5408] - We no longer store IP address from Support tickets in the database. Now we just hand them off to our spam checker when someone presses the "Submit" button.
  • [AO3-6180], [AO3-6179], [AO3-5437], [AO3-5431] - We removed some unused code. 🧹


Rewriting some of the code to ensure changes to tags aren't saved until the taggable item (e.g. the work) itself is saved knocked out several bugs at once. Deployed June 22nd.

  • [AO3-6043] - If you tried to edit a work to remove all of its warning tags, it would seem to save, but the tags would still be there. This was sort of good, since works need to have at least one warning, but not great because it didn't tell you there was a problem saving your work. Now it will give an error message.
  • [AO3-5978] - If you tried to edit a bookmark to add a tag that was over 100 characters long (the maximum length for tags), you'd get either a 422 error or a blank white page depending on your browser. Now you'll get redirected to the editing form with a note that your tag is too long.
  • [AO3-4932] - Removing a work's fandom and pressing Cancel on the resulting error page used to save the work without a fandom, which was terrible: all works need at least one fandom tag! We've made it so works without a fandom will definitely not be saved.
  • [AO3-3661] - If you wanted to remove all of the category tags from your work and you tried to preview your change, the tags wouldn't get removed upon saving. Now they will!
  • [AO3-3455] & [AO3-5041] - When editing the tags or language on your work, you wouldn't see the changes during preview. Now you can see your work's new info in all its glory right there on the preview page.


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Organization for Transformative Works Elections News: Cast Your Vote!

At this time, all members of the OTW who are eligible to vote should have received an email linking to the voting instructions for 2021. The subject line was "Voting Instructions for Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) Board Election". Please note that anyone who didn’t receive this email is not on the voter rolls this year and will not receive a ballot.

The voting instructions email contains a link to a test version of the ballot. Please follow that link to make sure that the page displays correctly and the candidates are visible. If not, please ensure you are not blocking JavaScript from,, and/or

If you are an OTW member and didn’t receive this email, please do the following:

  1. Check your spam folder.
    • If you use Gmail, check your Social tab.
    • If the email is marked as spam, unmark it. Otherwise, you will not receive your ballot, as it will end up in spam as well.
  2. If no email is present, open your donation receipt and check the date.
    • To vote in this election, your receipt must be dated between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, inclusive of both dates. Receipts are dated in EDT time zone but the cutoff is in UTC; your receipt may list June 30, 2021 but you won’t be eligible if the donation was after midnight UTC on July 1.
    • If you paid by check, your membership is measured by the arrival date of the check.
  3. If your donation was made during the eligible time period, make sure you checked the box to become a member. Membership is voluntary for those who donate at least $10; only members can vote.
  4. If you did become a member, make sure you neither marked any email from the OTW as spam nor opted out of OTW emails or last year’s ballot. If you did so and would like to vote this year, you’ll need to follow step 5 below.
  5. If you donated at least $10 during the eligible period and you checked the box to become a member, please fill out the Elections Contact Form and select the topic “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?” Make sure to include the email you used when donating.
    • Membership has no connection to being a user of AO3 or Fanlore. Please don’t give us your AO3 or Fanlore username – we have no way of knowing who that name belongs to, and we don’t want to know.

Most importantly, if your voting instructions email bounces, gets marked as spam, or you opt out, you will not receive a ballot for this year’s election, and you may not receive a ballot next year. Similarly, if any of those things happened to last year’s election emails, you will not receive a ballot this year. Therefore, if you previously opted out of OTW emails or marked them as spam and would like to vote, fill out the Elections Contact Form and select the topic “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?”

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.


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2021-07-22 17:15:38 UTC

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 Fiona M, who volunteers as an AO3 Documentation staffer.

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

I’m an AO3 Documentation Committee staff, so I’m part of the team that writes the AO3 FAQs and any other documentation you might find on the Archive, like tutorials.

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

My weeks vary a lot depending on what kind of tasks I’ve taken on, and what stage the document is at. Some weeks I put in a lot of hours, and some weeks I don’t put in a ton of time.

Usually I start at the beginning of the week by filling out our check-in and catching up on what the other staff are working on. I also check to see if any documents have been moved to the open (“free-for-all”) beta read stage, so I know if I need to make time for a beta read during the week.

Then, I work on the tasks I have assigned to me. That might be drafting a new document, or beta-reading someone else’s document. I might be testing out new archive features and taking notes so I can write about them, discussing grammar and phrasing issues with other staff, checking HTML code, or any of the other various steps needed to take an FAQ document from the beginning of drafting to the end point of uploading new/updated documents to AO3.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I really wanted to be able to give back to the organization that has given me so much. I am super passionate about the importance of fanfic, both in my personal life, and as an art form in general. Transformative works have been quite literally transformative for me. I’ve read legitimately life-changing fics, as well as made some wonderful friends through reading and writing fic.

I had been keeping my eye on volunteer postings for a while, and the kind of work that Docs does aligned well with my skills. I’ve now been a volunteer for almost two years, and I love getting to have a hand in helping others understand how to use the site.

What has been your biggest challenge doing work for the OTW?

I’ve had to learn a lot about Archive features that I didn’t know how to use! When you’re suddenly testing all the instructions on how to run a Prompt Meme, for example, first you have to quickly learn what a Prompt Meme is! But that’s been a wonderful challenge that I enjoy very much. Being an AO3 Docs staffer has made me so much more knowledgeable about all the features the site offers and everything that users can do.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I write a lot of fanfic, mostly for sitcom fandoms. I read fanfic almost every day as well, whether I’m rereading old favourites, or looking for new fics. I also run a tiny Tumblr blog where I rec fics, write meta and just in general discuss my favourite characters.

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.


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Kirk and Spock and the Enterprise

The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive, a Star Trek fanfiction archive focusing on the relationship between Kirk and Spock, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive was built on the eFiction software platform, which hasn't been updated since 2005. In its current version, it is no longer supportable, nor supported by the developer, and is subject to constant security attacks. The archive moderator felt that the Archive of Our Own offered the best path forward to preserve these works.

The purpose of the Open Doors Committee’s Online Archive Rescue Project is to assist moderators of archives to incorporate the fanworks from those archives into the Archive of Our Own. Open Doors works with moderators to import their archives when the moderators lack the funds, time, or other resources to continue to maintain their archives independently. It is extremely important to Open Doors that we work in collaboration with moderators who want to import their archives and that we fully credit creators, giving them as much control as possible over their fanworks. Open Doors will be working with Killa to import The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually links to the old site will redirect to the collection on AO3, which can be searched and filtered in order to locate individual imported works.

We will begin importing works from The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive to the AO3 after July 2021.

What does this mean for creators who have work on The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. 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. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive 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 Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive 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 archive 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, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive 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 The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive!

- The Open Doors team and Killa

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.


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2021-07-13 17:39:17 UTC

Organization for Transformative Works Elections News: Cast Your Vote!

The Elections season is in full swing! We have chats with candidates coming up soon. You can also find links to the candidates' answers to your questions at the bottom of this post.


There will be four public chats, all of which will last 90 minutes. All of them will have 2 candidates in attendance. Chats will take place in our public chatroom.
They are scheduled for:

During these chats, chat attendees will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions not already covered in their platforms, bios, and Q&A, as well as to ask individual questions of specific candidates. New questions will only be accepted for the first hour of the scheduled chat time to make sure candidates have time to finish them all.

We hope that you can join us for one or all of these chats!

Please note that though the link to the public chatroom is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately half an hour before the chats begin. Read on to learn more about using Discord.

  • 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.


When we posted the Board candidates' bios and platforms, we asked the public to submit additional questions for them. Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who did so! We have been posting groups of questions as the candidates finished them, and 2 have been posted so far. For the categories that have not yet been posted, the dates they will be posted are listed in parentheses.
To navigate answers by individual candidate, please use the links below:

The following is a list of the topics covered by the questions. Clicking on a topic will take you to the tag containing all the candidates' answers on that topic.

To read all the posts regarding Q&A, simply select the 2021 Q&A tag.

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.


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