Audiofic Archive

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Archive
Name: Audiofic
Date(s): 2006-present
Archivist: jinjurly
Founder: jinjurly
Type: Podfic Archive
Fandom: Multifandom
URL: http://audiofic.jinjurly.com
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The Audiofic Archive, a multifandom podfic archive, was created and is maintained by Jinjurly. All files are hosted with permission of the creators, and all archive entries include links to the original story text and include feedback links for both author and reader.

All files are available in mp3, for accessibility purposes, but may also be available in additional formats.

Audiofic archive maintainers actively solicit permission to host podfic in any fandom and of any length or story type. Podficcers from any fandom can also initiate contact to get their files hosted, or post their recordings to the one livejournal community run by the archivists, Amplificathon.[1]

A few filks are also included, and three[2] podvids: Keylines by Cupidsbow, What A Difference A Year Makes by erica schall, and busaikko's podvid for bitter-crimson's The Epic Tale of Rodney & John, Two Girl Scout Cookies in Love.

As of 17 February 2013, there were 10,206 podfics by 914 podficcers on the archive.[3]

Popular fandoms

In 2008 the Amplificathon challenge was set up to increase the diversity of podfics available on the archive. At that time, the three most represented fandoms on the archive were Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, and Due South.[4] As of the 2012 challenge, the most popular fandoms on the archive were Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, and Merlin.[5]

As of March 2014, the top ten most prolific fandoms are, in descending order: Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural RPF, Merlin, Harry Potter, The Avengers, My Chemical Romance, Teen Wolf, Sherlock, and Due South.[6]

Site history

Audiofic originated in March 2006 as a set of mirrored podfic files kept in a webfolder.[7] The first podfic hosted was Rageprufrock's recording of her Stargate Atlantis story #435, The Atlantis Local Stitch'n'Bitch Chapter. Other SGA stories followed, read by Jaebi_lit and Hack_benjamin22.

On August 25, 2006, Audiofic debuted as an html page of links to all hosted files.[8] At that time[9], all recordings were of Stargate Atlantis stories.

In early June 2007, a second page was added to cover Due South and C6D fandoms[10]. The first reader archived outside of Stargate Atlantis was Slidellra[11]. In July, a third page was added, for non-Due South-related fandoms.

On August 22, 2007, Audiofic moved from those three list-form index pages to a Wordpress software installation at http://jinjurly.com/audio/.

Hard limits in the category capacity of Wordpress crippled site performance within only a few months, and the site collapsed in early April 2008. The breakdown was brought about by the first week of the Amplificathon challenge, a content drive for the archive with an aim of increasing diversity in fandom offerings. A series of temporary fixes were put into place, merging some categories and converting others into tags, but the site remained slow, and maintenance-oriented repairs could not keep pace with site growth.

In July 2008, Dodificus became the first Audiofic volunteer, helping to clean up archive entries as part of the run-up to the new platform. Other volunteers are Aphelant, Countess7, Pennyplainknits, and Winkingstar.

The threat of imminent site collapse prompted a move to Drupal software on September 5, 2008. At that time, the archive was moved to its own subdomain, http://audiofic.jinjurly.com. Currently work is focused on strengthening the category structure to support growth and enhance usability.

During Amplificathon 2011, the archive's upload function was severely incapacitated and was not fixed until Amplificathon 2012. Because all podfic posted to the Amplificathon community on LiveJournal is uploaded by mods to the archive, the backlog of non-archived podfics increased to over 1000.[12] In mid-February 2012, the site was hijacked by malware, but jinjurly fixed the problem in March.[13][14]

References

  1. See the Amplificathon profile, which states that "all podfic posted to this community will be added to the audiofic archive."
  2. Works tagged "format podvid" at the Audiofic Archive. (Accessed 11 November 2014)
  3. jinjurly. Feb 17, 2013 Twitter post. (Accessed 24 February 2013)
  4. podmod. figuring point values for fandoms/pairings (2008 challenge), posted to LiveJournal 23 March 2008.
  5. See amplificathon 2012: fandom/pairing points. In a Pod Aware 2012 podcast, it was pointed out that Bandom RPF would have beat Merlin had each band not been counted separately. As of 3 February 2013, the most popular fandoms appear to be Supernatural (with 2059 podfics), Stargate Atlantis (1523), Supernatural RPF (756), Harry Potter (653), Merlin (633), and My Chemical Romance (535).[1]
  6. paraka, 4 March 2014 Tweet, containing a chart of the top 15. Total count of podfics for the top ten fandoms: Supernatural (1923), Stargate Atlantis (1375), Supernatural RPF (680), Merlin (633), Harry Potter (625), The Avengers (572), My Chemical Romance (564), Teen Wolf (561), Sherlock (538), and Due South (407). The 2014 totals appear to be lower than the 2013 totals because archivists have been combining entries: podbook versions were previously posted separately from the mp3s, and special-effects or music versions had been posted separately from non-music and non-effects versions.[2]
  7. Original mirror location: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~allisonl/stitchnbitch/
  8. Original url: http://jinjurly.com/audio.htm
  9. Internet Archive file of site from March 16, 2007 (Accessed September 30, 2008)
  10. Original url: http://jinjurly.com/audiomisc.htm
  11. Livejournal comment thread about page creation (Accessed September 30, 2008)
  12. The not archived tag at Amplificathon was at 1001 uses as of 3 March 2012. According to pennyplainknits and dodificus' Pod Aware 2012 podcast, there were over 5000 to archive at one point. [3]
  13. Cybel. More Archive Woes, posted to Amplificathon 18 February 2012. (Accessed 3 March 2012.)
  14. jinjurly. audiofic archive update, posted to Amplificathon 18 March 2012. (Accessed 20 March 2012)
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