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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.
A few filks and fan songs are also included, and three 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.
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.
The distribution of fandoms has changed since 2008, though as of 2015 no fandom has managed to displace Supernatural yet. As of the 2012 challenge, the most popular fandoms on the archive were Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, and Merlin. In October 2015, the top ten most prolific fandoms were, in descending order: Supernatural, Stargate Atlantis, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Teen Wolf, Supernatural RPF, Merlin, The Avengers, My Chemical Romance, and Due South. This list includes fandoms that did not exist when the archive was started, though the fandoms in the 2015 list have remained relatively stable since at least March 2014.
In a 2014 Pod Aware podcast, jinjurly described the circumstances surrounding the creation of the archive. At the time, podfics were usually uploaded to free file hosts like YouSendIt where links would expire quickly. jinjurly had webspace available, so she started hosting files for other fans as "a way I can actually be useful to fandom." About the archive itself, she said it was "the direct result of a conflict I had with another fan" who had very strong opinions about how podfic should and should not be made. The other fan told jinjurly that she wanted to start a curated podfic archive that would only accept what she considered the best; in a move jinjurly admits was "super passive aggressive," jinjurly rushed to build the Audiofic Archive while the other fan was out of town. On its mission statement page, the Audiofic Archive states that all podfic is welcome and "that diversity of source, voice, language, and point of view make our experience richer."
Audiofic originated in March 2006 as a set of mirrored podfic files kept in a webfolder. 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.
In early June 2007, a second page was added to cover Due South and C6D fandoms. The first reader archived outside of Stargate Atlantis was Slidellra. 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. The archivists' work then 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. In mid-February 2012, the site was hijacked by malware, but jinjurly fixed the problem in March.
in april, we were moving to a new dedicated server, which we thought would take us offline very briefly (minutes). as you may have guessed, that isn't how it went down. in the process of moving, the data was mishandled, corrupted, and in some cases, destroyed. that's why we have backups! however, there was also an undetected failure in the backup process, so we are missing some files. I wish I could be more precise about which and how many, but I haven't had time to really dig yet.
We will be restoring from backup in the next few days, and then going through to see what's either missing or not connected properly to the archive interface. At that point, we will be reaching out to restore whatever is missing, and we'll be temporarily unpublishing the archive entries that don't connect to files. They will be back up once they are connected.
Backups existed, but the process of restoring the files hit unexpected roadblocks. The frontend website was unaffected, and new podfics continued to be uploaded, but much of the archive's back catalog was still unavailable as of December 2016, when paraka started a crowdsourcing project to get at least all the podfics also hosted on parakaproductions back up.
In December 2016's Auralphonic episode, Auralphonic 025: Topicless, podficcers Jenepod, Dodificus, and paraka discussed the continuing relevance of the archive to podfic fandom, the effect of the archive going down ("devastating," said paraka), and the importance of keeping multiple copies. The auralphonic + ep025 Pinboard contained a link to a Podfic List of files that had been lost in the crash, numbering over 6,000 entries.
The last new podfic was uploaded to the Archive in February 2017. Works can still be downloaded, but there has been no statement about the Archive's future.
Reactions & Reviews
- transcript of a general jinjur interview by an MLS student about the site's history (December 6, 2008)
- See the Amplificathon profile, which states that "all podfic posted to this community will be added to the audiofic archive."
- Works tagged "format podvid" at the Audiofic Archive. (Accessed 11 November 2014)
- jinjurly. Feb 17, 2013 Twitter post. (Accessed 24 February 2013)
- podmod. figuring point values for fandoms/pairings (2008 challenge), posted to LiveJournal 23 March 2008.
- 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).
- paraka, October 1, 2015 tweet of the top 30 fandoms. Total count of podfics for the top ten fandoms: Supernatural (1973), Stargate Atlantis (1308), Harry Potter (747), Sherlock (741), Teen Wolf (728), Supernatural RPF (727), Merlin (705), The Avengers (688), My Chemical Romance (465), and Due South (432).
- As of March 2014, the top ten most prolific fandoms were, in descending order: Supernatural (with 1923 podfics), 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). paraka, 4 March 2014 Tweet, containing a chart of the top 15. For some fandoms the totals have decreased over the past few years 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.
- Pod Aware podcast with paraka, anatsuno, and jinjurly. Day 1: The History of Podfic, posted to livejournal 10 November 2014.
- audiofic archive mission and values statements, archived, accessed 1 November 2015.
- Original mirror location: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~allisonl/stitchnbitch/
- Original url: http://jinjurly.com/audio.htm
- "Internet Archive file of site from March 16, 2007". Archived from the original on 2007-03-16. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- Original url: http://jinjurly.com/audiomisc.htm
- "Livejournal comment thread about page creation". Retrieved September 30, 2008.
- 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. 
- Cybel. More Archive Woes, posted to Amplificathon 18 February 2012. (Accessed 3 March 2012.)
- jinjurly. audiofic archive update, posted to Amplificathon 18 March 2012. (Accessed 20 March 2012)
- podmod. Audiofic Archive is down for maintenance, posted to Amplificathon Apr. 11th, 2016
- general jinjur. audiofic archive update, posted to Amplificathon, May. 4th, 2016.
- paraka. Audiofic Archive: Crowd Sourcing Options, posted to Amplificathon Dec. 6th, 2016.
- Auralphonic 025: Topicless 2016-12-16