Five Things SimK Said

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Title: Five Things SimK Said
Interviewer: Claudia Rebaza
Interviewee: SimK
Date(s): October 3, 2019
Medium: online
External Links: Five Things SimK Said
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Five Things SimK Said a 2019 Q&A guest post, conducted by the Organization for Transformative Works' Communications Committee with SimK.

It is part of a series. See Five Things Said.


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

I’m a translator, beta and the team coordinator for the Malay language translation team. We translate, among other things, news posts and announcements, as well as support sections for the OTW and AO3 such as the FAQ and Terms of Service. While there’s not much fanfiction in Malay on the Archive, it’s important that it remain accessible to non-English speakers, or anyone who has an easier time with their native language, especially sections that can help members use the site to their full enjoyment.


As a team coordinator I organize team meetings that I try to keep fairly regular, where we discuss terms and some of the more complicated translations we face. We work together to set standard terms in order to maintain consistency throughout our translations, but that isn’t always easy. Colloquial Malay, which we use on an everyday basis, can differ very much from standard written Malay, and we often end up with long discussions about exactly how formal or “slangy” we should go.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I read and write a lot of fanfic, and every now and then try my hand at a fanvid. I joined fandom in the early 2000s (when Geocities was still around!) and haven’t left since. Over the years, I’ve cycled through various fandoms, making a [bad?] habit of arriving slightly too late once most of the excitement has passed. But as it goes in fandom, there’s always someone still hanging around, or discovering it at the same time as you are, so it’s never dull. I love rarepairs, and in my current fandom I’m trying to nurture a few pairing canoes, alongside the steady tugboat of my OTP.