Organization for Transformative Works/Abuse

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Name: Abuse Committee of Organization for Transformative Works (OTW)
Profit/Nonprofit: Nonprofit
Country based in: USA; international volunteers
Focus: Handles abuse functions for the Archive of Our Own, such as complaints and Terms of Service violations.
External Links: Archive Of Our Own, Report Abuse
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The Abuse Committee is one of the committees involved in the Archive Of Our Own (AO3) project run by the Organization for Transformative Works.

The OTW website describes its role:

Abuse is dedicated to fielding any complaints that come in about content uploaded to the Archive of Our Own. We determine 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 rarely hold meetings, but it is vital that you be able to respond to e-mail promptly. We are seeking people who can keep in close contact, be patient in rephrasing explanations, translate from fan-speak to English, make and document decisions, cooperate within and outside of their team, and ask for help when it's needed. Our internal deliberations are all in English, but we will also handle complaints made in other languages when possible. Familiarity with multiple languages and with underrepresented fan cultures is welcome. [1]

History of Chairs

  • 2010: Elizabeth Yalkut
  • 2011: Franzeska Dickson
  • 2012: Franzeska Dickson
  • 2013: Sherry Nehmer
  • 2014: Matty Lynne



  1. OTW list of Committees