Talk:Archive of Our Own

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interface languages

I think the phrasing " The archive's interface is planned to be translated into languages other than English in order to make it accessible to an international userbase. " is really weird because the international (non-US? I assume) userbase is English speaking to a large part and already accessing the AO3 en masse? I would say something like 'more accessible' instead.

whois info

Hi, I've taken out the whois info, because it contained personal contact information that I don't think should be on the wiki.--Mary Crawford 17:49, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Except that (a) the whois information is publicly accessible to anyone with an internet connection, and (b) no fan identity and real identity were connected. I would have, frankly, preferred to link to a whois look up, but AFAIK, it's not possible to describe a URI for a particular record. I added back that a whois lookup was performed, since the way you edited it left that completely reference-less. --zvi 18:32, 20 October 2008 (UTC)


Is this still a stub? --Doro 21:45, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Probably not Cesy 21:53, 21 April 2010 (UTC)
I agree and took off the sticker. (stub to me means clearly incomplete, not simply "short".) --lian 00:07, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

link to fun statistics

elz has a post with some AO3 statistics as of November 2011:

This AO3 Admin Post tag is dedicated to cool site stats: --FishieMishie 18:47, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Fun statistics are fun: overall AO3 breakdowns, popular fandoms, popular ships. All of this is AO3 specific info (and how AO3 works makes it possible to have such info), but it's also indicative of broader recent activity, so I'm not sure how much of this would go here and how much elsewhere (and if elsewhere, where?). The first post, at least, would probably be relevant information for this page, but I'm not sure about the other two. Sungabraverday (talk) 10:29, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

I agree these would be good to add! Toasty has a large number of posts in her series, and there are many other folks on Tumblr doing AO3 stats. One of the issues is that apparently they're not sure if it's okay to repost those as more stable links at AO3, because of the issues surrounding meta right now. I can try to collect a bunch of links to individual people's stats tags here, but there's a good chance those tags/blogs could move or change in the next few months, as Tumblrs often do. We may want a separate page for these, and to ask permission to replicate charts, graphs, methods, and results, in case of movement/deletion. -the old briar pipe (talk) 15:41, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
Well, Toasty has the toastystats blog, and that might be a more consistent link than people's individual stat tags, assuming the majority of it is reblogged there. Plus individual posts often tend to be focused on individual fandoms or categories of fics and might fit better on those pages. (I've put in the info on Alpha/Beta/Omega on that page, for instance.) But a seperate fanlore page for stats analyses would be a good idea. I don't know what we'd call that, or how we'd categorise that, though. Sungabraverday (talk) 05:07, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
I do hope it's stable! That blog seems like it's probably going to stay for a while, but there are folks not getting reblogged there because the posts have to be seen by one person in order to be reblogged. There are also several sets of stats that don't really belong to a particular fandom, like stats about femslash representation on AO3 (an issue for AO3 specifically, not femslash as a whole, since AO3 is not all of fandom). Plus there's no harm in cross-linking, to my mind. More ways to find info = awesome!
So, how would you like to go about this? Collect the links here and then plan where to put each set? Make a separate page for AO3 stats and collect the links on the talk page there? Something else? -the old briar pipe (talk) 05:42, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
More places to find info is definitely better! I think maybe a page for Fandom Stats (because some of toasty's stats include tumblr and and so AO3 stats would be too specific to include them) and we can branch out from there as necessary/as makes sense? I'm at a bit of a loss for how we'd categorise it, but that seems the best option to me, at least starting off. Sungabraverday (talk) 07:00, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
Sounds great! Looking at the templates, I think Template:Activity probably makes the most sense, since this isn't a single meta essay. If you'd like to set up the basic page, we could collect links on the talk page, and also maybe encourage other fans to bring data posts/links they know of? At this point I'm not even sure what structure makes sense, but we might want to differentiate between fans analyzing data about fans and non-fans doing so, plus the different origins/types of data (for example, I've seen data about LJ and Fanlore and a large number of more fandom-specific sites floating around). There are also already articles/essays on stats that have pages here, so we'll want to link those as well. (Mecurtin's two essays are linked, I saw.) We should also link to Fanlore's pages about its own stats.
...I'm just realizing how huge a project this could be. But a lot of fun! -the old briar pipe (talk) 07:22, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I've started it up at Fandom Stats, and tracked down the links that I could find fairly quickly. Sungabraverday (talk) 08:35, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

OTW committees

I've added a paragraph about the various committees involved in AO3 - so many! I'd like to start creating individual pages for them (their history, what they do, role in greater fandom etc) but want to check about the best title format. Which makes the most sense - putting them as subpages of OTW as they are subsets of the org, ie Organization_for_Transformative_Works/Abuse, or top-level pages like OTW Abuse or Abuse Committee or Abuse (OTW)? Most pages will need either some kind of title disambiguation or subject clarification at the top of the page. Thoughts? -- Tai 01:51, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

I didn't respond before because I am torn, but I do like the idea of using subpages in this case, in part because I have no idea what categories to give these pages. We can always move the pages later. Don't let this stop anyone from starting pages!--æþel 00:46, 27 November 2011 (UTC)
Okay, thanks Aethel :) I might start making subpages and as you said we can always move them. It's probably clearest to use their official title, so Organization_for_Transformative_Works/Abuse Committee and then create redirects/disambigs. --Tai 02:33, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

History of AO3 Link Dump

Add links here that can later be added to the main page about the history of Ao3.--MeeDee (talk) 22:19, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

stated motivation

I'm not sure it fits into the flow of the existing page, but here's a quote from an early otw_news post stating the motivation for AO3/OTW:

The fanarchive non-profit organization, and the archive itself, were proposed as a response to the fanlib controversy, but the need for a large multi-fandom site that would be created and controlled by fans themselves has been recognized throughout this discussion as an overarching issue beyond that one site. Summary of the original discussion: otw_news, Archived version