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This Week in Fandom, Volume 124

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, are you participating in Inktober this year? Or are you more focused on getting ready for NaNoWriMo? Maybe both? Let us know in the comments!


One of the big stories this week is the upcoming near-closure of Yahoo Groups. According to an article from The Daily Dot, “After [October 28], users won’t be able to upload any new content. Then on Dec. 14, virtually everything stored on Yahoo Groups (files, photos, links, polls, conversations, etc.) will be erased, although you’ll still be able to join and email groups—all of which will now be private. Basically you have two months to trawl through your old Yahoo Groups posts and save the important stuff.”

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Yahoo Groups Closure – What You Can Do

Yahoo! has announced that Yahoo Groups will be permanently closing, and deleting all previously posted material on December 14, 2019. Some of you may be wondering what you can do to preserve fannish content posted to Yahoo Groups before it is deleted, and what the Organization for Transformative Works can do to help.

What can Open Doors do?

The Open Doors project is dedicated to offering shelter to at-risk fannish content. At this time the Organization for Transformative Works has no way of serving as a replacement to active Yahoo Groups that would like to continue to function as groups or mailing lists. However, we are prepared to work with moderators to preserve fanworks from their groups on the Archive of Our Own and provide tools so Yahoo Groups mods and users can archive messages and other content. Read More

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The OTW is Recruiting News Translation Volunteers

Are you fluent in another language and would like to help translate AO3/OTW news posts? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • News Translation Volunteers – closing 23 October 2019 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

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If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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