5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Cyn Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Cyn, who volunteers as a co-chair for our Volunteers & Recruiting Committee.

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

I currently wear three hats: Translation Staff, Volunteers & Recruiting (VolCom) Staff and being one of VolCom’s co-chairs. I’m also a former Tag Wrangler, Open Doors Staffer, and Support Staffer.

VolCom staff ensure all volunteers have access to the necessary tools and resources needed to complete their work efficiently and effectively. We also process any volunteer onboardings (adding tools as needed) and volunteer departures (ensuring all tools are removed). One of our key responsibilities is to work with chairs of other committees to facilitate the administrative aspects of our monthly recruitment so that all roles in our organization are appropriately staffed. Since the OTW runs on the energy of volunteers who have decided to give their time and resources to it, I consider VolCom to be a key part of ensuring the OTW continues to operate smoothly. VolCom also works on long-term projects that affect the organization as a whole, such as the implementation of new tools, auditing tool access or developing a chair training plan that covers OTW-specific skills as well as more general leadership and management skills.

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Transformative Works and Cultures Releases Issue No. 36

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Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 36, a general issue.

The essays in this issue focus on racial discourses, historical transformative communities, queerbaiting, owen-jouei, ethics of autoethnography, and more. Fandoms include Big Brother, pro-wrestling, and Harley Quinn. The editorial, “A new generation,” welcomes incoming editors in chief Poe Johnson and Mel Stanfill. Each issue includes articles representing theory, fannish meta, and book reviews, such as the following:

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OTW Spotlight on Support

Changes to Support and Policy & Abuse Responsibilities

In order to better balance the workloads of our Support and Policy & Abuse committees, we are making some changes to who is responsible for which kinds of requests.

Policy & Abuse will continue to address Terms of Service violations, and Support will continue to answer questions on how to use the site and address bug reports, as always. But there are some cases which Policy & Abuse have previously been handling, and which will now be handled by Support. These are:

  • Loss of access to an account (for example, if you no longer remember or have access to the email address you used to set up your account in order to receive a password reset)
  • Questions and problems concerning orphaned works
  • Works labeled with an incorrect language

If you need to report one of these issues, please contact Support. If you direct a report of any kind to the wrong department, it’s okay! We’ll either transfer the report directly, or ask you to resubmit it to the correct team.

We hope these changes will be helpful by allowing our Policy & Abuse team members to devote more of their time and energy to other issues!