quinara: Wesley looking angsty. (Wes swirly)
[First things first, I posted a fic at [livejournal.com profile] sb_fag_ends, a 600 PG AU fic at the end of Out of My Mind, in answer to question of what would have happened if Spike had got his chip out and turned Buffy: Your Queen You Bear Me. It has non-graphic violence, but otherwise nothing you'd warn for on the AO3.]

Talking of the AO3, however, gets me started on everything I've been reading about the OTW elections recently, in particular the recent developments outlined in this post by [personal profile] bookshop. I am hesitant to make a big public post about my thoughts, mainly because I'm not a member nor am I a volunteer, though I am a fairly keen user of the AO3. The [livejournal.com profile] fail_fandomanon meme led me to this post by [livejournal.com profile] norabombay, however (where I also don't feel qualified to comment, because I have no idea who this person is - hi! if you find your way here), which sparked off some thoughts on [livejournal.com profile] stop_plagiarism, aka the comm I think I technically founded, strange as it seems to think now, and which I think is relatively successful these days? We are most definitely incomparably small and slight in comparison to the OTW (if The Meme correctly informs me about the size of the volunteer pool, we're about 5% of the size, although the profile page informs me we have about 1650 people interested enough to count themselves members), and we haven't had to do any coding beyond designing various LJ pages, but, hey, we're a fandom organisation I actually know something about...

And so, forgive my navel-gazing, but I thought it might be interesting to consider why it seems to have been successful - which I qualify in terms of 'still running since it was started in 2004 and, according to my cursory search, much more frequently recommended than dissed, despite a seemingly high awareness of it in fandom'. (Do please correct me if you think my impression of the situation is wrong, of course!)

Here be some observations! Also love for Spiralleds. Lots. )

Are we the same as the OTW? Not in the least. But it's from this perspective that I approach any and every fandom organisation, and having this perspective I can't help but make comparisons. Even if they're only that I don't think there's any shame if circumstances mean that the best way of moving forward is for a founder to become a grunt.


quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)

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