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Hey guys, the OTW is on Tumblr!  They're doing a cool First Friday thing, where the first Friday of the month they focus on one aspect of fandom.  I've gotten some fun reblogs from them.  Plus, they give away AO3 invites, for anyone who is looking for an invite.
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Holy Mother of God, what did Delicious DO?  I thought we were done with all the changes!!  Did I somehow miss the news that they were taking away networks, subscriptions, and totally changing the site interface?  Or did they just do it without telling us first?  So much of the functionality I loved about Delicious is gone now, and a huge thing for fandom is that tags with a / in them no longer work.

So I am now at diigo.  (Oddly enough, all bookmarks with slashes have been changed to underscores in diigo...  But at least they converted them, and didn't just leave them as is and give me a 404 error when clicking on them like delicious did.)  Diigo is certainly different from delicious, I guess it'll just take a little time to get used to it.  I've found a group for Delicious users now on Diigo which seems to be a gathering of fannish folks.  If you're over there drop me a line so I can friend you!  (Or follow, or whatever the word is) 

My ultimate desire is to bookmark all fannish works over at my AO3 profile (where I already have 106 bookmarks, most of them not bookmarked in delicious or diigo).  I'd like to keep all fic, podfic, art, vids, ect... at the AO3 and all other bookmarks (communities I like, meta, non-fannish stuff) at diigo (or wherever I wind up).  The only reason I haven't done that is the AO3 bookmarks don't have much functionality yet, and there is no import option.  But the OTW is working on it!  They said today that they are working on improving bookmarks and hope to have better functionality in the next few months.  You can check out what they currently have and what they plan to have here.

I thought about pinboard, but decided I'm not sure about paying, since it looks like it doesn't have networks.  We'll see, I might decide to switch it up after using diigo a bit.

ETA:  Apparently Delicious is considered back in beta - they say they are working on the site still and are taking feedback from users.  So our stuff might all come back.  Eventually.  THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO KNOW about 2 hours ago!

ursamajor over at Dreamwidth is thinking about making a Dreamwidth version of delicious and is taking suggestions over here.  I think it's an overhaul of the memories function combined with possible off-site bookmarking, though they seem to be very open to ideas.  I think that's really cool, as I consider Dreamwidth to be a fan-friendly long-term environment.

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The [livejournal.com profile] st_respect  Ship Wars and Olympics Master Posts are as follows: 

2010 LiveJournal | AO3  Ship Wars
2011 LiveJournal | AO3  Ship Olympics
2013 LiveJournalAO3 Trekstock

st_respect is the Archive of Our Own (AO3) parent collection for the Ship Wars and Olympics, with a subcollection for each year.  The main collection is closed to submissions; add your fic to the relevant year.  You may read all of the works posted to all the collections from the parent collection, or you can read each individual year by going to the individual collection. 

I'm keeping the rest of this information current over here at LJ.

AO3, LJ

Apr. 12th, 2011 04:23 pm
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* The AO3 has subscriptions now!  You get an email alert when authors you subscribe to upload works.  But this is just the beginning, the test.  More info about how subscriptions might eventually look is here at the bottom.  And of course, they do listen to feedback on all aspects of the archive.

I'm at faviconpslasher and fandoms in the queue include Star Trek 2009, Star Trek 2009 RPS, and possibly J2! Note: 'In the queue' is a relative term, and I give no guarantee for actually finishing these fics in any reasonable amount of time.


*LJ posted some info about the recent attacks on the site here, and there was a very interesting post about the recent events by [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic  here.  I had no idea that LJ was so politically important for Russia.  In truth, I didn't even realize that LJ had such a big presence in Russia.  That article leaves me feeling much more positive about LJ for being a platform for social change, while feeling disgusted at the idea that anyone would think it's acceptable to do this kind of thing, to continue to support a corrupt government.  But at least it's good to know what's going on. 
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Apparently Yaho put news out on Tuesday that they are laying off a whole lot of people and closing Delicious, MyBlogLog, Yahoo Picks, AltaVista, Yahoo Bookmarks, Yahoo Buzz.  The one that I really care about is Delicious though.  I've been using it for almost three years and have almost 2K bookmarks of all kinds - fic, books, fannish meta discussion, interesting articles spread around the web that I liked.  Plus I've given countless people links to my delicious.  What's more, I have a network that I go to for finding fic and I hate that that's being taken away.  Not to mention the fact that I've got three years of my fannish history dated with each bookmark, and it might sound silly but I like having that history written down so I don't forget when I first started bookmarking fandoms or whatever.  I wonder if the dates will transfer over to another bookmarking site - probably not.  I exported my account, but was dismayed to find that it didn't export my tags, even though I clicked that box.  Must find something better.

Newslinks:  lockergnome.com (with brief instructions for exporting your bookmarks), techcocktail.com,

I haven't seen a timeframe for the closing, so it's probably best to export and transfer everything over to a new bookmarking service asap so you don't risk losing all your links.  It looks like there are several options for bookmarking services, and I wonder if anyone has caught wind of where fandom might be going.  It would be nice to be able to cobble back together a network as much as possible.

AO3:  The archive gives you the option of bookmarking external bookmarks.  They only allow for bookmarking of fic though.  I believe that there will be a large portion of fandom moving there, and I've considered moving all my fic bookmarks there and keeping everything else at another bookmarking site.  I like the idea of keeping my fic and my fic bookmarks in the same place, and there is instantly a huge network for finding fic.  The only thing is the AO3 isn't fully functional yet.  There doesn't seem to be an import function just yet (putting 800 fic links in manually would be tedious) and the filter functions don't exist yet.  For example, there is no way to sort by tags or fandom yet, so you can't search out all the J2 AU's I have bookmarked.  You can find all the J2 AU's everyone has bookmarked, just not the ones only I have bookmarked.  However, I believe that the coders will make that happen, it's just a matter of time.

Netvous:  This seems to function pretty similar to delicious, however they have an automatic link checker that sounds interesting - though I'm not sure exactly how useful it will be for obscure fannish content: Web sites come and go, and they move... Our automatic link checker cares about your links and regularly verifies that all your bookmarks are valid and alerts you in case they are not. And if a web site is moved permanently we automatically update your links to point to the new address.  They have a feature called Hotpicks: Bookmarks that you use very often (such as your favorite online newspaper or your email account) can be marked as "Hotpicks". Hotpicks are always displayed on the top of your bookmarks page regardless of which folder or tag you are browsing.  They also allow you to rate your links and search by rating, that looks pretty useful.  I like the way Delicious looked better, though.

Zigtag:  I tried to look this one up but the homepage wouldn't even load. 

Pinboard:  Works like a stripped-down Delicious.  A comparison of the two can be found here.  They don't have tagbundles, which I really liked about delicious - I've got far to many tags to not bundle them.  They do have a cool Quick Edit feature and they have a network system.


ETA: and apparently delicious isn't closing, but Yahoo will be selling it in the coming months.  I'll continue to use delicious because I like it and everything is there, but I'll probably archive my bookmarks at another site as soon as I figure out which one I like. 
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Here is info about Archive of Our Own invites.  Info about creating an AO3 account is here.  There are two ways to use an invite/code:
  • Have someone email you with a link to sign up.  If you want me to email an invite you can leave your email in the comments here (comments are screened), or PM or email me with your request.  My email is pslasher at yahoo dot com. 
  • Copy and past a code that you find on the net or that someone gives you.  If you have a code you can sign up by going to http://archiveofourown.org/users/new?invitation_token=YOURINVITATIONCODE, where you replace that last bit with the code you've received. (info from the mod at [community profile] ao3_invitecodes )
My code(s):
None currently


Where to find invites:
[community profile] ao3_invitecodes 
[livejournal.com profile] ao3_invitecodes

Transformativeworks.tumblr.com also gives away invites monthly during their Fandom First Friday posts.  You'll have to scroll back to find the post where they offer invites.  You can also check out their ao3-invite tag.



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Have you guys heard about the Archive of Our Own, an archive created by the Organization For Transformative Works? I've created an account and archived 3 AM there, plus I'm starting to bookmark fic that I like.

It looks like an awesome archive, both for posting fics and browsing. It's easy to search by fandom, pairing or tags, and there is a filter so you can really get specific with your searches. Commenting is easy, and they even have a bookmark/rec feature that allows you to bookmark your favorite fics and search for bookmarked/recced fic within a given fandom. That part looks really cool, sort of like delicious, but with just fic and all in one place.

Also, they've come up with a system to connect tags that are related, so when I search for 'Kirk/Spock/Uhura' fic the archive also shows me fics tagged with 'Kirk/Uhura/Spock' and Uhura/Kirk/Spock' and 'Jim/Nyota/Spock', and so on. I think that's awesome, because one of the downsides of delicious is that if you didn't search for an exact tag you wouldn't find the bookmark. So in order to find all available fic you had to search all possible tags, and that's just kind of annoying.

So the Archive looks awesome, but there aren't a whole lot of Trek fics there yet. Come and post more, cause this fandom is huge and deserves to have a ton of fics posted!

*NOTE: the site is still in Beta, so that means they are still working out the kinks and bugs. Things may not always work correctly, and the only way to figure out what works and what doesn't is to do a trial. By signing up now you are agreeing to be a Beta Tester for the site, so please pass along any problems or feedback to Support! Also, there is a waiting list for new account creation, but hopefully you won't have to wait long to get an invite.

ETA: There are now a few good write-ups about the tagging system the AO3 is using: Tags (Wuzzles) Explained by Zvi and OTW's Archive of Our Own, and Tag Wrangling by damned_colonial. Plus samvara is keeping a list of bookmarks on AO3 tips and meta. A lot of work is going into making tags easy and simple to use, flexible enough to keep every one happy, yet complex enough to really build a fannish infrasturcture that resembles the way we work. For example, like Zvi said: "also, they realised that they needed to make a way for a wuzzle to be a subset of another wuzzle, like Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC need to be sub-wuzzles of Popslash, so that if you click on the Popslash wuzzle you get both of those, but if you click on *NSYNC, you don't get Backstreet but the code for this was tricksy, so that’s not built yet." It's not all complete and perfect yet, but they have grand ideas and I have no doubt they will make them happen.

ETA 2:  It's pretty easy to figure out how to post, but if you want help, here is a pretty detailed set of instructions with pictures to guide you.  They were written with Yuletide in mind, but everything besides posting to a collection should apply. Although, you can post to any of the many collections that have cropped up using the same instructions.

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