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A site called http://www.ebooks-tree.com is scraping fic from AO3 and apparently selling a subscription to access it. (Though some people say it may be clickbait where you go in circles trying to access the culled content. Wouldn't risk my credit card number to find out.)

Here'a how to file a DMCA complaint asking them to take down your content.

AO3 knows about it and OTW is discussing what to do.

In the meantime, AO3 says it will help to lock your fics to registered users on the site. They say they've made it harder to scrape stories, but to stop it altogether they'd have to disable the download feature.

I've locked all my fics. I'll be taking down Out Of Bounds tout suite.

I'm testing a workaround to see if I can render the download feature moot and protect my stories.
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Thank you to [profile] mrshammill for letting me know that, yes, I too had my stories swiped.

I've locked my fics, but AO3 says there's nothing they can do to prevent theft because people need the download feature due to limited online time.

Well, if the download feature is the problem -- which AO3 seems to say it is -- then I want the option to opt out of that feature.

Fewer people may read my stories, but I'm okay with that. I'm not okay with my stories being stolen.
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Hallooooo! AO3 experts!

I know you can orphan works. But can you orphan and then re-adopt them?

A Twitter fandom friend wants to post on AO3 anonymously, then have a reveal, like you would in a collection.

Is there a way to do this for a single story?
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The kitty boys are playful today. Junior's up on the rocking chair, alternately attacking and licking his tail (grooming can be fun), while Rothy's galloping around and playing the goofball, pouncing on toys and throwing them in the air. They're looking at each other's play, like they want to join in, but I've reminded them that they usually end up fighting.

The AO3 Election

Reading the posts from [personal profile] general_jinjur and [personal profile] renay, it's clear that volunteers at AO3 are unhappy.

A picture has emerged from unhappy ex-volunteers: AO3 has a culture of silencing complaint, ignoring suggestions, and shutting people out. Everyone seems to agree that a few people do the majority of the work; some say that therefore the ones who do the work should make all the decisions, while others say the little guys should have some voice. Either way, a picture of internal unilateralism has emerged.

The organization doesn't exist without the volunteers, so dealing with volunteer frustration is the fundamental issue to me.

Julia Beck - Understands the issue, is aware of volunteers complaining through backchannels, is aware of the cause of this (a siege mentality/wank paranoia). Doesn't quite have a plan beyond creating internal avenues for complaint, which would increase the lack of transparency, I think.

Naomi Novick - Not a clue. It's like, wow, everything's honky-dory, volunteer burnout is to be expected. Now that I've read her original response (rather than the detailed version in her journal) I'm so turned off by her position statement on this issue, she's not even on the map as a candidate as far as I'm concerned. Her missing the chat is another problem, but she's not the only one who missed important chat meetings. Wrong, nevermind, she's the only who missed any of the chats.

Betsy Rosenblatt - I like this candidate. Volunteers are not the central issue for her, but her approach is to decentralize and give more authority to the committees. Her strategy is very corporate, if concrete, by giving people avenues to complain other than their own committees. I smell HR experience.

Nikisha Sanders - This candidate is facing a huge learning curve in the other aspects of OTW. Sounds like she's doing a fabulous job where she is, but I wouldn't throw her into the board just yet. A future potential.

Jenny Scott-Thompson - This is my candidate. Hoo-rah, her primary issue is volunteer burnout. Transparency! She's also about transparency! Yay! She has great ideas, from letting us know who's running what to facilitating cross-committee communication. Unfortunately she missed gave sketchier responses in the second chat, which is a problem. But she's concerned about the issues I'm concerned about, plus I like her attitude and philosophy (she's not as corporate as the other candidates). She's my choice.

Jenny Scott-Thompson for OTW board!
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I let my AO3 membership lapse, so I don't have a vote. But I started following the election once it turned into a furor.

I mean, okay, I read [personal profile] astolat's detailed answers to questions a while back, and got the sense that apparently a rubber stamp election wasn't anymore.

I still haven't gone through Ainsley's giant compilation of election posts.

But here are the posts I've read so far (besides [personal profile] astolat's):

A shattered Lim's resignation.

Bookshop's position and analysis of the politics of the election revolt against AO3's status quo, or 'Listen to the rest of the community! There's more to AO3 than the archive.'

Board president on why she's resigning, or 'Listen to the exit interviews: When volunteer after volunteer quits for the same reason, you've got a problem.'

What I found most illuminating was [personal profile] skud's post on the technical aspect of AO3's project management and how it caused Lim's disaster, or 'You know, if you'd listen to the developers, you'd have a lot more help.'

You notice a pattern? Me, too.
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I'm glad I didn't complain about how slow AOOO is for me. (I type replies to comments and it takes several seconds for the letters to appear. Twitter's just as bad.) Turns out that it's just my rickety old browser. Can't update it, sadly.

Now that I'm borrowing mom's computer AOOO works great.

I've been behind on replying to AOOO comments, but the browser problems are why.
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Auburn here wonders about the etiquette of back and forth commenting on AOOO and how it feels like chit-chat in the library.

In the process of the conversation the question of hit/comment ratios came up. Now I researched hit/comment ratios on Fiction Alley (a Harry Potter archive) back in 2003 after friends complained that terrible stories got tons of feedback, popular authors got more feedback, etc., etc. I decided to see if that were true.

The hit/ratio stats post is buried somewhere, but what I discovered was that:

- The average hit/comment ratio ranged from 6-8%, i.e., up to 8% of all people who opened a story left feedback.

- Surprise! The quality of the story did not drastically change that ratio; stories riddled with SPAG and purple prose got the same ratio. Their hit counts were just lower.

- The type of story did, however, affect the ratio: humor fics had a very high hit/comment ratio, averaging around 12%.

- On very popular stories like Cassandra Claire's Draco Trilogy, the hit/comment ratio dipped (surprisingly) lower than less popular stories.

- Stories where the author had a Yahoo Group and made a concerted effort to pimp their work and encourage a loyal following, the hit/comment ratios were the highest, at 36%.


I compared this to the hit/comment ratio at ff.net, and found that ff.net people commented less (I believe it was ... 4%?).

I then compared the ratio at character-focused "niche" archives, and found that the niche archive had much higher ratios, comparable to the humor fics at an average of 12%.

So I'm watching the hit/comment ratio for all the Big Bang stories at AOOO with interest. My experience there up till now has been that it's a good place to store fics, but few people comment. Still, that's been on stories that are old, or have been posted to LJ/DW first.

So far the AOOO comment ratios on the Big Bangs (if you discount the author responses) are running at 1%.



ETA: At someone's suggestion I checked the hit/comment ratio for the 2009 Yuletide which was hosted on AOOO.

So far, though I haven't been thorough, the hit/comment ratios for Yuletide 2009 are also at 1%.

This tells us that the low hit/comment ratios have to do with the archive itself. It is unrelated to the download feature, which didn't exist in 2009.

It could be difficulty in logging in. I've grown frustrated in commenting there in the past and was told I should just keep myself logged in. It could be a design issue, that the comment button isn't prominent enough (Fiction Alley's ratio was better than ff.net's largely because FA's comment button was centered on the page and HUGE).

But at this point in time, stories posted on AOOO first receive markedly fewer comments than those posted in LJ first --Aha, here's where I confused people: markedly fewer comments than they did at archives in 2003; authors note that it's also fewer comments than they receive on LJ.

If the archive is going to be an important portal for fandom, this problem needs to be resolved.

ETA2, aka, OH HAI, [community profile] metafandom people. Due to time constraints, I'll try to answer in a condensed form here:

1) I think the "nonfandom-lurker increase" theory is interesting but would have to be borne out by an increase in hits.
2) Other people's stats are showing 1%-ish hit/comment ratios at AOOO, 3%-ish at DW/LJ.
3) In terms of "comment split," the difference between now and 2003 is that comments in 2003 were split between archives and Yahoo mailing lists (which couldn't be tracked at all since they were emailed off-list) instead of between archives and LJ/DW. There's always been a split between comment delivery systems.
4) As for why the overall decline in commenting that seems to have occurred, it occurs to me that there is a lot more fic overall. Between 2007 and 2010, Harry Potter fic on FF.net increased from 300,000 fics to 477,000 fics. (Going from memory, there were about 180,000 HP fics on FF.net in November 2002.)
5) I would love to see if fics with a lot of delicious tags/recs received a higher hit/comment ratio. It could explain the 4% AOOO ratio on certain 2009 Yuletide fics. Anyone want to tackle this?
6) Yes, lots more to be done on data gathering and stats. Thank you for all your help. :)
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I'm joining the posting frenzy at http://archiveofourown.org/, starting to upload my HP fics.


Now available:

Primer to the Dark Arts.
Harry learns he is to be given private (and secret) tutoring in the Dark Arts. His teacher? Professor Snape. Features ghost cats and cursed harps, spells that are supposed to go wrong and don't, a friendly sociopathic Death Eater. and Snape's naughty, naughty library. (Written 2002, post GoF.)

Cursed Artefacts For Sale.
Severus drags Harry to a Wizarding auction. "Collecting Cursed Artefacts is a registered form of madness in the Compendium of Wizarding Mental Disorders and Other Things That Make You Twitch," Severus said, "like most compulsions to collect. But it's very a popular one and I plan to beat everyone else to it."

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