rodo: angry nuns are angry (angry nuns)
I mentioned to [personal profile] anehan a while back that I had Thoughts on how to save the OTW and that I should really post them. This is that post. There are a lot of posts out there about what is wrong with the OTW (and OH GOD, it is a lot), but very few on how to change things for the better, so I thought I’d give it a try. Caveat: I am not an expert on anything, least of all all of the things mentioned here, so take it with a grain of salt. I am mainly speaking from my experiences in International & Outreach (IO) and Translations too, which are sort of the red-headed stepchildren of the OTW, at least it feels like that to me.

Part 1: Radical restructuring )

Part 2: The Leviathan of Our Own )
rodo: James, beaming into the camera, Miss Sophie on his arm (dinner for one)
Now I hope that the OTW archive will be a lot like Animexx (which is for fanart and dōjinshi as well, and which is the website of an association), but with less focus on anime fandoms and better rules. I have also been told by someone in the OTW that they want to make it more international than ff.net, which is what I volunteered for. My Thoughts on Yaoi/the OTW by [personal profile] rodo, 13th January 2008


First off, this is not an election post. It is an evaluation of sorts, and an explanation as to why I do not think I can justify working for the OTW for longer if there aren’t some drastic changes. This is not me being dramatic, in fact, I feel rather sober about it all. I did cry over my keyboard, but that’s not why I write it. I did have volunteer burnout, but that was years ago. I just came to realise that within the organisation, I am powerless to express my dissatisfaction on a wider scale, and that my hopes for the OTW will likely never be realised. I can not change that, which is partly due to the communication culture within the organisation, a culture that I am not equipped to deal with.

1. Forced Positivity – the OTW’s equivalent of Newspeak )

2. What I Came To Achieve and What I Didn’t )

After about four years, here I am, trying to figure out the chances of the OTW becoming what I dreamed of. And I think they are slim. I fought windmills for years and failed. So unless somebody can convince me that there absolutely will be radical changes soon, I don’t think I can justify my continued involvement. Because after four years of development, how can my priority not be an afterthought?
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
First of all:

9-15 March 2010 OTW Membership Drive

I could actually afford the membership because a few days ago my aunt sent me and my brother an obscene amount of money that she insisted our grandfather would have wanted us to have (he died six years ago), despite the fact that my mother and brother tried to argue that it really belongs to her and our cousins. Now I'm wondering which video game to spend money on ...

There's also comment meta going around, which ... urgh. Is the best way to keep me from commenting on anything.

My ragey feelings about this post )

Random #14

Nov. 11th, 2009 12:42 am
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
☞ I just had the worst day in about half a year. Which says something, considering that my good days are everybody else's worst days. It started totally promising, of course, with [personal profile] eumelkeks liking the Good Omens fic I wrote (it's in English, btw), Star Trek being delivered and hardly having any problems at all with shopping for groceries. I hadn't felt that good in weeks. And then I spent the rest of the day sobbing, hyperventilating and wishing I would die already. I hate my life (I realise it's the second time I said this today). *sigh* If you have any ideas how to cheer me up (since it's unlikely that I drop dead spontaneously), I'd be grateful. Cute animals don't work at all, though.

☞ In other (happier) news: The Archive of Our Own is going into open beta soon, and since I already have an account, I might get invites to share. Anybody interested or does my entire flist have an account already?

☞ Writing month project isn't going so well, obviously. I didn't write anything at all today.

☞ For those of you who have my phone number: don't call me unless you told me so via e-mail before. The phone is turned off for the time being. I try to avoid any incidences like the one that led to my breakdown today.

☞ Unrelated just plain weird phone stuff: I got an SMS by a couple who wanted to have hard SM sex with me. They apparently got the phone number off a toilet door at some rest stop at an autobahn. Either they mistyped the number or I really don't want to know who had my number before me. It isn't as funny as the woman who wanted to schedule a manicure with me and wouldn't let me tell her that I wasn't who she thought I was, though.

Random #12

Nov. 5th, 2009 11:35 am
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
Signed up for Yuletide.. Am simultaneously freaking out and really happy. Hope everything turns out alright. I would have signed up to write for more fandoms, but most of my anime/manga stuff is still at my mum's, so I wouldn't be able to reread it.

☞ How the hell could I possibly miss the creators of Hot Fuzz reccing slash fanfic? No, really. Btw, the recced story is really good.

☞ My writing project is going so so. I've 13:01:15 hours left. I'm not in much of a writing mood at the moment. I'm not really in a mood for anything at all, including eating, gaming, reading, watching TV, sleeping, being awake, going shopping ... well, you get the picture. I hate this time of the month.

☞ There are a ton of promising fan projects springing up everywhere, or so it seems to me. I want to participate in so many of them, but I'm not sure how much I can juggle. At least the Christmas related writing projects are temporary. Oh, and [personal profile] lian is looking for people interested in a shiny new OTW committee (post includes the loveliest tacky .gifs I've seen in a while) and the OTW in general is looking for volunteers. We're always glad to see new people. Really. Even if you don't have any experience.

☞ Kind of related: If you're interested in learning Python, a programming language, you might take a look at [community profile] intro_to_cs, where we'll try to teach it to ourselves with the help of MIT's OpenCourseWare project. We'll start on lecture 1 on Monday, and you can participate once or twice a week, and if November doesn't work for you, maybe you'd like to start next year?
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
Okay, the obvious answer to this question would be: “Because not everybody in the world knows English and the AO3 is meant to be for everyone”, and that’s a good answer. It’s not the only answer, though. I know people who never learned English in school. I also know people who have difficulties learning languages and thus never really understood English. But generally speaking, I’m from a country where many, many people learned English in school (it’s compulsory for everyone in my state, for example), where many advertisements are in English, just like shop names, product names and many, many more. In theory, all these people should be able to navigate the archive.

However, being surrounded by English all the time evidently doesn't mean people understand it. )

Random #11

Oct. 17th, 2009 09:42 am
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
☞ So, the latest Supernatural episode got me thinking … Spoilers Ahead )

☞ The OTW is looking for volunteers and donations. Since I do volunteer already and am kind of broke, I thought I'd simply spread the word.

☞ I'm really, really disappointed with the latest two Sanctuary episodes. Spoilers for the second season. )

☞ Es ist ein bisschen her, aber [insanejournal.com profile] mllesatine hat in [insanejournal.com profile] deutschesfandom interessante Fragen zum Betalesen gestellt.

☞ I wrote meta about why I think the AO3 needs to be translated to be accessible, but I'm not sure if I should post it (openly), since I am obviously biased and probably demanding far too much. It also feels a bit weird to write meta about the topic, especially since I'm kind of an insider and have this feeling that I should keep it on the inside. What do you think?
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (Default)
The topic of this post is one that has been on my mind for years, and this certainly isn’t the first attempt to write it all down. This post is about my very subjective experience in fandom, which, I believe, is not quite normal. I suppose all of you who are multifannish know at least to some degree what I am talking about, because essentially, I am talking about being in two fandoms at once. But while most people experience two fandoms as two different things they’re interested in, for me, it is the same thing, in two languages.

So I suppose this is where I should introduce myself: I am a German and German is my first language. I didn’t really start learning English until I was ten (so I am not really bilingual). I started writing fanfiction when I was seven. I discovered fandom when I started reading the AnimaniA when I was fourteen. I doubt more than a few of you ever touched that magazine, but I loved it. Buying the new issue was more fun than Christmas. I discovered online fandom when I was nineteen, googling Harry Potter and finding Animexx. A few months later, somebody posted the translation of this really great Harry Potter fanfic (or so I thought at the time – it was the Draco Trilogy), and I started reading it in English.

That was five years ago, and since then, I spent time in English and in German fandom. )

Fanlore

Sep. 29th, 2008 09:38 pm
rodo: chuck on a roof in winter (squee)
For those of you who didn't know yet:

The beta version of Fanlore, the OTW's wiki has been launched.

My reaction for now: *points at icon*
rodo: girl hugs tv (tv)
Firstly, I have to admit that yes, I did volunteer for the OTW. My reason for doing so was neither my belief that what they do is the best thing that ever happened to fandom, but rather my realisation that it was time to stop whining and do something. I have been in online fandom for almost five years now. But really, I drew fanart long before that. It all started when I googled for news on the fifth Harry Potter book and I ended up reading a fic about Harry and Draco having sex. I was appalled at first. But still, I could not wait for the next book, and so I looked for other, less slashy stories. I was hooked, and I stayed. During these five years, I witnessed a few skirmishes with TPTB, and neither of them ended in favour of the fannish side. The fans whined about it and migrated elsewhere. This flexibility is one of the things I admire fandom for, but my admiration never stopped me from wishing there would be no more migration, that we would all live happily ever after in our own perfect place. And that, in essence, is what the OTW offers. That does not mean that I agree with all their ideas, but I realised that I did not improve things by quietly whining in my own little corner of fandom, but that I have to work with them to make sure they take the direction I want them to. I have seen a lot of people criticising them, but only a few of them made an effort to talk to them.

Cut for tl;dr )

I know that I did not touch upon a lot of the criticism I read, but these are the most common points, I think. I apologise for the sheer length of my ramblings and the mistakes I likely made.

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