Danielle Strong’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Danielle Strong began their foray into the world of fandom in the 90s with Gundam Wing slash fiction and fanart. Nearly two decades and a plethora of fandoms later, they’ve made their home on the Archive in the Supernatural and Marvel Cinematic Universe fandoms, amongst others. When recruitment was opened for the Abuse team in early 2014 they knew their skills in hospital patient liaison services, handling complaints and service-user queries would be a good fit for the team, and after joining they never looked back. As an Abuse staffer, Danielle has handled cases from accidental mis-tagging of works to plagiarism and harassment, and can probably quote most of the AO3 Terms of Service by memory by now! They bring a wealth of knowledge in mediation and problem-solving to the team, and is completely dedicated to the OTW and the work it does.

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Claire Baker’s Bio & Platform

Bio

Claire P. Baker: In many ways, Claire’s first fandom was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which she had nearly memorized at age four. However, things really began when she became obsessed with Digimon during its original run on North American television. From there she discovered fansites, fanfiction, and cosplay; and the rest, as they say, is history. Fandom became a strong part of Claire’s academic career, reflected in papers she wrote while obtaining her three degrees (B.A., B.Ed., M.I.), and remains a primary research interest to this day. A librarian by day, Claire started volunteering with the OTW in 2014, and became co-chair of the AO3 Documentation Committee a year later. Since then, she has also joined TWC and Tag Wrangling. When not wrapped up in OTW and library-related affairs, Claire can often be found betaing fanfiction, running various gift exchanges on AO3, and preparing an army of cosplays and panels for her next convention.

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2017 Timeline and Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2017 election has been posted!

There are some changes to the timeline this year. In order to avoid conflicts with other OTW events, the election has been moved to earlier in the year. This change started last year, with the election taking place in late September, and this year it’s moving to August, where it should stay for the foreseeable future.

Specifically, this year’s election will be held August 11-14.

This means that the deadline to become a member and be eligible to vote has also moved up. Like the election time, this date will be the same every year. The election membership deadline is now June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date.

You can find out how to become a member on the Elections website, or if you’re familiar with the process, you can donate here!

If you want to know more about the election process in general, you can check out the Elections Policies.

We’re looking forward to an active election season with ample communication between candidates and voters, and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Don’t forget to follow the Elections committee on Twitter and Tumblr to keep up to date with the latest news!

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Elections.

2016 Election Results

The Elections Committee would like to thank all of our candidates for their hard work in this year’s election. With that, we are pleased to present the results of the 2016 Election.

Kristina Busse and Priscilla Del Cima (in alphabetical order) have been officially elected to the Board of Directors. The new members of the Board will formally begin their term overlap on November 1. We wish them well with their terms.

With that, the election season comes to a close. Thank you to everyone who got involved by spreading the word, asking the candidates questions, and, of course, voting! We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

Candidate Chat How-To

This year, we’re switching chat platforms from Campfire to Discord.

There are several reasons for this change, including larger server capacity, ability for participants to see when others are typing and view the chat history from before they entered the room, a more user-friendly interface that includes direct messaging, and a more reliable mobile experience.

Chats will be held in the Elections Discord server from 13:00-14:30, Thursday, Sept. 1, and 22:00-23:30, Saturday, Sept. 10. To find out what times those will be in your location, click the dates to be taken to a time-zone converter. Please note that though the link to the chat server is already active, chatting capabilities will not be enabled until approximately one hour before the chats begin.

Topics for the first chat will be as follows; topics for the second chat have not yet been chosen.

  • expanding members’ awareness about and engagement in OTW
  • what staff/volunteers need from board
  • maintaining volunteer engagement
  • accountability and checks/balances
  • board meeting format/communication
  • role of OTW in fandom and outside world
  • fostering work culture in communities (if time allows)
  • role of volunteers in future decision-making of the org (if time allows)

Read on to learn more about using Discord.

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