C. Ryan S.’s Bio & Platform

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C. Ryan S.: Ryan’s earliest memories of being in fandom stem from watching Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! in the early morning hours before school with his dad. He can remember talking about the shows and games with other children in his class and feeling that familiar sense of camaraderie that we all feel today. If asked though, he would point out that his first true encounter with fandom at large wouldn’t occur until years later in 2008 when he began using online forums for text-based roleplaying games & Fanfiction.net for his early fanfic consumption. Ryan first started volunteering for the OTW during his first year in university in 2013; due to personal circumstances, he left the OTW for a while before returning to service in 2015. Since then, he’s graduated from university with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology and begun working as a security engineer. Read More

Erica F.’s Bio & Platform

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Erica F. was around for the founding of the OTW and participated in some of the early discussion groups. After the OTW was formed, she joined Fanlore where she has worked for more than 10 years. She also spent some time as a Tag Wrangler, and later became involved with an Open Doors fanzine preservation project where she has been also volunteering for the past few years.

Her online fannish activities went from email lists to forums to Livejournal to Dreamwidth to Tumblr to Discord while avoiding Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. In 2022, she took her fandom in an extremely retro direction and joined FAPA, the science fiction mailing list (paper, not email) that’s been active since 1938.

Outside of the OTW, she works in document processing and loves her job. She is on the Board of another fannish nonprofit org, has worked in indie publishing, and has been staff at several science fiction conventions.

She has a tendency to join fandoms two years after everyone else, which means she misses out on a lot of the early discussion and headcanons turning into fanon, but there are lots of completed long fics to read. She almost always stays involved in fandoms; she’s still interested in the fandoms she loved on Livejournal and before.

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Rachel L.’s Bio and Platform

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Rachel L.: Rachel L. (she/her) has been writing fanfiction for more than a decade. She wears a number of hats in the Organization for Transformative Works as a Tag Wrangler and Wrangling Supervisor, and Policy & Abuse Committee member. Off the internet, she’s a grad student, D&D player, and metaphorical hat collector.
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Tish S.’s Bio and Platform

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Tish S. (she/her) started reading fanfiction in the late 90s when many authors had their own webpages or posted on newsgroups for specific fandoms, making it much more difficult to discover new fandoms. Discovering AO3 in late 2010 changed her reading habits and expanded the number of fandoms she followed beyond the original two. She has worked in IT and for software companies in various capacities, ranging from technical support, account and project management, to training, knowledge base administration, and other system administration roles. In 2013, she decided to volunteer as a tester to give back to the community and gain additional experience for a potential career change. Although that experience was ultimately not needed, she has continued to enjoy volunteering for OTW, joining Open Doors as an Import Assistant and later becoming a Mentor.
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