The OTW is a fannish organization. Why aren’t the fannish identities of candidates publicly disclosed?

While many people are okay with their fannish identities being connected to their legal identities, that is not is not the case for everyone, for various reasons. OTW’s policy puts that decision in the hands of the candidates; it is up to them to decide how much they are comfortable sharing about their fannish identities. This applies both during and after the election process, for candidates who are elected as well as for those who are not.

Will my legal name and fannish identity be connected?

Only if you choose for them to be, such as by mentioning your fannish identity in the candidate Bio you submit as part of the election process. OTW staff and documentation will only refer to you by your legal name.

Why do I need to use my legal name?

Because the directors are legally responsible for the OTW and its finances, their actions must be able to be tied to their legal identities. This is part of IRS regulations for incorporated nonprofit organizations, of which the OTW is one.

Why do I have to serve on a committee before I can run?

Having served on a committee within the organization helps to ensure that a candidate has a certain level of familiarity with the internal workings of the OTW, as well as the ability to work well with others in an online volunteer capacity. It also shows that the candidate has demonstrated commitment to the OTW and its values.