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Late post brought to you by Swancon and an opportunity to hear Gail Simone talk about Batgirl.

581 emails this week of which 457 are labeled OTW - !General and 133 are labeled OTW – Board. My calendar says ~9 hour week.

The Meta thing still looks like this:
  1. Decide we're going to do it AKA talk for ages then come to a decision (we did this)
  2. Discuss it a lot internally (we have been doing this)
  3. Publish the proposed revised Terms of Service (ToS) for people to comment on (public post up for comment) (145 comments so far)
  4. Discuss people's comments and feedback and revise again (after 3.)
  5. Depending on people's comments, like, if people all say 'hey, it should be more like this' and everyone seems to agree and we think it looks good too then we might be able to go straight to 6. or we might need to do 2-4 again.
  6. Publish the Terms of Service (ToS), make changes to the Abuse and Support policies so they match the Terms of Service.
  7. Make a Design for Meta on the AO3 and plan when to make code changes. This will probably take a while, we need to have 1-6 first PLUS we have limited coder resources AND we prioritise improving and fixing performance over new features - even very important ones. *loves on AD&T*
We (we being AD&T, Comms, Legal and Support with various Board members looped in) had a thumping big conversation about what Inviting the greater AO3 community to be part of the ToS discussion might look like and eventually came to the conclusion that:
  1. We think talking about potential ToS changes is something a small number of interested people care about
  2. We think contacting every AO3 account holder when we do this would not be a good idea.
  3. We do think advising every AO3 account holder when the ToS is changed is important and while email will probably not be the way we go, we can certainly do a banner on the AO3

The updated AO3 roadmap was published! This includes scheduling any changes that need to be made as a part of the meta decision. SO MUCH WORK went into this.

Strategic Planning's report on the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee was a mammoth effort, and the second draft of the Annual Report is now under review.

I learned a lot about recruitment from Volcom. I've been recruiting people (or trying to) since 2009 and my personal experience may or may not have included some small amounts of frustration. I am SO GLAD we're improving our system and I am so full of love for VolCom for the work being done here. I dearly want to be able to recruit people effectively and will cheerfully write position descriptions and training plans for HOURS if it means I can lure more of the many capable, awesome people in the community into being part of the OTW.

Date: 2013-04-03 07:49 am (UTC)
transcendancing: Darren Hayes quote "Life is for leading, for not people pleasing" (Default)
From: [personal profile] transcendancing
YAY UPDATED ROADMAP!! I can tell so much time and energy and commitment went into this...

A note about TOS changes, I'll be annoyed if someone's trying to screw me over but it won't make me click to read the whole interminable document (regardless of how awesome your service is or how much I do or don't trust you as a service). I do think that there is some argument for sign posting in general terms *what* aspects of the TOS have been changed, that's more likely to be a way I can identify if it's something I need to be concerned about.

I am really looking forward to volunteering!! I am a little frustrated to be waiting so long, but the looking forward-ness outweighs the rest.

Date: 2013-04-09 02:06 am (UTC)
transcendancing: Darren Hayes quote "Life is for leading, for not people pleasing" (Default)
From: [personal profile] transcendancing
Yes all that makes sense re TOS :) I often find myself sighing when I receive notices of a change because I don't want to read to find them (especially if I haven't read the original), I just want to know what's changed. Sounds like OTW has a great handle on this :D

Formal processes are good. I can be patient :D And encouraging and supporting things being better for everyone.


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