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AO3’s abuse policies aren’t effective
First, let’s clarify that AO3 is not a “read-only” space. In the social sense of the word, it is an archive. That said, the site has already seen the need for more stringent abuse policies. It is also growing in popularity. So, the question then is, why aren’t AO3’s policies more stringent? And what can be done about it?
AO3 has a history of allowing racist fanfiction, but this comes at a cost. Their current policy merely protects them from homophobic witch hunts. Removing racist abuse is one step closer to Moral Guardian squeamishness and targeting of queer fans. The policy should also address issues of racism and bigotry. Sadly, the current abuse policies of AO3 aren’t effective at tackling these issues.
The AO3 founders have a long history in fandoms and have seen every variation of every fight. This is why they decided not to implement strict moderation or curation in the past. That way, they could tailor user experience according to the content they were looking for. They could also revise their content policies and allow the removal of misogynist, racist, and harassing works. After all, there’s nothing more valuable than the people who use the site.
It has a 1,000 work cap on search results
AO3 is a great site to post fanworks and protect them. There are many good features, including the ability to tag your works with keyphrases. Users are encouraged to tag works based on the topic they are talking about, so that others can find them. But one problem remains: there is a 1,000 work cap on search results. This is annoying, especially for newcomers.
It has a copy-and-paste system for uploading
When you’re uploading an AO3 year in review, you don’t have to create a new file if you just want to change some details. The copy-and-paste system allows you to edit your content without having to start from scratch. You can make a major or minor edit and then copy-and-paste it into the AO3 editor. You can choose between Rich Text and HTML – the former is like Microsoft Word or Google docs, but you can customize formatting and use html code. HTML is more for seasoned writers, while a copy-and-paste system lets anyone who knows how to use the code make a small edit.
Another downside to AO3 is the lack of community. Many authors choose to drop their stories on AO3, and there isn’t a great way to filter out this type of content. While there are some decent gems on the site, they tend to be buried deep in the fan fiction. Fortunately, there is a system to moderately enjoy stories and leave comments. This way, you can find them easier, and your readers will be more likely to read them.
It isn’t a central holding site for transformative fanworks
One year after AO3 began beta testing, the organization is addressing fan content management. The organization was founded in 2007 in response to a growing concern in the fandom community regarding profiting from transformative fanworks. Legal issues with fanworks, such as copyright, intellectual property, and fair use, have repeatedly been a target for websites. In the wake of this concern, archives of smaller fanfiction stories have begun to disappear from free hosting websites.
Ao3 was created to protect fanworks by providing a central hosting site for transformative fanworks. Unlike many central holding sites, it is non-commercial, which means that it is free for everyone to post their fanworks. The organization is largely funded by donations, and does not run adverts. If you’d like to contribute to the community, consider becoming a member of AO3.
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