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OTW April 2017 Membership Drive

Thank you for supporting the OTW! Our April 2017 drive has come to a close, and we have raised over US$145,000 from over 5,600 individual donations representing 72 countries. Over 3,040 of these donations came from first-time donors.

This week, we updated you on exciting developments in several OTW projects. We also told you about additional ways you can donate: corporate matching to amplify your impact, and recurring donations to get that amazing thank you gift you'll love!

We would like to recognize all the OTW volunteers working behind the scenes to make this drive, and everything we do, possible. This drive couldn't have been successful without them, or without you. Once again, thank you for your generosity and support as we continue to grow as an organization.

(Although the drive has ended, your donations are accepted at any time.)

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We've sped up work posting, fixed an emergency issue with History and Marked for Later, and made about 30 other bug fixes and improvements. Oh, and the first step of our Rails update is done!

Credits

  • Coders: Ariana, Cesy, cosette, cyrilcee, David Stump (Littlelines), dense lancer, james_, Matt Sears (Littlelines), Meepu, redsummernight, Sarken, Scott, Wendy Randquist (Littlelines), ticking instant
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, james_, Naomi, redsummernight, Sarken, Scott, ticking instant
  • Testers: Alison Watson, james_, Lady Oscar, mumble, redsummernight, Runt, Sammie Louise, Sarken

Special thanks to dense lancer and Meepu, who have contributed their first pull requests as AD&T volunteers and completed their training!

Details

Miscellaneous Backend Changes

  • [AO3-4858] - To speed up work posting, we've implemented an improved version of the count caching described in Issues With Posting Works (And What We're Doing to Solve Them).
  • [AO3-4950] - On March 31, the database table where we store History and Marked for Later information ran out of rows. This meant users were no longer able to mark works for later and any works they accessed were not added to their History. We've now migrated the table to use BIGINT for its primary key, which will let us add a lot more to the table. (It took just under six hours of downtime to update all the existing data in this table.)
  • [AO3-4814] - If you tried to use the Edit Series page to add a co-creator to a series, the page would say the series had been updated even though the co-creator wasn't added. We've fixed it so the co-creator is actually added now.
  • [AO3-4966] & [AO3-4967] - While we were upgrading to strong parameters, we created some new co-authoring bugs related to pseuds. Luckily, our testers found the bugs before they ever made it onto the live Archive, so we got them all fixed before anyone had a problem. Hooray for the Quality Assurance & Testing team!
  • [AO3-4884] - We've changed the way the invitation emails are coded so our Translation team will be able to translate the text.
  • [AO3-4875] - If one of your works was imported from an archive, and you claimed it using your AO3 account with a different email address, subsequent imports from other archives would not have your name on them and would instead list the archivist as the creator. We've told it to stop doing that -- works will now automatically be transferred to the account you previously used to claim.
  • [AO3-4548] - The Docs team wasn't able to reorder existing FAQ questions, which made it a pain to add new questions to the middle of an FAQ section. We've given them that ability and improved the way translated FAQs work, so English language questions that haven't been translated yet will no longer appear in the middle of translated sections.
  • [AO3-4957] - When we updated one of our gems, it installed another dependent gem that caused 502 errors when posting a work, comment, or anything else with a < character directly before a line break. We've downgraded the dependent gem and you should once again be able to >.<
  • [AO3-4979] - Due to a caching issue, saved versions of pages could potentially be served to users who weren't supposed to see them. We've made the cache stop doing that.

Miscellaneous Frontend Changes

  • [AO3-4617] - Entering incorrect login information resulted in an error message that said in part, "Please try again or follow the 'Forgot password?' link below." We've updated the error message to be a little more direct and just give people the link to reset their password.
  • [AO3-4938] - The OTW recently got a new mailing address, so we've updated the address provided on our DMCA Policy page.
  • [AO3-4964] - We've updated our Diversity Statement to remove a reference to the location of our servers.
  • [AO3-4493] - If you subscribed to a work or series with a very long title, the unsubscribe button on your Subscriptions page would sometimes run right off the side of the screen. We've made it so the text will wrap across lines instead of stretching horizontally.
  • [AO3-4451] - Our error pages were using some very old stylesheets, which meant they weren't displaying correctly on all screen sizes. Now they should look better on smaller screens, like phones and tablets.

Tags and Tag Sets

  • [AO3-4951] - The automated task that deletes unused tags didn't get updated when we implemented the tag count caching, so it hasn't been running. We've updated it and now it's cleaning up tags once again!
  • [AO3-4954] - Whenever a tag wrangler tried to return a tag to the unsorted tag bin, the Archive would throw a fit 500 error. Now the tag will be properly returned to the unsorted bin.
  • [AO3-4931] - There were lots of processes trying to update tag nomination, which we believe was because we were not finding tag nominations using an indexed field. We've started indexing tag nominations by tag name, which we think will help improve performance.
  • [AO3-4890] - If you tried to visit the URL for a tag set that didn't exist, you'd get a blue error message that said, "What Tag Set did you want to look at?" We've made it red, like a proper error message should be.
  • [AO3-4872] - We had several lines of tag set nomination code that would cause a 500 error when they were used for non-existent things. We've fixed it so they won't show up in our error logs and will instead give nicer error messages like, "What nominations did you want to work with?"
  • [AO3-1744] - If a tag wrangler tried to wrangle a tag to a non-canonical fandom, the fandom information would disappear and the Archive would lie and tell them the tag had been successfully updated. Now it correctly tells wranglers the update wasn't saved because the fandom needs to be canonical.

Automated Tests

  • [AO3-4853] - We improved the cache-busting on our comments to help ensure our tests for comment editing pass more reliably.
  • [AO3-4940] - There was a mistake in our tag set tests, so we've corrected it.
  • [AO3-4927] - We've added more test coverage for the locales controller.
  • [AO3-4878] - We increased the test coverage for the collection items controller.
  • [AO3-4921] - The challenge assignments controller now has 86% test coverage instead of 79%.
  • [AO3-4926] & [AO3-4685] - The inbox and invite request controllers now have 100% test coverage, yay!
  • [AO3-4939] - We had some tests related to comment timestamps that would fail whenever we had the bad luck of running them just before the clock ticked over from one minute to the next, e.g. if we ran the test at 22:00:58 instead of 22:00:02. We've added a gem that lets us set the time down to the second, so now we can make sure the test has a full minute to run.
  • [AO3-4968] - The 90s are long over, so we got rid of some of our cassettes and replaced them with stubbed HTTP requests.
  • [AO3-4969] - We removed a whole bunch of unused and outdated files that were necessary for a type of testing we no longer use.
  • [AO3-4702] - A long time (seven years!) ago, we drafted some feature tests for the various autocomplete fields on the Archive, but we couldn't use them because our Cucumber tests didn't work with JavaScript. Now that we can run tests with JavaScript, we finished up those autocomplete tests.
  • [AO3-4983] - We've started using multiple Redis servers in one of our testing environments so we can spot any problems when we start doing some work on Redis.

Rails Update

A whole bunch of our controllers (and a few models!) have been hitting the gym together to make sure they have strong parameters before we begin the next phase of our Rails upgrade:

Almost all of these strong parameters issues were coded by contractors. Thank you so much to the OTW donors who made it possible!

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

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Posted by John Scalzi

Behold, the penultimate hotel window view for this tour! It’s also the view from the highest floor (I think). Hello, San Francisco.

Tonight! If you’re in Santa Cruz, come see Cory and me at the Santa Cruz High Theater at 7, sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz. It’ll be my first time in Santa Cruz ever. I’m very excited.

Tomorrow! Borderlands Books here in San Francisco! That’ll be at 6. Come see us there if you’re in the Bay Area.

It’s coming to a close, this tour. It’s been great so far, but I’ll be happy to be home soon.


Perseids Watch 2017

Apr. 26th, 2017 03:51 pm
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Come watch the Perseid Meteor shower in rural darkness near New Dundee. This year, the often spectacular Perseids peak from late Saturday, August 12 to early Sunday, August 13, which is to say “conveniently on the weekend instead of the middle of a work-week.”
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UK general election stuff

Apr. 26th, 2017 06:15 pm
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If you're not registered to vote, or know people who aren't, or simply wish to spam your social media with this handy link to register:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.

A lot of people, especially young people, seem to be registering. This is a good thing.

All pinch hits are onboard!

Apr. 26th, 2017 07:44 pm
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All of our wonderful pinch hitters have come through, and everyone has a gift! The collection will open on time at 17:00 GMT, Mon 1st of May. Here's a countdown!

If you are looking for something to do with your time, treats are welcome, and can be added into the collection at any time before works are revealed. Treats do not have to fulfil the minimum creation requirements. All requests are here, the letters post is here, and you can post a new work to the collection here.

'Til Monday, Spacers!
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Posted by PeaceBang

Hair is important.
Fashion is important.
Style is important.
They are all about culture and identity. I study them for that reason.
So if you’re going to be rolling your eyes and saying in all your holier-than-me-ness, “AW MAH GAD this petty woman thinks this issue MATTERS,” you should go do something you consider meaningful right now because I’m going to be amplifying the voices of black women talking about a hair product line right now (here’s an overview of the issue from Newsweek).

Sherronda J. Brown of Roaring Gold has a lot to say about the Shea Moisture brouhaha that got them a good internet dragging this week.

Feminista Jones talks for a good long time here on Periscope about the issue. Miss Jones is fierce. She uses the swear words. Get over it. Listen to her. It doesn’t matter if you agree with everything she says (I don’t, but who cares?). No one cares if we “agree” or not. It’s time to listen, learn and respect.

Let’s not over-analyze the white woman in the commercial saying that she feels like she could “conquer the world” because she’s having a good hair day, because we all have things to do. Let’s take seriously the anger and pushback from Black women about this, read, listen and learn.

This is not time for #AllHairMatters. This is not (another) time for white people to feel like we’re entitled to raise arguments that negate or erase Black women’s experience. Just imagine Angelica Schuyler singing to Alexander, “I’m not hee-eere for you” and you see where I’m coming from.

Man, I have been singing that phrase constantly for weeks as I watch white people take up so much damn space. More on that over at PeaceBang.com, ’cause my denomination is in a meltdown! A good one, in my opinion.

But for now, hair.
It is a serious subject. If you don’t think so, let me guess, you’re white. You have never had to question for a moment where to find the shampoos and styling products in the store, because you’re “the norm.” You have never had your hair politicized. Your hair worries were always about personal insecurity and not about being regarded as a lesser human being in society that originally put people who looked like you on a goddamned auction block and sold you to the highest bidder.

LISTEN and LEARN.

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Posted by Phil Plait

WHAM all-sky survey
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A new all-sky survey shows the location of warm hydrogen gas in the galaxy. And it's everywhere!

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Posted by livius drusus

Mural reappears behind piles of brick from demolished wall. Photo courtesy the Coventry Telegraph.A monumental mural painted by Jewish artist Hans Feibusch in St Mark’s Church in Coventry has been revealed after spending 44 years hidden behind a brick wall. It’s been hidden more than four times longer than it was in view, but now it’s out in the open for good.

A Victorian Gothic Revival church built in 1868, St Mark’s managed to survive the levelling of the Medieval city of Coventry by German bombing raids in World War II. The great stained glass window in the west wall was the only casualty. The church couldn’t afford to replace the window in the lean war and post-war years, so they bricked up the hole and the church was left with a very large, very plain wall where the window had once been.

Hans Feibusch paints "Ascension" at St Mark's Church, April 2nd, 1963. Photo courtesy the Coventry Telegraph.In 1963, Hans Feibusch was commissioned to paint a mural depicting the Ascension of Christ on that plain wall. Born in Frankfurt in 1898, Feibusch served two years on the Eastern Front during World War I. After the war, he studied art and began working as a professional artist in 1925. He was quickly successful, winning an award from the Prussian Academy of Arts in 1931. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, Feibusch saw the writing on the wall and hightailed it out of Germany to England.

Hitler visits the blockbuster Degenerate Art exhibition in 1937.While he built a new life for himself in England, back in Germany Hitler’s personal taste in art was being enshrined as the ideal while the avant-garde that had thrived under the Weimar Republic was reviled as “degenerate,” the nobility of classical forms distorted and deformed by Jewish contamination of the culture. In 1937, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels put together a Degenerate Art (Entartete Kunst) exhibition in Munich that collected the modern art his ministry had pulled from the walls of galleries, museums and private collections. Feibusch’s work was displayed alongside Jankel Adler’s and Marc Chagall’s next to the slogan “Revelation of the Jewish racial soul” written on the wall.

Detail illustrating man's brutality to man in the bottom right of the "Ascension" mural. Photo courtesy the Coventry Telegraph.Feibusch’s career really took off in England after the end of World War II, thanks largely to the destruction wrought by German bombs. He became known as a muralist, especially as a church muralist. His main patron was the Bishop of Chichester Dr. G.K.A. Bell, who commissioned murals in Chichester Cathedral and in the bishop’s palace. Churches in Brighton, Portsmouth, Eastbourne and other cities small and large also commissioned murals from Feibusch. He ultimately painted murals for 30 churches, including St Mark’s, and major civic buildings like Dudley Town Hall in Worcestershire.

St Mark’s Church was deconsecrated in 1973 and converted into the outpatients department of the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital. For the mural’s own protection (and maybe to make the space a little less obviously a church), the Ascension was bricked over. Even though out of view, it wasn’t forgotten.

Feibusch's mural revealed. Photo courtesy the Coventry Telegraph.The Coventry Society said: “Feibusch’s work is now recognised as being of national importance. In 2011 the Coventry Society noted that the listing particulars for the building did not include the mural. We therefore put in a formal request to English Heritage to amend the listing to include the mural and revise other details of the listing. This was approved by the Secretary of State for Culture, Leisure and Sport in January 2013.”

“In March 2017 it was announced that the building is to be re-opened as a City Centre Resource Church in September 2017. We are delighted to learn that the future of the building is now safe and that it is going to be restored.”

Hans Feibusch lived a very long life, dying four weeks shy of his 100th birthday in 1998. He not only outlived all of the Nazis who labelled his art degenerate, but also all of his fellow so-called “degenerate artists.” He is buried in Golders Green Jewish Cemetery.

 

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Suspiria: Raspberry Swirl by se42

Apr. 26th, 2017 02:12 am
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Vid Title: Raspberry Swirl
Vidder: se42
Fandom: Suspiria
Summary: Suzy enrolls in a prestigious dance academy, befriends a girl named Sarah, and uncovers an ancient evil. (Or, welcome to evil dance school.)
Reccer's Comments: This is very cool and really well done! I love the use of color and how the cutting never lets up (and it kind of makes me want to watch the source despite not being fond of horror movies).

Luke 24:13-35

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:51 am
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Posted by James Wetzstein

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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Vid Title: Stayin Low!
Vidder: Hollywoodgrrl
Fandom: Aliens series
Summary: Hopin' she can sock it to me one mo' time.
Reccer's Comments: I was inspired to post this by the last vid recced also being an Aliens fanvid! Stayin' Low is one of my favorite fanvids, full stop. Bouncy, kinetic, wonderfully cut, and seamlessly combining 4 movies to create an incredible portrait of Ripley, one of the original sci-fi badasses. I cannot say enough good things about this vid or this vidder! If you like the Aliens series and have not already seen this, you really, really should.

Drabble

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:19 pm
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Drabble: Death and Taxes. (100 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Admiral Naismith
Additional Tags: Drabble, Inspired By Tumblr, Mistaken Identity, Shenanigans, Based on a Tumblr Post, Taxes, The IRS Will Find You, Flash Fic
Summary:

The one thing that Miles Naismith is not is his own grandfather. But on the other hand...





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sigmaleph:
so does no one in the Vorkosigan saga ever type in ‘Miles Naismith’ into their google-equivalent and come up with a wikipedia-equivalent article about the Barrayaran Prime Minister with mention of his family?

because. like. when you’re the son of a major, galactically-renowned public figure, using your mother’s maiden name should not be the kind of secret identity you rely on! against ordinary people, let alone actual enemy intelligence agents!


jacquez45:

Isn’t this concept basically what underlies the plot of Brothers in Arms, though?

I mean, Miles Naismith is, publicly, one of Miles Naismith Vorkosigan’s multiple badly-behaved clones.


lannamichaels:
okay but like

Miles was named for Cordelia’s father, right?

so googling “Miles Naismith” is gonna get you info on some Betan dude who randomly died in a random accient. And is totally the right age for ~secret Betan reverse aging process~ , plus plastic surgery, etc. It’s probably not the most well known thing what the milddle name is of Aral The Butcher Vorkosigan’s son is, and you might end up with family tree stuff showing Cordelia’s ancestry if you look for Naismith + Vorkosigan or Naismith + Barrayar.

That, plus the Security Through Audacity of who would think that a mercenary admiral is the same dude as a 20 year old kid who needed an Imperial Favor to get into the military and is clearly just still there for nepotism?

Concept: everyone thinks Miles Naismith is his grandfather. No, not that grandfather. THE OTHER ONE.

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