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03 April 2019 @ 09:04 pm
I did not see that coming.  
It turns out that Archive Of Our Own got nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Related Work. This is not a belated April Fools joke, this is the real deal.

Aside from the fun lighthearted jokes fandom has been making about everyone who is a fanfic author there being a Hugo nominee and such and basking in the ridiculous nature of it, this is also quite a big deal because this is a fanfiction website being nominated for such an award. Obviously there's a lot of factors that go into the reasons why AO3 was chosen as a nominee (specifically structurally as a website), but it just goes to show how far we've come in a sense. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong, but previously if a fansite was being nominated for something it usually was just an online award from another website. Plus, fanfiction and fandom in itself has become more recognized in pop culture in recent years, since before it was more underground in the "what happens in fandom stays in fandom" kinda way. While this can still be misunderstood and misused at times by outsiders, it's still pretty damn awesome how far fandom has come, and how fanfiction is becoming more widely accepted.

Also, AO3 is probably one of the best fanfiction archive sites out there, not just in layout structure and usability but also the reason why it was created in the first place. The entire history of its creation is a fascinating one, and one that I was present for during the time it was happening as well. I witnessed firsthand the transition and formation of the site, and it's absolutely amazing how far it has come, not just with this nomination, but overall as a non-profit site continuing to function and improving itself, and being a creative outlet that protects its users. I deeply respect the AO3/OTW team and everyone who has contributed to the site, from the fanwork to the volunteers to those who donate to keep it running. So regardless whether it wins anything, it's still awesome that it was even nominated in the first place since it absolutely deserves the recognition for the incredible hard work people have placed into it. I'd say either way, it's a win for fandom.
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Kiki May: Buffy's smilekikimay on April 4th, 2019 08:49 am (UTC)
AO3 deserves all the love! It's such a wonderful site, full of creative people. It's a good thing to have such creativity shared for free.
Renée: BSG. Six. Made of awesome.rogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2019 10:23 pm (UTC)
It really does. The AO3 creators and everyone who contributed to making the site what it is deserves this kind of acknowledgment because without them, the site wouldn't have existed, it wouldn't be as accessible and functional as it is and given fandom a safe space for their creativity. ❤
Laura: Preacher: Tulipviolateraindrop on April 4th, 2019 11:25 am (UTC)
With 50 Shades, fanfiction in mainstream has a very specific "face" I'd say. It would be great if that perception could change over time and really show how diverse fanworks can be.

AO3 is a great site. Back when I only read SPN stories, I stuck to LJ even though some archives existed. Now everyone has one place to post fic. I know some people post on Tumblr, but that's horrible to search for and I'm not a fan of reading on there either.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2019 10:49 pm (UTC)
That is very true, unfortunately. There are still a lot of misconceptions about fanfiction as a whole, not to mention fandom, and while I know some wish that it was kept more underground and not as public as it seems to be these days due to a lot of these misunderstandings, I'm still hoping that one day the perception will change.

FF.Net and LJ were the primary places that fanfiction was often uploaded that I read on back in the day, though there were also separate websites created specifically for different fandoms or pairings, but those places had their own issues. AO3 is a gift because it was created out of love for fandom after all these issues from other places got out of hand. And AO3 took extra care to develop and create this safe space for fanwork to be posted, and for people to freely express their creativity. And just knowing how much work is placed into AO3 alone is absolutely remarkable. They definitely deserve to get this kind of acknowledgment for that.

I know some people post on Tumblr, but that's horrible to search for and I'm not a fan of reading on there either.

God, I can't imagine ever reading full-length fics on there, that place is not designed for posting your fanfic. Like prompts and drabbles, okay, fine, but otherwise? Nope.
Profiterole_profiterole_ on April 4th, 2019 12:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats to the AO3 people! They deserve the recognition.
Renée: Elena Gilbert. Magic.rogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2019 10:17 pm (UTC)
They really do. I don't think a lot of people understand how the site is built, from its coding and web design and everything, like the more you read about it the more amazing it makes the site overall. And this was done by fans for fans. It's truly remarkable, so they absolutely deserve this kind of recognition for all their hard work.
noybusiness: samdeehighschoolnoybusiness on April 4th, 2019 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, relief. For a moment I thought that meant Oh No They Didn't was being nominated.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2019 10:02 pm (UTC)
lol, that would be hilarious yet confusing and tbh kinda scary if that ever happened, tbh.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on April 4th, 2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
This is all so interesting!
Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on April 4th, 2019 10:14 pm (UTC)
It really is! I'm just amazed that it's getting recognized, because I don't think many realize how much work is placed into that site, with the coding and structure of it all. So the fact that it's being nominated for a Hugo Award is rather fascinating.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on April 5th, 2019 01:49 am (UTC)
Do you know how that even works? How do you nominate a website?
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 5th, 2019 02:00 am (UTC)
I honestly don't know. I didn't even think websites could even get nominated for such things.
Jessicaimpala_chick on April 8th, 2019 01:00 am (UTC)
Yay, I was so excited when I saw this! On the one hand, I get nervous when fanworks get more attention b/c the public can be so harsh about fanfic/fandom... but this nomination is so well-deserved and AO3 is such an incredible site that I'm glad it's getting recognition. I don't know what I'd do without AO3.
Renéerogueslayer452 on April 8th, 2019 01:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, the apprehension is understandable, but AO3 as a whole deserves this recognition because, as a website, it is totally unique with its interface and the people behind it work incredibly hard to maintain it. AO3 is a gift to fandom for many different reasons, and having the website get this kind of acknowledgment by something like the Hugo Awards is a massive honor.
Jessicaimpala_chick on April 9th, 2019 04:00 am (UTC)
All good points. And I suppose people who want to mock fandom will do so anyway, regardless of whether AO3 is nominated.