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This code update includes many improvements to the Archive FAQ, our help section for new and experienced users alike. This part of the site grows and changes with the Archive, and will see even more improvements in future updates. For now, we offer these new features for your enjoyment:

  • You can now browse our FAQs in languages other than English! Since both the FAQs and their translations are a work in progress, only a few categories have translations right now. We’ll be adding more during the coming months, and will update outdated information across all sections.
  • As soon as at least one FAQ category (e.g. Pseuds, Bookmarks, Comments, etc.) is available in a language, that language will show up in the dropdown menu at the top right of the main FAQ index. Only translated categories will be listed, so if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please refer back to the English index. (Work in progress!)
  • There are now buttons on the main index to show all available questions (“Expand Categories”) and to hide them all again (“Collapse Categories”), so you can skim the page or search for exactly the information you’re interested in.
  • At the top of each category, you’ll find a list of available questions, so you can quickly jump to just the answer you need.
  • The system now allows for direct links to each question/answer pair on a page (e.g. How do I subscribe to a work?), which wasn’t fully supported before.
  • The new FAQs have “pretty” URLs, which means they don’t just contain the id of the FAQ category (as in, /archive_faqs/17), but rather the title of the page (as in, /faq/orphaning).
  • Contrary to expectations in our original announcement, there will be no broken links. Old links (e.g. will automatically redirect to the new pages (e.g. Pseuds).
  • Our public wrangling guidelines, which were previously (and somewhat awkwardly) part of the FAQ section, have gotten their own home! You can consult these pages when in doubt about how to best format a new tag, or if you’re wondering about specific wrangling concepts and policies.


(Translations of the announcement are available at the link in: Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Suomi, Svenska.)


I saw this on the feature request Trello:

Allow a user to set “triggering tags” in their profile. Works with one or more of these triggers would, instead of displaying the triggering, spoiling tags, would display an expandable “Author has specified triggering tags”

so I wrote a small script with such a creative name

For helpful hints on how to use scripts such as this, see the links in our Cool Stuff FAQ. \o/

One of the most frequent problems Support deals with is when users are unable to log in to the Archive. While there are many possible causes for login issues, we’ve created a list of some of the most common and easiest to resolve.

If you’re having trouble logging in to the Archive, here are some places to start your troubleshooting:

Have you activated your account by following the link provided in your registration confirmation email?

If you’ve recently signed up to the Archive and are having trouble logging in, make sure you’ve activated your account! Within 24 hours of signing up, you should have received a registration confirmation email from, asking you to activate your AO3 account using the included link. The activation email usually arrives right after creating your account, but some email providers can considerably delay the delivery.

Once you’ve activated your account, you should receive an activation confirmation email from the same email address: Sometimes, these emails can get lost in spam filters, so make sure you check these as well! If you can’t find either your activation request or an activation confirmation email, and it’s been over 24 hours since you registered, you can contact Support asking for your account to be activated by an administrator.

Are you trying to log in with your username (not an email address), and is it spelled correctly?

You can only log in to the Archive with your account username; an email address won’t work. If you’ve forgotten your username, or aren’t sure if you’re spelling it correctly, you can have it emailed to you by requesting a password reset on the New Password page. In addition to a temporary password, the email will include the username associated with the given email address, highlighted in red. Please note that this solution will only work if the email address associated with your account is current, so make sure you always keep your account’s contact information up-to-date!

Is your browser or a password manager automatically entering your username/password?

If you’re using your browser’s auto-complete or a password manager to log in to the Archive, there’s a chance the saved username/password combination could be incorrect. To check, delete the pre-filled login information and re-type your username and password manually. Remember to update the auto-complete/password manager entry with the working combination later, to prevent this problem from reoccurring.

Have you tried deleting your browser’s cookies?

Sometimes, login issues can be caused by misconfigured or corrupted cookies. This is particularly likely if you don’t get a traditional error message when your login attempt fails. To make sure your cookie settings aren’t keeping you from accessing the Archive, check that your browser is set to accept cookies from AO3 and clear your cookies before attempting to access the Archive again. Instructions for managing cookies differ by browser and browser version, but here are some links to get you started:

Have you tried disabling browser extensions/add-ons?

Sometimes, browser extensions or add-ons can interfere with the login process. To ensure your browser settings are not preventing you logging in, disable any additional software associated with your browser by following the links below.

Have you tried logging in using a different browser or device?

If you successfully log in to AO3 using alternative means, the problem you’re encountering is most likely a problem with your browser or device, rather than your account. If this is the case, we encourage you to let us know of such issues by contacting Support, so that we can investigate further. Please remember to include details about the browser(s) and device(s) you’ve tried, as well as the problem itself.

Have you tried everything above, and still find yourself unable to log in?

If you’ve tried all these steps and are still having trouble logging in, please let Support know, so that we can look into this for you. As always, please remember to include as much detail as possible about the specifics of your problem, such as error messages received and your browser/device configuration, so that we can troubleshoot most effectively. Also include which of the above steps you have tried, so we can rule those issues out!

[mirrored from our AO3 News post: Troubleshooting: Common Problems When Logging In]



So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

Shout-out to the Journal committee! \o/

We have updated our list of third-party tools, userscripts, and bookmarklets! It’s not a complete list, just a selection of things we found around the net or that were pointed out to us by users. Some of these were even created by AO3 coders when not working on Archive code. \o/ However, please keep in mind that we can’t provide technical support for any of these unofficial tools. If something stops working, pls contact the creator who can look into a fix.

Here’s a few of the newest additions and classic add-ons:

  • If you use Google Drive to work on fics, fannish meta, or other text-based fanworks, you might have run into formatting issues when copying from Google Drive to our Rich Text Editor. In particular, italics and bold text will not be carried over correctly when copy-pasting the text. To solve this problem, OTW Translation volunteer Min has created a script for Google Drive that will take your finished work and convert all basic formatting into HTML for you. You can see it in action in this example document for posting to the AO3. Look for the “Make a copy…” option in the File menu, which will put a private copy of the document into your own Google Drive account. Then just delete the sample text and use the blank document for your own writing. When you’re done, hit the “Post to AO3” menu to prepare the whole thing for pasting into the HTML editor with a simple button click. HTML tags will be added for you! In most cases, this will be much more reliable than using the Rich Text Editor.
  • To view all Movie fandoms or any other of our fandom listings sorted by number of works instead of alphabetically, use this Reorder Fandoms bookmarklet by carene waterman.
  • Front end coder tuff_ghost cloned the popular Tumblr Savior script for use on the Archive: AO3 Savior lets you define creators, tags, or summary keywords and will hide all work blurbs that contain one or more of these terms.
  • Check out adevyish’s AO3 Lazier userscript which adds a Latest Chapter button next to the chapter dropdown.
  • The AO3 Statistics CSV Bookmarklet by Flamebyrd lets you download your AO3 work stats (number of hits, kudos, bookmarks etc.) as a .csv file, which can be neatly imported into a spreadsheet for your own number-crunching.

The OTW will be in tomorrow’s Battle for the Net and encourages all fans to take part. US fans, contact your representatives!
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The OTW will be in tomorrow’s Battle for the Net and encourages all fans to take part. US fans, contact your representatives!

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OTW is recruiting for AO3 documentation volunteers.  Interested? Find out more. If not, pass this on!

OTW is recruiting for AO3 documentation volunteers. Interested? Find out more. If not, pass this on!


Fanlore offers you stubs, AO3 passes 10 million daily views, & Legal is looking for input from fan video makers.
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Fanlore offers you stubs, AO3 passes 10 million daily views, & Legal is looking for input from fan video makers.




Probably all my followers know this, but in case you don’t: ANYONE can get an account on AO3. You don’t have to be a writer, artist, or other fanart creator. All you have to do is request an invite, and currently I believe the wait is something like 24 hours.

Reasons to get an account:

  • You can see all the fic that’s locked to members only! Especially important for sports fandoms where lots of people lock their fic for RPF reasons.
  • You can comment on fics that are locked or have anon commenting turned off.
  • You can use AO3’s bookmark function (which some people use as a rec function, for example)
  • You can turn on the history function, which then keeps track of EVERY FIC YOU EVER CLICK ON

AO3! Accounts are for everyone! \o/

FYI, all. 

You can also subscribe to updates from a story, series or author, and add fics to your read later list if you’re too short on time to read that amazing-sounding 70k fic!

Friendly reminder! Request an invite today, start bookmarking and subscribing tomorrow. \o/


Support will host an open house chat with #AO3 users on August 30 & user assistance will be available in 9 languages:
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Support will host an open house chat with #AO3 users on August 30 & user assistance will be available in 9 languages:

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