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Long time no entry; part of this is the announcement that went live today:

My name’s Julia Beck, and I’m a member of the OTW Board of Directors. I wanted to let you know I need to take a hiatus from my OTW work, including my Board duties, effective immediately. Because of my current situation outside of the organization, I’m not able to fulfill my Board duties as well as the organization needs and deserves. The Board discussed several options, but agreed that my going on leave until the start of the new term would be preferable to my stepping back altogether. As the mid-January start of the 2013 term coincides with the deadline for an important personal project, I’m confident that I’ll be able to make a full return at that time. I apologize for the additional work this is causing, and want to thank my fellow Board members for their trust. I’m also grateful to the candidates stepping up to this year’s Board election, and am looking forward to working with the newly formed Board in January. Thank you for your understanding.

I am sorry, for what it's worth, but I was (am) being buried by RL issues, and my OTW work has noticeably suffered for it. (I'm especially sorry to the committees I should have been *properly liasing* with.) I still have so many Opinions and Feelings and Goals, but what use is that if I can't put in the work towards implementing those?

I do know that new Board members Franzi, Eylul and Andrea in many ways share my priorities (as evidenced in their candidate manifestos), so that's definitely a weight off my mind. Thanks for taking up the torch, guys.

Alright, enough whinging. I wanted to recommend two things:

- Board president Kristen's excellent and thoughtful recent post Spotlight on Board: Kristen Murphy on Personal and Professional Development. It's a good reflection on why I love and admire Kristen.

- The journal of new translation chair (i.e. my successor's :D) Agnieszka, [personal profile] agnieszkas. She's opinionated and funny. Go follow her :)
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Currently rippling its way across the journalsphere and and Twitter (hastag #deliciousfail) is the disastrous launch of the new Delicious(see this snarky summary [tumblr] or listen to [streaming link] this emergency slashcast by [personal profile] rageprufrock& MKlutz.)

Personally, I feel equal parts naive (yes, exported & saved bookmarks, but created no backup account) and sad: yet another part of essential fandom infrastructure failing. UGH.

When I think of [livejournal.com profile] jenna_marianne's meticulously curated Inception bookmarks being scattered to the wind (phew, not quite, luckily) I can't help but feel upset. (I'm not thinking of the state of delicious-compiled fandom newsletter right now, or I might just cry.)

And yes, of course, my immediate instinct is that a fandom-supported solution is pretty much the only thing we can depend on.

But, uhm, can we?

[personal profile] jennyst asks Archive of Our Own users what they want out of AO3 bookmarks; but personally, I don't think that the AO3 can fill that particular gap.

My biggest reservation isn't so much that developing a full-featured bookmarking service is a major project in its own right, not just an adjunct to AO3; it's that I'm not into bookmarking for the fanworks only -- I'm all about cataloguing wank and user-written game walkthroughs and, of course, ALL the meta (like [personal profile] sevilemar and many others, I am dreaming of an Archive of Our Meta built with the otwarchive software package 1.0)

So it's back to commercial/disinterested/hostile providers, for the moment.

But looking ahead: Do you think that a comprehensive bookmarking service from fans for fans, tailored to our needs even better than the old delicious, is something you a) would want b) would support c) can see happening?

(speaking of which, I need to check what's going on at [livejournal.com profile] deliciouslymad.)


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