I am not an OTW volunteer, staffer, or Board member. I am one of the handful of people who reads (and even comments on, sometimes) OTW blog updates; I'm one of the people who has read the "About" page, and can talk for a couple of minutes about the OTW's mission and projects. I have an OTW sticker on my laptop, and I've had this icon for years now.
I've been trying to keep up with the election, though mostly through secondary sources. Because I'm not a volunteer/staffer/Board member, the candidate Q&As and even statements mostly read like unintelligible jargon to me. The posts other people made ABOUT those posts were much more intelligible.
Here's the thing I keep butting up against, though: I think the level of overestimation about fandom* knowledge and investment in OTW is running very high.
*I'm only talking about Western media fandom here--I really can't speak to anything else at all.
Here's a sample of responses I got just now when I tweeted about Bookshop's very interesting post about the election
[all usernames redacted]:
"what is OTW? I know its about AO3 I'm just...a little unsure."
"But like...what does OTW stand for? Where's the site? I read her post about why I should vote but not where or how. :|"
"I don't know if it makes me a 'source of the problem' but it's all about AO3 for me."
"I would definitely agree with that*. Most people I know (including myself) are like "yay AO3!" and that's the extent of it."
(*That = "People outside OTW don't have the same level of "yes, we should do this" about non-AO3 OTW projects. I don't think that's wrong or bad.")
"I still don't get what it is or how I become a member / vote... what being a member means etc"
"yeah I've read [the transformativeworks.org homepage].. I mean I get a vague idea that its this fandom based organization and such but... so what? like i mean.."
"Mmm. I guess I just am like... probably not the kind of fan they're looking for. I'm happy to stick with all the projects I run / am involved in in fandom -- but on a large scale I dont get it. heh." ( Commentary (still not a volunteer/staffer/Board member, so I understand if you are and don't want my thoughts on the matter) )
Vaguely related PS: The mobile version of the new AO3 has been fixed and it's GORGEOUS. Much love.