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FrodoHealers, a Lord of the Rings fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

As a result of the Yahoo! Groups move away from maintaining archives of emailed messages, works posted to FrodoHealers have been saved and are being shared so these stories aren't lost.

Open Doors will be working with Ancalime8301 to import FrodoHealers into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from FrodoHealers to the AO3 after February.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on FrodoHealers?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your FrodoHealers pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your FrodoHealers account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the FrodoHealers mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of FrodoHealers on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve FrodoHealers!

- The Open Doors team and Ancalime8301

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Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 4 archive import projects in 2020, a total of nearly 3,000 works! We hope that you will find old and new favorites in the collections listed below.

TER/MA

Completed: September 2020

TER/MA, short for Truly Erotic Ratboy / Mulder Association, was a popular early fanfiction archive for the slash pairing of Mulder/Krycek. Find works at the TER/MA AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the TER/MA announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the TER/MA Fanlore page.

Obidala Network

Completed: September 2020

The Obidala Network was a het eFiction archive for Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi/Padmé Amidala fanfiction that was active from 2002. Find works at the Obidala Network AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Obidala Network announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the Obidala Network Fanlore page.

Least Expected

Completed: October 2020

Least Expected was the first Tolkien fanfiction archive that welcomed slash fanfic. It was associated with the tolkien_slash mailing list and was active from September 1999 through February 2002. Find works at the Least Expected AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Least Expected announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the Least Expected Fanlore page.

Side by Side

Completed: November 2020

Side by Side was a slash Kirk/Spock e-zine that ran to 23 issues and six special editions between 2001 and 2007, hosted at Lady Kardasi's Domain. Find works at the Side by Side AO3 Collection.

For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Side by Side announcement post. To learn the history of the archive or to share some stories of your own, check out the Side by Side Fanlore page.

Yahoo Groups Rescue Project

On October 16, 2019, Yahoo announced that Yahoo Groups would be permanently closing and deleting all previously posted material on December 14, 2019. Since Yahoo Groups had been a hive of fandom activity since its opening, fans immediately took action to save what they could. Open Doors worked with other OTW Committees, the Archive Team, and the Yahoo-Geddon Project, to publicize the closure and advocate for more time from Verizon. Our collective efforts were reasonably successful: Verizon postponed the shutdown until January 31, 2020 and at least 1 million Groups were ultimately preserved.

Open Doors was able to respond to every Yahoo Groups moderator who reached out to us for help during the impending shutdown. Many have chosen to import the saved works to the AO3 as Open Doors projects, so keep an eye out for those announcements!

For more information on the Yahoo Groups Rescue Project, see the Open Doors website. To learn the history of the Yahoo! Groups Content Purge, or to share some stories of your own, check out the Yahoo! Groups Content Purge on Fanlore.

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We want to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the archivists and volunteers who made these imports possible, as well as all the creators who have transferred or claimed their works! We look forward to importing more archives in 2021.

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The Croft Codex, a Tomb Raider fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Founded in 2005 by HeidiA to house stories formerly archived at an archive known as Lara Croft’s Tales of Beauty and Power, The Croft Codex was a fanfiction archive for all kinds of Tomb Raider fanfiction. It ran until 2008, when the archive went offline as a generational shift in the fandom began. This coincided with fic culture shifting to sites such as fanfiction.net where authors managed their own work instead of sending them to curated, specialised smaller archives.

Open Doors will be working with HeidiA to import The Croft Codex into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction currently in The Croft Codex will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. The exception will be stories the authors of which have AO3 accounts.

We will begin importing works from The Croft Codex to the AO3 after January 2021.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on The Croft Codex?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. Creators who might have used their real names in the original archive will be credited with their initials to protect their identities.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your The Croft Codex pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your The Croft Codex account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the The Croft Codex mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Croft Codex on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve The Croft Codex!

- The Open Doors team and HeidiA

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The works of Frodo Baggins of Bag End are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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At the time of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies, Frodo-Baggins-Of-Bag-End (Febobe) became known in fanfic circles for creating Frodo-centric hurt/comfort fic. So invested was she in the genre that she even set up a Yahoo Group, “Frodo Healers”, in which she not only shared her work, but welcomed that of other writers. Sadly, due to her chronic illness and later, death, many of her works were never completed, but it seems wrong to let what there was simply fade into obscurity. So, to protect them, we will be transferring them to this archive, something that she often spoke of doing herself one day.

Open Doors will be working with Elwen of the Hidden Valley to import Febobe’s works into a searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving these works in their entirety, all of her fics will be hosted on the OTW's servers and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We'd appreciate it if fans could help us preserve the story of Frodo Baggins of Bag End on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're honored to be able to help preserve the works of Frodo Baggins of Bag End, and while we mourn the loss of Febobe, we also realize that we are fortunate that Febobe had a friend who was given permission to collect and preserve her works on the AO3 so that they will not be lost. Thinking about the death of a fandom friend may be difficult, but it can also be an opportunity to consider what will happen to your fanworks and accounts and those of your friends after your deaths. The Archive of Our Own has an option to name a Fannish Next of Kin, someone who would be able to gain access to your accounts in the case of your death or incapacitation. By naming someone who can act on your behalf, you can decide ahead of time how you want your AO3 accounts handled going into the future.

- The Open Doors team and Elwen of the Hidden Valley

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春日泽 (SpringFen), a Prince of Tennis fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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The original site of 春日泽 is in danger of closing down, and in order to preserve the works hosted there, the moderators decided to import the archive to the AO3.

Open Doors will be working with the 春日泽 moderators to import 春日泽 into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fic and art currently in the 春日泽 archive (versions 1 and 2) will be hosted on the OTW's servers and embedded in their own AO3 work pages. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from 春日泽 to the AO3 after January.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on 春日泽?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your 春日泽 pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your 春日泽 account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the 春日泽 mods to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of 春日泽SpringFen on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve 春日泽 (SpringFen)!

- The Open Doors team and the 春日泽 Moderators

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Yahoo-Geddon Project Banner - Colored woodcut of an ancient port, surrounded by burning buildings. Boats in the harbor are safe, but helpless. The logos for Verizon and Yahoo! Groups are superimposed in the top center and lower right corner, respectively.

Today, after 20 years of service to fannish and wider internet communities, Yahoo! Groups was shut down. The decision was announced by Verizon earlier this year on October 14.

Yahoo! Groups was a combination discussion board and mailing list that launched in 1999 and quickly became a hub of fannish activity. Yahoo! Groups and similar services allowed fans to customize and control their experiences in fandom to then-unprecedented degree, and fannish Groups ranged in scope from genre, to fandom, to ship, to individual characters.

While Yahoo! Groups was immensely popular in its heyday in the 2000s, over time it started to lose users. Yahoo started putting less work into maintenance, and a lot of functionality was lost. Most notably, you may recall Verizon's announcement on October 16, 2019 that all archived messages and files from Yahoo! Groups would be deleted on December 14, 2019, and that Yahoo! Groups would continue to exist only as mailing lists without retaining any records of messages and files posted to the lists.

With so little time left to save almost 20 years of posts, images, and other irreplaceable content, fans, preservationists, and moderators swiftly organized and took action. The Archive Team took the lead on preservation efforts for the Internet Archive, with a handful of volunteers writing code to download content and dozens more joining groups by the thousands so that their content could be saved. In parallel, the fandom community quickly formed the Yahoo-Geddon project and, with the help of 200 volunteers, began focusing on archiving fandom groups using tools developed by the Archive Team and PG Offline and communicating via a centralized Discord and Tumblr. They, along with other preservation groups like the Yahoo Groups Crusade, spread information, reached out to journalists, and asked for volunteers to help both the Archive Team's and Yahoo-Geddon's parallel group preservation efforts. Meanwhile, the OTW's Open Doors Committee created the Yahoo Groups Rescue Project to spread the word and assist moderators who needed help archiving their groups on the Archive of Our Own, and wrote an Open Letter to Verizon asking them to postpone the content purge.

The speed and numbers behind the fandom community’s organization had a secondary benefit: They were able to direct the Archive Team’s focus on preserving public fandom Yahoo groups in a way that many other communities were not able to, securing greater representation for the community. In turn, Yahoo-Geddon volunteers supported the Archive Team's broader preservation efforts, helping them save cooking groups, genealogy groups, non-English language groups, and many more.

These efforts were not entirely in vain: Verizon extended the deadline to January 31, 2020; the Archive Team was able to preserve over 1 million groups; the Yahoo-Gedden team saved around 300,000 fandom-themed groups; hundreds or thousands more were saved by users or moderators alerted to the purge by collective outreach efforts; and several of these groups will be adding their fannish content to the AO3 as Open Doors projects! However, this pales in comparison to the estimated over 10 million groups that were lost—equivalent to the estimated 90% of films made before 1929 that are lost forever because no one thought they were worth preserving.

Digital preservation takes time and money, and the large companies that currently house so much of our data do not value it enough to invest in preservation efforts. However, this is history -- our history -- and we will fight to keep it from disappearing without a trace. We hope that you will join us.

Image Attribution: The Fire of Alexandria, woodcuts by Hermann Göll, 1876, composition by the Yahoo-Geddon Project Team

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Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009), two Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel archives, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives was established in 2003. After many years of hosting stories from many talented writers, the archivists have decided to move these collections to Archive of Our Own so that they may continue to be enjoyed by readers for many years to come.

Open Doors will be working with MrsGordo, GraceNM, and Chrislee to import Octaves of the Heart and I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009) into separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archives in their entirety, all fanfiction currently in the Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009) will be hosted on the OTW's servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009) to the AO3 after November.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009)?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009) pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archives
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the Octaves of the Heart and I Will Remember You Marathon Archive mods to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and I Will Remember You on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Octaves of the Heart: Sublime Archives and the I Will Remember You Marathon Archive (2005-2009)!

- The Open Doors team and MrsGordo, GraceNM, and Chrislee

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Rawhide-fic, a Rawhide fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The fandom for Rawhide, a show from 1959 about a cattle drive, is small but enduring. This collection of stories dates back to the year 2003 when the rawhide-fic group was created on Yahoo Groups for members of the fandom to share and talk about the stories they created around this never-ending cattle drive. When Yahoo Groups announced that it was closing down, the group began looking for a new trailhead.

Open Doors will be working with Grey Lupous to import Rawhide-fic into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Rawhide-fic to the AO3 after November.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Rawhide-fic?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Rawhide-fic pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Rawhide-fic account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great; if not, we will work with the Rawhide-fic mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Rawhide-fic on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Rawhide-fic!

- The Open Doors team and Grey Lupous

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