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All of this. I've only started using it recently, though I've known about it since its inception. And the fandoms I'm currently writing in ARE tiny ones. It's such a wonderful tool, and all put out there as a labor of love, to give fan-writers and fan-readers a place free of restrictions imposed by companies who want to use our content to sell our collective eyes to advertisers. To everyone who creates the site: THANK YOU.

Originally posted by wyomingnot at post
Picked this up from writerlibrarian. It's something I've been trying to find a way of clearly saying.

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Because it's the first place I go to when I start reading in a new fandom, even more if it's a tiny one.

Because I like to read clean black on white text. Nothing fancy, just words.

Because I believe in the power of creativity and a place where fan's creativity is valued.

Others have said things better that I can so ....

Originally posted by w_a_prince

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Dear everyone involved with the Archive of Our Own,

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who's ever written a line of code, fixed a bug, wrangled a tag, answered a support ticket.

Thank you to the back-end coders and thank you to the front-end coders.

Thank you to everyone who's ever brainstormed about what the archive might do, and thank you to everyone who's poured their hearts, souls, and spare time into trying to make the archive do all of those things and more.

I use the AO3 every day. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for building it for me and for everyone who uses it -- and for everyone who doesn't use it yet but might use it someday.

This archive isn't something to which fandom is entitled. It's a labor of love. You make the archive as your gift to fandom, and I appreciate that gift so, so much.

Even though it isn't finished yet. Even though it isn't perfect yet. It's still awesome, and your hard work is tremendous and admirable, and I just want to say thanks.

(Dear everyone else: if anything in this post resonates with you, feel free to signal-boost or repost.)
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