@kaijuno
Ex Astris Scientia

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    tempestpaige
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    this is why demanding flawless representation from every piece of media, and trying to police who writes what based on identity is a huge fucking mess

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    mr-elementle

    The publisher is now threatening to sue her btw,

    lawful-evil-novelist

    Checked on this, the company issued a formal apology where they admitted they assumed the author was straight because she “presented herself as straight”

    jewish-harley-quinn

    She literally told them she was bisexual in the query she submitted

    lawful-evil-novelist

    I know, that’s what makes this even worse.

    jewish-harley-quinn

    That publishing company is such bullshit lmaooo

    literallytoad

    “No other authors will receive any constructive feedback from us” lmao what a baby

    gholateg

    “We put you gays and lesbians on the purity pedestal and, when you really think about it, this “bisexual” (Whatever that means) is really to blame for making us realize you people fuck.That’s why we were wrong.“

    methotrex8

    “She isn’t posting pics of herself making out with every person of every gender on Instagram, so she is obviously just a straight looking for attention :/”

    This song has been old for a while and it keeps getting older.

    musashigouda-deactivated2019032

    hey ao3 can you like give the extra $38k you made from this month’s funds drive to charity

    blooming-wilting

    You know it legally is a charity, right?

    If x charity aims for £10, but gets £15, would you expect then to give back the extra five or give it then to another charity? No. Any extra costs go into the “rainy day” fund; sometimes servers crash or break, sometimes false reports are made that require the legal team, sometimes you need to hire coders or what not to implement new features or fix bugs or deal with broken code … 

    The money they aimed for is the bare minimum, which goes towards things like basic server costs and domain names and legal advice and so forth, but they don’t just “pocket” the rest (as people claim). It’s not a business. It has no advertisements. It needs some “rainy day” cash to function. 

    You can’t ask a charity to give money to another charity. 

    It needs what it gets to function and improve. 

    fangasmagorical

    kiena-tesedale replied to this post

    They don’t “pocket” excess money. They have a publicly accessible budget - waaaay more info than most charities, in fact. In it, you can clearly see where each dollar goes. (Also, you are vastly underestimating either how much traffic AO3 gets or how much servers/hosting costs.)                    

    In my experience, people who don’t work in web design and hosting just have no concept of how heavy a load something like AO3 would have. Not only is the traffic absolutely buck wild, but the quantity of data that archive needs to store is fuckoff crazy. I’m talking “more than the library of congress” crazy. The only reason it doesn’t require Netflix levels of data serving is that it’s text based rather than video.

    AO3 is in the top 300 websites in the world, and the top 100 in the US. It is the number 2 literature website.

    Number 2 in the entire world. JSTOR is 20.

    It sees about 6 million people a day. About 250k an hour. Each of those people is loading multiple pages, many are running searches that execute on literally hundreds of potential variables per search. The demands involved are astronomical.

    JSTOR, btw, makes 85 million dollars a year.

    It’s 18 ranks below AO3′s traffic, and takes in 650 times the amount of money.

    But let’s say you think that’s an unfair comparison. Would you say that the Project Gutenberg Literature Archival Group- another text based archive that handles literature operating outside traditional copyright requirements- is more similar?

    Because it sees all of 4% of the traffic that AO3 handles.

    Care to guess its budget?

    Double that of AO3.

    AO3 is doing shit on the kind of shoestring budget that I fully, 100% cannot comprehend. And that’s just the archival service.

    The 130k also pays for the OTW’s legal team, which they use to defend the right of fandom to fucking exist.

    It’s absolutely batshit fucked up that people are fighting to have the OTW defunded and AO3 shut down. They are the only organized group that actually stands directly between fandom- all the art and the fics and the vids and the music and the chats and the memes and everything we love about interactive, transformative work- and an incalculable amount of lawsuits.