there is this thing that fandom does, where fans who love female characters aren’t able to even discuss their flaws, to talk about the negative things they say or do, in a constructive way, because we’re too busy defending their right to fucking exist against people dumping all manner of hate on them
and it really sucks? i would love to have some nitty gritty conversations picking apart the ladies i love and viewing them as complex people
like wouldn’t it be nice if we could discuss sansa stark’s flaws without constantly having to sanctify her to people who think she deserves every single awful thing that’s happened in her life, but we are mired in a culture that only allows us to lavish nothing but positive attention on minority characters we love because everybody else is bound and determined to shit on them
we can’t even get a breath in to treat them as people because we’re too busy defending their right to exist
Anonymous asked: Hi, I saw your donation drive on AO3, and I'm wondering what the money is for, exactly? $70,000 seems like a /lot/ of money. Is there somewhere I can see a list of intended purposes? Thank you!
70,000 USD does seem like a lot, which is why many of our users may be surprised to find out that in 2015, the OTW will need 75,000 USD just to replace old servers and expand capacity! The OTW’s annual budget for 2014 is 221,863.44 USD, and 70% of that goes directly to servers, collation, and staff development for AO3. The remaining 30% of our 2014 budget funds Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures; covers administrative costs; allows for outreach and membership development (such as our thank you gifts and shipping); and provides opportunities for professional development and training for personnel. All of these things help the OTW protect and celebrate fans and fan culture.
I find it amazing that people think that’s a lot of money to ask. It’s incredibly expensive to fund such heavily used and non ad supported websites, and that before anyone even gets paid for their work. I am definitely donating what I can to this drive, and I hope if you have a few dollars spare and benefit from Archive of Our Own, or any of their projects you will consider donating as well.
I donated a bit this year and I hope those of you who can will consider doing the same. I spend at least a half hour on AO3 everyday and I wish I could give them more to keep it beautifully ad free.
Are you kidding me? 70,000 is NOTHING. That is insanely low for running such an amazing service, not to mention such a highly trafficked website. This amount would be considered a low to middle wage for a starting web developer. That’s one developer. For one year.
Please, please think about the level of service that web apps and other tools like AO3 provide and SUPPORT THEM. It’s staggering, and they deserve ten times this level of funding, which would still be a VERY low operating budget for a site of this scale.
ciscocosta asked: Hey, that TWOIAF extract about the Vale in the app and a page about the Kings of Winter already has pots being cracked about Royce/Bolton relationships and a Grand Vale Conspiracy. How bad do you think think ASOIAF-crackpottery (crack-crockery?) will get in the next few months?
Royce/Bolton? What the—? Because there was a Bolton lord named Royce Bolton? uhhhh… wow. It’s a first name. People are dumb, dude.
And lol, Grand Vale Conspiracy. Isn’t there one already? Or is it that I hang out in the Sansa side of the fandom and you probably don’t, because I really doubt there’s much new there except maybe more names to add to it.
And crackpottery will get, oh, 1000% worse between the release of TWIOAF and TWOW. Guaranteed. Selective reading’s going to be spectacular, and there will also be enough new weird info to get all kinds of ideas going. OTOH there will also new evidence to disprove crack too, but the crazier stuff will be louder, unfortunately. And since people will still have way too much time on their hands, things will only get worse before they get better.
How long would it take to get from the Quiet Isle to Winterfell. Just one person, not like a whole King’s processional. And not like riding hard.
Per the ASOIAF timeline (fan-made, so might be inaccurate, but I trust their calculations generally) it’s about 1560 miles between Lord Harroway’s Town (relatively close to Saltpans and the Quiet Isle) and Winterfell. They also have road speed rates, and for your request I’d think the “single rider, average pace” of 24 miles per day would work. So, say 1600 miles / 24 = 67 days = 9.5 weeks. A little more than two moon-turns.