2011-11-14 14:35 (UTC)
What? There are CERTAINLY a dozen
s, not just "out there" but in the fannish, AO3-using community. Society has produced them -- despite many efforts to the contrary, ahem ahem sexism in the tech industry -- but the AO3 isn't good at reaching out to them or welcoming them or making use of their skills.
I, for instance, am "a lim" -- I'm currently unemployed and have plenty of time on my hands, care a lot about the archive, and (not to denigrate lim's contributions, but based on what she said in her post) I actually have way more experience than her.
I have a friend who is an experienced user interface designer, also a regular AO3 user who cares about it a lot, who's underemployed (her day job seldom gives her enough work to do) and who is trying to build her portfolio. She would love to offer her skills to AO3, but doesn't think they'll be appreciated.
A third friend is a software engineer with a computer science degree who works for one of the top tech companies in the world. She spends a fair bit of her spare time hacking on fannish stuff, but stays the hell away from AO3 because of the way the project's run and the difficulty getting involved.
These are all people I know in the offline world, who I have spoken with personally on the subject over the last 24 hours. If i know three "lims", just off the top of my head, how many more are there?
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