So apparently it’s time to talk about the future of the AO3 again, specifically to re-hash the old argument of what the archive wants to be versus what it should be versus what it is. I’m not going to link to the exact current controversy because, in some ways, I think it’s somewhat irrelevant. Because if we’re being honest, the awkward truth is the problem with the AO3 is not this one issue or this one fic; the problem is something far more fundamental with the Archive itself, some endemic mycelium that periodically fruits into controversy. And kicking over the individual mushrooms after every rainfall is doing nothing to unroot the hyphae.
And, obviously, I have Opinions on this. So buckle up, fen. It’s time to go deeper . . .