Because I always make too many banners… Some more for the comment fest I’m running over at my LiveJournal at the moment, open to all tiny/small-medium British fandoms.
Reblogging just one more time, because things are still happening over at the fest! And, what’s more, there are TEN PAGES of comments/prompts/fills to check out if you haven’t already.
(I promise I won’t reblog it again, though, not unless I run it again next year, as it seems to be a niche need I accidentally hit. Plus, it’s been huge fun and still is as yet. Thanks to everyone who pimped/joined in/will join in!)
I hope I’m not too late to join in!
Of course not! There are still plenty of people still prompting, posting fills and generally keeping an eye on it as yet! :-)
The Doctor is almost as clever as Zoe Heriot… and not nearly as spiffy in a sparkly, purple catsuit.
Based off this post and some of the subsequent replies.
Actual best post ever.
And mine’s in there this is just flawless.
Books more people should read
» A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly «
Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace’s drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.
1. Tags Get Displayed In Alphabetical Order
On your profile page and in preview, your tags appear in the order you entered them, but if people find them through search or the filters, the tags will be in alphabetical order. If you enter tags that depend on their original order for their meaning, they will make no sense to people finding your fic through the filters. If you have to say things like this in tags, don’t put commas between the parts!
2. “/” Means Romantic, “&” Means Platonic
Filterable relationship tags all have either a / or an & between the character names. / includes all kinds of romantic relationships. & includes all kinds of non-romantic relationships, including friendship and family relationships. If you mark your relationships other ways, the wranglers will do their best to put them in either / or & so people can find them, but it’s always best to use a relationship tag with / or & between full character names.
3. Modified Characters And Relationships Work Best as ‘Additional Tags’
In Character and Relationship tags, the only things that matter to the filters are the character names (and for relationships, whether you use & or /). “Female!Alex” means the same thing in the character filters as just plain “Alex”. “Unrequited Bailey/Ash” gets treated exactly like just plain “Ash/Bailey” in the relationship filters. If you want people to be able to filter for relationships or characters that have modifiers, you should put the versions with additional information in ‘Additional Tags’ instead.
4. Avoid Combining Different Things In One Tag
Wranglers make the filters work by making sure that all tags that mean the same thing are linked together. However, if you put two different things in one tag, they can’t be linked to anything. “Alex And Also Bailey” in characters can’t be linked to Alex or Bailey, so it can’t be used to find your fic. Same with “Some Alex/Bailey and also some Alex/Ash”. And the other day I got a tag for “Everyone Dies And Everything Hurts” - we have a tag for “Everyone Dies” and a tag for “Everything Hurts”, but I couldn’t link the combined tag to either of them. In general, if you can replace the word “And” in a tag with a comma, you should.
5. If You Have A Problem With How A Tag Works, Tell Support
Usually, if there’s something in how the tags work that seems wrong, it means that either a wrangler made a mistake, or the wranglers just haven’t gotten around to dealing with it yet. If you write to AO3 Support telling them about the problem, it will probably get fixed very quickly - and if not, you will at least get an explanation for why it can’t be fixed. Wranglers are glad to hear from Support, especially if it means they can fix something for users! And if you’re not comfortable about writing to Support, you can always tell one of your friendly local wranglers about it, too, and they can pass it on. ETA via samjohnssonvt (thanks for the reminder!): AO3 support; @ao3-wranglers on twitter (both very good about responding to issues!)
I would add only one thing:
6. Use specific fandom names instead of “Ambiguous Fandom” tags.
(Yes, British Avengers and Marvel Avengers, I’m looking at you. And at you, UK “North & South” and US “North and South”.) Sharing an archive with thousands of other fandoms sometimes means your fandom shares a name with another, completely unrelated fandom. If that happens, wranglers will give your fandom some extra information in parentheses after the name to distinguish it. That’s what users will search by. The “- Ambiguous Fandom” tag collects all the fandoms that use that name into one big mess. It has works users from any of these fandoms don’t want, so they won’t tend to filter by it. Plus, if you’re also using the AO3 name for your specific fandom, it’s redundant. The magic of metatags automatically handles that for you.
(Of course, this is only if you care whether other users find your work.)
Whatever, Doctor, you loved that gobby Australian and we all know it.
They come from Kaldor City,
And they are oh so pretty :)
Downton Avengers! Because Iron Man 3 includes a Downton Abbey reference, so obviously I had to create a gratuitous costumed crossover…
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