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Fandom Feud 5: Firsts edition

destinationtoast:

When it comes to first times, there are first for characters, and firsts for authors:

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In which fandoms do most AO3 authors pop their fanfic cherry — and tag accordingly?  And in which fandoms are there the most first times for fictional pairings?  

Looking at the top 5 fandoms for each of these AO3 tags, we immediately see some of the usual suspects in both lists — Supernatural, Sherlock, and Teen Wolf.  Let’s eliminate those three extremely popular fandoms, and focus on whatever remains however improbable.

Which two fandoms are in the “First Time” top 5, but nowhere in the “My First Fanfic” top 10?

Which two fandoms are in the “My First Fanfic” top 5, but nowhere in the “First Time” top 10?

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hollyand-writes:

wrangletangle:

hollyand-writes:

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Well, that’s not true - I posted some up yesterday.

And I’m about to post up another one. (Blame my non-gamer friend - she’s the one who’s prompting me. It’s her OTP, and there’s no fic, so…)

There’s a bug that causes this. I’ll ask staff to let the wranglers know.

Awwww, thanks very much. I think it seems to be fine now, though - well, now that I’ve added a second work to the tag. But I don’t know if it’s something that comes up every time a new tag is created and fic is written for it, though. Anyway, thanks for looking into this for me! :-)

That I can answer - it doesn’t happen every time, but it does happen often enough that there’s a bug in for it.

It’s also something wranglers don’t normally notice, because our workflow doesn’t include opening the /works page 10 minutes later to check if a tag is showing the works properly. That would be kind of a big extra step to add. ;D

I double-checked to make sure no one else’s works got caught, but it looks like yours are the only ones for that tag right now. If this happens again in the future, please drop a quick note to AO3 Support - the fix is simple enough any wrangler can do it, and we’d really rather know if something’s broken. XDDD

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Anonymous said: As a teacher, are you sometimes tempted to teach with Sherlock fanfic? Let's face it, some of that stuff is better than some published books.

snogandagrope:

I am a librarian. I believe in freedom of access and freedom of information. 

I HAVE suggested AO3 to students! Their tagging system makes it an excellent resource for people who are looking for a specific kind of story.

I think I saw kryptaria say last night? that she reads someone’s work as original fiction, because she is unfamiliar with the fandom but really enjoys how the author presents her characters and the story.

I feel the same way about moonblossom’s Cut and Run? stories. I have no idea who these guys are, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the story :)

And again, with AO3’s tagging, you can sort and filter out the things you don’t want to be reading. It’s my job to show you how to find what you are looking for. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I kept that amazing resource from someone based on a personal judgement call, especially when the resource is able to do that for me.

(I’m talking about the smut here. It isn’t my job to keep you from the smut. I am not a Gatekeeper, other than to open the door.)

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Tag Wrangling @ AO3

the221armada:

wrangletangle:

the221armada:

I mentioned the Tag Wrangling AO3 blog yesterday in the AU panel session. Here’s the link if anyone is still wanting it:

AO3 Tag Wranglers

Check out the site for tips on how to more effectively search AO3 to find exactly what you want, when you want it.

Ah, so this is the reason for the sudden influx of followers. Thanks for linking!

Just a reminder that I’m one person and not an official representation of the OTW or AO3 in any way. I just like answering questions. :)

Excellent point and I realized after the fact I might have incorrectly indicated it was an official AO3 blog. But I still highly recommend Wrangle Tangle for search tips, albeit unofficial ones. I’ve found it super useful in the past :). Great blog!

Aw *blush* Thanks!

filter-me-ao3 has a really awesome collection too, if you’re every looking specifically at filters.

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Tag Wrangling @ AO3

the221armada:

I mentioned the Tag Wrangling AO3 blog yesterday in the AU panel session. Here’s the link if anyone is still wanting it:

AO3 Tag Wranglers

Check out the site for tips on how to more effectively search AO3 to find exactly what you want, when you want it.

Ah, so this is the reason for the sudden influx of followers. Thanks for linking!

Just a reminder that I’m one person and not an official representation of the OTW or AO3 in any way. I just like answering questions. :)

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Anonymous said: What is AO3?

fandombound:

Archive of Our Own, or AO3 is a fanfiction archive that’s currently the largest growing community for fanfiction because its tags are a million percent better than any other site.

I started hosting Fandombound as a short story there before a friend agreed to help me work on it as a web comic instead.

We are a fanworks site - we accept all types of fanworks! Currently, anything that is not text needs to be hosted somewhere else, but it can be embedded on AO3 (depending on the host site; details here).

Fanmixes are subject to some specific guidelines. (Go to the ToS FAQ and search for “fanmix”.)

The lack of on-site hosting options right now is due to technical issues, not intent.

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spacetxt:

why do people say the amnesia trope is trash and over used i love it so much and i never find it anywhere i hate life

Found it for you

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actualkatebishop:

Just some of my favourite Steve/Bucky tags on AO3 fics

Can we talk about undercover fairy god-agent Sam Wilson? Because I want a full explanation for why there aren’t like 50 uses of that tag.

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juniorstarcatcherfiction:

is there anyone here who might be willing to send me an invite on ao3? please message me if you can! I would be eternally grateful!

If you put yourself in line from the front page of the site, you can get one in a day!

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slashprincess15:

Does anyone know how to create series on AO3? I’m about to post a new Spiderman fic and I want to put all the fics into one series but I can’t figure out how to do it?

It’s really easy! Here you go:

  1. When you post the first work, look for the “Associations” section of the posting form.
  2. Ticky the box beside “This work is part of a series”.
  3. Type a name for your series in the box next to “Or create and use a new one:”
  4. When you save your work, the series will be created automatically.

For all future works, repeat steps 1 and 2. In place of step 3, you’ll select the existing series from the drop-down menu.

Your series will show up on your homepage under “Recent series” (at the bottom, under “Recent works”). You can edit your series from your homepage by selecting the “Edit” button under that series.

Hope that helps!

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