There are 37 works on AO3 tagged ‘accidental baby acquisition’
I shall read them all.
Let’s clear up some confusion, guys. Some people think that G/Gen, upper left, means that there are no romantic pairings. Wrong! G is general audiences, but Gen: (upper right) means no romantic/sexual pairings.
Now tag away
The only thing I’ll mention is that the terms “Femslash”, “Gen”, “Het”, and “Slash” are not universal - outside of Western Media Fandom, there are lots of other terms used instead. But that’s a tiny quibble compared to the big, big truth that G =/= Gen, and vice versa.
i am super duper appreciative of ao3 and the shit they have to put up with for us assholes
but i’d really like to request a function where you can say ‘ok i want this pairing at this rating with this tag bUT I DONT WANNA SEE THIS VERY PARTICULAR TAG AND THIS VERY PARTICULAR TAG MIGHT BE DESTIEL’
This function exists! The links below all describe the same basic task (removing a tag from your search results), based on different goals or comfort levels with AO3. If you know AO3 really well, try the first 3 sets of links. If not so well, try the last 3. (Dizmo’s has pictures so is possibly easiest.)
Good luck, and drop me an ask if you get stuck!
That’s what happens when you collect together a remarkable group of people who really love organization and want fanworks to be findable. It breaks our hearts to see even one work vanish into the void.
(For those who don’t know, “- Ambiguous Fandom” is AO3-speak for “There’s more than one completely unrelated fandom by this name, so the generic form will be shared and useless for filtering.” Each of these tags has at least two subtags for the actual fandoms involved. Here, check out some of these unfortunate cases, bathed in the tears of wranglers:
- The Eagle - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between The Eagle of the Ninth and Ørnen: En krimi-odyssé)
- The Runaways - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between the movie, the tv show, and the band)
- Graceland - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between the tv show and the album)
- Borgias - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between the tv show and the other tv show)
…AAAAAAAAAND (drumroll please):
- The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between an awesome British tv show originally from the 60s and some comic book thing)
Remember, peeps: Leave your ambiguous tags at the door when you come party at AO3.)
(This has been a PSA from one of your friendly neighborhood Avengers wranglers. No, not those Avengers - the other Avengers. You know, the ones with the awesome lady spy.)
(Cap said it first and prettier.)
Replies about possible future fandom stats:
To answer your question to Sam (who better be asleep by now), there are significant issues with using the work search to get time slices. I’m trying to put together a detailed post about this, but the basic issues are:
- Regardless of the Sort By setting, the Work Search appears to always pulls works by the Updated date, not the Posted date. That will tend to weight results toward later time periods. For example, if you’re doing a monthly sample across AO3’s history, you’ll end up weighting later months even more heavily than they already are, because all the WIP will be counted toward the month in which they were last updated, not the month in which they were posted.
- Deleted works don’t appear in Work Search.
- People change the tags on their works sometimes. Work Search can’t tell they did that.
There may be other issues I’m unaware of. But basically, Work Search is a rough tool at best, but we don’t have a lot better, unless you’re willing to do some statistical pavement-pounding using the filters. (And that won’t solve issues #2 and 3.)
Basically, real-time slices are best, so if there’s some way to get a sample now and then check it again later, that might work? But you’d need a really wide sample. I’ll have to think about that.
CultureDANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
That is all.
Hi! I looked at the notifications queue about 15 minutes ago, and it looked normal. (Not that I’m a coder or systems, so “normal” to a layperson.)
I suspect what happened is that your email provider has started blocking or redirecting AO3 emails to spam. If you’re using Gmail, check your “Social” tab if you have that still. Regardless of email provider, you should probably check your spam folder and then make sure to add “do-not-reply @ archiveofourown.org” to your Contacts or Whitelist. (Remove spaces from the address.)
How odd Mnemosyne Edyth was! How very unlike her schoolfellows. For they, reciting charms most obediently and noting the patterns of stars as instructed, turning needle to matchstick with robotic duty and mixing counterclockwise in their cauldrons when applicable, failed utterly to drive their professors mad.
Whereas she was a prodigy in these matters. Forever interjecting, her weird mind would fire off at random, forcing strange, intrusive questions from her lips: charm is also to entice, and what does that say about us, that we love best those airy beings with the power to make a common Scourgify look like the work of the graces? Why wind widdershins in the preparation of so many potions; what of this wily discipline demands that we counter the clock, that we turn in on ourselves and work in reverse? And why do we name our children after stars, as though we should like them to illuminate society, but stars burn and burn and burn and are in reality far-off and aloof, friendless and alone, and ultimately consumed and blocked off by the black steam of new Muggle contraptions. And are we not more like the Muggles, lately, desiring to take the industrious needle and make of it a combustible, a powder keg, something not quite as sharp and practical, but nonetheless wholly dangerous?
For Mnemosyne could link every plain, honest instruction to some uncanny notion, could find the incorporeal story at the heart of each solid, well-rehearsed incantation. Though she was the schoolroom nuisance, doomed to fail nearly every subject, it was not because she did not understand. Rather, she over-understood. She leapt beyond the matchstick and desired to make of the needle a magically-powered sewing machine. She saw in the swish and flick a rhythm no one else could. She could cut through even magic most Dark, not in a Ministry-approved decisive and rational fashion, but with joy and light, and simple memory.
We do not mean to elevate one who graduated with barely a handful of N.E.W.T.s above those prized and calm, industrious and un-improvable little minds that dot most classroom desks. Far from it. They well deserve the praise and love of their professors and the easy acceptance of their mates.
While weird Mnemosyne was to content herself with an Order of Merlin, first class, for the invention of the Patronus Charm.
After her fantastic guest post on Keiko O’Brien, the wonderful cosmic-llin and I decided to have a chat about Keiko - it ended up spanning everything from her relationship with Miles to her career to what we would have liked to see more of for her, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed having it. :)
thevalkyriedirective: Oh, wow, I googled her to bring up her Memory Alpha article (never know when you need reference or an episode name) and after suggestions like ‘keiko o’brien actress’ or ‘keiko o’brien star trek’ we have ‘keiko o’brien annoying’.
How sad is that?
cosmic-llin: Ugh, that infuriates me. :( Keiko gets so much stick and I can’t work out what the problem is. I think people see her as shrewish because she and Miles fight, but to me it seems like they both give as good as they get.
Also I’ve seen her get hate from Miles/Julian shippers for being in their way, but canonically we’ve seen Keiko actually encourage Miles to spend time with Julian.
thevalkyriedirective: I’ve never been able to figure it out either! She’s labelled the ‘nagging wife’ but I think the problem is that unless she’s a passive, dull, unemotional woman, it doesn’t matter what she does, it’s seen as ‘nagging’ or ‘annoying’.
I’d be pretty pissed off too if I moved to a run down old space station and had to give up my career and raise my daughter there.
But the strangest thing is, she isn’t always nagging or annoying or anything like that - sure she gets exasperated sometimes (it’s called being human! and being in a relationship!) but she’s the one who thinks to set up a school for the kids on the station, she makes the most of a difficult situation!
And as for the Miles/Julian shippers… There were more than a few episodes where she very actively encouraged them to hang out, sometimes even without them realising it.
cosmic-llin: Yeah, I think it’s significant that they’re basically the only married couple we see on a regular basis long-term.
I think if Keiko was in the show just as a cool botanist/teacher, without a connection to Miles, perceptions of her would be different, but because she’s in the box marked “wife”, people interpret her character in certain ways that they wouldn’t otherwise. Any conflict she has with Miles is assumed to be her fault, when actually half the point of the O’Briens was that they were a realistic couple who DID fight sometimes but resolved their differences because they loved each other.
I see a lot of people claim that they fought ALL the time and that Keiko basically never gave Miles a moment’s peace, but actually watching their episodes together that couldn’t be further from the truth.
thevalkyriedirective: You’re absolutely spot on - they’re probably one of the most realistic couples in Star Trek.
Reblog if you have ever owned/used one of these.
And then a few years ago, the baby intern at my workplace was digging through the archives for something and found boxes of these and had *no idea* what they were.
Remove disk 1, put in disk 3.
Remove disk 3, put in disk 8.
Remove disk 8, go back to disk 3 again.
Do not let disks get dusty. Or bent. Or hot. Or anywhere near a magnet.
Keep disks in order, preferably in their original paper sleeves, so you know which one is 1 or 3 or 8.
When the entire country switches from 5 1/4” to 3 1/2” in a matter of 2 years, wonder what you will do with all your old video games.
Play King’s Quest one last time for nostalgia’s sake before upgrading your computer to something with a real hard drive.
Make the mistake of betting on zip disks instead of writable CDs/flashdrives.
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