ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
...but apparently I now know enough Russian to stumble over obvious automatic translation errors in fanfic in yet another language, even though I do not know enough to have even simple conversations.

But I can distinguish some verb forms, and the author in this particular case clearly wanted an imperative (it had an exclamation point and everything) but put in an infinitive form. Not that I knew that particular word (my vocabulary is still very pathetic). Of course in English both look the same (except for the 'to') but in Russian you conjugate more -- only google translate for example won't, even if you add the exclamation point.

They could label a language acquisition stage after this -- it comes way before even A1 proficiency (which in case you are not familiar with the European language reference framework means more or less the ability to understand and produce simple, formulaic conversations in familiar contexts).

I have no idea why authors feel the need to sprinkle other languages into their fiction without knowing the language very well or getting a beta who does. And even then, as a reader it annoys me unless I also read the language at least decently. I loathe not being able to follow all story parts. And yeah, there's hover text and what not, but that won't work on mobile devices or e-readers, so you are stuck with disruptive footnotes...
ratcreature: headdesk (headdesk)
I've already ranted several times here how computer translation is not your friend if you want to litter your English story with German words (even disregarding the characterization issues or the likelihood of random language switches occurring in the first place). That includes swear words, because believe it or not, swearing works differently in different languages. For example you can't just translate "fuck" and use it like in English for a swear word. Argh.

Well, the story wasn't very good otherwise either, so I don't regret the back button use, but seriously. And now I have the urge to write an introduction to swearing in German to explain, but that probably would only encourage people to avoid using betas, and make things even worse.
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
Poll #8736 passive-aggressive tagging?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29

Starting to tag XMFC stories with a "bad German" tag where applicable, would be...

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7 (24.1%)

breaking fannish etiquette and shouldn't be done.
1 (3.4%)

pointless, because it isn't a good way to communicate the complaint as feedback to the author.
6 (20.7%)

a good way to vent frustration after multiple rants failed.
22 (75.9%)

useful information for the bookmark readers.
18 (62.1%)

So in summation, should I create a "badgerman" tag?

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15 (60.0%)

1 (4.0%)

I don't care.
4 (16.0%)

Make it a hidden tag that Pinboard offers just to vent for yourself.
5 (20.0%)

ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
Dear XMFC fanfic fandom,

computer translation is not your friend for creating German sentences for your fiction. Not even short ones, or single words. It will inevitably get all sorts of grammar wrong, like cases, tenses, sentence structure, form of address, word choice...

Then, just as inevitably, I will be thrown out of your generally well written story by the hilariously wrong German, or stumble while trying to figure out what it was supposed to say, and along with me scores of other German speakers (seriously there is no shortage of German speakers around in media fandom). On the upside that also means that there are many, many German speakers available to you, who'll be willing to write you a quick translation as a beta-type service.

But what if you're shy, or afraid to break anon-status, and don't want to ask a German speaker for help? In that case you should consider to skip the dialog and just settle for paraphrases such as "he cursed in German" or the like.


As an aside, I also notice that I skip giving feedback to stories I otherwise like that have
this unfortunate problem, because I feel awkward to tack on some sort of red pen correction section onto my squee, but otoh I also don't want to not say something when there are such embarrassing errors there, and pretend I didn't notice. If I know the author, I usually have no problem to mention such nitpicks, but it's different with strangers or anon posters. The same goes for deciding whether to rec things. Argh.
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
So, since I'm currently reccing Tolkien art at [community profile] fanart_recs (yes, I do find a way to promote the comm in every other post *g*), I've been in the mood to read some LOTR fic. Specifically I was looking for 4th age Aragorn & Faramir friendship stories. I don't read that much LOTR, so I browsed around and checked out one that I seen positively linked in a couple of places, hoping to avoid the worst, but alas! It wasn't to be. It's like a train wreck, the way this series butchers poor Faramir's characterization. What is it with stories turning him into some kind of weepy, quivering wimp (and not even due to extreme torture or anything)?

Incidentally, links to decent stories would be welcome. (I don't read Aragorn/Faramir though.)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Linus: Dear Great Pumpkin,... (halloween)
Authors should really indicate if they spread out the posting of parts. If they have a posting schedule I like to know when to check as to not miss anything, and I also like to be prepared that I won't get to read the whole thing right now.

I don't mind even following unfinished WIPs but if I see a post linking to 1/3 in community and the notes talk about the story as if it is finished, I assume that all three parts are posted in the linked journal. But recently, especially it seems in Star Trek Reboot, headers neglect to mention staggered posting/WIP status. I guess I'll have to remember to check myself in advance. *grumble*

That said, the Reboot time travel murder mystery of which I just read the first part is a really promising opening, which probably explains why I'd have like to get the rest right now.
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
So I just came across a story announcement for a WIP and it seemed interesting from the author's notes, but then the author referred to the part as "chappie". And no, just no. Don't do that. *sporks* (similarly "ficcy" should be forever banned as well)


Dec. 26th, 2009 14:12
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
I am not actually in the "adverbs and adjectives always suck" camp of stylistic advice or anything, but wow, I just tried to read a story in which the overabundance of them threw me right out. I don't think I've ever had that happen before. Not recently anyway.

I counted over twenty adjectives and adverbs in the first paragraph of six sentences with 130 words in total. And that was not including nouns being modified by other nouns in some sort of tacked on thesaurus, like if I wrote "the purple prose, this murky miasma of adjectives,..." I counted only the two adjectives, not the whole mess -- what do you call that kind of construction anyway? (The story didn't do it with alliterations though, I just did that in my example for humor, it was just two nouns, both modified with adjectives, saying the same thing, one after another.) That was even more jarring than the adjectives. The writer should just have settled on one of the two choices.
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
I know I have ranted about the usage of "Spock Prime" in the narrative and dialog just a few days ago, but since then I've come across this far more often. Like every day I see stories doing this. More than one. It occurs even in stories that I found on rec lists, not through random, at-your-own-risk browsing. (In case you're wondering, [personal profile] musesfool recced this offender.) Just, WTF? This is getting out of hand if you can't even trust recs to protect you.

Please tell me that some fan somewhere has written a Greasemonkey script or something to do word replacements on the fly in your browser to fix epithets, and I can adapt this to replace every "Spock Prime" with "Ambassador Spock".

ETA: Thanks to the awesome [personal profile] gnatkip I have now indeed found a script that will do this word replacement for me. Greasemonkey to the rescue.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Spock (trek)
It drives me absolutely crazy when in ST:AOS fic the older, time-traveling Spock is called "Spock Prime" within the story text, assuming the story is told from a POV character withing the fictional universe rather than some jokey outside parody narrator or omniscient meta fiction narrator. It's fine for a pairing label, but please, please find some other way to distinguish the character from the younger Spock in the text. I am usually not that picky about narrative voice, but this just throws me out of the story in a way from which I can't recover. It's one of the few things that will just make me stop reading immediately in this fandom.
ratcreature: RatCreature with an ear-trumpet: What? (what?)
Sometimes fanfic is really weird. See, I've been reading an X-Files story, which started normal enough. It was a Profiler!Mulder story with an X-Files twist in that Mulder forms some sort of psychic connection with the killers and victims, and so on, cue to Mulderangst. Which was the kind of story I wanted to read. Only then suddenly out of nowhere some green, winged horse shows up and brings Mulder to a blue anthropomorphic cat shapeshifter alien who starts talking about fighting interdimensional demons. What? Just, what? I have no idea how this continued, because the story rather lost me at that point.

What irks me most is was that I read over half of this long novel, which I thought was one thing, and then without warning it turned into something completely different. It had a summary and warnings for all kinds of things which indicated that this was a serial killer story with child molestation, but nothing mentioned mystical furry aliens fighting evil on psychic planes. Gah. What a waste of time.
ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
When people link to their journal posts containing stories or art, some link not the "plain" entry, but to the "reply mode" version, i.e. you get an URL with "?mode=reply" at the end, a comment form below, and don't see any previous comments. Also, and that is the main reason why I hate the practice, the title of the browser window will be "Post Comment" rather than the subject line of the entry, which commonly is the LJ name plus the title of the work. I get the idea behind linking to the reply form-- people think it encourages comments to have the comment field right there, but the downside is, one, that if you open links in tabs (like when you click several potentially interesting links on your f-list while scrolling down) you can't see in your tab what you have open to easily click the tab to pick it to read, and two, even more annoying for me, if you bookmark the page you won't get the subject line as link text but will have to edit that link text line manually, and edit the URL manually to get the plain one, though that is quicker as you just have to delete a bit.

I bookmark almost every story I finish reading and tag them. Normally I can highlight the summary, click the bookmark button and get the right link text (provided the author didn't put "yay! fic" or something random in their fanfic subject line, which is another annoyance) plus the highlighted summary as description, and just add the tags, whereas with the reply mode link, I highlight the summary, click the bookmark button, then get the wrong link text, have to edit the URL to get a plain bookmark, click back to the window itself to copy the subject line, click back to the tagging dialog, delete the "Post Comment" link text and paste in the right subject. So it is two clicks, two deletions and one c&p action more effort, which, unless the story or art was very nice, puts me in a frame of mind to skip the commenting this was meant to encourage.

Is anyone else annoyed every time they land on a reply page when clicking a link rather than the journal entry proper?
ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
Why do some authors not provide summaries? Or even just an excerpt they like, or a quoted line, or something? I'm collating the SGA thematic list I talked about earlier from my bookmarks, and how am I supposed to come up with a summary for some epic that I read months ago that I then tagged for having interesting aliens, when not even the author provided one?

I mean, with short stories I can at least sum up the point myself, perhaps not in the most flattering way, but frankly if an author cared about facilitating decent blurbs when others link to their stories, they would have written one in the first place. But that just doesn't work so well with epics, especially when the things I remember don't make a good summary, and rereading whole novels and novellas is a bit more of a hurdle than glancing over a 2,000 word story again. *grumble*
ratcreature: argh (argh)
Okay, so in general I don't care that much about safe sex issues in fiction, not even in contemporary fandoms where you could reasonably expect it to come up. But if characters are about to have unsafe sex, then one actually comments on this being unsafe, and the other replies with something like "It's okay, I'm always careful." and the first one is then okay with it, my reaction is pretty much WTF? because isn't s/he just about to engage in unsafe sex just then? That pretty much contradicts the whole reassurance. It's different if they have this conversation once they're exclusive and assure each other that they've been tested for STDs recently or whatever, but during first time sex, not so much. And it's not that I don't believe that people sometimes act stupid like that, and there's a few characters for whom behavior like that might be in character, but in general I'd rather not see my favorite characters act stupid.
ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
I don't think of myself as a particularly picky reader, but sometimes I'm thrown out of a story by random mistakes in details that don't even matter much for the story. For example I was just reading a HP story, set around Christmas, as so many of them are around this time of year, and quite enjoyed it, only to come across a line where the POV character remarked that is was "past five and getting dark" or something to that effect. But the story takes place in London in the middle of December, so obviously it would already be dark by then, seeing how sunset there would be a bit before four in the afternoon and even with some remaining twilight after sunset that still means it's plain dark after five. And it's not as if you couldn't look up sunrise and sunset times on the net either, if you're unfamiliar with just how little daylight you get in Northern Europe during winter.

I have no idea why errors that aren't even particularly relevant bother me in written fiction, when I can completely overlook things like that places don't look "correct" on tv, like because they filmed in a different location or things like that. I guess it could be that with tv I just accept some built-in limitations, but written words don't have that excuse.
ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
So I've seen Missed the Saturday Dance by [livejournal.com profile] zoetrope recced several times on my f-list, and I get why people like the multimedia, and it's kind of cool and what not, and I like a mix of images and text (or I wouldn't love comics) and the video and sound is neat too. And I love AUs anyway. However, that choice to display much of the story text that is letters as graphics may be visually cool, but it really grates on me that the images don't come with an alt-attribute or a link to a text version of the letters.

I get that full transcriptions of video, sound, and image parts in a multimedia story for accessibility are not very practical, and it's not like I expect fanfic to go that far, but those letters are already text. And text that is an integral part of the narrative too. And it's just too small to read comfortably for me on a screen, especially with the typewriter effect, and I'm not even visually impaired or anything. Some stories displaying letters like that provide accessible alternatives, [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon for example did in one of her Farm in Iowa stories, and I very much liked that, since I could take a look at the visual of the letter, then read the text in a comfortable font at a comfortable size.

With as much work as went into the presentation Missed the Saturday Dance, and I agree that it looks very nice indeed, how difficult could it have been to provide a link to a transcribed text of the all those letters as well, and make it possible for more people to enjoy it?
ratcreature: Like a spork between the eyes. (spork)
So I'm rereading some McKay/Sheppard slash fic, great story overall too, only I stumble over Homophobic!Ford. Now, IIRC when I first read story I didn't take much notice of it, because I hadn't read that much SGA slash at that point, and taken as a characterization in an individual story I can buy it. Some people are homophobic after all, even otherwise nice, likable people. But there are quite a lot of stories portraying Ford like that, and it baffles me. Sometimes it seems to me that in S1 team McKay/Sheppard slash he's like the default token homophobe. And I don't get it, not to mention that it rubs me the wrong way because I rather like Ford. Is there any basis in canon for why this is such a popular choice?? I admit that I have watched most eps just once (I don't rewatch a lot in general), so I might have missed some huge clue leading so many to arrive at Homophobic!Ford, but if this is purely a fanon thing, it's definitely one I could do without.


Jul. 1st, 2006 17:14
ratcreature: headdesk (headdesk)
Why do so many automated archives only have the archive name in the page title of stories, not the story name? That sucks for bookmarking. I'm usually too lazy to rename my bookmarks, and most times it isn't a problem. Most commonly I bookmark stories I come across that looked interesting for later reading, and I can just go to the site again, even if the bookmark title is somewhat cryptic. But every once in a while it happens that I go back to a story later (sometimes several weeks later or even longer), only it vanished from the archive, and then I have no idea what the title or the author was, and can't even look whether the story might be archived elsewhere. Gah.

Well, I guess I'll never know now what that story in my HP to-read bookmark folder was, since I have only the archive name and the cryptic database generated URL, that's no hint either.
ratcreature: headdesk (headdesk)
I generally don't do ff.net mocking, because I've actually read a fair amount of good fic there, and even more that I quite enjoyed despite some problems, but some things are just too amusing not to quote. Like, why would anyone finish their summary with "I'm no good at writing these things so just read it."? WTF? I guess "these things" are supposed to refer to summaries, and excuse why the summary wasn't that enticing (though honestly it wasn't all that bad either), but that's not the best advertising strategy. OTOH maybe it was some sneaky reverse psychology thing, because in the end I did read the story after all... Heh.
ratcreature: Eeew! (eeew)
I've wondered in the past about the peculiarities of eyes in fanfic, but I just read a passage describing eyes with "ice and ichor" and I was like wtf? Isn't ichor, like, pus or something? I know it's originally from some Greek mythology thing or other, but still. Anyway, regardless of the potential nuances of "ichor" I might be missing, I was just grossed out. Eyes like ice and pus?! Ick. Also, it didn't much sound like the voice of the POV character either.
ratcreature: Eeew! (eeew)
I have just read the first sentences of a bad het sex scene that caused me to imagine really gross things. The worst sentence:
"[...] He heard her scream at the same time her inner muscles gripped him fiercely, and then he burst. [...]"
Since that sex scene was right at the start of the story and the summary didn't give much info I thought at first it might be like a horror story or something, like she's a monster that squishes his penis until he bursts and then bleeds to death, but unfortunately that was apparently meant to describe an orgasm without permanent injuries, even though you wouldn't think so from that gross icky unfortunate description. >.<

It's moments like these that make me reconsider my policy to randomly browse archives rather than rely solely on recs and "safe" authors. OTOH I find fun and entertaining stuff too, so it all balances out in the end...
ratcreature: eyeroll (eyeroll)
Every once in a while I read Dark Angel fanfic. Sadly, more often than not I regret that I went looking for DA fanfic soon after, as I'm once again reminded why I usually don't read in that fandom, and then abstain for another year or two. I have no idea whether I just don't know where to look, or whether there's some general problem or what, but somehow really decent Dark Angel fiction seems rarer than you'd think.

It's not that I'm all that picky, either. But some things are absolutely frustrating. For example: There is absolutely no need to have Logan turn out insane, evil or both, just because the author wants to ship Max with Alec. What's worse (and here's where the frustrating part comes in) is that as a reader you can find yourself several chapters into a decent and entertaining action-adventure/romance story before it becomes clear that the author intends to turn one of the main characters into an irrational psychopath (and not the one who had a mentally unstable twin either), and on some level you'd still like to know how the story will end, yet you'd have to put up with one character being a bizarre pod-person in order to do so.

Seriously why? I get that it's expedient to get Logan out of the picture, at least romance-wise, for a Max/Alec fic, but why go for character bashing of the really idiotic type on top of that? I mean, even as someone who is not much of a Max/Alec shipper, I am not so unconvinced of the possibility for this pairing that I could only see it if Logan turned out to be evil. Aargh.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Harry Potter in a Quidditch uniform. (hp)
Sometimes I really yearn for the more or less centralized fandom infrastructure like I was used to in The Sentinel.

I'm reading the results for a poll about HP fic archives and recs, and there was a question on which archives one regularly visits, including also an open option for people to fill in archives not listed.

I hadn't even heard of (let alone visited) many of the archives people mentioned, and ended up googling a whole bunch. And okay, it's understandable that I didn't know all of them as most are pairing specific, but not for my favorite pairings. And I know of a bunch of other archives that didn't appear in that poll too, and when I looked up the ones I didn't know, I found yet more archives. Some rather small, others quite large. I get that HP is really, really huge, and that specialized archives may be practical for fans with strong pairing preferences, and yet -- I'm not an OTP person in HP, I have read and enjoyed stories with most of those pairings, and some I even read quite frequently, but I'm not even aware of all the archives.

Surely there don't need to be *four* (or maybe more) Harry/Ginny archives? I'm not much into pure H/G romance stories, but if it's an interesting action/adventure story that's also a H/G romance for example, I like that pairing fine, certainly more than some others. And yet I knew of only one of those archives appearing in the poll (PhoenixSong), and otherwise mainly read H/G stories at The Sugar Quill and Fiction Alley. Now I know that there are several other Harry/Ginny archives, namely Sink Into Your Eyes (which apparently is so widely known that the poll author only listed it with its cryptic acronym SIYE in the poll), Written with a Quill, Sealed with a Kiss (which still seems quite new?), Simply Undeniable (also for Ron/Hermione), and The Broom Cupboard (that one seems to be a message board rather than an archive, though people listed it as the latter).

Personally I think that kind of thing, where you have half a dozen or more archives for a single pairing, is really inconvenient. What is wrong with having larger archives with good search functions? I get that huge archives in fandoms like HP are a lot of work, and that hosting costs are probably a factor too, but that's why archives can be group managed, no? Why do people found the fifth Harry/Ginny archive or the fourth Snape/Hermione archive? I just don't get it. It's not like more archives equals reaching more readers, at least for me it's rather the opposite, I'm not likely to regularly check multiple archives, much less multiple archives for a single pairing.

Other HP archives I didn't know about: Checkmated (for Ron/Hermione), Magical Theory and Fire and Ice (both for Draco/Ginny), Dark Sarcasm and Whispers (both for Snape/Hermione, whereas I only knew of Ashwinder for that pairing), Apparition Point (I couldn't figure out if that's in any way specific by browsing the site briefly), Portkey (Harry/Hermione), The Quidditch Pitch (seems to be for romance, but not pairing specific, and accepts het, slash and threesomes), Hand Me My Robes (seems for explicit het, not pairing specific), Malfoy Slash Archive (I only knew of the Malfoy Family Archive), Thin Line (for Snape/Sirius), Godric's Hat (for gen), and the list goes actually on for a bit more... also, there's a Snape MPreg archive?!

Unrelated to the sheer number of archives, am I the only one annoyed that (some) HP archives tend to name their categories in fairly cryptic ways? So that they have to include an explanation sheet what those categories are?
ratcreature: argh (argh)
Sometimes my mind really boggles at the way eyes are described in fanfic. It actually throws me out of stories every so often, because the description seems just so ridiculous to me. Unfortunately that also happens in stories I quite enjoy otherwise, not just badfic. It's not even just the purple prose like color names that some writers love to use for eyes, like "cerulean" or whatever. Though actually at the top of my list is "seafoam green", because to me that evokes singularly unpleasant associations of grayish green algae-like slime residue. But then that's probably just me and the majority of readers has attractive associations with "seafoam green".

No, what gets to me is when character A gazes into character B's eyes and notices that somehow the color of those eyes changes with B's emotions. I admit, there are probably people with much more extensive eye gazing experience than me, but I actually have never seen human eyes to spontaneously change color, much less change color based on the owner's mood. I can sort of buy that eye colors look slightly different depending on the light and maybe the surroundings, like if I squint, my own murky grayish blue irises might sometimes look a little bit closer to actual blue, but it's extremely unlikely that they would suddenly appear to be a clear blue, or an actual gray regardless of any mood swings I have. Likewise, I if it isn't an alien with chameleon abilities it's dubious that a character's eyes would suddenly change from "sea green" to "storm gray" and then to "deep blue" -- btw this is an actual example from the a SW story I just read that jarred me into ranting in my blog. The poor character with a lot mutually exclusive eye colors was Obi-Wan, he seems to be popular for that kind of thing.

I really don't get it. Do other people actually perceive eye colors as changing to such a degree? Do authors think it's poetic license, like the phrases that eyes "harden", "darken", "sparkle" or whatever? But then the latter I tend to interpret as a shorthand for the whole facial expressions to change, just centered around a change in the expression of the eyes, It's not like I visualize the actual eyes to get darker literally. Not like when an author tries to tell me that Obi-Wan's eyes were gray then green then blue, and that somehow that also communicates his mood more or less clearly to whoever gazes at him, instead of telling the other that he's wearing some new color-changing contact lenses...
ratcreature: zen? or not. Animated pic, that first shows RatCreature calm,  then angry. (zen)
I'm really not that picky about British vs. American English in Harry Potter fanfic (a lot of the time I don't even notice, it's not like I could always tell for sure which words belong to which variety), but right now I'm reading a story that I would enjoy quite a lot if Harry wasn't addressing his female teachers as "Ma'am" all the time, which to me sounds really American, and I don't recall it being used in the books at all. I don't have copies of the books at hand (I just borrowed them from my sister when I read them), so I could be wrong, but I don't think so. "Ma'am" to address teachers and such is American, right?
ratcreature: argh (argh)
One of the recent posts to the FCA-L list amused me greatly. Well, amused in that slightly cranky way you get amused at weird mailing list posts by people who are, or come across as clueless. It said something like "Hi, I just joined and want some advice on an AAR fanfic. Thanks." and contained a link. I mean, who would seriously expect that this kind of post leads to good replies? Not only have I (and I bet a good portion of the list) no idea what "AAR" is -- a series, movie, book, what? -- the poster also says nothing about what kind of "advice" they're looking for, nor anything about the story, except that it is "lengthy." And the poster expects what exactly? That you join, post a link without saying anything, and a review/beta committee, interested in whatever fandom that acronym stands for, will magically appear to help with your story?
ratcreature: zen? or not. Animated pic, that first shows RatCreature calm,  then angry. (zen)
I enjoy reading WIPs, and I have no special prerequisites for reading them, like regular or frequent updates, or that the installments are "chapter-like" and not just the random breaks based on how much was written at a time, however I really like it when authors make it easy to find the previous installments, especially when they post in their LJ or a blog without search function. Of course many authors do this, for example they link to all previous parts in their latest post (which I find the most convenient), they use the LJ memory function, or they have an extra journal for their WIP, however some do nothing like that. And if you read that writer's blog/journal regularly and started to do so before the first post of that WIP it's not a problem, however several times now I've seen a WIP mentioned, with just a link to the LJ it's posted in, and it was really difficult to find the parts, sometimes not even the subject lines indicated that the post contained an update, and more often than not I just gave up.

I mean, I assume if authors post their WIPs they'd like to have an audience, so why make it so hard to find the parts? Surely they don't expect that everybody interested in their WIPs already reads their journal regularly. I'll even go through the subjects of all posts in the last months, but if a WIP started months ago, and not all posts containing parts have a subject line with the WIP title, and they aren't linked or indexed either, I don't get that, how am I supposed to catch up with it? No matter how interesting the WIP sounded to me when someone talked about it, I won't spend more than maybe 15 minutes trying to track down the parts in a LJ or blog.

On a less grouchy note, I enjoyed reading [livejournal.com profile] joyfulgirl41's Smallville AU WIP "The Road Not Taken" (its premise is "what if Lex had been raised by his mother and Pamela"), which I only found yesterday thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mecurtin's list of WIPs and Joyfulgirl really makes it easy to find all previous parts through links in the most recent one posted to her LJ.
ratcreature: RatCreature's toon avatar (Default)
...is for example why on TLAD (a TS fiction only list that unlike SXF requires no warnings) everybody posts the stories with warnings anyway. I mean, there is only a fraction of the TS stories posted to TLAD compared to the mail volume of SXF, this year not quite two dozen so far. And only two were posted without warnings. And it is not only stories posted through the archive interface that still have warnings, though that is the majority, today there was an announcement post that had warnings even more prominently than the regular part 0 posts. I like to read summaries, I don't like warnings, the part 0 is a compromise that hides warnings somewhat, though with the interface that posts to SXF and TLAD it still lumps all story info together. Obviously most authors prefer to post with warnings and only post to SXF. That's okay of course.

There are only few who make the effort to post to TLAD at all. So why do these people when posting to a no warnings list still warn?! I don't get it. Even the archive template can't really explain it. So it generates a part 0, breaks the story into parts, and formats the story for the archive. IIRC the 852 Prospect explanation for using it, explains the poster should let the archive first send a copy to the person who uploads to check the formatting anyway. Why not let the archive do the formatting and uploading and then when posting to a no warning list like TLAD just forward the story posts and edit the part 0 to delete the warnings? That wouldn't take much longer. And if that is already too much effort, why post to a no warnings list at all?

TLAD has no rule against warnings, but still. I joined TLAD because I had hoped to find a warning free alternative to SXF. Now I'm on TLAD to make a sort of statistical statement that there are indeed TS fans, who don't need or want extensive warnings. I certainly don't continue to be on TLAD because I were actually getting any stories without warnings.

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