Made a suggestion to AO3 (I said that including a ‘kudos’ link in .mobi docs, along with the already-extant ‘comment’ link, would be a nice addition) and got a personal reply, complete with a ‘thank you for the suggestion’ and ‘we’ve passed that along to the coders’ within 48 hours.
How does a volunteer organization, making no profit off its services, still have so much better customer service than most of the actually businesses where I have accounts?
Really, really liking AO3 so far. It’s just so lovely and uniform and easy to put things where they ought to go.
Interesting idea! :)
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is then to go to Archive of Our own, and…
- Look up an old favourite and let the writer know that you still love the story.
- Find a story in your favourite fandom that you haven’t read, or for which you haven’t remembered to leave feedback.
- Cheer up a friend by leaving feedback to their fic.
- Go to the random tags view, select an interesting tag, and see of you can find something you like. repeat as needed.
- Visit an old fandom that you aren’t active in anymore (or a pairings that you’ve lost interest in, etc.) and see if there’s any new interesting fic or re-read an old favourite.
- Read a story in a fandom in which you’ve never read fic before.
- Pick a category that you don’t usually read and read some fic there (if you usually read RPF, maybe try some comics fic, if you’re an anime fan, read fic about your favourite play, etc.)
- Check out the comment thread on LJ or on DW where people have left links to their AO3 accounts, and see you can find anything new or interesting (and leave a link to your own fic as well, if you archive your fic to AO3).
- Leave feedback to a fic that doesn’t have any yet.
- Make a rec post in your journal with all the good fic you found while doing this meme, and then link that post to the comments here so that others can enjoy the recs as well (alternatively you can just list your recs in a comment here if you don’t want to make a whole post, or maybe use the bookmarking feature on AO3 if you have an account).
Many of you are probably already aware of this wonderful new fanfiction archive gracing the internet. If you are unaware, Archive of Our Own is a new fanfiction archive gracing the internet.
There. Wasn’t that easy.
Archive of Our Own is a nonprofit, it is fantastic for crossovers due to the labelling system, and I HIGHLY suggest you skedaddle your tush over there for some quality reading.
My PERSONAL favorite feature is the ARCHIVE WARNINGS, which will tell you in LARGE GIANT LETTERS whether or not a fic has potentially upsetting elements such as Graphic Violence or Rape/NonCon.
As someone who feels physically ill at the use of rape in her leisure reading, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this feature.
The archive is currently in BETA, however it is well stocked and getting larger by the day.
They are organized and created by the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) and these people are awesome.
While we here at Fanfiction Conniption tend to find hilarity in the literary failings of the amateur fanfiction writer, the fact is that many companies see transformative works as impeding on copyright.
For more information on this, just go check up the list of authors that will not allow fanfiction.net to post stories based on their works. If you have an account you can check this list under the Rules and Guidelines option under the Publish tab in your account settings.
FanFiction.Net respects the expressed wishes of the following authors/publishers and will not archive entries based on their work:
- Anne Rice
- Archie comics
- Dennis L. McKiernan
- Irene Radford
- J.R. Ward
- Laurell K. Hamilton
- Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
- P.N. Elrod
- Raymond Feist
- Robin Hobb
- Robin McKinley
- Terry Goodkind
Groups like the OTW fight for the right to create transformative works like fanfiction and they deserve all of our support. Because when it comes down to it, most works in history are technically “fanfiction” of an already established story or idea. Companies with money shouldn’t be allowed to steal your creative freedom.
SO GO MY MINIONS! READ AT ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN!
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