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[personal profile] stepps
Hello all you ao3some people! Mod here :) I've been lurking, and I appreciate everyone's contributions so much! Glad you all love playing with AO3 as much as me. If only I had money to give them right now :(

Just dropping by to link you to [personal profile] arduinna's really detailed post about how to use AO3's search function to find just what you want.
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[personal profile] tuff_ghost
Here are a couple scripts to tweak the works index pages. They run on Greasemonkey in Fx or Tampermonkey in Chrome.



https://greasyfork.org/users/3831-tuff-ghost

Please let me know if you got questions, or if I made any mistakes!
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[personal profile] torachan
I posted this in my journal the other day and now realise I should have posted here instead/as well.

So [personal profile] cesare recently made a post talking about feedback, and she talks a bit about how she keeps a folder in her email for kudos so she can see the total for all ber stories. She had mentioned this before about a year ago and I thought it was an awesome idea. Now, her reasoning is totally different from mine, because she uses it as a way to help stop obsessing over story stats, which she in general doesn't want to see, whereas I use it as a stop-gap since AO3 doesn't offer any sort of stats page for authors (you have to look at each individual story, which is not practical if you have a lot of stories on there as I do).

But it is a thing that works for both of us, and so I have been saving kudos notifications ever since she first mentioned it, along with a handful of older notifications which I had deleted but were still in the trash. So I have a folder in gmail going back to March of last year, and out of curiosity I counted them all up (unfortunately I can't just look at the total number, because some notifications thread and it shows threaded convos as one email) and in one year I have gotten a total of about 470 kudos.

That is pretty amazing to me, especially considering in that time period I have only posted five new fics. Those five fics did, of course, get a good chunk of kudos just for being new fics and thus being more likely to be noticed, but all together they didn't even get a hundred, so that is almost 400 kudos on OLD FICS. Guys. I don't know what your fandom experience has been, but mine has been that feedback comes overwhelmingly from new fics, generally within the first few days, and then you are lucky if you get a comment or two the rest of the years its posted, maybe a bit more if someone recs it. And this has held true on AO3. I do get the occasional comment on older stuff, but it's rare. Really rare. I have over 200 fics and for the most part, while I assume people are still reading them, for the most part the only time I get comments is when they're first posted.

So those 400 kudos? Those are 400 comments from readers that I would otherwise never have heard. Maybe kudos take away from comments on newer fics, I don't know (and it's really hard to measure that, because there are so many other factors, too). But I know there is no way I would have gotten 400 comments on random old fics. Hell, I wouldn't have gotten even 100. Maybe 50 tops. But I have still been getting comments here and there, at a rate that doesn't really feel appreciably different to years when there were no kudos. So maybe I've lost 10 comments on older fics, or hell, let's say I've even lost 20. But I gained 400 in the form of kudos? I...I'm really not seeing the downside here.

I didn't mean this to be an experiment when I started saving the kudos notifications, but I'm really glad I now have solid proof to point to when people say kudos are only replacing comments, etc.

There has been a lot of talk recently about kudos and readers, but when I read the comments on posts like that, it often comes off as people saying "I'm a reader and I like kudos because" and "I'm a writer and I hate kudos because". I know some people are saying they like/hate them from both sides, but it still seems like when people make arguments for/against kudos they talk about it in those terms. I want to talk about how awesome kudos are as a writer. They are super awesome!
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[personal profile] littlemousling
Poll #10088 Meaning of Kudos
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 368

When I click the Kudos button, it most often means (one or more of) the following:

View Answers

Good job!
261 (70.9%)

I liked this!
338 (91.8%)

I finished this and didn't hate it!
59 (16.0%)

I ADORED this!
204 (55.4%)

I like clicking buttons and assign no meaning!
4 (1.1%)

None of these options apply
6 (1.6%)



This is a sort of follow-up to [personal profile] bethbethbeth's great Kudos/Comments poll here. There are a number of comments there discussing the various reasons people click the Kudos button, some of which may be more common reasons than others.

Feel free to expand on your answer!
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[personal profile] mumblemutter
UPDATE: As of Release 0.9.2, which introduced some changes to the search form, the syntax below won't work anymore. I'm working on updated versions and will post them here ASAP. /UPDATE

UPDATE REDUX: So, yeah, that didn't happen. I don't think I'll ever have time to really do this right, and there's plenty of other tips and tools you can use. Anyone else, feel free to play with the new search syntax and the bookmarklet if you wanna! /UPDATE REDUX



Long story short, these are bookmarklets you can use to search for a pre-specified subset of works for a fandom, character, pairing or random prompt. It makes use of the somewhat under-documented Advanced Search syntax (explained in more detail in this tutorial) and can be customized to accommodate even the most obscure reading preferences. /brazen claim

I've included the basic syntax (totally stolen from another bookmarklet) and several examples under the cut. Dreamwidth won't let me create draggable bookmarklets, so you will have to create and name the bookmark yourself, putting in the contents of the respective text field as the link location/URL. It's wildly important to delete any line breaks in the code before you do this; it needs to be one long unbroken string starting with javascript:s. A simple text editor, such as Notepad, works nicely for this.

Once bookmarked, you can click on it and it will either take a word you've highlighted on the page you're on, or ask for a prompt, and then plop that prompt into a pre-defined AO3 search. Prompts can be multiple words (such as character names), but they will be treated as one discrete search term. You cannot put in [Avengers Batmann] and expect crossover matches. Sorry.

Basics )

Examples )

Feel free to shout if anything seems off to you, or if anything is unclear. I could have rambled on more, but I tried to keep the explanations short. Short-ish.
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[personal profile] elf
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who really loves the Kudos feature at AO3. I don't mean, "wow, it's great that there's this option for people too busy or overwhelmed to leave a comment, so authors can know someone liked their story," because sometimes that comes with the unspoken (or not unspoken) followup of, "but of course people should be leaving comments, so if it causes people to not leave comments, maybe it's not so good." I love kudos. Unreservedly, with no caveats. I maybe like them more than comments.

I love comments. Pretty much everyone loves comments, and I write little enough fic that I treasure every single one of them. Comments tell me what worked, tell me when I've managed just the *perfect* way to get across what I was thinking, tell me if I've failed to cover the (obviously brilliant and compelling) backstory & other bits in my head. Comments tell me that someone else loves not just my favorite characters, but loves them the same way I do. Comments tell me I've succeeded in intriguing or disturbing or arousing the reader, or maybe all three at once.

Comments help me grow as a writer, and I feel horribly guilty for everyone one of them I don't reply to. I know lack of replies means it's just a bit less likely that person will leave comments in the future. :( Bad elf. No cookie.

But kudos are (is?) always a happy thing. )
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees
As you may know, AO3 has fandom feeds now (go to Fandoms, select yours, click on the 'Subscribe to the feed' link in the upper left area) which means you can create feed accounts here on Dreamwidth if you want to get updates on your Reading page. Several have already been created. Here's the list of those I know of. If you've created or subscribed to other ones, give me the fandom name and the feed name, and I'll gladly add them to the list. It'll save other fans time.

the list )
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[personal profile] boundbooks
I've already submitted a request for help to Support, but I figured that I'd ask in case anyone has any tips immediately!

My exchange's sign-ups open today, but no one can sign-up.

The problem is that "I don't know if it is just me but I'm logged into my AO3 account and the sign up option isn't appearing in the top right or in the bar on the left. I just have the button for a sign up summery which it can't load as 5 people haven't signed up." and I've confirmed it on my non-collection maintainer AO3 account.

I'm waiting to hear from Support, but I have no idea what's going on. Here's my collection's profile page.

Here are my collection settings )

Here are my challenge settings )

Any idea what might have gone wrong?

edit - I tried setting the collection to 'open' and the problem seems to be persisting. :(

Setting the collection to 'open' brings up the 'post to collection' button, but not the 'sign-up' button. :(

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/otter_and_ferret2012/profile

edit #2 - FIXED! The collection *cannot be moderated* in order for the 'Sign-up' button and 'Sign-up Form' links to appear. This does appear to be a bug/unintended design issue, so I'm sending in a report to Support tonight. :)
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[personal profile] boundbooks
Does anyone know if it's possible to have two optional text fields in AO3 challenge sign-up forms?

Also, is it possible to change the labels on more form fields than "Prompt URL" and "Description"?

I'm trying to beta a sign-up for an exchange and I'm running into a brick wall as to how to best deal with warnings/triggers. Any other advice on how people have handled using the warning tags to match/not-match recipients and authors would be greatly appreciated!

edit - re: warning tags

As far as making sure people *don't* receive content that they don't want, would it make more sense if I *got rid of the warning tags completely* and simply had people leave their 'dealbreakers' in the text field?
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[personal profile] astrild

I clearly have to much time on my hands... So I developed a Word Macro to reformat the AO3 "Share" Code for pimping archived works on journals.

This macro will:

  • Add "Title", "Author", and "Word Count" labels.
  • Place the "Title", "Author", and "Word Count" on separate lines.
  • Bold all labels.
  • Remove character list.
  • Remove warnings statement if no warnings apply.
  • Place the "Summary" label and summary text on the same line.
  • Remove the link to the AO3 "Fandom" tag.
  • Rename the "Relationship" label to "Ship".
  • Add line break tags so that you can disable auto-formatting.
  • Change the font weight of the "Title" and "Author" from strong to normal.
Example under the cut )

You can snag a copy of the macro code at my journal. Feel free to modify it as you see fit. Feedback is welcome.

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[personal profile] stepps
First off, hi! I'm so please people are posting to the comm!

Now, I was just updating my profile, as per [personal profile] sophinisba's suggestion, and I stumbled into the user preferences page. It's got all the normal preferences you'd expect to see (comment notifications, display settings, time zone etc), but right down the bottom I found a feature that I did not know existed.

Format the titles on your works and series

This is awesome! I have a system when I bookmark on delicious.com; a system developed over years of trial and error and evolution through growing fandomly. The default page title is TITLE - AUTHOR - FANDOM, but I prefer AUTHOR - TITLE - FANDOM. So now I can impose that on my works. Not just that, this setting allows you to impose the title format on all works on the Archive. This means for me that bookmarking to delicious just became 100% easier because I no longer have to rewrite the whole page title to fit my system!

See, it's the little things that make AO3 awesome :D
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[personal profile] elf
I've been considering what AO3 could do that's unique & different from other archives, rather than just "improve searches" and "more display options" which are indeed nifty goals, but I was trying to think of something different.

And I realized one of the reasons I sometimes don't leave comments is that I want to leave concrit/corrections, which some authors welcome, but it feels really really *weird* to say, "there's an obscene typo in paragraph 3, and also the dog's name was Indiana, not Illinois," and have that left in the comment stream for all future readers who would otherwise never know the author had a facepalm moment before fixing things.

I think I'd like something like screened comments, where the commenter could say "screen this thread." Musings on how that might work. )
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[personal profile] sophinisba
Greetings, AO3 enthusiasts! Last night I made a post encouraging people to fill out their user profiles. In particular, as someone interested in making podfic, I'd love it if more people would put up their contact information and a statement about remixes, podfics, art, and other fanworks inspired by their work.

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