Melannen
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wrangletangle:

jmars999:

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Someone needs to explain common to AO3

Hi! “Common” means “canonical”. It simply means that the tag appears in the filters and auto-complete. It doesn’t mean anything about the quantity of uses. There are (only a few, but they do exist) 0-use common tags.

That said, I have a lot of ships where 53 works would be amazing. (Actually, I have a lot of fandoms where I’d be crying tears of joy to have that many works.) So “common” in terms of quantity might be in the eye of the beholder?

I always assumed “Common” in “common tag” meant “officially shared”. Like “creative commons” or “common ground”, or “common property” in a marriage. A common tag is a tag that’s no longer a tag that belongs to a particular user on a particular work - it’s now a tag that the entire archive is invited to share in common.

Librarian AU
Cinaed: haha, jam asked for a merfolk/library Les Mis au
Cinaed: maybe I should do one where Madeleine refuses to become mayor and becomes the town librarian instead (while running the factory), and Javert has to enlist his help because his squirrels are acting strangely and he’s gathered such a large collection of books
Melannen: I would totally read a fic where valjean accidentally becomes a librarian
Melannen: …crap now I want to write a fic where valjean accidentally becomes a librarian
Cinaed: *laughs*
Cinaed: canon era or just library au?
Melannen: like, it starts with Montparnasse coming to him, and he tricks Montparnasse into learning to read
Melannen: and then Montparnasse is showing off, and Eponine is like “where did you learn that?”
Melannen: and a day later she’s at his door with a hungry look in her eyes saying “I heard you have…. books”
Cinaed: oooh
Melannen: and he can’t turn her away
Cinaed: and she gets Azelma to come too
Cinaed: and between the two of them they trick gavroche into learning his letters
Melannen: he loans them some to try to teach Gavroche
Melannen: yes
Melannen: pretty soon he’s public library / literacy tutor for half the underclass of that part of Paris

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A modern AU where the mayor’s office declares that all the police precincts have to have official tumblrs in order to be Hip with the Kids. Nobody at Javert’s precinct wants to be bothered so they make Javert do it because he’s too bad at office politics to get out of it.

He basically just reblogs official statements from the city government once a month, and sometimes McGruff the Crime Dog when he’s feeling particularly assiduous.

Then the barricades happen and in all the chaos it takes several days before anybody notices that the station’s official tumblr is now posting something everyday at 1 AM exactly, in the form

Dear M. Gisquet:
[link to news article about police brutality or injustice in the justice system]
[frowny emoticon or gif of someone contemplating suicide].
Sincerely, Inspector Javert.

Javert spent the night after the barricades queuing up years’ worth of those.

He was the only one with the passwords to the account. They can’t turn it off.

sambeferre:

I saw this picture and I have no idea what the fuck just happened …


PROTIP 2: While I also enjoy the various fanworks, please don’t tag your Enjolras Superhero AU fic on AO3 with “Captain France”. There are several Captain Frances in comics canon, of whom the least embarassing is probably this dude, Hugo Etherlinck from Earth-1610:
I have to just send the tags to Marvel fandom, and then the Marvel wranglers cry. 1
If you’re going to insist on giving him a superhero identity that’s actually appeared in Marvel canon, call him Adamantine, commander of Les Heroes de Paris, which is his actual canonical name when he appears as a Marvel superhero:
(I especially appreciate that his costume there seems to be intended to reference Apollo’s superhero outfit.  …or possibly Power Girl’s.)
1Not actually true, no Marvel wrangler is capable of crying human tears once they’ve survived the initiation rites/transformation sequence.

sambeferre:

I saw this picture and I have no idea what the fuck just happened …

PROTIP 2: While I also enjoy the various fanworks, please don’t tag your Enjolras Superhero AU fic on AO3 with “Captain France”. There are several Captain Frances in comics canon, of whom the least embarassing is probably this dude, Hugo Etherlinck from Earth-1610:

I have to just send the tags to Marvel fandom, and then the Marvel wranglers cry. 1

If you’re going to insist on giving him a superhero identity that’s actually appeared in Marvel canon, call him Adamantine, commander of Les Heroes de Paris, which is his actual canonical name when he appears as a Marvel superhero:

(I especially appreciate that his costume there seems to be intended to reference Apollo’s superhero outfit. …or possibly Power Girl’s.)

1Not actually true, no Marvel wrangler is capable of crying human tears once they’ve survived the initiation rites/transformation sequence.

tenlittlebullets replied to your post: AO3 tagging advice

but what about Aliens Make Them Do It

Aliens Make Them Do It is PROBLEM.

Because yes, that phrase has a long history as a label for fic and of course we will always have a tag for it because it’s a tag that a lot of people will be filtering by, and also as a blatant generalization about the tag wranglers we love stuff like that, so if you tag your fic Aliens Made Them Do It, people searching for Aliens Made Them Do It fic will find be able to your stuff.

But. It’s not actually a great tag in terms of filtering.

If you look at the tag landing page for Something Made Them Do It, you will note that tag’s not linked to much of anything that isn’t in the specific form [Something] Made (or Makes) Them Do [Something]. We can’t, for example, link that tag to sex, because sometimes the aliens make them learn to knit, or square-dance. So someone looking for fics about sex won’t find your fic from that tag. And we can’t link it to the consent-issues tags, because every once in a long while, Aliens Make Them Learn About Free Consent (and also, we try not to judge whether a given tag for a story kink is noncon, dubcon, or other, unless the writer specifies), so people looking for dubcon won’t find your fic from that tag. Such discussions we have had about trying to make that tag more interlinked, but there’s really not much we can do, with the built-in ambiguity.

So go ahead and tag with Aliens Made Them Do It, but you might want to add other useful tags that specify what exactly the aliens made them do.

AO3 tagging advice

Protip for everyone who has ever struggled with how to put useful tags on their AO3 works:

Pronouns. If a tag has a pronoun in it, I can tell you 95% chance it’s useless for filtering

Yours,
The wrangler who just sent over 100 tags starting with “I” or “He” to the Sarlacc, and kept 5. Of which two were direct quotes from canon.

(A tag that’s an “I” statement is almost always going to be about the author’s feelings or opinions, and say nothing about the work that makes it useful as a filter. A tag that uses “he”, “they”, or “it” is probably going to be really ambiguous out of context - maybe character X does love “him” a whole lot but we’ll never know since the tag doesn’t say who “he” is.)

dear yahoo: you may want to rethink the policy of simultaneously recommending that people who are concerned about privacy use just their initials as their display names, and then forbidding anyone from using their display name in their password.

Sincerely, a loyal user who tried to change her password as recommended but was then banned from using two of the most common letters in the English language in it at all. (And then had to “activate her public profile” just to change her display name and then immediately hide it again. Such fun.)

Illustrate the Brick, from Tome 1: Fantine, Livre premier: Un juste, Chapitre 13: Ce qu’il croyait:

 Un matin, il était dans son jardin; il se croyait seul, mais sa sœur marchait derrière lui sans qu’il la vît; tout à coup, il s’arrêta, et il regarda quelque chose à terre; c’était une grosse araignée, noire, velue, horrible. Sa sœur l’entendit qui disait:

—Pauvre bête! ce n’est pas sa faute.

One morning he was in his garden, and thought himself alone, but his sister was walking behind him, unseen by him: suddenly he paused and gazed at something on the ground; it was a large, black, hairy, frightful spider. His sister heard him say:—

“Poor beast! It is not its fault!” 
So, obviously the main reason I chose to illustrate this particular incident is that I already basically know how to draw adorable spiders. But I think it also actually says something pretty interesting about the Bishop and the way his character is shown to change over time in these chapters. (I would have said “over the course of these chapters” except it’s Hugo, so there’s nothing linear about the way time passes during them.) The bishop shows his compassion for all living things by saying “Poor thing! It’s not its fault,” but I can’t help being reminded of that other great work of Western literature, the most beautiful toad in the world. Wouldn’t we all much prefer to face the compassion of the speaker there to the compassion the Bishop is showing here? (Also, of course, spiders are beautiful. I have a long history of baby-talking them about how pretty they are. Especially the fuzzy ones. Because adorable.) We want to be admired for being beautiful, not pitied because it’s not our fault God made us ugly.
And this isn’t meant as a deep criticism of the Bishop, but in a way it sums up the journey Hugo shows him on - he starts out already showing kindness and pity to all creatures; but then he wakes up, step by step, to the equal (and beautiful) humanity of all people, even conventionaires, until he can greet Valjean not as a pitiful downtrodden wretch, but as a brother in truth.
Anyway. Spiders.
Notes on the art: This was done entirely in GIMP on a Wacom tablet, mostly with the “pen generic” brush. The spider is based on a Google image search for “European wolf spider” because wolf spiders are the most adorable of all spiders, but taking a lesson from the Bishop who “il ne cherchait pas le moins du monde à décider entre Tournefort et la méthode naturelle”, I have made no effort to accurately depict any particular species. The decision to go for plain black penwork is probably the fault of the most beautiful toad in the world. The lettering is v. vaguely based on a mid-19th century script from Fairbanks’ Book of Scripts.
The quoted text comes from tenlittlebullets’ crowdsourced Les Mis annotation project. I really should go in and add my notes on Tournefort and the Natural Method - Tournefort was a French botanist who developed the most widely-used pre-Linnaeus system of plant taxonomy; the Natural Method refers to Linnaeus (somewhat amusingly, as Linnaeus always insisted on calling his system the “Sexual System” instead, which probably held back its general adoption for decades; “Natural Method” is the Victorians’ attempt to sanitize the sex out of it.)
Illustrate the Brick, from Tome 1: Fantine, Livre premier: Un juste, Chapitre 13: Ce qu’il croyait:

Un matin, il était dans son jardin; il se croyait seul, mais sa sœur marchait derrière lui sans qu’il la vît; tout à coup, il s’arrêta, et il regarda quelque chose à terre; c’était une grosse araignée, noire, velue, horrible. Sa sœur l’entendit qui disait:

—Pauvre bête! ce n’est pas sa faute.

One morning he was in his garden, and thought himself alone, but his sister was walking behind him, unseen by him: suddenly he paused and gazed at something on the ground; it was a large, black, hairy, frightful spider. His sister heard him say:—

“Poor beast! It is not its fault!”

So, obviously the main reason I chose to illustrate this particular incident is that I already basically know how to draw adorable spiders. But I think it also actually says something pretty interesting about the Bishop and the way his character is shown to change over time in these chapters. (I would have said “over the course of these chapters” except it’s Hugo, so there’s nothing linear about the way time passes during them.) The bishop shows his compassion for all living things by saying “Poor thing! It’s not its fault,” but I can’t help being reminded of that other great work of Western literature, the most beautiful toad in the world. Wouldn’t we all much prefer to face the compassion of the speaker there to the compassion the Bishop is showing here? (Also, of course, spiders are beautiful. I have a long history of baby-talking them about how pretty they are. Especially the fuzzy ones. Because adorable.) We want to be admired for being beautiful, not pitied because it’s not our fault God made us ugly.

And this isn’t meant as a deep criticism of the Bishop, but in a way it sums up the journey Hugo shows him on - he starts out already showing kindness and pity to all creatures; but then he wakes up, step by step, to the equal (and beautiful) humanity of all people, even conventionaires, until he can greet Valjean not as a pitiful downtrodden wretch, but as a brother in truth.

Anyway. Spiders.

Notes on the art: This was done entirely in GIMP on a Wacom tablet, mostly with the “pen generic” brush. The spider is based on a Google image search for “European wolf spider” because wolf spiders are the most adorable of all spiders, but taking a lesson from the Bishop who “il ne cherchait pas le moins du monde à décider entre Tournefort et la méthode naturelle”, I have made no effort to accurately depict any particular species. The decision to go for plain black penwork is probably the fault of the most beautiful toad in the world. The lettering is v. vaguely based on a mid-19th century script from Fairbanks’ Book of Scripts.

The quoted text comes from tenlittlebullets’ crowdsourced Les Mis annotation project. I really should go in and add my notes on Tournefort and the Natural Method - Tournefort was a French botanist who developed the most widely-used pre-Linnaeus system of plant taxonomy; the Natural Method refers to Linnaeus (somewhat amusingly, as Linnaeus always insisted on calling his system the “Sexual System” instead, which probably held back its general adoption for decades; “Natural Method” is the Victorians’ attempt to sanitize the sex out of it.)

AND WE’RE OFF!

illustratethebrick:

Illustrate the Brick starts TODAY lovelies! Happy Bastille Day. :D

This week is 1.1 An Upright Man and pieces will be reblogged here on Sunday.

As always, the FAQ for newcomers or if you need a refresher. :)

SO I think I am going to do this, in the interest of actually…. drawing stuff sometimes.

I will be tagging it “Poor thing can’t help it” (and also “illustrate the brick”) if you want to block it to keep my terrible art off your dash. (This is not me being too modest about my skills, this is me desperately trying to demonstrate that I’m at least good enough to not fall for the dunning-kruger effect. :P)

Of course I will probably lose steam by about week #4, so it may not matter anyway!

wrangletangle:

themeshele:

I love that tag wranglers on Ao3 are human. 

The fact that “up all night to get Bucky” is a thing beyond additional tags makes my night. 

Yes, despite rumors to the contrary, we are neither clockwork appliances, nor small fairies in iridescent bubbles, nor over-educated velociraptors. (Well, I’m not entirely positive about the velociraptor bit; I’ve heard a few people mutter about advanced degrees and why is this still so complicated. I imagine claws would make it difficult to operate the mass wrangle tool.)

I can understand the confusion, though. Our distinctive appearance is due to goggles and tool belts issued at the door, plus the wings each wrangler earns. (These are purely mechanical and detachable with assistance, don’t worry.) If you notice slit pupils and finned feet developing, those appear to be associated with excessive bin-wrangling at night, so you should be fine if you stick to your own fandoms most of the time and stay out of the mass pools after dark.

We’re working on safety, so please wear your aviator helmets at all times in work zones. We operate under a strict No Biting rule, as with most responsible workplaces. We have gone 18 days without an international incident, and the current wrangulator forecast is only “lightly smoking”. We take great pride in our safety record; we have retrieved almost every trainee who accidentally fell into the sarlacc this year (and even a couple still there from last year).

In short, if you’re human, it’s perfectly safe to come work with us. We’ve also found that badgers work out quite well, but please note that on your application so we can order the correct wing size.