aethel: (wrangler [by pollyrepeat])
Trying to think of something to write about other than my obsession with Fanlore, I hit upon AO3 tag wrangling. \o/

It's rather addictive as a solitary activity:

...Click click, I wonder how many users use tags containing the phrase Werewolf Darren, click, hm, not enough to make a canonical yet, click click...

I think I like wrangling the actor RPF fandoms best. If you don't know who all the characters are, you can look them up on IMDB. If they're too obscure even for IMDB, Tumblr will know. Tumblr will know what they look like, whom Tumblr wants them to be dating, and what the pairing smush name is. Still though, it can be difficult to sort out which additional tags actually apply to your fandom if you don't know what's actually happening in the fandom.

The size of the fandom has a major impact on wrangling experience. A few months ago I started wrangling Glee, and I am now looking at 1100 unwrangled additional tags, not including the ones marked unwranglable. The number is down to 1100 because I wrangled a couple just now.

But unwrangled additional tags are not a major problem. What makes me weep and tear my hair out are ambiguous tags containing the words "Irene Adler" or "John."
aethel: (wrangler [by pollyrepeat])
AO3's front page is saved at the Internet Archive, but it's not rendering correctly for me, and I'd love to include a screencap on Fanlore to show what the AO3 looked like before open beta.
aethel: (stiles door [by circa77])
I love how there's 145 fanworks on the AO3 tagged with girl Stiles. I guess I'll be too busy to edit Fanlore this weekend because I'll be reading ALL the girl Stiles fic.

I had some vague feelings about the characterization of girl Stiles, but I haven't actually read enough yet to be sure if I'm noticing A Trend or not: which is, Always a Girl Stiles is portrayed as having an atypical gender presentation (aka a tomboy aka Not Like Those Other Girls aka too clumsy to be trusted with eyeliner). Atypical according to the fic writer at least, or maybe I'm thinking of one particular story. I dunno. As a female geek who wasn't interested in blah blah blah as a teenager, it sometimes annoys me to read always-a-girl stories that make a big deal of the female version of the character Not Being Into Boys, Makeup, Glitter, Blah, Blah, Blah. Especially if they're not into it in a different way from me. My thoughts:

1. Since he's a geek, more fans already identify with Stiles, so for female fan writers, girl!Stiles has a tendency to become an author avatar.

2. I used to make a big deal (in my own head, and let's face it, probably on livejournal) of Not Being Like Those Girly Girls and later decided that was dumb, so I get especially annoyed now whenever I catch a whiff of it in other people's writing, even if they had a perfectly valid reason for writing that way. (Like, they're writing about teenagers, who do care about these things.) I might still be patting myself silently on the back for Doing Femininity The Right Way Not Like Those Other People, but I try to repress that urge.

3. No idea if this is true, but my totally unsupported hypothesis is that a lot of people do gender-switched characterization by changing as little as possible: they change the boy into a girl who is a tomboy. (I don't like that word, but I don't know how else to describe this phenomenon.) I think this is exactly the wrong approach; if you take a character who expresses his gender in a very conventional way, wouldn't the girl version be a character who expresses her gender in a very conventional way?

4. On the other hand, I love this girl!Stiles fanart, so I'm not saying all girl!Stiles should be done one particular way. I think girl!Stiles should be done thoughtfully, so that we can discuss whether Stiles does express his gender in a conventional way, and how being a girl would change that.

5. Someone else is discussing this somewhere, right?
aethel: (wrangler [by pollyrepeat])
Hobbit RPF did not have a wrangler, two months after the film came out. So I assigned myself to it. Wow, guys, Aidan Turner was not a canonical tag until today.
aethel: (wrangler [by pollyrepeat])
Once upon a time I started wrangling a machinima fandom I had watched back in 2004 over the shoulder of my brother. I thought it would be easy, but no. It is still going, and from reading the wiki I gather that every character has been killed and reincarnated as an AI or revealed to be an AI of another character. I reached the point where they gave two characters the same name before running away screaming. But then, surprise surprise, no one else wanted to wrangle this puppy, so I just picked it up again and tried to figure out what to do. I've now got two canonical character tags that look like this:

Leonard L. Church | Artificial Intelligence Program Alpha (aka. Private Church)
The Director | Dr. Leonard Church (aka newish character who makes my life difficult)
plus ambiguous meta tag Leonard Church

But the real problem isn't the character tags. The problem is what to do about all the Church/Somebody else relationship tags. They're probably about the original Private Church, BUT NOT NECESSARILY. At this point, I feel some ambiguity would be okay, because the alternative is to make a lot of tags like this: The Director | Dr. Leonard Church/Allison | Agent Texas. Except now the original Allison has been introduced as a separate character. OMG.

Anyone here into Red vs. Blue?

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