March 7th, 2021

mood - not amused: ruuger

AO3 drama

Yesterday, I saw this article about a fic that's created a ton of drama over at AO3 because of its exorbitant number of tags. I hadn't heard anything about it and haven't run into it (and am not going to go looking for it since it sounds horrendous), but the article was fascinating.

Has anyone else encountered the fic or suffered from running into it? Personally, I think the author is being awful in how they're abusing the system. Plus, it's kind of hard not to get a little angry if this actually transpires: "But if the site’s tagging infrastructure is altered or a blocking or filtering function is added, it will be hard not to see this episode through a cynical lens: That the OTW systematically rejected and bypassed the sustained voices of so many fans, including Black fans and other fans of color, for months — until their needs and desire for a safe space abruptly aligned with other fans’ annoyance and inconvenience."