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For those who know AO3 better than I do, is there any way to search for stories that are gen and only gen? It sort of defeats the purpose of the tag when it pulls up things that have inexplicably been tagged both gen and M/M (or M/F, whatever).

Makes it rather difficult to read fic at work! ;p


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May. 14th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is a way to do it, because AO3 (as far as I know) doesn't have a "NOT" option in its search options - that is, you can search for "this AND this", but you can't do "this, but NOT this". Which would be useful. :D

You could try constraining it by rating, perhaps? Selecting General Audiences or Teen as your rating would probably knock off a lot of the pairing fic. You'd still have to search through what's left, but it would eliminate the non-worksafe, at least. :D

(I've actually selected both gen and something else when I'm tagging stuff at times, usually because a story's basic plotline is gen but it also contains a pairing or a shippy chapter or two. The thought hadn't occurred to me that it might make it hard to search for things, though!)
May. 14th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Argh. I was hoping that wasn't the case. For an archive that has so many other great features, the filtering/search functions are really sort of terrible! (says the librarian in me).

I can understand tagging both when it's a mostly-gen story with a non-explicit shippy chapter or two. But today, it's like-- I was getting into the tags and they were things like "knifeplay" and "pegging" and, oh, "Alex/Hank Bathroom Stall Sex"-- and I start going wtf?? I know gen can be hard to define, sometimes, but surely that's not it?!
May. 14th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
hahaha, oh wow, yeah, there is stretching the definition of gen and then there is, just, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING. XD (I also wonder why people tag fusions with both fandoms when they really only involve the characters from one fandom - that is, there is no reason why someone who's in X-Men fandom would be interested in reading a fic about the SGA characters in the X-Men universe - although come to think of it, I did it myself when I posted a fusion, so I guess it's easy to do it without thinking about it.)

And yeah, the AO3's search features are still very beta-feeling. The inability to filter out search results and the fact that you can still only return 1000 results for a given search are the big problems I'm aware of.
May. 15th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
haha, yes! I had to do some very fast scrolling and cross my fingers no one was walking by, as my cube is pretty open to the rest of the floor. (This was only on my lunch break though, I promise~ ...well, mostly! ;p)

Fusions-- hmm, I don't know what I think about that! I can both see myself getting irritated at there being fic in there with the wrong characters, but on the other hand, if they were both fandoms I was interested in, I might click. It's another case where being able to exclude tags in your search would help, I guess, so you could specify only your fandom and no others, or no AUs, or whatnot.
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