Is there anyone willing to give me an Archive of Our Own invite? The waiting list is 500+ long.
Don’t have one on me, but they hand out 750 invites a night! If you sign up right now, you’ll have one in a few hours!
Just to state the difference between “Ambiguous Fandom” and “All Media Types” a little more explicitly —
”- All Media Types” tags are like a “parent” tag that collects many “child” fandoms, because the “child” fandoms are all based on the same canon source. Generally this is because of multiple adaptations over the years, remakes into different mediums. So for instance, if you go to Robin Hood - All Media Types and look in the “Sub tags” box you can see all the fandoms included (also check out “-All Media Types” pages for megafandoms like James Bond or Star Wars, it’s very impressive). And if you then click on “Works” on that page, it will show you ALL THE FANWORKS from every Robin Hood fandom that is a child tag (or “subtag”) of the “Robin Hood - All Media Types” parent tag (or “metatag.”)
But I don’t know how many readers actually do this— browse without picking a specific fandom— so you probably want to include at least one specific fandom tag in most cases. But the point is, “All Media Types” is the tag you want to use if you are mixing canons, or taking bits of canon from many different versions of the same canon, like comics/movie version, or book/tv series version.
In a few cases the “- All Media Types” tag IS the main canonical fandom tag, not just a “parent” tag— this generally happens (1) when the fandom is very, very tiny even when both versions are combined, and/or (2) when the adaptation is very, very faithful and the fandom doesn’t really distinguish between the two canons, so it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to split them up. If you are typing the title of your fandom in the “title” field and you ONLY see the “All Media Types” option in the drop-down list, feel free to pick that one— or to type something more specific! Whichever you think best fits your fanwork.
"Ambiguous Fandom" is the tag that gets created when there’s more than one fandom with the *exact same name*, and the fandoms are *not at all* related to each other. For instance “Crash” the 1996 David Cronenberg movie and “Crash” the 2004 Paul Haggis movie. Or any other super common word that is often used as a title— for instance, “Ghost,” which is a shonen-ai manga (adapted in English as “Eerie Queerie”), and also an American romantic movie from the 90s, and a cheesecake comic book from Dark Horse, and a 2012 Korean tv drama about cyber-detectives, and a Swedish heavy metal band. None of these fandoms are related to each other— they just happen to have the same name. So if you’re uploading something to the archive and you see “- Ambiguous Fandom” in the drop-down, that’s an indication that there’s already more than one fandom on the archive with that exact name. So be careful to pick (or type) the specific one that you want!
Brilliant explanation is brilliant. Guys, if you’re reblogging, this is the one to grab.
This put it so much more detailed-ly than I did.
That’s what happens when you collect together a remarkable group of people who really love organization and want fanworks to be findable. It breaks our hearts to see even one work vanish into the void.
(For those who don’t know, “- Ambiguous Fandom” is AO3-speak for “There’s more than one completely unrelated fandom by this name, so the generic form will be shared and useless for filtering.” Each of these tags has at least two subtags for the actual fandoms involved. Here, check out some of these unfortunate cases, bathed in the tears of wranglers:
- The Eagle - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between The Eagle of the Ninth and Ørnen: En krimi-odyssé)
- The Runaways - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between the movie, the tv show, and the band)
- Graceland - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between the tv show and the album)
- Borgias - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between the tv show and the other tv show)
…AAAAAAAAAND (drumroll please):
- The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom (shared between an awesome British tv show originally from the 60s and some comic book thing)
Remember, peeps: Leave your ambiguous tags at the door when you come party at AO3.)
(This has been a PSA from one of your friendly neighborhood Avengers wranglers. No, not those Avengers - the other Avengers. You know, the ones with the awesome lady spy.)
(Cap said it first and prettier.)
Good advice is good. Further good advice (which has, I notice, been mentioned in other reblog chains): Since Marvel’s Avengers are rather ambiguous in and of themselves, the Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types tag is the one to filter by if you want to read any incarnation of them, be it comic, animated show, or film. Emma Peel free! (Except in case of crossovers!)
apparently it isn’t the same thing for everyone… i thought it was the same across the country…
I know that the US has two timezones (tricky bastards) so that varies, but there’s also a chance of local programming before it airs??? I don’t know, I’m just praying I get the central stream.
US mainland has four timezones, actually. SHIELD airs on the east coast and Central time in just under an hour now. That’s 8 PM on the east coast and 7 PM Central time.
Mountain time is an hour behind Central time and from my understanding, it airs an hour behind the East-and-Central time airing.
And then out in Pacific time, which is an hour behind Mountain, we have to wait a full three hours after the first airing begins because they air it at 8 Pacific. (Because starting prime time at five when people are still getting off of work would be ridiculous, so they just reset the time, basically.)
But yeah, before the primetime schedule kicks in, what airs varies locally. So I will cross my fingers for you.