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Authors, please check your stories for proper tags.

Ernest Bywater
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I mention this because in the last year or so there has been a number of new tags created, and older stories need to have their tag lists updated to reflect the new tags. There are now 182 (not 99 as I said before) tag codes you can use. It's simple to update the codes.

Go the Authors/Editors click on Show Stats click on the title of a story for your stats page - note: click on it with the right mouse button should open the stats page up in a new browser tab, so you can keep the main list open to go back to more easily.

Under the title of the story are two buttons, the right hand button says Modify codes/genre/rating click on that and you now have the same page you use for codes when loading a story into the Submission Wizard except it already has the current tags already marked.

Review the lists to see all the tags applicable to your story are ticked then click on the Save Changes button.

The latest code is less than a day old and in the Story Type group:

Farming - Story set on a farm or about working a farm.

richardshagrin

@Ernest Bywater

The latest code is less than a day old and in the Story Type group:

Farming - Story set on a farm or about working a farm.


It would be interesting to know the background behind this decision. I can try to imagine why authors or readers would demand this code but I am not having any relevant thoughts. What's next? Manufacturing? Sales/Marketing? Risk Management/Insurance? Are stories about farms/farming more popular than other stories so readers need to be able to find them by searching codes?

Dominions Son

@Ernest Bywater

While we are talking about tags, there are a couple of story type tags that are widely misused.

One, that is a bit of a pet peeve for me is High Fantasy.

That gets used on a lot of stories that are straight up sexual fantasies in a modern non-magical setting.

That isn't what High Fantasy is intended for.

High Fantasy High Fantasy(Lord of the Rings), sword and sorcery(Conan the Barbarian) and such

When you are tagging new stories or reviewing tags on existing stories, please review the tag definitions at http://storiesonline.net/docs/code_faq.php to make sure you are using tags correctly.

Dominions Son

@richardshagrin

It would be interesting to know the background behind this decision.


Speculation:

A stranger having an encounter with a farmer's daughter is a common theme for erotic stories.

Farms are also a common setting for bestiality stories.

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Dominions Son

Speaking of oddly tagged stories, I recently ran across this story: http://storiesonline.net/s/14327/leelas-baby

Codes: Ma/ft, NonConsensual, Heterosexual, Interracial, Black Male, White Female, First, Squirting, Pregnancy, Cream Pie

The story is about a faery getting raped by a dark faery.

The Black Male and White Female, strike me as an odd choice considering the only two characters in the story are non-human.

Ernest Bywater
Updated:

@richardshagrin


It would be interesting to know the background behind this decision


Blame me, I asked for it.

I'd just finished re-reading Cammie Sue and Recluse and Ghost and went looking for another story like them, but found the search function woefully inadequate, use the word Farm in an advanced search and you get 198 hits in the description with 55 hits in the title, and most aren't about working a farm or based around living on a farm. Since I have three stories where a farm is a central part of the story I felt it was as valid as tag as most of the other Story Type tags and would help people looking for similar stories.

Ernest Bywater

@Dominions Son

While we are talking about tags, there are a couple of story type tags that are widely misused.


That's true, because some authors never read the Code Defintions or apply all the relevant tags.

Ernest Bywater

@Dominions Son


A stranger having an encounter with a farmer's daughter is a common theme for erotic stories.

Farms are also a common setting for bestiality stories.


All those turn up if you use the word Farm in the description, but aren't what the Farm tag is meant to be used for.

REP

@Dominions Son

One, that is a bit of a pet peeve for me is High Fantasy.

That gets used on a lot of stories that are straight up sexual fantasies in a modern non-magical setting.


From what I have read of many sexual fantasies, the author must be sitting on a cloud daydreaming - does that qualify as 'High' Fantasy. :)

Replies:   Dominions Son
REP

@Ernest Bywater

Authors, please check your stories for proper tags.

. . . older stories need to have their tag lists updated to reflect the new tags.


It may be simple to do for one or two recent stories, but doing it for 50+ stories written over a 5+ year period will be a monumental task.

Granted this doesn't apply to a writer like me who only has a few stories posted. However, my memory is not what it used to be, so I may need to reread my stories to see if some of the new codes are applicable - no thank you, I'd rather spend the time on generating a new story.

Dominions Son

@REP

does that qualify as 'High' Fantasy. :)


No

richardshagrin

@Dominions Son

It might be high fantasy if your characters are high on drugs or possibly alcohol and the story is a fantasy. Or if they are flying at a considerable altitude, some pilots get high every day, even though they aren't allowed intoxicating substances for hours before they start flying.

If a story isn't high fantasy would it be low fantasy, like low humor? Or is there a middle fantasy? If the characters were all middle class.

Replies:   Dominions Son  Not_a_ID
Dominions Son

@richardshagrin

No

No

No

And

No

Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

Other than "Fiction", there are no new codes that apply to any of my stories. Though, I'm tempted to toke up and write some "High Fantasy". :)

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Not_a_ID

@richardshagrin

It might be high fantasy if your characters are high on drugs or possibly alcohol and the story is a fantasy.


What about the author being high when they write the story? Or (fantasy) stories while on long airline flights?

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

Other than "Fiction", there are no new codes that apply to any of my stories. Though, I'm tempted to toke up and write some "High Fantasy". :)


CW,

The good thing is you checked. Many stories won't need to have any added, but adding them when needed means the stories are easier for readers to find.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

The good thing is you checked. Many stories won't need to have any added, but adding them when needed means the stories are easier for readers to find.

Most of the new codes are for the fairly obscure "farm life" anyone? "High Fantasy" is a genre all it's own. Unless you're writing about your D&D game, most authors wouldn't add it to an existing story. Fans of the genre would write their own High Fantasy story. (i.e. there's very little 'updating' to the vast majority of stories).

docholladay

The new tag can really be applied to all agriculture related themes. Farms and ranches are only the most recognizable in that tag.

Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

"High Fantasy" is a genre all it's own. Unless you're writing about your D&D game, most authors wouldn't add it to an existing story.


The "High Fantasy" tag has the opposite problem. It has been used for sexual fantasies that have nothing to do with the "High Fantasy" genre.

The number of stories inappropriately tagged High Fantasy is not insignificant.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Dominions Son

The number of stories inappropriately tagged High Fantasy is not insignificant.

That's cause so many authors are high when they assign the tag.

I'm not sure why they'd think "High Fantasy" is appropriate when they also have the option of "Fantasy" (which is also, inappropriate). But it's similar to the abuse of "True". Most "True" stories are fictional stories told from a "This happened to me" (the fictional protagonist), typically in a diary format, rather than actual true biographical or autobiographical stories. The end result is, no one believes any "This is a true story" claims on SOL anymore. :( It's seen as a story-telling technique tag, rather than a content tag.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@Crumbly Writer

But it's similar to the abuse of "True". Most "True" stories are fictional stories told from a "This happened to me"


One potential problem for those writers might be the fact many of the described sex acts would be considered illegal in many areas. Although with them being posted on a fiction site that might help protect the writer. Just I would hate to count on that factor in their shoes. I would suggest those writers find another label which isn't as potentially dangerous.

Of course it wouldn't be the first time I was wrong either.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@docholladay

One potential problem for those writers might be the fact many of the described sex acts would be considered illegal in many areas.

I don't mind the use of pseudonyms when posting 'true stories', but when a true story goes off into sci-fi worlds, or talks about their 12" penis and hundreds of adoring love-slaves, I lose interest.

If a story says "True", I expect it to be about the individual author, or at least about a "true event" (though Television and movies are horrible about their 'fictionalized' stories masquerading as "based on true events"). Many people related to the events have protested the movies/TV shows don't reflect reality.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

If a story says "True", I expect it to be about the individual author, or at least about a "true event"


For me it would be enough if a story labeled as true was plausible in the real world.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Dominions Son

For me it would be enough if a story labeled as true was plausible in the real world.

Maybe we need a new tag: "Moderately realistic". :)

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

Maybe we need a new tag: "Moderately realistic". :)


And a "roll-playing" tag to distinguish things like age play from real incest or real Adult/Teen.

Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

Most of the new codes are for the fairly obscure "farm life" anyone? "High Fantasy" is a genre all it's own.


Yet High Fantasy is one of the codes introduced in the last few years, so are most of the Science fiction tags and most of the other Story Type tags, along with the Paranormal ones.

Farming has only been in for a few days, and already has 9 stories linked to it. As authors check the relevancy of tags to their stories, or as readers let Lazeez know a tag should be applied to a story, the list will grow, also as new stories are uploaded the list will grow too.

Crumbly Writer

Ernest, I wasn't saying the newer tags weren't relevant, just that I didn't think they'd apply to most authors here. Thus there's not a need for a big rush to recategorize story codes.

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