i am super duper appreciative of ao3 and the shit they have to put up with for us assholes
but i’d really like to request a function where you can say ‘ok i want this pairing at this rating with this tag bUT I DONT WANNA SEE THIS VERY PARTICULAR TAG AND THIS VERY PARTICULAR TAG MIGHT BE DESTIEL’
This function exists! The links below all describe the same basic task (removing a tag from your search results), based on different goals or comfort levels with AO3. If you know AO3 really well, try the first 3 sets of links. If not so well, try the last 3. (Dizmo’s has pictures so is possibly easiest.)
Good luck, and drop me an ask if you get stuck!
The Search Within Results Field and You, Part 1
The Search Within Results Field and You, Part 2
The Search Within Results Field and You, Round Up
Jan’s 7-Step Tutorial on how to filter out Characters and/or Relationships on AO3
Dizmo’s simplified explanation (with pictures)
Toasty’s shipping helper
(Note that the first link contains some other nifty things you can do with the filters, like showing only one-shots, or works above a certain word count, or only your private bookmarks. \o/)
Reblogging this because this super helped me out! I hadn’t even looked for any kind of fanfic in months because I didn’t think I had the ability to do this~
in which I am way more invested in a decade-old political drama than I am in actual politics
[inconsolable sobbing over the west wing]
oh god i’m reading porn about something I’ve been a fan of since I was eight years old
Have you ever had a hard time dating as a traditionally femme/feminine looking lesbian? Have other lesbians ever said 'well you're not butch/visible/etc' enough? i had that problem once and it was super annoying. Do people think you're straight a lot and is that frustrating? Have ever been tempted to just wear rainbow stuff everywhere or like write 'no actually, I'm gay' on your forehead in sharpie or whatever?
yes. yes. YES. Y E S dear god yes
I’ve actually been tempted to design myself a suitably lesbian t-shirt and/or cut off all my hair again. femme invisibility is a real problem and is possibly the most frustrating thing ever.
…I just found a fic with like half the female characters in all of Discworld in a lesbian bar and I
this is all I ever wanted out of life oh my fucking god
How was your day?
It was pretty good, thanks! I didn’t have work, so I mostly read fanfic and played with the dog.
and went downtown and got fiveguys because delicious greasy unhealthiness is something I haven’t had in ages
….whatever you say, anon.