There is a known issue in AO3 tag sets where some tags (usually, but not always, AO3 canonicals) will "wander" or "migrate" from the fandom they were initially placed in to other fandoms, probably related to the first, but possibly not. If these migrating tags aren't fixed (by replacing them with more specific disambiguated versions associated with the right fandom and only the right fandom), problems can arise during the sign up stage of exchanges.

While doing some of the admin for Round 2 of Fandom Growth Exchange, I hit upon a spreadsheet-based method to search for these migrating tags. As far as I'm aware, exchanges are currently relying on people spotting these issues manually, so I thought it would be worth writing up my method in case others want to use it too. (Given that tag sets are publically available, it doesn't even need to be mods who do it; third parties who just want to be helpful can too.) Fair warning: it's very kludgey, somewhat time-consuming (possibly a couple of hours or so, for a large tag set, though the time taken can be reduced by working collaboratively once the spreadsheet has been set up), and throws up a lot of false positives (weeding these out is what makes it time-consuming). However, I believe that it should (allowing for human error creeping in at the weeding out stage), find all migrating tags in a tag set.

Step-by-step method below the cut )

I've just done this to the current state of the [community profile] femslashex tag set (just shy of 500 fandoms), and it took about an hour, although I was also writing the instructions up at the time. The false positive rate (i.e. the proportion of tags occurring more than once which weren't migrating) was just under 95%. (On Fandom Growth, we had somewhere around 85%, but I think that tag set is structured differently and has more potential for migration: [community profile] femslashex uses a lot of umbrella fandoms, and by the time I did this exercise they had already been doing some clean up.)
Yay, Yuletide! I am ridiculously excited for this year's round.

My AO3 name is weakinteraction and, since requests aren't visible at first, here is what I put in each sign up box, in its entirety:

Write me anything* -- I really mean it (you don't even have to include the requested characters, tbh). But if you want amplification on the theme of "write me anything", please see my letter.

*except the following DNWs: pregnancy/kidfic, violent non-con, breathplay, watersports, bloodplay, vore, scat, emetophilia, incest, under-16s having sex

And I really did mean it, but if you want prompts or to know more about my tastes, this is the letter in question.

Please be assured that I would be delighted with anything (that didn't include my DNWs) for any of my requested fandoms; I found it really difficult cutting my requests down to just six (even as I write this, I'm still contemplating whether to swap fandoms in and out), so everything here is something I definitely, definitely want.

General | SMAC | AoA | ST:D | Vader (Marvel) | Darkplace | LWYMMD


General likes, DNWs, Challenges, etc. )
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )Age of Apocalypse (Comics) )Star Trek: Discovery )Star Wars: Darth Vader (Comics) )Garth Marenghi's Darkplace )Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift (Music Video) )
General | SMAC | AoA | ST:D | Vader (Marvel) | Darkplace | LWYMMD
I'm so glad this exchange is back! I've tried to keep my requests a little bit more under control than last year (and I'll be honest, a lot of this letter is direct copypasta), but I'm still very excited by the whole thing.

On the details side, my AO3 name is also weakinteraction and I am requesting fic, art or vid for all of the pairings here.

Details under the cut )
First of all, thank you for creating for me! I do love Trick or Treat; this year, I was really struggling to narrow down my choices so I decided to lean into the Hallowe'en theme a bit more than I usually do by requesting fandoms where the canons at least sometimes have supernatural/creepy/otherwise Hallowe'en-y things goings on. But if Hallowe'en's not your thing and you're just treating this as any other exchange, that's equally fine by me: it was just a way of deciding.

I've tried to keep this letter marginally shorter than some of my previous ones, so where I am repeating fandoms I've linked rather than doing wholesale cut and paste -- feel free to ignore the links completely, though, or equally free to dig through my older letters in general, if you want to; my tastes haven't really changed that much. (I marginally revised my noncon-related DNW earlier this year after realising it was too restrictive of things I was interested in, but that's about it.) However, please don't read anything into either differing lengths of prompt sections or differing numbers of previous requests as to my having a preference for one fandom over another -- each and every one of these fandoms is in my request because I would love to receive something for it.

I am requesting both fic and art (and both tricks and treats, though, depending on the nature of the canon, sometimes the balance is a bit lopsided in terms of the prompts) for all of these fandoms. My AO3 name is weakinteraction - same as this dreamwidth.

General | Darkplace | 16 Ways | LWYMMD | Bas Lag | SMAC | Marvel 616 | Marvel SW | Machineries of Empire

General likes/DNWs )

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace )

16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonald's (Twine game) )

Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift (Music Video) )

Bas Lag - China MiĆ©ville )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )

Marvel 616 )

Star Wars (Marvel Comics) )

Machineries of Empire Series - Yoon Ha Lee )

General | Darkplace | 16 Ways | LWYMMD | Bas Lag | SMAC | Marvel 616 | Marvel SW | Machineries of Empire
Hi! Thanks for creating for me. My AO3 name is weakinteraction and I'm requesting fic or art for all of the fandoms below.

Quick note: please don't read anything about my having secret preferences for one fandom/pairing over another into the differing lengths of different sections; how much I have on hand to cut and paste can manage to articulate clearly about any given thing has no correlation with how much I want it. (I really mean it. The tag set looks even more amazing than usual this year; I could have signed up with a completely different set of fandoms and still had some left over. Everything I've requested has had to compete for space in my sign up against a strong slate of other contenders, so please believe that I definitely, definitely want it.)

General | DC Cinematic | Marvel 616 | SMAC | Fairies | Star Wars | Doctor Who


General likes and DNWs )

DC Cinematic Universe )

Marvel 616 )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )

Disney - All Media Types )

Star Wars - All Media Types )

Doctor Who )

General | DC Cinematic | Marvel 616 | SMAC | Fairies | Star Wars | Doctor Who
First of all, thank you for creating for me! I'm very excited to request all my super-rare faves; while I have provided prompts in case you're the sort of person who likes to have something to go on, genuinely, anything at all (that doesn't hit my DNWs) in these fandoms will be hugely appreciated. So please do feel free to follow wherever your inspiration takes you. Also, please don't read anything into differing lengths of different sections, which is almost certainly the result of me doing a lot of cut and paste from old letters. There's absolutely nothing here that I wouldn't be completely and utterly delighted to receive (my bucket request could be even bigger, to be honest, but I decided I had to draw the line somewhere).

On the details front, my AO3 name is weakinteraction and I'm requesting both fic and art for all of these fandoms.

General | Ninefox Gambit | WW | Darkplace | Fairies | SMAC | KotOR | Marvel SW | Lady of the Shard | USG | WicDiv | Secret Wars

General likes and DNWs )

Machineries of Empire - Yoon Ha Lee )

Wonder Woman/DCEU )

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace )

Disney Fairies )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )

KotOR (I & II) )

Star Wars (Marvel Comics) )

[NB All the comics fandoms below this point are in my bucket request, so I am requesting "Any", but I've spelled out what that means within their sections]

Lady of the Shard )

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl )

The Wicked + The Divine )

Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds )

General | Ninefox Gambit | WW | Darkplace | Fairies | SMAC | KotOR | Marvel SW | Lady of the Shard | USG | WicDiv | Secret Wars
First of all, thank you for creating for me! Please don't read anything into differing lengths of different sections about me having a secret preference for one prompt over another; there are some things I find it easier to rabbit on about (plus I'm doing a lot of cut and paste from old letters, some of which were more verbose than others), but everything here is something I'd be absolutely thrilled to receive.

Details-wise, my AO3 name is weakinteraction and I'm requesting fic, art or vids for all of these fandoms.

General likes and DNWs )

Marathon )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )

KotOR I and II )
First of all, thanks for creating for me! I'm very excited about this exchange.

Details under the cut )
First of all, thank you for creating for me! Please don't read anything into differing lengths of different sections about me having a secret preference for one prompt over another; there are some things I find it easier to rabbit on about, but everything here is something I'd be absolutely thrilled to receive.

Details-wise, my AO3 name is weakinteraction and I'm requesting fic or art for all of these fandoms, and vids for TNG and SMAC. (On the grounds that they have a decent amount of visual material to go off. If you are a vidder and can see ways to do something with one of my other prompts, then by all means have at it.)

General likes and DNWs )

Revelation Space Series - Alastair Reynolds )

The Culture - Iain M. Banks )

Star Trek: The Next Generation )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )
Hi! Thanks for writing for me. I've kept my requests fairly focused for this exchange, so I've structured each section as a general bit about what I like about the fandom/character/pairing, followed by prompts for each of the genre tags I've selected. I know we're not guaranteed to match on genres, so I'm hoping the first bit of that will be enough to go on if it ends up that that didn't work out. I've split out the smut-related bits of the general likes and DNWs for ease of skipping. (But I have requested the "Smut" genre tag for all my requests, including the solo character one.) This letter is very largely composed of cut and paste from previous requests in other exchanges; apologies if any sections feel lop-sided as a result. Please don't read anything into that sort of thing -- I would be genuinely thrilled with a 5k+ fic for all of these requests.

General likes etc. )

Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds )

The Wicked + The Divine )

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine )

Star Trek: The Next Generation )
Thanks so much for creating for me! Please don't read anything into the varying lengths of different sections; it's almost all to do with whether I went down the "yes, all of these tags" route or tried to focus in on some particular aspect; for the former ones, I've probably gone a bit overboard in trying to cover all possible combinations.

The most important thing is that I would, genuinely, be very happy with anything created for any combination of character and worldbuilding tags I've picked (as long as it avoids my DNWs). Many of the worldbuilding tags do seem to me to be prompts in and of themselves, to be honest, so if you've already got ideas, please do just go for it, but if you are interested in more detail I have written this ridiculously long letter. (No, really, it's ridiculously long, I'm sorry. I have made a pact with myself that I must write more words in assignment + treats than there is in this letter.)

General likes/dislikes )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )

The Wicked + The Divine (spoilers through current arc) )

Revelation Space )

Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds - two separate requests )

Bad Blood (Taylor Swift) )

Machineries of Empire )

The Man in the High Castle (TV) (spoilers up to the end of S2) )

Star Trek: The Next Generation )

NASA Visions of the Future posters )

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy )
Thank you very much for writing for me! My AO3 name is weakinteraction -- exactly the same as this dreamwidth account.

The fandoms I'm requesting fic for are: TNG, DS9, Doctor Who, Jupiter Ascending, Pride and Prejudice, and Spooks - all the ships are canon or very-near-canon, now that I look at the list (this tends to be the way my het shipping rolls, come to think of it; I get sold on a canon pairing somewhere along the line, usually if it's very slow burn with lots of pining, and that's it, I will forever be shipping it).

Details under the cut )
Hi! Thanks for creating for me. I'm just going to come out with it: very large chunks of this are directly cut-and-pasted from my SW Rare Pairs letter and a few other places (such as last year's sign up, which I did just in the little AO3 boxes without a letter), because I've requested all / ships all the way through. (I didn't discover the joys of Aphra/Sana until half way through Rare Pairs, so that section's new, but that's pretty much it.)
~lightsaber noises~ )
First of all, thank you very much for creating for me. This is a bit of a monster letter so I've tried to subdivide it effectively and make it navigable. (Please don't read anything about my preferences into either the order of the fandoms, or the relative amounts I've written about them. I would be equally delighted to receive something for all of these fandoms; in fact, I quite aggressively cut down my list to make sure that was true.)

I'm requesting fic or art for all of my fandoms, and both tricks and treats for almost all (the exception is Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, for which I don't want tricks). My AO3 name is the same as this dreamwidth: weakinteraction

General | Revelation Space | Squirrel Girl | WicDiv | Disney Fairies | West Wing | SMAC | KotOR

General likes and DNWs )
Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds )
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl )
The Wicked + The Divine )
Disney Fairies )
The West Wing )
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic )
Thanks again for creating for me; I can't wait to see what you come up with! (If there is anything you want to ask, feel free to go via the mod, but, er, all comments on this post are screened.)
I am so unbelievably excited for this exchange this year, I cannot tell you, and have been ever since the awesome tag set started to take shape. Thank you so much for creating for me!

All my requests are for fic or art, and I'm open to any rating. This is a long letter I'm afraid, so I've made separate cuts for each fandom and have put together some internal links:

General | Marvel 616 | The Wicked + The Divine | Star Wars | Doctor Who | Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri | Star Trek (Classic Timeline)

General likes and DNWs )

Marvel 616 )

The Wicked + The Divine )

Star Wars )

Doctor Who )

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri )

Star Trek (Classic Timeline) )

Thanks again for creating something for me; I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
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