Let's see, took a minute to save this to a Microsoft Works Word Processing Document for future reference. What a wonderful guideline.
Really great theory, and a wonderful idea, but definitely lacking in important specifics. For example, where and when and how do we place these tags? When I submit my story? Or, can I go back to the story that I already published and add tags to it to attract more readers? How? Or do I just put a list of tags at the bottom of the story when I submit it? Or do the tags have to go someplace else? Or do I have to submit my story with tags (in some as yet to be determined place) in html?
Come on, I'd like to be able to do this, but maybe you could give another clue or two as to how.
I changed my tags, but it doesn't save, my stories still show the randomly generated ones.
It's a good idea I think, once more writers start using it.
Read thru all this about "story tags" several times, but never did figure out how they're used or where they're used. Need some actual examples of where they go, when they're put in, and how they're used.
I found this very helpful.
How are these supposed to work? In my last two stories both MMF and thighboots were placed in the tags, plus eight others, but they don't bring the stories up in a search. Is there a missing link that needs sorting?
Thank You...I used your advice and the tags worked wonders!
Oh...! Thanks so--ooo, so--ooo much...:) Very helpful...:) I had no idea...Thx...Kisses...:)
After applying some clever ingenuity to actually find the search tags page I tried both victorian and victorian era. I was hoping to find some historicals but most of the stories were either modern day costume parties or Victoria was in the first or last name. I think that is something similar to your situation at the beginning of this essay.
I think Impregnation should be added as a fetish
Is it better to add a short, general tag or a long, specific one? For example is "teenage girl" better than "petite blonde teenage girl" since it's broader and more likely to be searched for? If that's the case, then this essay and the Literotica FAQ are contradictory. Overall, however, this is a great resource for new writers like myself.
... to add some tags after having completed the submission? I mean after the story is online? If there is some to answer my question, please use simple words, because I am not a native english writer). Thanks for any answer!
For reference by anyone reading this: tags can be added retroactively, by the same process used to edit stories. Check the site FAQ.
I would consider a *sexual deviant* a participant as far as your list of tags goes. But I suppose that would probably be tagged *deviant* since sexual is too common of a word. Also, the word Seductress (as in my name) could also be tagged as a participant. This is a really good *how to and I found a lot of things that I didn't know explained here. Thanks
I note that one story of mine that has very good ratings has tags that make little sense. How do I change them once submitted??? Please feel free to email me any suggestions/directions.
how to put in story tags in my poetry. please help. also why no feedback?
Is there a way to add tags to an already published story?
I love lit but it is impossible to find most stores using tags due to incorrect usage.Thanks 4 a guide i hope people use it
I want readers who comment using username to be able to suggest tags when they are missing. if 5 people suggest the same tag on a story it should be added.
One thing not listed above that every story has is Point of View (POV). Is the story being told in first person (eg: "then, I opened the door, and...") second person (eg: "then, you opened the door, and...") or third person (eg: "then, he opened the door, and..."). For stories in first and second person and for third person stories that have a main character, a tag with the gender identity of the storyteller / main character is also beneficial. Finally, for stories in which a power imbalance is prominent, whether the storyteller / main character is active / dominant or responsive / submissive is good to know as well. So, one could have tags like POV-3rd-M or POV-1st-F or POV-3rd-F-Sub or POV-1st-F-Dom etc. I reckon that somewhere there's appropriate abbreviations for the full list of the 50-70 Facebook gender identity categories, but I couldn't find such a list when I tried, so I stuck with "F" and "M" in my examples.
Another thing that would make for better tag based searches would be if people had the ability to tell the search engine about the degree of similarity between different tags. The advice not to create new versions of tags that have the same meaning as extant tags given at ( www.literotica.com/s/story-tags-additional-tips ) is good, but I doubt that it will be followed a lot. It would be nice to be able to give the search engine pairs of tags and a number (say, percentage) estimating degree of similarity between them. For transitive similarity, percentages could be multiplied. Then, people could set a degree of similarity for the inclusion of additional tags to the ones they list.
Can you edit your tags once your submission has been posted? I did not realize the importance of the tags. If I cannot edit the tags can I then resubmit my story with tags?
Numerous gallery sites (ie. Gelbooru) let users propose or challenge tags, and I think that's needed here as well. For example, I just read a long running series that has edging as a persistent feature and plot point, and yet the author didn't think of the story that way. Another story had strong age play elements. Etc etc. I think readers of stories know what they're looking for, and you should let them help out other users.
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