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Sign up here!

I will shortly put up a post for "Dear Worldbuilder" letters and update the sticky schedule post with useful links for the sign up period.
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The tag set is now in its final form, for better or worse; if there are any remaining mistakes, I am afraid we will be stuck with them. Thanks to everyone who contributed corrections, especially the eagle-eyed Morbane.

Three Marvel characters decided to take a wander through the tag set, as is customary: Maria Hill, Tony Stark, and Scott Summers. To keep them in the right places, you will find that they have gained some repetitive extra bits to their tags; these can be ignored from the point of view of using them for your requests/offers.

I have turned the tag set into a Google docs spreadsheet here. This may be more useful but may also contain mistakes; in the event of discrepancies, the tag set on AO3 should be taken as definitive because that's what sign ups and matching will be working on. If anyone has suggestions for improving the presentation/useability of the spreadsheet, I am open to them (or if anyone wants to make a nicer version, I will happily link to that instead).

For those who are interested, the final count is 233 fandoms, 1677 characters (so 1211 characters outside "No" and "Original") and a whopping 1463 worldbuilding tags.

Sign ups will open very shortly.

ETA: Don't forget to check the Uncategorized Fandom section. All of Harry Potter and Middle Earth are in there, along with quite a bit of Star Wars. And many other fine fandoms.
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The updated version of the rules says:

The “No Characters” tag in a prompt means that the requester is leaving the use of characters up to their creator. It does not prohibit a creator from using characters.

Including "No Characters" in the tag set for each fandom is designed to improve the chances of people matching to other people who want to receive/create the type of works they themselves are interested in, since some types of worldbuilding fanworks do not include characters in the traditional sense, or at least do not focus on them.

Here's how this will work in practice:

No Characters and Requests )
No Characters and Offers )
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There will be a short grace period: if you really were just about to hit Submit, honest, comment on this post within the next fifteen minutes with the details, and I'll add your noms manually. (Please don't rely on email for this, it seems to be having a flaky moment.) Time's up!

After that the only modifications made will be corrections. Please do take one last look in case there's anything I've missed. (I should pick up any missing "No Characters" and "Original Character(s)" tags when I make the spreadsheet later, but if I haven't spotted spelling mistakes and other similar things already, I'm unlikely to suddenly notice them now.)

Fingers crossed for sign ups opening within the next 12-24 hours.
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It's a great tag set already, but there's still just time to squeeze in a few more things.
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I have just discovered a bunch of "Worldbuilding: ..." tags which had somehow ended up defined as character tags.

I tried to remove these from the Characters section of the tag set to move to them to Relationships. However, because by this point AO3 already knew about those tags, and that they were very definitely character tags, they have all gained a " - Relationship" modifier to make them unique. This is potentially confusing at best. I am going to be coming up with slight renamings as a workaround, so please don't worry about your tags suddenly seeming to shift around slightly.

Some of these tags were for some flavour of Pokemon, and only disambiguated with "(Pokemon)". I failed to spot that when I was approving them and now they have lost their link to their fandom; I am half-guessing, half-remembering that they were for video games rather than anime but if you spot a slight variant on your tag has ended up in a fandom that wasn't what you intended, please say and I will put it in the right place.

ETA: All done. Please check that I haven't scrambled the intended meanings of your tags too badly. I am happy to make further changes but unfortunately they can't go back to exactly what they were. (NB I finally decided that Anthonius and Paulinus were character tags all along).
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As of this point, the tag set contains 208 fandoms, 1519 characters and 1270 worldbuilding tags.

I have rejected the few remaining "Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling" tags but have added them manually to Wizarding World.

As we move into the final stages, please consider following the (still entirely optional) guide to getting your nominations approved quickly to help keep things moving overall; many of you are doing so - much appreciated. Also, there will be no further nominations clarification posts; I will be making judgement calls as and when I get to tags. If you are nominating anything you think might be in danger of being rejected, please provide information as you do so by commenting here or via email.

Finally, Divine Cities has recently gained worldbuilding tags, but Dinotopia and Haikyuu!! should now be considered to be in severe danger of not making it into the final tag set.
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Nominations will close in 24 hours from the time of this post.
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Please don't worry that this post is going up if you still have unapproved noms. There are a number of fandoms still awaiting attention, but they all at least look fairly straightforward. I have to go offline for a while now, so I have deliberately focused on the complicated bits:

Harry Potter

  • Everything that was previously in "Harry Potter (book series)" has been moved to "Harry Potter - Books Only" and "Harry Potter (book series)" removed. Please check that your nominations have survived this process unscathed! If you have incorrectly rejected nominations still outstanding, please get in touch.
  • Very minor, but "No Character" was rejected under Wizarding World because "No Characters" was already in. (Similar things have also happened in a few other fandoms, for what it's worth.)
  • I really can't decide what's the best thing to do with nominations under "Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling". That's a fandom in AO3's "Books and Literature" category, which would argue for the intention being to nominate for the books, but my take on HP fandom in general (which is possibly limited by the bits of it I know, I admit) is that it accepts everything as part of the same universe, so people nominating under this tag might well be meaning that everything is in scope, including Pottermore, the new play, the new film, etc. Anyone with a view as to which way I should jump, please do chime in. Better yet, if you're the original nominator, make your intentions clear by switching your nominations to either "Harry Potter - Books Only" (the limited version) or "Harry Potter - Wizarding World" (the every-napkin-JKR's-ever-scribbled-on version), depending on what you intended.


I have accepted the proposed divisions as nominated ("Gundam 00 & Anno Domini Gundam" and "Gundam SEED & Cosmic Era Gundam") because they seem sensible and fit with what the fandom's wiki tells me are essentially completely different timelines, but I am happy to rename them if there are strong arguments for it. These seem to have been sorted into sensible-looking places in the tag set, which to be honest I'm a bit confused by; I'm nowhere near as fandom-adjacent to Gundam as I am to Tolkien, but it has tagging issues visible from space. Have they recently been resolved?

Uncategorized Fandoms

Because of the way we're trying to organise things, many very popular fandoms are ending up in this "category" because we're not using AO3 canonical names for them (most often because the same worldbuilding spans what AO3 would consider multiple fandoms). Unfortunately, these fandoms will be stuck there permanently; putting these bespoke fandom tags into categories is not something I have the ability to do.

A bit more on AUs

The terminology around AUs seems to get more confusing all the time. To clarify:

This exchange is for worldbuilding based on the information available in canon. As such, setting change AUs/fusions/magical realism/etc. (where the main worldbuilding going on is about how the new element(s) involved affect the canon, not exploring the worldbuilding of the canon setting) are out of scope, though popular tropes for them can be nominated in the Original Work category - there's already a lot of soulmate stuff in there, for example - and popular targets for fusions such as His Dark Materials and Pacific Rim are in the tag set in their own rights.

On the other hand, some canons have AUs within them, most often canon-divergent (aka "What if?"/Elseworlds/etc.) but also sometimes other types (e.g. Xena's Uberverse). These are absolutely fine, and indeed can be nominated as their own fandoms if there is sufficient information provided about them to extrapolate worldbuilding from. (Examples already in the tag set include the Star Trek mirrorverse and Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds.) They can also be nominated as worldbuilding tags (see, e.g. Shadowhunters (TV)).

Creating canon-divergent AUs in your fanworks for this exchange is absolutely fine, so long as your recipient hasn't DNW-ed them; I can easily imagine how this would be an interesting way to explore worldbuilding ideas. However, please don't use "what if?" type ideas for canon-divergent AUs as worldbuilding tags, unless that AU exists within the canon.

I hope that all makes sense but please do ask for further clarification if desired.


... And following on from that, given the nature of the "canon" here, I have in fact erred on the side of allowing in worldbuilding tags for this that could be construed as exactly the sort of AU I'm disallowing elsewhere (specifically: "fairy tale setting", "mermaids" and "underwater aliens"). If you're unhappy with any or all of those, please feel free to argue against them in the comments and if I'm convinced I'll take them back out again (and if they all go, the fandom will too); the one I'm least certain about is "fairy tale setting", for what it's worth.

General cleanup

Thanks for all the useful feedback so far. Please continue to keep an eye out for any issues in the tag set, such as duplicated or near-duplicated tags, dodgy-looking worldbuilding tags, fandoms which are missing "No Characters" and "Original Character(s)", or fandoms where your nominations have mysteriously disappeared.

Also, with the close of nominations imminent, please consider this a last call for responses to all previous clarification requests. Once we're into the final day of nominations (about 11 hours from now), I will start making my own judgement calls about whether or not to accept or reject the tags I'm currently uncertain about.
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In light of the continuing problems with nominations to "Harry Potter (book series)" being incorrectly automatically rejected*, I have manually added a new fandom to the tag set called "Harry Potter - Books Only" which you can nominate to instead. I will eventually move over all existing "Harry Potter (book series)" nominations into this new category, but please make new ones in the new category (or use it to resubmit your incorrectly rejected ones). Apologies for the inconvenience.

Also on Harry Potter, please try to avoid using the canonical "Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling" fandom tag as I am finding it difficult to interpret how wide a range of source material this is intended to encompass. (I can see several contradictory arguments; anyone who wants to discuss it in comments should feel free to ask as it may well help me clarify my thinking.) Any nominations still under the canonical tag when nominations close will probably end up in the broadest possible category ("Harry Potter - Wizarding World"), but I haven't yet decided for certain.

*This problem is entirely my fault for dealing with inconsistent capitalisation in a kludgey way early on in the nominations period. Sorry again.
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Complete setting change AUs/fusions/etc. are implicitly outside the scope of this exchange as the worldbuilding for them tends to go significantly beyond the idea of "extrapolating from canon" that the exchange is meant to be focused on. Those sorts of fanworks are very popular for good reason; they're just not what this exchange is for. Canonical AUs are fine, of course, as discussed earlier. (While we're here, may I recommend that those interested in AUs of all kinds take a look at [community profile] auexchange if they don't already know about it?)

However, it has come to my attention that I have approved worldbuilding tags in at least one fandom (Haikyuu!!) that do fall into this category. This is my bad; I did insufficient due diligence because this was one of the fandoms that had relationship tags instead of worldbuilding, and I was pleased to see that they had changed. These tags have now been removed. This leaves Haikyuu!! in the anomalous position of being an approved fandom with no worldbuilding tags. I will leave it in the tag set for now, but unless some valid tags are added, it will be removed at the close of nominations.

Another fandom in a similar situation was Bravely Default, which has a nearly identical set of worldbuilding tags to the out-of-scope ones submitted for Haikyuu!! I cannot find evidence for any of them being canon-based except for "Magic System", but please point me in the direction of the evidence I have missed, if I have, and I will reinstate the tags.

Please keep me informed of any other similar situations; I don't know every fandom by a long stretch, and I am generally assuming good faith on the part of nominators.

Also, I think I can now say that there is definitely a glitch affecting nominations for "Harry Potter (book series)" in particular, as described in the previous post. If you nominate tags and they appear to be rejected instantly, please send me a link to your nominations page to get it straightened out.

Nominations close in a little under 48 hours. Have fun!
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Any unexplained rejections are accidental!

I have rejected very few tags throughout the nominations process so far, and any that I have rejected, I have explained the reasoning for in a post like this one.

However, I have occasionally been hitting 500 errors and similar on AO3 while approving nominations, and it's always possible that I've just straight-up made hideous, hideous mistakes. (Confession time: I was only one click away from clearing all nominations from the tag set earlier today.) It has come to my attention that at least one nominator has had worldbuilding tags rejected that I certainly did not intend to reject; this is hopefully now fixed.

If you think the same might have happened to you, or tags you nominated have disappeared entirely, please comment on this post or email me at - if you can provide a link to your nominations page on AO3, that would really help. This would be in the format where vwxyz is a string of numbers.

Fandoms with no worldbuilding tags

As you've hopefully seen, these have been moved to their own post here. Thanks to those who've already nominated worldbuilding tags for some fandoms and helped me remove them from the list. (If fandoms disappear from that list but have not yet appeared in the tag set, it's because there are other issues like disambiguation that I need a bit more time to sort out. But I'm taking them off that list as soon as I see worldbuilding tags appear.)

Fandom-specific questions

  • Captive Prince - "Worldbuilding: What Will the Neighbours Think?" - I'm a bit unclear on how this is a worldbuilding tag. Is it "neighbours" in the sense of next-door countries?
  • Dragon Age - there are some new nominations for All Media Types. The tag set already has Dragon Age (Video Games). Could the nominator confirm that they deliberately intend to create a broader category, or would they rather I folded their noms into the game category? (If I don't hear anything, I will assume that it is meant to be separate.)
  • Eagle of the Ninth - I'm still unsure about "Anthonius" and "Paulinus" as worldbuilding tags. If they're there mostly because the nominator ran out of character slots, I can create extra character tags if need be. In this particular instance, I will probably err on the side of allowing them in as-is if I don't hear anything, but some clarification would be appreciated.
  • Hunger Games - "Victor" is nominated as a character tag. Is this in the sense of "Original Victor" of a games we didn't see, or is there a character called Victor I'm unaware of?
  • Labyrinth - "The effect of humans on Labyrinth and the Goblin King" and "Effects of humans [...]" were both nominated; I went with "Effects".
  • Steven Universe - I moved the apostrophe in "Worldbuilding: Gem's Influence on Earth" to "Gems' Influence". If there's any reason why this was the wrong thing to do, let me know and I'll change it back.

Current progress

The tag set is currently at 166 fandoms, 1182 characters and 980 worldbuilding tags.

I am very keen to open sign ups as soon as possible after nominations close, and as such I am keen to avoid a prolonged tag set clean up phase. Please keep an eye on things as nominations continue, and if you spot any problems, let me know.

Finally, thanks for all the enthusiasm already on display!
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The following changes have been made to the rules:

  • You can use more than one request/offer slot for the same fandom, but overall you must still request at least three distinct fandoms and offer at least four
  • It will not be required (though it's certainly still possible) to request/offer the No Characters tag if you are using the Meta freeform
  • The archive will remain open for uploading until creator reveals

(I didn't consult on that last one, but post-deadline treats are always good.)

I have adjusted the main Exchange Information post to reflect these changes, but may have missed some sections where they were relevant - if so, please let me know.

Finally, it's become very clear to me that not everyone necessarily associates "No Characters" with worldbuilding in the exact same way that I do. I do believe that for this exchange, having it as a separate tag has significant utility over simply setting the minimum number of characters to zero, and will be putting together a guide before sign ups open explaining how to use the tag in your requests/offers.
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Haikyuu!! is in the tag set, but currently has no valid worldbuilding tags. If it does not have any when nominations close, it will be removed from the tag set. (The explanation for this anomalous state of affairs is here.)

All other fandoms that were previously listed here have been rescued! \o

ETA: Sadly no worldbuilding tags were added and Haikyuu!! has now been removed from the tag set.
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Some fandoms that look extremely relevant to this exchange's interests (including Antler Guy and Journey to Mars posters) have appeared on my approvals screen, but without any subtags nominated. I know this is the traditional way to make worldbuilding-focused nominations in other exchanges, but since this entire exchange is focused on that, I'm hoping to be able to go into more detail.

For all fandoms, please nominate at least two character fields:

  • No Characters (Name of Fandom)
  • Original Character(s) (Name of Fandom)

And at least one "Relationship" field:

  • Worldbuilding: A worldbuilding tag of your choice (Name of Fandom)

"(Name of Fandom)" can be abbreviated if the name is long (e.g. I disambiguated all the Series of Unfortunate Events tags with "(ASoUE)").

I am in general happy to add the No Characters and Original Character(s) tags for fandoms that don't have them, but fandoms with no worldbuilding tags will be rejected at close of nominations, unless they happen to be ones I know well enough to think of my own ones.

PS I will get to all nominations over time, but for people who are keen to have them approved quickly (i.e. when I'm on my smartphone, not the computer) I will be replying to this post shortly with a comment containing an (entirely optional) guide to how you can help that happen by making my life easy.
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Just a few things:

Middle Earth: I am fandom-adjacent enough to this to know that there are notorious issues on AO3 with characters who have different names in different languages, and it has only just occurred to me that I may be accidentally approving the same characters under different names, since we aren't using the | canonical | tags. If that has happened, let me know (and ideally please suggest a solution).

Star Wars - Movies Only: I allowed in "slicers" even though I think technically they're never called that in the movies themselves, although they're certainly implied to exist. But I'm conscious that if I wasn't in the fandom, I would have waved it through without a second thought, and it seems silly to insist on using a different name for them when one does exist.

Magical Girl Raising Project: I think this is all sorted now, but please check. A few character tags were rejected because they already existed with slightly different disambiguation.

I will be away from the computer (but still online via smartphone when I can) for the next 48 hours or so, and so unlikely to be able to do anything particularly complicated tag-set-wise; please do carry on adding tags to give me plenty to do when I get back to it at the weekend.
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The tag set currently contains 110 fandoms, 749 characters and 608 worldbuilding tags! As of this post, I have dealt with everything that I don't need further input on.

Fandoms with no worldbuilding tags

Unless worldbuilding tags are added before the end of nominations, these will not be approved:

  • Dinosaur Train
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • PAW Patrol (also, I think it should be "Mayor Goodway", not "Mayor Goodwin"?)

Magical Girl Raising Project

The nominations for this are now valid, thank you, but I have since approved a set of nominations under Magical Girl Raising Project (Anime). Can the still-unapproved nominations also go in with those tags, or are they for the manga?

Worldbuilding tags awaiting approval in approved fandoms

I am still hoping for some clarification on the "Anthonius" and "Paulinus" worldbuilding tags for Eagle of the Ninth, and I will not be approving "Friendships" for MCU as it is somewhat too broad. (The nominator mentioned having changed it but I'm afraid if you did, the change did not make it through to my end; if you tell me what you want it changed to, I can do it.)

Harry Potter

  • I rejected "(Book Series)" in favour of "(book series)" because the all-lowercase version was where all the tags were nominated.
  • I have added "Original" to some nominated character tags, mostly related to food; in the unlikely event that these characters do exist canonically and I've just forgotten about them, please tell me and I will fix it.
  • Under the Wizarding World tag, I rejected "Politics and Diplomacy" because another nominator had put in "Politics" and "International Diplomacy" as separate tags, which seems to me to be better for fine-grained matching.

Rivers of London

No one suggested that "Genius Loci" ought to be distinct from "genii locorum", and repeatedly seeing "Genius Loci" and "Ben Aaronovitch" in close proximity at the top of the list of tags to review was making me want to go and dig out my Benny Summerfield stuff, which would have been counterproductive in helping me get through the tag set, so "Genius Loci" has been rejected.

Final Fantasy IV

For consistency, I changed two character tags (Maenads and The Creator) which had been disambiguated with "(Final Fantasy IV: The After Years)" to just "(Final Fantasy IV)". It seems from Google that they are from the sequel game but for our purposes they definitely count as part of the same fandom (in that they exist in the same fictional universe and thus are affected by the same worldbuilding). If there are compelling reasons I haven't understood to change this back, let me know.

A general note on video game characters

Since I know this came up in May the 4th recently about Exile, I am intensely relaxed about multiple versions of video game player characters existing in the tag set, even if they aren't symmetrical. For example, having all of "Shepard", "Male Shepard", "Paragon Female Shepard", "Paragon Male Shepard", "Renegade Male Shepard" and "Renegade Female Shepard who Spared the Rachni Queen" in Mass Effect would not bother me at all. I will approve anything that looks plausible; it is up to you how many character slots you want to use to get the versions you want.
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The opening of sign ups is still several days away, but thanks to some good discussions here and elsewhere, I am considering making a few tweaks to the way they will work compared to what's currently described in the information post. If you have any strong views about the topics below, please discuss them in the comments of this post.

Decisions I am almost certain will not change

  • The exchange will run on "OR" matching
  • Number of fandom slots for requests: 3-10
  • Number of fandom slots for offers: 4-10
  • Minimum number of character tags per offer/request: 1*
  • Minimum number of worldbuilding tags per offer/request: 1

*I would very much rather handle the situation of people wanting to request/offer the type of worldbuilding that doesn't have characters using the "No Characters" mechanism than set the minimum number of character tags to 0, as the AO3 matching algorithm would treat that as being matchable to anybody. (As an example of why this helps: if you request zero characters, you could be matched to anyone offering any character nominated. If there is even one character you dislike in the tag set for that fandom, you can't sign up to receive zero characters without a risk of becoming the recipient of someone who has only offered that character.)

Decisions that I'm comfortable with as-is, but open to persuasion on

  • Maximum number of character tags per offer/request: 8
  • Maximum number of worldbuilding tags per offer/request: 8

Changes I am considering making

  • Allowing repeated fandoms in requests and offers: Currently, the rules say that each fandom slot should be unique. However, relaxing this would enable people to sign up to receive/create different combinations of character and worldbuilding tags for different media, or different combinations of worldbuilding tags with the same characters and media, etc. Where I can see this might be particularly helpful is in allowing people to sign up to request both fic and in-universe meta with different slots, rather than having a very wide range of prompts all in one slot. You would still need to have at least three different fandoms across all your slots for requests, and four for offers. (As an example of what this would mean in practice: if this change were made, it would be valid to sign up to request fic, art and meta separately for three different fandoms, using nine of your ten, and make seven different offers for a single fandom with different combinations of tags, followed by three offers for three distinct other fandoms. Or any other variation that fitted the overall requirements.)
  • Allowing "Meta" without "No Characters": In the current rules, you are required to include the "No Characters" tag for a fandom if you are signing up to receive/offer meta for it. This was done out of a desire to ensure matchability, but if repeated fandoms are allowed this would be much less of an issue. Someone on FFA gave some good examples of "meta" which would be character-based (e.g. an in-universe organisation's files on a particular character).
  • The meaning of "No Characters": at the moment, "No Characters" is meant to be a signal that you are happy to receive/create fanworks without any specific characters in, not a limitation that no characters should appear. However, since the exchange will run on OR matching, a stronger meaning of "No Characters" could be used, with people who are happy with receiving/creating either no or some characters indicating that by signing up for other tags in addition to "No Characters". This would leave people who very definitely want "No Characters" type of worldbuilding able to request/offer only that tag. I am nowhere near as strongly convinced of the utility of this change as the other two I am proposing. (In particular, the current meaning is closer to what people are used to zero characters meaning in Yuletide, and I'm not all that convinced there are any people out there who do have a strong preference for zero characters to appear; if you do have such a preference, please speak up!)
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I found a gap in my schedule sufficient to whittle things down to displaying all the remaining fandoms on a single page, at which point I have stopped and looked for potential problems:

Rivers of London
  • I have approved a disambiguated version of "Varvara Sidornovna Tamonina", who has also been nominated with a canonical tag. Please do not be alarmed that the canonical has been rejected.
  • I have approved "Worldbuilding: genii locorum"; another nominator has also submitted "Worldbuilding: Genius Loci". I have gone with the plural as more general, but have held off rejecting the other tag for the moment, just in case there is a subtle distinction I am missing. Please let me know if there is.

Eagle of the Ninth
  • "Worldbuilding: Anthonius" and "Worldbuilding: Paulinus" have been nominated - this isn't a fandom I know at all, but from what I can tell from Google, it seems these are historical figures who existed before the time of the main narrative? I'm just wondering if they might be better off being nominated as characters, and worldbuilding tags being used for some more specific idea related to them/their time period/their activities. If I have this completely the wrong way round, let me know.

Harry Potter
  • I am leaving all Harry Potter nominations alone for the moment to give nominators time to decide how broad a Harry Potter category they want their nominations to fall under; see here. Please do not use the canonical "Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling" fandom in this instance.

  • "Worldbuilding: Friendships" has been nominated. Since platonic relationships between characters are often a feature of fanworks anyway, I am a little wary of this tag; could the nominator provide a little more information about why creating works about characters' friendships should be considered worldbuilding, specifically? (I am willing to be convinced, it's just not obvious from the tag by itself.)

Fandoms with no worldbuilding tags, and actual relationship tags instead

If you have nominated any of the fandoms below, please delete the relationship tags and replace with one or more "Worldbuilding: A worldbuilding element (Name of Fandom)" style tags. This exchange will not be matching on relationships (either & or /). Apologies for any confusion; this arises because we are appropriating the AO3 "Relationship" field to handle fandom-specific worldbuilding matching. (It is not possible to rename the field to something else, unfortunately.) For further explanation, please see here and here, or ask for help.

  • Bravely Default (Video Game) & Related Fandoms
  • Haikyuu!!
  • 魔法少女育成計画 | Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku | Magical Girl Raising Project

Please note that fandoms for which no worldbuilding tags have been nominated when nominations close will not be approved.

Update on "RPF": For the record, no has yet tried to convince me that the exchange should include "real world worldbuilding", although for a while "Original Non-Trivial Zeroes of the Riemann Zeta Function" was nominated as a character. As far as I can tell, these can be expressed as complex numbers in the form a+bi, where a may or may not be a half. At the most generous interpretation this isn't a lot of words, so unless a lot of them were found, or they were turned into art in some way (I'm sure there are beautiful visualisations out there), they would be significantly under the minimum requirements for the exchange. It seems as though the fandom has been withdrawn by the nominator, but if it appears again I'm afraid that I will be rejecting it unless some convincing arguments are put forward for its inclusion.

ETA: Just for the record, there are a few fandoms which have been nominated while I've been working on the tag set, but don't (yet) have any worldbuilding tags: Dinosaur Train, Labyrinth, and PAW Patrol.
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The tag set is looking great; please do keep adding to it. I have limited time over the next day or two to approve, and there's already a backlog, so please don't worry if there's a bit of a wait; I will get to all of your tags as soon as I can.

A few things:

  • There are a few fandoms where "Original Character(s) (Name of Fandom)" and "No Characters (Name of Fandom)" have not been nominated. I will be leaving approving these fandoms until I have time to sort out nominating those tags for them myself, which may not be for some time. If the nominators could add them, it would be very helpful.
  • There is at least one fandom (maybe more - AO3 doesn't show me all the fandoms at once) in which no Worldbuilding tags at all have been nominated. I will not be approving any fandoms with no worldbuilding tags at all, as I wouldn't like to predict the effect their absence would have on matching. If you are the nominator of "Imperial Steam and Light Series", please add at least one worldbuilding tag in the "Relationship" field. If you have nominated any fandoms that I haven't seen yet without worldbuilding tags, please add them. ETA: I have just found two more fandoms without worldbuilding tags: Haikyuu!! and Bravely Default. For Bravely Default, actual relationship tags have been nominated instead (it is confusing; we're doing a kludgey workaround to get AO3's matching to do what we want). I will hold off on rejecting these relationships for as long as possible to give the nominator a chance to change them to worldbuilding tags.
  • Harry Potter: I have already approved a separate "fandom" for "Harry Potter - wizarding schools around the world" since this seems to be based on a specific piece of extra material provided relatively recently by JKR. There are also nominations in the tag set for "Harry Potter Franchise" and straightforward "Harry Potter". Per the previous clarifications post, the nominator for "Harry Potter Franchise" says that they intend a broad meaning of all HP-related material. I am not sure what the other "Harry Potter" nominators intend. I would like to propose the following split; if the nominators could change their nominations to fit what they intended within this, I will start approving (or if people have other ideas, please explain them in comments and we'll go from there):
    • "Harry Potter - Wizarding World" as a renaming of "Harry Potter Franchise" to be the broadest category: anything and everything set in that universe would be fair game in that category.
    • "Harry Potter - Book Series" for people who want to have only the main seven books considered.
    • ... And then if people want other subdivisions, nominate them as fandoms (e.g. just Cursed Child by itself, FBAWTFT by itself, etc.). Remember that it is fine for fandoms to overlap with each other for our matching purposes. Finally, are there any strong feelings about the film adaptations of the books needing a separate category?

PS If you spot any errors creeping into the tag set, do please say so!


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