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Poll Question : Do 'Tags' affect your decision to read a story?
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I always check the Tags and decide from there 32 88 %
I'll read a story even if Tags aren't to my taste 1 2 %
I pay no attention to Tags before reading/voting 3 8 %

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Dancing_Doll
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 2:48:43 PM

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When you click on a story in a category of your choice, do you read the tags first in order to give you a better idea of what that story contains to be sure the sex/style of the story is to your personal tastes?

Some people aren't into certain sex acts and may even find them 'unerotic'. Tags will often tip you off as to what you can expect and can prevent the negative shock value mid-way through a story that potentially may affect the way you score something.

Do you check the Tags to filter your reading material or is it totally an after-thought in most cases?


Nikki703
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 3:01:27 PM

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I always check the tags. If it contains a subject that I am not really into I may not read it. But usually if the story is by an author whose work I really like, I will give it a try anyway. But I find the tags very helpful.

Sometimes though, I have found that the tags arent always accurate. For me that isnt really a problem, if I come across something I dont like Ill just stop reading. But I know that some people find certain subjects or sex acts very offensive so this could be a problem for them.
WellMadeMale
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 9:49:09 PM

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whatever

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Buz
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 10:10:52 PM

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Somebody stapled a tag to my butt while I was asleep! Was that you WMM? You butt tagger!

I think story tags are important. Authors should put some real thought into them as they are a tool to sell your story to potential readers.





Guest
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:37:33 AM

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As a reader, I don't always look at tags. Sometimes I just take a wee scan, others look properly. I think it depends on the author. If I'm reading a story by someone I've not read yet, I'll pay more attention to tags. Of course, sometimes I wanna be surprised and just don't bother reading anything which may give the story away, so it also depends on my mood.

As an author, I find them useful to give some slight pointers without giving the story away too much. They also appeal to my OCD side, what with their purpose of indexing. Useful for a pedant like me :)
Dementorkissed
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 11:19:30 AM

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I do read the tags.. they make reading a story better :-)

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Guest
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:06:47 PM

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The Tags. . .are very important. They give us insight into a story before reading it.
nicola
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:59:21 PM

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WellMadeMale wrote:
whatever


Alan certainly has a "way" of tagging his stories...laughing9
DLizze
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:09:27 PM

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I ALWAYS check tags. Just because a story is in a certain category does not mean that it does not contain something I find off-putting.

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MissyLuvsYa
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:53:04 PM

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I find the story tags very useful.
real69luvr
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:50:23 PM

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I never pay attention to the tags. I got catagory only.
EDWolfe
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 8:43:14 AM

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I don't pay attention to tags too much when I read. I do believe that tags can tell a reader important details of a story, but authors sometimes have a different meaning on some tags. For example, my story, Midnight Date, has tags that are fairly self-explanatory (first-time, straight-sex) and a tag that can mean different things (I've read stories where an exhibitionism tag means walking around in public nude, and stories where it means having sex in public.)

I've been basing my reading selections on the blurb that comes up for the story more than anything else. Although, I have to admit that I don't really venture outside a couple of different categories.
clum
Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:39:08 AM

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I often forget to check tags before I start reading and then, maybe about half-way through, my "mod eyes" will kick into action and I'll flick back to check.

I think they are very important in stories with many elements and several scenes. With some stories I write, I use the tags to indicate the other categories the story might have ended up in. However, I'm also cautious of giving too much away (the same is true of category). Like, sometimes I might want to put something in Love Stories but don't because it makes the ending even more predictable.

I believe I've only ever written one story containing any sexual acts that readers might find "off-putting" and the tags were quite clear in that—they knew what they were in for.

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hardnhot18
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:29:05 AM

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In general yes, I find the tags informative and useful, though certainly not the only consideration. They can be useful as search terms, so maybe someone will find your story after it's moved off the front page if they're looking for something specific. I also appreciate when an author has fun with the tags. Frank Lee has some choice ones -- bumpin', humpin', cranking, yanking, spanking. Doesn't add anything to the classification, but lets me know he's got a sense of humor at the outset.
MrLosAngeles
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:11:12 AM

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Tags can be helpful, so you know if the story is to your interests or not. On the other hand, tags cannot tell you about the quality of the story. I often read the first few sentences to get a feel for the style and the way the story grabs your attention.
Leiza350
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:24:29 PM

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I always read tags ....make sure the story is really what im looking for.
NymphWriter
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:28:14 PM

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The tags help a lot. Usually, if a story can catch my eye in the opening paragraph, I'll probably read through. There are certain things I'm not a fan of, but I know not everyone will like what I write either.

Guest
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:49:17 PM

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To me tags are very useful. Not just for deciding if a particular story is "for me", but also because my stories tend to contain different elements. Having to log something under a vague category heading, forcing me to choose between several different elements, would really make my head explode.
RumpleForeskin
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:01:17 PM

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A writer who does not tag their stories/poems is nuts. They help many readers decide whether or not to read new posts. Tags can also direct readers searching for a particular sub-category such as, humor, military, nurse, jock, etc.. In a way, they're like free billboards directing readers to your submissions. Use 'em.

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findingnichole
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:05:54 PM

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I always check the tags to see what I should expect from the tags. I think they're important to the reader to see if they want to read it or not.

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Jinxy
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:42:01 PM

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RumpleForeskin wrote:
A writer who does not tag their stories/poems is nuts. They help many readers decide whether or not to read new posts. Tags can also direct readers searching for a particular sub-category such as, humor, military, nurse, jock, etc.. In a way, they're like free billboards directing readers to your submissions. Use 'em.

glasses8


I think he is right.
I check tags because even though it's under a category I might like, or the title might sound good. If the tags don't match to what I'm looking for I don't want to read it.

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rebeccakeyes
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:20:14 PM

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I always check the tags.
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