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A note on tagging philosophy: There are two approaches to tagging. One is to assign every possible tag that crops up in a story, however briefly or incidentally, because it’s there, it’s an instance of the tag. The other is to try to make the tag list for any given story describe the attributes and transformations that are central to the story, so as to give the reader an impression that these are the things this story is about. There are arguments to be made for both methodologies, and I try to strike a balance.

We should definitely try to include all the truly relevant tags. If a long story contains a passing reference to a particular transformation and doesn’t really affect the rest of what’s going on, though, my first inclination is that it might not need that tag, especially if it might be misleading for those using the tags to find substantive manifestations of that attribute or change.

It’s pretty subjective, I’ll admit. Feedback is very welcome.

Note on stories involving multiple sets of characters: Categories apply to the narrative at any given point. If a story involves Andy wanting to be with Bob, and Charlie wanting to be with Dave, it’s M/M, not M/M/M or M/M/M/.... If Andy and Bob hook up with Evan, then at that point it becomes M/M/M. For the purposes of this site, “teen” means having a physical age under 18 years old.

Tell me what you think is missing using the form below and I’ll look the story over and turn on the tag if I think it makes sense. If you want to follow up with me, please go ahead and drop me a line and share your thoughts. — BRK

What should the tags be for "The perils of fair trade" by Dream Big? (tags already assigned are checked):

Use    to reveal a description of the tag, and    to open the tag page in a separate window.

Think this story needs a tag that isn’t on the list? Enter your suggestions here: