a little piece
of gundam wing
this is me, letting off steam. these are things that bug me to tears and
that I really should get over, already. ^_^ however, it's my site
and I'm bored, so here it is. *grin* this is not meant to offend anyone
and is purely my own opinion (unless noted). gomen nasai. I had to
21 feb 05
"i don't care how much you adore 1x2. or 3x4. or 1xLMNOP (i'm
sure that last pairing must exist somewhere *cough*), if you read someone's
fic labeled 1x3 and the end pairing isn't to your liking, don't complain
to me that i should have made Heero hook up with Duo and not Trowa.
furthermore, don't tell me exactly where i could have made this mythical
pairing work in the fic. want 1x2 or whatever other pairing? there's a
million fics out there waiting to get read. it's a waste of your time
and mine for you to complain that i wrote my fic 'wrong'>_< barring
typos that Word magically misses, (crikey forbid) plot holes and the like,
the fic started, progressed, and ended exactly as i'd intended. heck,
by the time the fic was done and you eventually become interested in a
different pairing, request that pairing. most authors are not adverse
to writing fics on request. just don't rake an existing fic over the coals
becuz the pairing in the end wasn't the pairing you wanted. this is why
we have warnings. and labels. and a bunch of other things to 'protect'
both author and writer. read them. heed them." (from the mouth of
There really is no excuse. And if for some strange and demented
reason you're going to put it on, make sure that visitors can turn it
off. Nothing makes me leave a site quicker than music I can't turn
>> odd link colours
Just cuz you can pick any colour you want doesn't mean that you
should. I swear, some of the colour combos I've seen have been
enough to induce epileptic fits.
>> unfathomable link names
If you have an archive, call it that. No need to dub it "the vault"
or "the library". And there's no call whatsoever to christen
it "the sun nook". This holds true for all your links.
If I can't tell what it is, why would I want to go there? If you want
to come up with precious names for all the pages on your site -_- , go
ahead -- just be sure to put an explanation somewhere nearby...
>> enough with the star fields, already
Gundam Wing. Set in outer space. Yah, I know. Get over it.
>> dark blue (or red) text on a black background
You'd be surprised how often I come across this (I know I was).
I mean, come on -- I want to read the fics, not go
>> centering everything
This works just fine on intro pages and whatnot (I use it, myself, on
some of my author pages), but don't center your fics. That's just
plain silly. Talk about making something hard to read... >_<
Personally, I can't stand them. I will admit, however, that they certainly
are handy when they're done well. Take GWA,
for example. But if you've got more than two frames up, you'd better watch
it. Things can get very confusing fairly quickly...
>> lack of links
If a fic has multiple parts, be a good little html-er and link them
to one another. Nothing is more obnoxious than having to go back to
the main fic page just to get to the next part of a fic...
>> the mystery webmistress/master
Put your name somewhere on the page. Seems pretty obvious, huh, but you'd
be surprised to know how many sites out there miss out on this little
essential. I know it makes it all nice and cozy when you refer to yourself
as "I" all the time and your fics as "mine", but unless
I know you personally, I have no idea who you are. I have spent
waaaay too much time on sites just looking to see who in the hell has
put it all together. I mean, geez -- if you're proud and you know
it, say your name!!
>> java -- it's not just for breakfast anymore...
Java, java, java... kind of a double edged sword, at best. Sure, it can
create some cool as hell effects, but have you ever heard the expression
that there can be too much of a good thing? Besides the fact that Java
script can take forever to load, it's just plain overkill seven
times out of ten. And if the mood ever strikes you to make a cute
little java script tail to follow the cursor around on your site... get
someone to smack some sense into you, ok?, cuz those things are unspeakably
odious. >_< *dacia and suzume make
hex signs to ward off the evil of cursors with tails*
>> the hidden link
Yes, I know you have a 'vision'. And I'm sure it's very pretty. After
all, links that you can actually see are so much less important
than that luscious background image and its coordinating colour scheme.
I am so in awe of the magnificence of it all that I don't even need to
get to the rest of your site -- the splash page is enough. *pause*
Yah, right! C'mon now, folks. Eye candy is a good thing. I applaud
your taste in picking out that fine instance of loveliness. But when it
comes down to it, I just want to get into your site, not have to
seek all over creation to find how on earth I can actually do that.
So when you're designing your page, keep a few things in mind:
#1 --> Not everyone has a monitor the size of yours. Creating a splash
page for a huge screen simply means that those of us with smaller
screens will figure they have better places to be.
#2 --> Put a child of, say, 5 or 6 years of age in front of your splash
page. If they can't figure out how to get in, you're just being too complex.
Site naviagtion should not be equivalent to a game of hide & seek.
#3 --> This in no way means I am exhorting you to my degree of straightforward
design. I know for a fact that there are of those of you who think my
site is rather... plain. All I ask is that you make the navigation of
your site as easy on the mind as your splash page is easy on the eyes.
>> itty bitty fonts...
...can look really cool. I will not deny this. However, having to then
read those itty bitty fonts for any length of time sort of blows
that whole 'cool-ness' factor pretty darn quickly. As Mookie
says, "if I need the Hubble Telescope to read it, I think my eyes
will cave into my skull from the effort."
These would be, in no particular order, the "Justice/Injustice Ranting"
Wufei, the "Perfect Soldier" Heero, the "Hyper For No Discernible
Reason" Duo, the "Heero Obsessed" Relena, the "Non-entity"
Trowa, and the "Space Heart" Quatre. How more puerile can you
get than sinking to such shallow representations? Aiga. *shakes head*
Unless you're writing a parody/humour fic, there really is no excuse...
Silver Angel: "Please! Before you write
a fic, take a step back from any of your personal preferences, and gaze
upon the character you are bringing to life without prejudices. In the
eyes of the reader, if only for a short time, these characters do
become real, so don't forget that there might be parts to their personalities
you never thought of. Too often have I seen fics, of any genre, where
an author only mentions a character out of necessity, and then only using
a stereotype to do so (i.e. Wufei: Injustice Maxwell! Duo: Come Wu-man!
It was only pink hair dye! ). Yes, these characters do have there own
personalities, but just because you don't care for them, doesn't give
you the excuse to write them off and dismiss them in such a one-dimensional
manner. Take the time to examine their motivations, and who knows? You
might just end up liking someone you previously didn't care for!"
This one seemed so obvious that I really didn't think there was a need
to mention it, though it was brought to my attention more than once that
it should be up here. ^_^ Lately, however, this spelling thing has really
gotten on my nerves. I mean, what's the deal? Dictionary too heavy for
ya? Spell-check button too hard to find? Are you beta-less in a veritable
sea full of beta-s? I've come to the, yes, somewhat haughty decision that,
unless you're ESL (in which case you have me in awe at even attempting
to learn English...), there really is no excuse. Ecstasy is not spelled
with an 'x', erection does not have two 'r's, and, for christ's sake,
conceited is not spelled 'conceded'. *dacia throws her hands up in despair*
>> multi-part fics
Another double edged sword. Sure, multi-part fics are a good thing --
there's no denying it -- but I have a favour to ask, if you don't
mind: if you've got a multi-parter to post and it's finished, please
don't take weeks and weeks to get it out. If you want to wait a bit between
postings, that's all well and good -- a part per day is a good
compromise -- but don't put it off forever. Some of us *ahem*
just might lose interest... This goes double for those of you who insist
on posting parts as you write them. There are some very reliable authors
out there who I know will never leave me hanging, but my in-box is stuffed
with truly promising fics that I have a sneaky suspicion will never be
>> sing... sing a song...
There are days when I can't hear a song without thinking how it pertains
to gw. It gets to the point where I only listen to my foreign music just
so I can't understand the words. Everything seems to go so well with Duo.
Or Heero. Or their relationship. Or lack thereof. ^_~ So I understand
the need to write song fics. Mind you, that doesn't mean that I'll always
appreciate them. So many times they're so blatantly obvious.
A man in the song gets out of bed... a gw character gets out of bed. The
man stares into the mirror, contemplating his lack of love... a gw character
stares into the mirror, etc, etc. Why not just just post the song alone
and be done with it? And if you ever love a song so much that you
feel an intense desire to include the whole thing in a fic just for the
hell of it, like at a dance or on the car radio, and it has nothing
whatsoever to do with the fic, please, please, please do us
all a favour and restrain yourself. *grimace*
Ryojiin: "Another thing that is really
annoying is when people make songfics, but never tell you the name of
the song, or even who it's by. Songfics are all well and good, I do plenty
of them myself, but who wants to read a fic where they have no idea who
did the song for it? The song can add more feeling and emotion to the
fic and if no one knows who it's by, that meaning is lost and then it
is just a waste of type and time."
>> dr. giggles
Have you ever heard anyone giggle?
Anyone who was over, say, 10 years old? Then, perchance, you realized
how incredibly moronic they sounded whilst doing so. It's a fact
-- anyone over the age of 12 or so who is not mentally incapacitated
looks like a complete idiot giggling. If you're writing a parody,
hey, more power to ya. Have yourself a regular giggle fest. In
any other case, just remember that these are Gundam Pilots (note capitals...
heh... ) -- teenagers who are more like adults than children. They
are desperate soldiers in a diabolical war. They kill and maim on a regular
basis, and have felt more pain than anyone ever should. They do not giggle.
... Unless they're inebriated, in which case it's kind of cute. ^_~
[ note: arith
wrote a bif of fic for
me on this topic. *snort* *chuckle* *guffaw* and, yes... *giggle* ^__^
>> no warnings
Having been trampled into muddy tears by one too many non-labeled angst
filled fics, I now no longer read fics without warnings. I'm just too
fragile for that. ^_^ Anyways, it only takes a second or two to write
out a few labels...
>> making up your own label system
I know. You covet your individuality. That's a very good thing. Hang on
to that. But don't go making the assumption that I'm gonna learn a whole
new system just for your site. Like it or not, there are set standards
for labeling. Deal with it.
>> loop? what loop?
As silly as it may seem to non gw-ers, there is a real live gw community
out there. While you're sitting in front of your computer, typing or reading
madly, you're but a small part of a greater whole. Kind of easy
to forget sometimes when you're out there all by your lonesome, ne? But
that, my fine feathered friend, is no excuse. I don't care who you are,
how big or well known your site or ml is, don't ever forget that there
are other people out there whom you affect with your actions.
>> flame throwers
Ever read a fic that you really thought was awful? Are you in a foul temper?
Are you an insensitive jerk? Do you and me both a favour and keep all
these things to yourself. Telling someone that their fic sucks is like
giving them a swift kick in the solar plexus -- it's painful and
unforgettable and makes them feel like shit for days. Do you really need
to be the cause of all this? If you're just in a pissy mood, there's no
need to take it out on some helpless bystander; and if you really
feel the need to let someone know their fic was more than lacking, the
least you could do is to tell them in a constructive way. As authors,
we can all be better. (don't look at me like that -- you know it's
true. ^_~ ) The only way to learn is to do and then to have others impartially
read your work. Constructive criticism is a wonderful thing, regardless
of those folks who take any sort of criticism the wrong way. The world
is nasty enough as it is without being your own cloud of doom. Lighten
up and, dare I say, let the sun shine in... ^_^ [ thanks go out to Toqkid
for suggesting this peeve... ]
>> feedback junkies
Feedback is a good thing. I myself have been known to all but melt into
a little puddle of goo at the reception of feedback. ^_^ However, when
you stoop to saying that if you don't get feedback, you'll stop writing
the fic -- that's just obnoxious. I don't want to have to give
feedback because of a threat. >_< And remember, minna --
feedback is a two-way street. If I go out of my way to tell you that you're
damned good, you should go out of your way to thank me...
Suzume: *grin* Suzume takes exception to
those folks who post to the lists after they've posted their fics
and complain about not getting feedback. I know as well as the next author
how devastating it can feel when no one responds to your work, but to
complain about it is really petty. Think of all the people who are members
of the ml's. Now think of how many people actually post there. Not a big
percentage. So, chances are, there are plenty of folks out there who are
reading your stuff and liking it but not saying anything cuz they're so
far into lurkdom that they can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I have come across folks by accident who have never said anything
about my fics, but turned out to like them a lot anyways. I had no
idea 0083 even knew who I was until I asked to archive her
fics and found out I had a fan. *shrug* So don't take it so badly. It
might hurt a bit, but begging for feedback just makes you look small.
>> dacia's golden rule
I will be the first to admit that the GW fan world is not exactly a pretty
place. It is literally crawling with bad sites and worse fics.
*dacia coughs quietly as she rereads her own pet peeves* *heh... * It's
the undeniable truth, although we may try our dangdest to deny it. However...
Just because something is hideously awful does not give anyone, anywhere
the right to criticize it, by name, with malicious intent. I don't care
if it's the worst fic you have ever read or the ugliest site you
have ever seen, there is just no excuse for being downright
cruel in your reaction to it. Getting your jollies by resorting to caustic
and ruthless fault-finding, especially in a public forum, seems to me
to be a sad, sad way to go through life. Why don't you kick a puppy while
you're at it. Besides, you ever think that maybe, just maybe, you might
be wrong? There are fics/sites I simply loathe *shudder*
that I know others absolutely adore. So get off your high horse and keep
your hurtful opinions to yourself.
Mein gott, but I needed
to do this. It's so cathartic...
<insert maniacal laughter
This was very fun.
If you've got a pet peeve of your own, feel free to send
it to me so I can add it to my little list.
-- Dacia ^_~
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