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A poll about fic reading habits, because I'm curious.

(I'm posting a survey without testing it first, I keep flashing back to the semester-long seminar Don't Do That as well as the myriad real life examples of why this is bad. Fortunately this is not scientific.)

Poll #18459 Fic reading preferences
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 56


Do you read fanfic?

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Yes, often
31 (55.4%)

Yes, sometimes
8 (14.3%)

Yes, with varying frequency
14 (25.0%)

Yes, rarely
2 (3.6%)

No
1 (1.8%)

Other or more details:

What kind of fics do you like to read?

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Only finished stories or series
3 (5.5%)

Only finished stories, but ongoing series
16 (29.1%)

Finished stories, and WIPs only if there's a regular update schedule
8 (14.5%)

Finished stories, and WIPs only if I trust the author to finish the story eventually
8 (14.5%)

Finished stories and WIPs, preferably finished stories
19 (34.5%)

Finished stories and WIPs, preferably WIPs
0 (0.0%)

Finished stories and WIPs, no preference
1 (1.8%)

Only WIPs
0 (0.0%)

Other or more detail:

I read fic for...

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fandoms I know
55 (100.0%)

fandoms I've heard of or know vaguely
33 (60.0%)

fandoms I don't know
16 (29.1%)

Other or more details:

When looking for new fic, I...

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look at new works for my fandoms on AO3
38 (69.1%)

look at new works for my fandoms in other places, e.g. Tumblr or ff.net
5 (9.1%)

browse tags on AO3
36 (65.5%)

browse bookmarking services, e.g. pinboard
11 (20.0%)

follow recs
46 (83.6%)

go through my backlog of "to read" bookmarks
19 (34.5%)

Other, please elaborate
7 (12.7%)

Other or more details:

Date: 2017-06-05 12:21 pm (UTC)
dancing_serpent: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dancing_serpent
I don't go looking at Tumblr, but ff.net is a site I'm still frequenting. Especially, as I'm often interested in small fandoms or rarepairs. For whatever reason, if I can't find anything on AO3, ff.net most often has something for me. No guarantee for quality, but at least something to give a try.

Date: 2017-06-05 12:44 pm (UTC)
dancing_serpent: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dancing_serpent
I definitely get more misses than hits on ff.net. But really, the same goes for AO3. I'm resigned to try and error by now, but it can be pretty frustrating. When I'm in need of a good fic and have no time or patience for searching, I mostly re-read my favourites.

Date: 2017-06-05 12:59 pm (UTC)
dancing_serpent: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dancing_serpent
Yeah, my ratio is better on AO3, too, but not that much better. People tagging for side pairings in the main pairing section messes a lot with my search, and after a while my search strings become really long and impractical with all the stuff I want to exclude. Sometimes I just give in and resolve to endless scrolling.

On ff.net I'm scrolling even more, though. Mostly because so many people refuse to mark their OCs as such, so I can't filter them out in my search.

I have currently only six fics bookmarked for later reading on AO3, and none of them is for the fandom I want to read right now. *g*
Edited Date: 2017-06-05 01:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-05 01:11 pm (UTC)
dancing_serpent: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dancing_serpent
Oh, that's a nice number! *g* I often find so little to read that I'm even resorting to giving the bad fic a try. Which isn't exactly satisfying, but sometimes I'm desperate. Right now, for example. I'm watching NCIS: LA, and really want to read fic for the show.

Date: 2017-06-05 01:30 pm (UTC)
the_rck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_rck
On FFnet, I pretty much exclusively chain from one story I liked to the author's list of favorites. I have occasionally poked at themed lists there, but those tend to be 90% terrible with the other 10% permanently incomplete.

Unless a fandom has very few fics, I don't tend to look at the fandom category on either FFnet or AO3.

Date: 2017-06-05 10:03 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: BBC Sherlock enters covered in blood holding bloody harpoon (SH tedious harpoon)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
+1.

My rabbit hole starts with a rec to a good story. Then I read everything else that author has written. Then *their* bookmarks on AO3, and if their psued permits, their rec lists. I'm still down there with Sherlock BBC.
Edited (more to say) Date: 2017-06-05 10:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-07 03:21 am (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Same here!

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