Dear all, I finally got around to working on the 2016 update of the Master Fic Index and I’m struggling a bit to figure out how it should be organised, so I’d like your input please What this thread is about We need to figure out how to organise the index of 2016 fics in a way that makes it easy for readers to go there and find a story they would like to read. So the question I am asking you to answer is, “How would I like the fic index to be organised if I wanted to find a fic about XYZ?” What this thread is not about This isn’t the place to discuss the current era tagging system in fanfic, as it will change again when the XenForo upgrade comes around. This is also not the place to discuss awards eligibility, or the breakdown of eras we will adopt in the upcoming awards – that will be up to the awards volunteer team. The indexing problem right now There are more than 300 Saga era fics. A post with 300 fics listed alphabetically by author isn’t going to be very helpful if you’re trying to find a story about this or that in particular. A second aspect has to do with splitting Saga into sub-eras. The cut-off point defined in the current tagging system is the first film of each trilogy, but authors, and presumably readers, tend to define a fic by the trilogy with which it is most closely associated, not by the moment when it takes place in the IU chronology. Lastly, the New Canon/Legends differentiation is a headache, because so many fics involve a mash-up of the two continuities. My proposed solution If it were only up to me, I would list the Saga era stories using a system loosely based on the current era tags, keeping Legends stories in a category of their own and splitting New Canon stories into sub-eras wherever possible. This is my imperfect attempt at answering the questions “where do I find fics about Mara Jade?” “where do I find fics about Jyn Erso?” “where do I find fics about Ben Solo?” However, everyone’s brain isn’t wired the same way as mine, so please criticise the below so we can come up with a solution that works for everyone. Here are details of the breakdown I suggest, plus definitions: 1. Category One: Saga – Legends stories, meaning stories taking place in the Legends-verse from TPM to ROTJ. This includes stories where the dominant storyline follows plot elements from the Legends EU; stories where a Legends character plays a prominent role; and stories where the storyline could be either Canon or Legends but the author’s worldbuilding draws its inspiration from the Legends EU.2. Category Two: New Canon stories associated with the Prequel Trilogy and early Imperial period, meaning chiefly stories that take place in the New Canon-verse from TPM to before Rebels. This does NOT include Rebels and Rogue One stories, which fall under the next item.3. Category Three: New Canon stories from the Rebellion period to the fall of the Empire, chiefly from Rebels to before Bloodline. This includes Rebels and Rogue One inspired stories, OT stories and stories based on the post-OT New Canon material (e.g. Aftermath, Lost Stars, etc.). This does NOT include stories that feature the main cast of TFA in a prominent role, which fall under the next item.4. Category Four: all stories associated with the Sequel Trilogy, chiefly from Bloodline onwards in the New Canon continuity. This includesALL stories that feature the TFA protagonists in a prominent role, even if they take place outside of this timeframe.5. Category Five: New Canon stories that span more than one trilogy/sub-era. When there are interconnected stories by the same author that take place at different moments of the New Canon Saga era, I’ll include the whole series under this category. A few examples: A Clone Wars story based on the Republic comics goes under Saga – Legends. A Clone Wars story based on the TCW TV series goes under “PT & early Imperial era”. A story that follows closely the ANH storyline and where Mara Jade is the protagonist goes under Saga – Legends. A story where Kanan and Hera mention in passing that they are hunted by Mara-Jade-Emperor’s-Hand goes under “from the Rebellion to fall of the Empire”. A story about Bothans on Bothawui as it is described in Vision of the Future goes under Saga – Legends. A story about how the Bothans stole the DSII plans with lots of fanon about Bothan culture goes under “from the Rebellion to fall of the Empire”. An OC-centric story about the battle of Jakku goes under “from the Rebellion to fall of the Empire”. A story about Poe spying on the First Order goes under Sequel Trilogy. A story about Temmin Wexley’s childhood goes under “from the Rebellion to fall of the Empire”. A story about Ben Solo’s childhood goes under Sequel Trilogy. For stories that are a heavy Legends/Canon mash-up: If the dominant storyline is Canon (e.g. Legends characters travelling to a post-TFA reality), it will be listed as Sequel Trilogy. If the dominant storyline is Legends (e.g. Finn’s role during the Vong war), it will be listed as Beyond-Legends. Where both tags are possible, I’ll go with the author’s choice and/or some form of word count and/or my gut feeling (which isn’t a very scientific criterion, but it’s the best I’ve got). As for the other eras, let’s keep it simple – one post for Before stories, one for Beyond stories, each with the New Canon/Legends differentiation, and that’s that. (I order to avoid having to log into this sock all the time, I'll be participating in the discussion with my usual handle Chyntuck).