August 18th, 2009

HP - Seeker

Okay, so summaries ...

Right, I asked about titles and thank you all for the interesting PoVs about those, and now I'm interested in summaries. I always find the summaries really difficult and I am sure that many of mine are no where near as useful as they could be, so I'm interested in what people like and do not like to see.

The poll is just to encourage interaction, I would love to see comments as well since I am sure I have left many things off the poll.

[Edit: and when I say summary, I mean just the little bit that's supposed to give you a hint about the fic, not the whole fic header with warnings and the like :). I believe I may have not made that clear.]

Poll #1445388 Summaries

What do you like to see in a summary?

A hint of the genre i.e when vampires attack..., or Bill has a problem with pirates...
2(2.2%)
A hint of the plot
15(16.9%)
A quote from the fic
0(0.0%)
An idea of the main characters
0(0.0%)
Other ( I will tell you in comments)
0(0.0%)

What do you dislike in a summary?

Lack of information
29(32.6%)
Quotes from the fic
3(3.4%)
Too much plot info
12(13.5%)
Other (I will tell you in comment)
1(1.1%)

Show me the ticky box!

TICKY BOX
73(100.0%)
GTS

Fic headers in general

Since it came up :) I'm interested in what you like to see in a fic header:

Poll #1445401 Fic Headers

What do you think are essential to a fic headers?

Title
0(0.0%)
Pairings
1(0.8%)
Warnings
0(0.0%)
Disclaimer
0(0.0%)
Summary
0(0.0%)
Rating
0(0.0%)
Quote
0(0.0%)
Word Count
0(0.0%)
Banner
0(0.0%)
Other (I'll tell you in comments)
0(0.0%)

What are just nice to haves in a fic header?

Title
0(0.0%)
Pairings
0(0.0%)
Warnings
2(1.7%)
Disclaimer
0(0.0%)
Summary
1(0.8%)
Rating
3(2.5%)
Quote
6(5.1%)
Word Count
12(10.2%)
Banner
3(2.5%)
Other (i'll tell you in comments)
1(0.8%)

What adds no value for you in fic headers?

Title
0(0.0%)
Pairing
0(0.0%)
Warnings
1(0.9%)
Disclaimer
16(14.4%)
Summary
0(0.0%)
Rating
1(0.9%)
Quote
2(1.8%)
Word Count
7(6.3%)
Banner
16(14.4%)
Other (I'll tell you in comments)
2(1.8%)

What do you prefer not to see in fic headers?

Title
0(0.0%)
Pairing
0(0.0%)
Warnings
1(1.5%)
Disclaimer
4(6.0%)
Summary
0(0.0%)
Rating
0(0.0%)
Quote
10(14.9%)
Word Count
3(4.5%)
Banner
30(44.8%)
Other (I'll tell you in comments)
5(7.5%)