What I tell you three times is true.
- Feb 15, 2019
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When threadmarks count words, what counts as a word?
I've started to notice the listed wordcounts for my fic are skewed. For instance, posts heavy with spoilers or words placed in code blocks seem to have lower word counts than post that don't. This isn't necessarily bad — for instance, if all words were counted equal in my poetry collection, then all my poems would be counted twice due to some TL;DR spoilers that skip author's notes. However, the way my thread is set up now, the thread word count might only be counting author's notes. That isn't the signal I want to send — author's notes aren't technically my fic, and I don't want them to be considered necessary to my writing. I have ideas for a restructuring so the word count is more representative of my collection, but I want to make sure I don't accidentally fall in the same hole again.