It's Finally Happening - Changes to Dream SMP, 3rd Life/Last Life, and other SMP fandoms!
Some exciting changes are coming to Video Blogging RPF over the next few weeks! We are happy to announce that Dream SMP, 3rd Life | Last Life SMP Series, Empires SMP, and a number of other Survival Multiplayer (SMP) Minecraft roleplay fandoms will be getting their very own fandom tags. These changes will be starting 10 May 2022, beginning with Dream SMP.
We want to thank you for your patience both in getting to this point, and in the coming weeks as these changes take place! Our volunteers have worked hard towards this change since 2021, and we will do our best to make this transition go as smoothly as possible.
How will the Fandom tags change?
Many SMPs have their own rich lore that is separate from what is going on in the content creators' lives. In the past, everything has been housed in Video Blogging RPF, but that doesn't recognize that there is more than just RPF in these fandoms. We are creating new tags so that you have a place to explore the fictional lives of the characters in these worlds.
Other SMPs that are not listed below may also get fandom tags eventually. We are constantly evaluating new SMPs as their fandoms grow, and we plan to continue making more fandom tags for them in the future. Just keep tagging the SMPs your work takes place in as a fandom so that we know how big the fandom is!
If you already use a fandom tag like "Dream SMP" or "Last Life" on your fic, your works will be filterable and searchable under the new fandom tags once we finish moving everything! These new SMP fandoms will be set up as subfandoms of Video Blogging RPF. If you are only using the Video Blogging RPF or Minecraft tag, we recommend either adding or replacing that with the relevant SMP fandoms - although if you'd prefer, you can of course just keep your work in Video Blogging RPF.
Here is a list of the new fandom tags, if you would like to update your works now!
30 Day SMP | Free Trial SMP
3rd Life | Last Life SMP Series
Shady Oaks SMP
*The currently existing Hermitcraft RPF fandom will be renamed to Hermitcraft SMP, so that wranglers will be able to make use of the new SMP guidelines.
Additionally, users will not be required to retag their works. This means that you should not report a work to Policy & Abuse that does not use the new SMP tags.
How will the Character tags change?
Because it can be confusing and difficult to find works about characters when their character tags are only a content creator's real name, we will be renaming characters of these new SMP fandoms to include usernames. Here are a few of the planned character tag changes:
Darryl Noveschosch → Darryl Noveschosch | BadBoyHalo
Zak Ahmed → Zak Ahmed | Skeppy
Noah Brown → Noah Brown | Foolish Gamers
Charlie Dalgleish → Charlie Dalgleish | Slimecicle
Phil Watson (Video Blogging RPF) → Phil Watson | Philza
Brendan Thro → Brendan Thro | Sneegsnag
John Booko → John Booko | BdoubleO100
Anthony Viviano → Anthony Viviano | Bigbst4tz2
Oliver Brotherhood → Oliver Brotherhood | Mumbo Jumbo
Jordan Maron → Jordan Maron | CaptainSparklez
Unfortunately, we are not able to create separate tags for the streamer’s main RP characters at this time. Any Technoblade (Dream SMP), Technoblade (SMP Earth) etc tags will still continue to redirect to Technoblade (Video Blogging RPF).
From a wrangling perspective, it is difficult to distinguish when tags are referring to the character or to the content creator when the character and the streamer’s username are the same. This is especially true when it comes to relationship or freeform tags involving the character/streamer, and because often two different works will use the same tag to mean different things. For example, if a work is tagged Technoblade-centric, we cannot tell if they are talking about Technoblade the streamer, or his Technoblade character from Dream SMP, or his Technoblade character from Origins SMP, or even his Technoblade character from SMPEarth. In addition, we would not want creators to feel like they need to tag multiple variations of Technoblade’s RP characters if the work involves an ambiguous AU version of his RP personas - and that issue would only further compound across relationship and freeform tags. However, we hope the creation of RP fandom tags can be used as an alternative by creators to show if their works are about the RP characters. We also hope that they can help users filter for the content they are looking for, or filter out any content they are looking to avoid.
However, sometimes a content creator will play other characters that have distinct names - like Dream also playing the characters of DreamXD and Ranbob. Right now those characters are both redirected to the "Clay | Dream" tag, but they, and others like them, will now be getting new character tags of their own.
NPCs such as Xornoth or the Samsung Smart Fridge, and Minecraft mob characters like Sally the Salmon or Michael_Beloved the Piglin, who previously did not have tags at all, will also soon get character tags.
This should make it easier to find works about a variety of characters! If you're already using tags like Ghostbur, Ranbob, or Sally the Salmon, you won't have to make any changes for your works to be searchable under the new tags.
How will the Additional tags change?
Additional tags related to the SMPs will be adjusted to use the new fandoms. Here are some examples:
Logstedshire on Dream Team SMP (Video Blogging RPF) → Logstedshire (Dream SMP)
Empire of Pixandria on Empires SMP Setting (Video Blogging RPF) → Empire of Pixandria (Empires SMP)
The Maze on Outsiders SMP (Video Blogging RPF) → The Maze (Outsiders SMP)
NPCs, Alter Egos, and mobs can now get additional tags of their own, such as this:
Winged Xornoth (Empires SMP)
Simp DreamXD (Dream SMP)
Ghostbur-Centric (Dream SMP)
We know this is a big change, and we hope that it will make it a lot easier to navigate the various SMP fandoms and find the works you're looking for. Please remember that, while we believe that these new canonical tags will help, you are not required to use them. We hope that these new tags will provide more ease of access, clarity, and visibility than what is currently in place.
Once again, thank you for your patience in the coming weeks while these tags are in flux. Our team has been working on this for many months, and we’re all very excited to share these changes with you!
Several Minecraft SMPs will get their own fandoms.
Streamers of those SMPs will have their tags edited to include their usernames.
Alter-egos, NPCs, and mob characters of those SMPs will be canonized in these new SMP fandoms.
Please be patient with us, as implementing this many changes will take some time!