I have to agree with what =DrippingWords said. Sometimes it's a tough call to decide which category something fits in best, and some categories people may stay away from, even though they might like it not knowing that it's not your average one category. But to be honest, I'm terrible with categories and labels in general just because when I go looking for music, art, books, I don't think "gee I want to read a good horror, or fantasy, or etc." I think, "I want to read something" and I never go about browsing by paying attention to what genre things fit into. I tend to like a bit of everything of almost everything. = /
I have been slowly moving stock deviations into more appropriate categories. As sub-cats are added, I do try to get things moved, but there are many I still need to move to "premades". Otherwise, I really do try and choose the right category, but there have been a couple times when I was using the "shortcut" of the popular choices that pop up when submitting that I accidentally clicked the wrong one!
I do take care to pick a category, but I think it would serve me better if I didn't.
For example, if I'm particularly looking for haiku or villanelles or sonnets (let's say sonnets), I have to browse: Poetry > Children's > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Emotional > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Family Life > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > General > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Horror > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Human Nature > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Humor > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Narrative > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Nature > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Romantic > Erotic > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Romantic > General > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Romantic > Post-teen > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Romantic > Teen > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Satire > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Sociopolitical > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Spiritual > Traditional Fixed Forms Poetry > Transgressive > Traditional Fixed Forms
Realistically, I'm not going to browse all of those - I'll pick a few and then browse just those. And most other people looking for a particular form will do the same.
So if my hypothetical sonnet was in Poetry > Children's > Traditional Fixed Forms, then someone looking for sonnets is probably not going to find it unless they were specifically looking for children's poetry. It would be better off in Poetry > General > Traditional Fixed Forms because more people will look there.
So, as I said, I do try to categorise everything properly, but part of me thinks that I'd be better off not doing so.
My work is so often a work of poetry/prose that I get angry that there isn't a section for that and just stuff it into prose
Other than that, I do my best to select the correct category. But it would be better if dA would suggest categories for you that match your piece, so that way people can get a better grasp on the categories!
With certain pieces of poetry, I have a hard time deciding whether they belong in "Human Nature," "Emotional," or "Romantic." Some pieces crossover. If it's a negatively emotional piece because of love/romance, I'll put it in "Emotional," unless it tends to be more generic to "Human Nature." See? I'm not even making sense anymore.
I still don't think I have a firm grasp on what "Transgressive" means.
Transgressive is like...offensive (namely, portraying something that goes against societal mores), but for a specific reason. Personally #lacoterie's annual transgressive contest gets some good examples of what it is.
I try to pay attention to where I put everything - but for instance, I had no idea that there was a separate gallery for Fan-Fiction. At the time of finding out I only had one Fan-fic in my gallery... but still!
Imagine how many people get galleries wrong just because they don't know the right gallery exists!
With most of my works, I'm 90% sure they are in the right place. However, with some others I'm not that sure. Those always have a "CATEGORY???!!" thrown right in the beginning of the author's description.
Broadly, yes - specifically, probably not. I mean, what kind of category is "Family Life" anyway? If I mention my dad, should my poem/story go there? What about "Human Nature?" What does that even mean? Doesn't all literature have something to do with human nature? And "Transgressive" - where do you cross the line that marks that type of writing?
As far as determining fixed verse or free form or whatever, I'm good, but the genre categories have always confused me. I don't know what to do when I write something that turns out to be a Sci-Fi Romance because there's more than one place that could go.
Broadly, yes--while the categories are non-exclusive I don't think it's really that hard to just pick one and run with it. Especially poetry, where it doesn't really matter.
However, I do have a giant pile of miscats that I know about and haven't fixed, and I am slightly afraid that it makes me a terrible person. And the reason is that they, technically, belong in Fan Art > Fan Fiction.
(Again, there REALLY needs to be a way to go from Literature > Fiction > Fan Fiction--but that's been mentioned dozens of times before, and isn't the problem here.)
The problem here is that if I take a canon setting (say, Fading Suns, the setting of an old PC game and a current tabletop RPG, very expansive setting covering dozens of planets and more, none in supervivid detail) and write fiction in it using 0 noncanon characters, it's technically fan fiction. I associate the word "fan fiction" with horribly written, Mary Sue insert, Harry Potterverse drivel. And I don't like the idea of being lumped in with that. So I haven't fixed the miscats.
My photography stuff is always on the right category, mainly because it's easy and clear where to put them. But, not knowing much about poetry, I am always not sure if I put them in the right category. (ex. Does rhyming poetry mean it goes to the Concrete Category? Or maybe I should put them to Free Verse? etc.) But, I do try!
i try, but some things are hard to place—especially lit with romance elements, those ones i usually stare at the gallery tree for twenty minutes and then decide "well i mention cocks so let's go mature". i also have a flow chart of what categories i'd prefer to sub to if it has elements of that gallery (sociopolitical, i'm looking at you).