Suppose that we wanted to make a list of examples of ace representation in fiction. What kind of tags would we want for different kinds of representation?
I’ve seen many many lists of fiction with ace characters, but the problem is that everyone seems to have a different idea of what belongs on such a list. If no standards are enforced, then people will give many examples of characters which merely fail to express any interest in sex at any point. You can enforce stronger standards, such as having only explicitly asexual characters, but there’s clearly a desire for other kinds of representation. The solution is to have tags, so that people can narrow down their search to their own desire.
One such tag system has been implemented by AgentAletha’s library. For example, there are tags for:
Asexual not used – We think the character is asexual, but the canon doesn’t use the word to describe them.
Identifies as ace – The character self-identifies as ace.
Word of God – The creator has said the character is ace.
Character:not human – The ace character isn’t human.
What other tags might be interesting? This is purely hypothetical, so you can also come up with ideas that don’t describe any work of fiction that you know of.