the biggest scam of all with the ao3 shit is people genuinely believing we NEED ao3 and ao3 alone.
the entire foundation ao3 is built on is one from past fic archives made to tailor to a certain demographic - harry potter fic authors were infamous for causing drama between fic archives, and this was only in the 90s/2000s. look at livejournal, ff.net, etc etc. ao3 has been lying to y'all for years into thinking there’s no better options for storing and sharing fic. we can do better than ao3, and we have before.
Seriously, if you’re an artist, even if most of your work is smut, take the trouble to put together a SFW portfolio. Not only does it give you something you can use to plug your work in any venue without having to worry about inadvertently committing a terms-of-service violation, but it also means you’ll never end up in that awkward situation where some casual acquaintance is curious about your art and you have to scramble to find something you can show them that isn’t Fox McCloud with a three-foot dick.