History Administrivia / NotSelfExplanatory

15th Jan '16 2:05:04 PM Anddrix
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Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[ViewersAreMorons idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.

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Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[ViewersAreMorons idiots]], idiots, but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.
30th Nov '15 2:45:50 PM Berrenta
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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords "[[TwoWordsAddedEmphasis One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
14th Mar '15 3:35:09 PM nombretomado
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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
22nd Oct '13 4:44:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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A troper hits upon a concept they think is [[UniversalTropes universal]], which has nevertheless [[Administrivia/HowDidWeMissThisOne evaded the wiki's attention]] until now. So they start a thread on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/ykttw.php?interval=.5 YKTTW]], with a title and... not much else. "It pretty much explains itself," they say.

Occasionally that title is something like "LoveAtFirstSight", which can be easily {{Wiki Magic}}ked into a good article (assuming the concept doesn't already exist under a [[WordSaladTitle thoroughly confusing name]].)

Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[ViewersAreMorons idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.

The [[AnAesop moral of the story]]: Explaining yourself never hurts, and it's the best way to prevent your thread from dying prematurely of confusion.

A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

Another corollary is to not assume the exact nature of a trope based on its title alone (especially one that's not {{SPOON}} certified). Read the description before you make any comments or examples.

If you're looking for the trope about ''semantically'' self-explanatory media titles, see ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. See also FanMyopia, a big cause of this.
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