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::...But were too afraid to ask. Though we hate to admit it, the concept of renaming tropes has pretty much become SeriousBusiness on this wiki. In some particularly bad cases, debates about renaming have even degenerated into {{Flame War}}s, which is plain uncool. For this reason, we've crafted up a basic rename strategy to answer the questions of when, and how, tropes are to be renamed. The first part of the strategy is that ''a trope should never be renamed without discussion''. Discussion is done in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=renames Trope Repair Shop]]. The idea is to hear everyone out, consider the relevant arguments and reach general agreement as to what should be done. We're not big on rules, but we do have some ''guidelines'' about which arguments carry weight in the Repair Shop and which don't. If you're thinking of proposing a rename, you should first figure out whether you have a valid and concrete case against the current title. We don't change titles for no reason; all other things being equal, keeping an existing title is better. Below are the most common reasons to rename or not rename, but you are free to bring up other arguments if you think they're relevant. !! Good arguments for keeping an existing name * '''Renaming is not a magic solution''' to all of a page's problems. If some issue isn't the name's fault, there's little sense in trying to fix that issue by renaming. If renaming could help but there's another, better way to deal with the issue, that's still a good reason to try that way instead. RedirectsAreFree, for example. If the main issues with a name are that it's [[OverlyLongName overly long]] or difficult to spell, an intuitive redirect may be a better solution than renaming the trope. * A '''large number of inbound links''' indicates that the current name is generating "buzz", being linked from outside the wiki and generating traffic for us. The higher the inbound count, the stronger this argument is. If it can be further shown that these inbound links are resulting from ''bona fide'' conversational use of the name outside TV Tropes, this means the name has gained traction outside the wiki and is a very good reason to keep it. For details, see Administrivia/AnalyzingInbounds. * If the name is already an '''established term''' in the outside world, that's a good reason to keep it (assuming its outside-world meaning is related to the trope). When making this claim, it is recommended to show outside proof thereof; the strength of this argument depends on how widely the term is in use. The article should have the name with the meaning that is used by the widest number of people. * '''No (or negligible) misuse''' in the wicks (in-wiki links) means that the title isn't [[IThoughtItMeant confusing our editors into thinking it's something else]]. For details, see Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck.\\ \\ Some tropers believe wick/inbound checks are nigh-essential to ground the discussion in facts; other tropers believe that in some cases they are irrelevant and insisting on them is obstructive. Whatever you do, don't get dragged into "your argument doesn't count!" "No, ''your'' argument doesn't count!" {{Rules Lawyer}}ing meta-arguments. Those ''never'' help. * If a name is just '''evocative''' in a way that some bland alternative cannot hope to emulate, leaving it be becomes a more attractive option. This is often due to the RuleOfFunny, RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama. * '''All other things being equal, keeping the current name is better''' - if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Lack of a good argument for renaming is a good argument for not renaming (and the converse is not true). This means that if someone brings up an argument for renaming, pointing out weaknesses in it stands on its own as an argument for keeping the current name. !! Good arguments for changing an existing name to a new name * The name is '''Unclear''' -- it fails to indicate what the trope is about, and thus undermines our goal of making the trope as accessible to as great a portion of our readership as possible. This includes [[WordSaladTitle titles that have nothing to do with the trope]], using technical terms that mean something else in everyday speech, or names that rely on familiarity with a particular work to make sense.\\ \\ If you think a name is unclear, remember that ''you are required to make substantial arguments and provide substantial evidence that the name is really unclear to actual readers, and that this lack of clarity exists outside your imagination.'' There are all sorts of ways to do this; you can use a [[Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck Wick Check]], an InboundCheck, Google result analysis or a dictionary, to name a few. Just saying "this is totally unclear" is not an argument in and of itself. * '''Character-Named Tropes''' used to be standard, but are now deprecated and considered a form of FanMyopia. Very few characters are iconic enough to truly personify a trope, and these are generally in the dictionary (e.g. [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]]); using anyone else risks PopculturalOsmosisFailure. Consider whether there are [[OneMarioLimit other fictional characters by that name]], whether [[IThoughtItMeant the character may have other aspects]], and how old the work is that the character is from.\\ \\ This is really a subset of the "unclear" issue outlined earlier. As before, explain how naming this trope after the character is unclear, and be prepared to provide substantial evidence. While a common issue, this isn't ''automatically'' a warrant to rename. * '''EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones'''. Too often the, ah, [[{{Pun}} cleverness]] of a snowclone can obscure the fact that a name doesn't quite fit the trope it's supposed to describe. If the snowclone doesn't make sense outside of the context of the original, or doesn't make sense ''inside'' the context of the original, it's misleading. * A trend of the name being '''misused''' -- as in, the trope's supposed "examples" are often not actually examples, or many of the wicks are wrong. This might be because the title suggests a trope broader than, or subtly different from, the actual definition. * '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "Instrumentality", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "Assimilation Plot", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "The Usual Suspects Ending", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "The Ending Changes Everything", "Thirty Five Minutes Ago", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "You Are Too Late" and "I Am John Smith", associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as "Trust Password". * The trope is suffering from '''disuse''' - as in, it has significantly less wicks or inbounds than it's supposed to. Deciding how many wicks or inbounds a trope is "supposed to" have can be a bit of a problem, so this argument is best used in clear-cut cases, or when there are other tropes we can compare against. For details, see Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck and Administrivia/AnalyzingInbounds. * The name seems '''unnecessarily subjective''' - that is, it's outright spiteful or laudatory, but the trope isn't a [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] item. Sometimes the ''trope itself'' is unnecessarily subjective; in that case, it's better to first discuss what to do with the trope. * If a trope '''has the same title as a work of fiction''', except if that title is a common established term for that trope. * We no longer name tropes after '''a line of dialogue or a Stock Phrase'''. It risks editors wikilinking the ''phrase'' every time that particular combination of words occurs, whether the underlying ''trope'' actually applies in that context or not. * '''"Trope" used as a placeholder word''' (e.g. "[[MoreTropesThanGod More [Tropes] Than God]]", "[[GonnaNeedMoreTrope Gonna Need More [Trope] ]]") is now deprecated, as it misuses the word "trope". * '''Acronym or initialism''' trope names. We generally prefer the title spelled out unless it has profanity (for example: the {{BFG}} trope, or Big Fucking Gun). * If a trope was '''launched prematurely''' from YKTTW before consensus was reached about a title and a description, it should probably get sent right back. !! What to do if you think a rename is called for. Bring it up in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=renames Trope Repair Shop]]. '''Include your reasons for thinking it is broken in the opening post.''' Threads begun without reasons or supporting evidence will be summarily nuked. Note that the TropeRepairShop has a maximum number of active threads. We do this because when we didn't do this, we ended up with a huge backlog of threads which stalled via lack of consensus, progress or action. This means you might not be able to create your thread right away. Be patient. It's just something we all have to deal with. !! What happens after you bring it up: Discussions, Crowners and Resolutions First of all: As long as there is no consensus to rename, you should leave the name be. Consensus does not mean a simple majority. While there's no hard-and-fast rule for what constitutes consensus, for renames we generally look for at least a 2:1 ratio in favor -- that is, twice as many people think it should be changed as think it shouldn't. However, an alternative titles crowner does not need any particular ratio: the most popular title with more supports than opposes wins. !!!Discussions and Crowners After you post your proposal, there will likely be an influx of arguments for it and arguments against it. In the ''very rare'' cases where there is no dissent at all, people may appeal for a "process override" of sorts where we just go for it and implement the change, and a moderator may approve it; but most of the time, the proposal has its supporters and detractors, and we take a vote to see where consensus stands, if anywhere. Starting a vote early in the thread is '''not advisable'''. Good arguments are likely to come to light later that would have influenced voting. It's best to wait until both sides of the argument have had time to formulate their points before opening the vote. Anyone can start a vote, which we call a "crowner" for historical reasons (read: To confuse you). The first vote will be about whether to rename at all, and to start it off you'll want to create something called a ''single proposition crowner''. A single Proposition crowner is just that: one single question that can be responded to with a Yes (Up)/No(Down) vote. Such a crowner can be created [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner_create_subject.php?desc=SingleProposition&subject=InsertSubjectHere here]] (change [="InsertSubjectHere"=] in the URL to the title you want for the vote). It's recommended to add a summarized list of pros and cons for the proposal. Do your best to represent the arguments for both sides as honestly as possible while sticking to the facts. After you create the crowner, post the link at the proposal thread and press the yellow triangle thingie in the ribbon above your post. That's the holler button- it calls for a moderator; you want to ask them to attach the crowner to the bottom of the thread so people can vote on it comfortably instead of having to go through the link. People can later edit the arguments in the crowner to improve and refine them, or add new ones, but outright ''messing'' with them is not fair play. Basically, if you support a proposal you ought to stay away from negatively rephrasing or removing arguments in the "Con" section, and vice versa. !!!Resolutions Crowners should run until they stabilize. There is no set minimum number of days that a crowner must be open or maximum number of days that it can be open, though we usually give crowners at least three days to run out of courtesy. Once the voting has stabilized (this may mean that no new votes are coming in, or that one option has an insurmountable lead), give it another couple of days to be sure. Last minute objections may come in. Eventually, the proposition will either go through or be rejected, depending on whether there is consensus supporting it. Note that a majority is not always a consensus. It's not simply "how many" votes; it's "what proportion" of the votes cast that matters. 5 votes out of 6 indicates a consensus. 49 votes out of 95 does not, even though it's a majority. In general, we regard a two-thirds majority as the threshold for a majority to be called a consensus, but this number is not set in stone. In particularly heated discussions where the back-and-forth continues even after the crowner has stabilized - regarding how to interpret the results, what to do with them, and so on- a moderator will have to step in and make the call. !! We've decided to rename a trope. Now what? Well, obviously, you're going to have to decide what you want to rename it ''to''. At this point people will start coming up with suggestions, and will point out strengths and weaknesses in the suggestions already made. After the surge of suggestions dies down, it's time to start an Alternative Titles Crowner - in other words, a vote on what the new name should be. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner_create_subject.php?desc=AlternativeTitles&subject=InsertSubjectHere The template is here]], and it works much in the same way as a single proposition crowner. Once the alternative titles crowner has stabilized, again, either discussion will die down with everyone accepting the winner, or a moderator will have to step in and sort things out. Either way, a new title will be chosen, which means the page will have to be moved and everything having to do with the trope will have to be updated accordingly. See Administrivia/HowToMoveAPage for instructions on how to go about that. !! Oh, and one more thing... Be civil. If people won't see your point of view, being abrasive will not make things go your way. It's just a trope, and if it ends up with a title you don't like, that's not the end of the world. We've given you all the weapons you need to conduct yourself in a renaming proposition. Debate away! Have Fun! ----
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::...But were too afraid to ask. Though we hate to admit it, the concept of renaming tropes has pretty much become SeriousBusiness on this wiki. In some particularly bad cases, debates about renaming have even degenerated into {{Flame War}}s, which is plain uncool. For this reason, we've crafted up a basic rename strategy to answer the questions of when, and how, tropes are to be renamed. The first part of the strategy is that ''a trope should never be renamed without discussion''. Discussion is done in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=renames Trope Repair Shop]]. The idea is to hear everyone out, consider the relevant arguments and reach general agreement as to what should be done. We're not big on rules, but we do have some ''guidelines'' about which arguments carry weight in the Repair Shop and which don't. If you're thinking of proposing a rename, you should first figure out whether you have a valid and concrete case against the current title. We don't change titles for no reason; all other things being equal, keeping an existing title is better. Below are the most common reasons to rename or not rename, but you are free to bring up other arguments if you think they're relevant. !! Good arguments for keeping an existing name * '''Renaming is not a magic solution''' to all of a page's problems. If some issue isn't the name's fault, there's little sense in trying to fix that issue by renaming. If renaming could help but there's another, better way to deal with the issue, that's still a good reason to try that way instead. RedirectsAreFree, for example. If the main issues with a name are that it's [[OverlyLongName overly long]] or difficult to spell, an intuitive redirect may be a better solution than renaming the trope. * A '''large number of inbound links''' indicates that the current name is generating "buzz", being linked from outside the wiki and generating traffic for us. The higher the inbound count, the stronger this argument is. If it can be further shown that these inbound links are resulting from ''bona fide'' conversational use of the name outside TV Tropes, this means the name has gained traction outside the wiki and is a very good reason to keep it. For details, see Administrivia/AnalyzingInbounds. * If the name is already an '''established term''' in the outside world, that's a good reason to keep it (assuming its outside-world meaning is related to the trope). When making this claim, it is recommended to show outside proof thereof; the strength of this argument depends on how widely the term is in use. The article should have the name with the meaning that is used by the widest number of people. * '''No (or negligible) misuse''' in the wicks (in-wiki links) means that the title isn't [[IThoughtItMeant confusing our editors into thinking it's something else]]. For details, see Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck.\\ \\ Some tropers believe wick/inbound checks are nigh-essential to ground the discussion in facts; other tropers believe that in some cases they are irrelevant and insisting on them is obstructive. Whatever you do, don't get dragged into "your argument doesn't count!" "No, ''your'' argument doesn't count!" {{Rules Lawyer}}ing meta-arguments. Those ''never'' help. * If a name is just '''evocative''' in a way that some bland alternative cannot hope to emulate, leaving it be becomes a more attractive option. This is often due to the RuleOfFunny, RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama. * '''All other things being equal, keeping the current name is better''' - if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Lack of a good argument for renaming is a good argument for not renaming (and the converse is not true). This means that if someone brings up an argument for renaming, pointing out weaknesses in it stands on its own as an argument for keeping the current name. !! Good arguments for changing an existing name to a new name * The name is '''Unclear''' -- it fails to indicate what the trope is about, and thus undermines our goal of making the trope as accessible to as great a portion of our readership as possible. This includes [[WordSaladTitle titles that have nothing to do with the trope]], using technical terms that mean something else in everyday speech, or names that rely on familiarity with a particular work to make sense.\\ \\ If you think a name is unclear, remember that ''you are required to make substantial arguments and provide substantial evidence that the name is really unclear to actual readers, and that this lack of clarity exists outside your imagination.'' There are all sorts of ways to do this; you can use a [[Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck Wick Check]], an InboundCheck, Google result analysis or a dictionary, to name a few. Just saying "this is totally unclear" is not an argument in and of itself. * '''Character-Named Tropes''' used to be standard, but are now deprecated and considered a form of FanMyopia. Very few characters are iconic enough to truly personify a trope, and these are generally in the dictionary (e.g. [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]]); using anyone else risks PopculturalOsmosisFailure. Consider whether there are [[OneMarioLimit other fictional characters by that name]], whether [[IThoughtItMeant the character may have other aspects]], and how old the work is that the character is from.\\ \\ This is really a subset of the "unclear" issue outlined earlier. As before, explain how naming this trope after the character is unclear, and be prepared to provide substantial evidence. While a common issue, this isn't ''automatically'' a warrant to rename. * '''EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones'''. Too often the, ah, [[{{Pun}} cleverness]] of a snowclone can obscure the fact that a name doesn't quite fit the trope it's supposed to describe. If the snowclone doesn't make sense outside of the context of the original, or doesn't make sense ''inside'' the context of the original, it's misleading. * A trend of the name being '''misused''' -- as in, the trope's supposed "examples" are often not actually examples, or many of the wicks are wrong. This might be because the title suggests a trope broader than, or subtly different from, the actual definition. * '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "Instrumentality", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "Assimilation Plot", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "The Usual Suspects Ending", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "The Ending Changes Everything", "Thirty Five Minutes Ago", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "You Are Too Late" and "I Am John Smith", associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as "Trust Password". * The trope is suffering from '''disuse''' - as in, it has significantly less wicks or inbounds than it's supposed to. Deciding how many wicks or inbounds a trope is "supposed to" have can be a bit of a problem, so this argument is best used in clear-cut cases, or when there are other tropes we can compare against. For details, see Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck and Administrivia/AnalyzingInbounds. * The name seems '''unnecessarily subjective''' - that is, it's outright spiteful or laudatory, but the trope isn't a [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] item. Sometimes the ''trope itself'' is unnecessarily subjective; in that case, it's better to first discuss what to do with the trope. * If a trope '''has the same title as a work of fiction''', except if that title is a common established term for that trope. * We no longer name tropes after '''a line of dialogue or a Stock Phrase'''. It risks editors wikilinking the ''phrase'' every time that particular combination of words occurs, whether the underlying ''trope'' actually applies in that context or not. * '''"Trope" used as a placeholder word''' (e.g. "[[MoreTropesThanGod More [Tropes] Than God]]", "[[GonnaNeedMoreTrope Gonna Need More [Trope] ]]") is now deprecated, as it misuses the word "trope". * '''Acronym or initialism''' trope names. We generally prefer the title spelled out unless it has profanity (for example: the {{BFG}} trope, or Big Fucking Gun). * If a trope was '''launched prematurely''' from YKTTW before consensus was reached about a title and a description, it should probably get sent right back. !! What to do if you think a rename is called for. Bring it up in the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=renames Trope Repair Shop]]. '''Include your reasons for thinking it is broken in the opening post.''' Threads begun without reasons or supporting evidence will be summarily nuked. Note that the TropeRepairShop has a maximum number of active threads. We do this because when we didn't do this, we ended up with a huge backlog of threads which stalled via lack of consensus, progress or action. This means you might not be able to create your thread right away. Be patient. It's just something we all have to deal with. !! What happens after you bring it up: Discussions, Crowners and Resolutions First of all: As long as there is no consensus to rename, you should leave the name be. Consensus does not mean a simple majority. While there's no hard-and-fast rule for what constitutes consensus, for renames we generally look for at least a 2:1 ratio in favor -- that is, twice as many people think it should be changed as think it shouldn't. However, an alternative titles crowner does not need any particular ratio: the most popular title with more supports than opposes wins. !!!Discussions and Crowners After you post your proposal, there will likely be an influx of arguments for it and arguments against it. In the ''very rare'' cases where there is no dissent at all, people may appeal for a "process override" of sorts where we just go for it and implement the change, and a moderator may approve it; but most of the time, the proposal has its supporters and detractors, and we take a vote to see where consensus stands, if anywhere. Starting a vote early in the thread is '''not advisable'''. Good arguments are likely to come to light later that would have influenced voting. It's best to wait until both sides of the argument have had time to formulate their points before opening the vote. Anyone can start a vote, which we call a "crowner" for historical reasons (read: To confuse you). The first vote will be about whether to rename at all, and to start it off you'll want to create something called a ''single proposition crowner''. A single Proposition crowner is just that: one single question that can be responded to with a Yes (Up)/No(Down) vote. Such a crowner can be created [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner_create_subject.php?desc=SingleProposition&subject=InsertSubjectHere here]] (change [="InsertSubjectHere"=] in the URL to the title you want for the vote). It's recommended to add a summarized list of pros and cons for the proposal. Do your best to represent the arguments for both sides as honestly as possible while sticking to the facts. After you create the crowner, post the link at the proposal thread and press the yellow triangle thingie in the ribbon above your post. That's the holler button- it calls for a moderator; you want to ask them to attach the crowner to the bottom of the thread so people can vote on it comfortably instead of having to go through the link. People can later edit the arguments in the crowner to improve and refine them, or add new ones, but outright ''messing'' with them is not fair play. Basically, if you support a proposal you ought to stay away from negatively rephrasing or removing arguments in the "Con" section, and vice versa. !!!Resolutions Crowners should run until they stabilize. There is no set minimum number of days that a crowner must be open or maximum number of days that it can be open, though we usually give crowners at least three days to run out of courtesy. Once the voting has stabilized (this may mean that no new votes are coming in, or that one option has an insurmountable lead), give it another couple of days to be sure. Last minute objections may come in. Eventually, the proposition will either go through or be rejected, depending on whether there is consensus supporting it. Note that a majority is not always a consensus. It's not simply "how many" votes; it's "what proportion" of the votes cast that matters. 5 votes out of 6 indicates a consensus. 49 votes out of 95 does not, even though it's a majority. In general, we regard a two-thirds majority as the threshold for a majority to be called a consensus, but this number is not set in stone. In particularly heated discussions where the back-and-forth continues even after the crowner has stabilized - regarding how to interpret the results, what to do with them, and so on- a moderator will have to step in and make the call. !! We've decided to rename a trope. Now what? Well, obviously, you're going to have to decide what you want to rename it ''to''. At this point people will start coming up with suggestions, and will point out strengths and weaknesses in the suggestions already made. After the surge of suggestions dies down, it's time to start an Alternative Titles Crowner - in other words, a vote on what the new name should be. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner_create_subject.php?desc=AlternativeTitles&subject=InsertSubjectHere The template is here]], and it works much in the same way as a single proposition crowner. Once the alternative titles crowner has stabilized, again, either discussion will die down with everyone accepting the winner, or a moderator will have to step in and sort things out. Either way, a new title will be chosen, which means the page will have to be moved and everything having to do with the trope will have to be updated accordingly. See Administrivia/HowToMoveAPage for instructions on how to go about that. !! Oh, and one more thing... Be civil. If people won't see your point of view, being abrasive will not make things go your way. It's just a trope, and if it ends up with a title you don't like, that's not the end of the world. We've given you all the weapons you need to conduct yourself in a renaming proposition. Debate away! Have Fun! ----[[redirect:Administrivia/EverythingYouWantedToKnowAboutChangingNames]]
6th Oct '13 6:06:48 PM FastEddie
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler:The Ending Changes Everything]]", "[[spoiler:Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler:You Are Too Late]]" and "[[spoiler:I Am John Smith]]", associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as "[[spoiler: Trust Password]]".
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", "Instrumentality", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", "Assimilation Plot", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The "The Usual Suspects Ending]]", Ending", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler:The "The Ending Changes Everything]]", "[[spoiler:Thirty Everything", "Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", Ago", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler:You "You Are Too Late]]" Late" and "[[spoiler:I "I Am John Smith]]", Smith", associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as "[[spoiler: Trust Password]]"."Trust Password".
6th Oct '13 6:02:46 PM IlVit
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler:The Ending Changes Everything]]", "[[spoiler:Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler:You Are Too Late]]" and [[spoiler:I Am John Smith]], associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as [[spoiler: Trust Password]].
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler:The Ending Changes Everything]]", "[[spoiler:Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler:You Are Too Late]]" and [[spoiler:I "[[spoiler:I Am John Smith]], Smith]]", associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as [[spoiler: "[[spoiler: Trust Password]].Password]]".
6th Oct '13 6:02:02 PM IlVit
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler:The Ending Changes Everything]]", and "[[spoiler:Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler:You Are Too Late]]".
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two three other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler:The Ending Changes Everything]]", and "[[spoiler:Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler:You Are Too Late]]".Late]]" and [[spoiler:I Am John Smith]], associated with spoilers from the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, now known as [[spoiler: Trust Password]].
26th Sep '13 9:26:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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* A '''large number of inbound links''' indicates that the current name is generating "buzz", being linked from outside the wiki and generating traffic for us. The higher the inbound count, the stronger this argument is. If it can be further shown that these inbound links are resulting from ''bona fide'' conversational use of the name outside TV Tropes, this means the name has gained traction outside the wiki and is a very good reason to keep it. For details, see AnalyzingInbounds.
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* A '''large number of inbound links''' indicates that the current name is generating "buzz", being linked from outside the wiki and generating traffic for us. The higher the inbound count, the stronger this argument is. If it can be further shown that these inbound links are resulting from ''bona fide'' conversational use of the name outside TV Tropes, this means the name has gained traction outside the wiki and is a very good reason to keep it. For details, see AnalyzingInbounds.Administrivia/AnalyzingInbounds.

* The trope is suffering from '''disuse''' - as in, it has significantly less wicks or inbounds than it's supposed to. Deciding how many wicks or inbounds a trope is "supposed to" have can be a bit of a problem, so this argument is best used in clear-cut cases, or when there are other tropes we can compare against. For details, see Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck and AnalyzingInbounds.
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* The trope is suffering from '''disuse''' - as in, it has significantly less wicks or inbounds than it's supposed to. Deciding how many wicks or inbounds a trope is "supposed to" have can be a bit of a problem, so this argument is best used in clear-cut cases, or when there are other tropes we can compare against. For details, see Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck and AnalyzingInbounds.Administrivia/AnalyzingInbounds.
6th Jul '13 11:47:29 AM UltramarineAlizarin
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler: The Ending Changes Everything]]", and "[[spoiler: Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler: You Are Too Late]]".
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation "[[spoiler:Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler: The "[[spoiler:The Ending Changes Everything]]", and "[[spoiler: Thirty "[[spoiler:Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler: You "[[spoiler:You Are Too Late]]".
6th Jul '13 10:21:06 AM StFan
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If you think a name is unclear, remember that ''you are required to make substantial arguments and provide substantial evidence that the name is really unclear to actual readers, and that this lack of clarity exists outside your imagination.'' There are all sorts of ways to do this; you can use a WickCheck, an InboundCheck, Google result analysis or a dictionary, to name a few. Just saying "this is totally unclear" is not an argument in and of itself.
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If you think a name is unclear, remember that ''you are required to make substantial arguments and provide substantial evidence that the name is really unclear to actual readers, and that this lack of clarity exists outside your imagination.'' There are all sorts of ways to do this; you can use a WickCheck, [[Administrivia/HowToDoAWickCheck Wick Check]], an InboundCheck, Google result analysis or a dictionary, to name a few. Just saying "this is totally unclear" is not an argument in and of itself.
11th Apr '13 11:14:24 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler: The Ending Changes Everything]]", and "[[spoiler: Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for {{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler: You Are Too Late]]".
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as "[[spoiler: The Ending Changes Everything]]", and "[[spoiler: Thirty Five Minutes Ago]]", a spoiler for {{Watchmen}}, ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, now known as "[[spoiler: You Are Too Late]]".
17th Mar '13 12:15:52 PM IlVit
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, [[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]], a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as [[spoiler: The Ending Changes Everything]], and [[spoiler: Thirty Five Minutes Ago]], a spoiler for {{Watchmen}}, now known as [[spoiler: You Are Too Late]].
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* '''Trope Names that are Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, [[spoiler:The "[[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]], Ending]]", a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as [[spoiler: "[[spoiler: The Ending Changes Everything]], Everything]]", and [[spoiler: "[[spoiler: Thirty Five Minutes Ago]], Ago]]", a spoiler for {{Watchmen}}, now known as [[spoiler: "[[spoiler: You Are Too Late]].Late]]".
17th Mar '13 12:15:00 PM IlVit
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* '''Trope Names that are [[Administrivia/Spoiler Spoilers]]'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil said work.
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* '''Trope Names that are [[Administrivia/Spoiler Spoilers]]'''.Spoilers'''. Not only is this now considered FanMyopia, it can ruin someone's enjoyment of a work. A good example of this would be the now renamed "[[spoiler:Instrumentality]]", a massive spoiler for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The trope was renamed to "[[spoiler: Assimilation Plot]]", a title that doesn't spoil said work.the work. As of this writing, there have been two other tropes renamed because of spoilers, [[spoiler:The Usual Suspects Ending]], a spoiler for TheUsualSuspects, now known as [[spoiler: The Ending Changes Everything]], and [[spoiler: Thirty Five Minutes Ago]], a spoiler for {{Watchmen}}, now known as [[spoiler: You Are Too Late]].
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