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25th Jun '16 11:23:52 AM Scorpion451
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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments or directly re-writing the work of others to reflect concise, impartial observation. Instead of removing the incorrect information or biased statements, or turning a one word example into a complete comprehensible sentence, they add their own thoughts, elaborations, and counterpoints to the existing text. Over time, this results in sprawling examples and trope descriptions full of [[WikiSchizophrenia contradictions]] and {{weasel words}} and [[ThreadMode long meandering discussions]] spanning multiple bullet points. These are hard to read and while well intentioned, this behavior can create redundant and confusing tangles of PurpleProse and NonSequitur. But to many, it would be rude to do anything to actually fix the problem, since it would require deleting so much that others have written.

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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments or directly re-writing the work of others to reflect concise, impartial observation. Instead of removing the incorrect information or biased statements, or turning a one word example into a complete comprehensible sentence, they add their own thoughts, elaborations, and counterpoints to the existing text. Over time, this results in sprawling examples and trope descriptions full of [[WikiSchizophrenia contradictions]] and {{weasel words}} and [[ThreadMode long meandering discussions]] spanning multiple bullet points. These are hard to read and while well intentioned, this behavior can create redundant and confusing tangles of PurpleProse and NonSequitur. But to many, it would be rude to do anything to actually fix the problem, since it would require deleting so much that others have written.
written with the best of intentions.
25th Jun '16 11:22:30 AM Scorpion451
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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments or directly re-writing the work of others to reflect concise, impartial observation. Instead of removing the incorrect information or biased statements, they add their own thoughts, elaborations, and counterpoints to the existing text. Over time, this results in sprawling examples and trope descriptions full of [[WikiSchizophrenia contradictions]] and {{weasel words}} and [[ThreadMode long meandering discussions]] spanning multiple bullet points. These are hard to read and while well intentioned, this behavior can create redundant and confusing tangles of PurpleProse and NonSequitur. But to many, it would be rude to do anything to actually fix the problem, since it would require deleting so much that others have written.

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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments or directly re-writing the work of others to reflect concise, impartial observation. Instead of removing the incorrect information or biased statements, or turning a one word example into a complete comprehensible sentence, they add their own thoughts, elaborations, and counterpoints to the existing text. Over time, this results in sprawling examples and trope descriptions full of [[WikiSchizophrenia contradictions]] and {{weasel words}} and [[ThreadMode long meandering discussions]] spanning multiple bullet points. These are hard to read and while well intentioned, this behavior can create redundant and confusing tangles of PurpleProse and NonSequitur. But to many, it would be rude to do anything to actually fix the problem, since it would require deleting so much that others have written.
25th Jun '16 11:20:24 AM Scorpion451
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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments, which result in a [[WikiSchizophrenia sentence full of exceptions]] and {{weasel words}}.

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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments, which result fragments or directly re-writing the work of others to reflect concise, impartial observation. Instead of removing the incorrect information or biased statements, they add their own thoughts, elaborations, and counterpoints to the existing text. Over time, this results in a sprawling examples and trope descriptions full of [[WikiSchizophrenia sentence full of exceptions]] contradictions]] and {{weasel words}}.
words}} and [[ThreadMode long meandering discussions]] spanning multiple bullet points. These are hard to read and while well intentioned, this behavior can create redundant and confusing tangles of PurpleProse and NonSequitur. But to many, it would be rude to do anything to actually fix the problem, since it would require deleting so much that others have written.
23rd Feb '16 4:44:15 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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The wise Hedge Trimmer will quickly learn that a very good grasp of grammar, and attention to when nuance and detail ''are'' important, can help avoid {{Edit War}}s.

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The wise Hedge Trimmer will quickly learn that a very good grasp of grammar, and attention to when nuance and detail ''are'' important, can help avoid {{Edit Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s.
9th Sep '15 5:27:12 PM Scorpion451
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The wise Hedge Trimmer will quickly learn that a very good grasp grammar, and attention to when nuance and detail ''are'' important, can help avoid {{Edit War}}s.

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The wise Hedge Trimmer will quickly learn that a very good grasp of grammar, and attention to when nuance and detail ''are'' important, can help avoid {{Edit War}}s.
26th Aug '15 2:09:53 PM Madrugada
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8th Jul '15 8:43:56 PM Scorpion451
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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments, which result in a [[WikiSchizophrenia sentence full of exceptions]] and {{weasel words}}. Meanwhile, the Hedge Trimmer is a merciless subspecies of [[Administrivia/LumperVsSplitter Lumper]], editing things down to be as concise as possible like a sheep goes at grass. While how long an article is usually depends either on how much one writer can ramble or how long a good explanation needs to be, the Hedge Trimmer figures an article should be as long as its assumed effect or importance. [[MemeticMutation Too Long; Didn't Read]] is used unironically, and some articles are thought not to dignify the use of the scrollbar. Discussion pages especially are glossed over like Martian instruction manuals.

The core reasoning is, whatever the standards of the appropriate format, they will cut and mutilate it to fit into that. The Hedge Trimmer can only avoid getting into {{Edit War}}s if he has a very good grasp of grammar. If WallsOfText are overgrown ivy, bits of (perceived) {{Fancruft}} are stinkweeds that kill bees and eat birds.

One side-effect of conciseness is most Hedge Trimmers edit articles rather than start them.

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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments, which result in a [[WikiSchizophrenia sentence full of exceptions]] and {{weasel words}}. Meanwhile, the

The Hedge Trimmer has [[GoodIsNotSoft no such hangups.]]

The
Hedge Trimmer is a merciless subspecies of [[Administrivia/LumperVsSplitter Lumper]], editing things down to be as concise as possible like Lumper]] more interested in maintaining articles than starting them. To these tropers, a sheep goes at grass. While how long an trope article or works page is usually depends either like a garden. A garden in need of trimming.

WallsOfText are overgrown shrubs to prune into topiary. {{Thread Mode}} is an unpleasant vine that infests example sections. {{Natter}} is a parasitic moss that grows
on other statements, and bits of (perceived) {{Fancruft}} are stinkweeds that kill bees and eat birds. WordCruft is AlienKudzu. The Hedge Trimmer seeks and destroys all of them.

A full blown {{Signal To Noise Trainwreck}} may induce TranquilFury.

Tolerable levels of cruft vary depending on the individual hedge trimmer, and can be influenced by
how much one writer can ramble amusing the rambling is or how long a good clear explanation needs to be, the Hedge Trimmer figures an article should be as long as its assumed effect or importance. be. In extreme cases, [[MemeticMutation Too Long; Didn't Read]] is used unironically, and even for the most tolerant shear-wielders some articles are thought not to dignify the use of the scrollbar. Additionally, Discussion pages especially are tend to be glossed over like Martian instruction manuals.

The core reasoning is, whatever
manuals.[[note]]As, after all, they only contain ''more'' irrelevant natter which ''cannot'' be trimmed.[[/note]]

While they can tear through articles like a chainsaw-wielding psycho through a group of camp councilors, most Hedge Trimmers do have the best of intentions. Whatever
the standards of the appropriate format, they will cut and mutilate it their targets to fit into that. fit. Ultimately the Hedge Trimmer's goal is leaving a page they edit in a clearer and more pleasant to read state.

The wise Hedge Trimmer can only avoid getting into {{Edit War}}s if he has will quickly learn that a very good grasp of grammar. If WallsOfText are overgrown ivy, bits of (perceived) {{Fancruft}} are stinkweeds that kill bees grammar, and eat birds.

One side-effect of conciseness is most Hedge Trimmers edit articles rather than start them.
attention to when nuance and detail ''are'' important, can help avoid {{Edit War}}s.
10th Jun '13 11:44:38 PM Withoutaname
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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments, which result in a [[WikiSchizophrenia sentence full of exceptions]] and {{weasel words}}. Meanwhile, the Hedge Trimmer is a merciless subspecies of [[LumperVsSplitter Lumper]], editing things down to be as concise as possible like a sheep goes at grass. While how long an article is usually depends either on how much one writer can ramble or how long a good explanation needs to be, the Hedge Trimmer figures an article should be as long as its assumed effect or importance. [[MemeticMutation Too Long; Didn't Read]] is used unironically, and some articles are thought not to dignify the use of the scrollbar. Discussion pages especially are glossed over like Martian instruction manuals.

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A lot of polite wiki authors are uncomfortable with outright deleting fragments, which result in a [[WikiSchizophrenia sentence full of exceptions]] and {{weasel words}}. Meanwhile, the Hedge Trimmer is a merciless subspecies of [[LumperVsSplitter [[Administrivia/LumperVsSplitter Lumper]], editing things down to be as concise as possible like a sheep goes at grass. While how long an article is usually depends either on how much one writer can ramble or how long a good explanation needs to be, the Hedge Trimmer figures an article should be as long as its assumed effect or importance. [[MemeticMutation Too Long; Didn't Read]] is used unironically, and some articles are thought not to dignify the use of the scrollbar. Discussion pages especially are glossed over like Martian instruction manuals.
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