Page Action: If You Know What I Mean

I Eat Metaphor For BreakfastIf You Know What I Mean I Got Better
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Page Action: If You Know What I Mean
What would be the best way to fix the page?
At issue:
Trope Decay has a tight grip on If you know what I mean and refuses to let go.

The definition of this trope is:
  • A character adds a supplemental remark to a statement, to point out how they just delivered a Double Entendre. It's about the added remark, not the Double Entendre itself.

The trope is seeing pothole abuse of Biblical proportions, with wiki editors potholing it underneath random double-entendres or Accidental Innuendo* , very similar to Incredibly Lame Pun being used for editor-contributed puns.

Initial sampling suggests a misuse ratio of approximately ninety percent, which if true makes it one of the most misused (if not THE single most misused) articles in the entire wiki. (And Thats Terrible.)

Something must be done to address the matter. Ideas?
+18 (yeas:32 nays:14)
not eligible, please ignore
+15 (yeas:31 nays:16)
[Edit: Disqualified by Word Of Mod; keeping the old phrase bluelinked is not an option]

Use title as redirect

  • Copy and paste (or possibly YKTTW) the current article definition to a new article with a separate title.
  • Redirect the current title ("If You Know What I Mean") to whatever article (Double Entendre, etc.) matches the majority of actual usage.
  • Spread Wiki Magic dust over the new article; scan for correct usages of the old WikiWord and update them to the new one.

Pro
  • Misuse and Trope Decay are so widespread that it may simply be less work to let the old title continue getting used in its current manner, while moving the defined trope to somewhere else that won't get such misuse.
  • Nothing gets cut, so we keep the wicks and inbounds.

Con:
  • The old title is still bluelinked, which won't necessarily discourage misuse of the trope.
  • Out of 5237 wicks, even 90% misuse means that hundreds of wicks were still written about the defined trope, so until we manually fix all of them, they would lead to the wrong place.
-1 (yeas:9 nays:10)

Add to Permanent Red Link Club (like X, Just...X)

  • Rename (or otherwise copy/paste) the existing trope definition to a separate title.
  • Reduce the old title of "If You Know What I Mean" to a stub explaining that it shouldn't get potholed anymore.
  • Lock and preserve the article as the newest official member of the Permanent Red Link Club.
  • Start searching and redirecting correct usages to the new title; terminate the misuse with extreme prejudice.

Pro
  • Redlinking the old title will immediately encourage people to stop potholing it.
  • Nothing gets actually cut, so we don't lose the inbounds.

Con
  • Requires massive cleanup effort for over five thousand wikilinks.
  • While we don't actually lose the inbounds, the inbounds are still linked to the old title while the new title has to start collecting them from scratch.
-3 (yeas:5 nays:8)

Nuke it (like I Am Not Making This Up)

  • Rename (or otherwise copy/paste) the existing trope definition to a separate title.
  • Cut and lock the old title of "If You Know What I Mean".
  • Redirect correct usages to the new article; kill misuse with fire.

Pro
  • Redlinking the old title will immediately encourage people to stop potholing it everywhere.

Con
  • Requires massive cleanup effort for over five thousand wikilinks.
  • Cutting means losing the quintuple-digit inbounds associated with the title.
-10 (yeas:13 nays:23)
Do nothing.

The misuse consists mainly of editors using it to highlight a meta-level use of the trope (usually one they created themselves), similar to Incredibly Lame Pun and Alt Text jokes. While not an accurate usage of the trope (which is an in universe occurence), it is not deceptive about the meaning of the trope.

Plus, doing nothing is easier.
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Total number of votes: 161

I Eat Metaphor For BreakfastIf You Know What I Mean I Got Better
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