Created By: KZN02 on January 22, 2013 Last Edited By: KZN02 on February 10, 2013
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  • January 22, 2013
    TonyG
  • January 22, 2013
    lexicon

    What is this so narrow as smell (never mind the fact that it's so small)? Are there tropes for sight or sound? If not they should probably all be put together.
  • January 23, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^I agree, maybe this index should be expanded in order to include all 5 of the major senses (Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell, and Hearing).
  • January 23, 2013
    JohnnyCache
    If you don't expand it, you could call it This Index Smells :)
  • January 23, 2013
    KZN02
    Hmm, I guess you have a point. I'll give this a few days to see how many more examples we get.
  • January 23, 2013
    peccantis
  • January 24, 2013
    Stratadrake
    If this is about any of the five senses, then what we have is a Sensory Index.
  • January 24, 2013
    JohnnyCache
    Maybe Sensory Index could be a higher-level index, with this being one of the entries for the individual senses' indices.

    And if we do that, perhaps there should be indices for psychic/supernatural senses ("sixth sense") and mechanical senses/sensors as well....
  • January 24, 2013
    lexicon
    We only have eight tropes for smell. Unless we have at least that many for each of the other senses then this should really be a Sensory Index.
  • January 24, 2013
    m8e
    Isn't this index about stuff that smell(/has a odor)? I'm not seing how this can be put under an Sensory Index like this. I mean it's like putting everything that can be seen under "Sight" and anything that can be touched under "Touch" and so on.
  • January 24, 2013
    KZN02
    For the sake of Sensory Index, how many more tropes would we get with the other senses?
  • January 25, 2013
    lexicon
    You can search for 'sight'. I count seven tropes in the first page, three in the second, and none in the third.

    I don't understand the problem of a Sensory Index. In the description you say that here goes anything that a person knows whether by one of the five natural senses, anything they can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste or they have an unnatural mental understanding. There could be sub-indexes, but there needs to be a super index for something involving multiple senses like Sense Freak.
  • January 25, 2013
    CaveCat
    ^Right, I can understand where this is going.
  • January 25, 2013
    KZN02
    K, Sensory Index it is.
  • January 25, 2013
    CaveCat
  • January 25, 2013
    m8e
  • January 25, 2013
    lexicon
  • January 25, 2013
    SharleeD
    Bizarre Alien Senses for General.

    Several examples need to be double-checked for applicability. Tropes that are about eating stuff aren't necessarily also about taste, e.g. I Ate What is more about thinking what you ate is disgusting than its flavor being objectionable. Nor is every trope with "Sight" in its name literally about vision, e.g. Devil In Plain Sight is about when the villain's identity is very obvious. And tropes about noise aren't necessarily about the sense of hearing.

    I think this needs to be about the senses themselves, not about phenomena that senses might detect. Sure, we could throw in absolutely everything someone can sense, but wouldn't that wind up including most of the tropes that exist? Every action a character can take is going to involve them sensing something, after all; heck, every technique used in filming or sound recording is about what the audience senses.
  • January 26, 2013
    lexicon
    Considering 'nor is every trope with "Sight" in its name literally about vision' I think Love Before First Sight should be moved to 'other'. It's about being in love with someone you haven't seen. The beloved is being sensed but not with the other person's eyes. Also in 'other' we have My Significance Sense Is Tingling and Spider Sense.
  • February 4, 2013
    ShadowHog
  • February 5, 2013
    Telcontar

    Reckon we can get a more interesting opening sentence?
  • February 8, 2013
    SharleeD
    How about this for the description:

    "An Index for tropes about the senses: what they are, how they work, or the act of detecting sensations with them. Tropes that involve any of the five well-known human senses (Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell, Taste) belong here, as do other biological sensory mechanisms (kinesthesia, echolocation, etc) and supernatural "Sixth Sense"-style variants."

    I considered an "or fail to work" line also, but wasn't sure if tropes about the lack of a sense (e.g. blindness-related tropes) belonged here or not.
  • February 8, 2013
    SharleeD
    There are still a lot of listed examples that technically aren't about the senses. Tropes about things that make noise really don't belong in an index about sensing things, IMO; they'd be noisy even if nobody is there listening, after all.
  • February 9, 2013
    SharleeD
    Okay, I removed some examples that were about making noise rather than hearing it, and added a few more. Also replaced "Sight" with "Vision" and "Sound" with "Hearing", to try to make it clearer that it's the act or means of perception that this Index is about, not things having a particular appearance/odor/whatever.
  • February 10, 2013
    KZN02
    Ready to launch, does anybody have any gripes before I do so?
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