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Short-Hand Trope Naming Conventions
How to not get stuck on a new trope title.


(permanent link) added: 2011-12-25 18:53:32 sponsor: moocow1452 (last reply: 2011-12-26 12:53:32)

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K. So I took a day, gave it a thunk, and I'd like to apologize to the team here and the greater wiki for my actions. I tried to defend my position in what I saw in a reasonable matter on now established protocol, but that lead to a lot of people taking up my banner who were nowhere near as reasonable. So I got out of dodge and gave the admins a headache on Christmas Eve when they had to put out the fire I started and left behind. So, that happened and I admit that I was responsible. yay.

So, I'm going to something incredibly stupid and try to try again, not hijacking someone's thread and trying to get the defensive high ground, but just as the problem we have and how I see it. That problem being, the habit of throwing out Stock Phrase names and arguing schematics about what would be the proper way to phrase it for way longer than the trope requires. We got lazy naming new tropes after Stock Phrases, and the way I see of us getting out of this is to get even lazier, take the titles we get, and come up with a rule of thumb on how to fix them instead of getting stuck in Development Hell over what to name these things.

I'm personally thinking since dialog titles are normally commentary on the trope rather than the trope itself, our best bet for a patch is to try and make our titles more present tense, focusing on the trope as opposed to the fallout. Looking For The Year as opposed to What Year Is It?, Washing Your Mouth Out With Soap as opposed to Wash Your Mouth Out With Soap, and even Letting The Wookie Win instead of Let The Wookie Win. I know it's not that great at the moment, but it's what I got, and solves a little bit of the problem for a lot of the tropes instead of going case by case. Assuming it's it's totally useless, I still want to know if anyone has input on what a rule like that could be, seeing as it could be a huge boon to the wiki if we could get a quick fix to this massive issue.
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