Administrivia / Needs a Better Description

You've just launched a trope, it may or may not have a good name, you may or may not know what index it fits in, but you can't think of a good description. The one you had on YKTTW was too short, too dry, not clear, etc.

Alternatively, maybe you have simply come upon a page with a trope description that is... insufficient. If you feel unable (or unwilling) to fix it at the time, you could put it on your To-Do List and fix it later. However, if you want to evoke a bit of Wiki Magic for the task, you've come to the right place. Here is what you can do:

  1. Add a link to the offending trope to one of the categories at the bottom of this page (try to be specific).

  2. Put a link to "Needs a Better Description" on the offending trope's main page.

  3. Put a note on the offending trope's Discussion page explaining what the problem is with the description. When you've done all three things, others will bless you with their Wiki Magic.

For best results, please complete all three action items listed above.

Please do not mark pages that simply seem less-than-perfect. Such issues can be irritating, but are often easily remedied, so please resist the urge to share such pages with others and just fix them.

We're looking for defects severe enough they need attention, and that might need the attention of more than a single Troper. See the categories below for some of the reasons you might list a page here. There are also two Special Efforts forum threads that list some common issues with trope and work descriptions, and are a good place to ask for help: Trope Description Improvement Drive and Improving work and creator page descriptions.

If you want to help clean up pages listed below, here are a few pointers:

  • You don't have to be cute, just understandable. When in doubt, be Boring but Practical.
  • We have Indexes for related tropes, you don't need to reference every similar trope within the article.
  • Remember that page quotes are optional; their inclusion should be helpful to the description, not merely cool or funny.
  • Unless the trope is an index and has dozens of different connotations, there is no need to write a dissertation. Simple, short descriptions help keep the examples clear.
  • Examples go in the Examples list, the description should be free of them. The only exceptions may be the Trope Namer or Older Than They Think examples.

For the convenience of those working on this list, it is divided into a number of subcategories. Please try to keep these up-to-date by correcting categorizations as needed. Obviously, some of the categorization is subjective, so feel free to move something that seems to be in the wrong place. If you put a page on the list of defective pages, please also put a note in the Discussion for that page as to what seems to be the problem.

Once you've corrected the problems (or if you find a description that Magic seems to have already repaired), please both: remove the link from this list and remove the link to here from that page. In general, please remember to delete items from these lists as you move or complete them. The list tends to pile up, so please try to help keep it clean—make certain you are putting your listing in the proper place.

If you're hankering to fix something, but don't feel like addressing the articles listed here, you might take a look at the items listed under Needs Wiki Magic Love for other things needing a bit of help.


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    Tropes needing general refinement 

    Works and creator pages needing general refinement 

Comic Books

Creator Pages

Fan Fiction
  • TheNewMath: A better description of the overall plot would be a nice thing to have here

Film

Lets Plays

Literature

Manga

Music

Series
  • Campus: Description is all one sentence.
  • Drifters
  • Girl Meets World: Has more emphasis on role reprisals from its parent series than it does on the series itself.
  • Cape Wrath: Copypasta from The Other Wiki, has been worked on but still needs some cleanup 01-15-2016.
  • French and Saunders: 5 lines about the careers of the stars, nothing about the content of the show. Also no image. 01-21-2016
  • The Osbournes
  • The Puzzle Place: The description is very brief, which the article tries to make up for by directing readers to the series' Wikipedia page.
  • Topper: Description could use more meat and an image. 01-19-2016
  • Ultraman Cosmos: 80-90% of the description is copied from The Other Wiki (by the author's own admission), and that aside, it's pretty badly written, with a bit of broken English and little to no text formatting.

Table Top Games
  • Pathogen: The Infected: Lots about the mechanics of the game, very little about the game otherwise. 01-19-2016
  • Zombie: The Coil: Shifts to second-person, and references to plot elements are made without covering much of the storyline. 01-19-2016

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Beast Keeper
  • Leap Frog: Only has a description of what DVDs were released, but nothing is said on the plot.
  • Weird-Ohs: Current description seems to be ripped straight from Wikipedia.

Video Games

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    Works with too short a description 

Comic Books

Creator Pages

Fan Fiction

Film

Let's Plays

Literature

Manga

Music

Podcasts

Western Animation

Series

Video Games

Web Comics

Useful Notes

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    Works with too long a description 

Video Games

Western Animation

Web Comics

    Works best described by their fans 

Anime

Blogs
  • Always Having Juice: Needs more expansion on how characters and the plot differ from the Sonic the Hedgehog games, comics, and animation its based on. The character bit is elaborated on in the current description, the plot, not so much. All info needed is on the blog, just sift through the tags for each character. (Thanks Calamity Jane!)

Fan Fiction

Film

Literature

Let's Plays

Manga

Music

Roleplays

Series

Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation

Web Videos

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Alternative Title(s): Fix The Description, Needs A Better Description

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