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Needs broadening: Out Of Character Alert get usage counts

 51 Bobby G, Sun, 8th Apr '12 3:41:36 PM from the Silvery Tay
vigilantly taxonomish
Stapled it to the thread.

Also reclocked as requested because why not

edited 8th Apr '12 3:46:10 PM by BobbyG

Dragon Writer
"Covert Distress Code" could probably be vetoed from the crowner entirely because it's currently the working title for the YKTTW sister trope.
 53 Spark 9, Mon, 9th Apr '12 1:35:33 AM from Castle Wulfenbach Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
[up] Not necessarily; the YKTTW could also pick a different name than whatever we decide upon here.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
Votes needed. C'mon, people, this needs to end.

I think the Distress Code part of that name implies it's not improvised.
The Internet misuses, abuses, and overuses everything.
Dragon Writer
Agree.
Is anyone else worried that Out-of-Character Alert could be mistaken for a writer trick in which they alert the viewers/readers that someone is acting OOC? (Hope that wasn't too confusing.)

[up]You mean essentially a meta-version of the trope? Alerting the audience instead of another character?
The Internet misuses, abuses, and overuses everything.
Something like that.

 60 ccoa, Tue, 24th Apr '12 8:17:50 AM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
Bumping for votes.
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
 61 ccoa, Thu, 17th May '12 8:43:01 AM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
Calling crowner in favor of Out-of-Character Alert. Please do the rename.
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
 62 ccoa, Wed, 20th Jun '12 6:07:18 AM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
146 wicks left to do here.
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
Just to ask, do the NCIS examples used in the current page fit the trope? They don't seem to, but they don't seem to fit any other trope either. Perhaps we need yet another YKTTW, or do they actually fit?

 64 Donaldthe Potholer, Fri, 29th Jun '12 5:56:19 PM from Somewhere in (not)Miami
I hate to bring up a new problem with a presumably resolved thread, but I have this comment re: this Trope:

How is Not Himself not an Out-of-Character Alert?

 65 ccoa, Mon, 13th Aug '12 8:01:22 AM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
145 wicks left.
Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
 66 lu 127, Fri, 23rd Nov '12 7:19:59 AM from the Forest of Thorns Relationship Status: Loves me...loves me not
Pro-Pinkist
143 wicks left to be moved in the new name. Volunteers?
Dragon Writer
Wait. If the new title is meant only for the improvised distress signal, nobody adjusted the new page's description to reflect that. Shouldn't that get done first?


My thinking:
A fairly common trope in kidnapping and I Have Your Wife scenarios, where if a character in trouble is given a chance to contact their friends or family, the character may say or do something unusual in the message in an attempt to alert the recipients that something is decidedly not normal about this call — if the Big Bad is demanding a ransom, this is to alert them to the fact that there's a trap; if he wants the kidnapped to "assure" The Hero that they are "in fact" okay and not in any danger, this is to secretly convey that they're not.

Clues may include not responding to a well-known Berserk Button, doing things they're normally afraid of (or have a similar excuse for never doing), or insisting to be called by a nickname they actually hate. In the many cases where this clue is improvised on the spot, it may actually work almost too well, with the detail being dismissed at first and only realized later, hopefully not too late to plan a rescue or call some Big Damn Heroes.
 68 Septimus Heap, Thu, 20th Dec '12 5:45:39 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
Permission to swap [up] in?

I wouldn't yet. The second paragraph seems off to me - feels more like the trope that this one was being mistaken for. When does a person who's being secretly held captive get to respond (or not) to a Berserk Button? I think that entire paragraph applies a lot more to Spot the Imposter than this trope.

BTW, Bluff The Imposter still has a pointer to this trope defining it as an intentional or unintentional giveaway that one is an imposter. That should be fixed, shouldn't it?

 71 Septimus Heap, Mon, 14th Jan '13 2:32:43 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
Bumping this, since the wicks were done. I do not agree with Leaper - Stratadrake's description works for Spot the Impostor, but also here.

Also retagged the article since we are talking about the description on the new page.

 72 Septimus Heap, Fri, 25th Jan '13 2:01:16 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
Bumping this again. What exactly needs to be done here? Description rewrite or the launch of this YKTTW?

 73 Septimus Heap, Mon, 28th Jan '13 3:37:17 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
Ok, I am getting some progress on the YKTTW, but I've noticed that some entries overlap with Safe Word. What do we do with this?

Dragon Writer
Methinks Dr. Freud called and he wants his Safe Word back. Seriously, note  it's all about sex.

edited 28th Jan '13 6:48:30 PM by Stratadrake

 75 Septimus Heap, Mon, 1st Apr '13 4:22:20 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Another Wizard boy
OK, so this has been lagging again for two months. Does anybody agree with launching the YKTTW with only 11 examples? Despite all the bumping, this is all we got there.

Alternative Titles: Something They Would Never Say
8th Apr '12 3:36:22 PM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
At issue:
Something They Would Never Say's definition (an improvised OOC remark used to secretly convey distress) needs moving to a new name to fix misuse.

Note that there is currently a YKTTW for "official covert distress code" (also needed to fix misuse). This is not that.
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