I think I'll put forward the case for the current naming policy:
- Wittiness and pop culture are fine, but take a second seat to the wiki being readable
(and searchable). That includes knowing and remembering what a trope is without having to open and read it (yes, it's a good idea to do so anyway, but we don't want to have to jump to another article in the middle of reading a page).
- We have an obligation to use pre-existing terms, not make new ones of our own just for its own sake.
- Related to the above, it helps if we can use the same terms to those unfamiliar to the wiki
. (I have once dropped "Anvilicious" in conversation and been met with blank stares.)
- We are a wiki, hence a collective intellectual construct. Using obscure, fandom-specific references is a somewhat proprietary act, giving a privilege to whoever YKTTWed
it. The articles need to reflect the consensus. This same applies to the use of redirects talked about earlier. (Feel free to use them on pages that belong to you: your troper page, your blog, perhaps your reviews.)
- More subtly, naming a trope after a character or a work can lead to a peculiar form of Trope Decay
from the start, in that editors don't agree on what aspect the trope is about. "Spikeification" was understood by some as being a not-always-bad character arc of going from a menacing villain to a weak but more rounded anti-hero.
- Linked to the above: it is demeaning to take a complex work and use the name as if they were one-note shows (take a look through Renamed Tropes
at how many were "known for being about more than just...").
And I think Seinfeld Is Unfunny
sorely needs a rename ("Invented The Cliché"?). It is utterly opaque and not even a proper example (that would be "Seinfeld Is Mundane" or "Seinfeld Is Like Every Other Sitcom").
edited 28th Jul '12 5:41:17 PM by RJSavoy