Non-diegetic does seem like the most accurate description, even if it's not the most well-known term.
Medium Awareness uses "medium" in place of "non-diegetic." Maybe a name with "medium" in it would work?
Now that I think about it, why did we stop talking about "Paratext"? That's really the word we should be using (I think?)
I think Symbolic Interface is good (now that I think about it, and not just tossed it up because it sounded good), based on some arguments here.
It is a symbolic representation of what's not fully representable otherwise, like using a different font for a different type of speech, written sound effects, or shaking the camera to evoke tremors or an unstable mind.
It's also an interface, as it's the boundary between the story and the viewer. An interface doesn't have to be two-way.
On the use of "Non-Diegetic", it makes me uncomfortable because even after looking it up, I feel like I don't really know what "Diegetic" means, and I can't shake the feeling that we'd be using it incorrectly.
In this context, it's the first of those, "the (fictional) world in which the situations and events narrated occur". Stuff the characters can perceive: action, dialog, setting, etc. The second definition is something else.
Calling someone a pedant is an automatic Insult Backfire. Real pedants will be flattered.
My understanding is that "non-diegetic" just means "the characters don't notice it," unless they have Medium Awareness.
The appearance of a speech bubble is non-diegetic, while the actual words said are diegetic.
What about Non Diegetic Clues?
1 : the act or result of curving or bending : bend
2 : change in pitch or loudness of the voice
3 a: the change of form that words undergo to mark such distinctions as those of case, gender, number, tense, person, mood, or voice b: a form, suffix, or element involved in such variation
That's my case for Visual Inflection.
"Subtle" isn't a word I'd use to describe this trope. It's unusual for it to be subtle. If you don't notice it, it's because it's so conventional that you're desensitized to it.
Also, it connotes that it's a clue "to" something. That's not necessarily true. It's more like a shorthand for something. You wouldn't say that increasing the font size is a "clue" that a character is yelling—that's just the way "yelling" is represented in comics.
Alternative Titles: Painting The Fourth Wall
22nd Feb '12 2:35:43 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.
Last Crowner established that we need to rename.
The name should indicate that the trope is "Making changes to usual medium conventions to represent things about the story" For instance, changing the appearance of a speech bubble to show that a character is evil, or a TV show changing to black-and-white to show that a flash-back is happening.
Look at the list of subtropes to get a complete idea of what the trope includes.