AuraGuardian, your example violates multiple wiki policies, not just context rules, and your arguments suggest a fundamental misunderstanding of what context is. Moreover, from what I can tell, your example is shoehorned, and Not an Example
of the trope at all.
The line, "Whether he has achieved this yet is not known" violates wiki policy because examples must be written in a generic time frame. See Examples Are Not Recent
The clause, "judging by X" is effectively argument, and Examples Are Not Arguable
. An objective trope, such as Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge
is, is either unambiguously present or unambiguously not. There is no middle ground.
More to the point, sayiing things like "X is this trope", which is what your example and quote amount to, is Zero Context by definition
. That means we may not argue the point; either we accept the policy or we don't edit—and willful violation of the context policy is something the mods do suspend people for.
The example writing guidelines
say, among other things, "Don't speculate, don't prognosticate". This means if an objective trope (as opposed to YMMV) has not been conclusively established in an unfinished work, we may not assume it will ever
appear, no matter how strong we think the evidence is that it will be included at some future date.
Don't assume the trope name says it all
. That's a leading cause of trope misuse because, among other reasons, it strips out all nuance. The trope description makes clear that one cannot be a Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge
without forbidden knowledge to keep. The trope is about possessing, not seeking, so the monk is Not an Example
unless someone can conclusively prove
that he already possesses forbidden knowledge. Other tropes cover the seeking. Ergo, saying "either is or is seeking to become" boils down to, "this trope may or may not be present", which says nothing
. Moreover, a trope not being present
in a work is very rarely noteworthy.
What does the monk plan to do with the forbidden knowledge if/when he gets it? Will he use it to achieve other objectives
? Will he hoard it or only pass it on to a select few who meet his prerequisites? Does he want it to be publicly available, i.e. to purge the "forbidden" part? All three possibilities are plausible, but only the second would make him a Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge
; the others would make him an example of different tropes. That's one reason context matters—so people can verify that an example is really an example of the trope it purports to represent.