I'll start on the cleanup, but the fact that it has > 1800 wicks means I can't and won't do this alone.
Edit: Cleanup done from A to Ae. This list is long enough and misuse widespread enough that it will take a while.
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Page Action: Dont Explain The Joke
6th Jan '12 10:01:20 AM
What would be the best way to fix the page?
What to do with Dont Explain The Joke, as it's both a pothole magnet, and suffers misuse from those that think any information given about a joke is explaining it, when the trope is actually explaining what the punchline means.
7 (yeas:12 nays:5) 2.40 : 1
Only clean up the examples and wicks.
5 (yeas:10 nays:5) 2.00 : 1
Clean up, and redefine so that it's not only about the punchline.
5 (yeas:8 nays:3) 2.67 : 1
Split off the stock joke where the funny part is explaining a normally unfunny joke.
-4 (yeas:2 nays:6)
Rename, clean up examples/wicks, and split off explaining the punchline of a bad joke is the joke itself.
-4 (yeas:0 nays:4)
I would suggest the trope name "Yes, that's the joke, Ted." from the Family Guy episode with Ted Turner insisting on explaining a joke's punchline to Peter, Mr Puterschmit, Bill Gates and Michael Esner. My friends and I have started to use that phrase at each other whenever one of us starts over explaining a joke.