Improving work and creator page descriptions:

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Since we have a thread for improving the descriptions for tropes, I thought I would make one for improving descriptions for works. This is also a good place for requesting creator page cleaning.

Here are some common problems with many work descriptions:

So just post any work or creator page descriptions that are in need of cleanup and we'll see what we can do.

edited 23rd Dec '15 8:06:12 PM by MyTimingIsOff

Atlas Shrugged has a bullet point list of works that have been inspired by or have mocked the book. This seems like info best left on the respective works' pages.

edited 25th Dec '11 5:07:28 PM by captainpat

3 Nohbody25th Dec 2011 06:02:54 PM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
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^ Agreed. A works page is to discuss the work, not more-or-less unrelated (beyond influence) works covered elsewhere. The pages for the other works can discuss the influences on their creation.

edited 25th Dec '11 6:03:13 PM by Nohbody

In accordance with this, I deleted a whole bunch of "Stuff inspired by Conan" from the Conan the Barbarian page. Most of it went better under Barbarian Hero, anyway.
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[up]Thank you. I really dislike it when people add things like that to work pages.
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6 Deboss16th Jan 2012 01:06:35 AM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Dingo Pictures. I know it's one of those crappy knockoff cartoon producers, but we probably should at least put some effort into creating a description besides that.
I have two of them, both I would write myself but I have not seen either of these films.

Firstly, there's Phenomenon which describes the entire film instead of a summary (the whole plot is given including spoilers).

Secondly, I stumbled across this page Wild Child which someone made, wrote one sentence for it, and left. I expanded it a bit, but I haven't seen it so I can't do much.

edited 23rd Jan '12 5:51:52 PM by agentjohnbishop

[up]Courtesy link. You accidentally linked to the trope.
[up] Thanks, I should have assumed we had a trope named that.
10 Deboss24th Jan 2012 09:08:26 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Aerosmith's description is kinda long, reads like a Wikipedia article, and violates Edit Tip #12.

[up]That is way too long, could really use an analysis dump.

edited 24th Jan '12 9:58:54 PM by MyTimingIsOff

I think that this wiki offers too little in the way of guidance on how to write a "decent description" for a work. For anything that isn't too recent and/or popular, YKTTW and the forums are full of people who either don't know enough or don't care enough.
[up] How to Create a Works Page has this to say on writing a description:

Good things to include: the name of the work's creator(s), the year it was first published, the genre and medium, a brief and spoiler-free overview of the plot, a link to the official website. Things not to include: quality judgements (don't say how much it sucked/how awesome it was), recommendations (don't tell us whether or not we should check it out), plot spoilers. And whatever you do, do not copy text from the Wikipedia page. That is Plagiarism and it is bad.
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14 Deboss23rd Feb 2012 12:17:15 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I'd probably add "critical reception" to that list of things not to include.
15 SeptimusHeap23rd Feb 2012 12:20:49 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
^Yeah, do so. They often are just stealth reviews and really more Trivia.
Stuff like Oscar nominations should be okay though.
Rhymes with "Protracted."
17 Komodin24th Feb 2012 04:18:39 PM from Windy Hill Zone , Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
TV Tropes' Sonic Wiki Curator
I'm sorry if I'm wrong, but am I right in thinking that the work summary for Sonic Riders needs to be trimmed down a bit? I mean, I'd do it myself in a heartbeat, but I would like a second opinion before I go along with it.
[up]Yes. That could definitely use a trim down. The spoilers in particular need to be nuked, since our spoiler policy forbids putting spoilers above the example list.
19 SeptimusHeap25th Feb 2012 02:40:46 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
I think we should limit us to an one-sentence plot summary there. I don't need to know all details of the plot - it's a work description, not a summary.
20 Laukku25th Feb 2012 01:52:27 PM from Finland , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
If a work description has a complete plot summary, you could dump it on the Synopsis subpage. That's what I've done to Fiddler on the Roof.
21 SeptimusHeap25th Feb 2012 01:54:43 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
So...take out these three paragraphs and dump them into Synopsis.Sonic Riders?
22 FinalStarman29th Feb 2012 09:55:49 PM from Clinton, Massachusetts
Brüno has a weird self-demonstrating thing for a description.
Shining Wind needs a lot of Wiki Magic. Also, namespacing.
What goes around, comes around
what goes up, must come down
Same as above help is needed for The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs.
What goes around, comes around
what goes up, must come down
25 Oreochan4th Mar 2012 02:43:51 AM from Pennsylvania
Shining Wind moved. Anyway, I only played the first Shining Force game so I don't know how flesh that one out.

edited 4th Mar '12 2:44:32 AM by Oreochan

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