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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:
edited 21st Aug '12 10:10:32 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
Just zis guy^ 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.
Ecce Homo SuperiorThank you. I really dislike it when people add things like that to work pages.
(it's David Bowie)
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.
Gritty-ishI 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
Courtesy link. You accidentally linked to the trope.
Gritty-ishThanks, I should have assumed we had a trope named that.
Aerosmith's description is kinda long, reads like a Wikipedia article, and violates Edit Tip #12. 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.
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.
Rhymes with "Protracted."
I see the Awesomeness.I'd probably add "critical reception" to that list of things not to include.
Another Wizard boy^Yeah, do so. They often are just stealth reviews and really more Trivia.
Rhymes with "Protracted."
The Sonic Wiki CuratorI'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.
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.
Another Wizard boyI 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.
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.
Another Wizard boySo...take out these three paragraphs and dump them into Synopsis.Sonic Riders?
Brüno has a weird self-demonstrating thing for a description.
With Tokunaga Hat OnShining Wind needs a lot of Wiki Magic. Also, namespacing.
With Tokunaga Hat OnSame as above help is needed for The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs.
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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