According to this page, a similar existing term is:
Rube Act: A script for short-con games in which the inside man plays the part of a na´ve country bumpkin, of whom the sucker and the outside man conspire to take advantage. Use in three-card monte credited to Canada Bill Jones. From the ancient dodge from 15th century Spain known as "playing the peasant."
Though it might be confusing to people who are unfamiliar with the term.
Well, it's pre-existing in an obscure slang that most people don't know, which is exactly the same problem the name "Napier" had.
According to the dictionary, a "rube" is a yokel. That's unrelated to the trope.
Okay, so the issue with "napier" is that it's a slang term that most people haven't heard of, and we're about to replace it by "rube act" which is also a slang term that most people haven't heard of. That strikes me as rather pointless. Perhaps we should get some better alternatives on the crowner.
Are you kidding? I see "rube" all the time! Maybe you're just not a fan of caper stories. Phrases like, "don't be a rube, it's a sucker bet!" or "to pull this off, we're going to need to find a rube" don't ring any bells? Because they certainly do to me.
"Napier", on the other hand, is a term I've never heard (except in the name of the mathematician, John Napier, the discoverer of logarithms).
(I'm not saying we need to use "rube"—I'm just shocked to hear someone claim it's obscure.)
Needs some indexes and, *sigh*, I'll go ahead and run it through YKTTW. Two examples really just doesn't cut it.
ETA: the description also needs work, as the current description refers to the old name, and substituting the new name doesn't really fit in context. I'll bang it around before going to YKTTW.
ETA x2: the YKTTW is here. (There, that wasn't so hard, was it?) :)
Eddie decided to unilaterally rename the trope to Fake Mark, ignoring the crowner. Which, I suppose, is his prerogative, but I think Fake Mark is a terrible choice. It could mean anything. It could be a rub-on tattoo. He is the boss, so if he really insists, then that's the way it'll be, but I'd love to hear his arguments for the name. I think Fake Mark is about as far from clarity as you can get and still make sense.
(He also discarded the YKTTW, but I think that was an honest mistake. He seemed to think it was a duplicate, rather than an attempt to get more than two examples.)
^I think the name choice was because current was too long and and second-best too obscure.
I think you can just PM about the YKTTW.
Alternative Titles: Napier
6th May '12 7:22:58 AM
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.