TRS Policy: Threads suggesting a rename without evidence:
- History has shown that threads that don't have clear evidence from the start are the ones that drag on the longest. They're a huge waste of time because we have to spend the first ten bajillion pages arguing about whether or not it's even worth discussing.
- As a corollary to the previous point, these threads are also the ones that inevitably devolve into a debate about general renaming policy. This is obviously unproductive.
- Per the two points above, it'll help reduce the backlog by nipping problem threads in the bud. We want to be using our limited space to deal with tropes we know are broken.
- It puts the burden of proof on the OP to show that a problem exists. Why should someone else do all the Wick Check legwork for a trope name you think is broken? The OP should take the responsibility to present it in advance.
- It adds a level of screening to ensure that tropes coming under discussion really are broken. The extra work will deter frivolous renames.
edited 5th Mar '12 6:53:16 PM by troacctid
edited 12th Feb '12 8:55:50 AM by Madrugada
- The name is Unclear — it fails to indicate what the trope is about, and thus undermines our goal of making the trope as accessible to as great a portion of our readership as possible. This includes titles that have nothing to do with the trope, using technical terms that mean something else in everyday speech, or names that rely on familiarity with a particular work to make sense.
- Character-Named Tropes used to be standard, but are now deprecated and considered a form of Fan Myopia. Very few characters are iconic enough to truly personify a trope, and these are generally in the dictionary (e.g. Pollyanna); using anyone else risks Popcultural Osmosis Failure. Consider whether there are other fictional characters by that name, whether the character may have other aspects, and how old the work is that the character is from.
- Everything's Worse with Snowclones. Too often the, ah, cleverness of a snowclone can obscure the fact that a name doesn't quite fit the trope it's supposed to describe. If the snowclone doesn't make sense outside of the context of the original, or doesn't make sense inside the context of the original, it's misleading.
edited 12th Feb '12 11:28:09 AM by INUH