...will be locked on sight, no questions asked.
The Trope Repair Shop is for fixing tropes that are broken. It works much more efficiently if we know at the beginning whether or not a trope is actually broken.
If you're proposing a name, you should be willing to provide clear evidence that there's an actual problem: unhealthy wick and inbound counts, sharing a name with a work, premature launch (with YKTTW
link), or a Wick Check
showing a pattern of misuse.We shouldn't have to wait until ten pages into the thread before someone gets fed up and does a Wick Check
for you; if you think the name is causing confusion, you should have to check that stuff in advance
Yes, this means "The name is opaque and potentially confusing" is not, in itself, enough reason to start a thread if the trope in question has healthy usage stats. It's a point against the name, sure, but if you think it's a problem, you really need to be willing to back it up with something more concrete than your own analysis in a vacuum. If it's not worth your time to comb through a few wicks, why is it worth everyone else's time to discuss it? Show some consideration.
There are several reasons why we should be doing this:
- 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.
If a thread is locked this way, the OP can reopen the thread when they have something more concrete to start the discussion off, and thus everyone's time is saved.
edited 5th Mar '12 6:53:16 PM by troacctid