But this puts us right back at square one. What makes a trope "episode-specific" and when and how do we determine that a trope has enough narrative weight or is notable enough to count on the works and character pages proper?
I usually count a trope episode-speicifc if it occurs as a one-shot event is not referenced again or had no bearing on the over-all story arc.
Lets go back to Korra again. Should we delete Child Prodigy and put it on the recap because the character is only depicted as a child for about a minute, and then Age Cuts?
I don't see why We should cut child prodigy. i have not yet seen the show but I am assuming that as a child, her ability with water bending was very good, making her a child prodigy. Just because the rest of the story does not focus on her time as a child prodigy does not take away the fact that once was one.
Will we need to go fishing in the recaps routinely to paste a once-isolated trope and example on the mainpage if what we thought was an episode-specific event or motif crops up again?
Possibly we will, since the series is not yet over. We don't know yet what flashback or episodic events will later become series-important. This is part of what happens when you are laying down tropes for an ongoing series. Things get changed and the page is very "alive". This is not a problem, just a fact of having and operating a wiki.
Take the destruction of Thundera in ThunderCats
(2011) by Macross Missile Massacre
. Sure it only happens in one episode, (just put it on the recap page) but it is narratively important and changes status quo, so does it earn a place on main? What's our metric of, dare I say it, notability?
By your own reasoning, this was not episodic, as it was narrative important to the entire story. So yes, put it on the main, I
Some examples you really have to go by context for each one. I don't think it's possible to decide for a wiki-wide policy concerning episodic recap trope examples and main page examples. We don't even know which events or incidents have narrative weight until the end of the series—and Korra is not over yet.
. You keep using that word
, but that's not entirely what we are arguing about. We are not debating whether or not a trope is notable enough to be listed as an example—we are discussing where those examples go
. Notability is not an issue. It's clear that all the tropes listed are notable to the show, and examples that need to be added. Defining what goes on the main and what goes on recap pages is the issue at stake here.
Editing to add: i agree with Fighteer in the general sense. Recaps don't even need
edited 2nd Apr '12 3:31:36 PM by OriDoodle