Suggestion: Self Demonstrating Article get usage counts
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The current one is pretty much just text, save for the highlighting of the misused word and a circle around the headline. It pretty much may as well be a page quotation instead.

I recommend switching to the following from Family Guy.
"Even drunk, even on crack, [Rob Ford] is so fucking Canadian." - Jon Stewart
2 Willbyr24th May 2012 09:52:05 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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[up] The current's good, but I think I like that a little better.
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Anyone else want to weigh in on this?
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4 Spark925th May 2012 05:49:22 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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I prefer the current. Since the trope is about articles, having an illustration of an article seems fine to me.
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I like both equally, which means to keep the current, since the suggestion is not an improvement.
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6 TropeEater25th May 2012 10:51:05 AM from the depths of Hell
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[up][up] I agree.
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[up][up][up] If we're to interpret "article" in that sense, this may as well not have an image at all, since what we have there is not really an image. It's a quotation in an image's place.

[up][up] How is it not an improvement? The current image, as I already pointed out, is pretty much just text, and the visual elements add little. It may as well be a quotation.

The Family Guy one, on the other hand, shows visually that it's graffiti written in graffiti, in a way much more similar to our own Self Demonstrating Articles.

Actually, I think the current one is more along the lines of I Resemble That Remark than this trope.

edited 25th May '12 2:22:38 PM by HiddenFacedMatt

"Even drunk, even on crack, [Rob Ford] is so fucking Canadian." - Jon Stewart
It's about articles, and those are written, so this is one case where I don't mind text. It's also closer to how the self-demonstrating articles are actually written in terms of humour. I Resemble That Remark is a form of self-demonstration, and I don't think there's risk for confusion.
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[up] But I Resemble That Remark is more often associated with mistakes, which is obviously what that article is one of.

Actually, perhaps that may not have been the best trope to link to, as it implies that denying something proves the point. The article is not trying to deny that a lot of people hate math; and even if it was, the article writer as an individual obviously not being that good at math wouldn't prove it. But that only drives home the point that the example in the pic isn't exactly self-demonstrating. On top of that, there's little reason for it to be an image instead of a quotation. It's just arbitrary that it's in image form.

I still think that the Family Guy image is fitting; it's still writing, just in a different form; but given the choice between imageless or having the current image, I'd go for imageless.

edited 25th May '12 5:15:33 PM by HiddenFacedMatt

"Even drunk, even on crack, [Rob Ford] is so fucking Canadian." - Jon Stewart
10 peccantis25th May 2012 10:15:28 PM , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Ahum. The Family Guy pic is all colourful and that, but IMHO it really doesn't beat an image of a self-demonstrative article.
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It is not just text. It is text in a newspaper article. That wouldn't be obvious in a quote.

edited 25th May '12 11:20:32 PM by rodneyAnonymous

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[up][up] That would be like taking a screenshot of another TV Tropes article to demonstrate it.

[up] No, the line under the quoted excerpt cites what it's from. It could say something along the lines of "from the newspaper [insert newspaper name here]."

EDITED IN: Actually, that would be more indicative than the current one, since the current one looks like it could be a screenshot from some web page with a faux-newspaper background, and it doesn't say what newspaper it is. At least the line under the quoted excerpt could link to the webpage we got it from.

edited 26th May '12 7:32:52 AM by HiddenFacedMatt

"Even drunk, even on crack, [Rob Ford] is so fucking Canadian." - Jon Stewart
Saying "this is from a newspaper" is weaker than showing an image of "this, in a newspaper". Show, don't tell.
Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
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[up] Except that it's not proven that it really is from a newspaper, and viewers just have to take our word for it. That's not "showing" it.

edited 26th May '12 4:09:20 PM by HiddenFacedMatt

"Even drunk, even on crack, [Rob Ford] is so fucking Canadian." - Jon Stewart
15 Spark926th May 2012 04:21:26 PM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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[up] That's still better than the graffiti pic, though.
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That objection is absurd. Anything can be faked.

Although "what it is" does matter, "what it looks like" is most important. It looks like a newspaper article.

edited 26th May '12 11:11:06 PM by rodneyAnonymous

Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel.
Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
Sure, for all we know, it can be something completely different from a newspaper. Red paint, for instance.
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That's still better than the graffiti pic, though.
Why, though?
"Even drunk, even on crack, [Rob Ford] is so fucking Canadian." - Jon Stewart
My vote is for the original.

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20 FinalStarman10th Jun 2012 10:09:42 PM from Clinton, Massachusetts
The current image is fine.
21 Willbyr11th Jun 2012 07:15:06 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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22 Willbyr15th Jun 2012 05:09:05 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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