It Got Worse:

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This trope has been renamed due to rampant sinkholing, but there are over 4000 wicks.

To qualify for this trope, a terrible situation must have some final perfect push over the edge.

What needs to be done:

  • Every wikilink has to be changed to From Bad to Worse, which is the new name.
  • Every link which is just a sinkhole and does not meet the criteria for the trope must be deleted.
  • If you find a pothole in a locked page, ask for someone to remove it here. If the page has the word "Archive", then ignore it.

The links can be found here. To find the It Got Worse potholes on any given page, press Ctrl + F and search for gotworse while editing. Every little bit helps.

edited 29th Nov '12 7:25:23 AM by lu127

What do we do with no-context examples? I'd take an axe to them myself, but I'd want at least someone agreeing with that first. Actually, personally I'd only keep and rewrite the examples that are made clear to fit the trope. Otherwise just cut. There's just too much to do a decent amount of research to be sure otherwise.

Also, isn't it closer to 6000 wicks, or am I looking at the wrong number?

edited 20th Jun '12 9:36:09 AM by Feather7603

The Internet misuses, abuses, and overuses everything.
Most undetailed examples are sinkholes. Nuke 'em. For a Zero-Context Example, use the discussion page.
[up][up] I meant more like 'a lot' of wicks than the exact number.
What's the difference between an undetailed example and a Zero-Context Example? And would it be enough to put a comment about it in the edit reason?

[up]Just checking.

edited 20th Jun '12 10:09:11 AM by Feather7603

The Internet misuses, abuses, and overuses everything.
Bumped by request
7 ccoa25th Jul 2012 12:25:42 PM from the Sleeping Giant
Ravenous Sophovore
To answer Feather's question, a Zero-Context Example is an example with little or no context, such as just the name of the character it applies to. An undetailed example has more information than that, but not enough to tell if the example fits the trope.

Both should be pulled to discussion.

edited 25th Jul '12 12:25:51 PM by ccoa

Waiting on a TRS slot? Finishing off one of these cleaning efforts will usually open one up.
6000 wicks? Let's get this show on the road. Starting with the As.
Wow, this gained 50 wicks since the last post. Need help here.
10 SeptimusHeap30th Aug 2012 08:12:26 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
^We really need a way to prevent people from adding wicks to redirected pages that don't need them.

[down]Edited accordingly.

edited 30th Aug '12 10:04:40 AM by SeptimusHeap

Seeking for Light
[up] That would be a bad idea. A large number of redirects are for functional purposes (such as weird pluralizations, or the opposite gender for certain non-gender-specific gender-named tropes, etc.).
Or the English name for Japanese works.
While most redirects or disambiguations aren't a problem, the question is whether we can get some markup that tells an editor that the page they've linked to is not the trope page that the name sounds like.

Anyway, I'm trying to hit It Got Worse links for now, in alphabetical order, starting with the tropes for visibility. Is there a reason we don't have a page for post rename wick shifting? They fall off the forum fairly quickly.
Don't ask me, I just fix wicks.
14 Doryna22nd Sep 2012 09:24:53 PM from North Carolina , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Perpetually confused...
Bumping this because it needs visibility and could use a lot more help.
15 Doryna25th Nov 2012 11:02:37 PM from North Carolina , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Perpetually confused...
Now at 4790 wicks, and it keeps gaining back a few most days. Would a site-wide announcement help, since this is one of the most abused for Pot Holing?
16 crazyrabbits26th Nov 2012 12:59:41 PM from Mississauga, ON, Canada
I'd support a site announcement and redlinking the original phrase. You need a dedicated team to cut down those errant wicks, though.
Well, let's see how it goes.
Terracotta Soldier Man
I'll take a shot at helping out.

EDIT: Got all the A's up through Ape Escape so far.

Also, a possible suggestion: Would making "It Got Worse" and "It Gets Worse" display as redlinks be a good idea?

edited 28th Nov '12 12:49:39 PM by Specialist290

I may be jumping the gun a bit, but I removed the double redirect from It Gets Worse to It Got Worse to From Bad to Worse; now both of the first two redirect to From Bad to Worse. At time of writing, there are 4220 It Got Worse wicks and 485 It Gets Worse ricks.
20 SeptimusHeap28th Nov 2012 12:58:10 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
^^It would, if it could happen.
21 tracer28th Nov 2012 04:50:04 PM from Silicon Valley, CA
I know I'll be in the minority if I say this, but ... I actually LIKE sinkholing. I think it adds a little bit of cute flavor to the article.
22 nrjxll28th Nov 2012 04:52:41 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
It doesn't really matter whether you like it - this is site policy. And I do think there's good reasons for it, but that's probably a subject for another thread.
Terracotta Soldier Man
[up][up] Potholing is fine when done in a way that relates to the trope being potholed. The problem with It Got Worse is that it's being used in contexts that have nothing to do with the trope itself, which is about situations that are already bad getting worse.

EDIT: Someone listened to me! grin

edited 28th Nov '12 5:18:00 PM by Specialist290

24 lrrose28th Nov 2012 08:39:49 PM , Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
With the exception of a couple of locked pages (one of which is an Archive page and thus is probably not an issue), the A's have been taken care of.
Live long and prosper
Ooooh, thanks, Eddie. grin

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