Needs Help: Cerebus Ret Con

Deadlock Clock: 10th Dec 2012 11:59:00 PM
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The renaming option seems to be getting support here. Anyone have any ideas ? I'll stay out of the renaming thing otherwise because I'm biased towards keeping it a Cerebus snowclone (while taking away the retcon part), but acknowledge that if all Cerebus swowclones are going to be renamed sooner or later anyway (like some have suggested), this one may be a good place to start.
52 nrjxll25th Nov 2012 12:23:14 AM , Relationship Status: Not war
I'm more or less neutral on getting rid of the "Cerebus" part.
53 SeptimusHeap25th Nov 2012 12:42:24 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Definitively no to a rename. I don't see any problems so far that would justify it.
54 nrjxll25th Nov 2012 12:50:50 AM , Relationship Status: Not war
[up]The trope is being redefined to no longer be limited to retcons. You don't see "being factually incorrect" as a problem?

Although I'll admit that the retcon name hasn't stopped people from including pre-planned examples already.
55 SeptimusHeap25th Nov 2012 12:58:08 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
"reinterpreting" sounds still much like a retcon.
56 nrjxll25th Nov 2012 01:00:20 AM , Relationship Status: Not war
That's poor wording, not anything about the trope. A better choice would be revealing.
57 SeptimusHeap25th Nov 2012 01:04:21 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
So, Cerebus Reveal? I would personally like that.
58 Noaqiyeum25th Nov 2012 12:59:30 PM from the October Country , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Like it too.
60 Pig_catapult2nd Dec 2012 04:44:37 PM , Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
Sounds good to me.
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61 nrjxll2nd Dec 2012 04:46:48 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
The "rename" option is still doing poorly in the crowner, though.
62 Noaqiyeum2nd Dec 2012 05:48:03 PM from the October Country , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Setting clock for crowner call.
Calling for redefinition. There is no consensus to rename.
65 nrjxll10th Dec 2012 02:27:41 AM , Relationship Status: Not war
So now we have a trope named Cerebus Retcon that's not limited to retcons. Go, democracy.

Does anyone have a potential rewrite prepared, or does one need to be written?
66 SeptimusHeap10th Dec 2012 02:35:02 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
The redefinition looks like it's about retcons, unless I am badly misreading the crowner. I don't have a new description, though.
67 nrjxll10th Dec 2012 03:21:07 AM , Relationship Status: Not war
[up]If the author planned it beforehand, it's not a retcon - otherwise "retcons" and "reveals" would be indistinguishable.
68 SeptimusHeap10th Dec 2012 03:40:22 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Then I'd add Cerebus Reveal as a redirect.
I rewrote the tope to include non-retcons (and cases that made early gags more serious whitout necessairly being a deconstruction) when the option seemed to get enough support quite a while ago. It had however been changed to a rectcon-only thing before that. Didn't really check the examples for misuse based on the new definition, however.

edited 10th Dec '12 3:57:44 AM by Nazetrime

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Why were the options separate in the first place? Doesn't redefining it demand a rename for simple reasons of wording?
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[up] Before the crowner was created, the discussion got mixed up between :
  • People who wanted the trope to be retcon-only and create a new page for the planned versions. That option sort of got hijacked by people who didn't want the new trope to be a Cerebus Bad Snowclone VS people who saw nothing wrong with having Cerebus in the new page's title, that sort of went stale.
  • People who just wanted to keep the trope rectcon-only and the misuses to be kicked out of the page, which would have erased away a lot of examples that just needed a better suited page or to be accepted in their current one.
  • People who wanted to only change the Recton part of name and keep the (now overwritten)initial definition that had the trope name the only thing containing the word "Retcon". The inital definition broadly defined the trope as retroactively deconstructing early gags in the later part of a work that had gone darker over its run.
  • People who wanted to have the defenition include both intentional and retcon but saw nothing wrong with the name.

Overlap between the two last (eg someone in favor of both redefinition and renaming) wasn't really visible. That's why it got separated in the crowner. Just look at the first page of the discussion and you'll be grateful of how smoothly it's currenty going.

edited 12th Dec '12 4:02:51 AM by Nazetrime

It's a bad idea to mix a rename option with another, since it usually ends messy and confusing.
73 SeptimusHeap12th Dec 2012 04:15:00 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
To be exact, using a Page Action crowner for more than one yes/no option (As opposed to running several Single Proposition crowners) is a bad idea, as I've learned the hard way.
Retroactive Cerebus Syndrome? Cerebus Hindsight?

edited 12th Dec '12 7:23:53 AM by Prime32

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75 SeptimusHeap12th Dec 2012 07:24:28 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
^The rename option lost in the crowner.

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