Misused (new Page Action crowner 2013-05-11): Hey Its That Guy

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Hey Its That Guy sees huge misuse. The misuse is so high that when I removed some misuse, I got a PM saying I risk suspension if I don’t open a TRS thread about it.

The definition of Hey Its That Guy is “An actor you've seen in other works, but you don't remember his name, just his face.” Yet people routinely use it for, “here is a previous role for each of several of this film’s famous actors.” Leading to examples like this, from our ‘’Inception’’ page:

“Actors who appear in this work have played other characters” is not Hey Its That Guy. It is not a trope at all. It is not trivia. It is not an audience reaction.

It is a just-for-fun game. And, in fact, we created a special just for fun page for these sort of notes. But that has in no way stopped people from labeling it as “Hey Its That Guy” and putting it on works’ trivia tabs.

edited 8th May '13 12:33:55 PM by AmyGdala

2 SeptimusHeap8th May 2013 12:38:02 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
The misuse displaced the correct use a long time ago. Good luck getting that changed.
So what do we do about that? Rename Role Association to Hey Its That Guy and rename Hey Its That Guy to something else?
4 SeptimusHeap8th May 2013 12:46:20 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
With close to 5000 wicks, I'd rather leave this name alone.

By the way, the de facto usage I am familiar with is "this actor is also in that other work", and it's on a per work base. I am not exactly sure what Role Association is about.
5 AnotherDuck8th May 2013 12:46:24 PM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Personally I think all these pages can be cut, but I don't really think that's going to fly with a lot of people. I mostly just see them as irrelevant Just for Fun pages.
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6 SeptimusHeap8th May 2013 12:49:04 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Yeah, with these usage numbers cutting HITG is off the table, and RA looks like a harmless Just for Fun item. I'd oppose cutting it.
Yeah, just give up and rewrite the definition of Hey Its That Guy to hew to the misuse. (As I've said before, giving up isn't something I like to suggest, but...)
Ideally, we'd let people type whatever they want in the just for fun page but cut all examples from actual work pages and trivia tabs. But that seems hard with 5000+ wicks.

But the status quo is unacceptable. We can't have a page that describes a trope and then thousands of wicks that cover something else.

So I suggest redefining HITG to suit the misuse and merging it with Role Association (and labeling it as Just for Fun). And then airlifting the actual Hey Its That Guy trope into a new page with a new name.
9 SeptimusHeap8th May 2013 12:55:56 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Ahem. The current page Hey Its That Guy is Trivia, not a trope.
What the OP was saying is that the concept that most people are attaching Hey Its That Guy to isn't even trivia. (S)He wasn't talking about the page itself; (s)he was saying that the popular misuse is Just for Fun, if that.
11 SeptimusHeap8th May 2013 12:58:42 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
"This actor was in that other work too", which is the use I see on Trivia pages, is Trivia.
12 Fighteer8th May 2013 01:00:15 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Wicks and inbounds be damned, I want to roast Hey Its That Guy over a slow fire and watch it burn to death, screaming.
[up][up] Well, that depends whether you think that that definition you use is the "right" one. The way the OP put it definitely doesn't sound like trivia. :)

edited 8th May '13 1:00:39 PM by Leaper

14 Fighteer8th May 2013 01:04:11 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
It's not anything. The original definition that the article was based on is highly subjective — an actor that one person recognizes immediately might be unknown to another person and "Hey, I know that guy" to someone else.

As used on this wiki, it's almost literally, "any non-A-list actor who's ever been in more than one work." It's worse than meaningless.
15 Madrugada8th May 2013 01:04:56 PM , Relationship Status: In season
The way we've defined it is the way it was defined by the (sadly, now-defunct) website called "Hey, It's That Guy!".

"<This actor> also played <this other completely unrelated character>" isn't even trivia. It's just a fact of life. Actors play lots of roles in the course of their careers.
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16 Larkmarn8th May 2013 01:05:56 PM , Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
[up][up]I see it get used for A-Listers all the time.
^^^ Yes, and it's even worse - people use it for A-list actors too. (As Larkman wrote, as I wrote this.)

edited 8th May '13 1:09:03 PM by AmyGdala

18 Fighteer8th May 2013 01:10:23 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
You know, that's a possible solution. We have You Know That Show for works and Lost and Found for tropes. Why not turn Hey Its That Guy into a threaded discussion page to identify actors? I suppose it's a little redundant given that you can look up anything on IMDB, but it's a solution that would let us keep the inbounds.

edited 8th May '13 1:11:27 PM by Fighteer

Yeah, I think the best and easiest thing to do is to redefine this to make it fit the misuse and move it to Just for Fun. (Although good luck in coming up with a misuse-fitting definition that doesn't sound completely dumb. "Actors play many roles. The role of this entry is to chronicle the roles they play.")
20 AnotherDuck8th May 2013 01:16:18 PM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Just going to say, even if I think it can be cut, I'd still vote against it, since there are lots of people who do find it interesting, and I don't think it's harming the wiki.

@Maddy: Isn't that what trivia is?
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21 SeptimusHeap8th May 2013 01:18:54 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
The proposal in @18 looks interesting, although I would be also fine with not doing anything.
Not doing anything? Not even rewriting the description?
23 Willbyr8th May 2013 01:42:41 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
+1 for Fighteer's idea; at least it would be something possibly productive instead of what it's become now.
24 Fighteer8th May 2013 02:07:19 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
We're building a list of options to go on a potential crowner. Those include repurposing HITG for a YKTS style threaded inquiry page (stripping it of wicks in the process), making it Just for Fun and stripping out most of the wicks, redefining it to fit its current use, cutting it entirely, or doing nothing.

[down] That, too.

edited 8th May '13 2:09:58 PM by Fighteer

Add redefinition.

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8th May '13 5:06:56 PM
What would be the best way to fix the page?
At issue:
Hey Its That Guy is a Trivia item defined as "An actor you've seen in other works, but you don't remember his name, just his face." We often misuse it for "Here are unrelated other roles played by this film's actors," the just-for-fun game currently covered by Role Association.

All crowner items will apply to the mirror trope, Hey Its That Voice, as well.

Usage stats between both tropes: 9,448 wicks and 2,657 inbounds.

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