Ambiguous Name: Sidetracked By The Gold Saucer

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This has nothing to do with shallow dishes, especially not specifically gold ones. Should be "Sidetracked by the Minigames" or something similar.
2 DRCEQ8th Jun 2013 10:58:19 AM , Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
Sidetracked By The Minigame Zone would be a bit more clear, but not every trope has to be so literal.

edited 8th Jun '13 11:00:49 AM by DRCEQ

3 SeptimusHeap8th Jun 2013 11:07:48 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Pardon, mate, but this not only has 1887 inbounds, it also failed a rename one and a half years ago.

We'll need a strong argument for a rename.
4 Rethkir8th Jun 2013 11:12:21 AM from the gap between dimensions
I like Sidetracked By The Minigames better. It's shorter, broader, easier to understand, and not using the title of another trope.

[up] I didn't see how big this page was. I'm not familiar with Final Fantasy, but it seems that the Trope Namer is pretty famous.

edited 8th Jun '13 11:15:33 AM by Rethkir

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Still think we should rename it.
Is "Gold Saucer" widely recognized outside people who played the original game, or at least are into that genre? I don't think so, an informal survey's gotten "everyone's played FF 7 gawd" and "what's that?" as answers, so it's probably fan myopia. And given that The Mario was renamed... do you REALLY think that "Gold Saucer" is more iconic than *Mario*?

edited 8th Jun '13 11:45:15 AM by keiya

7 SeptimusHeap8th Jun 2013 11:51:11 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Well, for me "Sidetracked by <Golden object>" translates straight into "Sidetracked by a sideobject", so...
Actually, The Mario had a lot of different problems that have nothing to do with the issues this one has. Usage did not follow a consistent definition and people would just pothole Mario even when he wasn't displaying the trope. The problem here is that the trope this is related to had its name changed, the name is opaque and that it relies on a reference to a work that is, let's see, sixteen years old now.

edited 8th Jun '13 12:00:30 PM by Arha

9 Pig_catapult8th Jun 2013 12:44:24 PM , Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
[up]Agreed that the current title suffers from Fan Myopia.
Because underscores break everything: Working link to my Troper page
Could we just... not have Death anymore?
[up][up] "The problem here is that the trope this is related to had its name changed, the name is opaque and that it relies on a reference to a work that is, let's see, sixteen years old now."

None of which are good reasons for a rename. Merely factors to consider if a rename is in question. Where's the misuse? Where the under-performance? It seems like the trope is pretty healthy at the moment.
11 StarSword8th Jun 2013 02:51:26 PM from somewhere in deep space , Relationship Status: In denial
You are of Bajor.
I actually figured Gold Saucer was a reference to Don Quixote. That's a classic example of Trope Namer Syndrome.
12 Rethkir8th Jun 2013 02:57:07 PM from the gap between dimensions
There are 3 redirects to this page:
1 & 3 look like previous names. These names would be more optimal than the current.
Distracted By The Minigame
On 0 page(s).
Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer
On 31 page(s).
Sidetracked By The Sidequest
On 0 page(s).

edited 8th Jun '13 3:00:26 PM by Rethkir

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13 AnotherDuck8th Jun 2013 03:26:26 PM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
So, what demonstrable problems does the name cause?
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"What the heck is this?" problems. It's a bad title because it doesn't tell you anything about what it is. It's also a nasty case of just trying to force a trope namer (and it's not like FF 7 doesn't already have completely opaque names... "One-Winged Angel" is too entrenched to change but it's still a TERRIBLE name other than that, for instance. It sounds like it's about angels... maybe 'dark angel's? Anyway.)

edited 9th Jun '13 2:29:20 AM by keiya

15 SeptimusHeap9th Jun 2013 02:42:54 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
Ahem. The "Sidetracked by the..." bit does tell quite a lot.

Also, re usage numbers: While the numbers of wicks did only increase by 40% since it was last brought up, inbounds increased by about 735% since then. I don't know why they are unequal, though.

This goes back to 2008-2009. Given the time spans, I feel that while the wick growth didn't change much from start, the inbound growth definitively picked up since the last thread, which added the redirects.

Google search wise, with "" I do only get about 26 items, most of which reference us or the trope, although with the usual caveat.
16 Spark99th Jun 2013 02:55:30 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
Since it has several redirects, note that a number of the inbounds may actually be for a redirect.

I do agree that naming a trope after a sixteen-year-old game is Fan Myopia and unnecessarily obtuse. Our aim is Clear, Concise, Witty; the current name is none of that.

So I agree that this should be renamed. We are allowed to change our mind after 1.5 years, after all.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
[up] No, they aren't. Most of the inbounds come from Reddit and they link the phenomenon as Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer.
18 SeptimusHeap9th Jun 2013 05:05:03 AM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
That does not mean anything. If they found the page by way of its redirect, they still would link the page and not the redirect. We don't really have a way to tell the effects of the redirect and the main title apart unless we started to count search hits.
Even search terms don't tell us much, since a lot of searches are looking for something you saw before, linked off a work page. Ultimately it really has to be a judgement call, there's only so much the available data can tell you.

edited 10th Jun '13 3:07:28 AM by keiya

20 Willbyr10th Jun 2013 06:02:33 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Honestly, I'd be all for a rename to one of the current redirects; I had no idea what this was about until I came in here.
21 Spark910th Jun 2013 06:39:50 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
[up] That strikes me as a good solution.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
Could we just... not have Death anymore?
Except no problems with the trope name have been shown. No exceptional misuse and no lack of use.
23 chihuahua020th Jun 2013 08:52:50 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[up] That. Even if the name's flawed, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Does someone want to do a wicks check to see if it's being misused at the moment?

I also think this trope should be renamed.

Sidetracked By The Sidequest sounds good. It's alliterative and does better at explaining the trope.
25 Larkmarn20th Jun 2013 04:46:46 PM , Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
Now, this is just me, but the first thing that I think of upon hearing the name (this is without having played FFVII) is "sidetracked by gambling" since "gold saucer" sounds like slang for a roulette wheel. So I have no issue with keeping this as-is.

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