Like any other name change, the benefit has to outweigh the cost.
I'm guessing that a more usable term for it could turn the 'you fail' stuff into a tropes of legend level goody. Just an intuition. The You Fails have been around just as long as the phlebotinums. Something is slowing them down, adoption-wise. Comparatively speaking.
Can anyone think of a negative we can compare to phlebotinum to get a little paralax going?
I know that I've been keeping an eye on several of the You Fail tropes, and I can say with certainty that Artistic License - Economics is, and You Fail Logic Forever was, a constant stream of justifying edits, counter-justifying edits, Take Thats, baby essays on the fine points of the subject, and assorted other Natter.
We even discussed (on the discussion page for Economics) whether part of the problem is that the name sets up an adversarial atmosphere. The conclusion was that while much of the problem is that economics has so many different schools, some of which are diametrically opposed to others in how they presume a system works, the name sure wasn't reducing the animosity.
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Hmmm. I'm beginning to think an approach much like the one I took with the You Fail The IQ Test page (thread here) would work better. As Fast Eddie said, they aren't really tropes.
In this case, though, we'd be looking through the examples to establish tropes, and it wouldn't nearly be as clear cut as the IQ case. I'd say what should be done is to look for possible tropes that meets the three examples part of the Three Rules of Three, and then send them all to YKTTW.
The rest of the examples can be junked, moved to Darth Wiki, or anything else that we see fit to do with them. Then we can just kiss the "You Fail" name goodbye.
You see, me and my friend have this in-joke. We once watched the discovery channel or somesuch in some ungodly morning hour, and there was a creepily weird feature about some possible prehistoric alien invasion for the purpose of scouring gold, which was needed to solve the aliens' global warming problem.
At some point some guy was introduced as an "alternative knowledge expert" and proceeded to seriously discuss these aliens and their ancient global warming problem, at which point we lost it. Alternative knowledge! What a triumph!
In this spirit I humbly throw into the pool Alternative Physics, Alternative Mathematics, Alternative Biology, etc etc.
edited 15th Nov '10 11:39:30 AM by TripleElation
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Done a fair amount of that in my time.
Oh crap, I sound like one of those idiots who's proud to've killed off their brain cells with dumb shit eh?
Life is a constant minefield...sigh...
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-Philip K. Dick
Alternative Titles: You Failfix
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.
We are looking for the correct pattern to replace the "You Fail X" titles.