I'm pretty sure that, unless we get admin fiat to the contrary on a particular issue, it's a strict rule.
I'm going to see if I can get the crowner called, as it's been stable for a while.
I think the next thing we need to do is discuss whether we're even going to keep a pothole for puns. (If we do, it would be ILP.) We never really did discuss that as an actionable point.
My reservations about removing a pothole for puns is that I think it's something that's going to be even harder than the other sinkholes to get people to stop using, because pointing out puns is something people tend to do in regular conversation/casual writing. Getting people to stop would take a huge
effort: We'd have to change the message on the ILP page (easy). Not only would we have to go through almost 7000 wicks now, we would also have to keep going through the wicks for quite a while to catch and remove new potholes (time-consuming). We'd have to PM people who added them recently (not hard, but somewhat tedious). We'd need to clean the wicks for A Worldwide Punomenon
and Just for Pun
and also keep a watch on those pages, PMing tropers as necessary (see above). And we'd have to keep this up indefinitely. And that still wouldn't preclude a new pun pothole springing up, which we would then need to take care of.
Now, I realize that "too much work" in and of itself is not a good argument against something. And I don't mind (and even rather like) the idea
of removing the generally unnecessary potholes from troper-made puns. But there comes a point at which I have to ask: is the net benefit to the wiki really enough to justify the amount of work it would take? The pun potholes aren't really hurting anything. They are, in my experience, almost always actually puns, and thus are actually pointing at what the trope itself is (unlike understatement
, which was often used to emphasize things that weren't understatements, like "he was the strongest man, ever
"; or If You Know What I Mean
(IfYouKnowWhatIMean), which was generally used to lampshade
tropers' double entendres
, rather than for lampshaded
edited 30th Dec '11 4:26:22 AM by Nocturna