Main Alice And Bob Discussion

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VVK
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12:15:35 AM Dec 17th 2015
edited by VVK
What's the reason this isn't supposed to be used in trope descriptions and what is to be done instead? Use A and B?
SeptimusHeap
02:17:41 AM Dec 17th 2015
Or better yet, not use specific names at all. The reason we don't like the format is because it gets repetitive and not all tropes can be explained well in this way.
Larkmarn
06:12:43 AM Dec 17th 2015
Using specific examples for the description is problematic because if people only do that, the trope is poorly defined. It becomes impossible to tell if the trope only applies to that specific situation or if it's a bit more flexible, for example.
VVK
02:15:04 PM Dec 28th 2015
I see. I used this in "Yes"/"No" Answer Interpretation, and I didn't make up a specific example and I think it worked fine to explain it since I specifically needed characters A and B. I can't say it's not repetitive, but I can't really think of a better option for that one, since "A and B" just sounds clumsy.
CrystalGlacia
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10:38:07 AM Mar 8th 2013
Is this page supposed to do indexing?
Telcontar
11:04:46 AM Mar 8th 2013
No real harm in it; I think it's Just for Fun.
NimmerStill
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06:01:55 PM May 16th 2012
"When the interaction between two hypothetical characters is needed to explain or describe some system, they are nearly always called Alice and Bob."

Nearly always where? Everywhere? Just in This Very Wiki?
Telcontar
01:50:01 AM May 17th 2012
Nearly always everywhere, but I can't give a source.
NimmerStill
09:56:29 AM May 17th 2012
Well I ask because this is the first I've heard of it, and I'm in a field where we have to give examples like this all the time. It's not the case in linguistics, philosophy, logic, or as far as I can tell, computer science.
VVK
12:13:59 AM Dec 17th 2015
I've seen it in philosophy. Not everywhere but somewhere.
Larkmarn
06:14:26 AM Dec 17th 2015
Necro-ing, but for future reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_and_Bob
StongRadd
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09:02:15 PM Feb 22nd 2011
edited by StongRadd
We need a character sheet for this trope; there are a crapload of genericly named characters:

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