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1!!How to do a what now?께A "Administrivia/{{wick}}" is an in-wiki link to a page. For example, here is a wick to the "Protagonist Centered Morality" Trope: ProtagonistCenteredMorality. Wicks can also be {{Pot Hole}}s, where the text linked to the page is not the page's actual name, [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality like so]].께Often when a trope gets brought up in the Administrivia/TropeRepairShop for being repaired or renamed, the issue of its use around the wiki will come up. Maybe someone will claim that the title is [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant confusing editors into thinking the trope is something else]], or someone will suggest that the title is lacking in the catchiness department and its proliferation is suffering as a result. To support or oppose such a point, you may want to look into how much, how correctly, and generally ''how'' a trope is being used around the wiki. In other words, have a look at how its wicks are behaving. In other other words, do a wick check.께!!Okay, how do I do it?께You can find a page's list of wicks [[ here]] (replace "[=InsertTitleHere=]" with the actual title). If there's already a thread in the Trope Repair Shop discussing the trope, you can just press the "get usage counts" button above the first post in the thread and it will take you to the same page. Another option is to use the "related" button, the second option in the top left of most pages. It's a list of other pages which have in-wiki links to that page. That is, a list of its wicks.께Now, if you want to make a point about the ''quantity'' of the wicks, there's not much work left for you to do. The number is right up there - "[=InsertTitleHere=] found in X articles, excluding discussions". What this number ''means'' is another issue entirely (is the trope overperforming? Underperforming? How many wicks would you ''expect'' this trope to have? How many wicks do similar tropes have?..), but there you have it.께If, on the other hand, what you want to do is make some point about the ''quality'' of the wicks- the kind of context they arise in, whether they are using the trope correctly, whether they tend to be vague hand-waving or spot-on - you're going to need to actually go in there and look at them individually. Now, theoretically it would be best if you could just click on wick after wick and see how all of them are doing, but we do not recommend doing that if you value your sanity. Instead you're going to have to look at a representative sample.께!! How do I get a representative sample of wicks?께# The number of wicks you check should be either the square root of the total number of wicks or 50, whichever is larger. If there are fewer than 50 wicks, check them all.# The wicks should be picked randomly from the list.께You can check a smaller number of wicks if you feel you're not up to the task, but unless your results are very conclusive, they will likely be challenged on the basis of your sample not being large enough to be representative. As to randomly picking wicks, this is because going in alphabetical order is more likely to run across the results of some clean-up attempt, and generally taking a wick's attributes into consideration will likely skew the results. There are a few ways to randomize it, and each one has benefits and drawbacks:께* Inserting the wick numbers into [[ a randomizer]] and selecting specific wicks, based on the numbers, to check. This provides true randomization, but is also time-consuming, especially for longer wick checks with more counting to do.* Inserting the entire wick list into the randomizer and choosing the wicks that come to the top. This is less time-consuming than the first one, but still requires you to ensure that you didn't generate non-pages such as namespace dividers, and may require you to randomize the list in multiple batches.* Scrolling up and down the list and stopping at random points. This is perhaps the least time-consuming option, good for collaborative efforts or checks done in bursts of activity. However, it takes some of the randomness away as the troper needs to still choose which wick to check. Care should be taken here to avoid unintentional bias or skewing.께!!What should I be looking at when examining the wicks?께There are all sorts of properties of wicks you can check for. Here are a few:께* Is the trope being used correctly? Does it actually apply the way the example claims, and is it correct about what the trope means, or does it fit into Administrivia/SquarePegRoundTrope as a shoehorn?* Is there a clear, correct explanation of how and why the trope applies? Or perhaps an explanation that gives a [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant false impression]] of what the trope is, or [[Administrivia/ZeroContextExample no explanation at all]]?* What type of work is it? Does the medium, region, and/or genre match the trope's intended usage, or is it more broad/narrow than it should be?* Is the potholing relevant to the example, or is it referencing the trope [[Administrivia/{{Sinkhole}} just because it can?]]* Is the trope being used for either [[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike Gushing]] or [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike complaining]] about the work?* Is the trope being used as a VerbalTic or StockPhrase?* What namespace is it being used in? Is it correctly sorted as per Administrivia/WhatGoesWhereOnTheWiki?* Is it describing the title, but not the actual trope?* Is the trope being used as Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs, with examples that feel like meaningless "X exists and does some thing" which has context and plot relevance, but doesn't ultimately convey information?* If the tropes page is soft-split, are the wicks able to be crosswicked back? Or is that impossible?께If there are significant results in any of those areas, you may be able to use them to illustrate a point you are making. For example, if you claim a trope's name is insular, your case becomes stronger if most of the wicks in the sample have to do with comic books (unless, of course, it is a comic-book-exclusive trope by definition). If you claim that the trope is neutral and does not induce Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike, your case becomes stronger if you can show that most wicks are from pages matter-of-factly pointing out that the trope applies without judging the work it applies to.께!!How do I share my findings?께Post to the existing thread in the Administrivia/TropeRepairShop, or start a new one if there isn't one. Say you did a wick check. Explain what you were trying to check. For each article where you found a wick, '''copy and paste''' the line/sentence it appeared in (this allows other users to double-check your results) and state (preferably in '''bold''') which side of the case it weighs on. Conclude your findings with the relevant statistics.께An alternate method of posting results is to sort the results by verdict so that e.g. all "correct" wicks are organized in one list, all "misuse" wicks are organized in a second list and all the "unclear" wicks where you aren't sure in a third list. This makes the results easier to visualize at a glance, unfortunately it takes a lot more work to do it this way.께----


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