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You've seen these around. Pages where readers are addressed directly. Personally, I find them hard to read, but they can be excused as Self-Demonstrating Article with 4th-wall breaking. Deadpool and The Joker are two.
However, Doctor Doom and Thanos don't regularly break the 4th-wall outside of gags, but their pages are structured as such. These sticks out since not even She Hulk is done in the same manner, and she breaks the 4th-wall more often than they do. Some trope examples like them being Large Ham and Third-Person Person can be excused, but not the whole thing. It's like reading a page full of Natter. It bleeds over to the character page of Marvel vs Capcom 3 as well. I think these should be changed back.
edited 25th Mar '11 7:37:53 PM by PsychoPJ
This thread seems familiar, did we already have a talk about this?
Yeah, this is something that comes up a lot, I think.
So far, though it's been for individual pages, rather than an overall policy/guideline discussion. That might not be a bad thing to have — the general discussion, I mean. First. Then see about formulating a guideline.
edited 25th Mar '11 8:59:26 PM by Madrugada
Just for future reference, anyone got a link to the previous thread?
I think it was just a TRS thread for one of the individual ones or something. I don't remember which one or when or anything.
There's this one; I think that covers most of it.
Those are the ones that are still available. I know that we had a long one about the Brian Blessed page, that ended with the decision to make two pages, one with the Self-demonstrating volume inflation coding and one without.
Okay, so this is going to be a general discussion. Let me see if I got the main points down:
edited 27th Mar '11 10:48:32 PM by PsychoPJ
I have to say, I think that Deadpool page is nearly inpenetrable to me.
I wish there was a regular version for it.
I'm not sure a regular version of the Deadpool page would make much more sense. It's that kind of work.
If you insist.
& Deadpool's main page is fine. It's the pages that get confusing '~'. Specifically the CMOA page where they just give up on first person halfway down the page; somethings just don't sound like someone would say about themselves, even if it's Deadpool; and a bunch of the examples are just clips from Marvel Versus Capcom 3! /rant
edited 27th Mar '11 4:27:28 PM by LenisJates
I don't have a problem when the entire article is set up this way. I hate it when a certain example will start talking directly to the reader.
By the way, should be we put links in the pages so people would know? It does it automatically for tropes under repair, but we're not doing that yet.
Maybe we should remake the existing pages in third person, and put the first person pages in Self Demonstrating Articles.
Lobo is also an example.
Personally, I feel the "characters writing their own pages" is fun and interesting. It's like (or I guess it is) reading a first-person narrative while still having the informative feel a wiki should have.
On I side note, I can't imagine the self-demonstration of these articles would by any harder to comprehend, unless the reader is so accustomed to reading the wiki that he has lost touch with other forms of writing altogether.
That's part of the reason that it's tougher to read, just like Natter. It's different when the character are describing themselves with tropes and when a faceless third person is describing them as such. It is more interesting, but I prefer it in controlled doses.
I think it's better to have two pages too.
edited 31st Mar '11 7:20:13 PM by PsychoPJ
I've got no problem with a few of these types of articles, as long as the subject either
A. Is completely in character for them to be breaking the fourth wall like this, (Deadpool, Joker.)
B. Has a very distinctive style of speech that they are well known for (DOOM)
personally, I feel that it should only be for characters who break the fourth wall in cannon. Otherwise it's just silly. Also, why are Comic Book characters the only kind to have their own page?
Other media have stories with characters in them. Comic books have characters with stories around them. Look at all the different series listed on the Batman page. Each of them is its own distinct work, but the character of Batman is a unique franchise in himself.
edited 4th Apr '11 8:17:29 PM by troacctid
I wasn't talking about the main characters. I was asking about the side characters
Why not just create a Trivia tab for the first-person articles and use that to write the 3rd-person description of their biography?
I like having a page on the side such as the above mentioned trivia tab, as long as the self-demonstration is kept on the main page.
I don't think we really have to worry about natter any more than the other pages, the main concern is that the article looks like it was written by the same person. (in this case, the character.) Which, again, wouldn't be more difficult than pages that don't self-demonstrate.
edited 4th Apr '11 10:51:30 PM by 2xN
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