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Dec 22nd 2011 at 8:40:53 AM

Since we have a thread for improving the descriptions for tropes, I thought I would make one for improving descriptions for works. This is also a good place for requesting creator page cleaning.

Here are some common problems with many work descriptions:

So just post any work or creator page descriptions that are in need of cleanup and we'll see what we can do.

edited 23rd Dec '15 8:06:12 PM by MyTimingIsOff

Dec 25th 2011 at 5:07:00 PM

Atlas Shrugged has a bullet point list of works that have been inspired by or have mocked the book. This seems like info best left on the respective works' pages.

edited 25th Dec '11 5:07:28 PM by captainpat

Nohbody "In distress", my ass. from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
Dec 25th 2011 at 6:02:54 PM

^ Agreed. A works page is to discuss the work, not more-or-less unrelated (beyond influence) works covered elsewhere. The pages for the other works can discuss the influences on their creation.

edited 25th Dec '11 6:03:13 PM by Nohbody

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Dec 27th 2011 at 10:04:59 AM

In accordance with this, I deleted a whole bunch of "Stuff inspired by Conan" from the Conan The Barbarian page. Most of it went better under Barbarian Hero, anyway.

DoktorvonEurotrash Welcome, traveller, welcome to Omsk
Welcome, traveller, welcome to Omsk
Dec 28th 2011 at 1:47:49 AM

[up]Thank you. I really dislike it when people add things like that to work pages.

It does not matter who I am. What matters is, who will you become? - motto of Omsk Bird
Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Jan 16th 2012 at 1:06:35 AM

Dingo Pictures. I know it's one of those crappy knockoff cartoon producers, but we probably should at least put some effort into creating a description besides that.

Fight smart, not fair.
agentjohnbishop Gritty-ish
Jan 23rd 2012 at 5:31:51 PM

I have two of them, both I would write myself but I have not seen either of these films.

Firstly, there's Phenomenon which describes the entire film instead of a summary (the whole plot is given including spoilers).

Secondly, I stumbled across this page Wild Child which someone made, wrote one sentence for it, and left. I expanded it a bit, but I haven't seen it so I can't do much.

edited 23rd Jan '12 5:51:52 PM by agentjohnbishop

Jan 23rd 2012 at 5:49:42 PM

[up]Courtesy link. You accidentally linked to the trope.

agentjohnbishop Gritty-ish
Jan 23rd 2012 at 5:52:28 PM

[up] Thanks, I should have assumed we had a trope named that.

Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
Jan 24th 2012 at 9:56:42 PM

Aerosmith's description is kinda long, reads like a Wikipedia article, and violates Edit Tip #12.

[up]That is way too long, could really use an analysis dump.

edited 24th Jan '12 9:58:54 PM by MyTimingIsOff

Feb 22nd 2012 at 10:00:05 PM

I think that this wiki offers too little in the way of guidance on how to write a 'decent description' for a work. For anything that isn't too recent and/or popular, YKTTW and the forums are full of people who either don't know enough or don't care enough.

troacctid "." from California
Feb 22nd 2012 at 10:35:00 PM

[up] How To Create A Works Page has this to say on writing a description:

Good things to include: the name of the work's creator(s), the year it was first published, the genre and medium, a brief and spoiler-free overview of the plot, a link to the official website. Things not to include: quality judgements (don't say how much it sucked/how awesome it was), recommendations (don't tell us whether or not we should check it out), plot spoilers. And whatever you do, do not copy text from the Wikipedia page. That is Plagiarism and it is bad.

Rhymes with "Protracted."
Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Feb 23rd 2012 at 12:17:15 PM

I'd probably add "critical reception" to that list of things not to include.

Fight smart, not fair.
SeptimusHeap from Bern, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 23rd 2012 at 12:20:49 PM

^Yeah, do so. They often are just stealth reviews and really more Trivia.

troacctid "." from California
Feb 23rd 2012 at 12:43:16 PM

Stuff like Oscar nominations should be okay though.

Rhymes with "Protracted."
Komodin TV Tropes' Sonic Wiki Curator from Windy Hill Zone Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
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Feb 24th 2012 at 4:18:39 PM

I'm sorry if I'm wrong, but am I right in thinking that the work summary for Sonic Riders needs to be trimmed down a bit? I mean, I'd do it myself in a heartbeat, but I would like a second opinion before I go along with it.

Experience has taught me to investigate anything that glows.
Feb 24th 2012 at 7:30:46 PM

[up]Yes. That could definitely use a trim down. The spoilers in particular need to be nuked, since our spoiler policy forbids putting spoilers above the example list.

SeptimusHeap from Bern, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 25th 2012 at 2:40:46 AM

I think we should limit us to an one-sentence plot summary there. I don't need to know all details of the plot - it's a work description, not a summary.

Laukku from Finland Relationship Status: Married to the job
Feb 25th 2012 at 1:52:27 PM

If a work description has a complete plot summary, you could dump it on the Synopsis subpage. That's what I've done to Fiddler On The Roof.

SeptimusHeap from Bern, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 25th 2012 at 1:54:43 PM

So...take out these three paragraphs and dump them into Synopsis.Sonic Riders?

FinalStarman from Clinton, Massachusetts
Feb 29th 2012 at 9:55:49 PM

Bruno has a weird self-demonstrating thing for a description.

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Oreochan from Pennsylvania
Mar 4th 2012 at 2:43:51 AM

Shining Wind moved. Anyway, I only played the first Shining Force game so I don't know how flesh that one out.

edited 4th Mar '12 2:44:32 AM by Oreochan

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