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So this is something that's been bugging me for a while that probably has no right answer, but I feel like it needs to be discussed.
So Recap description lengths seem to be totally inconsistent on how they are used in the wiki. I've seen some that just act like a summary you'd see on a TV guide, some that give a short synopsis of the entire plot that are a few paragraphs long, and some that give extremely in-depth play-by-plays of the entire story that are usually quite long (like entire screen long).
So which length do we want?
Personally, I'm not a big fan of those that are so long, it takes multiple strokes of the scroll wheel to reach the trope list.
My personal opinion is that it should be somewhere in the middle. Not a stub to the point where we shouldn't even have a separate page, but not a dissertation where I don't want to read this anymore and im only a third of the way there.
A couple of decent paragraphs should be sufficient...complete blow-by-blow descriptions should be avoided like the plague.
Keep in mind there's a distinction between episode recaps and whole plot recaps. A couple of paragraphs works for individual episodes, but if the recap page is for a non-episodic work, then obviously it would need to be longer since it covers more ground. (And yes, the namespace does cover both.)
I agree it should definitely not be blow-by-blow though.
Recaps and synopses have a tendency to grow to immense size. I don't know why that is, perhaps people have sometimes difficulty at setting priorities.
People like gushing and talking about episodes, and that's one way to do it in a way they see as more legitimate than just a forum conversation.
This is an example of a Wall of Text recap page.
Recap pages are no different from any other work pages. They should be primarily focused on tropes, they should have at least three solid trope examples, and we don't need every detail of the plot.
We do have a fairly wide range in the amount of details that's provided on work pages, and that's mostly fine. But the focus is supposed to be tropes. I personally look askance at anything where the general description is longer than the trope list. (Something I rarely see anywhere aside from recap pages.)
Recap pages are allowed to have a description and zero tropes.
I don't mind the recap description to be one paragraph only. After all the purpose to me is easier trope management and not plot summary. There's other websites for it.
Rolling my eyes when looking at pages like Recap.One Piece Jaya Arc. The trope section clearly takes a backseat to whatever comes ahead of it.
edited 9th Oct '17 3:37:41 AM by eroock
Seeing things like Recap.Stranger Things S 2 E 3 Chapter Three The Pollywog, would it be possible to have a short version atop and then the long version folded away to prevent users from having to scroll through several screens before seeing the trope list? Or perhaps a separate page for plot summary? I have those recap pages on my watchlist and see the continuous effort people put in to improve and particularize the plot description and I don't want to take away from that excitement, but it may have to be channeled differently.
edited 30th Nov '17 2:00:21 AM by eroock
That page is trying to get every detail recorded. It's closer to a novelization than a summary.
Recaps should be concise. Chop down any that aren't.
edited 30th Nov '17 1:35:44 PM by Fighteer
I would like to refer to more authorisational power than a sentence on a discussion board in order to prevent an edit war.
edited 30th Nov '17 1:26:12 PM by eroock
I'm a moderator. And this is policy. Not sure what else you need. I can make it pink if you want. There, done.
edited 30th Nov '17 1:35:51 PM by Fighteer
Will give it a go.
And what about recap pages for films, like Recap.Ben Hur, that serve as plot summary?
That's a reasonably sized article, in my opinion.
Most of Rick and Morty's recap pages are one or two sentences, a few are a full paragraph, and then there's Morty's Mind Blowers
and The ABCs of Beth which have massive walls of text describing every single thing that happens in these two episodes.
Feel free to replace those overlong descriptions with shorter ones.
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