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Karxrida Happy Pineapple from Darkness within Darkness
Happy Pineapple
Sep 25th 2017 at 4:48:36 PM

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?

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Sep 25th 2017 at 6:04:06 PM

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.

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Blapper of Water
Sep 25th 2017 at 8:44:47 PM

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.

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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
Sep 26th 2017 at 4:11:16 AM

A couple of decent paragraphs should be sufficient...complete blow-by-blow descriptions should be avoided like the plague.

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TotemicHero Not a bug! from the next level
Not a bug!
Sep 26th 2017 at 6:04:23 AM

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.

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SeptimusHeap Tadpole! from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
Tadpole!
Sep 26th 2017 at 7:27:43 AM

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.

AnotherDuck No, the other one. from Stockholm Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Sep 26th 2017 at 7:58:21 AM

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.

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N1KF The Number1KirbyFan Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
The Number1KirbyFan
Sep 26th 2017 at 7:21:15 PM

This is an example of a Wall of Text recap page.

crazysamaritan Could we just... not have Death anymore? from Lupin III
Could we just... not have Death anymore?
Sep 29th 2017 at 9:44:30 AM

a short synopsis of the entire plot that are a few paragraphs long
This is what I expect a Recap description to contain.

Xtifr World's Toughest Milkman Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
World's Toughest Milkman
Oct 4th 2017 at 5:33:21 PM

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.)

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crazysamaritan Could we just... not have Death anymore? from Lupin III
Could we just... not have Death anymore?
Oct 4th 2017 at 6:14:17 PM

Recap pages are allowed to have a description and zero tropes.

Oct 7th 2017 at 5:25:24 AM

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

Nov 30th 2017 at 1:52:23 AM

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

crazysamaritan Could we just... not have Death anymore? from Lupin III
Could we just... not have Death anymore?
Nov 30th 2017 at 6:38:29 AM

That page is trying to get every detail recorded. It's closer to a novelization than a summary.

Fighteer MOD Geronimo! from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
Nov 30th 2017 at 7:01:01 AM

Recaps should be concise. Chop down any that aren't.

edited 30th Nov '17 1:35:44 PM by Fighteer

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Nov 30th 2017 at 1:19:29 PM

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

Fighteer Geronimo! from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
Nov 30th 2017 at 1:35:32 PM

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

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Dec 14th 2017 at 3:25:19 PM

And what about recap pages for films, like Recap.Ben Hur, that serve as plot summary?

Fighteer Geronimo! from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
Dec 14th 2017 at 3:32:14 PM

That's a reasonably sized article, in my opinion.

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Dec 14th 2017 at 4:16:47 PM

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.

Jan 5th 2018 at 3:09:35 AM

Feel free to replace those overlong descriptions with shorter ones.


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