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Sandbox for the project: Trope Launch Pad Discard Project
The page above contains drafts proposed in the thread that are still pending and drafts that we've decided to leave alone, either with no action or a bump.
Per Ask The Tropers, this thread will be used to reduce the number of drafts on the Trope Launch Pad. We are not going to discuss on the drafts themselves because that will bump them and mix them with active proposals.
As of posting, there are 9,909 drafts on TLP.
On this thread, we will mention which drafts we think are unworkable, add enough bombs, and discard (nuke) them. Discarding requires at least 5 bombs. Among the features of "unworkable" drafts:
According to moderators, badly written but interesting/tropeworthy drafts should remain on the TLP. This means a draft containing the first four bullets listed above on their own is not sufficient reason to discard.
Edited by Tabs on Mar 12th 2019 at 11:16:33 AM
Sweet. I'll start digging.
To get the ball rolling:
Edited by Tabs on Mar 6th 2019 at 11:44:14 AM
Don't know about two of them, but I'm tossing a bomb on the middle one, since it's...not good. And has hats regardless, which is my biggest Pet Peeve regarding TLP drafts.
The first might be Humans Are Average, or some Muggle trope, or just plain Muggle focusing on how they're not plot relevant except as a Other to be shielded.
Not sure if Humans Are Average is Sci-Fi only, and needs aliens.
Discard the second. If someone wants to make a work page, they gotta put in the work?
Last is a round-about way of saying that Editorial Synaesthesia or something is the only way to convey smell and taste.
Edited by Malady on Mar 10th 2019 at 3:39:10 AM
Here's one I just bombed. No hats, no examples, no nothing except one troper pointing out the concept is covered.
I bombed a handful yesterday before this thread opened that were poorly developed, repeats, or had a lot of downvotes — they are probably still on the list of recent discards.
Some of them have a hat:bomb ratio approaching 1:1 that also have a high number of hats and bombs. Not sure what do to with those, especially if they haven't been claimed by anyone of late.
Car Chase Truck Crunch: Good concept. Only has one example that's a subversion and one actual example in the comments. Definitely needs a better name.
Back To Basics: Pretty alright, aside from the draft needing to be caught up with the comments and the various work pages potholed in main.
Doesn't Understand Sex: Description could use a trim. Each folder only has one example barring literature, though there are a lot examples in the comments. The troper who grabbed it hasn't edited it since June of last year.
I'm not sure what to do about those near 1:1s, either. If the commenters came to a consensus it might be better to just write a new draft to reset the bomb/hat count.
Those three tropes have potential. I don't have any examples to contribute, but they may be worth TLP-bumping. Let's focus on those that can be safely discarded. For those bare-bones, minimal effort proposals, I'd rather discard them to remove some of the TLP bloat.
Yeah, any drafts that have potential should be bumped (with a contributing post, not just "bump") instead of taken here.
Dunno about the 1:1 ones either. I've known about them for a while, but I'm skittish about tossing anything that has hats as well as bombs and had actual discussion going on.
Discarded "unintentional translation funny".
^^ If the bumper doesn't intend to take it over, they should probably put [UP FOR GRABS] in the title to encourage someone to shepherd it.
Phantom of Heroes Year One has my bomb. That makes six bombs. Should I press the discard button now?
Mixed Race Marriage: Majority of comments saying it's People Sit on Chairs among other problems, which I agree with. The last comment is a bump for bombs. Done.
Edited by Tabs on Mar 6th 2019 at 11:54:58 AM
^^ - Should we have left a comment on why we nuked it?
I'll handle the discard on Mixed Race Marriage.
Nefarious, yet indistinct, plans: Has 2 bombs, no hats, and practically every comment is someone questioning whether or not this is already covered by another trope.
Hotel Selling Threat: One bomb, comments questioning why the restriction to hotels is necessary, no explanation on how it isn't covered by "Scooby-Doo" Hoax.
Crouching Stoic, Hidden Ham: No comments, only two examples, and yet two hats.
Reluctant Participant Becomes Victim: One hat, no examples, comment asking if it's covered.
This God is a Loser: 2 bombs, 1 hat, and now covered by Loser Deity.
Edited by WarJay77 on Mar 6th 2019 at 2:00:53 PM
Agree that "Nefarious, yet indistinct, plans" is covered by other tropes. Added my bomb.
A few more:
No Really He's Okay: The last edit was in 2011, no distinction from Horrible Judge of Character and/or My Master, Right or Wrong.
Big collar equals badass: Low-effort proposal with no edits after creation. IMO, it's a pointless appearance trope.
life saving flight: Low-effort proposal with no edits after creation. Already covered by Die or Fly and Suicidal "Gotcha!".
Friends With Prey: Duplicate of Predator-Prey Friendship.
3-Page Book: Describes Pamphlet Shelf.
Everyone Is A Pervert: Can this be nuked already?
ComicStrip/AngusOg: Angus Og exists. What should be done about TLP drafts of works and other non-Main pages? Do they typically get nuked or left on TLP?
TroperWall: Same as above (and still puzzled over the page that was launched).
Please Do Not Feed The Monster: This is Feed It a Bomb exactly.
Sexual Ignorance: The last few comments ask if this is any different from Miss Conception. I swear there are multiple drafts in the TLP about this right now.
Edited by Tabs on Mar 6th 2019 at 11:45:36 AM
^ Nice finds.
I also edited my post, so please look at the ones I added.
Added bombs to No Really He's Okay, Sexual Ignorance, Big Collar Equals Badass, Life Saving Flight, Friends With Prey, 3-Page Book, Everyone Is A Pervert and Please Do Not Feed The Monster. Unsure about the non-trope pages linked.
Edited by WarJay77 on Mar 6th 2019 at 2:07:32 PM
I recommend the song "Geronimo" by Sheppard for this thread.
"Bombs away, bombs away..."
Anyway, I bombed all those into the stone age...
Edited by DracMonster on Mar 6th 2019 at 2:33:09 PM
Discarded "Everyone is a Pervert" and "Nefarious, yet indistinct plans" with discard reasonings left.
Edited by Miss_Desperado on Mar 6th 2019 at 11:38:07 AM
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