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May 13th 2020 at 10:23:42 AM •••

I just created a slideshow from a cutscene in Cradle of Empires to use as a video example for this trope (though this video could also be applied to Evil Is Petty, Jerkass, or Threw My Bike on the Roof). How do I post it?

(I have no clue why none of the links in this post are working or how to fix them, BTW.)

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Jan 4th 2019 at 2:22:45 PM •••

I'm thinking of removing this as it's more a case of Weasel Words than this trope but would like others to weigh in first:

  • Nearly every EULA and consumer agreement out there includes the phrase, "has the right to alter the terms of the contract" somewhere. This is not usually an issue with most customers until they notice the universal price hike a few months down the road.

Jun 15th 2012 at 1:13:41 PM •••

This page is accumulating massive amounts of "Real Life Examples" that aren't. There was a sales example that isn't true. Several cases where real examples were listed that are Leonine Contracts, rather than examples of Moving the Goalposts. And one that the author pointed out wasn't true but was in a movie (so put it in the Films section, not Real Life). In particular, if your example consists of somebody making a deal that has awful terms but the terms don't actually change, then it's not an example of this trope.

There's also about a hundred bullet points about creationists. I think one or two is plenty. There's also a ton about scientific reasoning and Popper's falsificationist perspective— that belongs on some other wiki.

I wouldn't mind banning Real Life examples altogether. This page seems to attract a lot of soap boxing.

Apr 29th 2011 at 7:56:55 AM •••

Why doesn't the person being hit with stacks of books proving evolution provide the massively higher stack of outdated and incorrect theories that 'proved it' until they were revised?

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Jul 5th 2011 at 7:17:21 PM •••

Science doesn't work on an "all or nothing" scale, but a "less-wrong-than-before" revision scale.

  • The world was thought to be flat. Then it was revised as perfectly spherical. THEN it was revised from that as slightly spheroidal.
  • Geocentricism was enhanced ever so slightly that every usable diagram for "geocentricity" was more than 99% heliocentric. -sarcasm- And then we realized that Copernicus and Galileo were wrong -end sarcasm-.
  • We understood that there was a literal creation. We then understood mild development and divergence from basic 'kinds'. After that, we realized that there were a group of common ancestors. Now we can pin-point a single common ancestor.

Which brings me to my point: the "outdated and incorrect theories" were "revised" with the newly-available knowledge. And when the time comes for the 'presented "stacks of books"' to be revised, it will be for more-accurate descriptions of what the books and articles presented.

Dec 11th 2010 at 1:36:29 PM •••

Right, so an edit war doesn't break out, I took this page's image off because this page itself can't use Console Wars as an example.

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