One way that I like to see if an SCP is good and concise is to try to sum it up in less than three sentences. This can be done almost universally with good SCPs. Random examples:
- SCP-500 - Pills that cure any disease, but there is a limited amount.
- SCP-804 - An art display, that when activated, causes man-made objects in an expanding radius to deteriorate. This was its intended purpose, after being made by a defunct artist group who gave their lives to protect it.
- SCP-1170 - A ghost that attempts to have a romantic relationship with everyone who enters its room. It whisks them off to a pocket dimension and accidentally [DATA EXPUNGES] them.
A lot of the time, I find myself remembering fragments of an SCP but not the entire thing. I'd like to search by tags, but all that gives me is generally a long list of SCPs without descriptions. Plus, tags are not very specific. While the tagging system is nice, I propose an alternate method of locating that damn article that you barely remember. And it is a well known fact that the Wikidot search function is ass.
Which brings me to my point. Skip Notes, which is like Cliff Notes but with SCPs. Short, concise descriptions of every SCP on the site. Along with that, there would be descriptive words for each article so that using Ctrl+F, you can locate it. Here would be an example:
|SCP-668||A chef's knife that causes bystanders not to care about murders committed with it||knife | chef | memetic | bystander | rape | psychic | psionic | euclid | apathy | keter|
Notice that many of the words seem random or out of place. If you look at the article, all of them are present. The point of this is not to encompass an SCP with as few words as possible, but to use as many as possible. When you think of SCP-668, don't at least some of these words come to mind? If you can't remember the number, you can at least use what you remember to find the article.
I realize that this would be a large undertaking, and I'd probably need help. After all, it requires reading every article on the site, of which we have over 1,260. But I'd like to see what you all think, if this is a good idea or not, or if it needs amending, etc.