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Maybe a composer, like Gesualdo, who murdered his wife and her lover, and whose music is (at first hearing) rather dissonant to the point of disturbing, could be included. A fictional composer could be substituted. Some more history to the thing could make it a bit more interesting.

The thing about classical music is, what is cacophonous to one person is merely complex or simply has unusual tonal function to another. I'd be more interested in finding there was some kind of pattern, something it took a music theorist to analyze, and maybe the deeper the theorist analyzed, the worse his psychosis developed. In any case, a theorist/composer or musicologist should definitely have been called in to analyze and do some research on the piece.

Furthermore, what genre is the piece? That would certainly give a clue as to the fate of its composition and possible origin. Cantata? Canzone? Madrigal? Orchestral chamber work? There are so many questions that could be answered in ways I give some more chilling depth to this article.

What would be a healthy practice? It was my understanding that most writers would feel frustrated if the only feedback they received from someone was "meh"/"it's boring". Getting critique that gives the author a direction to follow shouldn't be like pulling teeth.

Of course, I'm personally more lenient on feedback once something's on the mainsite, but if we're going to encourage more people helping out writers with drafts, I'd want reviewers to be more concise so the author doesn't have to run around the issue of what people think needs to be fixed.

Re: Staff Post - Open by ZynZyn, 01 Mar 2015 19:10
ZynZyn 01 Mar 2015 18:59
in discussion Per Page Discussions / Per page discussions » SCP-2847

You don't need to sign your posts; this is a discussion forum, not an email. We can see your username at the top of every comment you make.

Make sure to create a sandbox page for yourself. Any drafts you write up there should be shown to the IRC chat and/or the drafts forums for feedback prior to a mainsite post. You'd potentially catch a lot of mistakes in the editing phase by doing this (and you'd also be following the rules, which state that works in progress are not allowed on the mainsite).

by ZynZyn, 01 Mar 2015 18:59
LurkDLurkD 01 Mar 2015 18:38
in discussion Per Page Discussions / Per page discussions » SCP-2118

This doesn't hit the right notes for me and seems rather ham-fisted into trying to produce an emotional response. It just doesn't do that for me and hence, I believe it fails at achieving this main objective for the majority of the audience as well.

Ideas like this should be subtle, graceful, and evocative. This is none of that. It's instead very forceful in what it's trying to accomplish. An OK concept with an execution that takes off running and leaves you behind.

-1

by LurkDLurkD, 01 Mar 2015 18:38

For headcanon purposes, I have trouble believing that the American president would visit a Foundation Site to start with, given how many immense and visible red flags that would send up. (I didn't detect any signs that this was set in some broken-veil type canon or anything, so I'm presuming that the Foundation is still tentatively interested in secrecy of some kind.) I mean, the number of untrained individuals without any security clearance who see the President's itinerary, even a falsified one, is far more people than the Foundation is comfortable with being involved in this kind of thing. Even with cover stories, falsified documents, whatever, there's still an enormous, trackable paper trail, and for no real purpose that I can envision that couldn't be carried out by secret meetings at the White House. The Foundation isn't a government operation; the President has neither an obligation to supervise Foundation operations, nor any authority to do anything once he's supervised it.

That's the most unrealistic part. The part where the President is secretly a member of an anomalous art cabal is the second most unrealistic part, and the part where the secret member of an anomalous art cabal admitted to being a member of an anomalous art cabal to a random researcher as a random aside is the third most unrealistic part. Beyond the issues of unrealism, the writing is pretty off; you have a "redacted" personal log (redactions can irritate me regardless, especially in places where the OOC writing would be better without the IC redactions) that still includes extraneous details about the coffee machine (that still don't make sense; what doctor goes to another doctor to complain about the coffee machine?)

I don't get a whole lot of feeling of personhood from the Dr. Jackson character; he feels like someone who exists to continue the plot, rather than someone with motivation and reasonings and personhood of his own. In essence, I have trouble believing the setup and premise of the story, I have trouble believing the course of events of the story, and I don't particularly care for the fashion in which the story is described. I'm not sure how it can be improved, per se. I would suggest working out the details of the character, working out how to depict the character in a more realistic fashion, and doing a new story from the ground up. In any story like this, you have the layer of the story itself, and then you have the layer of the character describing the story, and both have to be handled carefully and separately.


Overall

Well I can tell you've chosen to go down a "weirdness" path for you SCP, and while that's certainly fine, there are a lot of good-weird SCPs I found this one kind of lackluster. There isn't anything interesting enough to really grab my attention. I think you're going to need to find a hook or something to create interest from the reader if you want to move forward with this idea.

Re: Found in some notes... by DodoDevilDodoDevil, 01 Mar 2015 18:18

This is basically a Thaumiel class, isn't it?

by MidnightBlue766MidnightBlue766, 01 Mar 2015 18:14

thank you for telling me this information will help me for the planned rewrite

by DarwinSkullieDarwinSkullie, 01 Mar 2015 18:12

I would like you to know I am planning on eventually rewriting SCP 2874 but with a different class fixed spelling errors different containment procedure and better historical references. I hope this will help please the masses of the readers and I apologize for such a bad first attempt. Sincerely the Author of SCP 2874 aka Skullie.

by DarwinSkullieDarwinSkullie, 01 Mar 2015 18:10

Two researchers at the Foundation walked into a bar.

You'd think one of 'em would've seen it.

Re: Clean Joke Thread by dankaardankaar, 01 Mar 2015 18:09

Thanks LurkD! Wow. I must say, that writing was worth it. Now, i just need to think of a hook. Hmmm…

Backsassing Foundation personnel doesnt seem like a good idea to me, especially if she's a keter-class SCP who is dangerous to the public and prone to psychotic breaks. Uncooperation generally leads to termination, Like with 531-D
http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/termination-order

Girls got some balls by Banjo_tKBanjo_tK, 01 Mar 2015 18:07
Re: Math SCP Critique help by LurkDLurkD, 01 Mar 2015 18:04

What are we supposed to be reviewing? There's nothing here.

Re: Given them some thought by DodoDevilDodoDevil, 01 Mar 2015 18:03
Re: Clean Joke Thread by Dr LeonardDr Leonard, 01 Mar 2015 18:00
Re: Clean Joke Thread by Dr LeonardDr Leonard, 01 Mar 2015 17:49

TL;DR - This joke is horrible, and probably memetic.

A piece of rope enters a bar and orders a drink. The bartender shakes his head and says, "Sorry pal, but we don't serve rope here. Had a bad time with some cables while back."

The rope nods and slithers on out. Next day it returns and tries to order another drink. The bartender more firmly says, "I told you we don't serve ropes, OUT!"

The rope concedes and slithers out. For the next week the same thing happens over and over until one day the bartender had enough. He grabbed the rope, yanked it up to the bar, tied it in a knot, beat a few dozen times over the bar, and threw it out the door.

And for a while, the rope stayed away. A week later a tangled mess of rope limps in and tries to order a beer. The bartender eyes it and shouts. "HEY! Aren't you that asshole rope from last week."

To which it replies,


Re: Clean Joke Thread by LurkDLurkD, 01 Mar 2015 17:43

Thank you!

Also, a big shout out to DreamwalkerFae and Sophia Light for their input into the tone of the tale. They've helped it a lot.

by WrongJohnSilverWrongJohnSilver, 01 Mar 2015 17:29

A very interesting article, I like it.

+1

by AgentPixelsAgentPixels, 01 Mar 2015 17:21
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