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Thursday, March 14th, 2024 10:12 AM

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Contributor guidelines "Trademark" copy

The current copy for the "Trademark" section of the Names contributor guidelines goes way off the rails with its use of parentheses, to the point they may as well have just been inserted at random. It currently reads:

Descriptions of a person's recognizable trait, usually something repeated over a significant proportion of their films, or distinguishing information that sets them apart from most other people in the industry. Physical attributes are acceptable as long as they are unique (ie tattoos, scars, birthmarks etc. Items such as eye/hair color (unless it is unique) or vague physical descriptions (ie curvy figure, muscular figure (unless they are known for bodybuilding etc) are not acceptable trademarks.)

think that's supposed to be something more like this. (Avoiding parentheticals inside parentheticals, because that's always a bad idea and usually how this kind of thing happens.):

Descriptions of a person's recognizable trait, usually something repeated over a significant proportion of their films, or distinguishing information that sets them apart from most other people in the industry. Physical attributes are acceptable as long as they are unique (i.e. tattoos, scars, birthmarks, etc.). Items such as eye/hair color (unless it is unique) or vague physical descriptions (i.e. curvy figure, muscular figure — unless they are known for bodybuilding, etc.) are not acceptable trademarks.

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3 months ago

Hi @FeRDNYC,

I can confirm the guidelines have now been updated. Thanks again for the feedback.

Cheers!

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Looks like you got my first version, before I re-edited it to insert the missing comma in "birthmarks, etc.", but that's no big deal. Much improved, thanks!

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3 months ago

Hi @FeRDNYC,

Thank you for this feedback. We have passed this on to the relevant team to make the appropriate changes to the copy in this section of the guidelines.

We will confirm in this thread when the guidelines have been updated.

I hope this helps!

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@Ozzy​ I would also change "i.e." (that is) to "e.g." (for example).

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Hi @david_glagovsky,

Thank you for your feedback. However, the use of "i.e." is also applicable here and therefore an update is not necessary.

Cheers!