Talk:Diagnosis: Murder

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Police Station Location[edit]

Does anyone know what the location is that was used as the police headquarters in Diagnosis Murders? Been trying to find out but having no luck. – Blue☆Stars83 20:57, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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No consensus to move. bd2412 T 15:09, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

Diagnosis: MurderDiagnosis MurderNews articles and books of 21st century either use or omit the colon (:). Examples of omission from non-primary sources: [1][2][3][4][5]. Example of use: [6]. Perhaps for easier usage, colon must be omitted. Also, neither an infobox image nor this screenshot have a colon. --Relisted. Cúchullain t/c 19:03, 11 October 2013 (UTC)George Ho (talk) 04:04, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Oppose: To me, it makes more sense (as an ordinary English phrase) with the colon present. A colon indicates equivalence, so "Diagnosis: Murder" means that the diagnosis is (that the cause of death was) murder. "Diagnosis Murder" doesn't seem to make sense. —BarrelProof (talk) 04:39, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
This is a television series, not a term. Also, this article doesn't mention the title's meaning, and neither do reliable sources. --George Ho (talk) 18:48, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
Some of those sources that you cited are very low quality sources (such as this one). To me the current article title is natural. It is as if it is a quote from a form that is being filled out. Forms often have a list of 'tags' and a colon after each tag to show the value of the tag. Example: "Name: Bob Jones", "Age: 47", "Date of Birth: March 3, 1966", "Date of Death: June 2, 2013", "Diagnosis: Murder". With the colon removed, it doesn't seem like a properly-punctuated phrase that makes sense in English. I notice that some of the sources use a colon in this way in their headlines (e.g., this one and this one). However, I must admit that when I look at the links cited in the article (including the L.A. Times article that puts a colon after "Diagnosis" in its headline), the reliable sources seem to not include the colon when quoting the name of the show. The artwork seems to usually have an EKG signal line separating the two words, or to use different fonts or different colors to visually separate the two words – and that seems to serve a similar purpose as the colon, but they do not show an actual colon. As much as I hate it, as best I can tell, it appears to me that the name of the show is generally written without the colon in reliable sources. Because of this, I have just struck through my "oppose" above. —BarrelProof (talk) 23:25, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
Well TITLECHANGES states "Changing one controversial title to another is strongly discouraged. If an article title has been stable for a long time, and there is no good reason to change it, it should not be changed." Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 18:02, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
I rephrased the policy for grammar. By the way, you haven't explained why eliminating the colon is bad besides BarrelProof's reasoning and TITLECHANGES. Also, I've already pointed out news articles and books. Also, you haven't explain how the current title is stable. --George Ho (talk) 18:48, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
I don't have to. The burden is on you to provide a decent arguement for moving it from its current title. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 07:50, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
As you quote, "Changing one controversial title to another is strongly discouraged." Well, is the current title controversial to you? If so, why? Otherwise, why else do you oppose the removal of the distracting colon? Shall I say that keyboard is important issue to the titling? Do you even type in the colon? --George Ho (talk) 17:32, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
Personally, I find the name formatting very distracting when it does not include the colon, since – as I said above, it doesn't seem grammatically correct without the colon. But I have to admit that the reliable sources seem to not include the colon when quoting the name of the show. —BarrelProof (talk) 23:25, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Support The colon adds clarity, but sources seem to favor the form without. It's not our place to nitpick these sorts of stylistic choices. --BDD (talk) 21:36, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Suggest Prescription Murder instead. Technically, none of the sources use it, but I maintain it'd probably be a more interesting show: a dark comedy where Community General is the worst-ranked hospital in the city, full of curious characters having silly escapades and B-plots each episode, and no one suspects the bumbling Doctor Dick van Dyke might be the cause for the skyrocketing mortality rate. A serial killer, van Dyke hides his murders behind a lovable air of harmlessness and incompetence, while secretly weeding out those he deems "unfit" in a variety of unlikely and morbidly humorous hospital "accidents." I suppose the article would need to be reworked as well in the unlikely event others agree with this move. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2620:0:1003:1017:BAAC:6FFF:FE85:983E (talk) 00:27, 17 October 2013 (UTC)
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Guest star list[edit]

That Guest Star list is way way way too long. Compare to other articles. This isn't meant to be the IMDb and list everyone who ever appeared on the show. (talk) 21:36, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

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Refrain from using neologisms[edit]

"Nested pilot" appears to be a phrase that has emerged only in the last three years. The only Google results are from articles about Diagnosis Murder that use data from this WP article. The phrase has no intrinsic meaning and no clear meaning can be ascertained from context. No one slinging this phrase around has made any effort defining it. If you are talking about backdoor pilots, then please use the industry-accepted term. Canonblack (talk) 16:05, 22 September 2017 (UTC)