User talk:Entity Valkyrie 2/Period-16777216 glider gun

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"[...] which is used in the p1 megacell. It consists of a p256 gun that has its period multiplied by 65536 by using 8 quadri-snarks."

is exactly analogous to, in an encyclopedia entry on transistors, writing:

"[...] which was invented by William Shockley and used in the transistor radio. It consists of a 7-nanometre block of doped silicon atoms produced by electron-beam lithography."

Whilst these are both true statements about things that can both be called a 'transistor', it is misleading in that it suggests that they're talking about the same sort of transistor (when they're absolutely not). Similarly, the p2^24 gun in the p1 megacell came long before quadri-Snarks were around -- indeed, even regular Snarks weren't discovered until much later.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Calcyman (talkcontribs) 02:12, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

I'm having a hard time figuring out exactly why this article was created. The title is "Period-16777216 glider gun", but where is there a reference to "period-16777216 glider gun" that really needs a definition on the LifeWiki? There are over 16.77 million known guns with lower periods that haven't gotten a definition on the LifeWiki yet -- and I definitely hope that most of them never do get their own article. Dvgrn (talk) 19:15, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Okay, the cause of this article can be tracked to a redlink added by Mr. Missed Her in p1 megacell. The particular period-2^24 gun in the p1 megacell was custom-built for the purpose, with the mechanisms available at the time, and has never been re-used anywhere else in quite the same form -- nor should it be, since we have several better options available now. It seems better to create new articles only for specific unambiguous objects -- where identical forms of a mechanism are used in several different patterns, for example, or the term has been used by several people during a period of more than a year. How's that for a random rule of thumb? Dvgrn (talk) 19:26, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
I've placed a notability tag on this page, because it's not obvious to either of us why it should exist. Calcyman (talk) 18:34, 17 November 2018 (UTC)