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5th Mar '18 4:31:52 AM StFan
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# '''Ignore ''articles'' at the beginnings of titles.''' That is, the words "a", "an", and "the". They're incredibly common and removing them doesn't usually change the meaning of the trope, so it's better just to pretend they're not there at all. For example, TheMagicGoesAway should be alphabetized under M; AGodAmI goes under G.\\\
Do this even for foreign-language articles. The vast majority of all tropes and articles with foreign-language titles are in either Japanese, French or Spanish. Japanese doesn't have any articles, so mostly this just means ignoring "le", "la", "les", and "l'" at the beginning of articles with French titles, or "el", "la", "los", and "las" at the beginning of articles with Spanish titles. For example, LaResistance goes under R.\\\

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# '''Ignore ''articles'' at the beginnings of titles.''' That is, the words "a", "an", and "the". They're incredibly common and removing them doesn't usually change the meaning of the trope, trope or title, so it's better just to pretend they're not there at all. For example, TheMagicGoesAway should be alphabetized under M; AGodAmI goes under G.\\\
Do this even for foreign-language articles. The vast majority of all tropes and articles work pages with foreign-language titles are in either Japanese, French or Spanish. Japanese doesn't have any articles, so mostly this just means ignoring "le", "la", "les", and "l'" at the beginning of articles with French titles, or "el", "la", "los", and "las" at the beginning of articles with Spanish titles. For example, LaResistance goes under R.\\\
5th Oct '17 3:09:25 PM StFan
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Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. Two fanfic examples: ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P; ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.

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Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. Two fanfic examples: ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P; ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.For example, DaChief and DaEditor don't go under D, but under C and E, respectively.
5th Oct '17 1:33:54 AM StFan
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# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works. For example, IWasNeverHere would go after ItemCrafting, not before. Note that hyphens count as punctuation.

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# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works. For example, IWasNeverHere would go after ItemCrafting, not before. Note that hyphens count are treated as punctuation.
5th Oct '17 1:31:54 AM StFan
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Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. Two examples: ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P; ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.

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Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. Two fanfic examples: ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P; ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.
5th Oct '17 1:29:29 AM StFan
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Note that the below rule on short entries before longer ones still applies if the sole difference between them is a beginning article otherwise ignored. Hence, ''Literature/{{Pyrates}}'' goes before ''Literature/ThePyrates''.\\\



# '''Shorter entries alphabetize before longer entries containing them.''' BigBad comes before BigBadEnsemble.

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# '''Shorter entries alphabetize before longer entries containing them.''' BigBad comes before BigBadEnsemble.\\\
Note that the rule still applies if the sole difference between them is a beginning article otherwise ignored. Hence, ''Literature/{{Pyrates}}'' goes before ''Literature/ThePyrates''.
5th Oct '17 1:27:02 AM StFan
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Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P. ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.

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Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. Two examples: ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P. P; ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.
29th Sep '17 9:39:03 AM StFan
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Note that the below rule on short entries before longer ones still applies if the sole difference between them is a beginning article otherwise ignored. Hence, ''Literature/{{Pyrates}}'' goes before ''Literature/ThePyrates''.

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Note that the below rule on short entries before longer ones still applies if the sole difference between them is a beginning article otherwise ignored. Hence, ''Literature/{{Pyrates}}'' goes before ''Literature/ThePyrates''.\\\
Also note that an article using a colloquial spelling, or purposefully misspelled, ''is still an article''. ''Fanfic/DaPrincessInDaGleClub'' goes in P. ''Fanfic/TehScreamingOfTheLambs'' goes in S.
22nd Apr '17 5:30:02 AM StFan
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# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works. For example, IWasNeverHere would go after ItemCrafting, not before.

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# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works. For example, IWasNeverHere would go after ItemCrafting, not before. Note that hyphens count as punctuation.
22nd Apr '17 5:23:21 AM StFan
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All works pages and most indexes are supposed to contain lists of tropes in alphabetical order. Standards for alphabetizing may vary; to make things easier to find, we want to keep ours consistent, so please use the rules below even if you're used to alphabetizing things differently somewhere else.

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All works pages and most indexes are supposed to contain lists of tropes or work titles in alphabetical order. Standards for alphabetizing may vary; to make things easier to find, we want to keep ours consistent, so please use the rules below even if you're used to alphabetizing things differently somewhere else.
1st Apr '17 3:19:24 PM Golondrina
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# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works.

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# '''Ignore spaces and punctuation.''' There are different English-language standards about what to do with spaces; this is the one that best corresponds with the way the Wiki/TVTropes internal database works. For example, IWasNeverHere would go after ItemCrafting, not before.
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