History Administrivia / HowToWriteAnExample

22nd Sep '17 1:51:43 PM Malady
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* '''Don't Use Weasel Tropes:''' Part of this is just being accurate to the trope, as FridgeLogic is specifically "You didn't notice it until long afterwards" but many people tend to use it as "This thing annoys me." Attaching a trope to it does not excuse anyone of the {{Complaining}} rule. The same goes for any other number of tropes that have loosely defined parameters.

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* '''Don't Use Weasel Tropes:''' Part of this is just being accurate to the trope, as FridgeLogic is specifically "You didn't notice it until long afterwards" but many people tend to use it as "This thing annoys me." Attaching a trope to it does not excuse anyone of the {{Complaining}} Administrivia/{{Complaining|AboutShowsYouDontLike}} rule. The same goes for any other number of tropes that have loosely defined parameters.
21st Sep '17 11:10:03 PM mlsmithca
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* '''Don't Be Afraid to''' '''''Edit:''''' Sometimes a prior example is worded strangely or glosses over distinct examples in its own right. It is encouraged [[WikiMagic to clean up what came before]]: parse down a WallOfText into bullets points, fix grammar or bad mark-up and eliminate natter. The cleaner the page looks, the better your example can be read and understood.

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* '''Don't Be Afraid to''' '''''Edit:''''' Sometimes a prior example is worded strangely or glosses over distinct examples in its own right. It is You are encouraged [[WikiMagic to clean up what came before]]: parse down a WallOfText into bullets bullet points, fix grammar or bad mark-up and eliminate natter. The cleaner the page looks, the better your example can be read and understood.
8th Sep '17 11:22:12 AM Fighteer
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* '''Group Examples''': If something merely very similar or from a related work (such as another entry in a series) is already there, write your example into it or indent it with other examples under a description of the group. Whatever you do, don't indent an example under the first one; see Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists. However...

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* '''Group Examples''': Examples on Trope Articles''': If something merely very similar or from a related work (such as another entry in a series) is there are already there, write examples for a particular author, work, or series on a trope article, don't add a new example for it in a different part of the page. Rather, you should add your example into it or indent it with other examples under a description of in the group. Whatever you do, don't indent an example under the first one; see Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists.same section, changing indentation as necessary (see Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists). However...
23rd Aug '17 1:53:40 PM KJMackley
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* '''Don't Be Afraid to''' '''''Edit:''''' Sometimes a prior example is worded strangely or glosses over distinct examples in its own right. It is encouraged [[WikiMagic to clean up what came before]]: parse down a WallOfText into bullets points, fix grammar or bad mark-up and eliminate natter. The cleaner the page looks, the better your example can be read and understood.
1st Aug '17 11:32:47 PM Piterpicher
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* '''Check For Duplicates''': Before you hit the edit button, it's always wise to search existing examples to make sure yours hasn't already been added. If you don't want to read them all, Ctrl+F the page instead.

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* '''Check For Duplicates''': Before you hit the edit button, it's always wise to search existing examples to make sure yours hasn't already been added. If you don't want to read them all, Ctrl+F (Command+F if you're a Mac user) the page instead.
26th Mar '17 10:27:45 AM LordGro
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* '''Do Not Pothole the Trope Name:''' When adding a trope to a work page, always use the trope's correct, unaltered title (e.g. RedRightHand as "Red Right Paw" when troping a FunnyAnimal is [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour doubleplusbad]]). Potholing the trope name to be clever is way overdone, and causes problems with keeping the list alphabetical and with wick migration, among other things. There is ''slightly'' more leeway when incorporating a trope into a description. See Administrivia/SinkHole for more details.

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* '''Do Not Pothole the Trope Name:''' When adding a trope to a work page, always use the trope's correct, unaltered title (e.g. RedRightHand as "Red Right Paw" when troping a FunnyAnimal is [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour doubleplusbad]]).doubleplusungood]]). Potholing the trope name to be clever is way overdone, and causes problems with keeping the list alphabetical and with wick migration, among other things. There is ''slightly'' more leeway when incorporating a trope into a description. See Administrivia/SinkHole for more details.
22nd Mar '17 10:03:36 AM doomquokka
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* '''Do Not Pothole the Trope Name:''' When adding a trope to a work page, always use the trope's correct, unaltered title (e.g. RedRightHand as "Red Right Paw" when troping a FunnyAnimal is [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour doubleplusungood]]). Potholing the trope name to be clever is way overdone, and causes problems with keeping the list alphabetical and with wick migration, among other things. There is ''slightly'' more leeway when incorporating a trope into a description. See Administrivia/SinkHole for more details.

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* '''Do Not Pothole the Trope Name:''' When adding a trope to a work page, always use the trope's correct, unaltered title (e.g. RedRightHand as "Red Right Paw" when troping a FunnyAnimal is [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour doubleplusungood]]).doubleplusbad]]). Potholing the trope name to be clever is way overdone, and causes problems with keeping the list alphabetical and with wick migration, among other things. There is ''slightly'' more leeway when incorporating a trope into a description. See Administrivia/SinkHole for more details.
5th Mar '17 8:06:46 PM rodneyAnonymous
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** [[#EmphasisForWorkNames]] '''Emphasis For Work Names:''' Most works are considered "Long Works", and their names should be bracketed by two apostrophes ([=''=]), which render the work in italic font. Short works like individual songs, TV show episodes, short stories, short poems, essays or chapters use "quotes". There is no emphasis used when referring to personas, sacred texts, and works by a name other than their franchise name. When in doubt, it is better to use italics, and have it fixed later. Italics help to differentiate the work name from other blue links.

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** [[#EmphasisForWorkNames]] '''Emphasis For Work Names:''' Most works are considered "Long Works", and their names should be bracketed by two apostrophes ([=''=]), which render the work in italic font. Short works like individual songs, TV show episodes, short stories, short poems, essays or chapters use "quotes"."quotation marks". There is no emphasis used when referring to personas, sacred texts, and works by a name other than their franchise name. When in doubt, it is better to use italics, and have it fixed later. Italics help to differentiate the work name from other blue links.
7th Dec '16 7:24:26 PM Fighteer
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* '''Write in Present Tense:''' Descriptions of events in an example should usually be written in present tense. Only use past or future tense when referring to things that happened in the past or will happen in the future with respect to the events you're describing.

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* '''Write in Historical Present Tense:''' Descriptions of events in an example should usually be written in present tense. Only use past or future tense when referring to things that happened in the past or will happen in the future with respect to the events you're describing.
18th Sep '16 8:45:03 AM MazeMaker
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* '''Don't Speculate, Don't Prognosticate:''' You may have a good reason for assuming the trope will be used in a show eventually, but if you haven't '''seen''' the trope in the work, [[ShapedLikeItself you haven't seen the trope used in the work]], whether it's because the creators haven't put it in yet, because [[AvertedTrope they're not going to put it in]], or because you haven't actually seen the work in question. If and when you actually see the trope used add it -- but not before. By the same token, don't say "used in pretty much every [genre] work," particularly if you haven't seen literally all of them and can confirm that it's in them.

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* '''Don't Speculate, Don't Prognosticate:''' You may have a good reason for assuming the trope will be used in a show eventually, but if you haven't '''seen''' the trope in the work, [[ShapedLikeItself you haven't seen the trope used in the work]], whether it's because the creators haven't put it in yet, because [[AvertedTrope they're not going to put it in]], or because you haven't actually seen the work in question. If and when you actually see the trope used used, add it -- but not before. By the same token, don't say "used in pretty much every [genre] work," particularly if you haven't seen literally all of them and can confirm that it's in them.
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