History Administrivia / HowToWriteAnExample

27th Dec '17 12:56:17 PM stormfast24
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* '''Write From A Generic Time Frame:''' Don't be surprised that an example has not been listed -- just list it yourself. Saying "This Troper is surprised that (show/movie/anime/webcomic) has not been listed yet..." then going on to talk about it is nonsensical because, hey, now we have. Your "Surprised it is not listed yet" example may become closer to the top of the page instead of the bottom within a few weeks time.

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* '''Write From A Generic Time Frame:''' Don't be surprised that an example has not been listed -- just list it yourself. Saying "This Troper is surprised that (show/movie/anime/webcomic) has not been listed yet..." then going on to talk about it is nonsensical because, hey, now we have. Your "Surprised it is not listed yet" example may become closer to the top of the page instead of the bottom within a few weeks weeks’ time.
27th Dec '17 12:45:11 PM stormfast24
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* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable:''' Do not coat examples in words like "arguably" or "to some". A trope is either used or not used. If you can't make a case beyond there being a work "debatably" using a certain trope, don't list it. Even on [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] pages there is no need to do this because everything is already subjective anyway, making the inclusion of words like "arguably" [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]]. Don't write "arguable examples".

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* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable:''' Do not coat examples in words like "arguably" or "to some". A trope is either used or not used. If you can't make a case beyond there being a work "debatably" using a certain trope, don't list it. Even on [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]] pages there is no need to do this because everything is already subjective anyway, making the inclusion of words like "arguably" [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]]. Don't write "arguable examples".
27th Dec '17 12:38:06 PM stormfast24
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* [[#StateTheSource]]'''State the source:''' The name of the work the example comes from should be clearly stated, ideally near the beginning of the example. Work names require emphasis, and should also be put under the proper '''Administrivia/{{namespace}}''' (ex. [=''VideoGame/TombRaider''=] will give you ''VideoGame/TombRaider'', [=''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''=] will give ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''). Listing a character name, episode name, or actor's name is no substitute for the series name. (No, not even if you PotHole it.) Listing a well known quote and leaving it at that is also clumsy. Being clever is always fun but being ''clear'' is much more important. Author's names are also acceptable when referring collectively to multiple series by them.

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* [[#StateTheSource]]'''State the source:''' The name of the work the example comes from should be clearly stated, ideally near the beginning of the example. Work names require emphasis, and should also be put under the proper '''Administrivia/{{namespace}}''' (ex. [=''VideoGame/TombRaider''=] will give you ''VideoGame/TombRaider'', [=''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''=] will give ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''). Listing a character name, episode name, or actor's name is no substitute for the series name. (No, not even if you PotHole it.) Listing a well known quote and leaving it at that is also clumsy. Being clever is always fun but being ''clear'' is much more important. Author's Authors’ names are also acceptable when referring collectively to multiple series by them.
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.
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