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22nd Oct '13 4:45:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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A troper hits upon a concept they think is [[UniversalTropes universal]], which has nevertheless [[Administrivia/HowDidWeMissThisOne evaded the wiki's attention]] until now. So they start a thread on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/ykttw.php?interval=.5 YKTTW]], with a title and... not much else. "It pretty much explains itself," they say.

Occasionally that title is something like "LoveAtFirstSight", which can be easily {{Wiki Magic}}ked into a good article (assuming the concept doesn't already exist under a [[WordSaladTitle thoroughly confusing name]].)

Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[ViewersAreMorons idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.

The [[AnAesop moral of the story]]: Explaining yourself never hurts, and it's the best way to prevent your thread from dying prematurely of confusion.

A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

Another corollary is to not assume the exact nature of a trope based on its title alone (especially one that's not {{SPOON}} certified). Read the description before you make any comments or examples.

If you're looking for the trope about ''semantically'' self-explanatory media titles, see ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. See also FanMyopia, a big cause of this.

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A troper hits upon a concept they think is [[UniversalTropes universal]], which has nevertheless [[Administrivia/HowDidWeMissThisOne evaded the wiki's attention]] until now. So they start a thread on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/ykttw.php?interval=.5 YKTTW]], with a title and... not much else. "It pretty much explains itself," they say.

Occasionally that title is something like "LoveAtFirstSight", which can be easily {{Wiki Magic}}ked into a good article (assuming the concept doesn't already exist under a [[WordSaladTitle thoroughly confusing name]].)

Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[ViewersAreMorons idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.

The [[AnAesop moral of the story]]: Explaining yourself never hurts, and it's the best way to prevent your thread from dying prematurely of confusion.

A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

Another corollary is to not assume the exact nature of a trope based on its title alone (especially one that's not {{SPOON}} certified). Read the description before you make any comments or examples.

If you're looking for the trope about ''semantically'' self-explanatory media titles, see ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. See also FanMyopia, a big cause of this.

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10th May '13 3:46:15 AM MacronNotes
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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''.''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.



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16th Dec '12 8:48:28 PM Twentington
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The [[AnAesop moral of the story]]: [[WhyDidntYouJustSaySo Explaining yourself never hurts]], and it's the best way to prevent your thread from dying prematurely of confusion.

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The [[AnAesop moral of the story]]: [[WhyDidntYouJustSaySo Explaining yourself never hurts]], hurts, and it's the best way to prevent your thread from dying prematurely of confusion.
10th Dec '12 7:53:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make a ZeroContextExample, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
2nd Dec '12 6:57:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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A troper hits upon a concept they think is [[UniversalTropes universal]], which has nevertheless [[HowDidWeMissThisOne evaded the wiki's attention]] until now. So they start a thread on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/ykttw.php?interval=.5 YKTTW]], with a title and... not much else. "It pretty much explains itself," they say.

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A troper hits upon a concept they think is [[UniversalTropes universal]], which has nevertheless [[HowDidWeMissThisOne [[Administrivia/HowDidWeMissThisOne evaded the wiki's attention]] until now. So they start a thread on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/ykttw.php?interval=.5 YKTTW]], with a title and... not much else. "It pretty much explains itself," they say.
31st Jan '12 3:36:18 PM Deckard
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Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[WhatAnIdiot idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.

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Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[WhatAnIdiot [[ViewersAreMorons idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.
30th Dec '11 7:39:46 PM SeanMurrayI
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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "XJustX", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "XJustX", a ZeroContextExample, "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
9th Jul '11 1:35:56 PM Feinoha
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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "XJustX", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into M&A section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "XJustX", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into M&A Anime & Manga section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
1st Feb '11 4:53:47 PM TorchicBlaziken
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Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[WhatAnIdiot idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either.

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Most of the time, unfortunately, the title is overly vague or completely opaque to everyone but the original poster -- anything but Self Explanatory. Sure, we know what theremins are, but how exactly are they a trope? And what the heck are "{{Southies}}?" We're not [[WhatAnIdiot idiots]], but we're not [[MindReading mind readers]] either.
either. If it really is self-explanatory, then you could say it is, but explain it anyway, because [[TropesAreNotBad some of us]] ViewersAreMorons.



A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "X. Just... X", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into M&A section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "X. Just... X", "XJustX", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into M&A section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
14th Jan '11 9:17:19 AM sgrunt
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[[HypocriticalHumor This page.]] [[XJustX Just...this page.]]

...oh, OK, we'll explain.



A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "[[XJustX X. Just... X]]", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into M&A section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.

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A corollary of this is that no example is obvious, even if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. No, ''[[MindScrew especially]]'' if it's from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. You should also not make an example consisting of "[[XJustX X."X. Just... X]]", X", "[[TwoWords One word]]: X", or "X. That is all." Even if, for instance, you put your ''AxisPowersHetalia'' References into M&A section, most readers, seeing "Russia. Just Russia." will be thinking of a country.
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