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5 [[folder:Spoiler Covering, Folder Preference, and Link Highlighting]]
6 To choose whether you want to browse the wiki with spoilers on or off, with folders open or closed by default, and with links normal or highlighted, go to [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/profile.php your profile page]]. This is accessible only if you're [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/knowerForm.php a known troper]]. The profile also controls your preferences for our fora.
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10 If you're on a tablet or other mobile device, you may not be able to highlight spoilers. If this is the case, you'll need to Get Known and turn off spoiler font in your profile.
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14 [[folder:Basic Navigation]]
15 The standard TVTropes layout has a toolbar at the top of each page and an expanding menu on the left side. The toolbar at the top is for most common wiki activities. It changes depending on what kind of page you are viewing and is split according to general and page-specific functions. It has the Google Custom Search, the log in/logout button, the Edit Page button, and the Watchlist.
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17 The toolbar to the left expands when you click on it, and contains the index and links to tools and ongoing discussions.
18 * "Troperville" is for discussions and other areas where {{troper}}s hang out.
19 * "Tools" is the toolbox. Here you can request assistance with articles, manage your account, look at the master indexes, and upload media.
20 * "Toys" has some nifty scripts that generate pitches or story ideas.
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22 Depending on the type of article you're viewing, there may be one or more Administrivia/{{namespace}} icons/tabs below the toolbar. These allow you to navigate to an article's subpages, including articles with the same title but in a different medium ({{Film}}, {{Literature}}, etc.).
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24 To edit articles, you must be [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/knowerForm.php logged in]] -- see Getting Known, below, for details. See Administrivia/TipsForEditing for help with editing. To chat with tropers, visit our [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/topics.php forums]].
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27 [[folder:The Main Toolbar]]
28 * Google Custom Search is at the top. You can search for anything in the wiki by using this feature.
29 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/changes.php "New edits"]] is a list of recently edited pages. The default is the last 100 edits; you can change this number at the bottom of the list. We move along at a pretty good clip, so if it's been more than about two hours since you've checked Recent Changes it's likely that the list has completely rolled over. A red dot indicates a page that has been edited since you last looked at Recent Changes.
30 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/workshops.php "Workshops"]] takes you to the workshop subsection of our [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/topics.php forums]]. This is where a lot of the behind-the-scenes activity takes place as well as all kinds of conversations on a variety of topics. Stop by and chat!
31 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/review_activity.php "Reviews"]] is where you can view or add opinions on any piece of media we have an article for. If you want to tell us if you liked or hated something, this is the place.
32 * "YKTTW" is "You Know, That Thing Where ...", where we go to discuss potential new tropes.
33 * [[http://twitter.com/tvtropesnews "Tweets"]] lets you view the site's Website/{{Twitter}} feed.
34 * "Random" takes you to a completely random article. It'll help you find pages you might never have looked at otherwise and [[JustOneMoreLevel is a good way to fill time]].
35 * "To do" lets you add the current page to your personal [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/to_do_list.php to-do list]]. Good if you don't have time to make the change you wanted but don't want to forget, either.
36 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/wiki_pm.php "PM"]] lets you send a private message to another {{troper}}. If you have a new PM, you'll see a big green notification bar on most pages you visit. To see your [=PMs=], go to your [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pm.php mailbox]]. Also, please remember that private messages are ''private'' for a reason. Disseminating the contents of a PM without permission from the other party is grounds for loss of PM privileges.
37 * "Add watch" lets you add the current page to your [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/awl.php watchlist]]. Any edits to those pages or their discussion pages will appear on your watchlist. Note: If the article you're viewing has multiple subpages, like [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]], {{Headscratchers}}, etc., you have to watch each separately.
38 * "Drop watch" removes the current page from your watchlist.
39 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/awl.php "Watchlist"]] takes you to the aforementioned list of articles you're watching. It's very handy for tracking the articles you have a particular interest in rather than sifting through Recent Changes all day.
40 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/profile.php "Profile"]] takes you to your wiki/forum profile page.
41 * The Subpages list lets you see all articles that share a base URL (everything except the Administrivia/{{namespace}}) with the one you're looking at.
42 * "Source" lets you see the page's wiki code. Helpful for some advanced techniques like moving pages.
43 * [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/knowerForm.php "Get known"/"Logged in"]] takes you to the Knower Form to create a handle, log into an existing handle, or log out. You need cookies enabled in your browser to stay logged in. You must have a handle to do anything other than read the site.
44 * "History" is a list of recent edits for the page you're currently viewing. You can see who made the edits, the reason, and communicate with them via PM if desired.
45 * "Edit page" lets you modify the current page's content. You must be logged in to do this.
46 ** If a page displays a padlock icon, it is locked and can't be edited except by [[Administrivia/KnowTheStaff the wiki staff]]; clicking the icon will take you to Administrivia/LockedPages so you can see why.
47 ** If you try to edit a page and get a notification that it is "Checked out", that's because someone else is editing it. Wait for them to save their edit -- if they haven't saved after 20 minutes or so, the lock will be released.
48 ** If you get a "checked out" notice for an article that says that you're the user who has it locked, you may be logged in with a different case than your handle is stored in the database. This is a known issue; visit the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=000000000000000000000000 Tech Wishlist and Bug Reports]] forum for more information.
49 * "Related" runs a search for this page's title. It lets you know how many other pages link to this page.
50 * Beneath the buttons is a tabular list of subpages that may be related to this article. Some subpages will always be shown even if they do not exist, and not all namespaces will display as tabs. The list depends on the page type (see below under Adding New Media Articles).
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53 [[folder:Getting Known]]
54 This site requires that you create a login (aka, a {{troper}} handle) to be allowed to edit articles, write a review, create a YKTTW, post in Discussions, post in the forums, or perform any other activity other than viewing. You create a handle by '''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/knowerForm.php Getting Known]]'''. Your login information will be stored in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie cookie]] on your computer. If you don't have cookies enabled, then some site features may not work for you.
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56 We don't require your real name, but we do need you to provide an email address for verification and security purposes, We also store your profile information and the IP address(es) you use to edit or post. See our [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/privacypolicy.php Privacy Policy]] for more information.
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58 * Your handle should only contain alphanumerics: the letters a-z, A-Z, and the digits 0-9, and it must start with a letter. If you don't follow this rule, you may be able to edit and post, but you cannot create a Tropers page for yourself.
59 * To log out, visit the Get Known page and click the link to the Unknower. This will delete your cookie, so remember your password!
60 * To log in, enter your handle and password and click the "Already known. Just bake a new cookie" button, not the "Create Knowage" button.
61 * To change your password, go [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/changepass.php here]].
62 * To recover a lost password, go [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/lostpass.php here]]. This requires that you have an email address associated with your account, and that you have access to that email account.
63 * If you created an account prior to the email verification requirement, you may associate an email address with it [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/associate_email.php here]].
64 * If you forget your password, and you do not have an associated email address, we may not be able to recover your account. You may make a new handle and post [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=5ld7gdqsyx49ikjep2qpdqem here]], [[note]]Please note that new accounts must wait 24 hours to post on the forums.[[/note]] but there is no guarantee that we can help. If possible, post from the same connection that you used with your old account.
65 * For security purposes, we do not permit disposable email addresses to be used for account registration.
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68 [[folder:Editing Articles]]
69 See a typo? Want to add an example? Click on the "edit page" button. An edit page will load. The large text box shows the page's current markup. Make your changes there. When you're done, double-check your work for spelling and grammar, markup errors, and organization. The "preview" button shows you what the page should look like, without saving those changes. Click save.
70 * You must be [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/knowerForm.php logged in]] to edit articles.
71 * After making an edit, it's highly recommended to leave an edit reason in the box provided, as it's helpful for other people looking at the page history. Please see Administrivia/EditReasonsAndWhyYouShouldUseThem for more information. '''Always leave an edit reason for deletions.'''
72 * There is a standard way to format examples. Titles of films, shows, and albums are ''italicized''. Use two separate apostrophes around the title: [=''ThePriceIsRight''=] for ''ThePriceIsRight''. Titles of episodes and songs are in quotes: "Brittle Bullet." See Administrivia/HowToWriteAnExample for details. Really, take a look at it.
73 * Links to other pages are easy. If it is two or more words, use {{Wiki Word}}s. If it is one word, use double curly brackets: [={{Jeopardy}}=]. If the page is in a namespace other than Main, put that first, followed by a forward slash. Examples: [=Literature/LordOfTheRings=], [=VideoGame/HalfLife=]
74 * The top of the edit page has a button for handy markup reminders. The full markup is explained in Administrivia/TextFormattingRules.
75 * Don't use HotLinked images. Use the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/uploadform.php Media Uploader]] to upload images to the wiki.
76 * Clicking the Edit button "checks out" the page to you (specifically, your handle and IP address) for 20 minutes. There is a timer on the edit screen to show how long you have left. If you haven't saved an edit by then, someone else could make another one and then your work or theirs may be lost to the DataVampires. We highly recommend making major edits in chunks so you don't lose your lock. You can only have one page checked out at a time; clicking Edit Page on a new article releases any locks you have open on others. [[note]]The timer on any articles you already have open doesn't change when you open a different article. It's not interactive.[[/note]]
77 * If you come back later to find that an edit you made is changed or gone, it may be that another {{troper}} disagreed. Check the Edit History for the page to see if a reason was left. Do not simply add your example back; doing so is called {{Edit War}}ring and is very impolite. If you can't work it out in the article's Discussion page, you can send a PM, inquire in AskTheTropers, or post in the forums.
78 * If you see text in the edit box that starts with [=%=][=%=], those are comments -- they don't show up when the article is viewed. Comments are usually instructions for how to handle certain things on the article. Failure to read and abide by comments is a Bad Thing. Also, never delete comments.
79 * We require reasonably proficient English skills to contribute to the main wiki. Poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., may be grounds for loss of editing privileges. If you want help with English, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=b9tcd2k65789p1pglrd92nvr this forum thread]] may be valuable.
80 * If you want help with writing good examples, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13543987200A54420100 this forum thread]] may be of use.
81 * You don't own anything you contribute to us. See the "Your Rights (Legal Stuff)" section to learn more about our contribution policy.
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84 [[folder:Adding New Media Articles]]
85 Media articles are for series, books, games, actors, creators -- anything that isn't a new index or {{trope}}. All new entries are welcome, as Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability. However, don't just paste in the Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} entry. We encourage looking up verifiable sources to find more information to add to the page, but write something original.
86 * The complete reference is found at '''Administrivia/HowToCreateAWorksPage'''.
87 * Before beginning, [[YouKnowThatShow search for an existing article]] to make sure you aren't duplicating someone else's effort.
88 * Before beginning, visit Administrivia/WhatGoesWhereOnTheWiki to make sure that what you're adding is going where it belongs. Also see the Administrivia/MediaCategoriesFAQ.
89 * All new work, creator, actor, useful notes, etc. articles must go in a Administrivia/{{namespace}}, rather than in "Main". Failure to follow this rule may get your article cut, or at least moved.
90 * Create a WikiWord link to the new article. You can do this in the WikiSandbox or on the relevant index. See Administrivia/TextFormattingRules for how to create links.
91 * Click the new link you made and edit the page. The ProgramEntryTemplate is a good place to look for formatting tips.
92 * Add the title to the relevant index(es); the full list is at Administrivia/{{Namespace}}. See Administrivia/HowIndexingWorks for more details.
93 * Set the Page Type via the Tools menu on the left side. Use "a work" for media pages, and "a creator" for authors, singers, producers, networks, etc. This is required for the subpage tabs to work.
94 * ''Check your work''. Proofread it for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Is it formatted like other similar pages on the wiki? Is it indexed? Does it contain accidental redlinks? The Preview function can be useful for this so you don't look like a SerialTweaker.
95 * A common error is to create a new article but not add examples, counting on WikiMagic to fill them in later. But if you don't add examples and [[Administrivia/{{Crosswicking}} cross-reference]] them, how will anyone find your new article? We call these stubs and they frequently get deleted.
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98 [[folder:Talking About Real People and Things]]
99 If we have articles about authors, actors, networks, and game companies, the next next logical step is political figures, current events, and so forth, right? Not so fast. Technically, {{tropes}} only occur in {{media}}. RealLife can ''inspire'' tropes; it can inform them; it can have things that are highly analogous to tropes, but there is no narrative or design to which tropes can, by definition, apply.
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101 Our articles on real people should not be used to talk about them as if they are characters in a story. Nor should they be biographical; that's Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s job. We are interested in them from four perspectives:
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103 * UsefulNotes: Real people who frequently appear in media can get a UsefulNotes-style article where common facts about them can be collected for reference.
104 * {{Creators}}: People who write or produce media ''may'' have a list of tropes frequently found in their works and ''may'' have a list of wiki articles for their works.
105 * {{Actors}}: People who act in media ''may'' have a list of tropes common to their roles and ''may'' have a list of wiki articles for the works they appear in.
106 * {{Public Domain Character}}s: The use of a ''fictional'' person (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster) as a stock character.
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108 For example, calling someone a ReasonableAuthorityFigure with respect to his job as President would be outside the scope of the wiki. If he frequently appears in ''published fiction'' as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, that would be something we could mention.
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110 Similarly, current events, countries, and so forth are only subjects for this wiki when they have a significant impact in media. They could then get a UsefulNotes article, which should never be a copy-paste from Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}. Keep it original and to the point. If you are not sure if we need an article ask [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13397757860A07420100 here]]. If you can't find something to say about them that's relevant to this wiki's mission, then follow the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and don't bother.
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112 Above all else, avoid the following in any article dealing with a RealLife subject (these are just the worst offenders, not the entire list):
113 * [[BanOnPolitics Political soapboxing]] -- Presenting any side of a political debate is asking for a FlameWar. Keep it to the facts as they are relevant to media.
114 * MisplacedNationalism -- This is not the place for nationalistic squabbling.
115 * SubjectiveTropes -- These are double-plus, super especially never to be applied to real things. It's bad enough when people argue over them with respect to media.
116 * PersonalAppearanceTropes -- We are not here to discuss how hot people are. Nor do we care whom they resemble. Only ''in media'' does this become relevant.
117 * RightingGreatWrongs -- We're not here for you to crusade on behalf of any causes. Keep it to the facts.
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120 [[folder:Adding New Tropes]]
121 Please don't just write a {{trope}} page. If you have a good trope idea, go to YouKnowThatThingWhere... and pitch it to the community.
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123 * Before you even consider adding a {{trope}}, go to LostAndFound and inquire if it already exists or is similar to an existing {{trope}}.
124 * Before adding your first suggestion, take a look at '''Administrivia/YKTTWGuidelines'''. Follow those guidelines and the experience will go a lot smoother for everyone.
125 * The check marks indicate new posts. A double check mark indicates a new YKTTW.
126 * The pencil button on the upper left corner lets you edit your post. If you edit someone else's post, your name will overwrite theirs, so add the original poster's name into the post if you do this.
127 * If bizarre things start happening, don't worry. When you reload the page they ''usually'' work themselves out. Be patient and keep trying.
128 * If a post has more than one reply, but the replies don't show up, click the "show replies" button until they show up.
129 * If you put a link to a picture in your post, it might be rendered. Use small images or text links to the picture.
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132 [[folder:Setting Custom Titles]]
133 If the title of a page is more complicated than a simple WikiWord - that is, it contains punctuation, capitalization that is not CamelCase, odd spacing, etc., then you can't just type it in as a URL. '''Administrivia/HowToMakeACustomTitle''' has the full instructions; a summary is below.
134 * Create the page as a plain WikiWord, as closely to the actual title as possible. As an example, to make Film/{{Airplane}}, just use Film/[={{Airplane}}=].
135 * Once the page is made, use the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/customize_wikiword_request.php Custom Wikiword Request]] form to submit your proposed actual title. Please note that you must enter the article's name exactly as it appears in the wiki, or your request may fail.
136 * A moderator will review and approve/deny the request.
137 * Once approved, all wicks (other than {{Pot Hole}}s) with the same WikiWord link, ignoring Administrivia/{{Namespace}}s, will display the submitted title.
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140 [[folder:Creating Redirects]]
141 Please see '''Administrivia/CreatingNewRedirects''' for complete instructions, and keep in mind that we will cut redirects that are forbidden there. Other than that, RedirectsAreFree.
142 * The redirect markup is [=[[redirect:Namespace/Article]]=]. Don't use spaces anywhere in the code.
143 * If a redirect is added unintentionally, you can manually enter the edit URL for the article to fix it. You'll have to correct the page type as well.
144 * '''Do not create new Main redirects for work articles.''' We have an automatic disambiguation system for these.
145 * Do not create redirects for common initialisms (example: [=ME3=] for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'').
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148 [[folder:Deleting Things]]
149 We love it when people add stuff. Deleting stuff, however, isn't always so great. We encourage tropers to [[Administrivia/RepairDontRespond fix things that are incorrect]], but removing things entirely requires certain protocols. Here are the dos and don'ts.
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151 !!Examples
152 * You '''should''' delete an example that is: (a) factually inaccurate; (b) [[SquarePegRoundTrope using a trope incorrectly]]; (c) a duplicate; (d) in violation of a rule. (Assuming it can't be fixed, of course.)
153 * You '''should not''' delete an example that is [[Administrivia/WhatGoesWhereOnTheWiki in the wrong place]], e.g. {{Trivia}} or [[YMMV/HomePage YMMV]] in a main article. Instead, move it to the correct place.
154 * You '''may never''' delete an example solely because you disagree with it or dislike it, ''especially'' in YMMV subpages.
155 * You '''must always''' leave an edit reason when you delete an example.
156 * Repeatedly deleting an example that someone wants to add (or vice versa) is called an EditWar and is grounds for an editing suspension. If you can't work it out with the troper in question, report the issue in AskTheTropers or via the "moderator assistance" box in the Tools sidebar menu.
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158 !!Articles
159 * The CutList is where requests to remove an article are processed. Make sure to provide a reason. If the article has lots of wicks or inbound links, we will probably decline the cut.
160 * You '''may never''' blank an article (remove all the text) as a means of deleting it. This is considered vandalism.
161 * You '''may never''' attempt to delete an article solely on the grounds that you don't like it (or don't like its author, in the case of work articles).
162 * You '''should not''' request a cut without first seeking consensus from the troper body, unless the article clearly violates an existing rule.
163 * You '''should not''' cutlist an article because it's in the wrong Administrivia/{{Namespace}}. Move it instead, or if you don't know how, request assistance.
164 * Before cutlisting a trope, take it to the TropeRepairShop to see if it can be fixed and to establish consensus.
165 * Exception: A trope launched without using YKTTW or any article that is obviously a stub with little effort put into it may be brought up in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13544789560A75740100 this thread]], where its fate will be determined.
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167 !!Media Articles
168 * Remember: ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability. We don't cut a media article because of obscurity, lack of popularity, or even nonexistence; see UnpublishedWorks. We may cut it because of lewd content; see below.
169 * We will decline requests from authors to remove articles about their work unless the work can be proven not to exist anywhere. This goes especially for fan fiction; see Administrivia/TheFicMayBeYoursButTheTropePageIsOurs.
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171 !!Creator Articles
172 * Articles about real people, companies, etc. that are created solely to gush or to complain about them may be removed on those grounds if they have no other worthwhile content.
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174 !!Subpages
175 * You '''may''' delete the last example on a subpage if that example is invalid, even if the page is left blank as a result.
176 * You '''should''' cutlist a subpage if the deletion of examples leaves it blank.
177 * You '''should''' cutlist a subpage if it's not appropriate for the main article type -- for example, YMMV subpages for tropes. If you do this, post in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12947560080A64540100 this forum thread]] so that the subpage will also be locked.
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179 !!Lewd Content
180 * Articles about pornographic, pedophilic, or fetishistic works (or tropes) that have little value beyond their prurient content are subject to review under Administrivia/TheContentPolicyAndThe5PCircuit. Only after consensus is reached through that process will the article be removed (or rendered example-less, in the case of certain tropes).
181 * You '''may never''' blank or cutlist an article solely because you believe it to be inappropriate. Send it to the 5P team instead.
182 * To report an article for review, use the "Request a content violation evaluation" feature on the Tools sidebar menu.
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185 [[folder:Tools]]
186 * "Request a content violation evaluation": To alert the forum that a work might violate Administrivia/{{the Content Policy|AndThe5PCircuit}}.
187 * "Page Type": All pages have a type, set via this button. See WhatPageTypesMean for more info.
188 * "Find recent edits by troper": Exactly what it says; search for recent edits by troper handle.
189 * "Send report": Send a request for moderator assistance with the page. This can be anything from flagging it as containing "adult" material to {{Edit War}}ring to [[WikiVandal vandalism]]. These reports can also be made on AskTheTropers.
190 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/title_search_form.php Title Search]]" uses the internal wiki search engine rather than the Google Custom Search, for page titles only.
191 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/customize_wikiword_request.php Customize Title]]" lets you request a custom title for any wiki page. See Administrivia/ThePtitleReplacementSystem for more information on this.
192 * "CutList" is where pages are proposed to be deleted. Posting a page here does not automatically delete it and you can make a case for keeping a page there.
193 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=renames Trope Repair Shop]]" is the forum where we discuss major overhauls to wiki articles.
194 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/changes.php New Edits]]": Same as on the toolbar.
195 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/recent_edit_reasons.php Edit Reasons]]" is useful for examining recent edits where reasons were left by the troper in question. It's especially good for finding controversial edits that may need to be examined.
196 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/changes.php?todayonly=true Recently New]]" is like New Edits, but shows only the most recently added articles.
197 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/launches.php Launches]]" shows articles recently launched from YKTTW.
198 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/knowerForm.php Get Known]]": Same as on the toolbar.
199 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/profile.php Your Profile]]": Same as on the toolbar.
200 * "[[IndexIndex Indexes]]" is an index of our indexes, which list tropes by category.
201 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/uploadform.php Image Uploader]]" lets you upload images or other media to the wiki for use in articles. You must be logged in to do this. Use it responsibly.
202 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/inboundlinks.php Inbound Links]]" is a list of other websites that have linked to the wiki recently.
203 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/img_list.php Images List]]" is a listing of all the images on the server. No duh.
204 * "Referral Count for This Page" counts how many other sites have linked to the page you're on.
205 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crown_activity.php Crowner Activity]]" shows action on "crowners", which are TVTropes' version of polls.
206 * "Folderize" converts the markup of a page that does not use folders into one that does. You would then copy the resulting markup into the Edit Page form, and add a closing [/folder] tag. Use with care.
207 * "List Page Editors" gives you the handles of everyone who's ever edited the page you're looking at. Good for attribution purposes, since edit history only goes back so far.
208 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/no_types.php Untyped Pages]]" gives you a list of articles that don't have a page type set. See WhatPageTypesMean.
209 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/page_type_audit.php Recent Page Type Changes]]" is for auditing page type changes (an advanced feature).
210 * "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/content_violation_reports.php Content Violation Reports]]" is a tally of how the [[Administrivia/TheContentPolicyAndThe5PCircuit P5]] has voted on pages which have been reported for possible violations of the wiki's content policy.
211 * The remaining items are helpful links for learning about page formatting and other wiki standards.
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213
214 [[folder:The Community]]
215 * Our [[TVTropesFora Forums]] are a good place to shoot the breeze. If you're told to Administrivia/TakeItToTheForums, try it out. There are some interesting topics there. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/topics.php Here's the link.]] Don't forget to read [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13287249110A49840100 What Goes Where On The Forums]] so that stuff doesn't end up in the wrong place.
216 * MadeOfWin is where users point out pages, edits, lines, or pictures on the wiki that they find to be totally awesome.
217 * WikiTechWishList is a place to suggest upgrades to or report problems with the site or markup. If you have solutions for technical problems, suggest them here.
218 * AskTheTropers is where you ask everyone about the site, or media in general. Again, this is ''not'' where you propose new tropes; that's YKTTW.
219 * LostAndFound is where you go to find that trope whose name you can't remember, or ask about what trope an example might fit into.
220 * YouKnowThatShow is where you go to find that work whose title you can't remember.
221 * The WikiSandbox is your place to test the markup and practice formatting. Feel free to obliterate, modify, add, or scramble the code on the page. Just don't expect your contribution to the page to endure. You can also make new test articles in the Sandbox namespace, but these get wiped periodically.
222 * If you want, add your details to WhereAreYouFrom and WhatAreTheContributorsRealNames. This is purely optional, so if you're uncomfortable giving out personal information about yourself, don't sweat it.
223 * JustForFun/TropesOfLegend will give you an idea of the tropes that keep popping up all over the site.
224 [[/folder]]
225
226 [[folder:Contributor Pages]]
227 To make your own contributor page, you create a new article like any other, but you do it in the Tropers namespace. There are three ways to do this:
228 * Go to the WikiSandbox and make a WikiWord from your troper handle using the Tropers namespace, as follows: [=Tropers/MyHandle=] or [=Tropers/{{Handle}}=] if your handle doesn't have CamelCase letters.
229 * Look at your recent edits on your Watchlist - your handle is automatically a link to your troper page.
230 * Make a forum post. Your handle on the post is also automatically a link.
231
232 Edit your troper page and save; have fun! To index it on TheContributors, set the [[WhatPageTypesMean page type]] (under the "tools" menu) to "a contributor" and it'll happen automatically.
233
234 '''Only the owner of a troper page may edit it.''' If your handle contains any non-alphanumeric characters (punctuation, accented characters, even an underscore) or starts with a digit, you can't make a troper page this way. You'll have to ask the [[Administrivia/KnowTheStaff mod staff]] for assistance or make a new, legal handle.
235 [[/folder]]
236
237 [[folder:Rules and Policies]]
238 * There are very few concrete rules here. We like to use democratic ways of solving problems. Administrivia/TheTropingCode sums the rules up.
239 * Causing major problems will get you suspended from editing and/or other parts of the wiki.
240 * Keep it "family friendly" as much as possible. TVTropes maintains a policy of Administrivia/NoLewdnessNoPrudishness with regards to page content. In addition, the wiki is not interested in articles on pornographic or pedophile-pandering works. For more information, see Administrivia/TheContentPolicyAndThe5PCircuit.
241 * Don't forget to review Administrivia/WhatGoesWhereOnTheWiki, or the content you add may get deleted or moved.
242 * Obey the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement. It is our Holy Grail of rules.
243 * Check out Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers for how to use spoilers.
244 * Our [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=365rl6gt9w6vijv1envyi76j forum rules]] about importing drama apply to the wiki as well. This means that you may not use our site to carry out an argument that is going on somewhere else. If the Internet is in an uproar about something, we don't need to tell everyone about it. We most certainly don't want to appear to take someone's side of an argument, because someone else will come and put in their point of view and before you know it we're a party to the whole thing and people are getting banned. Just follow the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and let other sites worry about it.
245 * Software that modifies the text of web pages, such as mature language filters ("nannybots"), will screw up any article you edit. This includes certain popular browser plugins that change common words into other words. '''Turn off any nannybots or filtering plugins before editing or you will lose your editing privileges.''' If you can't turn it off, save us the trouble and don't try to edit.
246 * The readership of this wiki is international. Americans, two-thirds of the people reading what you write live in another country. If you live in a Commonwealth country, two-thirds of your audience will need at least ''some'' setup for a joke about, say, the PM of Australia. Despite the fact that an abnormally large percentage of {{troper}}s are multi-lingual, we stick to English on all pages but those specifically designated for another language. This is because English is a language that most tropers know.
247 * Speaking of English, we expect good grammar, punctuation, and spelling. If everything you write requires other tropers to follow behind you and fix it, it's not worth our time. A good place to go for help is [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=b9tcd2k65789p1pglrd92nvr this forum thread]]; just post your proposed edit and someone will work with you to proofread it.
248 * Most of the other tips are just guidelines. There are a few pages that are JustForFun or [[GrandfatherClause very old]] that violate the guidelines. [[MST3KMantra Don't worry about it.]]
249 * If you get a message when you try to edit a page that "Editing has been turned off for this handle or IP address", it doesn't mean the end of the world. Go [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=5cma6iojg5o27puhulc24sje here]] and add a post. A wiki moderator will get back to you with information about what happened and what you can do to correct it. It might even be a mistake on our part. Don't panic. See Administrivia/WhatToDoIfYouAreSuspended for more information.
250 [[/folder]]
251
252 [[folder:Advertisements]]
253 This wiki is [[Tropers/TheAdvertisementServer ad-supported]]. You can donate to turn off ads in the forums, but not in the main wiki. To report an ad that violates our rules, post in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13223684920A10189100 this forum thread]] and we'll see what we can do about it. We don't have any direct control over the ads; they are generated by our providers based on page content, your cookies, and the demographics gleaned from your browser and IP address. FYI, Flash-based ads are essential to our revenue stream. We need to keep them.
254
255 What sort of ads should be reported?
256 * Ads that contain autoplaying audio. By autoplaying, we mean that they play sound without you clicking on them.
257 * Ads that contain malware or malfunction in such a way as to crash or hang your browser.
258 * Ads that create pop-ups, pop-unders, "float" text or images across your screen, redirect you to other sites, or otherwise mess with your browsing.
259 * Ads that are grossly offensive -- pornography, gambling, drugs, or other illegal content.
260
261 Before reporting misbehaving ads, make sure to check for malware on your own computer; often that is the source, not our own content.
262
263 What sort of ads could be reported but probably won't get taken down?
264 * Ads that are racy (without being pornographic) or make dubious claims. We all hate Evony but that doesn't mean we can get their ads removed.
265 * Ads that offend your political, religious, or social sensibilities.
266
267 !!Ad-blocking
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269
270 !!Spam
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272 [[/folder]]
273
274 [[folder:Wiki Content Guidelines]]
275 Occasionally questions arise as to what, exactly, TV Tropes allows in terms of content. As stated on the HomePage, we're primarily about documenting the use of {{trope}}s in {{media}}. This goal causes us to classify articles into the following major groups:
276
277 * '''{{Trope}}s''': The meat and bread of the wiki. A trope is a convention or device used in storytelling. It is not "[[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs any thing that happens]]."
278 * '''[[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]]''' and '''AudienceReactions''': We broadly categorize these under tropes, but really they're opinions about a work rather than stuff that's factually present in a work. They get their own subpages to keep the main articles about the tropes.
279 * '''[[{{Media}} Works]]''': The stuff that produces tropes. Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability, but keep in mind that if it doesn't have a story -- that is, a narrative or plot of some kind -- it's not really tropable in the sense we use. Works have various subpages that help to organize all the material related to them, such as [[QuotesWiki Quotes]], {{Trivia}}, [[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]], {{Headscratchers}}, [[FridgeLogic Fridge]], [[WildMassGuessing WMG]], AwesomeMoments, CharacterSheets, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/review_activity.php Reviews]], etc.
280 * '''{{Creators}}''': Writers, actors, producers, networks, etc. Be careful that you add only tropes that are present in their work. We are not in the business of praising, analyzing, complaining about, or fetishizing real people.
281 * '''UsefulNotes''': Where RealLife intersects with fiction, it is often handy to have a way to separate the Hollywood version of reality from the genuine thing. UsefulNotes serves this purpose. It is not a soapbox, nor it is is an excuse to become Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} and document everything that happens.
282 * '''Miscellaneous''': {{Administrivia}}, [[IndexIndex indexes]], [[TheContributors contributor pages]], and the other stuff that keeps the wiki running.
283
284 !!!What we don't want
285 * Articles created specifically for {{Gushing}} or {{Complaining}} about works, people, or anything really. That said, you can indulge yourself a bit in SugarWiki and DarthWiki, or write a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/review_activity.php review]].
286 * Articles created solely to talk about RealLife things or people. We only care about these as far as they relate to {{Media}}. If you want a reference source, go to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}. That said, if something is such a big deal that it shows up in fiction a lot, it may deserve a UsefulNotes article. You may also want to Administrivia/TakeItToTheForums.
287 * Anecdotes from your life or other people's lives (formerly known as TroperTales).
288 * Explicit and/or creepy sex stuff (except the minimum needed to accurately describe a work), political soapboxing, hate speech, illegal content (including warez and hacks), unsolicited advertising, and general asshattery of any kind.
289 [[/folder]]
290
291 [[folder:Your Rights (Legal Stuff)]]
292 The super-quick, can't be bothered to read anything else version:
293 * Everything you contribute to the site belongs to us, unless it wasn't yours to begin with.
294 * Except for Fair Use, you can't copy any of the site's content unless you obey [[http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ the Creative Commons license]] or get special permission.
295
296 The slightly longer, still not lawyer-speak version:
297
298 By contributing content to this site (including but not limited to the wiki, forums, reviews, liveblog, and YKTTW areas), whether text or images, you grant TV Tropes irrevocable ownership of said content, with all rights surrendered, except:
299
300 * Where third-party content (in particular, images) is contributed that is governed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use Fair Use]]. For more information, see Administrivia/AboutImagesAndCopyright.
301 * Where we display published, copyrighted content in compliance with its license, and/or enter into a specific, written agreement with the licensor. Example: the EvilOverlordList, ''WebVideo/EchoChamber''. Users of our site must get permission from the staff to do this.
302 * Where a person contributes content that they do not have the rights to -- most often, copy-pasting from Wikipedia or other third party. If we are notified that an article contains plagiarized or copyrighted content that is not governed by Fair Use, we will remove that content and potentially take action against the user who added it.
303
304 We are not required to attribute content you contribute to you, nor do you retain ownership of anything you contribute. Anything you contribute may be deleted, modified, or used commercially by us without notification or consent, to the extent permitted by applicable laws. For that reason, we strongly recommend that you do not post material on our site, whether in text or image form, that you wish to receive publication credit for in the future.
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