Like a lot of things relating to specific fields of knowledge, we have acquired some terms and idioms particular to this site. This page is to give you a quick overview of their meanings.

Compare JustForFun/TropesOfLegend, CanonicalListOfSubtleTropeDistinctions, Administrivia/WhatPageTypesMean.

See also Administrivia/WelcomeToTVTropes, Administrivia/TextFormattingRules, Administrivia/PageTemplates.

!!Some definitions:

* '''{{Administrivia}}''': Articles concerning the policies and standards of the wiki, providing instructions, or maintaining lists for cleanup efforts.
* '''Appeal''': A request by a '''suspended''' user to have their privileges restored, done in [[ this forum thread]]. See Administrivia/WhatToDoIfYouAreSuspended for more details.
* '''Article''': Loosely, any wiki page. More formally, a wiki page that contains the definition of a '''work''', '''trope''', '''creator''', '''franchise''', or other concept. Articles may have '''subpages''' containing various types of content. See also '''Main Page'''.
* '''AskTheTropers''': A wiki discussion board (see '''Query''') used to ask general questions of tropers and '''moderators'''. This is a good place to bring up problems with articles or with other tropers.
* '''{{Audience Reaction|s}}''': While most tropes are objectively present in a work, and some [[YMMV/HomePage generate debate about the degree to which they are present]], Audience Reactions exist mostly in the minds of the audience. They do not get listed on the '''main page''' of a work article, but rather its '''YMMV''' '''subpage'''.
* '''{{Averted|Trope}}''' or '''an aversion''': A form of PlayingWithATrope, a trope is averted when the audience expects it to happen (due to genre conventions or the like), but it doesn't. Examples of aversions should only be listed for OmnipresentTropes.

* '''Ban''': Usually synonymous with '''suspension''', but informally used to indicate a permanent, rather than temporary condition.
* '''Blank Launch''' (mislaunch): An unskilled attempt to launch a trope from the TropeLaunchPad. Results in a '''red link''' instead of a trope and removes the draft from the list. [[Administrivia/AGuideToEasyLaunchingOfYourTLP Learn the basics]] before you try to launch.
* '''BlueLink''': A working link to a wiki page. Bluelinks may be '''WikiWords''' or '''{{Pothole}}s'''. Compare '''RedLink'''.
* '''Bounce''': A '''moderator''' action; this is the ban method of last resort. A bounced account cannot log in and its IP address(es) may be blocked from creating new accounts. The term comes from the original functionality of the bounce, which redirected users to Google.

* '''{{CamelCase}}''': The usual way of creating '''WikiWords''' onsite, achieved by removing the spaces between two or more words, e.g. [=CamelCase=]
* '''{{Canon}}''': What the creator or owner of a work says happens in the story and/or setting. It's the WordOfGod about the work. See also '''Continuity''', '''Discontinuity''', '''Fanon''', '''Negative Continuity''', '''Reboot''', '''Retcon'''.
* '''Comment''': Text that is only visible in the editor, thanks to being preceded with '[=%%=]'. Comments are mainly used to hide editing instructions so that users browsing the wiki won't see them. They are also used to hide '''Administrivia/{{Zero Context Example}}s''' so that editors will be motivated to expand them.
* '''Compare''' and '''Contrast''': A short list at the end of descriptions to note {{Sister Trope}}s and/or OppositeTropes to the trope being described.
* '''Composite Trope''': A trope article that incorporates multiple variations or "types" that are explicitly described. We discourage these because they lead to a problem that we call Administrivia/TypeLabelsAreNotExamples.
* '''Consensus''': The process by which the troper body arrives at decisions. Unless there is an overriding policy or formal system involved (see '''Trope Repair Shop''', '''Image Pickin''''), such decisions are determined by majority vote of participating tropers. See '''Crowner''' for one way to establish consensus.
* '''[[Administrivia/TheContentPolicyAndThe5PCircuit Content Policy]]''': The set of guidelines that we use to determine whether a work is too pornographic or otherwise objectionable to describe on the wiki.
* '''Context''': The explanation or description of ''how'' a trope example is used. See Administrivia/ZeroContextExample for why we insist on it. A trope example without context is not useful to readers.
* '''{{Continuity}}''': The sequence of events, characters, and settings that is presented by a work. It's what's actually on the page/screen/etc.
* '''Courtesy Link''': A link to an article that you are discussing, provided so your fellow tropers can easily get to it without having to search or browse the wiki. '''Image Pickin'''' and '''Trope Repair Shop''' require these when making a new topic.
* '''{{Creator|s}}''': Someone who participates in the creation of a work. On TV Tropes, these include writers, directors, producers, artists, actors, musicians, bands, companies, and so on.
* '''Administrivia/{{Crosswicking}}''': Adding a trope example to a work's page and vice versa.
* '''[[ Crowner]]''': [[Administrivia/HowCrownersWork The site's voting system]], most frequently used to decide on a '''Trope Repair Shop''' or '''Image Pickin'''' action. A crowner is typically decided by the ''highest ratio'' of upvotes to downvotes, as long as the winning option has a positive vote count. The name comes from its original purpose, which was to let users decide which [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment]] was the most awesome. This became an ArtifactTitle once that trope was renamed.
* '''Curly Brackets''': ''{{ }}'' The way to make single-word titles WikiWord (for example, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''), or a way to make larger wiki words and control the spacing. Compare '''CamelCase'''. See Administrivia/TextFormattingRules for how to implement them.
* '''Custom Title''': You can [[Administrivia/HowToMakeACustomTitle request these]] for any article to change how the title is displayed in wicks and the page header. These are usually done to add punctuation, leading numerals, or diacritics to plain-text titles. For example, "Pokémon" is not a valid WikiWord, so the article is created at "Pokemon" and then given a '''custom title'''.
* '''CutList''': Where articles are proposed for deletion. While any troper may propose a cut, only '''moderators''' can execute them. There is an opportunity to contest the cut request and provide comments for or against.

* '''DarthWiki''': TheDarkSide of TV Tropes, containing material that is either inappropriately silly or too negative to live in the main part of the wiki. UnpublishedWorks also go here. Contrast SugarWiki.
* '''Derivative Work''': A work that is based on, adapted from, a sequel to, licensed from, or otherwise derived from another work. Fan fiction is a derivative work by definition. See '''Original Work'''.
* '''{{Deconstructed|Trope}}''' or '''a deconstruction''': A form of PlayingWithATrope, a trope is deconstructed when it is used in a way that demonstrates the problems with it and why it wouldn't work in real life.
* '''"DescribeTopicHere"''': Non-existing wiki articles used to display the text "Describe here," which led to a lot of in-jokes and memes. The wiki software no longer does this, making the meme anachronistic and increasingly stale.<br/>* '''Description''': The part of a page describing what the page is about. Usually it's defining a trope or describing a work. Often comes in different forms, such as SelfDemonstratingArticle or ExampleAsAThesis.<br/>* '''[[AmbiguityIndex Disambiguation]]''' (or '''disambig'''): A type of page that links a commonly used term to the various articles that share it. (ex. MurphysLaw). Note that a disambiguation page is automatically displayed if you visit a non-existent page whose title exists in one or more other '''namespaces'''.<br/>* '''{{Discontinuity}}''': When the creator of a work decides that something in continuity is not in canon (example: ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''), you get CanonDiscontinuity. When the fans decide that something in continuity did not happen because they don't like it (''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}''), you get FanonDiscontinuity.<br/>* '''Discussion''': All wiki articles have a Discussion page where threaded conversations may be conducted, usually about the content and presentation of the article. It's like a mini-forum attached to each article. Compare with Wikimedia "talk" pages.<br/>* '''Don't be a dick''': Our RuleZero. If you engage in behavior that makes other users' lives unpleasant, you are subject to being suspended or banned even if you are technically following our rules.<br/><br/>!!!E<br/>* '''Edit Reason''': The input box at the bottom of the article editing window. Describe why you made the edit there. This is ''required'' any time you delete something.<br/>* '''Administrivia/EditWar''': When you contest a change to an article by editing the article back to the way you preferred it. Talk it out first, then go with the consensus. Edit warring is grounds for '''suspension'''.<br/>* '''Example''': Items listed after a page description. The examples are usually two kinds:<br/>## If the page is a trope, the examples are the works where the trope shows up. These usually start with "Examples:" in a banner at the top of the list and are sorted by medium. Media that acquire a large number of examples may be moved to their own subpages, whose links are provided in an indexed list separate from the other examples on the page.<br/>## If the page is a work/person, the examples are the different tropes that show up in that work. These usually start with "Provides examples of:" (or some variation) in a banner at the top of the list.<br/>* '''Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy''': The process and result of removing all examples from a trope (or more rarely, a work) article.<br/>* '''ExpandedUniverse''': Licensed '''derivative works''' that are distinct from a franchise's main story or setting and may or may not be '''canonical'''.<br/>* '''External Link''': A link to a page outside of Example: Note that links within that do not use the [=WikiWord=] markup style will appear external even though they are not.<br/><br/>!!!F<br/>* '''FanFiction''' or '''FanFic''': A work using characters, settings, or plots from an '''original work''' without its author's permission.<br/>* '''{{Fanon}}''': What fans of a work claim happens in the story and/or setting, regardless of what the author says.<br/>* '''FanWank''': A pejorative term for the tendency of fans to make up whole bodies of '''Fanon''' that have little or no relationship to what actually occurs in a work.<br/>* '''Faux-redlink''' (fake redlink): A link which shows up as red even though the page exists (even as a redirect or a disambiguation). Done to discourage Administrivia/{{sinkhole}}s. Faux-redlinks are always locked and are not edited. A list of them can be found in the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub.<br/>* '''FetishFuel''': A discontinued area of the wiki where tropers could list examples of things that turned them on. No, really. This was eliminated for reasons that should be obvious.<br/>* '''FlameBait''': An article describing a concept that is so controversial or prone to argument that no examples of it are permitted.<br/>* '''Folder''': A system for categorizing examples within an article, letting the reader expand each category as desired.<br/>* '''{{Franchise}}''': In TV Tropes parlance, when a work is adapted or remade across three or more '''mediums''', an article may be created in the Franchise '''namespace''' to help tell them apart. A Franchise article is a form of '''disambiguation'''.<br/><br/>!!!G<br/>* '''Ghost Wick''': A wick on an article that doesn't exist. This is usually caused by a recently deleted article that still believes the wicks exist due to a database error. As of November 2012, removing ghost wicks by null editing and sending the article to the cutlist is no longer allowed as it greatly affects the website's ranking on Google.<br/>* '''Gingerbread''': The fancy bits of the Administrivia/TVTropesForum including avatars, signature lines, and so on. Gingerbread is turned on by default; if you are '''known''', you can switch it on and off via [[ your profile page]].<br/><br/>!!!H<br/>* '''Hard Split''': When a lengthy article or an article describing more than one work is broken up into '''subpages''' or individual work articles.<br/>* '''Help with English''': A [[ forum topic]] where tropers who need or want assistance with English grammar, spelling, or general proofreading may request it from other tropers.<br/>* '''History Page''': All wiki articles have a history view where you can see all changes made along with the '''edit reason(s)''', if any. Make a habit of looking at this, especially if something you added got changed or removed. Failing to do this often leads to '''edit wars'''.<br/>* '''Hot Off The Press''': Describes an example or article that is breathlessly created to capture a recent bit of news/gossip or an internet controversy. As Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent, we encourage patience and prudence. Most of these things are transient and very few of them are relevant to tropes. See also the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment.<br/><br/>!!!I<br/>* '''I Am Not Making This Up''': A wiki in-joke wherein tropers would add a disclaimer to any statement or situation that they felt was incredible or silly. It got out of control and had to be pruned with extreme prejudice. See IAmNotMakingThisUpDisclaimer for the InUniverse version.<br/>* '''[[ Image Pickin']]''': Where article images are discussed. If you want to change (or remove) an existing image, go here. You don't have to go here to add an image to a page without one, unless it has a comment saying that it was removed by Image Pickin'.<br/>* '''{{Index| Index}}''': The organizational system for articles. See Administrivia/HowIndexingWorks to learn how to make it work.<br/>* '''Informal Wiki''': A term we use to describe the attitude of this site in relation to editors. It doesn't mean we don't have rules and procedures for editing pages, but they are far fewer than other sites.<br/>* '''InUniverse''': A distinction used to separate tropes that are employed by a work directly within itself from tropes that occur in the context surrounding a work, such as AudienceReactions. It is most often employed as a tag to indicate that a [[YMMV/HomePage YMMV]], {{Audience Reaction|s}}, or {{Trivia}} trope is used or cited ''within'' a work.<br/><br/>!!!J<br/>* '''{{Jossed}}''': Named after Creator/JossWhedon, this refers to any time when {{Canon}} or WordOfGod officially quashes a popular {{Fanon}} theory. Whedon is infamous for doing this deliberately in response to his fans' more outlandish ideas. Seen frequently on WildMassGuessing pages.<br/>* '''JustForFun''': We get silly from time to time and write articles that are intended to entertain rather than document. We collect those under the "Just for Fun" umbrella.<br/><br/>!!!K<br/>* '''[[Administrivia/GetKnown Known]]''': Being logged in here.<br/><br/>!!!L<br/>* '''LampshadeHanging''': See our logo? It has a lampshade on it. This refers to the concept of authors calling out their use of tropes within their own works.<br/>* '''Launch''': The process of making a new page. Tropes should go through TropeLaunchPad before being launched; Administrivia/WorksPagesAreAFreeLaunch.<br/>* '''Locked Page''': A wiki page that cannot be edited (other than by '''moderators'''). See Administrivia/LockedPages for a partial list of these along with the reasons. If you want to request edits to a locked page, or request that a page be locked or unlocked, use [[ this forum thread]].<br/><br/>!!!M<br/>* '''Main''': The default '''namespace''', where you will find trope '''descriptions''' and '''examples'''.<br/>* '''Main Page''': The primary page for a wiki article. For Tropes, this is in the '''Main''' namespace. For works, this is in the appropriate '''medium''' namespace.<br/>* '''Meatpuppet''': A person who edits or posts at the instigation of another person, typically to evade a '''ban''' or disguise an '''edit war'''. Meatpuppetry in these cases is grounds for '''suspension'''.<br/>* '''{{Medi|a}}um''': The format a work is presented in (for example: film, comic book, radio, etc.). Examples in trope pages are sorted by medium.<br/>* '''{{Meme}}''', or '''MemeticMutation''': Memes are defined formally as "units of cultural information". Informally, they mean fandom in-jokes, words or phrases that become popular due to their cultural context, {{Image Macro}}s, and such. A MemeticMutation occurs when a meme spawned in or around a work becomes popular in and of itself, to the point where its original meaning becomes obscured. Please don't make trope articles about memes, as they are transient and usually devolve into lists of places the meme was used.<br/>* '''[[Administrivia/KnowTheStaff Moderator]]''': The unpaid volunteers who keep the peace, arbitrate disputes, and handle bans. When you see a "mod" or "moderator" tag next to someone's contribution, pay attention.<br/><br/>!!!N<br/>* '''Administrivia/{{Namespace}}''': This is the part of a page URL before the last slash. The TV Tropes default namespace is Main/. We have other namespaces for media (ex. Film/), sub-pages (ex. Analysis/), and trope pages (ex. [=NightmareFuel=]/).<br/>* '''Administrivia/{{Natter}}''': Administrivia/ConversationInTheMainPage. This is frowned upon, as it is generally distracting and unfunny. The only wiki articles that allow conversational editing are {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}} and WildMassGuessing. All other conversation should take place in the article's '''Discussion''' page.<br/>* '''NegativeContinuity''': When there is no consistent sequence of events between parts of a story. Things that happen in one episode may not affect future episodes despite the fact that they should logically do so. (Example: In Episode 4, the city is destroyed. In Episode 5, it's back, with no sign of anything ever having been wrong, and nobody brings the issue up.)<br/>* '''[[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability Notability]]''': An odd one, in that we apply the definition used by Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}, but are against it. We don't require a work to meet any standards of notability. As long as the work is published, and the page for it doesn't cover content that [[Adminstrivia/TheContentPolicyAndThe5PCircuit crosses certain lines]], that page stays here.<br/>* '''Notifier''' or '''notification''': A predefined message that can be sent to any troper from the article history page, informing them of a common error that they are making (or just thanking them for being awesome). Notifiers ''are'' tracked, so '''moderators''' can see if someone's been making recurring errors.<br/>* '''"Not to be confused with"''': A disclaimer in descriptions to list any tropes (or works) that have similar names to the current article, but are in no other way related.<br/>* '''Nuke''': Colloquially, to delete something. Most often used emphatically, to indicate that the thing being deleted is a serious violation of policy or is otherwise very wrong. Derived from the MemeticMutation in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': "Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."<br/>* '''Null Edit''': Opening the edit screen and saving the page without making any changes. These have several uses, like leaving a message in an edit reason, updating an index, or making a link blue. Sometimes they happen accidentally.<br/><br/>!!!O<br/>* '''Original Work''': A work whose copyright is (or was) wholly owned by its creator: it is not derived from a work by a different creator, licensed from a different creator, etc. [[note]]This is, of course, without getting into the question of whether any work is truly original.[[/note]] See '''Derivative Work'''. <br/><br/>!!!P<br/>* '''Page Blanking''': Removing most or all the content of an article while editing it. If you want to delete the article, use the CutList instead. Unwarranted page blanking is grounds for '''suspension'''.<br/>* '''Paging''': On the forums, using a special kind of markup to send a message to a user that you are inviting them to participate in a conversation. To page someone, put the tilde character '~' in front of the shortcut to their troper page (e.g., [=@=][=/TroperName=] or [=@=]/[={{Troper}}=]).<br/>* '''PlayingWithATrope''': Not all uses of a trope are straightforward. When you hear the terms "{{Averted| Trope}}", "{{Subverted| Trope}}", and so on, this is what's being referred to. <br/>* '''{{Pothole}}''': A WikiWord embedded in text, known as a '''piped link''' over on Wiki/ThatOtherWiki. [[TheContributors We]] [[PerverseSexualLust like]] [[AllBlueEntry potholes]] [[ThisExists here]] [[ShortTitles at]] Wiki/TVTropes. See also '''Administrivia/{{Sinkhole}}'''.<br/>* '''Primary Link''': The first link on a bulleted line. The primary link is what gets indexed (on index pages) and is generally what people look at first to figure out what the line is about. You should never '''{{pothole}}''' a primary link. Compare '''secondary link'''.<br/>* '''Private Message''', aka '''PM''': A system that allows you to send messages to other tropers that are not publicly visible. You may access this system via the context menu or directly, [[ here]]. Please note that '''moderators''' may view your [=PMs=] at any time, and sharing [=PMs=] publicly without the other party's permission may be grounds for '''suspension'''.<br/>* '''Proxy''': Software or hardware that conceals the origin point of an Internet connection. Please note that, while [[ anonymizing proxies]] have legitimate uses in avoiding certain kinds of censorship, we don't like proxies here because they are often used for ban evasion.<br/>* '''Ptitle:''' {{Punctuated Title|s}}. In the past, all titles containing non-alphanumeric characters other than hyphens, or starting with a number (e.g. ''Film/ThreeHundred'') used to be ptitles. Ptitles couldn't be linked to with WikiWords, and could only be created with special markup. They were phased out with the advent of Administrivia/ThePtitleReplacementSystem; now we use custom titles instead, and the only remaining ptitles are redirects, preserved in order to avoid breaking inbound links.<br/><br/>!!!Q<br/>* '''Query''': A wiki-based discussion board that is separate from the Administrivia/TVTropesForum, lacking many of the forum's features and '''gingerbread'''. Specific query areas include: AskTheTropers, TropeFinder, YouKnowThatShow, QueryBugs, QueryWishlist.<br/><br/>!!!R<br/>* '''RealLife''': That weird place outside the Internet where stuff that is not fictional happens. We try to avoid troping real people and things. See RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment for more information about this.<br/>* '''{{Reboot}}''': When a franchise's {{continuity}} is reset and started over, often to clean up years upon years of tangled continuity and give fresh audiences a chance to get into a franchise without having to deal with all of the baggage.<br/>* '''[[Administrivia/CreatingNewRedirects Redirect]]''': A type of article that redirects, or sends your browser to another page. There is a special markup used to make these. ''Do not'' make redirects to '''works''' or '''creator''' articles in the '''Main namespace'''.<br/>* '''RedLink''': A link to a page that has not yet been created. Compare '''BlueLink'''.<br/>* '''Referral Count''': The number of times a page has brought new users onto the site. You can view the referral count by clicking the "Related" button at the top of the page. The referral count is sometimes called the number of '''inbound links''' (inbounds).<br/>* '''{{Retcon}}''': Short for "retroactive {{continuity}}", this is when the creator(s) of a work change details of the work's {{canon}} and/or continuity, often without acknowledgment. For example, if Bob is 20 when a series starts, but in the next season everyone says he's 30, while no such time has passed for other characters, Bob's age has been "retconned".<br/>* '''Revert''': To change an article back to a prior state, removing edits made in the interim. Reversions may be done manually (see '''edit war''') or via an automated tool accessible only to '''moderators'''.<br/><br/>!!!S<br/>* '''Salt''': Informally, to cut a wiki page and lock it so it cannot be created. Refers to the ancient warfare practice of "salting the earth", preventing new crops from growing.<br/>* '''[[WikiSandbox Sandbox]]''': A '''namespace''' for temporary articles, used to create drafts, manage rewriting/cleanup efforts, and experiment with markup.<br/>* '''Secondary Link''': Any links beyond the first on a bulleted line. These will not be indexed and may often be '''{{pothole}}d''' to flow better. Compare '''primary link'''.<br/>* '''{{Self Demonstrating| Article}}''': A style of writing that attempts to demonstrate the concept illustrated, as opposed to just describing it. Because these can easily become incoherent, difficult to read, or just plain weird, we ask that you first write an ordinary version, and then put the silly bits in the [=SelfDemonstrating/=] namespace.<br/>* '''Administrivia/{{Sinkhole}}''': Like a '''{{pothole}}''', but where the linked article is irrelevant or only tangentially relevant to the context in which it occurs. We don't like these.<br/>* '''Sliding Scale''': A type of '''composite trope''' that grades examples on a scale rather than cleanly dividing them into buckets. Discouraged for the [[Administrivia/TypeLabelsAreNotExamples same reasons as composite tropes]].<br/>* '''Sockpuppet''', or '''sock''': An additional account made by the same person. Sockpuppets are allowed on the forums when they are part of games or roleplays. On the wiki, they are frowned up on as they often signal a ban evader. When adjudicating a ban, '''moderators''' will search for sockpuppets and apply the same action(s) to any found.<br/>* '''Soft Split''': When an article about a series of works or a '''composite trope''' is visually organized by dividing it into sections for each of its parts. An article that is still too long or cluttered after doing this may be '''hard split'''.<br/>* '''Subpage''': Any wiki article that is "attached" to another article, containing a subset of that article's content or segregating certain types of activities. For example, Film.{{Jaws}} is a '''main page'''. YMMV.{{Jaws}} is a subpage, containing YMMV tropes for that work.<br/>* '''{{Subverted|Trope}}''' or '''a subversion''': A form of PlayingWithATrope, a trope is subverted when a work indicates that it will be using that trope, but then avoids it at the last minute.<br/>* '''SugarWiki''': The "[[TastesLikeDiabetes sugary sweet]]" part of TV Tropes, containing all the content that's so positive and cheerful that we just can't stand to have it in the main site.<br/>* '''Suspension''': A '''moderator''' action that removes access to one or more functional areas of the site. If you receive one, visit Administrivia/WhatToDoIfYouAreSuspended to find out what to do next. Failure to respond to a suspension may cause your account to be '''bounced'''.<br/><br/>!!!T<br/>* '''ThisTroper''': The discouraged practice of referring to oneself in the third person while editing the wiki, as a form of verbal tic/in-joke. Do not use first-person writing, including "This Troper", anywhere on the wiki (save for specific designated areas). The articles aren't about you; they are about the subject.<br/>* '''Thump''': The primary disciplinary tool on the forums. '''Moderators''' may "thump" a post, hiding it from public view and generating a PM to the poster. Thumps come in various types depending on the problem.<br/>* '''{{Trivia}}''': Some tropes are objectively present in a work, and some are a matter of audience interpretation. Trivia, by contrast, is found in the external context of a work. How it is received, similarities between it and other works, casting decisions, what the actors were up to on and off set -- all these little tidbits of information belong on a work's Trivia subpage. (As '''Creator''' pages are inherently concerned with trivia, they don't require a subpage for it.)<br/>* '''Troll Post''': In extreme situations, '''moderators''' may delete ''all'' posts by a user in a forum topic. This is the smoking debris left behind.<br/>* '''{{Trope}}''': A common convention or device in media. These are not the actual literary definition of a trope, and should not be confused with it. This is just an informal definition we use for this site.<br/>* '''TropeFinder''': A wiki discussion board (see '''Query''') used to ask if we have a trope or what trope a particular example fits.<br/>* '''[[ Trope Launch Pad]]''': The recommended place to propose tropes ([[Administrivia/WorksPagesAreAFreeLaunch but not works or people]]). There you can discuss if a trope is a proper trope, how to best define it, if [[Administrivia/DoWeHaveThisOne we have the page already or not]], and get some examples if you don't have enough. Formerly known as YouKnowThatThingWhere, or YKTTW.<br/>* '''{{Troper}}''': Anyone who contributes to this site. To get listed in {{Contributors}}, you may create an article for yourself in the Tropers '''namespace'''.<br/>* '''Troper Page''': A personal wiki article where you can describe yourself, your interests, articles you contribute to, and so on. It lives in the Tropers '''namespace''' and only you can edit the article matching your handle.<br/>* '''TroperTales''': A long-gone wiki project involving recounting users' personal experiences of tropes. We discarded it because it was generating vast amounts of ridicule and not a few major problems. Sometimes people still post anecdotes on discussion pages; these are also Troper Tales and are not generally appropriate.<br/>* '''Troper Wall''': A non-standard '''namespace''' ([=TroperWall/=]) that some tropers use as a social media space so their friends can write them messages.<br/>* '''Troping''': The act of discovering and documenting tropes in media. It's a neologism that we created and we're very proud of it.<br/>* '''[[ Trope Repair Shop]]''': A subforum where articles that need help, for whatever reason, are discussed and the appropriate action decided, usually by vote (see '''crowner''').<br/><br/>!!!U<br/>* '''DarthWiki/{{Unpublished Work|s}}''': An article for a work that is not available to the public, either because it's still being created or because it's available only for private audiences. Such an article goes in the DarthWiki '''namespace''' and is indexed in DarthWiki/UnpublishedWorks.<br/>* '''UsefulNotes''': An article providing documentary information about a RealLife topic with the intention of helping authors write about it accurately. <br/><br/>!!!V<br/><br/>!!!W<br/>* '''{{Wick}}''': A link on this site to another page on this site. This is useful for generating WikiMagic. You can see the number of wicks by clicking the "Related to" button at the top of the page.<br/>* '''WildMassGuessing''': A part of the wiki (found in the WMG Administrivia/{{namespace}}) where tropers can go wild with guesses and speculations about their favorite works. More generally, the process of doing such speculating.<br/>* '''WikiWord''': The most common way of forming a '''wick'''. Can be made using '''CamelCase''', if the title has multiple words, or '''curly brackets''' if it is a single-word title.<br/>* '''WordOfGod''': Official statements by the creator(s) of a work about the work's '''{{canon}}'''. Used on this wiki as one would generally use citations on a site like Wikipedia, except less formally.<br/>* '''{{Work|s}}''': Any creative effort in any medium. All of them use tropes.<br/>* '''Works Page''': A page that briefly describes a work and lists all the tropes it uses. Administrivia/WorksPagesAreAFreeLaunch because Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability.<br/><br/>!!!X<br/><br/>!!!Y<br/>* '''YouKnowThatShow''': A wiki discussion board (see '''Query''') where you can ask fellow tropers for help identifying a work whose name you can't remember.<br/>* '''YouKnowThatThingWhere''': The old name for '''Trope Launch Pad''' (mentioned above).<br/>* '''[[YMMV/HomePage YMMV]]''': Most tropes are deliberate choices of those making a work; they either occur or they do not [[note]]or they are [[PlayingWithATrope played with in some way]][[/note]]. Tropes designated as '''YMMV''' are not always objectively present; rather, people tend to argue about whether they occur and/or the degree to which they occur. They do not get listed on the '''main page''' of a work article, but rather its YMMV '''subpage'''. See also AudienceReactions.<br/><br/>!!!Z<br/>* '''Administrivia/ZeroContextExample''': An example that isn't fleshed out to give context to the trope and how it is portrayed in a work. We don't like these, and we will comment them out if not elaborated on.<br/><br/>----<br/>!!Acronyms expanded:<br/><br/>* '''ANF''', '''HONF''', '''NF''', and '''NFU''': AccidentalNightmareFuel, High Octane Nightmare Fuel, NightmareFuel, and Nightmare Fuel Unleaded, respectively. Pages about scary stuff. NFU was the [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes old name]] for HONF, which is now just part of NF again.<br/>* '''ATT''': AskTheTropers. The catch-all query area for vandal reports, quick questions, and other stuff.<br/>* '''BUPKIS''': Blank Until (a) Pretty Kickass Image Suggested (or Suggestion). A {{stock phrase|s}} found in Image Pickin, often said in relation to pages which are hard to picture. See also '''KUBIS'''.<br/>* '''CMOA''', '''CMOF''', and '''CMOH''': Crowning SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, Crowning [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Moment Of Funny]], and Crowning [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Moment Of Heartwarming]], respectively. CMOA/CMOF/CMOH are still widely used terms, but officially the pages have lost their "crowning" titles (which named '''crowners''') after finding a crowning moment of anything proved impossible.<br/>* '''FF''': FetishFuel<br/>* '''GCPTR''': GettingCrapPastTheRadar. This trope has had to go through so many discussions that its acronym is well-established, unlike most tropes (which therefore aren't listed here).<br/>* '''IANMTU''': I Am Not Making This Up<br/>* '''IP''':<br/>## An Internet Protocol address. A string of numbers identifying your computer.<br/>## ImagePickin. A forum for [[Administrivia/HowToPickAGoodImage choosing images]] and other such items.<br/>* '''Administrivia/{{KUBIS}}''': Keep Until Better Image Suggested (or Suggestion). A {{stock phrase|s}} found in Image Pickin'. See also '''BUPKIS'''.<br/>* '''PM''': Private Message<br/>* '''ROCEJ''': The RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment, our holy grail of policies. Put simply: don't pick fights or make edits that will invite them.<br/>* '''TLP''': [[ Trope Launch Pad]]. The place to propose new tropes, as mentioned in the list above.<br/>* '''TRS''': The Administrivia/TropeRepairShop. A forum for renaming, removing, and otherwise reforming or refining tropes.<br/>* '''TT''': {{Troper Tale|s}}(s)<br/>* '''TVT''': Wiki/TVTropes.<br/>* '''WMG''': WildMassGuessing<br/>* '''YKTS''': YouKnowThatShow. A discussion area in which you may ask about a '''work''' you can remember but don't know the title of.<br/>* '''YMMV''': [[YMMV/HomePage Your Mileage May Vary]]. See its entry in the first list.<br/>* '''[=YKTTW=]''': [[YouKnowThatThingWhere You Know, That Thing Where...]]. The old name for TropeLaunchPad, changed to make things a bit clearer.<br/>* '''ZCE''': Administrivia/ZeroContextExample. An entry on a trope or work page which just lists a trope link or work name without explaining anything.<br/><br/>---- </body> </hml>