Here at Wiki/TVTropes we have plenty of different kinds of content. We point out patterns in a work, discuss patterns that may or may not be in that work, share our reactions to fictional happenings and take wild guesses at what happens next - among other things, most of which are [[Administrivia/NotATrope not considered tropes]]. It became clear early on that letting all this content mix together was not the best idea.

For this reason, we came up with different categories of articles, so that for a given work there'd be a separate article for each type of content. Later we implemented Administrivia/{{namespace}}s (see that page for a technical explanation) and a top-page banner system, so that it'd be easier to see right away which category an article belongs to.

Seeing as all this can get very confusing for new people, and in some cases even veteran tropers, here's a breakdown of what goes where on the wiki.


These are recurring patterns, elements, techniques, and progressions that the creator unquestionably put into the work to add information of some nature or to elicit a particular response or reaction from the audience. In the case of video games and other interactive media, gameplay elements fall in this category as well.

Articles from this category:
* Are found on the ''main namespace''.
* Have ''no banner'' at the top.
* Have ''open-to-editing example lists'' unless otherwise noted.
* Are listed on either a work’s ''main page'', or its ''{{character sheet|s}}'' if it has one. If there are enough examples for a given objective trope, it might have its own subpage.
* Are {{Pot Hole}}d ''anywhere''.
* Have no identifying icon.


![[YMMV.HomePage YMMV]]

YMMV stands for "Your Mileage May Vary". There have been plenty of attempts to pin down what this class objectively ''is'', but the definition in practice--and the reason the "YMMV" distinction exists in the first place--is simple: it's a YMMV item if it is based on opinion, and cannot be proven true or false. YMMV basically breaks down into 2 subcategories, which are

# All AudienceReactions, without exception; and
# Items that appear to have the semblance of an objective trope, except in practice they require a significant judgment call to decide whether, how and to what degree they exist in a work.

The crux of subcategory 2 is that it's impossible to say objectively whether something from it is actually ''present'' in the work; the author may have objectively ''intended'' to use it, but that's neither here nor there. We try not to take a stand on the DeathOfTheAuthor issue, but even the most ardent intentionalist would concede that the author intending to have some pattern of fiction in their story doesn't mean the attempt worked.

In theory, [[YMMV.HomePage Your Mileage May Vary]] on nearly all tropes. Who says that a HappyEnding is happy, for example? In practice, what we mean by a ''significant'' judgment call is exactly the duck test outlined above- an item falls under YMMV if people often disagree about it. Either we can figure this out from the definition, or a huge Administrivia/{{natter}} infestation wherever the item is mentioned clues us in. Either way, it gets stamped with the "subjective" stamp and relegated to YMMV subpages, where the varying of mileage and resulting Administrivia/{{natter}} will not get in the way of the objective tropes.

Articles from this category:
* Are usually found on the ''main namespace'', but particularly positive or negative ones are found on ''SugarWiki'' or ''DarthWiki'', respectively.
* Have the ''YMMV banner'' at the top..
* Have open-to-editing example lists, though if these turn into wretched hives of ThreadMode, they will likely be subjected to an Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy.
* Are not listed or {{Pot Hole}}d in ''main pages'' or ''character sheets'', unless they fall under one of the "Exceptions" below. Many have objective counterparts/relatives which can be used instead.
* Are listed and {{Pot Hole}}d in ''YMMV subpages'', except those which are:
** Used or referred to InUniverse--for example, if characters have the reaction to a ShowWithinAShow, or if a potential fan reaction is {{discussed}} or {{lampshaded}}. In-Universe examples should go on the ''main namespace'' or ''character sheet'' as appropriate, and should be sure to specify that they are being used In-Universe.
** Part of a group of specific items that go ''in their own namespaces/subpages'', which link back to the main article via the buttons in the "Moments" section. These include: MomentOfAwesome ("Medal" icon), FunnyMoments ("Smiley" icon), HeartwarmingMoments ("Heart" icon), TearJerker ("Tear" icon), DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck, NightmareFuel ("Moonface" icon), FridgeLogic, FridgeBrilliance and FridgeHorror ("Lightbulb" icon).
** Used on a [[Administrivia/CreatorPageGuidelines creator page]]. Creator pages are not allowed to have YMMV items, and YMMV items found on creator pages should simply be deleted rather than moved.
* Have the ''"scales" identifying icon'' or one of the specific icons listed above.
* On work and creator pages or character sheets they get marked with ''a red weighing scale point'', to help people locate and remove them.


Facts that occur during or around the production of a work but are not elements written to tell the story. Casting choices not relevant to the story, who did what to whom on set, ThrowItIn, etc.

Articles from this category:
* Are found on the ''main namespace''.
* Have the ''Trivia banner'' at the top.
* Have ''open-to-editing example lists'', unless otherwise noted.
* Are not listed in ''main pages'', ''character sheets'' or ''YMMV subpages''--except when used or referred to InUniverse (for example, with ConversationalTroping, or in reference to a ShowWithinAShow), in which case they go on the ''main page''.
* Are {{pot hole}}d anywhere, as long as you don't use this as a ploy to shoehorn Trivia examples where they don't belong; may be listed and {{Pot Hole}}d in ''Trivia subpages''.
* Have the ''"interrobang" identifying icon'' (looks like a fused exclamation point and question mark).
* On work pages or character sheets they get marked with ''a gray interrobang'', to help people locate and remove them.


Stuff related to the wiki or the Internet in general, this page included. The "tropes" part is only in the meta sense, if you consider Wiki/TVTropes a work of fiction.

Articles from this category:
* Are usually found on the ''main namespace'' or ''administrivia namespace''.
* Have ''no banner'' at the top.
* Usually have ''no in-article example lists''.
* Are listed and {{Pothole}}d anywhere, though the situation rarely calls for it.


Pages that basically play by their own rules. We keep them around, because... well [[RuleOfFun they're fun]].

Articles from this category:
* Spread about evenly among the ''Main namespace'', ''SugarWiki'', ''DarthWiki'' and ''JustForFun namespace''.
* Have the ''Just For Fun banner'' at the top (not used much currently, implementation pending).
* Sometimes have ''open-to-editing example lists''.
* Are {{Pot Hole}}d anywhere within the confines of good taste.


These have the Flame Bait banner; many of the ones on DarthWiki have had their redirects from the Main wiki made members of the Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub. The reason for this is they are used to complain, attract massive amounts of Administrivia/{{natter}} and don't actually contribute anything to the wiki's mission. Do not list or pothole these ''anywhere'', and no examples outside their main page (if the page accepts examples - some of them [[Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy we don't want any examples of, please]]). The only exception to this is within trope descriptions (above the examples line).


!Special rules for {{Creator|s}} articles
Articles for {{Creators}} (people involved in the writing, production, acting, and other aspects of creating a work) are handled a little differently. Some of these differences are noted above, but will be recaptured here for ease of reference.

Creator articles:
* Never get YMMV examples, on the main or any subpages. This is because we don't trope real people, ever.
** The sole exception is when the YMMV example is about a creator's work '''and''' we do not have an article for that work. In that specific case, it can go on a YMMV subpage for the creator.
** Avoid "general" YMMV examples about a creator's entire body of work. Those are hard to distinguish from talking about the creator themselves. See also "Examples Are Not General" on Administrivia/HowToWriteAnExample.
* Never get Trivia subpages. Trivia examples for creators go on their main article, always.
** Trivia examples for a creator's work follow the same rules as for YMMV examples.
** If we do not have a work article for a Trivia example, then it goes on the creator's main page, not a Trivia subpage.

Please note that articles in the {{Music}} namespace are treated as work articles, and behave normally. They should '''not''' be used to talk about the artist(s) as if they were real people.


Seeing as every self-respecting rule system needs exceptions, here's a few we made up just to confuse you:
* If YMMV, Trivia, or FlameBait items happen InUniverse, are [[InvokedTrope invoked]], or are part of a ShowWithinAShow, we treat them like an objective trope. Make sure to explicitly mention the example is "{{In-universe}}" or "{{invoked}}". It turns off the YMMV flagger and makes sure it doesn't get moved by mistake. You can also use the [=[[invoked]]=] markup, which does the same without appearing in the text at all.
* We're more lenient with links in image captions. If a YMMV applies to the image somehow, it's usually fine. Just make sure you aren't lapsing into [[SugarWiki/GushingAboutShowsYouLike gushing]], [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike complaining]] or TakeThat territory. Links and potholes in the descriptions and related tropes sections are also fine for YMMV and objective trope articles, as long as you keep the overall tone neutral. Not so much for descriptions of works.
* Trivia entries can be listed as examples on pages that describe actors, writers, directors, musicians or other creators in general. These already contain mostly trivia information. There's no sense in splitting them. See also Administrivia/CreatorPageGuidelines.
* Certain YMMV or Trivia items may be split into their own subpage and namespace, if the work contains enough examples of them. These don't get the banners automatically, unlike the non-tropes with dedicated buttons.
* Finally, certain namespaces that are just for fun also don't need to obey these rules. These include Fridge, [[Headscratchers.HomePage Headscratchers]], WildMassGuessing, HaikuWiki, and {{Analysis}}. Same goes for the Discussions, Reviews and Live Blogs sections. This does ''not'' mean you can do whatever you please there.