Administrivia: Example Indentation in Trope Lists
aka: How To Use Bullet Points
There has been some confusion about how a list of examples, or anything else, should be indented/bulleted. Here we go with an answer.
The shortest version: For any indentation level other than single bullet, if there is only one item at the indentation level, it ain't indented right.
For more detail than that:
On a works page, for example, we have a list of trope names. These get one bullet (*). If there is more than one example of the trope in the work, each of them gets two bullets (**) on their own line. If there is only one example, it goes on the line with the trope title. Like this:
- Trope Name: In episode "The Episode" (1x1), Alice uses this trope to...
- Another Trope:
- In "Another Episode" (1x2), Alice bangs it out...
- In "Yet Another Episode" (1x3), Bob subverts it when...
In a situation where the text of a bullet is too long, or needs a paragraph break for some other reason, we don't add the text in with another bullet (** ), we use the \\ markup to force a paragraph. Like this:
- Yet Another Trope:
- In "Finale" (1x13), Alice bangs it out at great length.\\
So much length, we need multiple paragraphs to explain the length.
- In "Finale" (1x13), Bob subverts it. That's what he does. He's subversive.
Let's say Claire and David
and Alice and Bob
are two shows. Each should have a separate first-bullet point. Like this:
- Alice and Bob: this trope is used when...
- Claire and David: this trope is used when...
On a trope page, you will sometimes run into a situation where you want to list multiple examples from the same media or series. Don't list one example, and then indent the others under it. Instead, use:
- Alice and Bob:
- In episode 2, this trope occurs when...
- In episode 21, this trope occurs again when...
- Alice and Bob Trilogy:
- In Alice Alone, the trope is seen...
- In Bob Meets Alice, we see the trope again when...
A three-bullet situation (***) usually indicates a comment on the item above it which has two bullets. This is a sign that that the list is heading toward Thread Mode
(discussion). That's not a good thing. The trope lists are not discussions. Discussions take place on the discussion pages or in the forums. However, three-bullet situations sometimes are legit. Rarely. If you find yourself needing a third level of indentation, take a look at using a header
A legitimate three-bullet situation might look something like this:
- Alice and Bob Franchise:
- Alice Meets Bob: The trope is in full effect in the opening sequence, when...
- Alice Vs. Bob: The Reckoning:
- When Bob is walking up to Alice...
- In the background of the bar scene, you can see...
- Alice, Bob, and Carol: In an echo of Alice Meets Bob...
- Alice displays this trope well on many occasions:
- Alice Meets Bob has her demonstrating this trope twice when she is in Bob's house.
- She also shows this in Alice, Bob, and Carol around the climax.
- Bob has his own chance to shine in Alice Vs. Bob: The Reckoning.
This is a widely accepted style standard, folks. Not something we just made up around here because we were bored.
All tropes in a list should be at the same level of indentation, and in alphabetical order. See How to Write an Example
. Subtropes should not be listed in sub-bullets beneath their parent tropes.
If more applicable subtropes apply, listing the parent trope (Badass
) is not recommended.
- Badass: The show has a lot of badasses.
The same applies for composite tropes like Five-Man Band
When multiple examples within a list have quotes, you need to make sure to indent and separate them correctly. A quote is designated with the "->" markup, with additional hyphens ('-') increasing indentation. You always want the quote indentation to be one level deeper than the bullet that they are related to.
Of note, each quote should have explanatory example text
. Don't leave a quote hanging without a parent bullet unless it applies to the same example as the previous one. In the latter case, separate distinct quotes with a forced line break, using \\ on a blank line. This should be used only rarely.
- Badass Boast:
- Alice tells Bob that she's going to beat up everyone.
Alice: I'm going to beat up everyone!
- Charlie has had enough of Alice's fooling around.
Charlie: Alice, I am far more awesome than you.
Charlie: Alice, the time has come to show you how the big kids do things.