Is an article being desecrated repeatedly at an alarming rate? Is it the subject of heavy debate and constant changes? In either case, if these become too much of a problem, then you've probably got a page that needs to be locked by an administrator or moderator until such unproductive tendencies are resolved (which, sadly, almost never happens). This can be a depressing sight on any wiki when a page is in need of Wiki Magic (or attention fromgrammaticians) — the best option is to try keeping things productive so administrators have to do this as little as possible.
Moderators (listed here) have locking authority on this wiki, and can also edit them to fix problems. To get their attention, post your request on the forum, in the sticky topic about edits to locked pages.
If one wants to request a page be unlocked, you can get the moderators' attention in this sticky topic.
An autolocking system automatically locks any page that was cut, to keep people from recreating it. Certain pages that the community has decided upon as not coming back in a million years are put in the Permanent Red Link Club.
Note: If you were directed here when you clicked the Edit button on an article (even though it had a lock icon instead, you crazy dedicated Troper, you), it means the article is locked. Look below for the reason. If you don't see the article in question here, or on Permanent Red Link Club for blank locked articles, don't panic — maybe we haven't gotten around to listing it yet. Post on Ask The Tropers or the TV Tropes Fora.
At the moment, the following pages are locked:
Brian Michael Bendis: Creator bashing in a personal, non-work related level that spiraled into an edit war.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: To keep examples from overloading the main page (they're in subpages for a reason), and also to prevent the use of images on the main page (if necessary, they can go on one of the subpages).
Laconic.Artistic License and the Laconics of all the Artistic License-X pages, to prevent the restoration of the completely useless "X DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOOD NIGHT!!" meme.
Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: Pure, distilled Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb. Constant natter, justifying edits, a factionalistic "all the haters are wrong" versus "you don't need to watch this to know it's crap" argument for many entries, and the concept is simply too broad for examples.
Complete Monster: Kept getting edited to play with the very strict definition, even though we agreed to leave it alone and put examples in the subpages. The subpages are now getting cleaned and locked to prevent further natter, edit wars, and shoehorning; if a subpage is locked, it's for that reason.
Creator's Pet: The main article is for definition only. Add examples in the subpages; any change to the definition must be discussed in the forum thread.
Edit War: Examples lockout. Many of the examples had a "You lost! Neener neener!" tone to them.
Emo Teen: The definition is broad and subjective, and the term "Emo" itself is heavily stigmatized. Examples were almost always slams against characters (regardless of their actual subculture), and brought in Natter as a result.
Five-Man Band: Definition drift. Its subpages are also locked to prevent more Zero Context Examples from being added without discussion. The 'band members' subtropes are still unlocked except for The Chick (see above).
The Fundamentalist: Refusal to allow atheists to be included as fundamentalist, discussion over including fanaticism. Repeatedly reverted moderator and admin edits.
Garbage Post Kid: Examples brought nothing but Flame Bait, natter, This Troper, and nasty accusations, eventually attracting spiteful comments from one of the parties mentioned. Besides, most examples were too broad.
Pædo Hunt: Description turned into an essay about paedophilia, which drew unwanted real-life examples and threatened to turn it into the same anti-persecution tract that forced us to change its name from All Pedophiles Are Child Molesters.
Panty Shot: Examples lockout due to creepy content.
Squick: Examples brought constant natter and This Troper, plus we really don't need a page of gross stuff. Also, having examples here is somewhat pointless, considering we have Disgust Tropes, and a character's reaction will often be similar to the audience's reaction.
Start My Own: Controversy over links to TV Tropes knockoff wikis.
“Stop Having Fun” Guys: Examples lockout due to arguments over content and trope definition. Considering that the trope is more based around personal experiences, the discussion tab is more fitting for examples.
Underboobs: Restoration after cut for having overly creepy content.
Unpleasable Fanbase: Examples lockout. The page was getting way too big with both examples and constant natter. Considering that the trope is more based around personal experiences, the discussion tab is more fitting for examples.
Waggle: Examples lockout, as the page was an attraction to complaining about the Wii and other motion control systems and games.
The Easy Breather: Chronic Edit War between three sides — the author and his devoted followers, who turned the page into a hymn of undiluted praise; the haters, who turned it into undiluted bile; and the people who tried to make it neutral, and got hit from both sides.
These pages are meant to guide tropers on how to go about editing on the wiki. As such, the pages themselves have no need of examples or definition-tweaking. Some pages must be locked to prevent either from happening. If the pages were locked for different reasons, it will be specifically noted below.
The Archive of Bellicose Lexicon Entities: It was a series of articles listing tropers accordingly to their visions on trope naming, images, example lists and the like. Since it was determined that these articles, rather than serving their purpose as fun places for like-minded tropers to associate, were inspiring antagonism and factionalism among our user base, they have been discontinued and all of them now redirect back to that index, which now remains as a means of defining the acronyms only, and is locked to prevent tropers from listing themselves on one of those categories, which they can simply do through their userpages anyway.
Laconic Wiki, Synopsis, and Quotes Wiki: The indexes were too big to be on a editable wiki page and not crash the server, but locking the page would not let the index update. Instead, there is a link to a non wiki page that lists every page with the corresponding namespace.
Microsoft Windows: Pre-emptive lock to prevent trolling that got Microsoft itself put on the PRLC.
Your Mileage May Vary: Technically not a trope, but was used as one anyway. Given its very broad and subjective nature, this resulted in links to the page getting overused. Definition was deleted and currently used as a redirect to YMMV. The only reason it exists in the first place is because it was the old name for Love It or Hate It.
Deliberate Red Links
The following tropes are infamous for existing both on this page and in the Permanent Red Link Club. While these pages still exist for definition purposes, their actual use on this wiki is highly discouraged.
Heroic Sociopath: Attracted massive Trope Decay. The disambiguation was kept to take the inbounds, but the title was redlinked to discourage any more wicking.
No Just No: Originally created for a character's reaction to a Squicky moment, it got misused as a pothole for editors inserting their own reaction to what was in the example. In-Universe examples were moved to "No. Just... No" Reaction. While redlinked, this is still used as a redirect to the new article to keep appropriate links and remove unnecessary wicks.
This Troper: Attempts to make it self-demonstrating that undermine the point behind the article, as well as attempts to rewrite the definition out of a misguided belief that saying it's okay on that page will suddenly change the prevailing attitude. Its use in the first-person is not wanted outside of designated areas.
X Just X: Verbal Tic. Originally existed as a page to discourage examples that gave no context as to how they fit a trope, but the page's title inspired people to make potholes to the page. Now known as Zero-Context Example.