Administrivia: Up for Grabs
In general, YKTTWs that are still getting regular attention from the person who initially proposed them ("original poster" or "OP") should not be significantly edited or launched by someone else without the OP's permission. This is because, while YKTTWs
(like ordinary wiki articles) are technically
free for any registered user to edit, they're also somewhat like a forum/discussion system, where you shouldn't edit someone else's comments at all.
The Up For Grabs tag indicates that OP doesn't care if someone else takes over with the writeup of their trope or sends it off to launch; it's in many ways the opposite of No Launching Please
add this tag to normal wiki articles (tropes or work pages), because we already assume everyone's free to edit (this is called Wiki Magic
) — this tag should be used only in YKTTW
It is also a common faux-pas to start
a new YKTTW
with the Up for Grabs
tag. If you're in a rush to get your new trope out to launch, chances are you're overlooking something important in the process (maybe it Needs a Better Name
, or Yes We Do Have This One
), which is an almost guaranteed way to get your trope pulled over in the Trope Repair Shop
for reworking. You'll save the Repair Shop some trouble if you focus on writing a solid trope definition first
; it's better to get a trope launched in good
condition (no matter how long that takes) than it is to get it launched quickly.
Drafts are automatically considered Up For Grabs after at least two months of inactivity by the OP (original poster). The YKTTW Salvage List
is a good tool to help you find these.