At TVTropes, we don't want to stifle your creative talent. Feel free to add pages if you think they are warranted. Why waste all the time getting the page just right? You don't want to deprive anyone of it for longer than you need to, do you? Now remember these rules.

Compare HowNotToWriteAnExample.

* Don't put the examples markup before the examples. Everyone knows they're the examples because of the bullet points.
* Don't bother putting anything through YKTTW, it never helps.
* If it's a work page, you must put it through YKTTW.
* The title must either be a WordSaladTitle or be a reference to the obscure show of yours that [[FanMyopia everybody watches]] - preferably both.
* Post some arbitrary picture that has nothing to do with the trope in question, and put a description of how the picture is related in the captioning - after all, why use the actual body or the examples section for something like that?
* Create plural redirects to your trope page, everybody loves them!
** Initialism redirects are excellent as well, and if you can work out a plural initialism to make into a redirect, you can have some ice cream after dinner.
* Insert {{Take That}}s everywhere you can fit them against things you hate. (TakeThat, editors [[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike fond of using Take Thats!]])
* [[spoiler:You shouldn't]] Spoil out (now that you can't strike) anything on the main page that you're changing - it helps people save time by knowing what was changed without needing to go to the "history" section of the page.
* [[IdiotBall Shoehorn in as much ]][[WhatAnIdiot potholes to tropes ]][[TooDumbToLive as you can, ]][[SquarePegRoundTrope regardless of the actual context ]][[{{Idiot}} or if the page even actually exists.]]
* No matter what the trope content or how little they may belong, references must be made to the following: SonicTheHedgehog, Series/DoctorWho, WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and/or WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick, TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer, LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya and maybe WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender. Bonus points if you have to make up events wholesale.
** More bonus points if you say "Obligatory X Example".
*** More more bonus points if it's an obligatory ''Series/DoctorWho'' example.
** [[FanMyopia You freaking forgot]] Manga/RanmaOneHalf, Manga/{{Naruto}}, and Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion! [[SmallNameBigEgo You guys are so lucky I'm around]]. Oh, and [[IWasJustPassingThrough while I'm here]], [[SarcasmMode always remember that people will never realize what a huge favour you've done them by fixing the page unless you make sure to remind them by]] [[Administrivia/RepairDontRespond using first person and This Troper all over the place, and making it clear that you've fixed an otherwise horribly wrong page,]] [[JustifyingEdit leaving in as much as it takes to prove that the page was horribly broken before]] [[ThisLoserIsYou you]] [[LordErrorProne made your long-awaited]] "BigDamnHeroes" [[IncomingHam entrance]]. TvTropes [[InternetToughGuy is a great place to say]] AGodAmI [[{{Otaku}} where nobody can remind you that you're fat, ugly and]] YouNeedToGetLaid. Oh, and [[SpamAttack spamming]] PotHoles to [[TheGreatBigBookOfEverything everything]] [[VaguenessIsComing vaguely]] [[WereStillRelevantDammit relevant]] to your words, [[SarcasmMode it's a great way to prove your wit.]] [[ThePointsMeanNothing Bonus points for an]] AllBlueEntry. Oh, and don't forget to go wildly OffTopic and write a massive AuthorTract into all of your edits, [[GodwinsLaw otherwise you're worse than Hitler - he made one legitimately contributory edit]] AndThatsTerrible.
* You Must Always Type Like This And Say Why You Rock And Others Don't.
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-Ignore proper formatting
* Its a great idea to write in first person using Me and my as much as possible