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Welcome to the nitty gritty. This is an index of all the guidelines on TV Tropes as well as helpful hints on how to perform basic tasks and explanations of wiki terminology. We know this stuff can be a bit intimidating, so we've broken it down for you. Remember, if you really get lost and can't find what you're looking for, relax and Ask The Tropers. You can also check the FAQ for some helpful pages.
The Basic StuffIt's always hard to figure out where to start on a new website. If you're looking for the very basics, see below.
Discussion AreasThere are a few places around the wiki that might aid you in your journey. Here are some links to serve as your initial roadmap.
People of the WikiThese are the strange beings known as tropers that you may encounter in your wiki wanderings.
Editing BasicsThink of this as a quick start guide for editing. These are the links that can help you delve into the arcane art of troping.
TV Tropes TerminologyYes, we know tropers seem to have our own vocabulary. A lot of it is based on the tropes that we catalog, but we understand the need for a lexicon. To help with this, we have created the TV Tropes Glossary, but here are a few basic terms to keep in mind.
Basic Page BuildingEver wanted to know how a page gets put together? We're here to tell you.
Advanced EditingHere there be dragons. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but there are some more advanced guidelines for page editing, sorted alphabetically within their sections. While you don't need to learn all of these to edit, they can come in handy.
Manual of Style
Specific ProjectsSee also the Long Term Projects subforum.