Example Sectionectomy

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Both a Wiki Trope, and a TV Tropes guideline.

Sometimes, the example section of a page gets bloated. The reasons why vary, but we typically deal with it in one of these ways:

Examples of articles deleted entirely:

Examples of articles split into multiple pages:

  • Any page that was on Multipage Tropes back when we listed those.
  • Fridge Logic → now largely located in the Headscratchers namespace → Now combined with other Fridge thoughts in its own section.

Examples of articles cutting and prohibiting examples:

Examples of segregated examples:

Examples of Renamed Tropes:

Examples of dumping the examples list on another wiki:

Mixed examples:

  • Mary Sue received somewhat of a 2/4 hybrid, with the article being (almost?) completely re-written and losing all the examples. Though now it seems the new page is a stitched-up combo of the two versions a-la Frankenstein's monster... We're not sure what to call it.
  • You Fail Logic Forever initially had a spin-off page (Insane Troll Logic) for listing non-specific examples as the page had become rather bloated, and a release valve for non-specific examples was thought desirable (type 5). And then the original page was reorganized so that all the fallacies contained therein were spun off into their own pages (type 3), while the original spin-off had developed through a sort of reverse Trope Decay into a full trope in its own right note .
  • Everything listed in No Real Life Examples, Please! counts as a example of a partial Example Sectionectomy; the scar tissue differs in that it contains "No real life examples, please!" rather than "No examples, please. This only defines the term.", as Real Life is the example subsection most prone to need pruning, for various subtly obvious reasons.
  • Nightmare Fuel was originally High Octane Nightmare Fuel, with Accidental Nightmare Fuel (see above) originally being Nightmare Fuel. Needless to say, the change was a little confusing for in-wiki links, but necessary due to people using the trope to describe anything they personally found scary. Even with the name changes, Nightmare Fuel pages for individual works still tended to get bloated with poor examples that just happened to coincide with a single person's fears (it's supposed to be things that are frightening to the entire general population), so the examples were tentatively removed — this sparked a rather large backdraft. Currently, the Nightmare Fuel pages for works operate under Example Lobotomy rules — examples are allowed, but hyperbole, purple-prose, and other forms of flowery page-bloating cruft are kept to a strict minimum.

Non-TV Tropes examples:

  • Wikipedia's "in popular culture" sections were heavily cracked down on at one point as a reaction against "Fancruft" and rampant Entry Pimping, of the kind satirised in this xkcd cartoon. A lengthy Edit War about how prominent an appearance by Madame de Pompadour in a Doctor Who episode should be on her page may have contributed.

Alternative Title(s): Example Removal, No Examples Please, Example Sectionotomy