- Check downforeveryoneorjustme.com, to see if the server is down. If it is, it's entirely on the wiki's end.
- Clear your cache: be aware, this will delete any files you have stored on your computer from flash and browser games and whatnot. On Firefox and Chrome (and perhaps some other browsers), pressing Shift-Control-R will reload the page while clearing the cache just for that page and the things embedded in the page. Much easier, and it doesn't disturb any of the other pages.
- Clear your cookies: be aware, this will log you out of all sites if you select a "delete all" order. Search for the TV Tropes cookie if your problem is only on TV Tropes.
- Try a different browser: Firefox, Opera, Chrome all of which are free. If the problem only occurs in one, there's something wrong with the browser, not the wiki or your internet.
- Restart your browser, then the computer if that doesn't work.
What's gone wrong?
Folders are screwed up.There are several reasons for a screwed up folder system on the page.
- Coding screw up: somebody might have forgotten to close a folder somewhere, search for a [[folder]] without a matching [[/folder]], add whichever is missing.
- Folders are too large: there's a hard limit to how much text can be in each folder, split them into smaller folders.
Search Isn't Working for Me.
- If all the results are blank wiki pages, you'll just have to scroll past since they're indexed by Google.
Images are messed up.First question: is it just one page image, all the page images, or every graphic on the site?
- If it's just the one image, it's likely somebody messed up the coding. Find an image that works and use the working one as a guide on how to fix the broken one. Alternatively, check Text Formatting Rules.
- If the image is "floating" off the edge or sticks out past the edge of the screen, somebody likely screwed up the pixel width in the coding note , if the text code says the image is larger than the code says, the image will float, which can be fixed by editing the numbers between the colons on the image coding to match.
- If the image is not loading on the page, the image may have been deleted or, if the name is really long, run afoul of the auto-hyphenator. This can generally be solved by reuploading the image with a shortened name (twenty characters is more than enough).
- If it's all the images, the static image hosting server may be down. Check the Tech Wishlist to see if there's an active thread (if not, you can make one).
- If all the graphics are messed up on the site, you should clear your cache. If this doesn't work, it might be the static image hosting server getting drunk again.
- If text on the forum looks like this, the server is in the middle of a sneezing fit. Give it some time, and it should be back up. If it lasts more than five minutes, check on Tech Wishlist forum to see if it's been noted.
Page won't save/edit.
- The page may be locked. The symbol for this is a gold padlock. Clicking it should take you to the Locked Pages page. If something that used to be there was cut, it will be automagically locked. See the Locked Pages for information on editing them. If you attempt to use the edit URL directly to modify a redirect, and get redirected instead, that's also caused by a lock.
- The page may be checked out by another troper. Checkouts last until (a) an edit is saved; (b) a different page is opened for editing; (c) 20 minutes have elapsed. If a page is checked out repeatedly by the same handle, report it on Ask The Tropers.
- You might be or have stumbled onto an IP address associated with a known Troll or spammer. Check this thread if you think this might be the case.
- The page may be too large. Hard split the examples off of the page.
- Servers may be down. Check Tech Wishlist.
The subpage icons aren't showing up.
- If the subpage icons aren't showing up, it's probably because the page doesn't exist. Go the appropriate Namespace and make the page. Note: YMMV pages have to be fully capitalized to work properly.
- If the subpage icons still aren't showing up, check the page type, and make sure it is set to the correct one.
The page isn't indexing right.
- See How Indexing Works.
- If indexes show up multiple times at the bottom of a page: Do a null edit (edit with no changes) on the index page in quextion.
Can't log on.
- Delete your TV Tropes cookies and log back in. Here's how.
- You may have been or have stumbled onto an IP address associated with a known Troll or spammer. Check this thread if you think this might be the case.
The custom title is messed up.
- Is it spitting out random gibberish? That's somebody submitting the custom title with a text screwup. Try to resubmit it.
- A custom title is propagating to the wrong page? Ask for an WikiWord title.
The PM banner won't go away.
- Deleting the pm will take care of it. Copy and paste it and keep it somewhere else like your hard drive, or copy the pm and send it to yourself.
My link isn't working properly.
- External links: If your account is new, you can't post links to external sites. This is something put in place to fight spammers.
- External images: TV Tropes does not allow hotlinking of other sites images, you have to upload the image to the TV Tropes server using the "upload image" option under the "tools" menu.
- WikiWord/blue links: If the Pot Hole isn't working, check on Text Formatting Rules to see if you mis-typed the commands. Apostrophes and other non alphanumeric symbols do not work for links, use the plain text version of the title and ensure that you add a custom title.
- Single word links: single word pages need a pair of to work properly.
- Page won't link (begins with numeric): due to coding restrictions, wiki words cannot begin with a numeric or other non letter based beginning. If it is part of the official title, use the written version of the numeric or symbol and custom title the numeric or symbol in.
Reporting bugs.Do so on the Tech Wishlist. Be sure to include the following information: IP address with issue, Browser w/ version number, OS (operating system), as well as any addons or other software you think might be causing a problem. Screen shots are also a plus.
edited 1st Apr '15 11:23:30 AM by SeptimusHeap
- Firefox: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Deleting%20cookies
- Opera: http://help.opera.com/Linux/11.50/en/cookies.html
edited 21st Sep '11 1:28:03 PM by SilentReverence
edited 21st Sep '11 1:15:49 PM by FastEddie
edited 21st Sep '11 1:41:49 PM by Deboss
edited 22nd Sep '11 10:57:40 PM by Deboss
edited 23rd Sep '11 5:17:01 PM by Unknownlight