Administrivia How Indexing Works Discussion

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06:50:05 PM Apr 15th 2016
07:09:08 AM Jul 20th 2015
I added the page Haunted Mansion and the Hatbox Ghost to the index of Multiple Media fanfics, but it doesn't work, even though I did make a blank edit and checked that the link worked, as advised by the page… Can someone do anything about it ?
12:51:37 AM Jul 21st 2015
That page was not an index. I've remedied that issue.
07:21:04 PM Jul 16th 2015
Can a moderator turn this list into and index?
01:34:54 AM Jul 17th 2015
08:35:11 AM Jul 6th 2015
  • I added something to an index/turned a page into an index, but it's not working: First, always make a blank edit on the problematic index page. If that doesn't work, check that the link(s) you added are working links and that you've set the page type of the index correctly.

This point doesn't really specify what a "blank edit" actually is. I assume it's when you make an edit but don't actually change anything, but that's not a very intuitive definition and the term's never really explained anywhere, so it's bound to confuse people.

I recently referred to the same thing as a "null edit", and even then I felt obligated to explain what it was.
08:34:41 AM Jun 11th 2015
I can't seem to find the Set a page type. I was triying to make Masters of Sex as an index. Is it only me who can find that "Set a page type" button ?
09:48:29 AM Jun 11th 2015
Did it for you. It's moderator only for a while.
10:16:34 AM Jun 11th 2015
Thanks ! It explains why I can't then!
06:17:44 AM May 27th 2015
How do you de-index pages that shouldn't be an index? For example, Amnesiac is currently acting as an index for all the tropes on the album, even though it shouldn't be. I used to fix things like that through the "set page type" button, but I can't find that anymore.
11:51:43 AM May 27th 2015
By asking a moderator for now. And done.
07:03:29 AM May 28th 2015
Ah, thanks.
09:33:05 AM May 26th 2015
The button for changing page types (except for pages with no type) seems to be missing. Hmm. Well, I need to change Web Comics to be able to do indexing, but it's already been listed as a Just For Fun page, no indexing. Help?
11:08:36 AM May 26th 2015
Changed the type.
07:22:40 AM Apr 23rd 2015
Sorry if this is a dumb post, but I can't seem to find the button that lets me change the page type to allow me make an index. I've looked under the tools menu and I can't seem to find it. Am I just blind?
08:11:15 AM Apr 23rd 2015
No, it's ben hidden for a while. Which page are you trying to change?
08:30:54 AM Apr 23rd 2015
edited by BeskarKomrk
I was looking at the page The Cosmere. I was editing it and noticed that it had an index in the page, but the works weren't actually being indexed. I removed the lines for the index because they didn't seem to be working, so they aren't there any longer. I was wondering if it was not set as an index page, and if that was why the index wasn't showing up.
11:20:18 AM Apr 23rd 2015
I've turned your page there into an index.
01:51:27 PM Apr 23rd 2015
Awesome! Thank you!
03:47:28 AM May 2nd 2015
edited by SeptimusHeap
Ditto for Sliders, it is a list of episodes. Can you please turn it into an index?
05:22:57 AM May 2nd 2015
Added a link to your post. And done.
03:39:08 PM Apr 14th 2015
The process of indexing doesn't work for me. I just created a "Heartwarming" page for "Liv and Maddie," and the instructions on how to index them don't tell me anything.

02:10:21 AM Apr 15th 2015
You need to find a suitable index page to add it to.
09:16:46 PM Jan 11th 2015
Noob alert.

I'm having problems indexing a WMG page, and even after re-reading the How to, I still don't seem to make it work
01:47:00 AM Jan 12th 2015
Check out what I did on this page.
08:14:59 AM Jun 17th 2014
edited by
For some reason, none of the pages under Tout le Monde are indexed... The page type IS set to "index", and the "does indexing" checkbox checked, though... Same problem with its "subindexes" (such as Animation Occidentale). So what's wrong ?
10:52:10 AM Jun 30th 2014
Sooo... No one can help ? Not even an idea ?
11:06:49 AM Jun 30th 2014
Seems like a tech bug. That may be discussion for the Wiki Tech Wish List.
02:53:41 PM Dec 21st 2013
I have been trying to index Thriller, but for some reason, it's not working. I don't get it. Horror is indexed, tragedy is indexed. I used the same process of indexing for thriller as used in the others, but for some reason, it's not being indexed. Why? What am I doing wrong?
01:08:14 AM Dec 22nd 2013
You forgot to check the "does indexing" page type box. Fixed.
12:09:20 AM Dec 11th 2011
On the Babylon 5 recap index, it has all the episodes there, but a lot of them don't have the index bar at the bottom. Is there something we need to do to make it appear?
03:27:52 PM Aug 20th 2011
I just noticed a bunch of pages have been indexed under burnspy's troper page, even without the index markup.
10:44:58 AM Jul 5th 2011
Does anyone know if the "" link is meant to be on the page? It looks like it was spammed there, but it could just as easily be a dead link to a noob like me. Thank you for reading.
01:43:22 PM May 2nd 2011
I'm having trouble indexing my new Monsters Resurrected page. It was on the index page before I created it.
01:28:45 AM Jan 28th 2011
Hey, I'm having trouble indexing Sumomo Mo Momo Mo in Manga. I figure it's either a problem with alternate titles or the fact that this cold has brought my IQ down to that of a carrot. Can someone help a bro out of the crisper?
01:42:31 AM Feb 2nd 2011
And now it works. Someone must have already been working on this.
11:14:32 AM Nov 8th 2010
edited by AndyLA
Hello. I'm trying to make an index out of the Power Rangers page, so as to link together all of its seasons under it. But I seem to be having some trouble with it - I tried following the Super Sentai model, but somehow it didn't work. Also, I couldn't wrap my brain around the way the Sentai index is structured, because of the [[index]] potholes in the middle of the list. Example:

* Gosei Sentai Dairanger (1993) (provided mecha, some Monsters Of The Week, and the Sixth Ranger costume for MMPR season 2)[[index]]
* Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (1994) (MMPR S3 mecha and (partly) villains; Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers continued the season and gave the costumes to a different team, the Rangers of Aquitar)[[index]]

Know what I mean? I'd like to know how to make this work to my advantage in the PR page. Thanks in advance.
12:29:51 PM Nov 8th 2010
You had most of it. Just needed to set the page type to 'index'. The tool to do that is on the Tools menu on the left of the wiki pages.
02:35:45 PM Aug 25th 2010
edited by Turtle
Can it be assumed that the Contributors Index is not meant to be editable by anyone? Or am I missing something? That is, is the method of indexing a troper page different somehow?
07:16:34 PM Aug 25th 2010
edited by lebrel
I think it autoindexes now, based on the pages in the Tropers namespace. If you just made your page you may have to wait until tomorrow for it to show up.
01:19:15 PM Nov 28th 2010
So, if I made a page today, it could just automatically be put into the index?
02:17:35 PM Nov 28th 2010
As long as you made it in Tropers/PoptartTan.
05:57:03 AM Aug 10th 2010
edited by Etherjammer
Posting here because I'm not sure I'm allowed to edit the main page: a request for clarification in the main page's text. The link to the indexed page must be directly to the indexed page, not to a redirect.

I had a lot of trouble getting Let's Mock The Monsters to register with the Webcomic Tropes index this morning, and it turned out that the problem was that instead of linking to ptitlet43mu4du (which is the page's "real" URL thanks to the apostrophe in "Let's"), the index was linking to LetsMockTheMonsters, which is a redirect page. So the index was listing the page, but the page was claiming that it needed to be indexed.
06:24:50 AM Jul 9th 2010
edited by Willbyr
So what is happening when you have a page that says it needs to be indexed, but you go to the index page, and it's already there? Case in point: Aeon Entelechy Evangelion

Is this particular one because the individual folders on the Character Sheets page need to be indexed?
07:22:04 PM Aug 1st 2010
edited by CptButton
I think the thing is if you add a page to an index and then create the page, based on my experience creating the Sime Gen page just now, you have to put the page on the index AFTER you have created the page, or add it before and then resave the index page.

Otherwise the created page doesn't know it is on the index.

I'm not sure enough of my facts here to change the main page, but this could be clearer.
02:52:35 PM Mar 11th 2010
Responding to clarification request.

Add the page title to an index page. That's really all there is to it.

The rest of the stuff is about creating an index page.
03:16:53 PM Mar 11th 2010
See, I think I did that. When I go through the Contributor's index I can find my page easily. I selected a page type as well but when I'm on my page it says I need to add it to an index so I'm really confused.
05:12:02 PM Mar 11th 2010
A bug in the punctuated title parsing code. Your contrib page is all indexed up, now.
01:00:27 AM May 2nd 2011
Noob alert.

I can't figure out how to index my troper page, and it doesn't show up on the contributors list. I'm new here, and I'm not good with computers, so I'm a teeny bit lost. Sorry to bother you.
06:38:45 AM Mar 10th 2010
I have to ask that there should be a new way to index pages. I am not a fan of having to say pages are an index even if they are meant for other purposes. For a recent example, check out Statler and Waldorf. That's a Just for Fun page, and yet it also was an index previously. I just put it back to an index page, even though it should be both.

What can be done?
09:39:13 AM Mar 10th 2010
Hmm. I guess it is true that "index" is different thing from the other pages types and that most of the page types could also be an index. We'll see about making the "setter" able to handle both at once.
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