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* '''Do Not Alter or Pothole the Trope Name:''' When adding a trope to a work page, always use the trope's correct, unaltered title -- don't use "Red Right Paw" as a pothole to RedRightHand when writing about a FunnyAnimal. Potholing the trope name isn't as clever as you may think, and it creates problems with alphabetization and wick migration.\\\

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* '''Do Not Alter or Pothole the Trope Name:''' When adding a trope to a work page, always use the trope's correct, unaltered title -- don't use "Red Right Paw" as a pothole to RedRightHand when writing about a FunnyAnimal. Potholing the trope name isn't as clever as you may think, and it creates problems with alphabetization and wick migration. However, it's OK to use gendered redirects to tropes when appropriate.\\\


* '''...[[Administrivia/ZeroContextExample But Not Too Brief]]:''' Remember, an example is exactly that: ''an example''. With the specific exceptions of a select few TitleTropes, there is no such thing as an example that doesn't need to be explained or given context. On TV Tropes, '''context is key'''.\\\

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* '''... [[Administrivia/ZeroContextExample But Not Too Brief]]:''' Remember, an example is exactly that: ''an example''. With the specific exceptions of a select few TitleTropes, there is no such thing as an example that doesn't need to be explained or given context. On TV Tropes, '''context is key'''.\\\



** Don't use ten words where two words will suffice. You aren't being paid by the word...or at all, really.

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** Don't use ten words where two words will suffice. You aren't being paid by the word... or at all, really.



* '''Good Examples Are Business Casual''': In this case, the term "business casual" means that you can have some fun and don't have to write in a cold, sterile, overly academic style. In the end, though, TV Tropes is not a lawless free-for-all. You do have to take care of business -- being clear and informative -- while having your fun.\\\

* '''Good Examples Are Easily Explained:''' All examples must provide context, or ''briefly explain'' what the trope is and how the work uses it. However, providing context is not the same thing as trying to justify why you think the example fits the trope. The truth is, if you have to spend ''significant'' time qualifying and justifying how your example fits, it's probably not a very good example...or an example at all.\\\

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* '''Good Examples Are Business Casual''': Casual:''' In this case, the term "business casual" means that you can have some fun and don't have to write in a cold, sterile, overly academic style. In the end, though, TV Tropes is not a lawless free-for-all. You do have to take care of business -- being clear and informative -- while having your fun.\\\

* '''Good Examples Are Easily Explained:''' All examples must provide context, or ''briefly explain'' what the trope is and how the work uses it. However, providing context is not the same thing as trying to justify why you think the example fits the trope. The truth is, if you have to spend ''significant'' time qualifying and justifying how your example fits, it's probably not a very good example... or an example at all.\\\



* '''Have Fun!''': These rules are here to help produce a useful, easy-to-read, fun environment for reader and editor alike. They are ''not'' a massive SwordOfDamocles waiting to fall on you at the slightest misstep. ''Follow'' them to the best of your ability, but don't let them ''stress you out''. TV Tropes is generally a pretty relaxed place, and as long as you aren't deliberately causing trouble, vandalizing the wiki, or outright refusing to listen or communicate, our moderator team and community are more than willing to work with you.\\\

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* '''Have Fun!''': Fun!:''' These rules are here to help produce a useful, easy-to-read, fun environment for reader and editor alike. They are ''not'' a massive SwordOfDamocles waiting to fall on you at the slightest misstep. ''Follow'' them to the best of your ability, but don't let them ''stress you out''. TV Tropes is generally a pretty relaxed place, and as long as you aren't deliberately causing trouble, vandalizing the wiki, or outright refusing to listen or communicate, our moderator team and community are more than willing to work with you.\\\


* '''Good Examples Are Not General:''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\

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* '''Good Examples Are Not General:''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have to point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\


* '''Don't Be Afraid to Edit:''' Sometimes a prior example is worded strangely or glosses over distinct examples in its own right. You are encouraged [[WikiMagic to clean up what came before]]: parse down a WallOfText into bullet points, fix grammar and formatting, and eliminate natter. The cleaner the page looks, the better your example can be read and understood.\\\

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* '''Don't Be Afraid to Edit:''' Sometimes a prior example is worded strangely or glosses over distinct examples in its own right. You are encouraged [[WikiMagic [[Administrivia/WikiMagic to clean up what came before]]: parse down a WallOfText into bullet points, fix grammar and formatting, and eliminate natter. The cleaner the page looks, the better your example can be read and understood.\\\


* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''write'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now, when the example may no longer be considered "recent". Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''write'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now, when the example work may no longer be considered "recent". Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\


* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable Good Examples Are Not Arguable]]:''' Tropes are objective, so a trope either exists within a work or it doesn't. There is no such thing as an "arguable" example of a trope, so don't list any. YMMV entries are subjective, so there's no need to use phrases like "arguably" or "to some," because that part is already understood.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable Good Examples Are Not Arguable]]:''' Tropes are objective, so a trope either exists within a work or it doesn't. There is no such thing as an "arguable" example of a trope, so don't list any. If you think your example really is an example, add it without using Administrivia/WordCruft like "arguably", "possibly", or "could be considered". If it's not an example, then don't. YMMV entries are subjective, so there's no need to use phrases like "arguably" or "to some," because that part is already understood.\\\



* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''write'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now. Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''write'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now.now, when the example may no longer be considered "recent". Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\



* '''[[Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples Good Examples Are Not Weblinks]]:''' Links to other websites, such as a Website/YouTube video or an offsite image, are ''never'' considered sufficient context for examples. Since the Internet is constantly changing, whatever links you put in an example will most likely no longer exist in a few weeks. Weblinks may be used to supplement your written example, but they are never a substitute for it.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples Good Examples Are Not Weblinks]]:''' Links to other websites, such as a Website/YouTube video or an offsite image, are ''never'' considered sufficient context for examples. Since the Internet is constantly changing, whatever links you put in an example will most likely may no longer exist in a few weeks.weeks, or may get put behind paywalls or other restrictions, preventing readers from being able to understand your examples at all. Weblinks may be used to supplement your written example, but they are never a substitute for it.\\\


* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral Good Examples Are Not General]]:''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral Good '''Good Examples Are Not General]]:''' General:''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\


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!Example Do's Dos and Don'ts:

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''wrote'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now. Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''wrote'' ''write'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now. Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\


* '''Don't Comment on a Work's Popularity (or Lack Thereof):''' On TV Tropes, Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability. We ''don't care'' if a work is popular or not. Outside of YMMV tropes specifically about how a work was received, statements that a work is "famous" or "little-known" or "surprisingly obscure" is garbage text.\\\

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* '''Don't Comment on a Work's Popularity (or Lack Thereof):''' On TV Tropes, Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability. We ''don't care'' if a work is popular or not. Outside of YMMV tropes specifically about how a work was received, statements that a work is "famous" or "little-known" or "surprisingly obscure" is garbage text.are completely irrelevant.\\\


* '''Avoid Detail Bloat:''' Please purge PurpleProse. One of the most common mistakes tropers make is believing that they have to include ''every'' semi-relevant detail in their examples, thus bloating fairly simple entries into a massive WallOfText. Examples should only include details necessary to understanding the example; comprehensive detail is neither necessary nor desirable in trope examples. This is admittedly one of the more difficult habits to break, and developing a sense of what's truly necessary can take time, but help is available if you need it.\\\

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* '''Avoid Detail Bloat:''' Please purge PurpleProse. One of the most common mistakes tropers make is believing that they have to include ''every'' semi-relevant detail in their examples, thus bloating fairly simple entries into a massive WallOfText. Examples should only include details necessary to understanding the example; comprehensive detail is neither necessary nor desirable in trope examples. This is admittedly one of the more difficult habits to break, and developing a sense of what's truly necessary can take time, but help is available if you need it.\\\

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* '''Purge PurpleProse:''' "Purple prose" describes writing that is ridiculously dramatic, overly detailed, and places an emphasis over being "pretty" than being easily understood.
** Don't use ten words where two words will suffice. You aren't being paid by the word...or at all, really.
** Spare us the melodramatic or flowery tone. We're talking about storytelling devices, not the eternal destiny of star-crossed lovers or whatever.
** If they aren't necessary -- and they almost never are -- leave the obscure ten-dollar words at home. ''Especially'' if you don't know what they actually mean or how to properly use them. Just because a thesaurus says two words are synonyms doesn't mean they're interchangeable.\\\


* '''Aim For "Final Draft" Quality:''' Simply adhering to this concept will serve you well throughout your troping career, regardless of where or what you're doing. \\\

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* '''Aim For "Final Draft" Quality:''' Simply adhering to this concept will serve you well throughout your troping career, regardless of where or what you're doing.doing or where. \\\


* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral Good Examples Are Not General]]"''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\

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* '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral Good Examples Are Not General]]"''' General]]:''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\


* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable:''' Tropes are objective, so a trope either exists within a work or it doesn't. There is no such thing as an "arguable" example of a trope, so don't list any. YMMV entries are subjective, so there's no need to use phrases like "arguably" or "to some," because that part is already understood.\\\

* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral:''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\

* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''wrote'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now. Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\

* '''Administrivia/TypeLabelsAreNotExamples:''' You may encounter a trope that refers to different variations of the trope as "Type 1" or "Type A". Such type labels are an artifact of TV Tropes' early days, and are no longer used as letters and numbers do nothing to describe the trope or its subtype. Moreover, listing a type label in an "example" in lieu of actually providing context is considered a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, which will be deleted and could result in a suspension if done habitually.\\\

* '''Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples:''' Links to other websites, such as a Website/YouTube video or an offsite image, are ''never'' considered sufficient context for examples. Since the Internet is constantly changing, whatever links you put in an example will most likely no longer exist in a few weeks. Weblinks may be used to enrich your written example, but they are never a substitute for it.\\\

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* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable:''' '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotArguable Good Examples Are Not Arguable]]:''' Tropes are objective, so a trope either exists within a work or it doesn't. There is no such thing as an "arguable" example of a trope, so don't list any. YMMV entries are subjective, so there's no need to use phrases like "arguably" or "to some," because that part is already understood.\\\

* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral:''' '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotGeneral Good Examples Are Not General]]"''' While you don't necessarily have to cite the exact chapter or episode, examples do have point to at least one specific instance of a trope occurring within a work to be considered valid. Broad statements and generalizations, like "Early anime dubs often had pointless cursing added to the script" may or may not be ''true'', but without at least one specific example, they're considered unsubstantiated claims.\\\

* '''Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent:''' '''[[Administrivia/ExamplesAreNotRecent Good Examples Are Not "Recent"]]:''' Avoid using words like "recent" or "new" when writing on TVTropes. The work in question may be new when you ''wrote'' the example, but people might still be reading it years from now. Also, works tend to come out on different dates in different countries, so what is "new" to America may not be so recent in Japan or Europe. If the time of release is important to your point, use an actual date.\\\

* '''Administrivia/TypeLabelsAreNotExamples:''' '''[[Administrivia/TypeLabelsAreNotExamples Good Examples Are Not Type Labels]]:''' You may encounter a trope that refers to different variations of the trope as "Type 1" or "Type A". Such type labels are an artifact of TV Tropes' early days, and are no longer used as letters and numbers do nothing to describe the trope or its subtype. Moreover, listing a type label in an "example" in lieu of actually providing context is considered a Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, which will be deleted and could result in a suspension if done habitually.\\\

* '''Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples:''' '''[[Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples Good Examples Are Not Weblinks]]:''' Links to other websites, such as a Website/YouTube video or an offsite image, are ''never'' considered sufficient context for examples. Since the Internet is constantly changing, whatever links you put in an example will most likely no longer exist in a few weeks. Weblinks may be used to enrich supplement your written example, but they are never a substitute for it.\\\

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