The BasicsWelcome to TV Tropes! Here, "Registering" (formerly called "Getting Known") means to create a user account on this site. Once you have registered, you will be an official member of the wiki: a troper.
There are two stages of registration: introductory and approved. All users, regardless of status, may read the site and manage their profile. Once verified and approved, you will be given the privilege to edit articles, post in the forums, and otherwise contribute. It was once that those who were not known possessed edit privileges, but, due to circumstances which are beyond our control, they may no longer do so. Good Night, Sweet Prince.
Logging in and out may be done by clicking on the profile icon on the top right of the main toolbar. You can also go directly to the login form using this link.
Account Controls and Maintenance
- To edit your profile, go here. You can change your site preferences, upload an avatar, and perform most of the functions listed below.
- To change your account password once you are logged in, head over to this page.
- To recover a lost password, go here and click the "forgot password" link. This requires that you have an email address associated with your account, and that you have access to that email account.
- If you created an account prior to the email verification requirement, you may associate an email address with it here.
- If you forget your password, and you do not have an associated email address, we may not be able to recover your account. You may use our contact form to request assistance. Please try to use the same connection (internet address) as when you were logged in to your account.
- If we approve your request, your original account will be "reset", meaning that you will have to register it again with a valid email address.
- If we deny your request, it is because we cannot associate your current information with your previous account. You will need to register a new account.
- Your username (AKA handle) may only contain U.S. English letters, digits, and certain limited forms of punctuation.
- If your handle doesn't start with a letter or contains any punctuation other than a hyphen (-), you will not be able to create a Tropers page for yourself.
- If your handle starts with a digit or punctuation, or ends with punctuation, certain critical site functions will not work. We may request that you make a new account and/or block your account.
- You cannot change your handle once you have created your account. We cannot transfer history, PMs, or any other data between accounts.
- We are unable to support diacritics or any other non-English characters in handles.
- Offensive or provocative handles may be refused at moderator discretion.
- To register, you must provide a working email address. A message will be sent to that address to confirm your registration. You must click on the link in that email or paste it into your browser to activate your account.
- The use of a disposable email address during registration will result in your account being denied.
- We may use third-party services to evaluate the reputation of an email address. Addresses associated with spam or malicious activity may be denied.
- Using a school or work email address is not recommended, as these are not guaranteed to be permanent. If you lose access to the email address associated with your account, you may not be able to recover it.
- Any given email address may only be used for one account at a time. Changing the email address associated with an account will "release" the old one, letting you use it again.
- Attempting to change the email address associated with an account before it has completed verification and approval may cause the account to become "stuck". We cannot fix it if this happens.
- We do not currently offer the ability to remove the email address associated with an account.
- By registering, you understand and agree that any IP addresses you use will be logged and may be employed by us to establish your account's identity.
- The use of a VPN or anonymizing proxy during registration may result in your account being denied.
- Be aware that if you are using a corporate or educational network, these may appear as VPNs or proxies to our checks.
- Certain Internet Service Providers offer dynamic IP services that may also appear as a VPN or proxy. If this is the case, we may work with you to resolve the issue.
- You may freely use a VPN or proxy after your account is activated.
- We may additionally deny account creation from IP addresses with known malicious activity or located in regions that are deemed high-risk for malicious activity.
- The use of a VPN or anonymizing proxy during registration may result in your account being denied.
- Creating multiple accounts in rapid succession may be viewed as an attempt to circumvent our security checks. Please do not do this.
- If your registration appears to fail, contact us before trying again. We may be able to fix it.
- We no longer permit active tropers to make additional accounts without contacting us first.
- If there's something wrong with your account such that you can't log in, we may be able to fix it.
- If you don't like your old account for some reason, let us know so we don't think you're pulling some kind of shenanigan.
- If there are multiple persons in your household who wish to register, same thing. Tell us. We can't tell you apart and if one of you gets in trouble, the others may also be subject to the same penalties. I Have This Friend... doesn't work on us.
- If you have been suspended (see What to Do If You Are Suspended) from any part of the wiki, do not create a new account. Doing so is considered ban evasion and will result in all handles you create or have created being permanently banned.
- Asking someone to register and edit on your behalf will get them banned as well.
- If someone contacts you on social media and asks you to deliver a message on their behalf, direct them to contact us instead. You risk being tarnished by association.
- If you believe your account has been compromised, contact us as soon as you can. You are responsible for everything done with your account unless you notify us that there's a problem.
We are not able to delete accounts. Account histories, including forum posts, wiki edits, reviews, and so on, are retained regardless of whether an account is active, suspended, or permanently banned. If you no longer wish to use your account, our recommendation is that you scramble your password and then log out.
We are aware of European GDPR regulations on "being forgotten" and are investigating what we can do about them.
- When you contribute user content to TV Tropes, it is permanently and irrevocably licensed to us.
- We may delete user content at our sole discretion. We have no obligation to do so.
- We require history data to make and enforce moderation decisions.
- We do not currently have the technical ability to rename, delete, or "anonymize" accounts.
This policy will be updated if and when we make technical changes to better support the GDPR.
After registering and logging in, your login information will be stored in a site cookie on your device(s). If you do not have cookies enabled, certain features may not work properly. To delete the site cookie, log out.
We may use third-party services to check the reputation and validity of your email address. We may use third-party services to check the reputation and geolocation of your IP address. TV Tropes makes no representation as to the privacy of these services.
TV Tropes uses the https protocol and password encryption to protect information you transmit to us. We are not responsible for the security of your device or your Internet connection. If you believe that your registration information, including password, has been compromised, please notify us.
Note: Some of our security measures were not in place prior to 2016. If you registered or logged in before then, you should consider changing your TV Tropes password as well as any accounts that share your TV Tropes password.
Registration Process and Account Restrictions
After creating an account and verifying your email address, you may immediately:
- Read all areas of the site.
- Manage your profile settings and viewing options.
- Follow articles and forum topics.
- Subscribe for ad-free viewing.
In order to edit or post, your registration must be approved by a moderator, who will review your account to make sure that it complies with our policies. If we deny your request, you may still read the site as stated above. If you believe you were denied in error or have any other issue with the registration process, you may use the contact form to get help.
Once your account has been approved, there is a brief waiting period during which you may be subject to certain restrictions. We do this to help contain attempts to vandalize or spam the site.
- New accounts may not post in the forums for 24 hours after registration.
- New accounts may not make any forum post that contains an external URL.
- New accounts are limited in how many forum posts they can make in a short period of time.
- Wiki edits made by new accounts will be flagged in the Recent Edits report.
- New accounts may be monitored directly at moderator discretion.
Known Issues with Registration
The following are technical and other issues that are known to exist with registration. We are continually working to correct them and improve the registration experience.
- If you attempt to register the same account more than once with different email addresses, or change your registration email before your account is approved, the process may fail.
- Denials must be appealed within a few days or we may be unable to reverse a decision.
- In certain circumstances, you may receive multiple emails indicating approval or denial.
- Registering or logging in using Facebook integration may occasionally fail or appear to hang.
If you have these or any problems with registration or logging in not mentioned in this article, you may send a message to The Staff using our contact form.