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Is an article being desecrated repeatedly at an alarming rate? Is it the subject of heavy debate and constant changes? In either case, if these become too much of a problem, then you've probably got a page that needs to be locked by an administrator or moderator until such unproductive tendencies are resolved (which, sadly, almost never happens). This can be a depressing sight on any wiki when a page is in need of Wiki Magic (or attention from grammaticians) — the best option is to try keeping things productive so administrators have to do this as little as possible.

Moderators (listed here) have locking authority on this wiki, and can also edit them to fix problems. To get their attention, post your request on the forum, in the sticky topic about edits and unlocking to locked pages.

There used to be an autolocking system which locked all cut pages to prevent people recreating them. Certain pages that the community has decided upon as not coming back in a million years are put in the Permanent Red Link Club.


Note: If you were directed here when you clicked the "edit" button on an article (even though it had a lock icon instead, you crazy dedicated troper, you), it means the article is locked. Look below for the reason. If you don't see the article in question here, or on Permanent Red Link Club for blank locked articles, don't panic — maybe we haven't gotten around to listing it yet. Post in Ask The Tropers or the TV Tropes Forum.


At the moment, the following pages are locked:

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  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Multiple rewrites which got away from the actual meaning. Received an Example Sectionectomy.
  • Underboobs: Restoration after cut for having overly creepy content.
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: Examples lockout. The page was getting way too big with both examples and constant natter. Considering that the trope is more based around personal experiences, the discussion tab is more fitting for examples.
  • Waggle: Examples lockout, as the page was an attraction to complaining about the Wii and other motion control systems and games.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Page has been tweaked multiple times for formatting changes.
  • Yiff: Locked under the content policy.
  • You Would Make a Great Model: People being creepy.
  • Zerg Rush: Edit warring over unneeded parts of the description. Page was split so people can still add examples.


These pages are meant to guide tropers on how to go about editing on the wiki. As such, the pages themselves have no need of examples or definition-tweaking. Some pages must be locked to prevent either from happening. If the pages were locked for different reasons, it will be specifically noted below.

  • All archive pages are locked and will not be edited for anything. That's why they're archives.
  • Some pages in the Tropers/ namespace are locked because while the namespace is automatically locked, the "locked page" icon automatically links to the edit requests forum thread through this page.
  • AATAFOVS.A Three Hour Tour: Locked a long time ago, when the part of the project it was part of was concluded.
  • American Political System: Tempting target for soapboxing.
  • Analysis.No More Heroes: People kept edit warring over complaints against the series.
  • The Archive of Bellicose Lexicon Entities: It was a series of articles listing tropers accordingly to their visions on trope naming, images, example lists and the like. Since it was determined that these articles, rather than serving their purpose as fun places for like-minded tropers to associate, were inspiring antagonism and factionalism among our user base, they have been discontinued and all of them now redirect back to that index, which now remains as a means of defining the acronyms only, and is locked to prevent tropers from listing themselves on one of those categories, which they can simply do through their userpages anyway.
  • Asperger Syndrome: Attracted bloat.
  • FanWorks.Fanfic: Keeps getting re-created as a bad subpage.
  • FanWorks.Fanfic Recommendations: Keeps getting re-created by spammers.
  • The Great Comics Crash of 1996: Edit Warring.
  • Haiku-Wiki and Image Links Wiki are now automatic indexes, rendering manual indexing unnecessary.
  • Laconic Wiki and Quotes Wiki: The indexes were too big to be on a editable wiki page and not crash the server, but locking the page would not let the index update. Instead, there is a link to a non wiki page that lists every page with the corresponding namespace.
  • Memetic Sex God: No longer considered to be tropable. The discussion attracted significant controversy, thus the page was locked to prevent arbitrary attempts at reversing the outcome.
  • Microsoft Windows: Pre-emptive lock to prevent trolling that got Microsoft itself put on the PRLC.
  • Pot Hole: Didn't work as a Self-Demonstrating Article, but kept getting edited to be one.
  • JustForFun.Television Is Trying To Kill Us: Even after being moved to Just for Fun, the page kept attracting diatribes and complaining, culminating into politico-social soapboxing.
  • Troper Demographics: Contained too many characters and started crashing the server. The list was replaced with simply a demographic picture from Google Analytics.
  • DarthWiki.Tropers Law: To keep it from becoming a troll magnet.
  • 2.0: Not quite ready yet.
  • Wiki Vandal: Obvious vandalism magnet.

    Deliberate Red Links 
The following tropes are infamous for existing both on this page and in the Permanent Red Link Club. While these pages still exist for definition purposes, their actual use on this wiki is highly discouraged.

  • Heroic Sociopath: Attracted massive Trope Decay. The disambiguation was kept to take the inbounds, but the title was redlinked to discourage any more wicking.
  • Hot Mom: People are consistently unable to understand that this must be In-Universe only. It was eventually made a disambiguation page.
  • If You Know What I Mean: The old name for Lampshaded Double Entendre. Was made a deliberate redlink due to tropers potholing their own double entendres to the page.
  • No. Just... No: Originally created for a character's reaction to a Squicky moment, it got misused as a pothole for editors inserting their own reaction to what was in the example. In-Universe examples were moved to "No. Just... No" Reaction. While redlinked, this is still used as a redirect to the new article to keep appropriate links and remove unnecessary wicks.
  • This Troper: Attempts to make it self-demonstrating that undermine the point behind the article, as well as attempts to rewrite the definition out of a misguided belief that saying it's okay on that page will suddenly change the prevailing attitude. Its use in the first-person is not wanted.
  • X, Just...X: Verbal Tic. Originally existed as a page to discourage examples that gave no context as to how they fit a trope, but the page's title inspired people to make potholes to the page. Now known as Zero-Context Example.


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