One of the few rules for this informal wiki is that Trope Launch Pad is required for tropes pages. It's to get feedback from the Wiki Hive Mind on whether these pages are valid (or "tropable"), and if so to get help with refining these pages. There are several guidelines such as the Three Rules of Three to help you make a decent page that won't have to be merged or renamed at a later date.
However, if you want to make a page about a work (a Series, Film, Literature, Video Game, etc.) or about Creators involved in making works, then the fact that There Is no Such Thing as Notability comes into play. While you are welcome to use the Trope Launch Pad to gather examples and polish the page, you aren't required to. As long as these people's works:
- Are published
- Do not cater to pedophiles
- Are not just porn (or porn that outweighs plot)
(If you're looking to create a page for a work that's upcoming, check out Creating a Work Page for an Upcoming Work.)
Hats for instance matter less as you do not need to get any approval for the page or show that it's been defined to some level. Whether or not it went onto Trope Launch Pad or the forums would not be considered and may not be optimal—we don't really have a defined system (neither optional nor mandatory) for how to make a work's page.
Note: If someone puts a works page on Trope Launch Pad, please don't just post the phrase "Works Pages Are A Free Launch". It's frowned upon because it's not helpful to the sponsor of the TLP draft. Instead, provide additional information such as "If you'd like help with your works page we can add tropes and advice, but you can go ahead and launch it because Works Pages Are A Free Launch".
For a step-by-step walkthrough, see How to Create a Work Page.
There are several paths you may take:
- You could bring it to Trope Launch Pad like somebody did for Johnny Depp (to get a good description of his landmark films and the right names of the tropes associated with him) but you don't have to and nobody will care. It's also a bit of a pain with entries slipping down the list due to less interest and a system more suited to short discussions. You can launch at any point; you can even leave the Trope Launch Pad entry running for longer to help flesh things out.
- You could Take It to the Forums, and this would probably be best. You don't need the officious launch for these pages, and the media forums are probably better for drawing people who would know something about the work. It's also a better set up for collecting longer discussion either from lots of people or two people with a lot of back and forth or, for instance, if you have lots of adaptations and the way to organise them to worry about, or if it's a series of installments, or what should be seen as the proper spoiler level. Posts won't get buried as they are in Trope Launch Pad. You'd just have to accept that you'll have a longer turnaround time on responses.
- You could just launch it by yourself. There are no Three Rules of Three to think about here, so it's fine to make it a one-man job. Just make sure you have enough for the page to be viable: a decent description beyond a stub, and a list of the tropes in the work that should also be crosswicked. You get less Wiki Magic at first, but your page will still grow somewhat. You can take it to the forums for expansion later if you wish.
Some people might say There Is No Such Thing As A Free Launch. They are... best ignored.