Welcome to the nitty gritty. This is an index of all the guidelines on TV Tropes as well as helpful hints on how to perform basic tasks and explanations of wiki terminology. We know this stuff can be a bit intimidating, so we've broken it down for you.
The Basic Stuff
It's always hard to figure out where to start on a new website. If you're looking for the very basics, see below.
- Welcome to TV Tropes!: This article describes the layout and basic operations of the site.
- The Goals of TV Tropes: Here you can see the reasons that we put this site together.
- TV Tropes Customs: This page lists the general customs and guidelines for the wiki.
- The Troping Code: The ultimate summation of the rules.
- Get Known (you'll need to do this to edit at all)
There are a few places around the wiki that might aid you in your journey. Here are some links to serve as your initial roadmap.
- Ask The Tropers: Here you can ask fellow tropers any questions you have about the wiki. Also to report problems with other tropers.
- Query Bugs: The place where software bugs are squashed and disposed of.
- Query Wishlist: If you have a spiffy new idea for our tech, put it here!
- TV Tropes Forum: The social hub of the wiki and where decisions are made on fixing pages and site policy.
- Trope Launch Pad (aka TLP, YKTTW, You Know That Thing Where): This is the place to propose a new trope article. You may also use it for works.
- Trope Finder: Here's the place to ask "Do we have this one?" and "What's the trope about...?"
- You Know That Show: The place to ask for help identifying a work, when you only remember one or a few things about it.
People of the Wiki
These are the strange beings known as tropers that you may encounter in your wiki wanderings.
- The Contributors: You the tropers! The very backbone of the wiki.
- Know the Staff: The cool guys hard at work making sure that things run smoothly.
- 5P: A panel of tropers dedicated to making sure that the wiki doesn't descend into a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Think of this as a quick start guide for editing. These are the links that can help you delve into the arcane art of troping.
- How to Write an Example: Ever want to know how we make the examples so fun to read? Just follow these simple steps.
- Text Formatting Rules: Use this page to make sure that your examples are clear, readable, and fun.
- Tips For Editing: Things to keep in mind for your first foray into editing.
- What Goes Where on the Wiki: A basic outline of the types of wiki pages.
TV Tropes Terminology
Yes, we know tropers seem to have our own vocabulary. A lot of it is based on the tropes that we catalog, but we understand the need for a lexicon. To help with this, we have created the TV Tropes Glossary, but here are a few basic terms to keep in mind.
- Blue Link: A link that is blue and leads to another page.
- Red Link: A true door to nowhere. These links are red and lead to blank pages.
- Wiki Word: Writing the words of a page title in such a way that they become a Blue Link.
- CamelCase: The basic way to make a wiki word by writing words that run together and all start with capital letters.
- Trope: A narrative device or convention used in media.
- Works: Media such as a series, or a discrete item like a movie or novel.
- Creators: The people who make media.
- Known Troper: A troper who is signed in with a username.
- Pothole: A trope linked from text other than its title.
- Namespace: The part of a wiki URL between "pmwiki.php" and the article's name.
Basic Page Building
Ever wanted to know how a page gets put together? We're here to tell you.
- How Indexing Works: A basic overview of how to get pages to show up on indexes.
- Creating New Pages: Everything you wanted to know about making a new page but were afraid to ask.
- Creating New Redirects: Want to make sure that you can find a trope from the British spelling? Have a clever name that can add clarity to an existing trope? Here's how to make it a reality.
- Crosswicking: Making sure that all the links on work and trope pages correspond with each other.
- Naming a Trope: Find out how to be clear, concise, and witty while naming your tropes.
Here there be dragons. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but there are some more advanced guidelines for page editing, sorted alphabetically within their sections. While you don't need to learn all of these to edit, they can come in handy.
- A Guide to Easy Launching of Your TLP
- How Crowners Work
- How to Alphabetize Things
- How to Create a Works Page
- How to Make a Custom Title
- How to Move a Page
- How to Split a Page
- How to Subscribe
- Images in Wiki Pages
- Notes and Labelnotes
- Page Templates
- The Ptitle Replacement System
- What Page Types Mean
Manual of Style
- Brevity Is Wit
- Edit Reasons and Why You Should Use Them
- Example Indentation in Trope Lists
- How to Collect Tropes
- How to Pick a Good Image
- How to Write an Example
- Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Language
- Repair, Don't Respond
- Three-Day Rule
- Three Rules of Three
- Tips on Grammar
- Tips Worksheet
- TLP Guidelines
- What to Put at the Top of a Page
- Auto-Erotic Troping
- Circular Redirect
- Conversation in the Main Page
- Edit War
- Everything's Worse with Snowclones
- Examples Are Not Arguable
- Examples Are Not Recent
- The Fic May Be Yours, But The Trope Page Is Ours
- Flame Bait
- Justifying Edit
- Linking to an Article Within the Article
- No Lewdness, No Prudishness
- No New Stock Phrases
- Not a Deconstruction
- Not a Subversion
- Please, No Natter
- Righting Great Wrongs
- Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment
- The Same, but More
- Signal To Noise Trainwreck
- Speculative Troping
- This Troper (the article exists, but is kept red as a warning — click to see why)
- Type Labels Are Not Examples
- Weblinks Are Not Examples
- Zero-Context Example
- About Images and Copyright
- About Rhetorical Questions
- American and Commonwealth Spellings
- The Content Policy and the 5P Circuit
- Creator Page Guidelines
- Everything You Wanted to Know About Changing Names
- The Great Character Alignment Debate
- Handling Spoilers
- Launch Displacement
- Media Categories (not to be confused with namespaces)
- Media Categories FAQ
- Namespace (not to be confused with media categories)
- Our Super-Strict Language Policy (aka the Family Friendly policy)
- Predefined Messages
- Programme Note (WMG)
- Analyzing Inbounds
- Creating a Work Page for an Upcoming Work
- Cut List
- Dead Link
- Discarded TLP
- Example Sectionectomy
- Frequent Redlinks
- How to Do a Wick Check
- Image Pickin'
- Imminent Arrivals
- Itty Bitty Wiki Tools
- Locked Pages
- Permanent Red Link Club
- Media Uploader
- Missing Supertrope
- No Real Life Examples, Please!
- Renamed Tropes
- Trope Repair Shop
- Works Pages Are a Free Launch
- YMMV Redirects
See also the Long Term Projects subforum.
- Hyphenated Titles
- Images Without a Source
- Inbound Watch
- List of Shows That Need Summary
- Needs Wiki Magic Love
- Pages in Accidentally Miscapitalised Namespaces
- Pages Needing Transparent Images
- TRS Wick Cleaning
- TV Tropes Translation Project
- Trope Depiction Guidelines
- Wiki Tech Wish List
- Wick Namespace Migration
- Canonical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions
- Laconical List of Subtle Trope Distinctions
- Example Sectionectomy
- Finding a Trope
- Home Pages
- How To Cite TV Tropes
- Loaded Trope Word
- Mistakenly Banned
- Sub Wiki
- TV Tropes Glossary
- Welcome to TV Tropes!
- Wiki Curator
- Wiki Sandboxes
- April Fools Day 2013
- The Great Crash (2008/01/12)
- Great Crash Contributors
- The Google Incident (2010/10/27 Google Ads)
- The Second Google Incident (2012/04 Google Ads)
- Punctuated Titles
- Trope Report
- Weirdest Inbound Link of the Day
- Wiki Archives (natch)
- Complete Monster
- Itty Bitty Wiki Tools
- Overly Long Pages
- The Badge Shop
- Troping Under the Influence
- What to Do If You Are Suspended