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    2004- 2010 - The Pre-Google Incident era 
  • April 2004: Out of the threads of, the wiki dedicated to plot devices named TV Tropes is created. The first trope made is Gilligan Cut.
  • 2005: Gus, one of the original founding members of TV Tropes, passes away.note 
  • June 14, 2007: The earliest possible view history date. Pages may have been made before this (see Gilligan Cut), but page metadata was only recorded from then onwards. The full list of trope pages created before then can be seen at Time Immemorial Index.
  • September 29, 2007: The oldest known forum thread available to this day is created. It is about Naruto.
  • October 9, 2007: Edit date of the earliest version of the old phpBB forums which can be accessed through the Wayback Machine. note 
  • January 12, 2008: The Great Crash happens and a ton of stuff is lost. Great Crash Contributors work tirelessly to fix the issue.
  • March 25, 2008: According to the Wayback Machine, the earliest date the Role Playing section of the forums can be attested to, as the thread containing the first iteration of the RP Forum rules has a singular post with that date, but the thread itself has since been lost.
  • September 21, 2008: Edit date of the first iteration of the TV Tropes forums which can be viewed in the Wayback Machine note 
  • Late 2009: Troper accounts start having their date of creation recorded by the site. A side effect of that is that accounts made prior will have their date of creation listed as January 1, 2001 on their personal Profile pages.
  • February 12, 2009: The On-Topic Conversations forum is created.
  • February 14, 2009: Date of the earliest crowner accessible through the crowner index. It is about renaming the (former) trope Jonas Quinn (now Suspiciously Similar Substitute).
  • March 2009: The Trope Repair Shop forum (then called Rename a Trope) is created in response to a crowner by Fast Eddie.
  • December 14, 2009: The Image Pickin' forum is created.
  • May 15, 2010: The Edit Banned thread is created, and both suspended and non-suspended members can post in it. This version of the Edit Banned thread would last until December 21, 2011, when a thread reset would be performed.
  • June 2010: Massive site overhaul. Article history was now stored in a dedicated file, discussions were converted from text-based format to threaded discussions, and old Ask The Tropers queries were moved to the new query.php system.
  • October 25, 2010: The Complete Monster cleanup thread is established following complaints about the Audience Reaction being misused, starting first by deciding once and for all what being a Complete Monster must entail for a villain to count. From this point forward, new Complete Monster entries can only be decided on by the thread.

    2010- 2012 - The Google Incident and its aftermath 
  • October 26, 2010: The Google Incident happens. A forum topic launched about it. Ad revenue is cut off for a while. Eventually, pages considered obscene are put under a wall which only people who answer "yes" to can see.
  • November 2010: A concern about very long pages and server crashes is raised, leading to the creation of Overly Long Pages and many article splits to smaller articles, along with the implementation of other compression methods.
  • December 2010: A new policy concerning sockpuppets is implemented - namely, a user can have up to 10 sockpuppets. A sockpuppet checker was also created, along with the account deletion function.
  • December 2, 2010: The oldest known Ask The Tropers query available to this day is created. It is about launching a page.
  • January 7, 2011: The It Just Bugs Me forum is shut down.
  • February 18, 2011: The Ptitle Replacement System is created, basically replacing the ptitle system, which was intended to replace titles with punctuation.
  • April 19, 2011: The Overdosed Tropes index is launched, suggesting that some works use too many tropes, with some pages having wick counts even in the tens of thousands.
  • June 2011: A discussion on Stock Phrases is started, eventually leading to the decision to allow No New Stock Phrases.
  • August 12, 2011: Troper Tales and Fetish Fuel are both declared Persona Non Grata from TV Tropes. The former is cleaned and locked, while the latter is left as a definition-only page.
  • December 21, 2011: The current iteration Edit Banned thread is launched by Fast Eddie after the previous Edit Banned thread is reset due to length and posting permission issues. The current thread is only post accessible to suspended users and mods, and gives the former a chance to appeal their suspensions.
  • December 22, 2011: The forum Herald featurenote is implemented.

    2012- 2014 - The Second Google Incident and aftermath 
  • April 2012: The Second Google Incident happens.
  • April 14, 2012: The Five P are established in response to the Second Google Incident.
  • July 1, 2012: The account deletion tool is disabled due to misuse.
  • July 4, 2012: Films of the 2000s is split into Films of the 2000s – Franchises, Films of 2000–2004, Films of 2005–2009, with it being the first media-of-the-decade page to be split.
  • November 2012: The "TV Tropes The TV Show" forum is archived and removed from view.
  • March 24, 2013: TV Tropes comes under a DDoS attack. Service is restored a few hours later.note 
  • April 2013: Following the DDoS attack, account creation now requires a verified email address, fully replacing the old system that only required a username and password to create an account.
  • May 2013: Troper page editing by other users is disabled. The only users who can edit a given Troper's page are the moderators and the Troper in question themselves. note 

    2014-2019: New Ownership 
  • November 2014: Fast Eddie is considered to have left TV Tropes. Drewski and Itcdr become the new administrators and launch a Kickstarter campaign.
  • December 2014: The Kickstarter finishes with $105,186 raised.
  • February 2016: Launch of Homophobia Index.
  • February 2016: Launch of Administrivia page for TV Tropes 2.0.
  • November 6, 2016: All threads in the defunct "Tech Wishlist & Bug Reports" (replaced by Query Wishlist and Query Bugs) subforum have been closed by this day, making it fully archived. Interestingly, the URL after "topic=" consists only of zeroes, suggesting that the subforum that was closed was the first one established.
  • November 2017: Decision against "Queerbaiting" being made the subject of its own trope page, in favor of the term being made a redirect for the Homophobia Index.
  • April 2018: 400,000 articles reached.
  • April 20, 2018: Estonian Media is the 50th national media index created, as part of an odd boom of such pages during the period.
  • June 2018: A major site update codenamed 1.8 goes live.
  • July 2018: A fix is made to rid the site of a double posting glitch. It has the side effect in particularly large threads of displacing some posts from their original URLs.
  • April 2019: A new Video Examples feature is added. At first, only admins can add videos. A few days later, the feature becomes open to everyone, though videos still have to go through moderator approval.
  • July 2019: 450,000 articles reached.
  • November 7, 2019: Video Games of the 2010s is split into Video Games of 2010-2014 and Video Games of 2015-2019, with it being the fourth media-of-the-decade and first video-games-of-the-decade page to be split.note 
  • November 23, 2019: Wick's S-Scale is changed into the P-Scale to take more modern standards into account. The scale has since been rebalanced a few more times, but it should last a few more years.
  • December 2019: Big Bad reaches 50,000 wicks, becoming the first trope to do so.

    2020+: The COVID- 19 Days and Current State 
  • February 1, 2020: This very page cataloguing TV Tropes history is created, so we've come full circle.
  • June 16, 2020: YMMV/ reaches 50,000 pages, becoming the first namespace to do so.
  • July 7, 2020: TV Tropes becomes unavailable for 16 hours, due to a bug in the server's hard drives causing six of them (out of eight total) to simultaneously and catastrophically fail. After restoring access, the wiki remained uneditable and edit histories were missing for several hours further. Due to the crash happening just before the wiki's scheduled backups, approximately one day of contributions were lost, as well as any edit history following July 4th. The admins worked fast and fixed almost everything by the next day.
  • August 6, 2020: 500,000 articles reached, leading to the first milestone thread of this type.
  • August 10, 2020: A moderator resigns. Despite staff previously establishing that hiring new full-fledged mods isn't a priority, discussion reignites regarding adding an engineer position to be filled by tropers who would specialize in managing specific parts of the sitenote , rather than having access to every mod tool, and there are a few willing candidates. Around the same time, another mod who was inactive for quite a while returns to help with the workload.
  • August 19-20, 2020: In the aftermath of the July 7 crash, TV Tropes is moved to an upgraded server setup with greater redundancy and better protection against drive failure, requiring the wiki to go into read-only mode overnight.
  • September 23, 2020: "The Mark All as Read" button is removed from the forums to prevent server troubles cause an update to more than 50,000 threads to note the last post read by the troper if the button was pressed even once. Investigation into methods of optimizing the function begin with an eye toward its restoration.
  • October 30, 2020: Fanfics of the 2010s is split into Fanfics of 2010–2014 and Fanfics of 2015–2019, with it being the fifth media-of-the-decade and first fanfics-of-the-decade page to be split.note 
  • November 27, 2020: Some small fixes were pushed live, including one to the much maligned bug that rendered links to articles or other websites on discussion pages unusable due to inserting slashes.
  • December 31, 2020: The Trope Report newsletter is relaunched.
  • January 21, 2021: A new moderator is recruited.
  • February 3, 2021: Recap/ overthrows YMMV/ as the most populated namespace.
  • March 1, 2021: The Complete Monster cleanup thread reaches 10,000 pages.
  • March 11, 2021: The Believer, an arts and culture magazine, publishes an article about the history of the website, including interviews with Fast Eddie and a site moderator.
  • April 6, 2021: TV Tropes migrates its CDN from Cloudflare to AWS' Cloudfront CDN. Some issues reported during the move include some problems with hosted image quality, and some people being temporarily unable to post in the forums, Ask the Tropers and affiliates, and Trope Launch Pad afterwards due to IP handling issues.
  • April 22, 2021: Due to a bug potentially related to the CDN migrations, certain images are replaced with wrong ones that'd otherwise share the name, with the most humorous instance being the change from Ultron to The Boss Baby on Monster.Marvel Animation. It has been suggested that people should use more unique methods for filenames, by including things like the day and the month (so "pike224.jpg" rather than "pike.JPG"), or other unique ways, to prevent such errors from happening in the future.


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