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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Even this wiki isn't immune to this:
    • Often, a quote for a trope entry or a page quote will be listed incorrectly, especially if it's on multiple pages.
    • Many quotes will be presented in This. Is. Sparta. format when it wasn't said like that. This is partly why the trope was renamed to Punctuated! For! Emphasis!.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • This has happened on this very wiki! (Not repeatedly, though): after TV Tropes was mentioned in xkcd, a mob of newbies washed over the forums and wiki, trashing the servers.
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    • Through the nature of Wiki Walking, TV Tropes itself has a tendency to give support to YouTube videos that illustrate a certain trope. These videos would otherwise probably fall into YouTube obscurity, and thus you may see a top comment saying "Who else got here from TV Tropes?"
  • Demand Overload: The site nearly ran into this during The Google Incident.
  • Dummied Out: Using the "view source" button on some pages here will reveal commented-out lines in the wiki markup (lines which begin with %% are comments). At times, these may include examples that were hidden because they didn't meet the Wiki standards, but weren't completely removed in hopes that some troper, someday, would save them.
  • Genre-Killer: Stock phrase titles were never good trope namers to begin with, but two tropes can be traced to this titling convention's ultimate downfall: I Eat Metaphor For Breakfast and What Year Is This?. TRS threads for both ended up uncovering a massive epidemic of Trope Decay involving stock phrases. As a result, in mid-2011 it was decreed that No New Stock Phrases would be used as trope titles.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
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    • It's become harder and harder to find archives of some of the old Troper Tales as time has gone on. Some tales were never archived at all.
    • Due to The Great Crash, some portions of the site are lost, at least on TV Tropes itself; whether archive sites like the Wayback Machine saved copies is not guaranteed.
  • Newbie Boom: This wiki gets a Newbie Boom each time an outside community links in. xkcd linked here once and killed the server for part of a day.
  • Old Shame: Many longtime tropers are ashamed of the former Troper Tales and Fetish Fuel sections of the site, and for good reason. The entries there were so... uh, off-color, giving way Too Much Information about the tropers who posted there, that they damn near dragged this site's reputation down to the level of 4chan. Thankfully, it was removed and will never come back. The two sections were moved to separate sites, which are now both offline.
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  • Vaporware: The 2.0 update has been touted for years as a significant overhaul of the wiki, particularly in terms of how convenient editing and maintenance would be with it. Since it was announced, there have been more minor updates instead, such as 2018's 1.8 update.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: So many instances that it has its own page.
  • What Could Have Been: Some of the alternate names on the crowner that eventually renamed You Know That Thing Where to Trope Launch Pad: Trope Lab, Trope R&D, Trope Nursery, Build-A-Trope, and even "how odd!".
  • The Wiki Rule: TV Tropes is one for media and storytelling.

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