Some of these are official, others are just my own guidelines. You're free to disagree with them (the rules as a whole or specific cases of them).
- Tropes should represent clear trends, or clear subtrends of other trends. Tropes that don't follow this rule tend to be People Sit on Chairs, Chairs Sit On People and/or The Same, but More Specific (or The Same, but More, for that matter).
- Don't use "trope" in trope titles unless the trope is a Trope Trope.
- Don't use acronyms as titles or redirects unless it's part of a work's official title. For example, The O.C. (which stands for Orange County) is fine. But does just "OC" stand for Orange County, Original Character, or two dozen other things? Does SF stand for Science Fiction or San Francisco? Also, don't, for example, have JP as a redirect to Jurassic Park, for the same reasons.
- Similar to the last guideline, Short Titles should be avoided for trope titles, but not for work titles for obvious reasons. Stuff like IT, Elf, and Up are fine, but tropes like 555, 8.8 and God aren't as much. Should they be renamed? Possibly, if there's anything suitable. However, we already have (for example) Number of the Beast instead of 666. Pages with extremely short titles are extremely hard to find (hence the page listing them) but shouldn't happen unless necessary.
- If a trope covers two different trends, there should be a clear connection between them.
- UPDATE THE RESPECTIVE IMAGE SOURCE PAGES EVERY TIME YOU CHANGE OR REMOVE AN IMAGE.
- "X appears" is People Sit on Chairs; "X appears in a work that's not primarily about it" is still PSOC. A specific way of depicting the thing is or somesuch is more likely to be tropeworthy.
Random Thoughts - may or may not be specifically TV Tropes-related
- Nobody ever thinks of it as such, but This Very Wiki is arguably an encyclopedia, just like The Other Wiki, albeit one specifically about works/media. But that never stopped any other single-subject reference work.
- I'm not non-binary (I identify as male, and am biologically male) but if I were my preferred pronouns would be they/theirs instead of "xir", "em", or anything else like that. We don't need to invent new-gender neutral pronouns when they already exist. (No, despite what many people think, singular they is not grammatically incorrect).
More to come.