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Brainulator9 Short-Term Projects herald from US Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
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Dec 31st 2019 at 4:22:15 PM

Here's a thread where you can help us clean out sinkholes, be it a joke fulfillment link, All-Blue Entry, or anything else. Normally, you can just remove them yourself, but if in doubt or you need assistance, feel free to ask.

    Common Pothole Magnets to clean out (redirects included as needed) 

Edited by Brainulator9 on Jan 17th 2020 at 6:40:25 AM

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gjjones Musician/Composer from South Wales, New York
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Dec 31st 2019 at 5:00:48 PM

I've started working on the chain sinkhole problems on the Creator.John Kricfalusi article.

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AnoBakaDesu Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
Jan 14th 2020 at 1:37:20 PM

This being a sinkhole cleanup thread, I'd advise to be on the lookout for Captain Obvious shoehorns (sometimes replacing Exactly What It Says on the Tin or being put in somple words like "Duh!"), because these are awfully common.

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Jan 14th 2020 at 3:46:31 PM

[up] We have Captain Obvious cleanup here. I left it at ~4800 wicks here when I considered it done.

FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
No-lifer
Jan 15th 2020 at 9:31:36 PM

This ATT query said that ROCEJ warnings and sinkholes should be removed. Perhaps start now?

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costanton11 Relationship Status: -not set
Jan 17th 2020 at 2:50:00 PM

The ones on a redirect here are smaller. Maybe start there?

bwburke94 Friends forevermore from uǝʌɐǝɥ Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
Friends forevermore
Jan 17th 2020 at 2:52:32 PM

Once again naming Blatant Lies, Sarcasm Mode, and Understatement for potential cleanup.

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Jan 17th 2020 at 3:20:12 PM

Same with Don't Explain the Joke, Incredibly Lame Pun (which isn't even a trope), Up to Eleven, Running Gag, and Rule of Three (the last two of which violate Weblinks Are Not Examples in a way), if anyone's got the time.

Brainulator9 Short-Term Projects herald from US Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
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Jan 17th 2020 at 3:41:50 PM

Added a list of pages, including Administrivia pages and redirects, that attract sinkholes like flies to a banana.

Does Tropes Are Tools and its redirects count as such a magnet?

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Jan 18th 2020 at 6:36:54 AM

[up][up]I once saw one of the mods declare Incredibly Lame Pun as a lost cause, if that means anything. Though Just for Pun is the same problem, if anyone were crazy enough to actually try the cleanup.

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GastonRabbit What did I sleep through this time? (he/him) from Robinson, Illinois, USA Relationship Status: I've got the brains, you've got the looks. Let's make lots of money.
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Jan 18th 2020 at 7:27:58 AM

I've seen plenty of Moments sinkholes (mainly to the ones on Sugar Wiki) on non-YMMV pages. Well, with the exception of Shocking Moments, since it's a very recent addition to the family... though I'd imagine its predecessor, "Holy Shit!" Quotient, has probably been sinkholed a lot.

Re: Rule of Three: A pet peeve of mine is when Rule of Three is sinkholed to the third item in a list with more than three items, even more so than when it's sinkholed to the third item in a three-point list.

Re: Incredibly Lame Pun: Septimus Heap did indeed call those sinkholes a lost cause, though I forget which thread that was in. (Edit: Here's the post in question.)

Edit: Flat "What" and Precision F-Strike are common sinkhole targets. Flat "What" sinkholes often ignore the "Flat" in the name.

Edit: I don't know how I missed this one in my previous revisions to this post, but "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer is an IUEO trope that is prone to getting sinkholed, despite the prominent warning in the description. It's nowhere near as a bad as I Am Not Making This Up was, but it's still something I've seen.

Edited by GastonRabbit on Jan 18th 2020 at 9:41:33 AM

Currently sick (again...), so probably less active for a while.
FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
No-lifer
Feb 27th 2020 at 2:33:00 PM

On WrittenByTheWinners.Real Life, there is this header at the top:

To minimize the danger of history politicizing discussion, please do not add any examples that are less than 200 years in the past.

Since we recently decided that most ROCEJ potholes are no longer allowed on the wiki, should we remove the second pothole in this header?

[down][down] Why remove the banner? It's there to state that examples from less than 200 years ago are not allowed.

Edited by FridgeGuy2016 on Feb 27th 2020 at 4:00:39 AM

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Serac she/her Relationship Status: Oh my word! I'm gay!
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Feb 27th 2020 at 3:29:28 PM

It should be brought up in this thread to see if it's worth being put on No Recent Examples, Please! or if we should just remove the banner altogether.

Edited by Serac on Feb 27th 2020 at 5:29:47 AM

Mar 10th 2020 at 10:21:14 PM

I would say Tropes Are Tools counts as a sinkhole magnet, since it's about not writing entries as "good" or "bad" for a particular trope to be present, but its redirect, Tropes Are Not Bad, gets thrown around to say "but I like this", which is misuse.

Also, don't forget potholing the trope on the list, like:

Edited by maxwellsilver on Mar 10th 2020 at 1:24:47 PM

FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
No-lifer
Apr 7th 2020 at 7:13:26 PM

There's this from Lemon:

By the way, we don't want to get into trouble with our advertisers again, so No Examples Please.

Of course, it's bad enough when potholes are adjacent, but it's worse when a single word is split to fit multiple potholes. Also, since Example Sectionectomy seems to refer to different types of example removal rather than "no examples, please", should that be changed?

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Brainulator9 Short-Term Projects herald from US Relationship Status: I get a feeling so complicated...
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Apr 8th 2020 at 10:29:40 AM

[up] Swapped out for a more standard notice.

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Apr 8th 2020 at 11:17:04 PM

I remember someone saying we don't pothole Vanilla Protagonist, among other tropes often used to bash. What are some other examples of "character" tropes that get potholed a lot, that aren't allowed?

FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
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Apr 9th 2020 at 10:37:44 AM

[up] YMMV character tropes (like Vanilla Protagonist), and all other pages marked as YMMV, shouldn't be wicked in the main wikinote . An exception can be made when they are being used in-universe, although if possible you should instead link the page-in-question's in-universe counterpart.

This type of sinkhole is referred to as "covert opinions".

Edited by FridgeGuy2016 on Apr 9th 2020 at 10:42:05 AM

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rjd1922 Image Pickin' regular from the United States Relationship Status: Love is for the living, Sal
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Jun 1st 2020 at 5:41:31 PM

Isn't the whole point of Sarcasm Mode to be potholed to indicate sarcasm? Also, I constantly see the word "cunt" potholed to Country Matters, and "fuck" is often potholed to Precision F-Strike even if it doesn't actually fit the trope.

Edited by rjd1922 on Jun 1st 2020 at 7:44:59 AM

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bwburke94 Friends forevermore from uǝʌɐǝɥ Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
Friends forevermore
Jun 1st 2020 at 7:20:17 PM

[up] Sarcasm Mode is apparently meant for in-universe sarcasm, but it isn't IUEO. So even I'm not sure what it is aside from a sinkhole magnet.

Square Peg, Round Trope directly states it's not to be used for random potholes of sarcasm itself.

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rjd1922 Image Pickin' regular from the United States Relationship Status: Love is for the living, Sal
Image Pickin' regular
Jun 1st 2020 at 7:49:01 PM

[up]Sincerity Mode explicitly states it is meant to be potholed to indicate sincerity, so I think Square Peg, Round Trope is wrong here.

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WarJay77 THE definitive cousin from The Void Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Jun 1st 2020 at 7:52:37 PM

I mean, if they're meant to just be pothole magnets then why are they also tropes? Misleading.

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MacronNotes she/her Relationship Status: -not set
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Jun 1st 2020 at 8:08:14 PM

I only see them being potholed on tbe forums.

Now Sarcasm Mode might have merit as I have seen it being used in comics and such. But Sincerity Mode seems to only be used over be use in our forums. In fact, I think that's pretty much the only reason why it exists

Edited by MacronNotes on Jun 1st 2020 at 11:12:15 AM

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Jun 2nd 2020 at 9:16:22 AM

So are all these various modes actual tropes ?

I thought they were just for forums hence why they don't have any examples on page.

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