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edited 8th Dec '17 8:35:01 PM by Fighteer
Clarification on what "importing or exporting a war" means:
Simplest version: No threads about events on another forum.
If Alice is a poster here, and Ben posts here in order to continue a fight or harassment that was going on on another site, Ben is importing a war. Ben will be banned. It doesn't matter whether Ben came here specifically to harass Alice, or if he was already a poster here. He is bringing a fight from another website here.
If Greg uses his posts here to go on about how horribly Harry is behaving on some other site, Greg is importing a war and will be banned. If Harry posts here to continue the fight, Greg and Harry are both importing a war, Greg by using us as a base for his attacks, and Harry for continuing the fight here. Both Greg and Harry will be banned. One poster has been warned that he would be banned for this when he tried to stir up interest in launching a raid on ED and 4chan(!) from here.
If Sue posts here about something that happened on another site, and Tom, Una, and Vincent go to that site and start trouble because of it, in a way that causes it to bounce back here, Tom, Una And Vincent are exporting a war and will be banned. If the mods find evidence that Sue intentionally posted what she did to in order to instigate the others to react the way they did, she'll be banned too.
If Joann posts on another site, about something that happened on TV Tropes, in such a way that implicitly or explicitly invites people to attack or harass our site or any user on it, Joann is exporting drama. If we are able to positively determine that Joann has an account on TV Tropes, that account will be banned. If any TV Tropes users abet Joann's action, they may also be banned.
What it boils down to, very simply, is
edited 3rd Dec '15 11:57:55 AM by Fighteer
Subforum Specific Guidelines
Several of the various subforums here have their own specific guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines means you run the risk of being assumed to be trolling, or at least of not being taken seriously.
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edited 23rd Sep '14 3:42:36 AM by Willbyr
Ignore this outdated post.
edited 23rd Apr '11 11:44:39 PM by FastEddie
Post information obsolete.
edited 23rd Apr '12 7:30:51 PM by blackcat
While it ought to go without saying, no posting solely to advertise something that's not related to an actual discussion topic. In short, no spambots. Anything that looks like advertising spam will be zapped and the poster banned immediately.
A note regarding Private Messages
Private messages are private. It is a bannable offense to share the contents of a PM that you receive with any third party without permission, except for reporting improper behavior to a member of the wiki staff.
New (Slightly Revised) Spoiler Policy
There are two parts to concealing a spoiler. First, and obviously, you need to hide a spoiler in spoiler text. Second, for those people who want to see some spoilers but not others, you must make it clear where the spoiler is from. You also need to indicate which installment of the work is being spoiled, if the work has multiple installments. The obvious examples here are TV shows (indicate which episode or season) and webcomics (indicate which strip or arc), but this also includes DLC and content-adding patches for video games. If a thread references exactly one work in its title, it is assumed that all spoilers are from that work unless otherwise noted, so there's no need to specify the source work (though specifying episode/season/arc should still be done where appropriate).
A spoiler that meets both criteria is considered properly hidden. Off-site links are treated similarly: their content is pretty much always hidden unless the url itself is a spoiler, but they must still be labeled as spoiler links.
It obviously becomes inconvenient to hide all plot points for a work when in a thread that's about that work. How long do plot points count as spoilers? If installments of a work are released regularly (e.g. a weekly/nightly TV show), the normal span between installments is the length something must be hidden. That is, spoilers from a weekly TV show like Glee are fair game after a week. If a work doesn't have regular installments (e.g. a video game with or without DLC, a novel, a stand-alone film), spoilers become fair game in a thread about that work after one month.
There is one exemption to this rule. If the work is available freely and legally online and can be consumed in less than fifteen minutes, new content comes out of spoiler text five posts after a link is posted. This will cover most webcomics and some other web series.
Where does this put adaptations and earlier works in a series? Adaptations are considered separate works from the original and must be treated accordingly. If there is enough interest in comparing two versions of a story, a new thread might be created for that purpose (see below). Earlier installments, on the a other hand, are fair game if their story directly leads into the story of the work being discussed and are from the same medium. For an example here, a thread on The Empire Strikes Back can spoil A New Hope right and left, but has to properly hide events of Splinter Of The Minds Eye—though both A New Hope and Splinter of the Mind's Eye were released before The Empire Strikes Back and cover the adventures of the protagonists of Empire before that film begins, Splinter is a novel.
The other sticky situation comes up for release dates. For the purpose of spoilers, the "release date" is first English-language release date for works that have an English-language version or translation in the making. Remember that since spoiler rules count by release date, Interquels and Prequels count just the same as Sequels—no exemptions for events taking place earlier.
Now that it's clear what is and isn't a spoiler, the following rogue spoilers are grounds for immediate loss of posting privileges.
If there's so much spoiler content being discussed that the thread looks like Swiss cheese, you can Holler a mod to split the thread into multiple versions with their own spoiler policies. The following thread types are "standard" and can be referenced in the thread title without further elaboration—custom thread-specific spoiler policies must be noted in the thread title and explained in the first post of the thread.
edited 23rd Sep '12 5:59:22 PM by Ironeye
As a matter of wiki policy, we take threats of suicide (and other forms of self-harm) very seriously. However, unless a user voluntarily provides personal information, we have no means by which to report these incidents to the authorities.
TV Tropes does not employ health professionals and the Internet is not a place to diagnose or treat any illness. It is also not fair to place the burden of a person's life and/or well-being on people not trained or equipped to handle it.
A threat of suicide and/or self-harm, regardless of credibility, will be dealt with as follows:
If you see a suicide threat on any part of the wiki, do not reply. Instead bring it immediately to the attention of the staff.
Lastly, any user found to be bullying, taunting, or in any way encouraging a person to commit or threaten to commit suicide will be permanently banned.
edited 26th Aug '12 1:59:49 PM by Fighteer
The spoiler policy has been rewritten in a more conversational tone, which should hopefully make it easier to understand. The only major functional changes are in bold.
As you're browsing the forums, you may come across a post that's written in orange text and pertains to some kind of conduct. This means that the person's original post was overwritten by a mod, or thumped, for violating a conduct guideline for the forums. Most of the thumps are self-explanatory; if you need clarification on something, ask a mod. Thumps are are directed at the person whose post was thumped and are accompanied by a PM to that person. Thumps are not the same thing as a forum suspension/ban, but accumulating a lot of them can lead to one.
Update to the rule about not editing the now obsolete thump tags out of a thumped post: you're not allowed to re-post the text of a thumped post. One would imagine that this is so obvious that it goes without saying, but it seems that some are confused about this. A thump is not an invitation to re-post the text of the thumped post. That the post was thumped means that it was against the rules. If you post it again it'll still be against the rules. Doing this is grounds for a forum ban.
If you feel that only part of your post violated the rules and want to re-post the parts that weren't against the rules, PM the Mod who thumped the post and discuss it with them.
edited 15th Nov '12 7:10:11 AM by BestOf
Additions to the section about illegal material:
edited 3rd Dec '12 5:31:11 PM by Fighteer
Once again I'm baffled that I have to post something like this, but here goes...
Just to clarify our position on ban evasion:
If we discover that someone who has been banned from doing something (like posting in the fora or in a particular subforum, using YKTTW, sending PMs, editing the Wiki, etc) has used another handle to do those things while the ban was still active on the main handle (or any other handle of that person) we'll impose a full range of bans on all of the handles used by that person.
This has always been the case but it appears this was not general knowledge like we assumed.
edited 8th Jan '13 4:50:44 PM by BestOf
As an addendum to , added to the ban evasion section:
We may also remove all posts made by a ban evading handle. If you're banned it means you're not allowed to do what you were banned from doing. If you're banned from the Fora you don't get to participate in Forum discussions. It's that simple.
It's something that we've always tried to enforce in the past, but it should be made clear.
edited 15th Jan '13 8:13:39 PM by Willbyr
edited 20th Oct '13 6:53:09 AM by Fighteer
The list of topics which have been declared off-limits for OTC discussion has been extended to cover all the forums. It's unlikely that they would show up outside of OTC, but their nature is inflammatory enough that making them a blanket no-go is a prudent move.
EDIT: The list of these topics is in post 3 above, in the OTC section.
edited 27th Jan '13 7:14:38 PM by Willbyr
Addendum to the list of unwanted topics:
Another addendum to the same list:
Contentless meta-posts like "First!" or "Whoo, 500th post!" are off topic in forums that ask threads to remain on-topic (anything in Realish or Pinned), and are strongly discouraged elsewhere.
This doesn't mean that you can't acknowledge a 500th post, or whatever, but your post must also have relevant content.
edited 7th Aug '13 9:15:22 AM by Fighteer
Exception to the rules for posting on behalf of banned users:
If a user is suspended for poor grammar or editing style, they may post edits they wish to make in the "Get Help with English" and "Is this an example?" threads. Once those edits are corrected, other tropers may make them on the suspended troper's behalf.
Clarified position under No Advertising re petitions.
Because of some incidents a while ago:
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