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Aug 4th 2015 at 7:29:35 PM •••

What goes where?

One thing that isn't very clear if I want to add an example to a page is where it goes. Lists of tropes against a particular show or whatever go in alphabetic order, but the order used for examples seems to be completely arbitrary. I usually just add things to the end, but...


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Aug 5th 2015 at 2:07:27 AM •••

Usually at the end, unless the examples are ordered alphabetically.

May 26th 2015 at 4:50:21 PM •••

I have a question. A lot of posts I see have regular words hyperlinked. Probably a dumb question, but how do I do that? Thanks!

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Feb 21st 2015 at 6:51:27 AM •••

With respect to ownership of material posted on the forum and quoting our own works- how does this affect ownership of the work then? Is it still deemed surrendered do we retain ownership given it was originally separate from the wiki?

Or would it be easier to say that we give TV Tropes the right to use those quoted portions of our work?

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Feb 21st 2015 at 7:12:35 AM •••

The reason why we claim ownership is to stop people from demanding that we remove their edits/posts from here. We are not going to enforce any ownership beyond that point, meaning that you can still use your work at your leisure.

Sep 21st 2014 at 6:44:09 PM •••

Um, I don't know if I can suggest things to the wiki here... But can someone put an easily viewable link to our PM inbox amongst the top-page buttons? The PM button up there only lets me compose a message, and there's no inbox link there that I've seen.

If this is not the place, please direct this question wherever appropriate. Thanks.

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Sep 22nd 2014 at 3:47:36 AM •••


I know it's not obvious, but wiki tech side suggestions ought to go into the Wiki Tech Wish List. Good luck!

Apr 17th 2014 at 1:59:00 PM •••

hello everyone, new to tv tropes here

where do i hang out with others in the site?

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Apr 17th 2014 at 2:24:19 PM •••

Greetings and welcome,

while this site is big, a good place to start is this discussion in the forums.

Apr 17th 2014 at 3:08:01 PM •••

thanks but there is something about 24 hours wait time

Apr 18th 2014 at 6:25:14 AM •••

hello again guys

the 24 hour thing wont show anymore, thank goodness

May 26th 2013 at 7:35:22 PM •••

I've noticed a lot of trope examples have a description such as "show X is guilty of this as well," even if the trope itself is not explicitly negative (and this is ignoring that Tropesare Tools). I'm not particularly fond of this, but where would I have to go to bring up my grievance with this practice?

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Sep 19th 2013 at 8:38:11 PM •••

It's a figure of speech. If someone were to say that I'm charming and handsome, I'd likely respond "Guilty as charged!" (because I'm totally charming and handsome). The phrase is ambiguous in its connotations when used this way.

May 5th 2013 at 6:33:59 PM •••

I need help. All the stuff on the Legend Of Maxx trope page is GONE. Can someone tell me who did this?

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Telcontar MOD
May 6th 2013 at 2:58:35 AM •••

Hi there!

Work pages need to be put in the appropriate namespace — in this case, Webcomic/. That page was created in Main/, so it was moved. The content is still around, but now it's at Webcomic/Legend Of Maxx rather than just Legend Of Maxx.

Mar 30th 2013 at 8:45:16 PM •••

Hey, I tried to create a discussion page, but it told me I had to wait because I've created too many discussions, even though that was my first attempt at making a discussion. What gives?

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Telcontar MOD
Mar 31st 2013 at 2:08:30 AM •••

Other people have a similar issue on the fora, likely related to anti-spam stuff. I've reported it here.

Mar 30th 2013 at 6:19:10 PM •••

I've been watching season 1 of Home Movies, and in the episodes "It Was Supposed to Be Funny" and "Life Through a Fisheye Lens" as well as several times in all sorts of other shows' episodes, and other media, a character, in the case of the Home Movies episodes, Melissa's dad (Eric) and Brendon's mom (Paula) take their child and their child's friends, respectively, out to eat without being able to pay, therefore creating situational irony in the one ep, and a conflict in the other. This feels like a trope. If so, is there a name for it Do people make up names for tropes on here? "Thought I Had Money"?

Feb 9th 2013 at 10:51:36 AM •••

"Multiple handles (also known as Sock Puppets) are technically allowed, but we do restrict accounts to one per IP address for security reasons." is mentioned here under "Getting Known"

This is not mentioned under though. It sounds important so I think it should be. mentions under 'Web Original' that "it's not at all uncommon in larger media threads for tropers to create alternate accounts to roleplay as characters from the works being discussed."

I'm very unclear on this policy. How do you get multiple handles if it's restricted to 1 per IP? Does this mean that you have to have multiple IP addresses to get multiple handles? Or can multiple handles be associated with a single account and switched between?

I would like to create a new handle for a roleplaying thread but I don't know how we're supposed to do that within the rules, clarification on this process would be helpful.

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Telcontar MOD
Feb 9th 2013 at 11:01:05 AM •••

You create one handle at one IP, another handle at another IP, and so on. Try visiting a coffee shop, or just waiting a while (if your house has a dynamic IP address), to create your second account. Provided you do not make more than ten or them maliciously, you're good to go.

Oct 4th 2012 at 6:08:47 AM •••

They Mispelled forum... and the page is locked.... *must resist... OCD rage*

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Telcontar MOD
Oct 4th 2012 at 8:49:29 AM •••

You can ask for an edit here. Where on the page?

Aug 11th 2012 at 12:36:03 PM •••

Something's been bothering me about this site. WHY MUST I WAIT 24 HOURS JUST TO MAKE A FREAKING POST????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And can anyon explain to me why I can only make 1 edit a day (Or as the site tell you I have to wait a minute to make another)?

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Sep 25th 2012 at 10:38:59 AM •••

I want to know the same thing, I just joined tv tropes, but after logging in which was pretty simple compared to other forum logic format, I simply could not find a link to post in the bleach discussion page. it said "link post will be added in 24 hours", so I dont know what that means cause its been longer than that and i still can't post.

can someone please take the time out to explain what this is?>

Telcontar MOD
Sep 25th 2012 at 11:24:59 AM •••

The waiting time before posting, and the restrictions on editing and posting for new accounts, are anti-spam and -vandalism measures. Provided you wait a full minute between saving one edit and opening the edit screen again, editing pause shouldn't be an issue.

It hasn't been 24 hours for you, Pavitre, since you still show up on the newly-created accounts list (which will be wiped at midnight). Just so you know, there isn't a clock on the button so it'll still say "24 hours" right up until you can post. If you still don't get an "add post" button this time tomorrow, PM me and I'll see if we can find out why or be happy to make a Tech Help thread about it.

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Apr 14th 2012 at 5:51:25 AM •••

The page contradicts itself.

"Links to other pages are easy. If it is two or more words, use WikiWords. If it is one word, use double curly brackets: {{Jeopardy}}"

"All new work articles must go in a Namespace, rather than in "Main". Failure to follow this rule will get your article cut."

Nov 8th 2011 at 6:08:53 AM •••

"There is a standard way to format examples. Titles of films, shows, and albums are italicized. Use two separate apostrophes around the title: The Price Is Right for The Price Is Right. Titles of episodes and songs are in quotes: "Brittle Bullet." "

Should also mention that novels are italicized, short stories go in quotes.

Sep 2nd 2011 at 1:22:35 PM •••

I think it would be an good idea if whenever a person signed up they were given a link to this page, How To Write An Example, Example Indentation In Trope Lists, and whatever else would be useful to a newcomer to this site.

May 12th 2011 at 4:47:30 PM •••

There's been some ruckus on the YKTTW recently with people setting out to do things and not knowing the rules of etiquette or even how to work some of the things they're trying to do.

The real issue here is this: How can we make this page more available to prevent things like botch-launches or insult through ignorance from happening again? I propose we link to this page directly on the YKTTW.

May 8th 2011 at 12:14:55 PM •••

Hi, I'm new here, and I was just do you add tropes to your page?

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Fighteer MOD
May 8th 2011 at 3:42:04 PM •••

You edit the page, type in the entry as under How To Write An Example, and click Save. If you want to know how to create a troper page, it says right there in the article you just added this note to.

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Jan 4th 2011 at 12:37:54 PM •••

Ack! Sorry! I accidentally clicked folderize! Is their an easy way to roll back the edit?

Edited by GracieLizzie
Type the word in the image. This goes away if you get known.
If you can't read this one, hit reload for the page.
The next one might be easier to see.

How well does it match the trope?

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