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You might have noticed that some pages are in a state of near-illegibility. This is because some dope tried to copy-paste the source code directly into Wikia, possibly with the intent of fixing the formatting later. This will only end in tears. You shouldn't try it.

Even more horrifyingly, you may have also noticed that this wiki is practically brimming with red links. Orphaned articles abound, treasure troves of information lie disconnected across the sea of the interwebs. Why, it's enough to send one into fits of despair!

So how can you satisfy your OCD and bring order to such chaos? Well, you have three options.

Three Options for Importing Edit

Import from All The Tropes Edit

GethN7's other wiki, All The Tropes, is an alternative TV Tropes mirror hosted on orain.org. Well actually, it would be more accurate to say that this wiki is an alternative to All The Tropes. Y'see, pages on All The Tropes are a lot more complete, and there's more of them. Chances are, if a page doesn't exist in readable form on here, you'll probably find said page on All The Tropes.

But the fact is, some people just prefer Wikia's format to Orain's. If you're one of those people (and chances are that you are, if you haven't already clicked off this page to go join All The Tropes), then you can help us bring The Tropes Mirror Wiki to the same standard of quality as All The Tropes. How, you ask? Why, with BLATANT PLAGIARISM! (Okay, not really.)

To import pages from All The Tropes, just follow these simple steps:

  1. In one browsing tab, find the page you want to import on All The Tropes.
  2. Click on View Source.
  3. Click in the field displaying the source text, 'Select All'/Ctrl-A, and 'Copy'/Ctrl-C.
  4. In a second browsing tab, find the page you want to import on The Tropes Mirror Wiki.
    • If the page exists but is illegible, click on the little down arrow next to the Edit button, and choose Classic Editor.
    • If the page does not exist, either click a red link with the name of the page, or Add a Page with this name. In the dialog that appears, select the basic page template that most closely matches the page type you're trying to import. This will take you to a nearly blank page, and automatically add in some categories to keep everything indexed and organized.
  5. Click the Source tab, delete all the source text here, and 'Paste'/Ctrl-V the source text you nabbed from All The Tropes.
  6. Before you hit Publish, flip to the page on All The Tropes, click the Read tab, and 'Copy'/Ctrl-C the URL. Flip back to the Tropes Mirror Wiki editor, and in the Edit Summary field, type "Imported from", and 'Paste'/Ctrl-V the URL. This step is necessary for legal reasons. Please do not forget it.
  7. Hit Publish, and take pride in a job well done.

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Add it from the downloadable TV Tropes Archive Edit

Before you can go this route, you need to download a few of things first:

Now, just follow these steps:

  1. In the Archive, find the file of the page you want to import.
  2. Open the file in Notepad++, 'Select All'/Ctrl-A, and 'Copy'/Ctrl-C.
  3. Open the Converter, and 'Paste'/Ctrl-V in the left field.
  4. Click "Step 2 & Add Cleanup & Disclaimer".
  5. 'Select All'/Ctrl-A and 'Copy'/Ctrl-C the text that appears in the right field.
  6. 'Paste'/Ctrl-V the result into a new document in Notepad++.
  7. Search for and correct any lingering formatting errors you spot.
  8. Find the name of the page you want to import on The Tropes Mirror Wiki.
    • If the page exists but is illegible, click on the little down arrow next to the Edit button, and choose Classic Editor.
    • If the page does not exist, either click a red link with the name of the page, or Add a Page with this name. In the dialog that appears, select the basic page template that most closely matches the page type you're trying to import. This will take you to a nearly blank page, and automatically add in some categories to keep everything indexed and organized.
  9. Click the Source tab, delete all the source text here, and copy-paste the converted text from Notepad++.
  10. Hit Publish, and pat yourself on the back.

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Importing cut articles from TV Tropes Edit

Unfortunately, if an article banned on TV Tropes was created after June 2012, and no article on the subject exists on All The Tropes, then you will have no choice but to brave the depths of TV Tropes itself. Yes, yes, we know, it's a truly terrifying prospect, and is no doubt triggering painful flashbacks. But no-one ever said that cataloguing tropes on this wiki was going to be all sunshine and daisies.

NOTE: It is illegal to copy source text from a TV Tropes article that is not currently banned. Starting from July 2012, all TV Tropes pages use a wiki license incompatible with Wikia. On the other hand, when TV Tropes cuts an article, its administrators are making the implicit declaration that they want nothing to do with the subject matter, or the source text therein, meaning it's up for grabs.

If thou hast found thy courage, then download Notepad++ and the TV Tropes Converter (linked above), and follow ye these steps:

  1. At tvtropes.org, find the URL of the cut article you wish to import. 'Select All'/Ctrl-A and 'Copy'/Ctrl-C the URL.
  2. At the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, 'Paste'/Ctrl-V the URL into the search bar.
  3. Find the most recent version of the article before it was cut.
  4. Click Source, and 'Select All'/Ctrl-A and 'Copy'/Ctrl-C the text.
  5. Follow steps 3 through 10 in the previous section.

Where to find pages that need importing Edit

Needs Reimporting
Pages With Links To Missing Articles

Do's and Don'ts of Importing Edit

  1. DO paste directly into the Source Editor. DON'T paste it directly into the Visual Editor. Otherwise, you'll very likely end up with a page of gibberish. The Visual Editor is really only useful for small edits and casual contributions.
  2. DO capitalize every word in a trope page title. DON'T make exceptions for words like "a", "the", or "of". No "but"s. If it's a page for a work, then this rule doesn't apply; just capitalize it the way it appears in the work itself.
    • Okay, one "but". If you really strongly object to this rule when naming a particular trope page, then take it up with an admin, and we'll see if it warrants an exception. We're pretty reasonable fellows here, so don't be shy.
  3. DO include apostrophes in the page title where grammatically appropriate. DON'T leave them out. For example, if the title of a page is "You Can't Get Ye Flask", write it out exactly as that, NOT as "You Cant Get Ye Flask".
  4. DO swap out all instances of [[spoiler: with {{spoiler|. DON'T remove the spoiler tags altogether.
  5. Do not remove text from the original page. If you're tired of copy-editing, just press "Publish" and you or someone else will continue the task.

Other tips Edit

NOTE: When copying it to our page editor, switch to source mode before doing a copy paste from a text file or directly from the TV Tropes source page. This will do a large chunk of the formatting for you, since MediaWiki (our wiki code format) and pmwiki (TV Tropes format) use some of the same page formatting layout.

When importing a page from TV Tropes, if you're using a text editor, the following tips may ease your edits:

  • Edit two-three word continuous phrases like this:
    1. ThisTrope needs to be replaced with [[This Trope]]
    2. [[ThisTrope Text]] needs to be replaced with [[This Trope|Text]]
    3. [[{{This Trope}} Text]] needs to be replaced with [[This Trope|Text]]
    4. [[{{Trope}} Text]] needs to be replaced with [[Trope|Text]]
    5. {{Trope}} needs to be replaced with [[Trope]]
    6. [[spoiler: text text text]] needs to be replaced with {{spoiler|text text text}}
  • If a trope work, replace all "* " with "* [[" Thus, you'll have 2 less [['s to type in, and that'll make everything easier.
  • Replace // with '' (these are the endings of quotes).
  • We find things like "UsefulNotes.ChristianHolidays" to be less useful than simply "Christian Holidays". Also "WesternAnimation.TheSimpsons" is far more unwieldy than simply "The Simpsons". In short, remove the prefix tag when importing pages.
  • To change font colors (please do not abuse this template), use {{color|color name|text}} instead of [[color:color name:text]]

If saved with enters every other two words Edit

  • Save text in a .doc or .rtf document
  • Right-click document, open with Notepad
  • CTRL+H /par into simple space " " (that's the code for "Enter")
  • CTRL+H * with */par
  • CTRL+H */par* with /par** (in this case, press "Replace all" as many times as necessary)
  • Close and save
  • Open document normally with the Word reader.
  • End result: you'll get no enters, but two spaces where an enter was, so easier to replace enters at the start of the page; with this method, there should be enters between examples or trope list.

Trope Title Naming Conventions Edit

  • Special titles are acceptable as much as Wikia supports them. If Wikia doesn't support them (which is very unlikely, since MediaWiki is light-years ahead of PMWiki), don't use them in titles and revert to less crowded title so to minimize potential damage.
  • Use common judgement when importing or renaming a trope: don't just copy-paste the TV Tropes.org title. Remove extraneous commas (,) or quote marks ("), even exclamation marks (!), unless they're vital for the meaning of a trope.
    • We initially import pages with plain titles (like they were in PmWiki, just with spaces and without punctuation. This is for compatibility reasons with all the other pages that use those types of trope titles, so only do renames after the trope has been imported under its original name. Don't import it with added punctuation first.
    • This means you're allowed to remove , ; ! signs even if it contradicts rigorous grammar norms, if they make the title name look too uptight.
  • Remember that when importing, people will copy-edit in entire uppercase and won't know your super contrived grammar signs you put in a trope title. See TV Tropes.org title in address bar, copy it, make spaces between uppercase letter and make them Redirects.


Additional editing tipsEdit

  • When using our page converter to import pages, it has two options for page conversion. You may use either, but if you use the second option, please remove the {{2012}} templates the converter adds from the bottom of the converted page before saving the page to this site. These templates were for a now depreciated dating scheme that we have now replaced with a wiki gadget you can toggle in your user preferences. Also, if possible, try to edit the converted page to look as nice as possible and remove the {{cleanup}} template if you have formatted the page well enough before saving the page here. If the page still needs heavy editing even after all of your work or you don't have the time to clean it up before saving it, leave the cleanup template in place.

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