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The original TV Tropes site has this, written right on the front page: "We are not Wikipedia. We're a buttload more informal. We encourage breezy language and original thought." Great idea in theory, but in our opinion, it's something they haven't lived up to very well.
It's their site and then can run it how they like, but when your guide-words are supposedly "we're not Wikipedia" and that you "encourage breezy language", that kinda means you aren't supposed to be as strict and demanding.
Anyway, like TV Tropes, we too catalog "the tricks of the trade for writing fiction". Tropes are literary devices that writers rely upon to get common images and ideas across. They are things the audience already recognizes, even if they don't know they recognize them. They aren't necessarily cliches, though they can be used as such sometimes. And we exist, like TV Tropes, to present those tropes in an entertaining and fun manner.
One thing the administrators of the wiki will never do is act in an arbitrary fashion when it comes to running the place. We won't shut something down just because we hate it or disagree with it and we won't block users for posting something unpopular. Getting away from that is why we started this wiki in the first place.
There are several ways to navigate this wiki. You may see a list of all pages, browse by category or use the search bar in the upper-right part of this page. The navigation bar with all the links on it just above this space has links to all the "divisions" our content has been divided.
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The content originally derived from TV Tropes.org or created here before July 2012 is used and may be redistributed under the terms of the CC BY SA 3.0 license.
Any new content created on TV Tropes.org after July 2012 is released under the CC BY NC SA 3.0 license and should not be ported to this website unless done by the original authors resubmitting it under the CC-BY-SA license. Any content original to this site is distributed under the CC-BY-SA license.
A legal backup of most of the pages from TV Tropes from June 2012 may be found either from the archive.org website or downloaded from this torrent:
Also, the Orain wiki All The Tropes is CC BY SA compatible and has a nearly complete version of pages from June 2012 or original pages that may be imported to this wiki. Be sure to note in your edit reasons the URL of the page you imported content from for attribution reasons.