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|What This is All About|
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. The moderation is heavy-handed and arbitrary. Pages are permanently deleted, renamed, reclassified, or heavily edited without real reason. Users are often permanently banned arbitrarily, often for expressing unpopular opinions and not because they are breaking the rules. All on a wiki that is supposedly built on "consensus building" and "the will of the tropers." 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. Welcome aboard!
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. But, don't be fooled into thinking that we have no rules. People who come a-trolling, and to vandalize will be blocked. People who start flame wars with other users will be blocked. People who import/export internet drama will be blocked. By do this, we're not being harsh, but are in line with the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment (see below). Also, just because we're freer and less uptight than the original wiki does not mean that there are some pages we simply don't want on our wiki. There is a Permanent Red Link Club on this wiki, simply because some pages are so controversial or troublesome we don't consider them worth the risk. So, keep that in mind: we're not an anarchy... we have rules... we're just not arbitrary in our rules enforcement.
Update: Badges for Category:Banned On TV Tropes implemented! Help us save the TV Tropes articles deleted there and gain badges! Disclaimer: badges are just shiny things on your profile and we don't charge anything for them. You get 'em free for editing articles, that's all!
When wind of this site spread over the internet, a stock response of a Vocal Minority was: they don't respect us enough to make a site outside Wikia? Well, there are many reasons why a TV Tropes mirror is viable especially on Wikia. But first...
Wikia is a website especially for fans and entertainment. It respects the fans, even their creations, and their views on the work(s) they're cataloging, and encourage people to write about their works or even make personal wikis. I personally have been treated way above my expectations by the Wikia staff, and it definitely treats better and respects its editors a lot more than Wikipedia.
Someone on TV Tropes.org said it was not viable for someone to make a mirror on their own money, even ad-supported, except Fast Eddie. When this wiki proved them wrong, they (probably illegally/definitely improperly) changed their license so they'd restrict that phrase into "not viable for someone to make a mirror without supports from ads". Unfortunately, except this site on Wikia, this proves especially true (at least for now): when someone tried to move the wiki on his own host, he ran into a lot of trouble, including but not limited to: bandwidth limit, which made multiple images per article forbidden (except on the pages the owner wanted more than one, of course). Shitty skin and a lot of technical problems. And the list goes on and on. Yes, that wiki is now mostly abandoned because the owner locked out potential editors, rather than the viability issue, but it probably wouldn't have been viable in the long term anyway.
Wikia is at least at the same pace with the Wikipedia's MediaWiki system, but has a lot more options of MediaWiki that many, many sites do not have, Wikipedia included. When you consider Wikipedia, consider that old Stock Phrase about humanity only using 10% of its brain. Or 1%. Well, that's Wikipedia. Wikia is using all the latest plugins that make pages look better, give more options, free the imagination, and lets you costumise code, even some of the plugins etc. And if you want the dull Wikipedia look, well you can always set it from your profile.
Wikia is a for-profit company and will attempt to stay afloat, even just so it gets a profit. It will be interested in investing in technology, server space etc to compete with other wiki farms (which, frankly, are way behind Wikia on many levels, self-imposed or just limited).
So next time you ask "Why [Was The Tropes Mirror Founded And Maintained On] Wikia?", read the above and try to disprove any of them. Reasons for or against, or of a better alternative, may be left on the talk page.
- Conspiracy Literature
- Construction And Management Games
- Continuity Editing
- Continuity Tropes
- Cooking Stories
- Credits Tropes
- Crime Fiction
- Criminal Procedural
- "A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby" Family
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer
- 'Redrum 327
- 07-Ghost Abridged
- 100% Completion
- 127 Hours
- 2-D Space
- 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
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 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.
Any new content created on TV Tropes.org after July 2012 is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported 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:
For keeping your copy rights, see TV Tropes Mirror:Keeping your copyright.