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  • All images MUST now have proper attribution, those who neglect to assign at least the "fair use" licensing to an image may have it deleted. All new pages should use the preloadable templates feature on the edit page to add the appropriate basic page markup. Pages that don't do this will be subject to deletion, with or without explanation.
  • All new trope pages will be made with the "Trope Workshop" found on the "Troper Tools" menu and worked on until they have at least three examples. The Trope workshop specific templates can then be removed and it will be regarded as a regular trope page after being moved to the Main namespace. THIS SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, REPORT ANY ISSUES TO Janna2000, SelfCloak or RRabbit42. DON'T MAKE PAGES MANUALLY UNLESS A TEMPLATE IS BROKEN, AND REPORT IT THAT IS THE CASE. PAGES WILL BE DELETED OTHERWISE IF THEY ARE MISSING BASIC MARKUP.



This is a guideline document, not a policy document.

In a perfect world, every contributor to Tropedia would make useful, witty, on-topic edits that follow the Content Guidelines. The Moderation Staff know that this is not a perfect world. Sometimes, an edit is the exact opposite of useful, witty, on-topic, and following the Content Guidelines.

In worst cases, somebody makes a habit of making edits that are the exact opposite of useful, witty, on-topic, and following the Content Guidelines; or makes edits that are blatantly against the rules. This page discusses what to do when that happens: these are guidelines as to what sort of behavior qualifies for a "tempban" or a permanent ban, and what warnings need to be given before a ban is put in place.

This document assumes the terms "tempban" and "temporary block" are synonyms.

Moderators are encouraged to re-read section 8 of the Policy for Wiki Staff before issuing a ban.

What is not grounds for any kind of ban

Some behavior that qualifies for a temporary block on other wikis is acceptable here. This includes:

  • Disagreeing with a mod.
  • Making an honest mistake.
  • Removing - with an explanatory comment - incorrect text that was previously presented as fact.
  • Mentioning politics on a page where it's appropriate.
  • Being disruptive on a one-off basis. (Everybody has a bad day once in a while.)

What is grounds for a tempban or permanent ban

Grounds for a permanent ban without warning on the first occurrence

Some activity needs to be stopped as soon as it's identified. Doing any of these is grounds for permanent termination of editing rights without warning:

  • Using the wiki to break the law, including but not limited to:
    • Posting child pornography or links to such content
    • Posting "hate speech" as defined in Sec. 18(1) of the Public Order Act of 1986 (POA) of the United Kingdom or Articles 137(c) and 137(d) of the Dutch Criminal Code
  • Spamming off-topic posts from a user account, or an IP address known to belong to a spammer ("known" includes but is not limited to being listed at's IP Check).
  • Blanking or otherwise vandalizing a content page.
  • Creating pages for bogus or non-existent works or creators that attempt to deceive the reader into believing they're real.
  • Creation of multiple user accounts within a short time (usually within an hour or less), especially the creation of one account from another. This is considered prima facie evidence of a spammer or vandal.
  • Repeating an action that previously warranted a tempban.
  • Evidence of ban evasion, including but not limited to positive results from a CheckUser performed by the FANDOM stewards.

Grounds for a tempban without warning on the first occurrence

Some things need to be stopped as soon as they're identified, but the Troper who did them can be given a second (or third) chance to follow the Troper's Code after a period of time away from editing the wiki. These include:

  • Putting the wiki as a whole at risk, including but not limited to:
    • Bowdlerization of page content in a manner that suggests the presence of Censorware on the user's system.
  • Violating the Terms of Service or the Content Guidelines.
  • Spamming off-topic posts from an IP address not known to belong to a spammer.
  • Adding a pornographic image to any page.
  • Deleting a warning that was given under "warnings", below. This is seen as prima facie evidence that the editor intends to be a disruptive element on the wiki in violation of the Troper's Code.

Grounds for a warning on the first occurrence and a tempban on a repeated occurrence

Some things are contrary to the Troper's Code, but don't need to be stopped as soon as they're identified. These include:

  • Repeatedly posting material copied word-for-word from TV Tropes in violation of both our Copyright policy and copyright law.
  • Repeatedly ignoring a mod. (Disagreeing with a mod is okay; ignoring the mods altogether isn't.)
  • Refusing to learn from honest mistakes, or repeatedly making the same honest mistake after it's been pointed out.
  • Removing without explanation text that was previously presented as opinion, on a page where opinions are acceptable. All Darth Wiki, Headscratchers, Sugar Wiki, WMG and YMMV subpages count as pages where opinions are acceptable.
  • Removing without explanation tropes on a work page or works on a trope page.
  • Adding strong language to a page that shouldn't have it, or removing strong language from a page that should have it. Work pages for works that would be rated G if they were films released in the USA definitely fall under the "shouldn't have it" heading. Work pages for works that would be rated NC-17 if they were films released in the USA definitely don't.
  • Adding lewdness to a page that shouldn't have it, or removing it from a page that should. Work pages for works that would be rated G or PG if they were films released in the USA definitely fall under the "shouldn't have it" heading. Work pages for works that would be rated X or NC-17 if they were films released in the USA definitely don't.
  • Being disruptive repeatedly - especially if no apology was made for the first occurrence.
  • Impersonating a mod - including but not limited to threatening to ban another user (especially if the other user had not done anything that would merit a tempban according to this page).
  • Repeatedly uploading files without choosing Licensing for them, as mentioned on Tropedia:Uploading and Adding an Image to a Page.

We're using the mathematician's minimum definition for "repeatedly": Tropers get two chances before being tempbanned for this type of behavior.


A warning is given on the Talk page of the Troper being warned. Casual comments on a forum, in IRC, or board-to-board do not count as warnings as far as this guideline is concerned.

A warning is given by a member of the Moderation Staff, and includes at minimum:

  • a statement why the warning is being issued;
  • a statement that continued behaviour will lead to a tempban; and
  • a set of "pings" to the Troper being warned and all other members of the Moderation Staff (and, if the behaviour directly affected another Troper, a ping to that Troper).

Duration of a tempban

The duration of a temporary block is at the discretion of the moderation team member who puts the block into effect, and will vary depending on the nature of the grounds for the tempban (lawbreaking is worse than fiddling with strong language, for example) and whether the troper is a repeat offender.

The minimum block for a minor first offence is one day.

Moderation team members are allowed but not required to follow the predefined escalation list for the duration of subsequent blocks for repeat offences against the Troper's Code. As of February 6, 2020, the predefined block periods are:

  • 2 hours (which is rarely if ever used on this wiki)
  • 1 day
  • 3 days
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 1 month
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year (which for all intents and purposes acts as a permanent block)
  • indefinite (which is a permanent block)

There is an option to enter a different duration.

While a first "attention getter" block is often two days in duration, there is no requirement that these tempbans be of this duration. Indeed, if a user who needs a tempban contributes infrequently enough, a longer -- perhaps much longer -- duration may be needed simply to guarantee the inconvenience necessary for getting their attention. This is, as always, left to the discretion of the moderator imposing the ban.

If an action is serious enough that it is grounds for a tempban without warning on the first occurrence, the duration of the block should be no less than two weeks.

If you wish to see previous versions of this guideline, or you want to know when this guideline was last updated and what was changed, please review the page history by selecting "History" from the menu at the top of this page.