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Popular literary analysis wiki TV Tropes has become a pay site. Please consider using All The Tropes instead.

In this comment, c0lo wrote:

you'll have to admit that forced work camps still fit your wording.

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If you are using Firefox Private Browsing with Tracking Protection, a shield icon is displayed to the left of the Firefox address bar. Tracking Protection blocks ads from being displayed.

  1. Click the shield icon to the left of the address bar.
  2. Select "Disable protection for this session".
  3. Click "Done" below to close this window and refresh the page.

This is oversimplified. Tracking Protection doesn't block ads from being displayed if they're hosted on the same domain as the website. It blocks only third-party ads based on tracking each viewer's behavior across websites to infer his or her interests in order to stalk the viewer with creepy "retargeting" ads. And these third-party ads have been associated with malware transmission far more often than self-hosted ads. I'm not disabling antivirus just because a website can't fall back to self-hosted ads.

Fortunately, a backup of TV Tropes was taken in early July 2012, prior to TV Tropes' switch from the free CC BY-SA license to a non-free license in likely violation of its contributors' copyrights and its short-lived experiment with assignment of copyright in contributions. This backup was used to seed a fork, called All The Tropes, which is hosted on Miraheze. Instead of carrying advertising, projects on Miraheze are supported the same way as Wikimedia projects, namely through voluntary donations from readers.

The corresponding article on All The Tropes is Literal Genie.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by FakeBeldin on Tuesday October 10 2017, @07:13PM

    by FakeBeldin (3360) on Tuesday October 10 2017, @07:13PM (#579984) Journal

    I was an occasional visitor to TV tropes for a while, until they messed up something with the layout on mobile devices. Couldn't be bothered for a long enough stint that I lost track of the site and never looked back.

    I did try all the tropes, but I didn't like it's user interface on mobiles at all. Maybe it's better now. Then again, maybe I have less time to waste on those sites than I used to ;-)

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by takyon on Tuesday October 10 2017, @08:00PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Tuesday October 10 2017, @08:00PM (#580011) Journal

    TV Tropes saves the productivity of thousands of people.

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    [SIG] 10/28/2017: Soylent Upgrade v14 [soylentnews.org]
  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 10 2017, @10:14PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 10 2017, @10:14PM (#580112)

    TVTropes also removed a lot of content a few years ago that was related to things like "loli" and rape, using the excuse that advertisers don't like it. There was no actual porn hosted there, of course. We see similar things with Youtube. It's obvious that advertisers are utterly toxic to the principle of free speech and relying on them is foolish.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @03:14AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @03:14AM (#580257)

      A plug here for 100 percent listener-supported Pacifica Radio.
      KPFA[1] - Berkeley (First public radio station in USA, 1949)
      KPFK - Los Angeles
      KPFT[1] - Houston, Texas
      WBAI - NYC
      WPFW - Washington, DC
      ...with numerous affiliates.

      [1] Especially awesome audio archives.

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @06:59PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @06:59PM (#580696)

        If everyone reading this sends them a million dollars, they'll get out of the hole they're in.

        http://rew-online.com/2017/10/05/empire-state-realty-pacifica-wbai-lawsuit/ [rew-online.com]
        https://www.wbai.org/articles.php?article=3534 [wbai.org]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @08:30PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @08:30PM (#580776)

          Yeah. When the airliners slammed into the World Trade Center (the tallest building in NYC and the site of many broadcast antennas), it left a void which was exploited by very greedy rent seekers.

          This was clearly a case of price gouging and a court where justice was being dispensed would have said so.
          Instead, the case got a Reactionary anything-goes go-ahead-and-screw-them judge.
          (I think that they still have appeals left.)

          Roy Tuckman (Roy of Hollywood), the midnight-to-6AM guy at KPFK (and sorta syndicated to KPFT), explains the attempt by Reactionaries to try to kill Pacifica and buy up the licenses for a pittance after accomplishing that.
          How Pacifica was nearly destroyed [kpfk.org]
          His shows stay in the audio archive for 59 days, so that will be available until early December.

          There's an intro and some pledge break stuff, then he gets into describing how a slimy L.A. lawyer and his minions got themselves elected to the governing board(s) and did evil things (purposely avoided due diligence; absolutely criminal back-stabbing behavior).

          Roy wanders around, weaving the story into his show/the pledge effort up to about the 25 minute mark, and picks it up again, up to about the 40 minute mark.
          So, about 9MB of the 40MB MP3.

          Roy is a pretty slow talker, so, if your media player has a speedup feature, you can probably hear it in a small fraction of that time, especially if your app has an anti-chipmunk feature.

          They eventually voted out the douchebags from the local boards and the national board[1] and Pacifica is in recovery for the most part.

          [1] Democracy works, but sometimes it's not exactly a walk in the park.

          The douchebag rent seekers in NYC are 1 more bump in the road to navigate.

          -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 10 2017, @11:45PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 10 2017, @11:45PM (#580161)

    This is similar to the way wikitravel.org was taken private, and wikivoyage.org was forked.

    I took a quick look and the site works fine in Tor Browser with JavaScript disabled.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @12:04AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @12:04AM (#580171)

      I may have exaggerated the degree of similarity.

  • (Score: 2) by cafebabe on Wednesday October 11 2017, @02:05AM (1 child)

    by cafebabe (894) on Wednesday October 11 2017, @02:05AM (#580231) Journal

    I was about to make a (larger) fool of myself but I made eight hyperlinks to All The Tropes instead [soylentnews.org].

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    • (Score: 2) by Pino P on Wednesday October 11 2017, @11:59AM

      by Pino P (4721) on Wednesday October 11 2017, @11:59AM (#580404) Journal

      You're welcome.

      One minor nit: The Miraheze version (allthetropes.org) may be more complete and up-to-date than the FANDOM powered by Wikia version (allthetropes.wikia.com). It probably doesn't show up higher in Google Search because of Google's fork penalty and the high inbound count of other sites on FANDOM powered by Wikia. And Miraheze has never covered a text article with a full-page prestitial video ad with a countdown [betterads.org]. There was a time when I would get several of those in a row when browsing Wikia on an Android device.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @05:24PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 11 2017, @05:24PM (#580592)

    I hope TV Tropes dies a fiery death.

    I also hope SoylentNews dies a fiery death.

    Death to you all! Fucking fuckers.

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