This second piece of data I collected because it represents more of the bureaucracy at work on TVTropes. The “TRS” mentioned at the top means Trope Repair Shop, and this post was compiled to keep the wiki running smoothly, by a moderator. There are a lot of terms and hyperlinks in the data from figure 1 that represent some things I talked about in the first piece, but which I will touch on again briefly.
From the top, there are a few notable pieces of this datasheet. The first is that underneath the logo is the name “Cutmaster-san” with some symbols. The symbols represent some of the possibilities for digital capital on TVTropes. Digital capital on TVTropes works by crediting users for interaction that is meaningful or letting them purchase badges as a way of celebrating the wiki and donating to its running costs. Cutmaster-san is wearing three badges: the first is called “Aleph 0” and is an interest badge, the second is a Mod Badge, which is noted in the badge shop as “if someone s wearing this, you should probably listen.” Third, he has a games trope, the blue d20, which represents an interest in gaming tropes at a moderate level.
Moving to some of the data from the thread itself, it is notable that this thread, while very important to the running of the site, is capped at 100 conversations. The purpose is clear, to ensure that tropers are fixing issues, rather than just making complaints about them and leaving it at that. The implementation seems to work because the TRS is always rotating and the site is well kept. The other purpose of this post is to welcome repair shop newbies and orient them as what this particular conversation is for.
As the list shows, this is not the place to ask common questions about tropes; that is the job of the welcome forum or the sandbox. The TRS page is for tropers familiar with the affinity space already. TRS is the place to come if there are misguided edits or accidents within pages, and those need clarification and fixing.
As I discussed in the previous data memo, the blue highlighted text is a portal to the discussed info, page, trope, etc. Further, the language of the site is specific and difficult, which causes some difficulty in entering conversations without gaining foundational knowledge through observation. The central concept that sticks with me in thinking about this weeks data is from "Literacy in Virtual Worlds" by Black and Steinkuehler, where they discuss the "constellation of literacy practices" that refers to the need for more than one set of skills to be a gamer (277). This concept transfers easily to the TVTropes setting, because you need skills in the semiotic nature of the site as well as proficiency in writing, html code, and diplomacy (see the reminders in the data about language and courtesy) in order to be a troper.