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Q: Is it true? Is Trollpasta Wiki really back?
A: Yes, this is the official continuation of the site that got shut down in August 2018.
Q: There are several other Trollpasta back-up sites. What makes this one official?
A: A few reasons: It was created by the former site owner, it's the most well-kept archive, and the other sites are generally unorganized, poorly managed, buggy, and not up to date.
Q: Why did the original Trollpasta Wiki get shut down?
A: Since 2015, Trollpasta was at risk of being shut down due to spam and NSFW pages. For years the admins and the community had made many efforts in purging these sorts of pages in order to prevent the site from being closed, resulting in the three purges. The first one taking place in late August 2013, where about 700 pages were deleted. The second in early 2015, which saw roughly the same amount of pages as first purge being deleted. The third and final purge, known as the 'Great Purge' among members of the community at the time, started in November 2015 and ended some time in late 2016. It was a period of mass-deletion where around six thousand pages were deleted, bringing the page count down from 12,600 to 6,800. Everything was going fine, until the site was shut down without warning on August 17, 2018. Trollpasta "not having a defined purpose" was said to be one of the reasons it was closed.
Q: Why is it called 'troll'pasta?
A: Despite what some people might think, trollpasta is not about trolling, nor do we condone trolling in any way shape or form. One of the reasons the genre is called 'trollpasta' is because many of the early trollpastas usually started out as 'serious' creepypastas and either got incredibly stupid in the last paragraph, or had the last sentence be a popular meme of the time (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, everybody walk the dinosaur, etc.) revealing that the whole story was a joke disguised as an actual creepypasta. Another reason is the fact that many of them utilize what was then referred to as 'trollspeak', the all caps, bad spelling, rushed manner many of the old stories were written in which would later become a trademark of trollpastas, although this trend has died down in recent years.
Q: Some pages have missing images. Why is that?
A: Unfortunately, none of the images on the old site were archived in the XML dump of the site FANDOM provided us with. Through an effort that lasted about three months, we managed to restore the vast majority of them (roughly two thousand files) but there are about 90 stories with files that are permanently lost.
Q: Where did the songs on the homepage go?
A: They were taking up too much space and weren't completely necessary. They're pretty old and outdated. But if you're feeling nostalgic and would like to view them still, check out this page.
Q: Why were some categories renamed or removed?
A: Some categories that were intentionally misspelled were given proper spelling for the sake of convenience, while others were given more defined names. Two categories with derogatory language were also renamed to avoid creating and fostering a toxic environment, other categories simply turned out not to be very useful.
Q: There are some pages missing here that are available on other pasta sites. Why is that?
A: Since we are continuing where we left off with the old site, we're still deleting low quality trollpastas that aren't worth reading. Trust us, you're not missing much from these pastas. Unlike other pasta wikis, you don't have to sift through dozens of bad, spammy, and unfunny pages that only exist to waste your time. We are a wiki that strives for quality, not quantity.
Q: What makes a "bad" trollpasta?
A: If a pasta is spammy, shitposty, and/or painfully unfunny, then it's most likely bad and not worth reading. Some shitpost pastas can be funny, but most of the time they fall flat, so it's best to avoid making them. Stories that are lazily written by adding a bunch of clichés and making no effort in making it entertaining are also not good. For more information, check out the Trollpasta do's and don'ts and clichés list.
Q: Why are there creepypastas on here?
A: Many deleted creepypastas are so bad they are worth preserving. About 60% of the stories in the Bad Creepypasta category are also not available to read anywhere else online, so it's good to have a place where they can be read. Trollpasta Wiki just so happens to be the place where they're kept.
Q: Who founded the original Trollpasta Wiki?
A: Dronian created it on July 21, 2011.
Q: How can I help out with editing?
A: Check out the Editing 101 page for more details.
Q: There's an old pasta I made on here that I want removed. Can it be?
A: Yes, just message one of the site admins and we'll remove your story.