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What forums can people go to to ask the questions that are off topic here, or just start discussions about SF topics? Please list only ONE forum per answer so votes can bring the best forums to the top.

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This is modeled on SO, SU and SF. We've briefly discussed it in chat. –  Gilles Mar 16 '11 at 0:06
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TV Tropes

TV Tropes collects tropes, that is, recurring devices that writers expect their audience to recognize. Tropes become clichés if they're overused. TV Tropes is a wiki, with no notability requirement.

If you're looking for a list of works that have used a particular plot element, setting, character type, motif or other narrative device, then check it out in the trope index. Or you can browse by genre, media, etc.

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