No matter how many trope candidates we've launched in 2020 and early 2021, we just can't get the number of candidates below 40, let alone down to something manageable -- which, considering how many active Tropers we have editing ATT, is IMHO less than a dozen.

In an effort to get some control over the Trope Workshop, I propose a new rule: Nobody is allowed to have made the edit that created more than three candidates in the Trope Workshop at any given time.

We'll "grandfather" in the existing candidates, so nothing will need to be deleted if somebody has started more than three current candidates -- but the existing candidates still count toward the three that any one Trper would be allowed to have in the Workshop at any given time. This means that @Kuma, @Looney Toons, @Beta Log 86, @TBeholder, and @Umbire the Phantom would each need to get their current lists of candidates down to no more than two before proposing any new candidates in the Trope Workshop.

As of this posting, we have 40 candidates in the Trope Workshop. Sorted by the Troper who created them, they are:

Inherited from TV Tropes and moved back to the Workshop for an overhaul (7 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Come Back, My Pet
- Trope Workshop:Freeze Frame Ending
- Trope Workshop:Hands Go Down
- Trope Workshop:Meta Multiplayer
- Trope Workshop:Spell My Name with a "The"
- Trope Workshop:Static Electricity
- Trope Workshop:You Know Nothing About X

(With at least 16 more waiting to be moved into the Workshop for overhaul)

2dgirlfan (1 candidate):

- Trope Workshop:Therapeutic Manifest Nightmare

Beta Log 86 (3 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Meeting Influential People in The Afterlife
- Trope Workshop:Screw The Pain Medication
- Trope Workshop:The Bully is a Nerd

Blakegripling ph (1 candidate):

- Trope Workshop:Tech Support Scammer

Goo Monster (1 candidate):

- Trope Workshop:Rigged Riddle

Josh6243 (1 candidate):

Kuma (12 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Alternate Realm Boon
- Trope Workshop:Average in One World, Powerful in Another
- Trope Workshop:Beary Cute
- Trope Workshop:Bubble Blower
- Trope Workshop:Chaos Control
- Trope Workshop:Kori Kombat
- Trope Workshop:Metaphysical App
- Trope Workshop:Potent Pheromones
- Trope Workshop:RPG Rapture
- Trope Workshop:Shield Slinger
- Trope Workshop:Titled Superpowers
- Trope Workshop:Words act more than Actions

Labster (1 candidate):

- Trope Workshop:Fremen Mirage

Looney Toons (4 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Anyone Got a Light?
- Trope Workshop:Big Lie
- Trope Workshop:Bug-Out
- Trope Workshop:The Rabbit Died

Robkelk (2 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Token Lesbian
- Trope Workshop:Wants the Work Done for Them

SMargan (1 candidate):

- Trope Workshop:"There and Back" Story

TBeholder (3 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Bomb On a Stick
- Trope Workshop:Faction Mechanics
- Trope Workshop:Signature Colors

Umbire the Phantom (3 candidates):

- Trope Workshop:Cosmic Close Call
- Trope Workshop:Mirror Mook
- Trope Workshop:Remakequel

This means that, even if we got these candidates down to one per person, we'd still have more than a dozen candidates. Thus, this rule alone isn't going to solve the backlog issue... but it would be a huge step forward.

Pinging everyone else on this list who isn't pinged above, and all mods who aren't listed above: @2dgirlfan @Blakegripling ph @Goo Monster @Josh6243 @SMargan @Labster @GethN7 @QuestionableSanity @Derivative @SelfCloak