The Working Tropes wiki is a class project, and as such must fulfill some basic educational goals. These goals are:
- To build students' writing and editing skills by providing them with ample opportunities to write and edit in English and to observe others doing so.
- To exercise students' critical thinking skills by involving them in active, engaged, reasonable discussion and debate.
- To expand students' understanding of the ways Science Fiction has explored real-life social issues related to labor, technology, power, and identity by collaboratively writing interpretations of Science Fiction texts that engage these issues.
The guidelines provided to structure work on the wiki are designed to ensure that the wiki accomplishes these goals. However, these guidelines are negotiable. Students are invited to discuss the guidelines on their associated talk pages and make good faith recommendations for how these guidelines might be revised to better meet the project goals listed above.