Wiki Tribune Report #1: The First One
Darkest greetings from my new office in the Holocron Center. For those who don't know me, I am Bentre Stahoes, and today I find myself your shiny new Wiki Tribune.
I can tell you, there is a lot of excitement on my end. I have always loved contributing to and delving into the Wiki, so I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that Mav, Morgan and the Dark Council have seen me fit to serve the Brotherhood further in this role.
Where to start, but at the beginning? As I said above, I enjoy the Wiki. Character creation, world-building and writing have always been a passion of mine, as much as reading and libraries. As you might imagine is what makes the Wiki a pretty awesome place, if you ask me. As Mav mentioned when I was appointed, I had worked for the Wiki staff over 2 years. For me, it certainly doesn't seem that way. I have done a lot of work, from the nitty gritty of quality control, to helping to update when nu-canon came into effect, to helping conform the wiki into the new Clan Category format and more things I am sure I am forgetting.
Things are always growing, always expanding, and as new locations, new adversaries, new movies and new adventures arise, the Wiki should grow. The staff and myself want to work, to make the Wiki a more inviting place for veteran and newcomer alike. It has never been a more exciting time- in my humble opinion- to be a Star Wars fan. The content being put out has the potential to become deeper and more awesome than we can imagine, and I hope that folks will join together in further developing and fleshing out our corner of this galaxy far, far away.
Wiki Policy Changes
No changes yet, as I am still settling into my new office digs, but watch this section in a few weeks when my first "regular" report drops and I might just have some wiki-flavored goodness for all of you.
Greater Ease of Navigation On the Wiki: Pretty much what it says on the tin. I know that I have seen a lot of redlinks across the wiki due to things like capitalizing or not capitalizing something appropriately. I for one find it annoying when I type up a page, think everything is nice looking, and then hit preview to realize that a bunch of my links have turned crimson when my back was turned. Which cues a couple of searches to see if I cannot locate the proper page to link to it like I originally intended. To this end I am going to look into what I can do internally to improve upon search functions and/or linking. At least for a start. We will see where it goes from there.
The Great Brotherhood Archive: So much content, so many events, ships, locations and characters who have gone so long neglected. The big hope is that working with Wiki Staff, Clan Summits and Dark Council, we can bring all this information up to date. I believe this will make the world of the Brotherhood and easier one to get into, and thus will improve a bit of the quality of life for our new members, returning and old members alike. Part of this will involve denoting pages of historical significance with shiny new templates. At least for a start. Eventually, we will make things look shiny and new again.
The Great Shift: aka "Arx is the new seat of the Brotherhood." There are still a lot of references to Antei all over the wiki. This isn't bad of course. I mean, it was the seat of the Brotherhood until the destruction of Antei. Looking at the page for the planet, it is still noted as the current seat of power for the Dark Brotherhood. With the help of my staff, we are going to reflect Arx as the new center of the Broterhood and make it nice nad clear what is past and what is now. Rather than wipe out the past, we plan to preserve it.
Perpetual Wiki: This is pretty simple in its premise. There are lots of little issues throughout the Wiki. A lot of these are simply maintenance issues of varying degrees. That comprises the first part. Once we have the simple ground work out of the way, we will be reaching out to Clan and House Summits to help them organize and direct content creation. This is not to say that we are gong to direct the units in what they create, but will rather work with them to help make their visions a reality. We will be working similarly with Wally, Mav and the rest to make a richer, more detailed Wiki for all!
A Return to Form: My hopes are that we can bring back a regular awarding of Wiki Contributor of the Month and Wiki Page of the Months awards. Actually, of anything I can do most immediately, I want to work towards this. What can I say? It warms my heart to see people helping to build and create as a collective whole. I may have additional details in my next report, but I don't imagine the standards will change too much from when Slagar served as Tribune, but we will all see.
Miscellaneous: As additional movies and other various media are released, we will of course need to examine what still works with the wiki, and where we can improve. This is a little harder to pin than the above as it depends on some things that cannot be entirely predicted, but I am sure it will also be shaped by discussions with myself and the Dark Council moving forward. Cheers.
For the things that I hope we can accomplish, I will of course need additional help. Now, this is not to say that you cannot contribute and create content. Quite the contrary. However, I certainly would like to offer folks the chance to work on focused projects toward the same. I am looking for a few good folks to help us make a greater Wiki. In this, we will work with a sheet of projects, with projected completion dates as a start, but will also engage in discussions on how we can build and grow the Wiki into a greater repository as well. This job also includes patrolling changes on the Wiki to ensure that we maintain a level of consistency across the board. As such, I will be opening applications from April 13th for all parties interested in joining up with the Wiki Staff. I will need to fill positions for either three or four Wiki staff members. Given my larger vision for the Wiki I imagine that those selected will be kept reasonably busy.
If you feel this is something you want to be part of, send me an email with the subject "Wiki Staff Application", with your application attached. I ask that applications include experiences with wiki work, examples of the work you have done (on our wiki or with links to pages on other wikis you have contributed to- including user names) and one idea that you have in how we might further improve the Wiki. I am not going to strictly reqiure my applicants have passed Wiki Basics and Wiki Editing, but I would like to see that folks have taken at least the basics course. This is not a hard requirement- if you have credentials to back your prowess I may make an exception to this- but it certainly wouldn't hurt your application. Also, do note that you will likely be working somewhat with members of other Clans and/or DC support staff to complete our projects. I am hoping to see a wide sampling of folks from across the Clans apply. Applications for prospective Wiki staff will be due on April 28th.
(as a note, members who provide ideas will be given proper credit for their attributions presented in applications)
Wiki Tip of the Month
Super simple tip for this month regarding the Wiki and pages. If there something strange, and it don't look good, who are you gonna call?
Well, not the Ghostbusters unfortunately.
However, I do have this link right here where you can find the staff, including myself, that can help you out. If you prefer to cut to the quick of the matter, or want an even easier venue, you can always ask your questions on your Wiki Tribune's talk page. More often than not, I will get to your questions in less than 12 hours, though typically in at least 24 hours.
Well that is it, guys and gals. I will see you in about two weeks with some more details on what is happening with the Wiki as a whole, as well as an announcement on new Wikipedia Contributor of the Month and Featured Article of the Month. The first report will also be where I will announce my new Wiki staff selections and hopefully share hints, tips, news and more. In the meantime, I will see you all on the Wiki and around our community.
I am, as ever, Yours In Darkness,