So for a while now, the wiki has been somewhat stale in it's productivity. We may have a decent number of users visit the wiki, but the majority of users stick to chat or commenting on forum threads. Right now, there's only a handful of users who actually edit the wiki and although their work is greatly appreciated, there's only so much they can do.
As such, I decided to set up this discussion so we as a community can discuss how we can get users more interested in editing, and how we could get new user to contribute. If I'm honest, I don't have much of an idea of what we can do, but the best thing about being a wiki is that we're a collective of minds with our own ideas. I'm sure that together, we can come up with some good ideas.
Vérité et Masques wrote: (Do I even have credibility here anymore?)
Anyhow, think of this from the perspective of an incoming user: a large wiki filled with a ton of articles that look pretty much perfect. Hell, you're learning things from the pages while looking for one to improve. What the hell can you add to these things that won't make it worse?
You have to make it more welcoming and easier. Show them there's a reason why people keep editing pages (and not entirely to just undo vandalism). I fairly certain there's a list filled with pages that need wiki magic but you have to look for it. If it were on the home page or came tagged with the automated message that greets new users, that would probably help.
I'd recommend badges, but I've heard the higher ups say that it didn't work when it was last tried so that might not be a good option. Still, it certainly boosts activity.
I could also add that the lack of activity is due to forces beyond your control. As stated previously, not much is happening in the Sonic world. Also, and I don't say this to start a flame war or trash talk, there aren't as many new Sonic fans coming in and a lot of the ones that are are under 13 and can't join the wiki anyway.
So um yeah. Solutions:
Bring back badges.
Provide link to list of articles that need improvement in the greetings message.
Hell, have the message also link to editing and CSS tutorials.
You bring up good points on pretty much everything. And adding a space on the main page that shows which areas of the Wiki need improvement sounds like a good idea. As Myself has pointed out, it could be useful in showing new Users where they can start contributing to the Wiki who may not know there's nothing to be added.
Shadowunleashed13 wrote: This thread has been inactive for the past few days, so I think it's time to give it a little bump. The current suggestions are:
I don't see why we can't implement the first and third ideas, but I strongly recommend putting the second to a vote or taking it out for a spin in a one- or two-week test run.
I second your suggestions.
Give me a bit of time and I'll start working on the suggestions.
I also like the idea of editing the welcome message upon implementation of the other methods.
I don't think so. I'm positive many of us could find plenty of things to do around here if we look hard enough -- you aren't responsible over whether I or anyone else here chooses to not be as hard-working on the articles as you are. If anything, it just shows you're dedicated to what you do. If anyone feels threatened by your work ethic, (and from what I've seen, its a pretty good one), I think the problem lies with them, not you.
I agree with Gen.
If this is somewhat about the Mirror Boomiverse articles of late, I'm just iffy if we really need two seperate articles on the very same things, thats all. I do like it when I am the first to make an article we yet have and feel some acomplishment but that doesn't mean the article is "mine". Sure I started it but not "mine", it's the wikis. And if anything I appreciate help tidying my articles up and adding to it.
For your question. It is not. Yes, you sometimes go and revert some edits, that I don't sure if it is truly not eligible. Like Sonic's acceleration speed that solves the White Space in "Sonic Generations", or not putting that Sonic can harness the Energy Cores, just because you think it is a "power up".
This is not your mistake, but I don't know how can we resolve it. Like "Jump Dash" article, anyone will say it is complete. While there are more additional data to be written. So I don't know if the users that come have no info about them. Or just they are fearing from writing, because they think they are completed or it will be reverted. It is hard to say.
By the way, There are lot of editors in Wikipedia, that are working on creating articles based on "Sonic series". They have also sections, we don't have, like the Reception of "Sonic X" (I had added it previously). With a lot of references and info. Cannot we encourage them to work with us?