As part of our Communication Improvement Project I have posted a proposal discussion on our forum to address inactive administrators and bureaucrats. A news item on our Main Page guides wiki users to the discussion. Please review the proposal, and contribute your best ideas regarding this recurring issue. Thank you.
I recently invited you to participate in a forum discussion concerning the continued administration of this wiki. I had previously attempted to contact the only two wiki administrators who had been active during the previous 12 months. That was regarding a different issue at the time.
As I received no response from them, I initiated the forum discussion mentioned above. The Fallen Earth Unofficial Wiki has already incurred two incidents of broken administrative continuity since it's start in September 2006. I did not want to contribute to a wiki which would soon be filled with unmanageable spamming comments and similar nuisances.
After initiating the forum discussion, I also contacted the remaining three administrators to ensure due diligence - wholly expecting no response from them as well. Kindragon proved my expectations wrong when he responded within a few hours. Part of his response was assigning bureaucrat and administrator status to everyone I invited to the forum discussion. Although this was quite unexpected, it certainly solved the issue of administrative continuity. I am writing each of you today so you can understand how your wiki account was promoted to its current status.
Your participation as bureaucrat and administrator, however, should be a voluntary decision on your part. As wikis are designed to operate as collaborative efforts, I hope you will decide to accept your newly assigned roles here on the Fallen Earth Unofficial Wiki, and take an active role in its management. If, on the other hand, you prefer to contribute as a normal registered user, you may remove your newly assigned status with the User Rights tool. Simply enter your own user name in the data box to activate the tool. The check boxes will allow you to revoke your own user rights.
Please note that nobody else here can change your bureaucrat status. You will have to revoke it yourself. Bureaucrat status is what allowed Kindragon to promote each of us to the same level. However, even he cannot revoke it once it has been granted. Your administrator status is separate, and it pertains to other wiki functions.
Please respond to this message by adding your reply to the forum discussion previously opened. This will combine our comments on the issue at one central location for all to see. Thank you for your time. :)
Hello. I have see your message at my mails at the weekend. I am honored that you think i could be a part of the team to manage the wiki, but i think it will be not a good idea for me.
I spend some time to give input to the wiki, but that is "temporaly", because fo my "uncoordinated" times and amount of work. Since last friday i have a little bit more action and that will be contiued over the whole december. So i don't want to disapoint you or anybody here at the wiki, if they count on me and i have no time to assume on tasks here.
My User Rights are untouched at this time, but i think i will downgrade them to the old status in the next days, when i be sure, that there is no time to volonteer here as more as an normal user to bring some content in, when my time allows that.^^
My original intent was only to begin a discussion about the administrative needs of the wiki - not to get us all promoted to admins. I sent my latest message in an attempt to clarify that. I did not assume that any of us actually wanted the responsiblity without voluntarily saying as much.
I also see myself as a temporary assistant on this wiki. Although I've been heavily active since I registered, I know I will not be able to sustain this level of activity. Perhaps that was also true for earlier admins as well.
If you downgrade your account, and later need more access, just let me know. I would gladly reactivate your admin privileges. I appreciate your time spent considering your options of how you can best contribute to the wiki. :)
it will be a problem at the most game fan sites. It starts with a lot of enthusiasm and then and than it will go more less over the years. The needing of administration is important. I know that about my job, but if it is only work with no deeper personal background, than often it goes boring or annoying. I think you have more personal compound to the game and this wiki, so it is amazing to see what you do here with much blood, sweat and tears to take care about it all. It is admirable!
For me, it isn't that. My last deeper commitment for a game was Travian, where i moderate some topics in a forum about 2 years with also a great amount of playing the game and contacts to high level players and also a great Reunion with over 500 players from Austria and Germany. Long time ago^^
I will look forward, what i could do here, but i have definitly not the time to administrate. At the last days i am abandoned to do something here. Not to mention from playing FE...
I am happy that i have a pile of Orders for the next weeks, but i am a little bit sad to let my char alone at the Wasteland with his camera^^ if you know what i mean...
I recently attempted to contact our wiki administrators, but received no response. It appears as though our administration team might be completely inactive as of late September. I hope this is not the case.
I have opened a forum topic at the Watercooler for active wiki contributors to discuss our situation. I hope you will review this important issue, and help us resolve it soon. Thanks for your time spent here on the wiki!
Thanks for all your contributions to the wiki, Desmodontidae. I wanted to drop you a message in the event you notice some of my edits on pages you have contributed here.
Although I am a new registrant to this wiki, I have worked on a few others in my past. I find that each wiki community tends to use the same wiki tools in slightly different ways to accomplish very similar end results.
The FE Wiki seems to have established several page naming conventions, one of which is used for NPC pages. All NPC pages here are named using a prefix. That prefix is usually "NPC: " including the space. It took me a few edits (before I registered as a user) to notice this practice. Please try to include the prefix as you create new pages for the wiki. Thanks again!
Okay, thanks, doesn't noticed that. I don't take often NPC's in. I'd like it more to travel a lot around to take Pics for the Locations to give the User a Checkout for them. Sometimes i hit Locations, which are not at the Wiki. Often they are to small or to abandond.
How could changed the Prefix to the Name of the Page, if i forgot it?
Its a great game for wandering and discovering new locations. That's for certain!
Next to each page's edit button, the drop-down indicator provides a "Rename" option. It leads to a name editing feature which is fairly simple to use. I also use it when I complete a page before noticing I had misspelled the page name entirely. That's easy to do with such a wide variety of name origins such as in Fallen Earth.
Oh okay. I have a german Setting and there it is "wrong" translated. With the english setting i have a Rename. In the german setting it is "Verschieben" / Moving. So i thought it will editing something other like to move it to an category or so on. Yeah, nice one!
So thanks for your help again. Where did you come from?
"Moving" or "Move" would be more correct than "Rename" as the feature moves the content to a new pagespace while automatically making a "Redirect" command on the original page.
As for me, I've been doing some anonymous editing for a while, but had to register once I became interested in adding photos to the NPC pages to complete their info boxes. I reside in Michigan (USA) which is definitely a few hours offset from Berlin.
Thats a point. I think that was the point that disturbes me a little. I'am not a great pro with things like Webdesign or Coding, so i doesn't correctly understand it the Function of Rename/Moving on a Wiki. Rename is Rename and Moving is Moving^^...
Yeah the offset of time, i know. Two of my friends studies in Princeton a while ago. And one of my Friends exgirlfriends lives in Wisconsin.