Hi, it's been a while since I last checked into the wiki. Real life happened. I am happy to see some people have continued adding to the wiki despite my absence but there have been vandals as well as well-meaning edits that ended up cluttering up the organization of the wiki. I still have no time to prioritize this wiki as if it were a full-time job, which is what's really required to maintain and expand it to the standard I wish it could be at, but I will be checking in sporadically to clean up. I make no guarantees about the regularity of my visits though.
This means I will be far less lenient on bans. Before it was an informal policy of mine to leave warnings on walls before any banning of any length occurred but due to my absence, the v…Read more >
It appears that Wikia's Lifestyle hub featuring us for the month of October means that the wiki's daily page views have stabilized to around 10,000-12,000 a day. From the impromptu poll that I've run on the main page, it seems to be confirmed that the large majority of traffic being driven here is due to the wiki being hosted on Wikia, as only around a quarter of visitors seem to locate this wiki through any other means such as. Of course, the increase in page views means a corresponding increase in trolls and vandals but all that meant was I had to take off my editor hat and put on my admin hat to wield the ban hammer. Unpleasant but that is what is to be expected with anything online these days, regardless of how closed the communi…Read more >
I'm increasingly dissatisfied with the text-only wordmark on the upper lefthand side of the screen. Wikia, by default, allows you some limited font and color formatting in addition to choosing what text to display if you go with the text wordmark route but there's also the graphic wordmark, which would require some offline work since it requires uploading a picture file of the logo that you wish to display for the wiki. I'm thinking I might want to improve the RLSH clipart graphics I made although it might take some time. I'm not sure yet. I'm considering whether or not to use the graphic of the man tearing open the shirt to reveal RLSH underneath as part of the graphic wordmark or if I should try to come up with another new graphic. It is…Read more >
There have been several developments for this wiki in the month of October so far that have translated to growth for the wiki. It is my wish that this will continue into a positive trend.
Firstly, (although I still have not found the direct cause for it) unique visitors to the wiki have increased to nearly 20x as much as what they used to be. So, it looks like the wiki is starting to reach an audience. However, I have no idea what that audience consists of and how exactly they're reaching us but hopefully, this will translate into a growing community of editors over time.
Secondly, our wiki is currently featured on the front page of the Lifestyle hub of Wikia. I don't know the process for how it got selected since I only discovered it a few …Read more >
It looks like I've come across the double-edged sword of promoting your wiki as it also invites potential trolls and vandals. Although I was prepared for it happening since it IS the Internet, it is still disappointing for me as an admin to come across such events. I took it as a learning experience and it is something every wiki needs to go through so perhaps that was this wiki's Internet rite of passage.
Of course, this illustrates the need for some sort of policy when it comes to dealing with anything that might require banning. I stuck with the good ole "Three Strikes & You're Out!" rule of warning and banned the user (including the IP since they returned as an anonymous user) for the time of 2 weeks, as well as protecting the page in que…Read more >