Dictionary.com defines a "foofaraw" as "a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant". For about two years now, I have been dealing with one of these kinds of situations that I began calling "antagonist fussing".
Starting about two years ago, I noticed that there were a small group of people who seemed to be spending a lot of time trying to say what kind of an antagonist characters are. They'd change their minds so many times and so frequently that I started viewing it as a form of vandalism, especially when I saw them contradict themselves and hide the fact that they were undoing changes other people were making so their antagonist label would be brought back. And some of these would contradict themselves across more than…Read more >
As detailed in the No more categories for a while blog, the categories here are a mess and need to be completely overhauled. I am doing part of it right now with another account called Ferbot.
I need to make Ferbot an official bot account so that the updates can be done behind the scenes and not clog up the Wiki Activity or the Recent Changes lists. The edits will still be registered in the history of each page and in various logs, but they don't normally show up unless you select "show bots". We'll be able to tell what is a new edit and what is maintenance.
Another reason for making this a bot account is if we enable the Achievement badges, Ferbot won't have an unfair advantage over everyone else since it would be doing so many updates. It …Read more >
A year ago when I talked about how much cleanup this wiki needed, I said that the categories were a mess. I have done a lot of work since then, but there is still a lot to do. The categories are still a mess and new messes are still being made.
Some of this isn't people's fault. If you're not logged in or if you don't change it in your account preferences, an "Add category" button appears at the bottom of each page. This is supposed to encourage people to get involved in a wiki by making it easy to update a small part of that page.
The problem is that it's being misused. We're still getting people adding ridiculous categories, with some of those apparently being added just to add a category instead adding a category that actually helps organ…Read more >
In a few days, this wiki will become eligible for adoption. At that time, I will submit a request to adopt it. I have done a lot of cleanup on this wiki, as described in this blog, but have reached a point where I cannot do some of the cleanup because pages and categories are protected.
Many of these pages were protected because people went overboard with adding spurious categories and/or made the kind of edits that show they're fixated on adding a particular type of information. But many of the pages were over-protected so that only an admin can edit them and there aren't any admins around now.
So, I will adopt the wiki and finish cleaning it up. My goal is to get it into shape where it will attract a new group of editors. And then, maybe h…Read more >
I came to this wiki to help clean up some messes that a few people seem determined to keep adding to as many wikis as they can find. During the past month I have seen more instances of this, and I have also seen that this wiki seems to be losing its focus in three main areas:
- The name of this wiki
- Constantly changing definitions
The name of this wiki
The name of this wiki is "Wickedpedia, the Disney Villains Wiki", not "the Antagonists Wiki". There have been a few actors and non-Disney characters added, but many people seem to think that if a character provides any kind of obstacle to another character, no matter how small or insignificant that obstacle might be, then they need to be labeled as an antagonist and added here.
Being an a…
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