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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Revamping "FanFic" on LGPedia

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Revamping FanFic

The "Plan"
Right now, I think we are faced with a situation where the LGPedia has become overloaded with fan fiction pages and this is a problem. Now, don't get me wrong, I am absolutely not saying that fan fiction pages on the pedia are bad. Quite the opposite, I'm saying that I think they're good! But with the massive amounts of scattered info we have now, I think we are making it much harder for anyone to really understand what's going on. We also have a lot of extraneous pages, (like video transcripts for obscure series that do not add value to the section on that series) which ultimately only overwhelms anyone who comes here to learn more about a fanfic series.
So, what I propose is this. I think that we should do a massive cleanup of the fanfic section of the site. I think that instead of treating the section as a free-for-all, we should try to get some sort of streamlined guide to just how each series will be treated.

The Types
I think we should divide the fanfic up into five types as far as how we deal with them:
Type 1 - These series get a single page similar to the current Lonelyjew15 page. They consist of one page where all the information you'd need to get an understanding of the series is found. The main things that show up on these pages are plot summary, character info, and important links for watching and following the story more closely. There can be other sections, such as a "Notes" section, but mostly the pages should follow the same general format. The page will serve as a "run-down" to the series it covers.
Type 2 - Unlike Type 1 series, Type 2 series will all be collected together on one massive page where each series will have its own description. Most of the time the descriptive info on these series is similar to what is contained in a Type 1 series, but to a lesser extent.
Type 3 - Like with any rule, there can and probably will be exceptions. What would go on these pages would be determined on an "as needed" basis.
Type 4 - This type covers any major relevant ARGs or series. Since series in this type tend to be complex, they often will require more than one page. Cassieiswatching and redearth88 are great examples of this. Because of the large-scale undertaking of these series, this type will have to be admin approved before they can go forward.
Type 5 - There are some series that simply don't belong on the LGPedia at all (adult film entertainment, anyone? :)). These ones do not need pages.

Qualifying
I think each series needs to be examined individually to determine where it best fits within the above types. A strong case should have to be made regarding why any particular series should receive a type of page. Some good reasons would be: number of subscribers, average number of views per video, notibility in the Breeniverse, and many more. Because of this, I believe we should evaluate each series independantly.
If the idea takes off, I'm happy to create a page where we can discuss statuses for each series. I'm not going to do that now though, because I want to make sure people are on board for the idea first.
Hopefully you guys like this idea, and hopefully you are on board with it! I truly believe it will do wonders for both getting more editors (who now mostly sit befuddled, wondering how to add such elaborate fanfic pages) and for getting new viewers for fanfic series, as viewers will be less confused when the content is laid out in a neat fashion. Please let me know what you think!!!

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4 comments:

  1. I'd humbly suggest that this is a non-issue. There hasn't been any significant increase in this area lately.

    Since I have always maintained my own LGPedia page, removing it in a "cleanup" doesn't bother me in the slightest.

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  2. Apo, I'd like to officially yank you, and anyone else who has thoughts on the matter, over to the LGPedia discussion so we can keep all thoughts on the subject in one place. Thanks :)

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  3. I think that it is a very good idea. I simply don't have the time to search through millions of pages trying to catch upon a series. For instance: Maddison Atkins... Its main portal is never ever updated. We need to fix these sort of things and make everything easier to follow.

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  4. The pedia admins have requested that all discussion of this topic take place on the linked LGPedia page. That way none of your valued feedback will be missed.
    If you need help in adding your comments to this page contact one of the pedia admins and they will be delighted to help teach you.
    However, to get yourself started just click on the edit link.

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