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Greetings, my name is Zikkun and I'm currently editing under the TERA Wiki. I've contributed a lot of work there for the past weeks (500+ edits, so far the most out of all users) and has done quite a lot, but one thing bothered me the most. The page names. There are some pages created with junk content, I honestly don't know why they do that! Such as Staff which is a weapon category in TERA, they are filled with unnecessary information that are very irreverent to be a cause of creating a page, even a "The Staff is a weapon in TERA" or "Making the Rounds is a quest in TERA" would be very informative comparing to such levels of what's been happening.
My solution to this, sadly, is being forced to make a page with enough detail to make the page, a page. There's barely any editors on the wiki, so leaving the page like that would just be an image of bad quality. But here lies my big problem, there are some pages out there with vandalized page names of swear words and content that's completely not in the game, and I don't know what to do with them!
- I can't fill them with useful information as they're irrelevant to the wiki and not found to the game in any shape or form, such as Making The Rounds
- I cannot delete the pages as deleting has been disabled on the wiki to public means.
- The founder of the Wiki is constantly inactive, contacting him would take around a week to get a reply. Leaving poor quality like that for too long is unacceptable in my eyes.
Is there any way I could put the wiki in some order in my position? Like I said above, the founder and only administrator of the wiki is rarely active. As much as I wish I could, I currently cannot adopt the Wiki as the administrator has not been inactive for 60 days (Yet is very inactive, and does not edit the wiki at all), and I haven't made a big step in communication with the community which is 4, because that's all of the community. I've been trying my best to make it grow, but it's still sadly what we can call a dead wiki.
What should I do about this issue, I look forward to hear your suggestions as I'm currently losing my hope, to what I truly treasure as my home, the TERA Wiki. --Zikkun 06:37, May 8, 2012 (UTC)
- The vandalised pages should be deleted. If the wiki policy is not to delete anything, then the policy is wrong. If there's been a discussion about page deletion, it needs to be re-opened.
- If the founder is frequently unavailable to deal with vandalism, he should appoint one or more additional people as admins. You should contact him and suggest that. Feel free to suggest yourself, but don't be mad, if he knows you too little to appoint you instead of others. And give him the time he needs to respond! It's best to be very diplomatic about such things.
- That "Staff" page may not be particularly useful, but it's not vandalism either. You should slap a stub template on it, so nobody mistakes it for a completed page and so that it's easy to find by visiting w:c:tera:Category:Stub. -- pecos 07:41, May 08, 2012 (UTC)
- Thank you for the quick reply, Pecoes. I'll take your suggestion and attempt to contact the founder of the wiki and see if we can get some management done.
- I want to go back on my words and do admit I was a bit impatient on my sayings as I wanted the wiki to co-operate at this given time. TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea game has just been released this week, and lots of viewers are coming in to read articles which brings to the traffic very high. When some viewers see that there's not a lot of content on the wiki, they decide to vandalize pages instead with messages of telling the wiki editors to stop what they're doing as it's useless, saying that "this wiki sucks" and other various immature sayings, instead of actually contributing. I can revert some, but some are not editable like page names. I'll be patient and wait on the reply of the administrator. --Zikkun 09:22, May 8, 2012 (UTC)
- In that scenario I wouldn't try to get the pages perfect anyway. It's probably better to have lots of stubs with big flashing "You can contribute" signs than a tiny number of completely finished pages... -- pecos 10:41, May 08, 2012 (UTC)