Hey Merrystar! Sorry to bother you again, it seems that there's an IP address blocked to a user Iregyuraa. It's affecting her, causing her inaccessible to any feature of a Wiki (chat, editing a page, etc.). Can you please look into this matter?
It doesn't show any offenses made, or anything from an admin, etc. Here's a screenshot for the issue:
21:58, August 30, 2014 Merrystar (wall | contribs) changed group membership for User:Angry Hearts from administrator to administrator and bureaucrat(per community vote; it's been over a year. Please be more responsible this time.)
The poll on my merge blog actually does not have much of a significance. As I stated in my blog, voting on the poll was optional and I would mainly look at the comments they wrote down. If you look at the comments below the blog, I see 6 persons supporting, 1 person stating to be neutral and 1 asking a question.
As for which wiki to merge where, I have specifically chosen for WLB wiki to move there because it is roughly equal size, I have 90% of the files on my computer already and can use MultipleUpload for those, and the other wiki is also 9 years older than ours.
I consider adoption requests as an application only requiring 2 contributions:
a wikian who is volunteering to become an admin of the wiki
yourself (or 1 of your Wikia colleagues) to process the offer
IMHO the only other contributions on an adoption request page should be relevant information to help you decide whether the adoption-offer meets the adoption guidelines:
other contributors of the wiki giving reasons to accept or reject the request
from non-contributors giving other information that you may need (eg: the applicant repeatedly vandals wikis)
IMHO the only reason JosephHawk is entitled to add to an adoption request page is to correct the application. But as shown with the Adoption:Ouran Highschool Host Club, he failed to read/research the request and gave his standard and inappropriate response.
I have just applied for another adoption. I consider adoptions as my way to recycle unloved wikis. As I am helping Wikia, I do not appreciate JosephHawk patronizing/condescending comment he has left on the request page. I feel humiliated as he is talking down to me as if I am a child and is commenting on my drawing! If you wish me to continue to make a constructive use of inactive wikis, please advise JosephHawk to use his time elsewhere.
Since this message directly involves myself, I feel that I should have a chance to respond to your message, and hope to clarify and resolve this. :)
In response to the first adoption you linked, I must respond by saying this:
I am human... and I will make mistakes.
With the busy life I have, there are times when I am rushed, and do not completely review all the data involved in the adoption request. Occasionally, when I am sidetracked, I will not give my full attention, and, as you can see, I will make an error. Majority of the time, I will correct this mistake on my part, but unfortunately in this case, this time was not one of those times.
Now, should that 1 error disqualify me from replying to all adoption requests? Well, I say first look at the several requests where I have helped the adopting user correct something they may have overlooked, and gave them helpful advice that has led to a successful request. It's not like every request I respond to does not help in some way or another. My goal is to always help the user. ^_^
You also said that I left a "patronizing/condescending comment" on the adoption request. I can assure you, I would never talk down to someone, and by looking at my comment, it really doesn't appear to be condescending at all.
All Wikians are equal, so who am I to patronize another user? "Do unto others, are you would have them do unto you" is a motto I always try to abide by on Wikia, and in real life.
Now, you stated that I humiliated you. Looking through your contributions, you must be referring to your adoption request here. As you can see, I am merely leaving an encouraging note stating how fantastic your contributions are, and how long this request will take. If I somehow make you feel patronized, then I offer my sincere apologies! I was only trying to leave you an encouraging note on your wonderful contributions.
In conclusion, I am sorry that you feel this way about me. My goal on Wikia is to always serve and help other users. So, if you still have an issue with me, please join me in chat, and I shall work out whatever issues you have with me. I hate giving any impression of myself that isn't of a user who is selflessly helping.
Just my two cents but the admittedly few interactions I've had with JosephHawk have been friendly and helpful, and he does the same for all users on Central. His response to my adoption last month was very helpful. It'd be a shame if he had to stop doing them.
Hi! Like 3cooldog92, I am here to offer my cents. Joe just wanted to let you know that you needed to edit there everyday, which is an adoption rule. Joe has no power over adoptions, so there is no reason to think that he could possibly do anything wrong. Joe is a great guy, and the more you get to know him you'll find that. I hope you can work this out with him!
I'm just gonna quickly poke my head in and give my opinion. I honestly believe that Joseph's reply on the request wasn't condescending/patronizing at all. His reply is very helpful; he's just saying that as far as he can tell you aren't missing anything that may be needed for the adoption to be completed.
Like the others, I'm sorry you dislike Joseph commenting on your adoption request, but you are welcome to ignore his post if you wish to do so. In general he is very helpful at guiding users towards a more succesful adoption.
I recheck everything in the requests anyhow, so even if he does make a mistake now and then it won't affect the outcome of the request (and it provides a nice double check of my own work, so I am less likely to make a mistake myself).
My adoption request was put on hold for a valid reason, I hadn't answered enough. I don't have much time right now because of halfterm tests so I would appreciate it if you left it on hold until next Monday or so as I will have lots of answers done by then. Cheers.
Hello. I'm sorry to bother you but I know that you're management staff. I have a concern about the TV Database Wiki that I hope you would want to be informed about.
I recently contacted Wikia Staff and requested that my wiki, Lost Girl Wiki, be added to the TV Hub on Wikia's main page. When I received a message informing me that it had been added, I clicked on the TV Hub area to see where my wiki appears or is listed. I didn't see it anywhere.
It's not under the Recently Featured, Channels, and Participate tabs. And nowhere on the screen did I see an area where new users can find a "how to" have their wiki become active in the TV Hub. Last tab left to look under was Communities. I have no clue what "Official Communities" within the tab is supposed to mean since only two appear. Under "Popular" only five wikis appear. Under "Hubs" you find what you already first see on Wikia's main page. That left "Core communities" to check.
Under "Core communities" you get "TV Database". I clicked on it and linked to the TV Database Wiki. There, at the bottom of the main page under the "Supernatural" category I finally saw my wiki. I clicked on it and linked to what appeared in the TV Database Wiki about it. It had been created on January 3, 2013, and the information was mostly out of date and incorrect. I immediately went to work on it and spent five days correcting, updating, and adding new information (including images).
When I uploaded an image before remembering that I had wanted to edit its name first, I added the file to the Candidates for deletion, then re-uploaded the image and added it to the Lost Girl tv show infobox template. Two days later and the image I marked for deletion was still appearing in the "Photos on This Wiki". The next day I saw in the Wiki Activity page that an Anon had posted a comment in the Maren Jensen page asking "Is anyone awake on this site?" Out of curiosity I went to the page to see what it was all about and saw that on April 2, 2014, an Anon had pointed out that the image in the infobox was the wrong actress -- and five months later it was still appearing in the template. I responded to the last comment and advised those who were interested in how they could change the image themselves.
Then, after giving it some thought, on October 12th I left a message in the Admin's (Brian Kurtz) talk page offering a proposal for the database wiki ("Proposal for TV Database Wiki").
Based on what I had found after becoming involved in the wiki, I proposed the idea for having Admins that would be in charge of individual wikis in the database because, as I stated, "One Admin alone cannot stay on top of a database wiki that constantly grows with additional wikis and new pages within existing wikis." I pointed out as examples the mounting pages in the "Candidates for deletion" that were not deleted, and the wrong actress photo in the "Maren Jensen" page that had not been corrected months ago when it was pointed out. Making someone an Admin of an individual database wiki would ensure that the supervisorial person was knowledgeable about the subject, and problems and questions within that wiki would be handled asap.
I know that not every Admin is like me and responds immediately to messages from users, or handles issues within their wiki in 24 hours. So I figured I would hear back from him in two or three days (keep in mind: this was on October 12). October 13, 14, 15 come and go. No word. On October 16, Brian Kurtz becomes active in the wiki, editing and adding pages. Still, no response from him to my message. October 17, 18, 19. No response, but he's been very active editing a multitude of pages and uploading images. Today is the 20th -- eight days since I left my message on his talk page and still no response from him.
He has totally blown me off.
Not only has he blown me off, but from what I can tell he has blown off others before me. Is this any way for an Admin to behave when this database wiki is directly tied to Wikia's TV Hub?
If the TV Database Wiki is simply one person's toy and hobby, then Wikia should make that known up-front so that every visitor and editor is fully informed about what to expect the first time they visit the database wiki.
As I said to Brian Kurtz in the closing of my message to him, "I do not mean to rock the boat or step on toes…." and I hope that you take this message as an opportunity to look into what is going on with the TV Database Wiki. Because it could become a great source of data provided by Wikia, or go to waste and become irrelevant as a result of poor management of the wiki.
The pages for The Simpsons and Power Rangers both leave much to be desired too - both had wrong dates on them, which I just fixed. The wiki is probably eligible for adoption. Fancy taking it on, Virago?
Oy! I'm familiar with characters from The Simpsons but don't watch the show, and dang if I know anything about the Power Rangers besides their costumes (and, because I'm hooked on the ID channel, the murder-robbery masterminded by a former Ranger). Besides, I learned a million years ago to not bite off more than I could chew. :-)
As best I can tell the Lost Girl Wiki has been on that main page for quite a while and was not recently added. I do not know who you contacted about adding your wikia to the TV Hubs page for promotion, but I recommend you ask them directly what they meant when they said your wikia had been added.
Alternately, it appears there is a forum board to request that your community be featured in the "From the Community" page; you could try that. The last two requests there both seemed to work.