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3,625 Edits since joining this wiki
March 19, 2011

The actual number of pages which I have edited here is 1697
I tend to revise myself a lot. Counting all edits, I'm one of the top 20 editors on this wiki. Excluding duplicates, I'm at least in the top 50, but I haven't excluded the duplicate page edits of other users.
I was asked to become a Wikia Star, but since the list of Wikia Stars includes some choices I do not agree with, I decided not to associate myself with those people. Plus, the whole thing seems a bit fishy to me.


I like the open nature of wikis. Everything public, nothing going on in secret behind closed doors. I think that everyone should be treated fairly and equally, and that admins should be bound by more rules than other users, in order to ensure they remain fair, equal and objective.

When I started editing with this account, I was unfairly blocked. I created a second account to evade the block and report the blocking admin to the bureaucrat, who then demoted the blocking admin. One month later, I became an admin there, another month later, I became a bureaucrat. So my advice to anyone who is blocked unfairly is to never just walk away.

My purpose on Community Central is four-fold:

  • Helping everyone

Rather than solve an individual's problem by doing everything for them, I prefer to instruct them on how to achieve their goal: that way, they know how to do it in future, and anyone else finding the thread in future will be able to solve their own problems.

When helpers quote help pages without linking to the help page, it does a disservice to the helpee, as they deserve to be told the source of the information, and a chance to read the rest of the page themselves.

  • Promoting fairness

I think that all people should treat others, and be treated, fairly and equally. More often than not, I will add my opinion where ever possible. I can't turn everyone into a good person, but if I can convince one person to be good to others, then I have made the world, and Wikia, a better place.

Wikia does not care how users treat each other, because the goal of Wikia is to make money, and forcing everyone to treat everyone else fairly would drive users away.

  • Helping myself

When I was a beginner, I learned a lot by reading threads on Community Central. Unfortunately, my own questions lately tend to surpass the level of help available here.

While I haven't learned many new things lately, I did recently learn about "allowusercss/"allowuserjs", although I already knew about "usesitecss"/"usesitejs".

  • Sharing the love

Although I ask few questions, I've still received a lot of help, either from things other people have posted, or from Staff answering my numerous support tickets. As such, I feel that it is important that I share my accumulated knowledge with others. To keep my knowledge to myself would be selfish.


Unfortunately, Community Central has many problems, including:

  • People not reading threads before replying, which causes:
    • Duplicate answers
    • Responses which have already been addressed or invalidated
  • People leaving deliberately repetitive replies:
    • Deliberately repeating the exact same answer
    • "I think you should do what the person above me said"
  • Allowing off-topic replies, while simultaneously disallowing on-topic replies to old blog posts
    • (Any examples I could give would likely target specific users, which is not allowed)
  • Lack of "sub-threads"
    • It is already possible to leave direct replies to thread replies to create sub-threads, but the existence of sub-threads is not listed in threads.
  • Partially answering questions directed at other users
    • While anyone is free to reply to anything they like, giving a partial answer to a question directed at another user is pointless and rude.
    • If someone actually has a complete answer to the question, then this isn't an issue.
    • If someone cannot answer the question in full, then they should give the person being asked an opportunity to answer first.
    • If someone partially answers a question directed at me, they obviously think they can answer the question better than I can, so my participation in that thread is over.

As a person who is "here to help", unhelpful replies are frustrating.

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