A man walks up to the main gate of Kirtland Air Force Base. He tells the guard, "I'm here. Make me a general." Even if the guard happened to have the authority to promote someone to that high a rank, is it a good idea for the guard to immediately say, "Sure, why not?"
No, obviously it's not. It's a bad idea for a military base and it's also a bad idea for a wiki. Though a wiki should be a community where people feel welcome rather than something more rigidly-run like a military organization or a government, when it comes to granting user rights, the same concepts apply.
In order to become a General in the Air Force, you first have to enlist in that service. You start at a low rank and over time, you work your way up and receive promotions in…Read more >
We're at a point where Wikia is going to introduce a major new feature, and once again we've got people complaining about it. One of the complaints is familiar: if you're gonna make a major change, it should in the Wiki Features menu so individual wikis can decide if they want it or not.
The reality is that that isn't always the best choice. The "why" will follow in a moment, but first the disclaimer.
If you look at my profile, it recently started saying "Wikia Star". That means a few people saw I was doing some good work and wanted to recognize me for that. What it doesn't mean is I'm going to automatically say yes to everything that Wikia does. Like everyone else, I might have a different idea about how to do something. But I am going to t…Read more >
One of the wikis I am on is considering adding the Achievement badges, but we have a real concern that we're going to get inundated with poor edits. Even without Achievement badges, all wikis have their share of poor edits. Some are inconsequential, but others are actual problems or vandalism.
Once you add in the badges, the workload of cleaning those up increases. We're trying to keep up with the Recent Changes Patrol, but a lot of times I am the only one doing that, so we don't want to drown in a flood of "make an edit just to get a badge" edits. We wouldn't want to add the badges and then take them away later because we can't cope with the problems any more.
Since Wikia does not have a "how-to" guide yet, I could really use some advice on…Read more >