Hey, Doom! In case you're still around, we finally decided to remove the administrator rights of inactive users, and I'm afraid you fall into that category.
I've removed your rights, but also left you with rollback privileges (a tradition on other Wikis to maintain a level of respect for the fact that you earned admin rights at all, while eliminating the majority of the security risks).
If you ever decide to come back into active editing, just let me know and I'll give your rights back as quickly as possible.
We've been discussing the admin right of inactive administrators recently, and during the course of that discussion we decided that because of security concerns, your bot account should not have administrative rights.
CM's still around and is still a Bureaucrat, but as a matter of courtesy we wanted to contact you and give you the opportunity to remove your bot's admin rights yourself. If you're busy or whatever, no worries, we'll go ahead and take care of it in a couple of weeks if you haven't by then.
We're still discussing what do about the administrative rights of inactive editors. If you have any thoughts on the matter, please feel free to post to the thread I linked to in the first paragraph.
Hey UB, it has indeed been a while. I had fully intended to return with the release of Xenoblade X, but our community has grown so much since when we built it up for Xenoblade that even by its release it had a strong foundation and far too many spoilers for me to feel happy adding stuff while playing, and it truly was astonishing how much had been completed.
I'm all for removing the Admin rights of my bot, and shall do so. With regards to my own rights, it is obviously not up to me to keep them just cos I like them, having been inactive, so I'll accept whatever decision you come to. It will always be nice to have access to the Admin toolbox and the stats that show how far we've come since we started here, and I'll always be proud of what we achieved, and what you guys have achieved with Xenoblade X since. I'll try and drop by the forums over the next week or two.
Yeah, I know what you mean about how much the wiki has grown, and about how much material was already on the wiki before the game even came out. I'm glad for more editors (especially since XCX has a lot more material than XC1), but I was annoyed a little about people adding material based on information from the Japanese release.
Regarding the bot's admin rights, I think you could have removed them if you had logged in as the bot via your browser. At least admins used to be able to remove their own rights.
There's another issue that affects you that I need to mention.
Since you became inactive, fan art has become problematic for the wiki in several ways. We recently had a discussion about fan art on the wiki. The part of the outcome that impacts you is that we decided to remove all the fan art blog posts. We'll also be removing any fan art images which don't credit the artist on the image page.
Before we remove those blog posts, we wanted to give you a chance to copy them elsewhere.
I totally appreciate that it makes sense to have information on the wiki at launch for people who are playing through and want to check some stuff out right after launch, but it certainly lowers the incentive for real players to contribute.
I didn't even think about doing that, and it's been so long that it'd probably take some work to log back into the bot. Oh well, it's more important that it gets done than me doing it, so I'm glad it's sorted.
With regards to fan art on the wiki, I'm happy and understanding with removing the blog posts and any fan art images that don't credit the artists. I'm not too bothered about backing up the blog posts, I'm not too proud of 3-year-younger-me's art analysis and critique.
I've missed working with you guys, as much as anything on the wiki.
Yeah, I've missed you too. This conversation has reminded me just how much.
I absolutely get what you're saying about the prerelease information. With all that information already there I haven't felt as much of a need to contribute by adding data. However I don't have nearly as much time to devote to the wiki anymore, so I wouldn't be able to contribute to XCX pages at the same level I did for XC1 pages.
I also get the impression that some people get enjoyment out of adding that type of prerelease data. If that's the case, I don't feel like I have any right to say they shouldn't add that information.
Okay, thanks for your understanding about the fan art. I know fanart was always something you really enjoyed, and I at least didn't want to disrespect that or the work that you put into finding the images and writing the blog posts.
If you mean "code that I can insert in a table on page A that will automatically read the enemy's level from page B and display it in the table", I think the answer is no. As far as I can tell, Wikia doesn't support that kind of data lookup.
I notice there is a category for Fan Art, and was wondering whether that covers images like this? As far as I'm aware, it is not fan art (as it appears in an official book) however would it be counted as official art?
(I feel I should probably make a category for official art...)
That's a good question, since I now there's plenty of official art around. It's not fan art, but since e never really categorised images it was sorta always just there, we'd have official art on the game page or character pages or whatever. So if you want we can do an official art category.
Long time indeed. I'm going pretty well. Still delaying all the promises I made to myself about working on stuff here. Haha. How about you? Playing any games at the moment, or working on other wikis, or simply lost all your spare time?
The lead producer worked on the 5 games (Xenosaga has 3 parts, plus Xenogears.) There has been so much conjecture about this here and everywhere that there's no point trying. They've said, it was renamed Xenoblade as part of his legacy, there's no link at all.