So, in this thread, we talked about adding new locations, and on this thread, we're gonna talk about it solely, hopefully, and so yeah.
Since we have new cities, we need to add schools for them first of all, and I think we should focus on Anaheim, San Diego, and Long Beach first because I think we should have all the locations we currently have now should be in LA.
Part one can be found on this forum also, so if you haven't read that, read that.
Anyways, I had some ideas on how to revive the wiki and it would be better if it was on the beginnign of a thread, rather than a reply. So, please read below.
Contents[show]Tweaking the Get Started Guide
I feel that we should introduce a tabber system for the GSS, so it would be more accessible to new users. No one likes to read the long and hard stuff, so a tab system will make the reading experience easier. Here is a visual example if you don't picture the idea yet:
We have a lot of inactive characters with users who forget about them or usrs who just leave. So I say we implement this policy:
If the user has not been active for a month, then we mark all of their characters using the Moved2 template. If the user is fairly active for the past motnh but the character hasn't, we give the user six weeks without roleplaying the character without marking them as Moved2.
Location Creation Process
We should approve locations like we do events, kudos to see how many users approve. A location is no use if only one user likes it.
Locations we DO NOT NEED/NEED to have
Important to Have:
A new private/public high school because not everyone in a city is going to focus onto two schools
A new college for the same reason
Not Important to Have:
Ocean Coast Academy. sorry guys, but no one really makes OCs for there, even when it was known.
Houses, especially if the OCs are inactive
We should just delete both because no one's using them. Texting is often mixed into RPing, so that could get confusing. We could always use the word bubbles, just say //bob texts blah// and then the bubble. On the texting board, we could say that the board is not logner in use and all texting should me at the RP board. For MySocial, no one is usign them, we should just delete the pages.
Changing the Character Form
It should really be this imo:
Name:Face Claim:Gender:Age/Birthday:Personality: (at least four qualities, not just nice and smart)Occupation(s):Brief History:(one or two sentences should suffice. Show that you know your character)Talent (only if attending CAC or LASA):Education (optional):Portrayer:
We should change the approve/claim forms so that they have a preload for sorts for users to make pages.
The main page colors hurt my eyes.
Someone that is not me should handle featured items.
I had something else but I forgot it so yeah.
No more mature templates, because half the pages they're put on are not the least bit mature and they're unneeded.
So like as you all know, we have a boatload of OCs whose portrayers have sadly departed from this wiki. When they go inactive, we do nothing with their OC pages. This isn't meant to insult anyone (as the last time a thread like this was made I got severely insulted; despite that I still love you Shor bby) But we need to implement a system for getting those OCs marked inactive within a reasonable timeframe (like Audrey has been gone since July 20th, 2013 and her OCs still haven't been deleted).
Also I feel the need to implement a system for keeping the OCs whose portrayers are still here active. Like, I understand that there are prior engagements like school and extracurricular activities. So, instead of having a short time like a month, let's say if a charrie hasn't been portrayed at all in 2 months, an admin needs to intervene. If their portrayer has left without reason and their profile has been marked inactive, just delete said OC. Simple as that.
This isn't up for discussion but we really do need to organize our FC pages, school pages, and other locations and whatnot. This is freaking mandatory, so yeah we need to get on that.
WARNING: This isn't as much of a suggestions thread as it is a rant/discussion/bore you all with my opinions on the wiki thread.
I know this is stupid and obvious and no one really cares what I have to say, but this needs to be said. This wiki is crazy inactive, and I don't think it's just school. I know I shouldn't be contributing to it because I'm an admin and all, but I admit that I'm not perfect and I think this wiki is way more inactive that it has been. There have been periods where we were less that active before. But hey, our most recent wiki activity things wouldn't have "one day ago" under them and you would see people editing and replying over the weekend. Also, I feel the majority of the wiki brings another wiki as more of a priority. It's perfectly fine. If that makes you happy, I'm fine. But honestly, I think some things need to change on this wiki, in terms to roleplaying and all that jazz to increase activity. And just improving the wiki in general.
Starting RPs: CAN I JUST SAY THAT STARTING RPS IS HARD AS HECK EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMS EASY. I mean you have to choose a character to rp with, and then you have to have your character say something. But it's very difficult and unrealistic for someone just to say "Hi" even if they're a good person, and most contexts like "Bob bumped into Mary" are overused as heck and SOMETIMES THESE THINGS AND FREAKING HARD AND THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SUCH AN INACTIVE WIKI BECAUSE NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO START AN RP AND FOSTER A REAL FRIENDSHIP/RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OCS THAT IS NOT A SELF-SHIP. Okay so now that my crazy rant is over, let's get down to business. I think we should all just follow my ideas in the next bullet point because this bullet is getting long winded and I can't save it now.
Self-RPs and RPs in General: I like reading RPs. I like reading them a lot. You know what I want to do? I want to comment on RPs I think are good and the ones that I think totally suck (jkjk). I want to give compliments to good ones and constructive criticism to the ones I think aren't as good. You know why I can't? This wiki, no matter how progressive we are in terms to LGBT-love and out of the box plotlines, is a little conservative with opinions. I know we have RPs we like more and ones we like that, and we should be able to CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITICIZE RPs, characters, and plotlines. By constructively criticize, I mean "I like the idea you have, but I think that ... could be improved and ... isn't up to my standards."That way, the RPer can do better next time and maybe gain confidence (when we say "omg you've improved i love you so much") in starting RPs like in that bullet point up there. Also, it's good to give encouragement, but I feel this wiki is stingy on that if the rp isn't of a popular ship because we're afraid people might feel bad. Well guess what? I feel bad if I DON'T get a comment sometimes, because I have no idea whether you people absolutely hated my RP or want to marry it. Commets build confidence, and I think that if I had more confidence in my RPing and my OCs, then I would start more RPs, making the wiki more active.
Events: Over half of the events are Ashley Hale parties and the most recent one wasn't too popular. I highly believe that there should be more variety, at the very least in the type of party. And maybe we could increase the time span between some events, because sometimes such close-together events can lead to less activity. I have some ideas for some events. They're not good but they're ideas so BEAR WITH ME PEOPLE BEAR WITH ME.
Fancy B-Day Parties: A lot of people have fancy sweet 16 at hotels where ahem, things can happen.
Sleepovers: How is it that we have so many girls on this wiki but none of the classic teenage girl antics of a slumber party? How? I've always wanted ashley Hale to throw this awesome slumber party where she gets girls to admit who they like and share all their secrets.
Carnivals/Fairs: Wouldn't you love to see your favorite ship stuck on a ferris wheel or win each other gifts at carnival games? I would. LITERALLY IF YOUR OTP KISSES ON A FERRIS WHEEL OR ADORABLY THROW UP ON EACH OTHER ON A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE THEN LAUGHS IT OFF I WILL SHIP THEM SO HARD.
Marking character inactive as users go inactive: As much as we all love her, we have to admit that Reffy has left for good, and her characters along with her. Even though she's gone and a certain character has acknowledged as one of Reffy's ocs has gone, they wre never really marked as "Moved" and their pages were never deleted. It's because we don't really have a system for that. I believe we put the Moved template that archived the page on pages like these, and if inactive users don't come back after a month or so, then we delete the pages. This doesn't really go with my title and theme but this has been bothering me for a while.
Character Pages: This is very off topic, but can we please finish our character pages? Please? Like, I get you have school but it wouldn't kill your to do a section a week or something.
As you all know, Michelle, Corey, and I are administrators on this wiki. But, I think that we should have at least one more, at least temporarily. Below are my suggestions for who and why.
I think either Sunny, Tanni, or Jess should become the new admin(s) because they are active, model wiki citizens, and great roleplayers. They would set good examples.
Also, we need another administrator as Corey cannot get on at this time and I believe Michelle might be on a hiatus/left the wiki because she recently edited her profile to say "I have to leave the wiki anyways so OMFGLOL".
I also ask for bureaucrat rights because in case Michelle is going on a looong hiatus or has permanently left the wiki, I feel that there should be someone who can promote users in her absence.
If my ideas are not put into action, I request that Sunny at least be given Rollback/Chat Mod rights and Tanni and Jess given rollback rights in addition to the Chat Mod rights.
Although, as I arrogantly add, bureaucrat rights for me wouldn't hurt all all.