My 3rd wikiversary was actually a couple of days ago, but better late than never. I don’t have a megablog this time, but I do have something to unveil for the occasion.
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been quite a bit less active since the first of the year, especially on the social end. (Or maybe it just seems that way to me.) Likewise, those of you whose stories I’ve been reading and commenting on may have noticed that I’ve fallen behind. Well, there’s a reason for that.
Around the first of the year, I finally got a TV Tropes account and began preparing works pages for my stories. (I’ve also been preparing a works page for Bambi—the novel, not the movie—but that’s neither here nor there.) That’s been taking a lot of my time lately, l…Read more >
We’ve had a couple of wikiversary blogs in the last few days, and mine is coming up in a couple of weeks, but here’s an anniversary of a different sort. As of today, 25 January 2013, Wifey and I have been married for 10 years.
We’ll wait a few days to celebrate properly because we’re both currently under the weather (she more than I, because I got sick before she did), but in the meantime we've got a little something to mark the occasion with our "wiki kids".
In the summer of 2005, we took a month-long road trip from Denver to Boston with various stops along the way to visit friends and (mostly) relatives. Our first outbound stop was in Kearney, Nebraska, which happens to have a lot of museums because it was the confluence of three pioneer t…Read more >
Yesterday, one of the admins replaced the listing of Modern Classics stories with a whole new slate, and added all of the former Modern Classics stories to the Classic Stories listing. Personally, I have a couple of problems with this:
- Although individual admins do have the authority to add stories to these lists without consulting the other admins—we routinely add stories to the Current Favorites listing without consultation—I don’t think that completely overhauling the list is a decision that anyone should make unilaterally. When we first set up the Modern Classics menu, Sprink hosted a blog-based discussion of the question before any stories were added..
- The Classic Stories menu is billed as “the most popular stories from the wiki’s early…
A number of factors, ranging from my cleanup work on our article and file libraries to an unpleasant dustup we had a couple of months ago, have led me to the conclusion that a number of our rules are in need of clarification and/or revision. There are also situations where we probably need a formal policy, but don’t currently have one. I have floated a couple of revision/clarification proposals in recent months, but I think the end of the school year is as good a time as any to revisit our rules as a whole. To that end, this blog will address a number of rules (or gaps in the rules, as the case may be) and offer proposals. Some of the following proposals are intended mainly as a starting point for discussion, while others are more concrete…
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No, not 10,000 edits. That’s still a way off.
I have made over 10,000 deletions since the first of the year. I think we now know why I fell behind on my reading.
My deletion binge has had the following effects, among others:
- We now have 275 redirects, give or take, down from a peak of about 5500. That’s a 95% drop.
- We now have 14,000 image files, down from a peak of 15,600 a few weeks ago (after people added over 500 images in one day). Before that, my cleanup had kept the file count more or less constant for months, at a little over 15K, as people added new files at roughly the same rate as I deleted old ones. I’ve deleted substantially all unused files that were posted more than 21 months ago. Before I started, we had forgotten files that ha…