Overhauling the wiki
Truth be told, this whole process has been rather messy since the beginning. And by "this whole process", I refer to everything administrative-related since I was promoted to sysop by SSK.
Sure, the aesthetic looks wiki looks rather decent (for the standards of a fanon wiki) to the combined efforts of Sharky and myself, but the same cannot be said for the rest.
In a month, I deleted over six thousand pages from the wiki, reducing the counter to below two thousand, and even that was not enough and caused a bit of controversy here. This work of mine led to the resignation of SharkyBytesz from the administration, an unfortunate event considering his contributions during his short tenure.
SoundersSecretKeeper is mostly inactive, basically leaving me as the de facto "owner" (and I use this word loosely of the HP Fanon wiki, having power over the selection of both members of the bureaucracy and the administration, and the removal of the status from the latter. This means that we are practically reduced to three people, and while the number seems adequate for a wiki of this size, I feel the opposite. We need more administrators. And not just administrators. We also need more contributors for the wiki. As someone I know would say, the "beast must be fed". Therefore, if someone has suggestions regarding how to promote the wiki, speak up.
Next, comes the talk about the categories. Possibly the most terrible and unorganized part of the wiki. Many are duplicate categories, others are empty, and others are useless in the grand scale. In this, we should simply emulate the "mother wiki", that being the Harry Potter Wiki, and others which have a good level of respect regarding their structure, such as Wookiepedia and Wikipedia itself. They may have some confusing parts, but we can simply cannibalize the best.
Now, comes the talk about the policies and the very administration. I am a very... authoritarian individual (especially for my age), and that does reflect on how I do things here on the wiki. From my point of view, while people are supposed to have a free environment here, allowing for creativity, I feel that too much freedom leads to... well, to articles such as "Caitlin Malfoy" and the likes of it (this is of course, ignoring jewels such as Graficdubs, as HarryPotterRules1 might remember) appearing on the wiki.
It also leads to unwanted editions on articles of other editors, as it happened several times since the wiki was created by... an unidentified individual (likely Lemniwinks). In other words, vandalism.
This might be an unpopular point of view, but I feel that in communities like this, policies must be strict enough to root out the "weakest links", allowing the competent and the best to remain as our community grows and evolves. If someone can't follow a simple policy and adhere to a standard of quality, then why should they be allowed to remain as part of the HP Fanon Wiki community?
I'll be honest. I have an immense dislike of using the present when writing certain in-universe articles such as character pages (deities and the like do not count, as those continue to exist within the story universe even after the events of the storyline end), events, and things of the sort. So when I see someone using the present and not the past tense , I feel utterly annoyed due to my experience with other wikis and their articles.
Well, right now, my "rant fuel" is almost ending, so I should end this right here and be as blunt as possible:
1- I want to re-write the policies of the wiki and establish a permanent system which everyone must obey, similar to what happens in major wikis.
2- As we need other sysops, I suggest the promotion of Squibstress, a fan-fiction writer and editor of the wiki, to the rank.
3- As I mentioned before, we need to promote the wiki. How should this be done without seeming like we're begging?
Ok. It's done. Now it's your turn to speak.