Hey Brandon. Could you direct me to the page which has the new user message wall welcome message code? It's been displaying "MessageWall:SavageOpress1138" instead of actually linking to my message wall, which I'm hoping will be a quick fix, but I don't know where to actually make that change. Thanks.
Would it be possible to update MediaWiki:Common.css so infoboxes can use images of any size, rather than a maximum size of 250px? I understand there are fields within the infoboxes' coding that allow one to adjust image sizes to a degree, but I cannot seem to get them to work. Many of the images I wish to use in my articles are unpleasing to the eye when reduced to 250px; it is quite a pain having to upload and re-upload new versions of these images just to fit the current size limit…
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. If my request is not possible, I completely understand.
I have a complaint. Some guy on the forums said to complain here, so I am. My complaint is that you're older than your userpage says that you are, and are actually 27, not 25. So happy very belated birthday!
Well it would be great to have you :) Also no offense meant Brandon but maybe be a bit more diverse at Community Connect since it was mainly Wookieepedia in several languages no offense made just a suggestion to be some more diverser. :)
Gather around, and I will you of the story of Brandon Rhea.
Once upon a time, in 2006, nearly 10 years ago, a young man by the name of Brandon Rhea came to Star Wars Fanon brimming with excitement and enthusiasm. His articles spanned countless pages of written material, hundreds of images, and his ambition was well-nigh boundless, reflected in doses of exuberant ego archetypal among the young and headstrong. At his pinnacle, he was the recognized authority on this wiki, and among one of its best writers. There was scarcely an institution on SWF that Brandon wasn't involved with or the head of. he branched out to other wikis like Wookieepedia and Darthipedia and SWFanpedia and eventually Wikia itself. And his ambition stretched out of even more, even more expansive stories, even better articles, and even more adulation. Brandon achieved more than anyone else ever has on this website, and he did it with a certain personal style and brash machismo and panache that even his detractors noted. Not that it was all work or responsibility either. On a hidden layer of the site, known as its IRC channel, a group of merry miscreants spent countless hours amusing each other, largely through teasing, trolling, and sardonic commentary on the rest of the site and other sites (*cough* Halopedia *cough*).
Yet Brandon could never be satisfied, even as he spearheaded initiatives to increase the overall quality of the site that ironically decreased its participation. Once faced with criticism, his own work seemed so flawed. His vision for what his work should be shifted as he matured and encountered more viewpoints. Rewrite after planned rewrite failed to adequately capture what was in his mind, and as he became more involved with the operations of greater Wikia, the time and energy he wanted to spend among his own fanon creations waned. Furthermore, SWF itself--partially through his actions, partially through general shifts beyond his control--had decreased in numbers and partnership. Once-active names like Solus, JM76, CurrentBigThing, Squishy Vic, Arav, Fiolli, MPK, Trak Nar, and a handsome, devilish rogue who went by "Ataru" became a rarity, and then a scarcity and then a non-entity on IRC and the site in general. While there were users that Brandon hadn't liked in the past, the new crop of users weren't as funny. The camaraderie was gone, and as Brandon matured and the site changed, the part of him that was willing to spend countless hours investing into a story nobody would read on a community that didn't care while in a chat room populated by other ridiculous young adults diminished. His imagination decreased or found other outlets. His propensity for grandiosity and need to impress decreased as he became more secure in who he was, without needing the adulation of a group of anonymous netizens who shared a love of Star Wars.
And so now that brings us to our current SWF twilight, and the reasons for your question about Brandon Rhea, whose career here is a monument to his ambition, and his sins. Judge him not, lest some day you too be judged and eulogized thusly. So hear ye, all who hear my tale of Brandon Rhea, the Bac of yesteryears, the once-glorious leader—no matter how involved or excited you get about this website, it's nothing without people you enjoy to do it alongside. And no matter how grand your ambition, how much you desire to write a Star Wars fan magnum opus, eventually, other things will come into your life that supersede it. As it happened to Brandon Rhea, it will happen to you. So learn, all ye who read this, and keep in mind the perspective that your forbears learned--that interests change and priorities shift, all in the normal cycle of things, even for the most committed and invested users. And if they don't eventually, it's a sign to move out of your mom's basement.
Savage: If you have to ask for a name drop, it means you don't deserve one yet. ;) You have yet to write your own legacy.
Brandon: Somehow it's fitting that I be the one to give your SWF eulogy.
Maurice.136: Once someone has moved on with their life, begging and pleading to return will not replace their sense of genuine community and bring them back. Brandon stayed because of relationships with his SWF peers. When those ended, he had less reason to be active. We can only appreciate the departed SWF forebears; one does not simply rekindle the sense of enthusiasm once the flame is extinguished.
Oh, the wiki is fairly active, in terms of small-to-medium wikis. Don't conflate Brandon's inactivity with the wiki overall. There are daily edits. It's no Wookieepedia, but just from sheer volume and the expansive freedom afforded to users, the site remains active. But the activity is from people editing their own creations, and mired in their own worlds. What this site lacks is a sense of community and purpose rather than being a conglomeration of isolated mental dumping grounds for the imaginations of its occupants.
If you want to see this wiki thrive again, then make friends and host community events. Don't lament for the departed. Besides, memorializing them is my job! ;)
Well Brandon is a awesome staff member and administrator here. I plan to make a million battles pages: The Attack on Anaxes, Blockade of Coruscant, The Siege of Skako Minor, Mission to Geonosis and etc.... I will get that out when I find time I mean with school and wikia (slugterra and star wars rebels admin).
Hey, could you go through everything I uploaded here and delete it? I don't like having half-done stuff lying around, and I'm thinking of recycling a couple of ideas as something completely separate from Star Wars...