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Brandon Rhea

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67,495 Edits since joining this wiki
August 24, 2006
  • I live in a galaxy far, far away
  • I was born on March 7
  • My occupation is Senior Community Manager
  • I am Batman
Hi, I'm Brandon, and I'm a bureaucrat and administrator here on Star Wars Fanon.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message below.
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  • So, I was perusing "Random page" when I came across this page, which dates back to 2006. A user named Spacetear has been editing it since December, though the page technically belongs to Locksmithjones, who no longer appears to be active. Should I revert all of Spacetear's edits or leave them, seeing as the OP was last active in 2007 and has not authorized Spacetear's contributions to the project?

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  • So the proposal to remove the comma from four digit years was adopted? Because I was thinking about doing some page moves to get that going finally.

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  • The page Nexus Skywalker has once again been vandalized by this user. Not sure why, but this page has been hit pretty hard as of late by multiple anons.

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  • I corrected an article attributed to Vulture Droid for syntactic tense mistakes, only to have the user revert my edits and chastise me for editing his work, despite the fact that my edits were a "good faith" attempt to make the article in question abide by Article guidelines. Please deal with him appropriately.

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    • I feel I must apologize for the abrupt manner with which I sought to handle this. I guess I'm still getting used to the fact that this isn't Wikipedia and most users don't appreciate or understand the finer points of policy as I do. I shall endeavor to assume good faith from now on.

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    • Thanks, glad to hear it. The policies here are very deliberately designed to be lax, and I try to approach enforcement of them from a level-handed and fairly laid back place. Most people don't mean any harm, and generally giving people some room to make mistakes and then learn from them is a good thing. That's something Wikipedia, for example, very much lacks, so I can see why it would be an adjustment.

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  • This user has been vandalizing Kvothe krieger repeatedly, reverting my attempts to reverse his vandalism. Also, while we're on the subject, I noticed we don't have an "Ongoing Vandalism" page like Wookieepedia or Wikipedia for users to report offenders. Would you mind if I created one, under the title of Star Wars Fanon:Vandalism in Progress?

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    • I agree with both points made here: pro-freedom to edit for everyone and there being no point on this sort of wiki to allow anon users to edit since they are so limited as it is. However, I have to side with Brandon. It is better to be all-inclusive rather than exclusive of a demographic of editors. Sure they can vandalize and make edits we don't for all intents and purposes allow, but they may also do the implausible and make constructive grammar edits and formatting. I think we just have to deal with the negative when we see it and give everyone freedom to edit. If they are particularly problematic we can just temp ban that IP or give warnings.

      SWFanon isn't Wookieepedia, it doesn't see hundreds or thousands of edits a day by dozens of users where vandalism COULD run rampant or bad faith (or good faith) edits to articles can happen frequently. We have enough RC patrollers and wiki activity patrollers around here we can catch the vast majority and reverse the damage and it isn't overwhelming to the user base to do.

      I don't see the need for allowing anons to edit BUT I don't see the necessity to change the site's years old policy given this site has vastly improved to decent respectability on this front. 'Sides this place is based in MURICA! Freedom to edit for all!!!! My 1.5 cents.

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    • I generally agree with ITCO. I don't agree that there's a lot of vandalism. And any time there is vandalism, it's simple to fix. It's not a big deal, and eventually the ideal scenario would be that there's more active administrators here (heck, most of the changes I've been making around here are to prepare for that eventuality). So if there were more active administrators, legitimate vandals—amongst whom I do not count those who make story edits without permission, because I think those are good faith contributors who just don't know the policy—would theoretically be blocked sooner.

      And to be honest with you, I think you three could easily become admins here some day to help with that. Firedance with a bit more time, SWFanon-specific experience, and patience; and Sakaros and ITCO with more regular activity.

      Regarding the purpose of anonymous editors, I don't see it as being a matter of what someone is and is not allowed to edit. It's a matter of creating an experience where anyone can try their hand at editing; there are plenty of people across Wikia who dip their toes into the water by contributing anonymously, and then create an account.

      If we were going to take the stance on SWFanon that we don't need anonymous editing because they can't make story edits to other peoples' pages, then we might as well take that to the next logical point and say that no one on SWFanon can edit anything except pages that they themselves create. Which obviously doesn't make any sense either.

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  • This user has been vandalizing a variety of pages, including one of yours, and he refused to stop editing Ben Starkiller despite my attempts to revert his edits. It might be wise to block his IP address if he keeps this up.

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  • Hate to continually bother you, but I wondered what official policy is regarding parody/joke articles. I noted the existence of a Joke template, but I didn't want to publish my article on the wiki without first clearing up policy concerns. If they're not permitted, I'll just publish mine on a subsection of my userpage. Firedance 13:42, January 4, 2015 (UTC)

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  • Brandon,

    Forgive the elementary question, but trial-and-error isn't producing results: how do you remove a category from a page once applied?

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    • Hey Sakaros. You're using the source editor, so here's what you do:

      1. Click "Edit" to go into editing mode.
      2. You'll see a module on the right called "Categories." I'm pointing this out since I don't know if you add categories through that module, or if you type them at the bottom of the editing screen.
      3. Hover over any of those categories. On the right, you'll see a small trash can icon.
      4. Click the trash can icon and the category will disappear.
      5. Click "Publish" and your change will go live.

      Let me know if you have any questions about that.

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    • And here I always keep that module closed to make editing easier. Hoisted upon my own petard.

      Thanks.

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    • No problem!

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  • Are Featured and Good Articles still a thing? I've been perusing the lists looking for well-crafted examples to study, but there doesn't seem to be much activity regarding these two (as well as user of the month, incidentally, which looks to be a relic of the past from my perspective). Firedance 00:34, January 4, 2015 (UTC)

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    • They're not much of a thing anymore. I find them not only a relic of the past, but also something too similar to encyclopedic projects like Wikipedia and Wookieepedia. I don't think the FA/GA system, which focuses almost exclusively on technical aspects of an encyclopedic page, really works here. At some point I'd like to create something new called Featured Fanon (just like we have Featured Fiction), with a greater emphasis on reviewing the story of a page.

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    • Nifty idea, given the whole purpose behind this site's existence. I hope to hear more about this in the future. Firedance 01:13, January 4, 2015 (UTC)

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  • Happy new year. :)

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