Forums > Senate Hall archive > Improvement drive is dying

That's right, our good friend Improvement drive is dying a slow, painful death. One only has to look at the history to see the decline. The average number of votes for most of last year was around 12. But around the end of the year, it started to slow down, and now an article is lucky to get half that many votes. As for the actual improvement of articles, they still do okay most of the time, often because they are featured on the main page and get attention from new users. But we need to get everybody working on the articles and voting for articles to work on.

So, what can we do to breath some new life into the Improvement drive? -- Ozzel 07:23, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Write some crappy articles that will need to be improved? KEJ 08:46, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Actually, I think the problem is no one checks it these days. Ozzel is right, it's a dying thing. :-(. JorrelWiki-shrinkableFraajic 17:27, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
      • I check up on it, but most of the things aren't something I know a lot about, or I don't think they need much improvement. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Audience Chamber) 17:50, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
        • But it's not like we don't have hundreds, even thousands of articles that could use serious help. We're just barely getting any nominations, any votes, or very much improvement. -- Ozzel 18:08, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
          • I concede the point, and I'll look for some more to improve. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Audience Chamber) 18:10, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
            • Could the problem simply lie in the fact that you now have to scroll down to see it? Compare the numbers from before it moved to the bottom of the page to the numbers after, and I bet I'm right. Lonnyd 19:49, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
              • I bet you are too, ive been here for several months (just recently created my account) and never actually got a link to the improvement drive. Alot of times these osrt of things have to do with advertisement. If it isnt where new users are likely to look, then they wont see it. KybernetesAlphaComms LinkJaingHead 01:33, 9 February 2007 (UTC) btw, could someone maybe have a link to it on this discussion in case people look into it? thanks ozzel v
                • I already did at the very beginning. -- Ozzel 01:37, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Personally, I rarely look for some "consensus" among other users on what needs to be improved. I've got certain RPG supplements and books that clearly have lots of potential entries in them, and that's what I concentrate on. Galactic Battlegrounds, the Corellian Trilogy, Coruscant and the Core Worlds, and Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds are where just about all my entries come from, no matter what the Improvement Drive says. Enochf 22:20, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
  • I'd like to help even though I'm not a registered user. However, I'm still busy shouting out the website for its hostile atmosphere towards would-be contributors. What's the point of contributing when your work is immediately condemned and the page you edited gets reverted? <Perplexed-4E-Turnitee>
    • I'd say the best possible way to begin contributing to Wookieepedia is by adding and tweaking articles on very, very minor characters, minor races, obscure stuff that shows up in the EU or a video game. A lot of new contributors make the mistake of jumping right into making big changes to the Luke, Vader, Boba Fett, or Chewbacca articles. Start small and learn the formatting first. And Socorro still needs a big expansion, if you've got The Black Sands of Socorro Enochf 01:51, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
  • As I am new I can relate to what Enchof said. I decided not to leap straight into the "Big Leagues," I have started tweaking minor characters and obscure things within the "Knights of the Old Republic," universe which at the moment is my most knowledgeable area having started replaying the games. Having only glimpsed upon what the "Improvement Drive" can do I have no idea of it's real power. Is/was it like a hyperdrive or did it have the engine of a volkswagen. :p I am not sure how we could help it exactly but I'm just chipping in my 2 republic credits which as a newbie isn't worth that much. ;) -- Darth Oscuro 18:38, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
    • Judging by recent lack of participation, I'd say the improvement drive is more akin to an improbability drive. Enochf 03:09, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
      • Perhaps there is no information easily had which can be used to improve a given article. Just think about it. There's only so much information out there. Karohalva 03:40, 19 February 2007 (UTC)