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Hi everyone. If you haven't seen it yet, Wikia and Wookieepedia have teamed up with Lucasfilm for Predict the Madness, part of the StarWars.com This is Madness character tournament. Last year, Predict the Madness was held on Star Wars Fanpedia. When some of the admins here visited the Wikia office in San Francisco, though, they said they wanted contests like Predict the Madness to be held here. We were happy to oblige. Therefore, welcome to the 2015 Predict the Madness tournament!
People will be able to create their brackets beginning today until the morning of next Monday, March 16th. We expect a ton of brackets to be created. Once voting begins on StarWars.com, we will update the brackets at the end of each StarWars.com round to indicate which brackets had correct guesses and which brackets had incorrect guesses. In the end, the most correct brackets will be entered for a chance to win awesome prizes from SMS Audio (the contest's sponsor) and Sideshow Collectibles.
Here are two quick points I wanted to bring up, since there's going to be a crazy amount of activity on Wookieepedia:
Recent Changes. This is going to be flooded with bracket creations and account creations. This will only affect Wookieepedia from today until next Monday. During that time, when you want to just see the regular content that's being created and edited, you can use the filters on Recent Changes to hide account creations, bracket submissions, and article comments. That may seem slightly inconvenient, but it's a fair deal considering the massive exposure and account creation that will take place.
Support Programming. In addition to the contest proper, we'll have some support programming going on over the next month for the duration of This is Madness and Predict the Madness. This will include a trivia contest as well as a few character videos.
Page Count. You're going to see the page count on Wookieepedia go up a lot, because brackets are currently counted as a content namespace. This is so the pages have ads on them, and so the Recent Activity module is visible (and thus giving new users an entry into the rest of the community). Once the contest is over, brackets will stay on Wookieepedia but they will be marked as non-content. The page count will therefore drop back down again.
I also want to take a moment to thank the Wookieepedia administrators for being such great partners in getting all of this set up. There were lots of things that needed to be done for this contest that were outside the norm for Wookieepedia—you can see article comments on the contest page and the brackets!—and they were more than accommodating for everything. We're all psyched for this tournament and all of the activity and exposure that Wookieepedia will gain from it, especially since we're linked to from StarWars.com in a very prominent way right now.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the Discussion section. I'll answer whatever questions I can. Thanks! - Brandon Rhea(talk) 18:55, March 9, 2015 (UTC)
Also, I tweaked the article count on the Main Page to exclude brackets. That calculation will need an adjustment should the decision be made to exclude the comments from Category:Brackets, since it relies on the number of pages in that category. —MJ—War Room 20:58, March 9, 2015 (UTC)
Re: "wrapping the category in an #ifeq parser function" - go ahead. But if you break it, you bought it. :P - Brandon Rhea(talk) 21:24, March 9, 2015 (UTC)
So we got tons of new accounts! :D And because I made a small but major mistake with the Wikia welcome tool at the beginning of the week, I am now running my bot through every autowelcome to fix my mistakes. *facepalm* While doing that, I noticed User talk:JoeCorroney and Bracket:JoeCorroney. What would be the best way to confirm that this is indeed Joe Corroney? I think we do need to verify, since if it's not him, then a block may be in order for impersonating a VIP. I'll give the user the benefit of the doubt for now, though. —MJ—War Room 03:48, March 19, 2015 (UTC)
I... why on earth would we block that user? Firstly, they've done nothing but submit a bracket, and secondly, if it's not the Joe Corroney in question, how do you know it's not just someone else named Joe Corroney? There's zero reason to do anything about the user. It'd be a different matter if they were actively claiming to be that specific person and were making claims or providing info. CadeCalrayn 03:56, March 19, 2015 (UTC)
Fair enough. I just thought it could be construed as misleading. But we have confirmation, apparently, so it's a moot point. —MJ—Training Room 03:58, March 19, 2015 (UTC)