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Update January 17, 2007 Great news! I got the study back from my professor, and she believes this is definitely worth publishing. I need to work on it some more, but this part of the study is finished. If these threads need to be closed, feel free to do so. Now that I'm back from winter vacation, I'll be more in contact as I prepare the study for publication. Thank you all again.

Update December 16, 2007 Thank you to all who have responded. Your help has been invaluable. Stay tuned for more info on this study if it gets published.

Hello Users of Wookieepedia,

My name is Ernest Alba. I am an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and I am doing an ethnographic study on the Wookieepedia community. In order to develop a prospectus on this study, I sent a preliminary questionnaire to Administrator Greyman a few weeks ago. Now that the project has been approved, I would now like to beg all of your indulgences in answering the expanded questionnaire about your experiences as writers and users of Wookieepedia. Honest and detailed answers would help tremendously (any answers would help tremendously!). If you have any more questions for me, feel free to email me at ealba(at)mit(dot)edu or look me up on my user page. You may send your responses privately to my email address or post them here or on my user page, if you'd like.


Sincerely, Ernest Alba


Survey Questions for Wookieepedia Users

General Questions
1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?
2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?
3. Is vandalism a large problem?
4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

Personal Questions
5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?
6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?
7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?
8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?
9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

AnswersEdit

TopAceEdit

1. We have a lot of users, but only a relatively small circle of them make major changes. The reason why we established the "Wookieepedian of the Month" award was meant to encourage users to make more major edits.
2. Administrators largely do the same as others. They revert more easily and often, and they are the ones who have the privilege to ban users. Elite users are more likely to add whole sections or paragraphs, or create new articles than most "common users."
3. It's not a very large problem, in my observation. There were some notable cases where vandalism did cause a great deal of frustration (Jedi Exile), but overall, vandalism is quickly dealt with.
4. Since we are a wiki about a fictuous universe, we cling to works made by licensed Star Wars authors. We do not encourage using non-canon material as sources to any of our articles. Wikipedia or any other wikia might also be unreliable. Wikipedia is, in my observation, unreliable in terms of fiction.
(Personal Questions)
5. I love Star Wars, and Wookieepedia lets me spend my time creatively. There are a lot of things I have learned here, not only about Star Wars, but about written (American) English (I'm not a native speaker of English).
6. Anyone can join and should feel free to contribute to Wookieepedia. It does not matter very much if a user only edits minor things like punctuation or only adds images as long as this happens in accordance with our Manual of Style. I see myself as a kind of minor user, who used to make a lot of minor edits like changing spelling or capitals.
7. User pages are not very important for the purpose of the main Wookieepedia space, but it helps us know other users better. This is a great advantage if we know who we work with.
8. Fan fiction is an essential part of a fictional universe, especially as vast as Star Wars. Everyone should feel free to contribute to the universe in the way they can. This is not a problem as long as they respect that their creations will never be approved in Star Wars canon.
9. I have never given it a thought what it means to be a Wookieepedian to the whole of the SW universe. I will leave answering this question to more established users.
10. It is great to see that such a big project has come about in a relatively small period of time. It is also impressive that all this is a kind of "hobby" for all of us. - TopAce (Talk) 14:56, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

GoodwoodEdit

General Questions 1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?

  • Based on my experience, it would seem that while there are a lot of users with small numbers of edits/contributions, they're no less essential to the evolution of the wiki than those of us who dedicate large portions of effort to it (in the form of Good and Featured Articles, large articles, etc).

2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?

  • Again, speaking from personal experience, both. The former as needed, and the latter as a continuation of what brought them to the wiki in the first place. As an aside, I tend not to use the term "elite user"... ;-)

3. Is vandalism a large problem?

  • I really can't say with any honesty, but I know we have a good number of anti-vandal users and admins who are good at keeping on top of things.

4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

  • While it may not measure up to Britannica (which can actually get away with original research, etc., which we cannot), we are by no means an amateur site. Professionalism still seems to be the ultimate goal of most users.

Personal Questions 5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?

  • To the first, I can only say that I love Star Wars enough that I enjoy helping to catalog its many facets. To the second, I enjoy writing and having my work critiqued so that I may improve my skills.

6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?

  • Of course there's a community identity, unique to each user. To be completely honest, I see myself as someone who hopes to eventually reach "integral cog" status, but I've no delusions that it will happen any time soon. So in the meantime I do what I can.

7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?

  • To me, user pages serve a somewhat minor, though helpful, function. Their purpose seems to be to inform the community of what type of person a user sees themselves as being, as well as serving as a personal "trophy room" for their accomplishments.

8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?

  • I have absolutely no problem with fan fiction and fanon in and of itself, just keep it far, far away from Wookieepedia. Bad fan fiction/fanon can be very annoying, but there's a separate wiki for it anyway, good or bad, and I generally avoid it. I have, however, written my own fanfic in times past.

9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

  • A little bit of both, actually. It cannot be denied that the wiki's efforts have attracted the attention of major players within the creative forces behind Star Wars; this produces a good feeling within me, even if it's unlikely that anything I do will gain "official notice". On the other side of the coin, it is my ambition to write real Star Wars someday; if that ever happens I'll look back on my days here as essential to achieving that goal.

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

  • If nothing else, I have learned a lot about how to effectively work with others, even if it is in the virtual world only, as well as making some good friends. For that, I will always be thankful. --Goodwood Redstarbird (For the Rebellion!) 15:45, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Jedimca0Edit

General Questions
  1. Wookieepedia has a lot of users, but just a small number of them major edits there are also a lot of user that only make minor edits.
  2. Administrators do the same kind of things as regular users, the only difference is that they can delete things and block people. “Elite” users are more likely to create larger articles or expand and work on larger articles.
  3. I don’t think vandalism is big problem, but it could be. There are a lot of users, including myself, that “patrol recent changes” and revert any vandalism within minutes after it’s added. The admins also respond very quickly when something needs to be deleted or a vandal needs to be blocked.
  4. Wookieepedia is a professional site.
    Personal Questions
  5. I’m a Star Wars fan and I want to know everything about it, Wookieepedia is the best place to do that because every bit of information can be found here. While reading Wookieepedia I concluded that I could help make it better, so I got myself an account and started editing.
  6. I think every wiki has a community identity, so does Wookieepedia. I know I’m not an “Integral cog,” I might be one in a long time, or at least I hope to be on some day. I don’t see myself as a “minor player” either, I see myself as a bit more than “minor”
  7. I think a userpage is important because it can tell me what kind of person another user is, and other users can read what kind of person I am on my userpage.
  8. I have no problem with fanon, I actually like writing a bit fan fiction every now and then. But Wookieepedia is not a place for fanon, that’s what the fanon wiki is for.
  9. Wookieepedia helps Star Wars fans learn more about Star Wars, if I there is anything I want to know I’ll look it up on Wookieepedia and if I don’t find it I’ll check starwars.com and I’ve never been forced to go to starwars.com for anything. I contribute to Wookieepedia because I like it and because I know it will help other Star Wars fans.
  10. I would like to add that I really enjoy contributing to Wookieepedia and that this has become more than a hobby for me, I’ve “met” some really great and friendly people here and I enjoy working on articles together with them. --Jedimca0(Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 19:30, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Jasca DucatoEdit

General Questions
  1. Wookieepedia is made up of information from a legion of writers, all of whom have the ability to contribute any amount of information they want (so long as its canon).
  2. As mentioned above, Admins can block and delete. Apart from that, they're just like normal users.
  3. Not so much now as it was a year or so ago.
  4. I like to think that Wookieepedia has risen up into a higher league, and is now more of a professional site than a fan site.
Personal Questions
  1. I love Star Wars.
  2. I see myself as a well known user, and whilst I haven't been online as much recently, I like to think that my contributions are valued.
  3. Not very. I don't really see their point.
  4. I love it! As an administrator on the Star Wars Fanon WIki, I think you'll see how much I like fanon. The ability to expand upon a much loved universe with with your own characters, organisations and stories just adds to the depth and feel of the Star Wars universe.
  5. I feel that my contributions are helping others to learn about Star Wars.
  6. Wookieepedia is not a perfect site. There are users on Wookieepedia who I really don't like, and some on this site believe that fanon (fan fiction) of any kind is an abomination against God and completely evil. This really gets on my nerves, because these users see it as a personal vendetta to wipe out anything to do with fanon. As an administrator on SWF (Star Wars Fanon), I have tried numerous times to link the two wikis (SWF and Wookieepedia) together as "friends", but these users always seek to destroy any possible connection; and too a certain degree, they have succeeded. But, on the whole, I love Wookieepedia, the variety of information available is outstanding, and there is an article on pretty much everything in the Star Wars universe. Wookieepedia certainly does its job excellently.

Chack JadsonEdit

General Questions
1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?

  • I'd say a that while a lot of edits come from anons (anonymous users who do not have a name, and are identified by their IP address) and users who register and make just a few edits then leave for good, their are about 75 users who edit regularly. I'd estimate it's somewhat of a 50/50 split. Check the statistics page for more detail.

2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?

  • Well, administrators and elite users generally are more involved in Featured and Good articles than some regular users, but overall there isn't much of a difference. Admins can block people and lock or delete pages, but besides that, there's not much difference.

3. Is vandalism a large problem?

  • Surprisingly not. Vandalism is not as bad as it is on Wikipedia. Whenever a page is vandalized, it's almost always removed within ten minutes.

4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

  • I'd say professional, as the users here take this very seriously, and are dedicated to Wookieepedia. We are certainly not as official as Britannica, but I think we have high standards.

Personal Questions
5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?

  • I love Star Wars. I also like writing, and this is a good place to use those things.

6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?

  • There certainly is an identity. I think I'm an established user, not a crucial part, but someone who makes good edits and has helped improve this site. I feel I belong, and am respected.

7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?

  • User pages aren't that important, but they do serve to allow users to share information about themselves. A neat, well-written userpage makes a good impression.

8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?

  • I don't have a problem with it, as long as people don't spend all their time working on it. If you plan to do that, go to the Fanon Wiki. I actually have a fanon story (on the Fanon Wiki) that I used to have on my userpage here.

9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

  • It's not a sacrifice—rather, it's something I do for fun. I really enjoy editing Wookieepedia. And while I don't really think it puts me inside the Star Wars universe, I do like to think about such things occasionally (it would be cool to be a Jedi).

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

  • Wookieepedia is a great place, and most of the users here are friendly, and dedicated to making the site better. Thanks for choosing to survey us! Chack Jadson (Talk) 15:07, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Unit 8311Edit

General Questions
1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?

  • Most minor edits come from IPs or users who don't stay on the sight for too long. There are a number of users who contribute regularly, but their edit quantities and qualities vary.

2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?

  • The only thing that really sets an admin aside from a common user is their ability to ban and delete. Besides that, admins and so-called elite users often don't differ much from normal users, save that they might have a larger number of edits.

3. Is vandalism a large problem?

  • Not really. Most of it gets reverted literally in seconds.

4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

  • While it's detable, Wookieepedia does tries to uphold a professional image, and users do take it seriously.

Personal Questions
5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?

  • I'm a Star Wars nerd, and I simply want to be part of one of the greatest Wikis on the net.

6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?

  • As far as I'm concerned, I feel like a member of a community. To me, any user with good edits is a member of it.

7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?

  • Userpages are there to give information about their respective users and/or show off their achievements.

8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?

  • I don't mind it, and I am a active user on the SWfanon Wiki.

9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

  • Not really--for me, contributing here is just a harmless pastime I do for fun.

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

  • Can't really say anything others haven't said, but I'll still say it: Wookieepedia is great. I'd still say that if I wasn't a user.

Hobbes15Edit

General Questions

  1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?
    • Generally, Wookieepedia is written as an enormous collaboration between both groups. Some users, particularly the Inquisitors but a few others as well, make large-scale contributions in the form of featured articles. Others—one I've always noticed in particular is Kuralyov—make swarms of small edits that improve the stubs that make Wookieepedia as comprehensive as it is, since the Databank is limited by notability. And, of course there are casual users who contribute ever so often with new content and the occasional minor edit that clean up mistakes that the regulars don't always notice.
  2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?
    • Generally, "elite users" or administrators differ from common users in terms of their activity in the featured and good article process—to do all the stuff previously mentioned and to put out quality articles like many admins, Inquisitors, and common FA writers do is what sets them apart from the type of editing normal, more casual users might do. Anyone can revert bad edits—the rollback tool just makes it easier for admins and users gifted with those rights—and most if not all of our "common" users polish and minorly revise, but the creation of the articles Wookieepedia is most proud of is what more often than not sets these "elite" users apart.
  3. Is vandalism a large problem?
    • Definitely not. I've heard that it was far more abundant a year or so ago, but I wasn't around then, so I wouldn't know. We pretty much have administrators and rollbacks active 24 hours a day, and without as many edits as Wikipedia, it's much less difficult to find bad edits by sifting through the Recent changes page.
  4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?
    • Wookieepedia attempts to be as professional as possible, with the forbidding of original research, our neutral point-of-view policy, and other, similar things, and we often debate new ideas about how to improve our articles on the Consensus Track. Although we'll probably never hold up to Encyclopedia Britannica's standards, I'd like to think that even now, Wookieepedia is as professional, if not more so, than Wikipedia and Memory Alpha.

Personal Questions

  1. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?
    • I am a Wookieepedian because I love Star Wars, and believe in the dream of a complete, top-flight Star Wars encyclopedia that anyone can read and anyone can improve. In addition to that main goal, the two things I think I enjoy most about Wookieepedia are the flourishing community—I enjoy chatting on IRC and have a few friends among the users—and the writing skills I've gained from contributing here. Ever since I began reviewing featured article nominations, I gained a far better understanding about what sounds good in a piece of writing (in the case of Wookieepedia, an encyclopedia article), and as a result of my reviews I was recently made an Inquisitor. Overall, I really love Star Wars and enjoy writing about it, and Wookieepedia has given me a great outlet to improve my writing as well as help expand everyone's knowledge of this fantastic universe.
  2. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?
    • As an Inquistor, I'd say I'm a reasonably important member of the community—without the members of that body, our featured articles would be jokes—but without any really major contributions to my name, I wouldn't even consider calling myself an integral cog. As for community identity, there definitely is one for Wookieepedia; we have our jokes, our puns, and a bunch of other things we laugh about, and that's one of the reasons I like contributing so much.
  3. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?
    • In my opinion, user pages are pretty important, because everyone wants to know who they're working with, and what they like or dislike. They aren't indispensible, though, and we've had to create a user-page policy to restrict users who only edit their user page—as many say, Wookieepedia is not MySpace.
  4. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?
    • I really don't have anything against fanon, except when it goes against previously established canon—I probably will eventually contribute a bit to the Star Wars Fanon Wiki. However, it doesn't belong on the Wookiee—keep it on SWF where it belongs.
  5. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction)for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?
    • Neither, because I don't think the history of Star Wars is boring. IMO, Wookieepedia definitely is a somewhat "noble" cause, but I'm not sacrificing anything to contribute to it; it's merely a hobby for me that I enjoy doing, and try to keep up to date on.
  6. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?
    • Quite simply, I've had a great time. The community is great, the saga is great, and I wouldn't change anything about my experience at Wookieepedia. In fact, I think it's even helping me a little for later life— it'll be helpful to have the knowledge I've found about writing when I enter college in a few years. This is a great project for the good of anyone who wants to know about Star Wars, and I'm very proud to be a member of the Wookieepedia community. Hobbes(Tiger's Lair) 03:42, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

Carlitos MoffEdit

General Questions

  1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?
    • I think Wookieepedia carries itslef on the back of the "Small band of users". They are the main contributions came from there.
  2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?
    • I believe that "Elite" users are most likely to do thing with a sense of porpuse. Like improving images, large categorization efforts and WookieeProjects. As opposed to random bits of editing here and there that one may do when reading articles and finding that some small thing needs correction.
  3. Is vandalism a large problem?
    • Not that I have noticed.
  4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?
    • I just try to follow the veteran users standards. I don't really know who THEY are following, though.

Personal Questions

  1. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?
    • I am becuase I am a nerd for this kind of things (History-like banter and Star Wars). My incentives are the good times, and to know that one dude may some day read something that I wrote and say "Oh, that's pretty interesting." and the fact that he wouldn't have learn it if it wasn't for Wookieepedia.
  2. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?
    • There is a community, yes. But is not your normal internet thing. People here are most often more interested in improving the site than to have a long list of signs on their guestbooks (Most don't have gusetbooks at all). I find it refreshing, that an internet site can focus so cleanly on its goal rather that get sidetracked into all that silliness. I see myself as a minor player (Mainly because the small amount of edits per day I make) but you know, who cares? I am having fun edit small time, and that's what I am going to keep doing.
  3. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?
    • They nice, but not critical. I think the best way to know someone (On the Wook) is to have a little discussion on a talk page, rather than reading what he think he is.
  4. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?
    • Eh... don't tell anyone, ok?... but I am actually a sucker for Fan fiction. I devour cheesy romance stories like a bored 35 year-old divorced lady! But of course, that has no place on this site. And I get kind of mad at people who can't understand that.
  5. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction)for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?
    • Yeah, we are part of the Star Wars Fandom. And a pretty good sized part as well. But don't get me wrong, I don't see edting as a sacrifice (If I did, I wouldn't do it), as just see it as plain good times.
  6. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?
    • I think this site is great, we help fellow fans get informed (Sometimes even authors), is't a lot of fun to edit and the users are a hard-working bunch who really knows what they are doing. Carlitos Moff 03:36, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Stake blackEdit

General Questions 1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?

  • Us, average internet Star Wars fans! And yes, I believe so... Anonymous users actually help a lot.

2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?

  • 'Wookifying' content, expanding stubs based on the elite user's collection of merchandising.

3. Is vandalism a large problem?

  • Not really.

4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

  • We try to be professional, but, as a wiki site, that's often hard, but we manage to achieve a certain quality standard. I'd say we're mostly inspired on Wikipedia, and, well, Memory Alpha rarely is a reference. We basically try to be original.

Personal Questions

5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?

  • Seeing a large database of Star Wars universe information, and the fact that it's always growing, expanding, drives me to be part of it, not really sure why, though. It's like I'm contributing to the saga, I guess.

6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?

  • Yes, there is. Like in other communities, you'd expect to exist some 'elite' groups, naturally. I'm just a minor player. Contribute here and there, help on some consensus decisions, but I don't get too much envolved with other users. Bad experience with community politics.

7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?

  • Very important. They allow other users to know who you are, how much you know about the saga and how experienced you are in Wookieepedia.

8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?

  • Dispise. It can be a pain to identify fanon from real content around here.

9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

  • Not exactly. I'm just fascinated with the stories, and how we're able to build up a larger story from multiple sources. The continuity is amazing.

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

  • It's ever changing, and I guess that's the cool thing about it. It's not just plain reading. It's a wiki. It's Web 2.0 taken very seriously. Stake black msg 15:05, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Roger RogerEdit

General Questions 1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?

  • Anyone who hits the edit button. It's pretty evenly split, and some users (Like myself) Alternate between the massive and the miniscule

2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?

  • Really, there's not much of a difference. We all do as much as we can, and if you don't do good things, we block you. It's simple, really

3. Is vandalism a large problem?

  • It's not much more than an easily dealt with problem. I've seen a lot, and I've reported a lot. The only thing keeping me from eradicating all vandalism is my unknowing status of deleting articles. If I report it, a response is usually prompt.

4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

  • We try our best to be professional. We take most of our inspiration from Wikipedia, and the rest is from our minds

Personal Questions 5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?

  • I like to help this massive database of Star Wars facts. Plus, I love to vote for QOTD.

6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?

  • I'm as active as I can be. I'm pretty new, but I do my very best to help. There are no real labels that we put on each other besides Administrator, User, bureaucrat and Anon

7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?

  • They are very important, as we use them to give info about ourselves

8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?

  • Fun to write, but don't post it here. There is another site entirely for that.

9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

  • It's just our job. It feels good to help a site like this.

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

  • It's an amazing job to do, watching the site grow and actually helping it do so. I love to help this site and it's users.
                    Sincerely
                      ~Roger Roger~  Home of the B1s

Riffsyphon1024Edit

General Questions

  1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?
    Everyone that contributes to Wookieepedia becomes the author of the wiki. It comprises a multitude of users with different agendas, timeslots, and productivity resulting in a constant flow of information of all corners of the Star Wars franchise.
  2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?
    An administrator has all the functions of a normal user with the addition of placing bans, particularly on vandals and disruptive users, rolling back pages, and voting in sitewide policy change discussions, however they also have the additional role as a leader in the wiki community, hopefully one that can be looked up to as a good example of a Wookieepedian, largely trusted and reliable. They generally have more say than the conventional user in votes and mofferences, however I would not consider administrators to be elite as I do not support elitist views for leaders of the site.
  3. Is vandalism a large problem?
    I think the system that has been implimented here at Wookieepedia is sufficient to counteract vandalism. Most times when users are banned, they do not attempt to come back to vandalize again but there are the occasional people about 5 percent that are repeat offenders and we still deal with them rapidly.
  4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?
    Wookieepedia cannot compare itself to Britannica or Wikipedia as we are but a branch, a extension of Wikipedia from which Wookieepedia was born. Memory Alpha has a similar approach in terms of covering another science fiction giant but Wookieepedia strives on being unique in its own right. I think in the last year we've gone from amateur to a sort of professional status. We have even worked with Wikia to attend and get a table at a convention in Los Angeles: Celebration IV. Perhaps you've heard of it? :) Heck we even held a trivia contest on the Behind the Scenes stage. Wookieepedia then becomes more than just a wiki at this point.

Personal Questions

  1. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?
    Well not to be blunt but I helped found Wookieepedia back in 2005 with Chad Barbry. I saw that Star Wars articles and information were being deleted from Wikipedia and there was an urgent need to find another place to create the minor articles and keep them there. Thus Wookieepedia was born on the talk pages of Wikipedia and within days we were up and running. I love it here. The incentives of contributing are that I feel like something is getting done and it helps other people reading about this or researching into it. It makes the entire universe of Star Wars more accessible to the masses and gives people something to talk about.
  2. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?
    As co-founder of the wiki I tend to find myself as being deep within the processes of the wiki as much as possible, at least when I am available. There are times where I have been away for other means, and other wikis at that, but I try to stay in the loop and oversee the new changes of the wiki. I perform admin actions where ever necessary and provide insight and advice when needed.
  3. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?
    User pages are not terribly important, however they serve a purpose of identifying the user and allowing others to get to know their fellow Wookieepedians. I use my user page as both a place for my stuff as well as all my templates, figures, tools, etc. needed to continue to edit the wiki. Recently a vote was made to limit fan fiction from user pages since many users simply used them for that purpose. I support the decision and those users should access the Fanon Wiki.
  4. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?
    Trailing from the last question, it doesn't belong on our user pages, however at the Fanon Wiki, where I also contribute, it is a creative way for users to express themselves. I myself have made many articles there, with the largest based from characters or identities I have had over the years.
  5. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?
    I think that writing here does place me within the universe, and the more obscure the subject, the more detailed things get, and the more realistic it feels. Most times my article creation will be while I'm reading a novel, so I'm already immersed in the universe through the story. I'll tend to make a bunch of smaller articles on random little things than 5 page biographies on main characters because that is just what I do and how I entertain myself, though some might say that I just create smaller articles for higher article count, which isn't always the case but it does help push the overall number up. Regardless of the amount of content per article, I place Appearances or Sources sections in them, sometimes line cite them, and categorize every one to the best of my ability.
  6. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?
    I just try to have fun with it as I go along and discover new information. It's exciting to add the new things to the wiki since it makes it just that more complex. I am glad I was able to become a part of this massive project and I have enjoyed meeting our users from across the globe. Wookieepedia has become a phenomenon that I hope continues on for many more years to come.

Whew. -- Riffsyphon1024 08:25, 22 December 2007 (UTC)

FankEdit

General Questions 1. Who writes Wookieepedia? Is it evenly split between a small band of users who make a lot of edits and a large number of users who each make small contributions?

  • I think it's both. I often see the same names at the bottom of pages for last edit/contribution, but names I haven't seen or don't recall too.

2. What type of editing is an administrator or an "elite" user likely to do versus a common user (e.g. reverting, polishing, revising vs. creation of new content)?

  • Common users will more or less add some links and edit typos, while admins or elite users do the bigger things. I myself am a common user.

3. Is vandalism a large problem?

  • Since everything is revertable, I'd say no.

4. Wookieepedia is the largest Wikia site with over 54,000 articles. To what standards does Wookieepedia hold itself up to? Encyclopedia Britannica? Wikipedia? Memory Alpha? In other words, is this a professional or an amateur site?

  • Oh it's professional alright. Not some unorganized bunch of fans. I would compare it to Wikipedia.

Personal Questions 5. Why are you a Wookieepedia user? What are the incentives of contributing?

  • The knowledge that it takes people to make something like this, and it never hurts to help. At first when I found this wiki I used it without contributing in anyway, but that soon changed as I saw errors and such. Nothing big, just something that should be changed.

6. Is there a community identity? How do you see yourself as fitting into the community? Are you a spectator? Minor player? Integral cog?

  • I think there all three are here. People who use it and don't contribute, people who fix minor things along the way, and people who oversee it all. I consider myself a minor player.

7. How important are user pages? What are their purpose?

  • Never read any, but it adds to the community feeling. I don't think Wookieepedia could've come to where it is now without a community.

8. What is your view of fan fiction and fanon?

  • Guess it's fun if it fits and is well-written. Not for me since I have plenty of reading to do!

9. Do you feel as if writing for Wookieepedia places you inside the Star Wars universe? Or do your contributions represent a sacrifice (writing "boring" history instead of fan fiction) for the good of the Star Wars community - participating in a nobler cause?

  • I don't feel like it places me in the Star Wars universe, that's a bit too far for me! Participating in a nobler cause as in making information accessible/more accessible for everyone.

10. Is there anything else you would like to say about your experience as a writer for Wookieepedia?

  • Not really, no. I don't write all that much here. Hope this helps you! Fank 04:04, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

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