Posted by: supremeemperor | 2015:5:18

Master Jonathan, Wookieepedian of the Month for May

Welcome back everyone. Once again, it is time to congratulate our Wookieepedian of the Month. For the month of May, we congratulate Master Jonathan. Jonathan is one of Wookieepedia’s administrators, and primarily works on the technical side of Wookieepedia. In addition to this, Jonathan is also the controller of one of Wookieepedia’s bots, AJTD6. Jonathan was kind enough to grant us a few moments of his time to answer some questions.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when you discovered you were nominated to be Wookieepedian of the Month again?

  • Master Jonathan: A bit surprised, but honored at the same time. I do have to say that I’m not a fan of repeat winners in general, preferring to have no winner than a repeat, but I accepted it for what it was intended: an honor. Given that the vast majority of my work these days is technical and behind-the-scenes stuff that sometimes tends to go unnoticed, it’s good to know that people still appreciate you. And for that, I’m thankful.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about your time here over the years

Master Jonathan at Celebration V in 2010

Master Jonathan at Celebration V in 2010.

  • Master Jonathan: I started out as primarily a copy-editor, looking over any article dropped onto my talk page, but over the years as I became more interested in coding, I started drifting toward technical work. Nowadays I rarely do copy-edits, and I never was much of an article writer compared to some of the FA machines we’ve had over the years.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when LFL decided to move all Expanded Universe material to “Legends” and start fresh with a “new” canon?

  • Master Jonathan: My first reaction was one of disgust, though I can’t say I was blindsided by the announcement as I saw the possibility coming the day Episode VII was announced. My general activity levels on Wookieepedia fell sharply for a little while afterward out of frustration with the split, but they eventually came back up as I began to accept it. What eventually made me accept it was the realization that as stories accumulate, it becomes harder and harder to write the stories you want to tell without stepping on the toes of the stories that came before. Eventually you reach a point where future stories just aren’t viable without a reboot; sure, you have thousands of years with untold stories, but will the readers *buy* those stories? After all, it is a business that must make money to survive. So I think a reboot was going to happen eventually, even if Disney and Episode VII had never stepped into the picture. The Episode VII announcement just hastened the inevitable. I’ve said it in a few other places, and I’ll say it again here: I’m putting the over/under on the timing of the next reboot at the year 2040.😛

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first discover Wookieepedia, and what made you decide to contribute here?

  • Master Jonathan: In the summer of 2008, I was reading Labyrinth of Evil for the first time and encountering references to the various lightsaber forms. I had previously read the ROTS novel back in 2005, which also referenced the forms, but one used the form numbers and the other used the nicknames, which left me confused. So I did a Google search for Star Wars lightsaber forms, and found pages on the subject on Wikipedia and Wookieepedia. At the time, the Wikipedia page was more informative and better quality than the Wookieepedia page, so I read through it, but I remembered Wookieepedia and occasionally spent my free time over the next few months browsing through the Wook anonymously. Finally, in January of 2009, I spotted a formatting error in the TCW navbox, and decided to fix it. Not wanting to reveal my IP address, I created an account first, and the rest is history.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about what the site was like when you first started here, and how it has changed over the years.

  • Master Jonathan: I think when I started here, the site was generally more laid back and more tolerant of mistakes. When a newbie made an honest mistake, the general response was a friendly message explaining what they did wrong and educating them, and people usually took the time to fix low-quality edits that were correct. Nowadays, the attitude has shifted to one where every single new user is expected to read and perfectly understand every single policy and guideline before ever making their first edit, and users who make honest mistakes and low-quality edits tend to be outright reverted and get nasty warnings that often threaten blocks. Believe it or not, this is NOT conducive to retaining editors! It’s this attitude that is the primary cause of our dearth of new users, not the Canon/Legends split. And that attitude will be the death of Wookieepedia if we don’t change it, and change it soon.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: For those who aren’t familiar with your contributions here, tell us a bit about some of the things you do here.

  • Master Jonathan: As I said above, my primary service to the site used to be copy-editing. Nowadays, it’s various bot tasks and technical work. For example, four times a day, my bot clears the sandbox, works around a known MediaWiki bug regarding category links, and archives forums threads older than a certain period of time. That last task, in particular, used to be ignored for months at a time until a bored admin eventually spent multiple hours cleaning up old threads. Now they don’t have to worry about it anymore.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Master Jonathan: This is really hard to answer, because to “leave an impact” suggests that I would stop editing here. And I have no plans to do so, ever. So I honestly don’t know how to answer that.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Wookieepedia related memory?

Master Jonathan worked at the Wookieepedia booth at Celebration V

Master Jonathan worked at the Wookieepedia table at Celebration V.

  • Master Jonathan: Without a doubt, it was sitting at the Wookieepedia table at Celebration VI with Trak Nar, Dangerdan97, and C-3P0, chatting before the convention opened to the public on the first day, when Xd1358
    deleted the Main Page. Not only did I get to see the deletion and the resulting IRC chat as it happened, but I was able to laugh at Xd with three friends that I had just met in person for the first time. I remember typing “*facepalm*” into IRC, and was asked if we all facepalmed. My response (suggested by someone else at the table): “Yes. Simultaneously.” That memory will stick with me forever.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Has the work you do on here helped you in real life at all?

  • Master Jonathan: Not directly. However, editing Wookieepedia is what led to my interest in programming, which has helped me decide what career I want to go into. Now I just need money for college. Hey George Lucas, care to give me $50,000?😛 (Okay, not gonna happen. But a man can dream.)

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

  • Master Jonathan: We are known as the most comprehensive and reliable source of Star Wars fact and minutiae in existence. We’ve been used by licensed authors, linked to by StarWars.com, mentioned on Mythbusters and used
    as the answers to a clue in a New York Times crossword puzzle. All of this goes to show that… well, that we’re awesome.😀 But it also shows that we are a critically important piece of the community, and I can’t imagine a modern Star Wars community without Wookieepedia. Disputes would be argued over for eternity, instead of solved in thirty seconds by looking it up on the Wook. Authors would have to pester Leland Chee for everything, instead of taking two minutes to read the Wookieepedia article. And where would fans go to read a literal novel about the entire life and times of Wedge Antilles?😛 In short, we play numerous roles in the community, every one equally important.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for anyone who is interested in becoming an active contributor here?

  • Master Jonathan: Unfortunately, no, because of the attitude I mentioned in the previous answer. I used to have some things I’d say here, but they were along the lines of “don’t be afraid to make mistakes”, etc. The general attitude on the site, as described above, is now to basically punish anyone who makes mistakes with overly harsh warnings and blocks. So I’m afraid I really don’t know what advice to give to new users in the current environment.😦

That’s all for now folks. Be sure to tune in next month for another exciting interview. Until then, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2015:4:10

Toprawa and Ralltiir, our WOTM for April

Spring is here, and it is that time of the month again. For the month of April, we are congratulating Toprawa and Ralltiir. Toprawa is one of the longest-serving users on Wookieepedia, having been here since 2007, and is also one of our Bureaucrats. In his time here, Toprawa has received nine Master and Apprentice awards from other users on Wookieepedia, has written dozens of status articles, and serves as a member of both the Inquisitorius and AgriCorps review panels. Toprawa was kind enough to take some time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: For those who aren’t familiar with your Wookieepedia contributions, tell us a bit about some of the things you do here.

  • Toprawa: I’m an administrator and bureaucrat on Wookieepedia, which basically just means that on a technical level I have one or two extra buttons to push on the site. To a greater extent, it means I’m more involved in developing community initiatives, which can include everything from organizing programming with Wikia or helping to run our social media outlets. I primarily run the Wookieepedia Facebook page. On the site, I’m mostly involved in the user panels that review status articles. We’re basically the quality-assurance team. We fact-check and copy-edit the articles that other users write and nominate for status, which are then advertised on our Main Page and social media sites as our best works.

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    The Executor, one of the many featured articles Toprawa has written in his time here.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: In your words, what does it mean to be a bureaucrat here?

  • Toprawa: Although we’re fond of saying that bureaucrats have no more power than regular administrators, which is true, I can’t deny the intangibles that come with the position. I know that as a bureaucrat I’m expected to represent Wookieepedia on a level that regular administrators do not. It wouldn’t be incorrect to call us ambassadors of the community, which is something I never forget whether I’m interacting with another editor on the site or conversing with someone from outside our project. In a way, we are the faces of Wookieepedia, and that’s a tremendous responsibility.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your first Star Wars memory?

  • Toprawa: I have this very vague memory from my childhood of my dad watching the lightsaber duel from Return of the Jedi on television. I just have this image of the green and red lightsaber blades in my mind. My dad isn’t a Star Wars fan, so I didn’t even know what it was that I saw until years later. My dad took me to see the original trilogy when it was re-released in theaters as the Special Edition in 1997. That was the first time I was introduced to Star Wars. I didn’t even know what Star Wars was before that. It’s become the cliche thing for a Star Wars fan to say, but it really did kind of change my life. My dad has joked that it’s the biggest mistake he ever made!

    Once I saw the films, I would go over to my friend’s house and play Shadows of the Empire on Nintendo 64, which was like my main outlet for my Star Wars obsession at the time. This was before I had any of the films on home video, so I feel like the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project is just as important to me as a Star Wars fan as the original trilogy films are.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first discover Wookieepedia, and what made you decide to contribute here?

  • Toprawa: I actually first discovered Wookieepedia when one of my Facebook friends made a post linking to the Wookieepedia article on lightsaber combat forms, saying “Cool.” I opened the link, and the rest, as they say, is history. I decided to contribute after browsing the site for a few months and seeing that a lot of articles I was interested in were in some pretty desperate need of help. I knew I had something to offer, so I jumped in.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for anyone who is interested in becoming an active contributor here?

  • Toprawa: The first thing I would say is that we definitely want you. Wookieepedia is always in need of more good editors. You don’t have to be a huge Star Wars fan or a Pulitzer Prize-caliber writer to be a good contributor. I’ve learned that most everyone has something to offer in one form or another, even if they don’t speak English perfectly well. Some of our best editors speak English as a second language. Don’t be afraid to sign up. Stop by our IRC chat room and meet the gang. That’s the best way to acclimate yourself with the community.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when LFL decided to move all Expanded Universe material to “Legends” and start fresh with a “new” canon?

  • Toprawa: I was heartbroken, of course, but it was something we all knew was the inevitable reality once they announced the new films were coming. I tried to maintain some hope that somehow they would find a way to integrate at least some of the EU into the new canon, but their ultimate decision was less than shocking. I didn’t have the same initial reaction of outrage at the announcement that most people did just because I had been following rumors on the development of the canon situation. There had been a report from a few months before that Lucasfilm had told Hasbro to avoid making EU action figures (namely Jacen and Jaina) like the plague. Once I heard that, I knew the writing was on the wall.

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    Darth Vader, large and in charge, is Toprawa’s favorite movie character of all-time.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are your thoughts on the upcoming Episode VII?

  • Toprawa: Because of the decision to discard the EU, I have a very muted, watered-down sense of anticipation for these new films. I want to be excited and I want to enjoy them, but the feeling just isn’t the same for me now. I have a rather negative opinion of the direction the Star Wars franchise has taken since about 2008, so I’ve become rather pessimistic about new projects coming out. Disney is obviously trying to capitalize on the modern-day popularity of the whole superhero/sci-fi action genre with these new Star Wars films, so my biggest fear is that Episode VII is going to be another forgettable cookie-cutter Marvel film.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Toprawa: My goal from day one has always been to make Wookieepedia the most professional and quality it can possibly be, and I think we’ve really made tremendous advances since I came on board. I feel like I’ve helped lay the groundwork for other people to see the right way to do things, and that’s important to me. Even if my editing days were to end tomorrow, I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished on Wookieepedia.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Wookieepedia related memory?

  • Toprawa: That’s a good question. I’m not sure I have one single memory, although it was an amazing experience when Wikia flew myself and three other administrators out to San Francisco to see their corporate headquarters. My best memory of Wookieepedia is just the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and the friends I’ve made over the years. Many of us spend so much more time socializing with each other through Wookieepedia than actual time editing, and that’s where the real enjoyment lies, I think.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: As one of the users who frequents our IRC channel, what are some of the benefits of being there?

  • Toprawa: Whenever it becomes clear that a newer user is trying to become a regular contributor, I try to find a way to get them onto IRC, because it’s really the lifeblood of Wookieepedia. IRC is a chat room that allows us to interact with one another in real time, so ideas are exchanged and discussed much more easily than they are on-site. I sometimes shake my head with disappointment that some users don’t come on IRC more, just because I feel like they’re missing so much that they should be involved in. The real-time setting also allows us to diffuse developing problems faster. It’s so easy to misinterpret something or for something to get blown way out of proportion on the site, and then people end up getting in editing wars or flame wars unnecessarily. IRC is like the equivalent of all of us sitting around a conference table. Most of the time, it’s just a place for us to hang out and talk about whatever, so it fosters personal relationships and friendships.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Has the work you do on here helped you in real life at all?

  • Toprawa: I think so. I interact with people through Wookieepedia on a level that I never do in real life, so I think to some degree it has helped me to learn what to expect of certain types of people, how to manage their strengths and weaknesses, and how to respond to certain types of situations. I know that it’s also helped me to know how to talk with people online, which is different than how you talk with someone in real life, especially if someone disagrees with you on something, since things can be misinterpreted so easily through the computer.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

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    Toprawa, one of the first planets to openly challenge the Galactic Empire, as well as the source of part of his name.

    Toprawa: Wookieepedia holds a very unique position in the Star Wars fan community because we approach our fanaticism in a way that no other website does. We’re really the only fan site out there that covers Star Wars from an in-universe perspective, whereas everyone else focuses on the real-world side of being a fan, be it collecting memorabilia, costuming, or something else. We offer something that no one else does, and we do it in a way that not everyone totally understands. It can be difficult for people to understand that no one truly “runs” Wookieepedia. We’re a fan site governed by a community of dozens, sometimes hundreds of regular volunteers who are also crazy-obsessed Star Wars fans, and that’s really the beauty of what we do here.

Once again, thanks to Toprawa for giving us a few moments of his time. Until next month, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

Hello, Wookieepedia, and welcome to another edition of the Wookieepedia NewsNet interview series, where we try to get inside the minds of our site’s best contributors. Today, we take a few minutes with Supreme Emperor, Wookieepedia’s newest administrator, to get his take on what this noble position means to him and to help you, our readers, get to know him a little bit. Supreme is a six-year Wookieepedia veteran and was honored for his service with appointment to the administration in January 2015. He is also Wookieepedia NewsNet’s regular interviewer, so this time we get to put him on the hot seat!

Wookieepedia NewsNet: For people who visit Wookieepedia and might not be aware, relate, in your own words, what it means to be an administrator here, and how do you see yourself fitting into that role?

Supreme Emperor: In my opinion, there is no one word to describe what it means to be an administrator. An administrator is someone who acts as a role model to newer users, someone who regularly takes part in community discussions, and someone who always has the best interests of the site at heart. For me personally, I consider it a huge honor to be an administrator here. As a whole it doesn’t really change the way I look at the site, though I find myself paying closer attention to the recent changes and new pages. I’ve always enjoyed helping people, and I believe this will allow me to better assist newer users and allow me to further improve the site.

Supreme Emperor was appointed to the administration in January 2015 and has been a contributor since 2008.
Supreme Emperor was appointed to the Wookieepedia administration in January 2015 and has been a contributor since 2008. When asked what image he wanted us to use for his interview, he said, “How about an Imperial-class Star Destroyer.” Well, here you go!

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Why do you edit Wookieepedia?

Supreme Emperor: I edit Wookieepedia because I enjoy it. I love helping make this site the best it can be.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first get into Star Wars, and how did you first discover Wookieepedia?

Supreme Emperor: Growing up, I saw the Star Wars movies but they never really did much for me. Perhaps a little over ten years or so ago I read the Thrawn Trilogy and the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and was hooked immediately. From there I started buying as many books as I could. As for how I found Wookieepedia, one day one of my friends told me about the Sun Crusher. I recall thinking he must have made it up, as it was before I was aware of the Expanded Universe. If I recall correctly he pointed me in this direction, and I spent the next few years lurking here reading artice after article after article. I made a few hesitant edits, but really didn’t do much. Around two and a half years ago I began editing on a regular basis and haven’t looked back since.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us your feelings on Lucasfilm’s decision to jettison the Expanded Universe, and what is your opinion of the franchise as it moves forward into a new era of continuity?

Supreme Emperor: When I first heard the news, I was crushed. I couldn’t understand how they could just discard decades of work. I still believe they would have been better off just calling it an alternate reality, which would have allowed them to continue releasing material from both the Expanded Universe and the “Disneyverse.” Regardless of what the future holds, we remain committed to being the best damn Star Wars encyclopedia in the world.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is one thing the rest of Wookieepedia doesn’t know about you?

Supreme Emperor: After spending two years in the IRC [Wookieepedia’s official chat channel, -ed.] talking with people on a regular basis, this one is a bit tricky to answer. I’ll go with a somewhat sentimental answer, that the work I’ve done on the site has in many ways helped me be more confident in real life.

Thanks to Supreme Emperor for taking the time to talk to us, and congratulations on your advancement to the administration! You can contact Supreme or any of our administrators by messaging them on their respective user talk pages on Wookieepedia or by emailing the administration at contact@wookieepedia.com. See you next time!

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2015:2:3

Jorrel Fraajic, Wookieepedian of the Month for February

As we reach the midpoint of winter, it is once again time to congratulate our Wookieepedian of the Month. For February, we recognize Jorrel Fraajic. Jorrel has been here since 2006 and originally won WOTM in August 2008. In that time, he has become one of Wookieepedia’s most experienced users. Although he left for a few years to pursue life’s opportunities, he has returned with a flourish and has swiftly rejoined the community. Read on to learn more about Jorrel!

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What was your first reaction when you discovered you were nominated for WOTM a second time?

  • Jorrel: Seriously, though, I’m grateful that I’ve been able to come back into the community and really honored that my contributions to the good of the site have been noted.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about your time here over the years

Jorrel Fraajic, Wookieepedian of the Month for February

Jorrel Fraajic, Wookieepedian of the Month for February

  • Jorrel: First things first: I can’t believe I’ve been here for 9 years. Heck, I can’t believe the Wook’s been here for 10. Anyway, I’ve gone through it all over the course of my 9 years. Lots of ups and downs in the communitues, some of the biggest overhauls and achievements for the site, the whole enchilada.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: A few years after you began editing here, you left for a while. Did you have any difficulties re-integrating yourself into the community?

  • Jorrel: Not especially. Though there were a lot of new faces – you were one of them – there were enough people I recognized, so I wasn’t completely lost. More importantly in the re-integration, though, was that I was somehow remembered by my earlier contemporaries. I was, quite frankly, welcomed back with open arms – even if I was a bit apprehensive in allowing myself to venture back, and I must say I truly appreciated it.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when LFL decided to move all Expanded Universe material to “Legends” and start fresh with a “new” canon?

  • Jorrel: 💩, 💻, 🌉. In all seriousness, I wasn’t all that surprised. I was even in the #wookieepedia IRC channel when the news came across the desk. And, while I was sure to get my snide comments in, I chipped in my experience and opinion when the dust settled and we, as a site, decided how to move forward with the new structure. That was really quite a rush, being a part of the swift response that followed the announcement.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first find Wookieepedia, and how did you get into editing?

  • Jorrel: Time for a shoutout! Way back in 2005, I was an avid player of Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, and was active in a forum community – HeavenGames – dedicated to the game and the modding of said game. I don’t remember how exactly I found Wookieepedia, but I do know it was from a link posted on those forums, and, with the release of Star Wars: Empire at War (a game the community shifted a bit of focus to), I found an opportunity to make my mark on Wookieepedia, making the RM-09 Alliance shuttle article based on some info I’d found in the EAW game files. Things led to other things, and eventually I found myself adding info to other articles. The real tipping point, though, was my introduction to the #wookieepedia IRC channel. That’s when things really took off for me.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have some advice for anyone who’s interested in becoming an active contributor to the site?

  • Jorrel: Two things: Frequent the IRC channel, and take some time to learn why the Wook operates as it does. There’s reasons behind every policy that’s in place, and things that don’t seem like a big deal almost always have an explanation to why they’re considered a big deal.That said, don’t be afraid to get your feet wet! But please, for the love of Waru, Kyle Katarn and his beard, Revan’s mullet, Killer-RoboLeia 3000, and Jedi Master Soon Baytes, it’s WookieEpedia. There are two E’s in Wookiee.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about what the site was like when you first started here.

Editors ascend Mt. Wook to reach the edit button, c. 2007

Editors ascend Mt. Wook to reach the edit button, c. 2007

  • Jorrel: Back in my day, we had to manually refresh the Recent Pages, there was a daily FA (okay, that was a bit after I started), and we had to hike uphill both ways through the snow to hit the “edit page” button. Mainly, though, we were small-time when I started. No one really knew about us the same way they do now. The site was also a lot less formal and professional in appearance and function.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How has the site changed over the years?

  • Jorrel: Wikia has gone through quite a few skin options and fancy schmancy upgrades, mostly. More specific to the Wook, though, is the changing of guard from then to now. There’s plenty of folks I remember from my original run, but a decent majority of our main contributors are new faces to me. It’s really great to see the effort everyone gives in maintaining the site, even 10 years into its existence. Additionally, the site generally runs a bit slower in terms of edits. We were at such a high volume of edits that there was, as I mentioned before, a new FA every day, and it was actually pretty challenging to get the first edit of the day in (a feat I attempted plenty of times). That said, the quality of works has gone up drastically, even if the speed they’re created isn’t quite as high, and the community’s increased attention to standards has made for some remarkably comprehensive coverage, even moreso than what existed before I left.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: As I have asked all previous winners, what role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

  • Jorrel: In an official capacity, we as a site has been shown time and time again that authors and illustrators often look to us for some of the more obscure facets of the Star Wars galaxy, and I think the Wook’s dedication to a professional appearance and structured notability guidelines has really given the site credibility a lot of other franchises don’t have. However, we’re here to document, not create; our influence can only spread so far through official sources. That said, the Wook is the best damn collection of Star Wars information on the web, and even those who dislike some of the Wook’s practices can’t deny the utility of the site.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • Jorrel: Making the Wook an official Star Wars entity, with paid, interviewed job positions and a core team of volunteer, trusted editors. Failing that, subscription-based editing with all proceeds benefiting me. Failing that, Warupedia. For an IRC-related request, I miss the !killfloyd command in IRC, and feel it would be appropriate to reinstate it, as well as one for every one of our frequent users in the channel.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are your thoughts on the upcoming Episode VII?

  • Jorrel: I’m a pessimist by nature, with a nasty optimism streak. In spite of myself, I’m interested. I’ll most likely see it Opening Day. But on the same token, I’m not sure I’ll be able to escape the nitpicky side of having worked in the EU for so long.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: For those who aren’t familiar with your contributions here, tell us a bit about some of the things you do here.

Waru, one of Jorrel's many precedent setting articles.

Waru, one of Jorrel’s many precedent setting articles.

  • Jorrel: Honestly, I was hoping that someone could tell me that, since I’m not entirely positive myself! My original gimmick, during the huge Featured Article overhaul period of 2008, was to nominate precedent-setting subjects – airspeeders, crystals, fast-food restaurants, extra-dimensional beings – that had never been attempted before. Nowadays, I’m mostly a man to bounce ideas off of, and I work at whatever someone deems necessary. I’m also Tope’s personal imagist, one of Floyd’s targets for quote pimping, and IRC’s resident old fuddy duddy.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Star Wars related memory?

  • Jorrel: I was first introduced to Star Wars through an emergency hospital visit for my brother in 2001. It was his birthday during his stay, so the hospital gave him a few presents: LEGO Star Wars sets. Neither he nor I had any knowledge of Star Wars, but we knew LEGO, so when he got out, we watched an old (pre-SE) A New Hope cassette we had in the family’s tape deck. His interest waned, but mine did not, and it’s all because of his birthday emergency hospital visit that I’m even interested in Star Wars in the first place.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Jorrel: I have always strived to be a well-liked member of the community in every aspect of my editing career. Apparently – though I didn’t notice it at the time of my departure – I’d succeeded in my first run, based on how easy it was for me to reintegrate. I’d like to keep that up and ensure that visitors and editors alike feel welcome at Wookieepedia. On a less sappy, more work-driven note, I want to make every X-Wing Alliance article of such quality that the entire game is fully and accurately covered.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any future projects planned?

  • Jorrel: I’ve been working on several X-Wing Alliance articles since my return, and I’m intending to make most, if not all, of the major characters and ships Status Articles.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: I see you were previously an admin here. Did being an admin change the way you looked at the site at all?

  • Jorrel: I don’t remember a lot about my admin days – thank you, gap of several years – but I do remember that I was mostly the “nice” admin. I operated mainly as I did as an editor, with a bit more power to stop vandalism, and that’s pretty much all I used the position for during my time. Being able to execute certain commands in IRC was pretty fun, though.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Wookieepedia related memory?

  • Jorrel: All of the FAs I worked on during the big push, but especially Waru, due to Waru’s notoriety among fans of the EU. I’ve noticed that Waru has always been considered my magnum opus amongst those in the know, though I personally regard my work on other, more enjoyable topics superior.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are some of your favorite Star Wars works?

  • Jorrel: I will always have a soft spot for Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, which is one of two things that have largely attributed to my passion for Star Wars the, other being the Star Wars Lego sets. Thanks to Wookieepedia (specifically, users Darth Culator, Green Tentacle, and former user Thefourdotelipsis), I was introduced to Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance and the game’s always stuck with me.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: You are one of the users that frequents our IRC channel. What are some of the benefits of being there?

  • Jorrel: It’s a finger on the pulse of the website as a whole. I’ve got this weird hyper-aversion to missing out on things, and the IRC channel really helps to keep me in the know. It’s also where I’ve met some good friends, and I probably never would have gotten as into the Wook as I have without #wookieepedia and them.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any final thoughts or words of wisdom you’d like to share?

  • Jorrel: Wookiepedia.

Thanks again to Jorrel for giving us a few moments of his time. Congratulations again, and welcome back to Wookieepedia. See you all next month.

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2015:1:9

Exiledjedi, Wookieepedian of the Month for January

After a brief break, it is indeed that time again. This month, we congratulate Exiledjedi. EJ has been editing here for over four years now, and is an admin as well as a member of all three article review (Featured articles, Good articles, and Comprehensive articles) panels. In addition, he was Wookieepedian of the Month in September of 2011.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What was your first reaction when you discovered you were nominated for WOTM a second time?

  • EJ: I was honored that people believed I was worthy to be the Wookieepedian of the Month for a second time.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: When did Star Wars first become a part of your life?

  • EJ: Star Wars has been a part of my life pretty much as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are watching Episode IV and getting Star Wars action figures on my fourth birthday.

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    Cormun, one of EJ’s Featured Articles

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Has the work you do on here helped you in real life at all?

  • EJ: The reviews and comments that people left on my nominations really helped me in my college writing classes.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when LFL decided to move all Expanded Universe material to “Legends” and start fresh with a “new” canon?

  • EJ: To be honest, when I first heard that Disney was making Star Wars sequel movies, I knew that there was a very high probability that a lot of the Expanded Universe was going to end up being non-canon. I thought they would probably end up keeping a few stories from the EU, instead of just throwing everything out. After seeing the announcement, I was numb for several days knowing that all the stories I had enjoyed had essentially been rendered meaningless. I eventually moved on, but my desire to experience the new Canon material was severely diminished.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any future projects planned?

  • EJ: I am hoping that after I finish re-reviewing all of the comprehensive articles and creating an index for The Essential Atlas that I will finally start writing up the Trooper companions from The Old Republic.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first find Wookieepedia, and how did you get into editing?

  • EJ: I found Wookieepedia when I was looking for information on the books from the Wizards of the Coast and West End Games Star Wars roleplaying games. For over a year, I frequently visited the site to research my Star Wars-related purchases as well as to expand my knowledge of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In December of 2010, I noticed that the Arms and Equipment Guide page had a fair number of redlinks, and I decided to create an account to fill in the missing articles, which eventually led to me branch out to other articles.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have some advice for anyone who’s interested in becoming an active contributor to the site?

  • EJ: The best piece of advice I can give is for new users to listen to the advice given by administrators and other experienced users. I would also advise new users to start small and slowly build up to working on larger topics.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • EJ: To put it simply, I want to do everything I can to improve the accuracy, quality, and workings of the site.
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Deathraven, one of EJ’s Good Articles

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about your time here over the years.

  • EJ: Well, I started out filling redlinks and adding categories, but I eventually started nominating articles from the KotOR games and the Wizards roleplaying game. Soon afterward, I started reviewing pages on the comprehensive article nominations page and was voted onto the EduCorps review board in September 2011. For the next two years, all I really did was write, review, and nominate articles for featured, good, and comprehensive status. In 2013, I began to log onto IRC regularly and spearheaded a cleanup process for the comprehensive article system, in addition to reviewing articles more consistently. In 2014, I became a member of the AgriCorps and Inquisitorius review panels and was voted to be one of the site’s administrators. When I started editing, I never thought I would accomplish anywhere near this much on the site.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How has the site changed over the years you’ve been here?

  • EJ: I have been here over four years now; I have seen many users come and go. The biggest change by far has been the tab system introduced after the Legends announcement, but other more gradual changes have been introduced over the years. I feel that the quality of our status articles has improved, although there are still some issues. The overall perception of the topics that deserve articles is much better than when I started editing. Overall, I feel that the site has made steady improvements during my time here.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: As I have asked all previous winners, what role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

  • EJ: I feel that Wookieepedia’s role is to strive to be the ultimate source of information on the Star Wars universe. That is why it is important to ensure that all our information is 100% accurate.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • EJ: It would be nice if the gadgets worked all of the time.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are some of your favorite EU works?

  • EJ: Well, as far as novels go, I would go with The Thrawn Trilogy, The Han Solo Trilogy, and The MedStar Duology. For video games, I would go with the KotOR games, Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight II, and Bounty Hunter. For comics and other material, I’ve enjoyed the KotOR comics, the West End Games and Wizards roleplaying games, along with the Wallace/Fry reference books. I’ve enjoyed lots of other EU works, but these would be my favorites.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Has being an Admin changed the way you view the site?

  • EJ: Being an admin has not really changed my view of the site that much. It has just given me a few extra tools to use for improving and protecting the site.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are your thoughts on the upcoming Episode VII?

  • EJ: While the Legends/Canon announcement has dampened my enthusiasm, I am still kind of looking forward to the new movie. At this point, I just hope that the new movie gets the Star Wars tone right.
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Xamuel Lennox

Wookieepedia NewsNet: For those who aren’t familiar with your contributions here, tell us a bit about some of the things you do here.

  • EJ: My main area of work has been reviewing and nominating articles for featured article, good article, and comprehensive article status. My favorite articles that I have written would be Xamuel Lennox and Deadeye Duncan. Lately, my focus on article nominations has been going through the old status articles and finding ones that need to be expanded or reworked. After I finish working through the comprehensive articles, I plan to shift my focus to re-reviewing the older good and featured articles. I have also spent significant time reworking sections of the technology category to be more organized. In my duties as administrator, I mostly handle deleting unused images along with closing and applying the decisions of various community votes.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Star Wars related memory?

  • EJ: It is hard for me to pick a specific Star Wars related memory. I think my best Star Wars related memories would be the times I watched the original trilogy when I was a kid. I watched them to the point where I had almost all of the dialog memorized, but I still enjoyed the experience just as much each time.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: As one of the users who frequents our IRC channel, what are some of the benefits of being in there on a regular basis?

  • EJ: The Wookieepedia IRC channel is a great place to quickly contact administrators and experienced users to get advice about editing and other site-related matters. If someone is vandalizing pages, a link can easily be posted to inform administrators of the problem. I use it frequently to inform people of coding errors and to obtain opinions from more experienced or more knowledgeable users on a wide variety of issues.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: According to your userpage, you have written well over 100 status articles. Do you prefer writing or reviewing? Also, what advice do you have for anyone interested in writing a status article?

  • EJ: If you had asked me this question a year ago, I probably would have said that I preferred writing articles, but I have recently found that reviewing articles is ultimately a more important task. While it is important to write articles, the entire nomination process would grind to a halt without people to review the articles. I can improve the quality of a much larger number of articles by reviewing than I can by simply writing articles myself. My advice for anyone interested in writing a status article for the first time is to start with a subject with only one or two sources/appearances and then finding similar articles that have already reached status to use as guides. It is also best not to have predetermined thoughts about what status the article is going to be nominated for; just write the article and see how long it is after it is done. Also, I believe that users should stick to one nomination at a time until they get the hang of nominating articles. Frequent article nominators should also remember to review the nominations of other users as a courtesy to both reviewers and other nominators.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any final thoughts or words of wisdom you’d like to share?

  • EJ: Our established users (myself included) need to remember that newer users do not know all of our policies, and they should endeavor to explain them instead of just reverting edits and moving on. Wookieepedia’s newer users need to understand that our policies exist for a reason and that they are not just rules created to make things hard on new people. Our rules and policies are important for maintaining Wookieepedia’s quality, but we need to be more understanding with new users.

Congratulations again to Exiledjedi, Wookieepedian of the Month for January. See you all next month.

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2014:11:6

Floyd, our Wookieepedian of the Month for November

It’s that time of the month again. For the month of November, we congratulate Ifindyourlackoffaithdisturbing, also known as Floyd. He has been editing here since 2008, and in that time has became an administrator, as well as a member of all three review panels. In addition, he was Wookieepedian of the Month in December of 2008, and frequents the IRC on a daily basis. Today, I was able to get a moment to ask him a few questions (with some suggestions from the IRC regulars).

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What was your first reaction when you discovered you were nominated for WOTM a second time?

  • Floyd: Well, considering that I was screaming “WHO WILL BE THE WOOKIEEPEDIAN OF THE MONTH” in the main channel at that very moment, I was honored to find that the answer was “well guess what it’s you.” Being WOTM is a great responsibility, you’re basically a celebrity, except you get laid more.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: When did Star Wars first become a part of your life?

  • Floyd: Star Wars first became a part of my life when I watched the original trilogy on VHS when I was, like, 5 or 6. I didn’t know what the hell was going on but I loved it.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Has the work you do on here helped you in real life at all?

  • Floyd: Absolutely. I’ve done so much writing on this site, writing that has been constantly picked apart and reviewed, that I’ve become an immensely better writer since I’ve started – which is good, since it’s helped me in my budding career as a sportswriter.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Any thoughts or words of wisdom you would like to share with new users?

  • Floyd: Listen, listen, listen. Some of our rules and procedures may be difficult to figure out, but there’s no one out there that runs a wiki as well as we do. Look around Wikia, it’s just a statement of fact. And we want new users to do well too. If you are doing something wrong, we’re going to tell you, so please listen to us.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • Floyd: If I had my way, we wouldn’t even cover Star Wars at all. We’d be Wizardspedia, the web’s foremost wiki about the Washington Wizards, and all our usernames would be based off a former Wizards player. I call God Shammgod.
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Floyd’s reaction to the NuCanon

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when LFL decided to move all Expanded Universe material to “Legends” and start fresh with a “new” canon?

  • Floyd: I screamed “NEW CANON? MORE LIKE POOCANON” and threw my laptop off a bridge.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any future projects planned?

  • Floyd: I’ve got my article to-do lists planned out, like, years in advance. Currently I’m working on Gorman Vandrayk, aka “Camper” from the Knights of the Old Republic comics, who’s a great character and a fun guy to write about.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

  • Floyd: I think our role is basically essential. We’re the #1 information source on Star Wars anywhere in the world. Even actual Star Wars writers and content producers read us. People like my sister, who doesn’t give half a crap about Star Wars, have heard of us. It’s just more motivation to hold ourselves to the highest standard.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Star Wars related memory?

  • Floyd: When Luke blew up the Death Star lol that was wild

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first find Wookieepedia, and how did you get into editing?

  • Floyd: At this point, I can’t remember when I first came across Wookieepedia. I’ve been editing since 2008, but I had stumbled upon the place and had begun editing as an anon a couple years before that. I do remember that when I learned about the existence of the Expanded Universe, I, being like 12 years old, began scouring the Star Wars Databank for all information that existed. From there, I guess it was a natural progression to the Wook.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Who are some of your favourite SW characters?

  • Floyd: Uh, you know, the whole Star Wars Gang. Duke, Laya, Hans Polo, Doobie, all the guys.

Floyd says don’t be afraid to jump in

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have some advice for anyone who’s interested in becoming an active contributor to the site?

  • Floyd: Really, don’t be afraid to jump right in. There’s an absolute ton of stuff to do around here, and with NuCanon stuff coming out hot and heavy there’s only gonna be more stuff to do in the near future.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Floyd: I want to be remembered like former Wizards forward Trevor Ariza. Someone who may not have been flashy, but got the job done. Played defense, made threes, was insanely chill bruh.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Any last minute thoughts?

  • Floyd: Dude, like, if a movie was set at the same time as another movie in the same series, would it be called an “equal?”

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about your time here over the years, and how the site has changed?

  • Floyd: We’ve gotten a lot more comprehensive over the years. When I first got here, we let a lot more stuff go, but now we’re holding ourselves more to the standards of an actual encyclopedia, which is best for all involved. This wiki has grown and I’m glad to say that I’ve grown along with it.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Any thoughts on the upcoming Episode VII?

  • Floyd: I’m gonna watch it, but with the whole EU announcement I’m not as excited about it as I think I would have been otherwise. Hopefully it isn’t total dong.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: r u a sith or jedi master?

  • Floyd: I am neither because sith and jedi masters aren’t real aren’t you a little old for this kinda thing

dogma: What are your feelings on laser slingshots?

  • Floyd: Laser slingshots? Prime PooCanon right there. Prime.

Brandon: Would you like to vote for some fine quotes?

  • Floyd: WHY YES I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO SIR

Toprawa: In 200 words or less, why are you superior to Cade?

  • Floyd: In short: Cade is bad. Look forward to my 2,000-word longform piece “Exactly Why Cade is Bad” set to be published in the New Yorker in December 2026.

There you have it, a look into the mind of a Wookieepedian and Wizards fan. Congratulations again to Floyd, for his second Wookieepedian of the Month victory. Until next time, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2014:10:11

Professor Tofty, Wookieepedian of the Month for October

Dark Greetings everyone. It’s that time of the month again. This month, we congratulate Professor Tofty, our Wookieepedian of the Month for October. Tofty is one of several editors working hard on all things NuCanon. Tofty was gracious enough to give us a few moments of his time for an interview.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when you discovered you had been nominated?

  • Tofty: I wouldn’t say that I really got hyper or anything, my usual style even in response to exciting news is somewhat laid-back. But I smiled and was happy for the nomination, though perhaps a bit surprised since it’s only been relatively recently that I started doing a lot of work around here.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first discover Star Wars?

  • Tofty: Probably watching the films. I really can’t say for absolutely sure. I wasn’t born yet when either the original Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back came out and wasn’t even one when Return of the Jedi hit theatres, so you can be sure I wasn’t watching much except the walls of a crib. So I watched the original films on video at some point, though darned if I could say when. And I’m a big reader, so eventually I started reading the books.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: On that note, how did you first find Wookieepedia?

  • Tofty: I’ve been a long time user of Wikia under this username and an old one, so I’m sure when I wanted information about Star Wars, I just went to look here like I would look for information on any other wiki.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What was your reaction when the NuCanon was announced?

  • Tofty: I wasn’t really all that rattled by it, because I think a lot of us had been expecting something like that for a long time, ever since Episode VII was announced. Sure, like everyone else, there are certain things I enjoyed from the Expanded Universe that I will miss as being part of canon. But I was also very exciting in reading about some of the things that they were planning, like an entire novel by James Luceno about Tarkin and hiring top children’s authors like Adam Gidwitz and Tom Angleberger to do novelizations of the original trilogy. In fact, I’m a holding a copy of one the new books, The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, the picture book of the original trilogy by Tony DiTerlizzi, with Ralph McQuarrie‘s original concept artwork, just out today, right now.

    Using what was already in place as canon going forward would never have worked. Besides the fact that they needed the freedom for an original story on the new films, it was just too much of a mess, a tangled web of contradictions. To name just one example– I’m a big fan of Matthew Stover‘s novelization of Revenge of the Sith; it’s easily my favorite of the Legends novelizations. But even just many of the little things now contradict with the canon that have followed. For example, when Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting Dooku, Sidious yells “Get help! You’re no match for a Sith Lord!” and Anakin shoots back, “Tell that to the one Obi-Wan left in pieces on Naboo!” But, of course, why would Anakin make such a comment when he knows perfectly well that Darth Maul is around and kicking, and why would he expect such a comment to have an impact on Dooku when he knows that he knows this too? And then there’s the whole mess with the clones– we know now that they had inhibitor chips, but you’ve got other media depicting them as acting independently even after Order 66.

    I think most of us have certain things that we didn’t really like about some stuff in the Expanded Universe, but maybe some don’t want to admit it. Maybe you’re happy now that Chewbacca lives, or you’re glad to show something like The Glove of Darth Vader the door. I don’t really go in for that term, “NuCanon.” There’s canon and there’s Legends. They were fine stories, many of them, but they’re only part of the main Star Wars unvierse now to the degree that any writer might choose to draw upon them for the new works.

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Wookieepedia NewsNet: You have been editing here quite a bit as of late, mostly working on NuCanon articles. What made you decide to start there?

  • Tofty: Well, I wouldn’t say I really started there. I’ve been working on here a bit more piecemeal for a quite a while before they started with that. But I do it because it needs to be done and I’m perfectly happy to, and also because I happen to like a lot of the new material that’s coming out. You’ll also see me though editing, funnily enough, some things that are about as far away from canon as you can get– non-canon Legends like stuff from Jeffrey Brown‘s Jedi Academy books, or LEGO Star Wars.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about some of the other Wikis you have worked on

  • Tofty: I used to be really big on the Harry Potter Wiki, and I still technically have admin status there, but I haven’t really done anything lately. I also built the Eternal Sonata Wiki pretty much from the ground up– almost all of the enemy pages there are my work, and I also fleshed out a lot of the character and location info. For those that don’t know, which I suppose is probably most since Eternal Sonata is somewhat obscure at this point, Eternal Sonata is a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game with an unusual concept: the main character is the famous piano composer Frederic Chopin. You play him and other characters in a traditional Japanese RPG as they venture through a world that’s happening as a dream of sorts inside his head as he’s dying. The game came out only just right around when the PlayStation 3 was coming out, so it doesn’t have Trophies, but I still recommend that version because it has a lot more content and the story was expanded to make better sense and provide more depth to the characters. Other than that, I was also big on Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki for a while, and I’ve worked on the Final Fantasy Wiki as well.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: As I have asked all previous winners, what role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

  • Tofty: I think we’re a resource that helps people when they want to know more about what happened in Star Wars and also to connect to information about what new things and products are happening with it. I know those that work on it often access our information, so if it helps to make the stuff that’s coming out even better, that’s great.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Got any words of advice or wisdom for those hoping to start editing?

  • Tofty: Those that are starting editing should take some time to look around and get to know the site. Read over a few of our articles, both canon and Legends. Have a spin around the forums, take a look at some of the code in the articles to see how things are done. At least skim over the policies so that you have an idea of basic expectations, and if something is bold or otherwise highlighted to draw attention, then you should read it. Once you think you have a handle on things, go ahead and give it a try. Use the preview to make sure what you’re doing is looking okay and then if after it goes through you still don’t like it, you can always undo it. If you get a message from someone that there’s a problem with the edit, then make sure to follow their advice, so that you can do it right in the future.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • Tofty: Maybe we could at least try some of the new features sometimes. We don’t have to be entirely static, but we could be if we just leave everything the way it is without examining if something might be nice to have. For example, if done right, it might be nice to have some videos around here, though last I knew of, that feature still had a lot of issues.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are some of your favorite Star Wars works?

  • Tofty: I think I’ve already mentioned, but I’m very big on the novelization of Revenge of the Sith. I also really enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn‘s Darth Bane novels. I’m pretty big also on some of Ryder Windham‘s compilation novels describing the lives of individual characters, like The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi. And I like The Clone Wars as a whole; once I started watching I really got into it and I think there was a lot of great character development and exciting action. I’d also say the book I mentioned earlier, The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is a new favorite.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any future projects planned?

  • Tofty: Unless somebody beats me to the punch, I’m probably going to overhaul the canon Anakin Skywalker article sometime very soon. I’m also planning to flesh out the Roan Novachez article, though that may take a little longer as I’m not entirely satisfied with what I’ve written for that at the moment. Other than that, likely adding apperances and info for some otf the new material that’s just come out, like The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight and A New Dawn.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Tofty: I’m trying to help us keep to our goal of being the best Star Wars information resource out there by providing good information that will help people learn about the franchise. I hope it’ll make for interesting reading and help those who want to know more about it, whether “it” is the new continuity that’s out now, the Legends stuff, or something that just lets people have some fun, like the LEGO Star Wars or Vader’s Little Princess.

Again, thank you to Professor Tofty for granting us a few moments of his time. Until next month, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2014:9:14

Brandon Rhea, Wookieepedian of the Month for September

It’s that time of the month again. This month, we congratulate Brandon Rhea. Brandon is Senior Community Manager for Wikia and in particular focuses mainly on fan engagement on Wikia. In addition, Brandon has been editing like a machine when it comes to NuCanon articles, being the first user to nominate a NuCanon article for status. Brandon was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to give us a few thoughts.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What was your reaction when you found out you were nominated for WOTM?

  • Brandon: Surprised. Now, I have to wonder if some people are a tad bit disingenuous when they say that, given the enormous contributions past Wookieepedians of the Month have made to the community, but I was legitimately surprised considering the feelings that many of the core users here have towards Wikia. I wasn’t surprised for this month’s nomination, but more for when I was unsuccessfully nominated two months ago (I figured, after the first one, a second nomination would be around the corner).

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about your time here over the years.

  • Brandon: Well, I guess the first thing to say is that the word “years” might not be the most accurate way of describing my time here. For years I’ve barely done anything on Wookieepedia. In 2008, I wrote a Featured Article, but that was about it. That Featured Article was on Tarsus Valorum, the Supreme Chancellor who ushered in the Ruusan Reformation after the New Sith Wars. He was an interesting character, and I liked his political idealism when he was featured in the novel Darth Bane: Rule of Two. So I thought writing about him would kickstart more activity on Wookieepedia, but it didn’t. I wouldn’t start editing actively until the Expanded Universe became non-canon, which I’ll explain more in a later answers.
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Tarsus Valorum, Brandon’s FA

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about being a Wikia staff member.

  • Brandon: It’s such a broad question, I don’t even know where to begin! I think the best way I have of introducing it is that I consider myself a professional fan. Wikia is the Social Universe for Fans, by Fans, and my job lets me work very closely with those fans and users who share a strong passion for their fandom, just like all of us at Wookieepedia have for Star Wars. I’ve even been able to make my Star Wars passion into part of my job, as the founder of Star Wars Fanpedia. To get into the nitty-gritty, my title is Senior Community Manager and I focus mainly on fan engagement on Wikia. The biggest part of my job is interacting with fans on Wikia, working with them to grow their communities and own their fandoms, and for them to be more involved with the global Wikia community. One of the core parts of that is managing the Wikia Stars program. Stars are leaders in their communities and the really knowledgeable fan experts on Wikia. We describe them as being the leaders of the post-editorial world, which essentially means that they’re really good at user-generated content (as opposed to editorial content). There’s even a number of Wookieepedians in the program: Toprawa and Ralltiir, Riffsyphon1024, Master Jonathan, CC7567, Trak Nar, and Atarumaster88 are all Wikia Stars.
  • If you got to the end of that paragraph and still have no idea what I do, welcome to club! That’s not unusual.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Does being a staff member affect your work here at all, or vice versa?

  • Brandon: Depends on who you ask; I’m sure different people might have a different answer for that. I would say no, it doesn’t. Nothing I do editing-wise has anything to do with Wikia other than the fact that Wookieepedia is part of Wikia. Some people might say that I can’t be “loyal” to Wookieepedia because I’m staff, or because my job involves me thinking of the best interests of all communities instead of just one, but I don’t subscribe to that point of view. It’s not an either/or situation for me.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when you found out the EU was being renamed Legends, and that a NuCanon was being made?

  • Brandon: I welcomed it with open arms. Considering how many films that Disney and Lucasfilm have planned, it would’ve been crazy to force (no pun intended) what will be billion dollar movies to follow every little detail and story established in hundreds if not thousands of EU stories. I want Episode VII to take Star Wars in a new direction, and that direction has little resemblance to the Expanded Universe.
  • I also thought the “Legends” label was a smart move. It respects those stories, allows them to remain in print, and even adds a bit of mystique to them for readers who may be uninitiated. Plus, while the EU stories may not be canon anymore, they’re still out there, they can still be read, and they can still be enjoyed. Disney may be powerful, but they’re not all-powerful. They can’t take away your good memories, and they can’t clear your shelf of those stories. When I’m bored, and want to play a game, my go-to game is Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. I couldn’t care less if it’s canon or not. I can still enjoy it.
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Kyle Katarn is always the best, regardless of canon

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What made you want to work on NuCanon articles in particular?

  • Brandon: I felt it gave me something to contribute. It opened up a part of Wookieepedia where the stories I know the most about needed to be documented again from the ground-up. In a way, it’s almost like starting Wookieepedia over again, which let me get in on the ground floor.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the Star Wars community?

  • Brandon: When someone wants to find out information about a character, book, or some other story, they don’t go to Star Wars.com. They go to Wookieepedia. That’s quite the accomplishment.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • Brandon: Assuming that this scenario gives me god-like powers to do what I want, I would make every single Wookieepedian recognize that a website like this has a steep learning curve. This is a massive site with a lot of rules and a lot of opinions about what’s right and what’s wrong. I don’t like the idea that someone is stupid just because they didn’t read and comprehend Wookieepedia’s policies and processes the minute they made their first edit. People learn by doing, and far too often, people doing something incorrectly (and, in most cases, harmlessly) leads to what can easily be perceived as antagonistic reactions. That’s not the right way to grow a community, especially as we get closer to the release of a film that has the potential to make the number of contributors explode in a way no one here has ever seen.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Any advice or words of wisdom for those who want to start editing?

  • Brandon: Ask questions when you’re even even a little bit unsure of something. And keep at it. You’ll get there.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first discover Wookieepedia, and what made you want to edit here?

  • Brandon: That’s a great question, because I have no idea how or when I found Wookieepedia. That was so long ago. I first got into Wikia editing on Star Wars Fanon, and through that I dabbled a bit on Wookieepedia. Other than the Tarsus Valorum article, I had very little interest in editing, since most of the information I could contribute was already written. The Legends announcement changed that, since it allowed me to come in at a time when, for canon pages, we were starting from scratch.
  • I began actively editing after I read the first issue of Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir. I noticed no one had added a plot summary for that yet, so I went ahead and did so. That spiralled into editing canon pages, and now here we are.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Brandon: I would want to be someone who made Wookieepedia better than it already is, whatever that might mean.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is your best Star Wars related memory?

  • Brandon: It would have to be the first time I went to Lucasfilm. It was work related, so it was the first time I really understood that I had turned my passion into my job. Since that day, my job has never been the same. It energized me and gave me more of a sense of purpose than anything else possibly could have. It was like a dream come true.

There you have it, a look into the mind of the being known as Brandon Rhea. Until next time, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2014:8:11

LelalMekha, Wookieepedian of the Month for August

Over the years, people from all around the world have contributed to Wookieepedia. This month, we congratulate one from Belgium, LelalMekha. LelalMekha has been here for nearly eight years, and in that time has written over fifty status articles, in addition to being Wookieepedian of the Month for November 2012. Lelal was nice enough to give us a few moments of his time to tell us a bit about himself.

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Lelal has been here so long, he is part of the furniture.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How does it feel to be Wookieepedian of the Month for the second time?

  • LelalMekha: Well, I guess that means I am now part of the furniture! The first time I was elected made me blush like a very manly schoolgirl, but now I suppose I’m merely nodding in contentment. That doesn’t mean, of course, that I don’t feel honored anymore. However, I presume that now, I am a well-installed Wookieepedian—dare I say a prominent one? (On the Jedi Council message boards, someone actually called me “a prominent Wookieepedian” once. God knows whether that was a compliment or an insult, but I’ll still take it with pride.) Once again, I’d like to thank all those who were urbane enough to vote for me a second time—even though the only other nominee was a bot.;-)

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you feel when you found out you were nominated?

  • LelalMekha: Why, very happy of course! And a bit surprised too. My activity on the Wook, although quite regular, is a bit bulimic in nature too; I sometimes have “fits” of editing, but I wouldn’t refer to myself as a hard worker—some of you were kind enough to do it, though.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Tell us a bit about your time here over the years.

  • LelalMekha: Well, there have been quite a few controversies down here. Truth to be told, I can’t say I always agreed with the people in charge when they took their stand on certain infamous matters in the past. However, I always endorsed every single community decision, although I may have groused about it from time to time—such are de ways of democracy, are they not? But in the end of the day, my editing around here has remained centered on having fun, which is why I always stuck with the Wook and my fellow ‘pedians. I have met a few excellent Wookieepartners too. This is a collaborative project, which means you have to work with others rather than all by yourself. And you can believe me, I normally am not the socioconstructivist type at all!;-)

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What is the Star Wars community like in Belgium?

  • LelalMekha: I’ll try not to repeat myself there, since I already answered a similar question in my first interview. As I said, the Belgian Star Wars community is quite abundant, especially if you know how small the country is. There are no less than three distinct 501st groups, which is huge when you know there are only 10 millions people in Belgium! (Truth to be told, there used to be only one 501st garrison back in the days, but petty politics just got in the way, as it happens all the time in my country.) I had the recent pleasure to befriend my fellow countryman Tim Veekhoven (a.k.a. Soompeetalay), who co-wrote a few Rogue Galleries in the Insider magazine and is now a contributor to the official website. I’ve also joined the administators of the Star Wars Sourcebooks Facebook group, most of whom wrote in the Rogue Gallery department .

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Got any advice for those who wish to start editing?

  • LelalMekha: Let me repeat my piece of advice from the first interview: edit on things you like, not on things you feel are ‘important.’ It’s all fiction anyway, so you might as well have fun. I mean, that’s what we’re all here for, right? Now, since life is not all merrymaking, I strongly advise any newcomer to consult the Layout Guide and the Attribution Policy carefully. Yes, Wookieepedia has loads of rules, but I think those mere two pages contain the remedies to many of the mistakes a newbie can make.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • LelalMekha: Tough question, Sir. The problem is, we aim to remain an encyclopedia, which pretty much prevents us from adding any of those pretty, social network-ish features Wikia always comes up with. Of course, the Wook is still perfectible, but I’m not much of an innovator. I’m not a sheep either, mind you. Yet I presume there are many other possibilities, don’t you think? Guess I must be better at giving my opinion once somebody else comes up with a new idea…
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Wookieepedia could be the Al-Azhar University of Star Wars lore

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars continuity?

  • LelalMekha: A few years ago, I would have answered Wookieepedia could become the Al-Azhar University of Star Wars lore. (This wonderful metaphor is curtesy of Master Abel Peña, no less.) Nowadays, however, I’m not sure what to think anymore. We’ve been explicitely told that we should not care about canon and continuity, which certainly casts doubt over the usefulness of our project. While I don’t intend to quit, I suppose things will be different from now on. Now that I think of it, it’s a great opportunity to do more activities in real-life! In a way, the Disney buyout is curing the geek out of me. ;-) While I still think we can be that university of Star Wars lore, that lore clearly has changed.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Back in your first WOTM interview, you predicted that the EU would be rebooted. How did you feel when you found out you were correct?

  • LelalMekha: Many people called be a doomsayer at the time. But, well, in the end, I did bloody tell you. (Pardon my French.) Obviously, I wasn’t surprised at all, which is in fact terribly disappointing. I was hoping LFL and Disney would prove me wrong. What bothered me much more was the way certain officials (such as Pablo Hidalgo and Shelly Shapiro) derided us out for caring about canon. We care about it because that canon system was really unique; there are very few franchises in which authors try to maintain a unified and coherent world, and this gave Star Wars a special feel. I can understand that continuity should not prevent a good story to happen, but I think this is a false dilemma. You actually can have it both ways, and I’m not sure why we seem to be the only ones who realize it.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Any words of wisdom or random thoughts?

  • LelalMekha: I’ve never considered myself wise, but I certainly act random at times. For that reason, I’m just going to quote the British philosophers Lennon and McCartney: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking the words of wisdom: “Let it be.” (Let’s all admit it, I just cleverly avoided answering the question there.)

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first discover Wookieepedia, and what made you want to edit here?

  • LelalMekha: The tale of how I discovered the Wook got lost in the mists of time, I’m afraid. Now that I look at my contributions’ logs, I can see that my first edit was a question on Queen Jamillia’s talk page. That was an unsigned, very badly spelled question. I wanted to know why the article did not mention the queen’s South-West Naboo accent. Nobody ever answered it. Looks like I kept asking that kind of questions on article talk pages, and my first “real” edit came a year later, when I started working modestly on the “raven” article—you can see I was already fond of those much-maligned real-life articles. Truth to be told, I can’t say there was a great or important motive behind my joining Wookieepedia. I used to be a huge Star Wars fan even back then, so I thought to myself: “Why not?” And there I still am, 8 years later. I guess you can call it a case of Stockholm syndrome.;-)
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West End Games helped start everything

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are some of your favorite EU works?

  • LelalMekha: The more I delve into it, the more I appreciate the worldbuilding parts of the West End Games era. Even the later Wizards of the Coast installement couldn’t hold the candle to it. Zahn is often credited as the father of the Expanded Universe, but he himself had been asked to coordinate Heir to the Empire with the existing WEG material. Although he complied begrungedly at first, he ended up remarking that the WEG team “had put together a boatload of really awesome stuff”—in his own words. Similarly, my fondness of the original Star Wars run by Marvel never cease to increase. It’s obvious that comic authors of the time had lot of fun while writing those, although it did not prevent many Marvel adventures to be loaded with pathos and introduce interesting new worlds or characters. In my opinion, current-day Marvel comics will have to work hard in order to fill… their own shoes!

Thanks again to LelalMekha for granting us a few moments of his time. Until next month, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

 

 

Posted by: supremeemperor | 2014:7:17

Cade Calrayn, Wookieepedian of the Month for July

This month, we congratulate Cade Calrayn. Cade has been editing on Wookieepedia for over four years now, and in that time has written hundreds of status articles, including Revan and the Sith Emperor, completely reorganized part of our categorization system, and also created RoboCade, one of the few bots currently operating on Wookieepedia. Cade was gracious enough to take some time from his work to give us a few short remarks.

Wookieepedia NewsNet:  What was your first reaction when you discovered you were nominated for WOTM?

  • Cade:Surprised, and grateful.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: When did Star Wars first become a part of your life?

  • Cade: Oh, man, that was long ago… I remember my brother being obsessed with what he called “The Fancy Dentist” when it was about to come out, so I guess around then?
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According to the IRC, this is the true face of Cade.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Has the work you do on here helped you in real life at all?

  • Cade: A lot of the coding stuff I’ve done lately has helped, as I’m a CS major. Plus, I wasn’t the best writer when I first started. Reviewing and being reviewed are excellent learning tools.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: If you could change one thing about the site, what would it be?

  • Cade: Oh, I have lots of ideas; I’d love to automate a lot of our categorization (particularly images) and have some new extensions…. but the one thing I would change is making more people participate in writing and reviewing status articles. It’s one of the biggest parts of our site, and should receive the attention it deserves.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you react when LFL decided to move all Expanded Universe material to “Legends” and start fresh with a “new” canon?

  • Cade: I was disappointed and rather disgusted; while I understand why they went the route they did, there were other options and they could have done it far differently. As it stands, it’s essentially a cash grab, what with their vagueness about Legends canonicity and their attempts to still sell Legends books.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have any future projects planned?

  • Cade: I’m working on the TOR images at the moment; I don’t have any particular plans for another superproject… yet.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What role do you feel Wookieepedia plays in the greater Star Wars community?

  • Cade: We’re a fantastic resource, and we should strive to remain the professional, well-organized information resource that we are, no matter what happens to Star Wars. Regardless of what happens, I hope our users stick around and keep helping us make Wookieepedia the best it can be.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What are your feelings on being Floyd’s whipping boy?

  • Cade: -_-

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How about how does it feel to be the creator of the RoboCade death machine?

  • Cade: Dear lord, he’s been busy, and I haven’t had to do all the grunt work. The only downside at the moment is that I just discovered the account had “follow every page I edit” on, so RoboCade’s watchlist has 118,000 pages….

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Did being kicked on a regular basis have any effect on your mental health? (Editors note, IRC joke)

  • Cade: One day, you all might just find out.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: How did you first find Wookieepedia, and how did you get into editing?

  • Cade: Hmmm. I think I always used it as a resource, and I liked trying to organize the planets and systems (thank you very much, Atlas). Eventually I got into TOR and started Project Hero, and here we are.
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Cade wrote the article on Revan

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Who are some of your favourite Star Wars characters?

  • Cade: Revan, of course, and many TOR characters. (Editors note, Cade literally wrote the article on Revan)

Wookieepedia NewsNet: You are one of the users that frequents our IRC channel. Is it as terrifying a place as they say?

  • Cade: The insanity is… interesting. But really, it’s almost always a positive experience, even though we’re not always talking about Star Wars.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: Do you have some advice for anyone who’s interested in becoming an active contributor to the site?

  • Cade: Find an area that you enjoy, and work on those articles. Bring them to the nomination pages and follow the advice others give you; it’s the best way to become a better editor. Don’t try to take on a massive article or something like that when you start&mdash:I tried to start writing the Hero of Tython around when I first became active, and it took me eight months and dozens of rewrites to actually come up with a version that I could push to the FAN.

Wookieepedia NewsNet: What kind of impact would you like to leave on Wookieepedia?

  • Cade: I’d like to think that I’ve already made an impact edit-wise that can’t be easily Special:Nuked, but at the end of the day, I edit to make Wookieepedia a better place. If I succeed, then that’s all the impact I need.

There you have it, a small look into the mind of Cade Calrayn. Thanks and congratulations to him again. Until next month, Supreme Emperor, signing off.

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