Fighting game fans! The wiki needs you!

Over the past couple of days, I've gotten into the flow of doing some edits on wiki pages for fighting game characters, as I noticed a lot of them were springing back up on the Recent Edits character listing. Unfortunately, I've noticed a few things. Outside of the heavy hitters like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, the majority of the character pages are either:

  • Blank or nearly blank, with little to no information.
  • Poorly written, with Engrish all over the place.
  • Plagiarism City.

(On the note regarding plagiarism, I've been reminded by the moderators that any plagiarism found should be reported to the mods to be dealt with as needed and not actively edited to remove it yourself. The more you know!)

So this is where you guys and gals come in. The wiki task system may no longer exist, but that doesn't mean that some manner of effort can't be organized to put more of these character pages for the lesser known/less popular fighting games in shape. Let us work together and get this shit done!

Do it for the Ninja Maid Cranes! Uh...Maid Ninja Cranes? Crane Maid Ninjas?

You know what I mean. (Or maybe you don't.) The point is, the wiki could always use more help to get things in shape, organized, up-to-date, informative and readable. A community effort to get the suck out of the character pages in the fighting genre seems like a good a place as any to start. And even if you don't know much about some of these characters, that can't stop you from at least cleaning up the horrendous grammar that's crept their way in to some of the pages.

SO WHO'S WITH ME?

*Prepares the tumbleweed machine, just in case.*

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Posted by Slag

I think the character pages acutely suffer this problem across all genres, for whatever reason (interest probably) the quality on the sub pages seems to take a real nose dive compared to the main game pages. I started a a list to remind myself of bad/incomplete pages where I saw them (inspired by @morrow 's great list) and got too depressed after about 100 + pages.

part of me really wants to join you on this noble crusade, but the majority of me, I guess, just finds it hard to get motivated to do anymore with the wiki when it seems like a style guide is never coming. I'd hate to put some serious time into to it only to find out I was doing it completely wrong later.

more power to you if embark on this, I know how much work proper wiki editing can be.

Posted by Hailinel

@slag said:

I think the character pages acutely suffer this problem across all genres, for whatever reason (interest probably) the quality on the sub pages seems to take a real nose dive compared to the main game pages. I started a a list to remind myself of bad/incomplete pages where I saw them (inspired by @morrow 's great list) and got too depressed after about 100 + pages.

part of me really wants to join you on this noble crusade, but the majority of me, I guess, just finds it hard to get motivated to do anymore with the wiki when it seems like a style guide is never coming. I'd hate to put some serious time into to it only to find out I was doing it completely wrong later.

more power to you if embark on this, I know how much work proper wiki editing can be.

Yeah, I know it really goes across all genres, but I figured a more focused effort might help get people motivated to help. Although, now that you mention it...

@rorie! Is there any way that you might be able to help push a style guide along? I understand if there's nothing that you can really do about it, but it's something that wiki contributors have been asking and waiting for for years now.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

It's a pity that the wiki is currently as broken as the rest of the site, in addition to the part where the staff doesn't really acknowledge its existence at this point. I'll side with @slag that I'd probably be more motivated if some sort of style guide was produced, because I can think of more than just a few character pages that could use some serious cleanup.

More importantly, having little knowledge about Samurai Shodown past the second one, I can conclude that ninja crane maid is probably the reason why I have very little knowledge about Samurai Shodown past the second one.

Posted by Hailinel

It's a pity that the wiki is currently as broken as the rest of the site, in addition to the part where the staff doesn't really acknowledge its existence at this point. I'll side with @slag that I'd probably be more motivated if some sort of style guide was produced, because I can think of more than just a few character pages that could use some serious cleanup.

More importantly, having little knowledge about Samurai Shodown past the second one, I can conclude that ninja crane maid is probably the reason why I have very little knowledge about Samurai Shodown past the second one.

Well, Iroha didn't show up until Samurai Shodown VI, but I get your point.

Posted by bobafettjm

I think having some sort of style guide, even some guidance on how we should lay out character pages would go a long way in this. I think it would make the pages look much nicer if they all had the same general lay out to them.

Posted by Hailinel

I think having some sort of style guide, even some guidance on how we should lay out character pages would go a long way in this. I think it would make the pages look much nicer if they all had the same general lay out to them.

I agree, definitely.

Also, @flstyle, it appears that the forums at the forum version of my blog post, so I couldn't respond to your reply there. My apologies.

Edited by Demoskinos

I've filled out several DOA characters. Who didn't have anything prior.

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Posted by Hailinel

I've filled out several DOA characters. Who didn't have anything prior.

Somehow, I'm both surprised and not surprised that DOA character pages would be blank. The ones I see little to nothing for tend to usually be SNK characters, though that seems to vary wildly. Just yesterday I edited the page for Kyo Kusanagi (who is basically the Ryu of KOF) because the one short paragraph he had was nearly unreadable Engrish.

Posted by DocHaus

I filled out a bunch of crap for the BlazBlue characters back when Continuum Shift was the new hotness. Guess some of the character bios could use an update when I'm not busy with other stuff.