As you may have noticed, I have not been editing nearly as much as I used to, and RRabbit42 has been doing the lion's share of the work around here for some time now. While I have been slacking off a bit, RRabbit42 has always been there to pick up that slack. This is why I have chosen to promote him to bureaucrat.
Bureaucrats are admins with a few extra duties. First, they have the ability to add and remove user rights such as rollback and admin rights. They also are usually viewed as the cream of the crop of the leaders of the wiki. RRabbit42 definitely fits that description.
There is currently not a process in place for such an occurance, but other wikis have some different ways of dealing with it. Most wikis have their new bureaucrats chosen by their current bureaucrats and/or their admins. Some larger wikis with extremely active communities hold votes similar to the way we choose our admins.
Since our community is very active in other ways, but not so concerned with voting on these types of matters, I have decided to discuss it with the other admins and several rollback users and the overwhelming consensus has been to just promote RRabbit42 since he more than deserves any accolades he gets.
Here's the way this is going to work: Any support or objections can be noted on my user page. As an admin group, we will weigh all comments and try and gather a consensus. I have every reason to believe that there will be little objection to this.
The newest episodes of Phineas and Ferb were aired normally for the first two, but the third (a special episode guest starring Ben Stiller) aired specially on Wednesday night, in what I assume was a ratings boost. Surprisingly, each episode was solid and greatly entertaining, which I hope continues for the rest of the season. Let's get going!
First off is "The Lizard Whisperer," a surprisingly fun and comical episode; this is no surprise, though, considering it was helmed by no other than Martin Olson, the brilliant writer who essentially made the entire first half of season one with his writing parting, Bobby Gaylor, who voiced Buford. One thing that stood out, too, about "Lizard" was how it actually made Jeremy an interesting character for once. Generally, he's just the Mary Sue-love interest to Candace whose apparent "jokes" don't even make me giggle, but in this episode, he was paired with Doof, and their interplay was entertaining. Also, Ferb's amazing speech, mixing in elements from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Henry V and Lord of the Rings, was what truly sold me to the this episode. Overall, A.
Next up is "Robot Rodeo;" on an entertainment value, this episode wasn't very satisfying, but it was the production of it that truly made this episode great. What do I mean by that? Well, let's first check out the score for this. As many of you probably don't know, the composer for this series is Danny Jacob, meaning that he both performs most of the songs and composes the background music via an orchestra. In this episode, he really outdid himself; the score was better than ever, with sharp hits and beautiful direction. Speaking of direction, this episode was also visually impressive; Jay Lender is new to the series, but so far he's proving himself to be quite the brilliant director. There were some good jokes here and there, too; particularly, the ending song: "Izzy's Got The Frizzies," which was wonderfully random in everyway. Overall, B+.
Finally, "The Beak" aired on Wednesday night. Like I said, I believe this was just a ratings boost, but who cares, really? After all, the less I have to get up at 7 in the morning the better. "The Beak" was a nice, action-packed and entertaining half hour. The animation, blending in some nice, casual CGI with the show's traditional 2-D backdrop, was subtle and oftentimes very awesome. Lender was assistant director here, working alongside Old Swampy, so I think this was produced before the previous ones Lender directed. Either that or Swampy just needed some help to get the CGI effects right. The jokes were fresh, delivered by none of than Jon Colton Barry (he's the dude who did "I, Brobot" and the Emmy-nominated "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein"), and the voice performance by Stiller was gleefully cartoon-y. Overall, A.
Agree with this review? Disagree? Can't really decide? Let us know on our talk page.
"The Beak" facts
Highest number of edits made the day after it premiered (88).
Listed as #2 on Wikia's main page that same week for most edited pages. Currently #4 with 16 edits.
Fastest article to be nominated for FA status and to be almost ready for it.
The Great Phineas And Ferb Kid's Choice Awards Contest Thingy-Inator
PlantyThePottedPlant is running a contest on his blog. It's a contest to see if you can draw a picture to show who you think will win the KCA blimp. As the blog says, it's not for who you think should win, but who you think will win, because everyone would vote for Phineas and Ferb, right?.
Take a look on the blog for a sample picture, details, and what the winners will receive.
Bi-Weekly Top 5
as voted on by the members of the wiki
Poll #10: What is Perry's best way to get into his lair from the first 10 episodes of Season 2?
Looks like there was a little more interest this time in the Top 5 poll. It was the first time that two choices were selected more than once and we had a surprise come-from behind tie.
Largest total number of votes:
1. Lair Entrance: The Ride. — 33 votes.
2. Winding up in Agent Pinky's lair. — 24 votes.
3. Through the Chimney Vator again, first seen in "I, Brobot" — 10 votes. ("Backyard Aquarium")
4. Tie, with 9 votes each:
A tube ride to his lair.
Lawrence's crossword puzzle. - ("Tip of the Day")
It's almost impossible for you to not have at least heard of Featured Articles: the article displayed every other week on the main page, and linked every day in the Site Notice. But it's more than likely that you haven't participating. Because unfortunately, there's a stunning lack of people nominating, or reading the rules, frankly, that we truly need to get this whole project back on track.
Let me start this article by explaining the purpose of Featured Articles. You see, here at Phineas and Ferb Wiki, our purpose is to create a useful, comprehensive encyclopedia about Phineas and Ferb. If an article follows all policies and other necessities, it is believed the hard work put into it, by an individual or even a group, should be honored by being dubbed a "Featured" article and highlighted on the main page for all too see. It's kind of like an award, but it's also to encourage people to improve the wiki's content.
Now, the point of this article is to show everyone some very important facts about FAN procedure and urge you all to start participating more. Here are some easy to follow steps about FAs that I ask everyone who plans on nominating to know and understand:
Read the rules: I do not know how much I can state this, but please, read the rules. Everything you need to know is right there. It's only three or so simple steps, it won't take you but a minute and a half to read. It also helps show what quality an article has to meet; I can't even begin to list how many premature nominations that have happened due to people not following this step.
Make sure the article meets the quality: Like I said, this is really key to the entire thing. The immediate thing is that you shouldn't nominate stubs, because automatically they don't meet the length/coverage requirement. Also, make sure there's no help templates, as that's another quick-fail.
Don't forgot about the nomination: I'm pushing this a little less strongly than the others but it's just as, if not more, important than them. Seriously, don't nominate something then leave, because that's how things get quick failed. If someone leaves comments or concerns, respond to them and fix them. It's your responsibility as the nominator. No questions. And finally...
Remember what it's for:Phineas and Ferb Wiki is the leading (if not only) encyclopedia devoted solely to information Phineas and Ferb, and therefore we are usually readers first stop for information. The point of Featured Articles to display articles that are comprehensive and well made, not just for the benefit of the wiki, but for the benefit of everyone who reads it. And that's what matters.
This month, I got started on drafting some new policies for our wiki. One is already in the process of being voted on. The others will be entering the comment phase in just a day or two, and then we'll start voting after any comments for improvements have been addressed. There's a couple more to come, but they are not ready yet.
Block policy: outlines how blocks should be implemented, standardizing the durations, how to appeal blocks, etc. Votes may be cast until 23:59 on March 25, 2010 on its Discussion page.
Over the past couple of months, we've noticed that the blogs are being used more and more each day. Blogs were originally intended for passing along news or for a person to write an article that only they could change yet still get feedback on how to improve it. Lately, the blogs have turned into a kind of message board or something like Twitter. It is not uncommon to see 100 blog comments each day, but the blogs are especially busy on the weekends. There can be up to 300 comments per day on a weekend.
While it's good to see people being active in the blogs, some of the blogs devolved into "X is better than Y" or have drifted completely away from the original topic, like those for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. A few of them also get a series of tiny little comments that should have been combined into one comment.
But more importantly, the rest of the wiki has suffered. The blog comments are filling up the Recent changes. We know that people look there to see what pages spark their interest for editing. Having everything pushed out of sight by the blog comments is not good for this wiki.
We've seen the first outside proof of this. The Phineas and Ferb Wiki fell completely out of the
most active wikis list. The stat was based on how many people made 5 or more edits on our main articles. We've dropped from a high of 89 people in December to only 9 people in February. You have to have a minimum of 25 people making 5+ edits to be on that list.
So, to help fix both problems, we are setting up a separate message board. It's a bit less formal than this wiki and if a message starts drifting all over the place, that's okay. Message boards work great because you can quote what someone said earlier and respond to just that, or you can add your response to the general flow of the conversation.
We have sections for show-related discussions, games, fan fiction & artwork, merchandise and a general-purpose area for all other off-topic discussions. We want to keep this family-friendly, so we've put in a couple of rules such as no swearing.
The board isn't quite ready to launch yet, but it's close. When it's fully ready, we'll put it in a blog announcement. In the meantime, we do need a few people to help us test it. If you're interested, send me an e-mail and I'll provide the message board address.
Help the Boat of Romance set sail in a new direction and make sure it stays afloat.
Coming in two weeks:
Results of the next Bi-Weekly Top 5
Update on the YouTube video policy (for real, this time)
other articles to be determined (submissions wanted)