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Hey wiki and image editors, we're going to be creating focusing our wiki task queue on specific initiatives that will last 2-4 weeks at a time.  The current initiative is focused on adding image captions to the billions of awesome images that have been uploaded over the years.   

 Help > Wiki Tasks:  Earn bonus points!
 Help > Wiki Tasks:  Earn bonus points!

Image Captions Tasks

Pick a task from the task queue
  • Image captions should describe in a very short sentence what the image is about.
  • Image captions are important because they help Google know what the image is about, and then hopefully will raise Anime Vice images higher in search results.      
  • Captions help new users learn about anime.
  
See how nice this page looks with captions: 


 Image Captions!
 Image Captions!

 
Also read   Image Gallery Tutorial - via Screened
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Rorie and I made a video over at Screened.com that I'm sharing with the other sites. This video explains things about our image gallery management tools -- which are the same on all of our sites.  Any hoo watch this if you upload images to Anime Vice.  Keep an eye out for the part where we talk about the importance of adding captions to images in the image gallery! 
 
  
 
Check out our wiki task queue where you can earn bonus points for helping us add captions to our image galleries!
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I originally wrote this blog post for our big brother site Comic Vine, but it's obviously an important part of Anime Vice's wiki articles too.  So, just what is a plot summary? I googled "what is a plot summary" and found some great answers.  According to Answers.com here is what a plot summary is:

A plot summary is a description of the story in a novel, film or other piece of storytelling. It is not a review and should not contain the opinions of the author. It should contain all the necessary information about the main characters and the unfolding drama to give a complete impression of the twists and turns in the plot, but without confusing the reader with unnecessary detail. 

And according to Wikipedia here's what a plot summary is not.  

A plot summary is not a recap. It should not cover every scene and every moment of a story.... Not only should a summary avoid a scene by scene recap, there's no reason why a plot summary has to cover the events of the story in the order they appear (though it is often useful). The point of a summary is not to reproduce the experience—it's to explain the story. If the original is non-linear or experimental in its structure, the article should state that fact in prose, not through regurgitation of the plot.  In fact, for a confusing story, we should assume that some of our readers will look the story up because they didn't understand it. Just repeating what they saw isn't going to help them!   

Let's look at another quote from that Wikipedia page since they are clearly smarter than me: 

While longer descriptions may appear to provide more data to the reader, a more concise summary may in fact be more informative as it highlights the most important elements. By focusing the reader's attention on the larger structures of a plot, without drowning it in trivial detail, a shorter summary can often help the reader to understand a work much better than an overlong one. Excessively detailed plot summaries may also infringe on copyright and fair-use concerns     

Here are some bullet points to follow when writing plot summaries: 
  • Plot summaries should be in the present tense.     
  • Avoid trivial details.
  • Plot summaries should summarize; explaining only the most important elements of the story.
  • Read what you write out loud -- read it word-for-word like a robot -- before you save it.  
  • Write well.
 
 For a tutorial on English punctuation check out How To Use English Punctuation.  For more updates follow me on twitter: @red_lamp
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There seems to be a consistent theme regarding which Anime Vice users get the most views to their profiles.  Can you find it?  Now many of these views actually come from Google search pointing non-members to these pages based on key word search.  Still I'd like to keep this as a placeholder and revisit these stats in 30 days to see if we can influence the results.  What would I like to see?  More visits to pages talking about NON-adult themed content!  Can we do it?
 

Most Visited User Profiles

Most Visited User Blogs

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 You sirs are in for a treat.  A trick-or-treat.  Today I will be live blogging Halloween at the Office!  Let's kick this off with awesome pics of myself as a Boy Scout. 
  
  
 That shirt is 20 years old.
 That shirt is 20 years old.

Drew as Dexter 

I think anyone who knows Drew eventually sees the similarity between him and Dexter.  They look similar, both are exceptionally smart, reserved, quiet and both arecold blooded killers.
         
 Dexter Morgan sans kill kit
 Dexter Morgan sans kill kit

 

  

Melissa the Witch

Melissa is "Senior Director of Marketing and Business Operations for the Northern Branch of Whiskey Media Operations Division".  She's our self proclaimed "office mom". She made us dress up.
Witch or Cher costume, you decide!
Witch or Cher costume, you decide!

 
  
 Ana as Brodyquest 

 Adrien Brody
 Adrien Brody


Norm as Eagle Scout:  

Oh yah we almost have enough scouts to make a patrol. 

 Norm obviously never got Ironing Merit Badge
 Norm obviously never got Ironing Merit Badge


 
 

 More coming as people get into the office.....

Add your office costume photos to the comments below. 
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My username is taken on another site 

 
We're seeing some conflicts in the air between names on the sites. Right now it looks like it's autoc-reating a dumb name based on your email. We're aware of the problem and will give everyone the opportunity to change the name for those accounts. It might take us a couple days, we're trying to attack billing based bugs at the moment but we will definitely get to it within the next week. Thanks for your patience.
 

I get a black screen when I try to charge my charge 

 
This is likely due to you using non-standard letters in your name or address fields. We're fixing this issue, but if you really want to sign up quick, just use standard US-alphabet and it will pass through. Don't worry, your card is not charged when it fails. 
 

How do I access the mobile site? 

 
Login to the site on your mobile phone, if it doesn't redirect you properly type in m.giantbomb.com and it should show up. 
 

How do I get to my multi-pass after I'm on Giant Bomb 

 
Funny that we forgot to link this. It'll be in your profile dropdown in the top right later today. For now go to https://auth.whiskeymedia.com 
 

How do I UNLINK an account on my multipass 

You'll be able to do this next week from your whiskeymedia profile page. From there you can link up a different, previous profile. 
 

I paid for a month but get an email saying I was charged for year? Whuut.  

This is a fixed bug, we were sending the wrong email.  But go here to check what you were billed  https://auth.whiskeymedia.com/billing/ 
  

I can no longer login to my account since the facebook login is gone.

To fix this, go to this link to set a password.   https://auth.whiskeymedia.com/siteaccount/reset/?from_site=giant-bomb  This will send you a password since fb connect users have no password    
 

Paypal, when can we expect this option for payment. 

With in a month we'll have Paypal available    
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Look, this is a nice community we've got here. I don’t think we need a huge rule set other then saying be nice. It’s the Road House rules, be nice.

  • Don't YouTube-spam the boards.
  • You can link to other sites IF your topic is not spam.
  • No curse words or bad language in Topic Titles.
  • No racism or other comments that incite hate between users.
  • No explicit discussions about sex, illegal drugs, or other illegal activities.
  • No trolling or flaming.
  • No advertising.
  • No abusing the post flagging system, this system is used to help the mods pick through the bad posts.
  • Do not flag someone just because you disagree with them, keep this feature strictly for those who post spam, or are doing anything of the prohibited activities above.
  • No linking to pirate sites.
  • No linking to pornography unless it has to do with the anime at hand, linking to a pornographic website and not properly labeling it as so is means for immediate, permanent, forum ban.

Wiki Styles & Guidelines

Do Not Plagiarize!

  • This means do not copy and paste text from Wikipedia -- or anywhere else -- into our site.
  • If you are caught plagiarizing your points will be brought back to ZERO (You’ll get a PM first).
  • Report plagiarism to the mods over a PM.
  • More on Rooting out Plagiarism.

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Is Hentai Allowed?

Hentai may be cataloged in our wiki, but do not upload sexually explicit images.

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  • Watermarked images should NOT be added to our wiki.
  • The main image of an anime series/movie should be of the original US Movie poster or DVD Box art when available.
  • Do not upload sexually explicit images.

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Hello there and welcome.  I'd like to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you, yes you!  Are you a self-starter?  Do you consume comic books, movies and video games even when you're on the toilet? Are you smart or awkward?  Do you want to intern at a web company with it's own bar?  Do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area?   Can you moooove to the San Francisco Bay Area on your own nickel?  Do you like... basements?
 
Here's the details.  Our internship program gives you an opportunity to see what it's like to run a website behind the scenes with industry professionals such as Jeff Gerstmann and Dave Snider and others.  When your internship is over we want you to grab your destiny by the horns and bareback that rodeo bull into the sunset.  That's right bub, this thing ends with you leaving to conquer the world.  
 
Internship Details:
  • $10/hour paid internship.
  • 3-6 month internships available.
  • Internship will not end in a full time job.
  • Work in a basement, attached to an actual underground speakeasy.  
 
Who you are: 
  • An over active member of Whiskey media
  • Excited, motivated, stable and fun
  • A US resident
  • 18 years old or more 
  • Lives in San Francisco Bay Area

PM me if you have what it takes.    
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So we spent the last couple of months, here at Animevice, re-configuring our editorial.  Many of you noticed we stopped reporting on Anime News in favor of focusing on Anime and Manga reviews, guides and original opinion pieces.  But guess what?  We're adding news back into the mix. 
 
Everyone give a shout out to our news editor   Yui Asakawa.  She's actually been writing for us for 2 weeks now, and we think she's swell.  Here's links to her recent articles -- all found on the News page:  
  1. Kinokuniya USA yanks several moe pin-up magazines from shelves 
  2. Kodansha gets fined 550,000 yen for using a man's likeness in manga 
  3. Yen Press launches their online service, Yen Plus 
  4. OneManga will remove all manga from the site this week 
  5. FLCL Limited Edition Blu-Ray hits Japan on August 18th 
  6. Xbox 360 game Steins; Gate gets its own anime 
  7. Viz Pictures licenses Detroit Metal City live action 
  8. K-ON! ladies make it big on the Japan National Census         
  9. Gundam cafe opens up next to statue in Shizuoka 
  
And those articles are just from the last 2 days.  And don't forget we have continued Anime/Manga series coverage from   Tom Pinchuk  and   GodLen and  Matt Lopez.
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I dont want to brag but, for a little community..... 
http://www.quantcast.com/animevice.com     
 

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I'll make a formal post about this soon.  I wanted to put this out there now though, Animevice needs an intern who can work in San Francisco, CA  ( meaning you have to live in the area ).  3-6 month intern position needed.  More on this later.
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Hey guys - we just launched a new Quest Set on AnimeVice this afternoon called "Star of the Show".  


Whos' gonna be the first one to find them all? 
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I just found out that Soulja Boy's new "Mixtape" album is called Death Note. I guess it's better than being called Code Geass.
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