Types of Wiki Editors

Topic started by takashichea on July 8, 2011. Last post by ReplicaRex 3 years, 1 month ago.
Post by takashichea (15,235 posts) See mini bio Level 25

Intro: In the nine months of being an Anime Vice editor, I noticed many of the people who I worked with and some that I observed have certain niches.

Purpose: This is my opinion of my observations. Please don't be offended by the names because I am just making up names based on the descriptions. Some names are a bit strange. If you want to suggest names, I'll be happy to add them. The names are not set into stone.

Four Basic Types of Editors

  • Adders = They are the building blocks because they are the first ones to add a page.
  • Writers = They are the ones who add details, format the page (according to wiki style), and everything else.
  • Linkers = They link pages together by adding links on the page or by adding a page (ie: concepts, objects, etc.) to another page (ie:characters).
  • Image Hunters = They upload images.

Specialized Editors

Using one or a combination of the four basic types, a wiki editor specializes in one or multiple areas to fulfill a niche in the Anime Vice community.

  • Foundation Editors = They are a combo type of adder and linker who build the framework of a franchise. They add characters, objects, voices, locations, credits, and more to the franchise. They are like the engineers who design the blue print of a house.
  • Primers = A combination of adder and writer types. They are the first one to start a new franchise by adding the first frame or tracks. They help build for the next wiki editors by providing the format and details of the first few episodes or volumes.
  • Workers = After the primers have establish a framework, they are the ones who work on wiki projects with other wiki editors. They have all of the four basic types since they want to make the wiki articles more complete. They are like the construction workers who fill in the house's framework brick by brick.


  • Primers = (see above bullet) are perform a niche since they are only around for a short time.
  • Bounty Hunters = Even though they are a writer and adder type, they work mostly on bounty tasks issued by the staff and the mods.
  • Character specialists = They know the wiki format well, and they can whip up a nice article faster than other wiki editors.
  • Story Arcs specialist = They work on the episodes and/ or volumes. They may only work on the story arcs portion of the characters.
  • Completionist = A special kind of worker class who see the wiki project to an end. They will never stop working until everything is done.
  • Formatter = They only format pages.
  • Trend Setters = They are wiki editors who display or create a creative technique on a wiki page which other wiki editors copy and use for future wiki editing.
  • Monthly Editors = They are another blend of workers who work on empty or not franchise for a month.
  • Reviewers = They work on a few pages then they write reviews.
  • Businessmen = They write reviews, guides, and blogs to persuade others to watch anime or read manga. Sometimes, they get more workers to work on a franchise if they are successful.

Other Users in Our Community

Since Anime Vice is a diverse community, there are other niches besides wiki editing. Yet, I think I should put this in a separate blog. I mean no offense if my comments are looking down upon other users.

  • Quest Seekers = They live for the thrill of completing quests.
  • RPGers = They love role playing, battle forums, and building teams.
  • Bloggers = They love to talk and post blogs.
  • News Bloggers = They post news. For some lucky users, their blogs can become front page.
  • Forum Fanatics = They are very active on the threads.
  • News Fanatics (Lovers) = They only comment on headliners such as Tom Pinchuk's and Godlen's news.
  • Instructor Trepe = They write instructional/step by step blogs.

Examples (in alphabetical order) of Wiki Editors

  • Annabanana is a completionist, a character and story arc specialist, and a trendsetter.
  • Auron570 is a a blogger, a story arc specialist, and an adder.
  • BigHeart711 is a characters specialist and a formatter.
  • Buhssuht is a bounty hunter and a character specialist.
  • Dekken is a character specialist, linker, and image hunter.
  • DestinyHeroKnight is a character specialist, a story arc specialist, and a reviewer.
  • Dochaus is a primer and a businessman.
  • Dream is a primer, a reviewer, and a businessman.
  • EgantheVile1 is a completionist, a businessman, and a character specialist.
  • Fire_Star is a completionist, a character specialist, and a worker.
  • FoxxFireArt is a character and story arcs specialist, a reviewer, a businessman, a completionist, a formatter, and a trendsetter. He is an instructor trepe.
  • Halberdierv2 is a foundation editor, a worker, and story arc specialist.
  • JBog is a businessman and a reviewer.
  • Juuhachi is a character specialist, a story arc specialist, and an image hunter.
  • Mohsinman99 is a reviewer.
  • Newten is an image hunter, a story arcs specialist, and a primer.
  • Obscurefan is a character specialist, a monthly editor, and a foundation editor.
  • Obsidian609 is a foundation and a primer.
  • SamFury is a reviewer, and a businessman. He is an instructor trepe.
  • ShadowKnight508 is a character specialist, a story arc specialist, and a trend setter.
  • Shels is a primer and an image hunter.
  • SickvisionZ is a businessman, a reviewer, a character and story arcs specialist, and an image hunter.
  • Sotyfan16 is a reviewer, a CEO businessman, a character specialist, and a primer.
  • Superevil225 is a character specialist and story arcs specialist, a reviewer, and a businesswoman.
  • Takashichea is a worker, a story arcs specialist, and a completionist.
  • Wales is a businessman, a story arcs specialist, a reviewer, and a monthly editor. He is an instructor trepe.
  • Zombiepie is a businessman.


Feel free to suggest more niches or to expand on any of these areas. I will update this and hopefully find some images to make this blog beautiful.

Go Anime Vice!

After note: I wanted to post users that I worked with as examples, but I haven't ask for permission.

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19

@Takashichea: Great article regarding the styles and methods that some of AV's busy Wiki editors use in their work, Takashichea. I will admit that I do a lot of Character and Story Arc work on some of my pages, especially the Chaos, Eleanor Mercer, Kubota Arutarou, and Astraea pages along with work on the Maid Bride volume.

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Woah, that is epic! Where would the GUY WHO DOES THIS ONLY FOR THE QUESTS fit in this though?
Post by takashichea (15,235 posts) See mini bio Level 25


Thanks! My ideas stop flowing, but I know there is more types. Feel free to add something new.

*I think I should separate story arcs specialist into two since one deals with characters and the other deals with episode and volume plot summaries.

Post by takashichea (15,235 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I will add it. I only thought about wiki editors. Sure why not?

Do you want your name in the example section?

Do you like "Quest Seekers"?

Edit: If I added other types of users besides wiki editors, I have to change the title of this blog from Type of Wiki Editors to Type of Anime Vice users?

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Nor for now, Some of my stuff was rejected before so I'm taking my time with wiki-editing and reviews. Should be working on the Digimon and Gintama sections soon enough so maybe later.
Post by PatVB (20 posts) See mini bio Level 14

This is really awesome! And it pretty much applies to all of the WM sites.

Also, this really makes me wish the points system was even more RPG-esque. With classes and spells.

Post by Daniel_Newton (3,321 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@pat4327: Spells on top of my mod powers? Dude, I think I'd go power-mad.

Post by PatVB (20 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@Newten: Exactly! You could be the final boss!

Post by Halberdierv2 (1,302 posts) See mini bio Level 17
I suppose I'd be a foundation Editor, Worker and Story Arc Specialist (I think)
(whimpers that he's not on the list).
Post by takashichea (15,235 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I got you.


I come up with names for bounty hunter:

  • Hardcore = (finishes over a 1,000 tasks in a year)
  • Racer = (finishes over 4 tasks worth 200 points each in an hour)
  • Commando = (finishes over a 100 tasks in a month)
  • Boba Fett = (top bounty hunter who closed the most tasks in that month) Like Bounty Hunter of the Month.

For businessmen (and women):

  • CEO: The leader who overlooks the reviews and the guides and is the best reviewer.
  • Reverse Businessman: He or she writes blogs, reviews, or guides to discourage viewers from watching a particular anime. Example: Zombiepie and his drunk blogs.

That's all I have.

Post by MrXD (643 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Man, this is crazy. Good job takashichea, loving ever single bit of it
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
So would I be a CEO in the Businessman group since I do a number of Guides? I'm not a Reverse because I am sticking to what I own right now and I only buy what I like. I might take the time to eventually tear apart a series or two just to mix things up.
On another note, I find it funny that I'm listed as a Businessman because that is what I am in real life.
Post by takashichea (15,235 posts) See mini bio Level 25


Yeah! You are definitely the spokesperson of this site. I loved your guides especially the DBZ's beginner guide. Your friend, Zombiepie, is an accountant (I think). By chance, I classify both of you as businessmen.


Thanks! Hopefully, I come up some good names for some of the wiki editors and the rest.


For reviewer, I come up with Anchorman and Anchorwoman whose review or guide makes in the front page. A Journalist is a type of reviewer who is very active in writing a lot of reviews and comments on other user's reviews.

For image hunter:

  • Rookie, Veteran, and Professional (still thinking of the requirements)

I have no idea for foundation editor, primer, and some of them.

Post by Fire Star (3,732 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@takashichea: Hey, I would love to be added to this ! What the PM said would be a fine description already !
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Man keep these titles coming! You're inflating my ego bit by bit. lol
Post by AURON570 (573 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Tch, add Instructor Trepe to the list! 
So... I guess I'm a blogger, an "episode summary" writer, and an adder? =o I was thinking about making a blog about, "how easy it is to contribute to anime vice!" but I'm terrible at writing instructional/step-by-step blogs. I guess if I do end up writing something like that it'll be more like "my experience contributing to anime vice."
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Hit up FoxxFireArt for step-by-step stuff. For a while he did blog lessons on reading and writing Japanese. I think he could help you with wording your transitions and keeping the steps simple.
Post by takashichea (15,235 posts) See mini bio Level 25

Updates: Added Fire_Star and Auron570. Added Instruction Trepe to FoxxFireArt and Wales.

@sotyfan16: @fire_star: @Newten: @ShadowKnight508:

Oh yes, I was thinking of a new class for business type wiki editors, "entrepreneurs." Because I met social entrepreneur during summer school, this term just stuck in my head. I guessed I love the word. I just don't how to apply to wiki editors.

A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so.
From Wikipedia

My first thought, this type of business/wiki editor does something "new" to promote something and gets a giant group of users to follow his or her idea. (It's like Trend Setter - A wiki editor who comes with a new idea) Feel free to tweak this idea. Tell me who fits this category.

Post by Fire Star (3,732 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@takashichea: I'm not sure how that would all work out, it seems interesting but it also seems difficult to put into various editors description. 
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