I created this blog because I been getting PMs from new wiki editors who want me to help them, help them to find a team, or more. I'm happy to answer any questions about the style guide and to check the formatting of a wiki page. As for making a team, it's hard and repetitious to explain in a Private Message how my team was created. I decided to give some ideas and some personal experiences.
The purpose of this blog is to help struggling wiki editors who want to form teams on Anime Vice.
I'm Takashichea, a peer mentor at my school and a wiki mentor/ historian in this community. I'm not the leader of Team W.I.K.I Nation or the other teams because our teams are more collaborative and informal. I'm just the guy who makes weekly reports and edits to wiki articles. I'm like a spokesperson.
How to Make a Team
For those who ask me how I got a team, I put down three ways. The order of these items go from low chance to high change and the level of involvement goes higher because I want to show personal experience and level of int
1. Create a Team by a Posting a blog
This is the one I did not have success with one franchise, but I had success on another franchise. This is a common method I seen by wiki editors.
- I created a blog to get help on Shaman King. This is the lowest involvement tier. It's like a job ad. I did find two people adding stuff on Shaman King but they were busy and couldn't contribute more than linking items on the wiki page. Shaman King is my biggest and longest solo project. I'm still working on it since February 2011.
- The only success I had with this method is forming a partnership with Fire_Star on the project Rave Master. This was after a Rave Master bounty task which is the catalyst of the project. It's hard to say to say that I used this method because the blog that inspires Fire_Star to ask me to work on the project was called Developing my own Wiki Style for episodes and manga volumes.
Don't worry there is another way to create a team. **I realize the older the show, the harder is to get people to be involved. Most of Anime Vice wiki editors are young (between ages 16-25). It's better to work on a recent anime within 10 years or a popular anime/manga.
2. Join a Wiki Editor on a Preexisting Project
- This is how I got into Fairy Tail and Beelzebub with Annabanana. By some strange fate and coincidence, Anna and I started working on Fairy Tail in October (the month that we joined Anime Vice) Yet, we were independent editors and discover each other in December. A real team form during the Fairy Tail Wiki Theme week that initiated by Ethan. In the spring of 2011, we started an informal project on the Fairy Tail anime by taking turns on the new episodes each week.
- For Gosick, I joined HalberdierV2 and Auron570 joined us. I saw HalberdierV2's blog requesting for help on Gosick back in June of 2011. Feeling that same feeling I had with Shaman King, I decided to join and had to try a new anime I never watched before. Luckily, I love the show.
- Recently, I asked KuroNekoXIII to join him on the Guilty Crown project.
One thing with this method you have to be aware of is that you don't pinch a penny in the long run. It's a business saying that means you don't destroy a relationship for little profit. If you actually improved the relationship, both partners will have a better outcome and more profit come in. Back to wiki editing, I don't claim credit over my partners, insult them for deleting work, or anything harmful. I help them, give credit where credit is due, and talk about things. You have to stay together as best as you can.
Another thing, you have to like the franchise. It's like having a job in real life. Why work if you hate it. In some situations like poverty or being a single parent, there are somethings we have to do to support ourselves at the cost of our dignity and honor. This is not like Anime Vice. Wiki editing is a pure volunteer service where you have a choice.
3. Create Weekly Reports or a Beginner Guide
- In September of 2011, I started a series of weekly reports on the Blue Exorcist, Sket Dance, and Beelzebub to promote my team's hard wiki work. Plus, FoxxFireArt's words just keep digging into my mind about the future of the community, whether we are talking about anime, and showing the outside world that Anime Vice's wiki articles, blogs are alive and booming. I had some help from Tom and Newten's articles by looking at the content and imitated it. I did it and got some warm response from my teammates who were surprised. They and the community welcome it. I was happy. The successes of the weekly reports are enormous. Team W.I.K.I Nation got bigger because it was three members and now a total of seven members Plus, some of the effects inspired (indirectly) other community members to write weekly reports in their own style. I was proud of my teammates who created their first weekly reports: KuroNekoXIII for his Sket Dance and Guilty Crown reports and MohsinMan99 for his Gintama reports. There are others such as Superevil225, Levance, Turamblar and MetalSnakeZero who created their own style of weekly articles.
- Beginner Guides: I have no personal experience in creating a team from this. I have to talk to Sotyfan16 about this. See his blog, Guide to Making Guides. Normally, his guides are a surprise. It's hard to say.
This is the highest involvement because it requires a lot of time and energy, but the results and chances are high. Look at Team W.I.K.I. Nation. It was a trio and now, it's seven members strong. I highly recommend using this method because it shows how serious you are about your work and plus, your wiki work can be seen easily.
Feel free to comment or suggest ways to create a team. This is a dynamic blog for future generations. I like to keep the spirit of teamwork alive.
Thank you for reading and good luck on your wiki projects.
Proud Member of Team W.I.K.I Nation, Team Fairy Tail, and Team Beelzebub
Updates After This Blog Was POSTED 10-29-11
- Added Sotyfan16's Blog to Making Guides
- Added Team W.I.K.I. Nation's blog links
- Added links to franchises and Ethan's blog. 10-31-11