What's on your mind?
Hi, I'm new to this community and Wikia in general so I'm unsure if I even have the right to make such a bold proposal. However, I have years of experience working using MediaWiki in general and as a die hard metalhead, I am interested in contributing to this community.
To cut to the chase, I'm proposing the introduction of a manual of style (i.e. a standard structure that articles of certain subjects will have to conform to) similar to how articles on wikis such as Wikipedia or LyricWiki tend to follow specific structures and/or aesthetics. Doing this will make articles look cleaner and should help establish a standard of quality that newer articles created henceforth should strive to meet. In addition to that, many articles are in dire need of cleanup for reasons [[User:RenzXVI|RenzXVI]] has already elaborated on in his post regarding the new direction of the wiki.
I implore all active editors to weigh in on this as I am new to this wiki and would not want to make any major changes that the community and/or its admins would disapprove of. Thanks in advance.
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This announcement has been long overdue, so I would like to inform everyone here about all of what has been happening on the Wiki since I got here.
This wiki has been around since 2008 and the community back then had shaped this wiki into what it is right now, unfortunately, the direction it took isn't the ideal path of this wiki. It remains unclear if the early community even took the wiki seriously until its abandonment back in early 2016.
I found this wiki in mid-2016 and decided to adopt it because it had been getting a lot of vandalism and it would be a great waste to see it devolve... But it appears that it wasn't the only problem. Since I have been here, I have made hundreds of new pages but ended up deleting thousands because the wiki had more Rock content than Metal, the wiki even had pages for lyrics carelessly written in all caps with a lot of typos, everything was a mess, there are a lot of articles that are just copy-pasted from Wikipedia or some other site, there were also categories called "Heavy Metal with Electronic/Industrial elements" and a lot of similar unnecessary stuff. All of it has to go.
For the necessary changes, Rock and other genres will no longer be allowed, the wiki has to focus on Metal and will adopt a similar policy to Metal-Archives, disallowing non-metal genres unless the band has elements of Metal incorporated in their music (e.g., Ghost, which is Rock/Heavy Metal). There are other wikis for Rock and more mainstream genres so it is not necessary to adopt them here. A lot of work needs to be done to even get this wiki in good shape but it's never too late, slowly but surely, everything will be in order. Thank you for your consideration, have fun editing. :D