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User talk:Tennessee Ernie Ford/Archive 06

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No longer contributing to Wikia after 20 October 2010[edit source]

This section will not be archived on or about 19 October 2010; it will be left to help explain my lack of presence and why the rest of the page will remain empty.

Wikia's new direction is taking it away from core support of community-edited, encyclopedic bodies of knowledge (wikis) and moving it a new direction of social networking. They could have chosen to implement this for all new and opting-in existing sites. Instead they have chosen to impose their concept of wiki community on the rest of us. Since I have only limited time to volunteer, I see no reason to spend any of it supporting their top-down approach to hosting consensus-driven sites. The changes might be good for some wikis, but not for this one.

(Added later)
Wikia could have approached us early to say, look, we have to re-brand and standardize. It's just unrealistic for a business to continue functioning in this way. We realize these changes will produce a hardship on you, and we can't help that. What we can do, however, is to offer you short-term dedicated help to adapt your wiki to take full advantage. Instead, our 100% volunteer staff has to figure out the impact on our own, second guess which features to adapt, which to force to fit, what to risk leaving alone. In the end, it's just less work to move to someplace where we have more control and/or our hosts depend on our success to flourish.

More importantly, Wikia has shown no particular enthusiasm for GuildWiki and therefore, I see no reason why we should feel any loyalty at all to remaining here.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:12, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

I am also of this opinion, I have "loyalty" to the GuildWiki community, but I shall not be supporting Wikia (by editing their wikis, or affiliating myself with them). -- RandomTime 22:15, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Hello, I must be going (I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going)[edit source]

As noted above, I will no longer be contributing to Wikia's wikis starting today, since, in effect, the traditional wiki is no longer supported here. However, I do plan to continue to contribute and support Guild Wiki, once it moves to new digs.

→ If you need to leave me a message before the move, drop me a note at my talk on the official wiki.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 07:22, October 20, 2010 (UTC)