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Yunabeco:
Hey folks,

Surprise to all, I have the privilege of welcoming Okayu on the global moderators team.
I'd say "get along" but I'm pretty sure you already have, since he's an active member of the community.
He has interesting input on the current state of the forum and wiki and how it could be made more user-friendly. You're probably going to notice a couple changes soon enough that head in this direction.

At the same time, in an effort to allow more input to come in, I've enabled guest posting on the forum. Depending on how this turns out, I may enable guest wiki editing in the near future.

I won't be locking this right away, so feel free to speak your mind here.

Cheers!

Oh, and he wasn't promoted because he was a Chihaya fan. Nope. Nuh-uh. Not at all.


EDIT (2015-03-07):
Guest posting has been authorized in the iM@S category (excluding request boards), and the Wiki Discussion board.

DeviantProtagonist:
Not quite a surprise, given his resourcefulness. Here's to fonder days to come -- and more to our Chihaya Revolution, just because. :3

In regards to guest posting, I'll have to reflect on this more. Wouldn't it be better for people to register so there's more involvement within the community?

Come to think of it, though, I personally don't find wiki guests a good idea; may leave the door wide open for vandals.

Anonymous:

--- Quote ---I personally don't find wiki guests a good idea; may leave the door wide open for vandals.
--- End quote ---
I wouldn't worry about that. Sure, you might get vandalism, but the chances of that are pretty slim. This is neither a particularly large nor controversial wiki; no offense, but do you really think anyone would care enough to vandalize it, let alone have any reason to?

Besides, I think you're underestimating how lazy the typical internet user is. Making an account really doesn't take much effort, but it's a psychological barrier that would stop most people from making a minor contribution. "Oh, I can add this thing — I have to sign in? Ugh, fuck it, someone else will do it...". The same principle that keeps vandals away ends up having the same effect on potential contributors, too.

Of course, the pool of potential anonymous contributors probably isn't any bigger than the pool of potential vandals, but either way, what's the worst that can happen if the wiki is opened to guests? A vandal shows up, a few pages have to be rolled back to previous versions, it gets made users-only again, end of experiment. Why not give it a try?

Also, two captchas for guest posting? And name, and email? Damn, son, maybe it actually would be less work to sign up.

Okayu:
Hello, I'm Okayu. Hope things go well. I'm not really sure what else to say

DeviantProtagonist:
For having honest intentions, you'll do fine, Okayu.


--- Quote from: Anonymous on March 06, 2015, 12:13:23 am ---I wouldn't worry about that. Sure, you might get vandalism, but the chances of that are pretty slim. This is neither a particularly large nor controversial wiki; no offense, but do you really think anyone would care enough to vandalize it, let alone have any reason to?

Besides, I think you're underestimating how lazy the typical internet user is. Making an account really doesn't take much effort, but it's a psychological barrier that would stop most people from making a minor contribution. "Oh, I can add this thing — I have to sign in? Ugh, fuck it, someone else will do it...". The same principle that keeps vandals away ends up having the same effect on potential contributors, too.

Of course, the pool of potential anonymous contributors probably isn't any bigger than the pool of potential vandals, but either way, what's the worst that can happen if the wiki is opened to guests? A vandal shows up, a few pages have to be rolled back to previous versions, it gets made users-only again, end of experiment. Why not give it a try?

Also, two captchas for guest posting? And name, and email? Damn, son, maybe it actually would be less work to sign up.

--- End quote ---

If there's anything for people to invest time into, there are those who'd want to break that norm -- it doesn't matter how trivial it is from the broader spectrum, that's just how the internet works -- trolls abound. In fairness this could be given the benefit of the doubt, especially with the idea that roll-backs are possible. We'd have to see how it pans out, then~.

In regards to registrations turning people away, that depends more on the person. I'd like to think the average user can get by a one-time process, namely if their commitment shows a hand. Overall, my thoughts are still tentative on the matter so as mentioned I'll reflect more. What I will give you, however, are the captchas. Found that a nuisance, myself. :P

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