The 'Shroom:Issue 130/Community Survey Analysis
Hi there! This is Lord Bowser here, along with my apprentice The Pyro Guy, and we're here to give you a detailed rundown on the results from the Community Survey that took place a few weeks ago. I'm happy to say we got a nice turnout for the survey, and I'm glad that the concept itself was warmly received! We will surely be doing more of these in the future. I found that this survey, focused around the wiki community as a whole, gave some nice insight onto how others may find the general vibe here. It also served as a way to provide anonymous feedback and criticism on various parts of the community, which I hope can be used to further improve the wiki environment. On behalf of the Poll Committee, along with our behind-the-scenes programmers 2257 (talk) and Turboo (talk), I'd like to heartily thank you all for your participation in this survey, and I do hope the ending image was worth the trouble! Enough talk, however; let's get onto the results!
While I'm here though, I'd like to explain my reasoning for the inclusion of a certain option on the worst aspects poll, and also why I voted for it; the attitude of the editor community.
Please note that the writing below is solely the opinion of myself, Lord Bowser, and does NOT reflect the views of The Pyro Guy, the Poll Committee, The 'Shroom, or any other external entity. If you have any complaints about this, direct them at me.
I've been on the wiki, lurking or otherwise, for several years now, dating back to 2012. I've become pretty immersed in the community, being director of Fun Stuff and chairman of the Poll Committee. I really like the wiki's extended community, on the forums, IRC, Discord, and the like; it's quite honestly the best community I've ever been a part of. However, I cannot say the same for the wiki's main community of editors. Quite frankly, I've noticed a general elitist, hostile, and trigger-happy vibe among the wiki, which is very off-putting. I've seen this done all across the wiki, but most notably in proposals, both main proposals and talk page proposals. The comments sections of said proposals quite often get very heated between two users on opposing sides, making them honestly irritating to read due to the vibes of sheer hostility and pretentiousness I personally get from it. I've also noticed a very uptight and excessively strict adherence to the rules among non-staff members, which is what kills my motivation to come back and edit full-time on the wiki; I'm not interested in dealing with multiple talk-page messages telling me how I messed up one small thing. Yes, I know rules are essential to keeping the wiki stable and running smoothly, but I question the necessity of basically breathing down a user's neck when they make a few mistakes and firing off a multitude of warnings; I feel that only serves to discourage further good-faith edits from said user. In short, I truly feel that the wiki could use a bit of an attitude adjustment; the general pretentious attitude I get from here is a huge turn-off. It makes me unwilling and demotivated to work on the wiki at all, and I now only edit when I really feel compelled. I know we're all passionate about our favorite franchise, and that's totally fine, but when that passion turns to hostility towards your fellow editors, then that's a problem.
Anyway, rant over.
Looking over the results the general trend is that whether we are just a source of information to the public reader, or a community of people to interact with, our presence and quality is appreciated by the internet. It's great to get a confirmation like this; even if there are improvements we can make to this wiki, I guess we're now officially a GOOD WEBSITE, as indicated by our results.
On that note, thank you from both of us for reading through this section, and we hope to continue having more surveys like this in the future. Stay tuned for more polls, more news and more similar projects. Bye!