The 'Shroom:Issue LXVII/Retro Feature
HI, readers! I'm your reptilian Statistics Manager, Tucayo, and welcome to another installment of Retro Feature. This time, I'll be changing things up and bringing you a slightly less-retro contributor. He actually last wrote for us some months ago, but his work dates back to 2009, when we was a major force in helping us overcome what has been our worse writers' drought.
Let's take a quick look back at what 2008 was like for the Super Mario Wiki and its community. 2008 was a hard time for the wiki, and it was reflected in the other aspects of the community, such as The 'Shroom, where we were really struggling due to the lack of writers and the decreasing quality of the newsletter. But the sub-team that suffered the most was Fake News, without a doubt. The original Sub-Team disappeared for almost half a year, being absent from issues XIX-XXII. Stooben Rooben (talk), who directed the last issue before that period, left his job as FN Director. After Stoob left, 3Dejong (talk) (the subject of last month’s Retro Feature) was brought to try and release the next 3 editions of the Fake News, but due to the lack of writers, those editions were never released. After 3Dejong, Stoob returned once again for the last issue of Glowsquid (talk)'s term, but no Fake News were published. Many of our readers were disappointed by this fact, but one particular reader, Ralphfan (talk), went on to create his own Fake News, called the "Real" Fake News. He hosted them on his userpage and delivered them to various user talks (the modern day equivalent of a newspaper boy). After some issues of the "Real" Fake News, Ralphfan contacted Stooben (who had recently been elected Director) and myself to solicit the long-gone job of Editor-in-Chief. Since the EiC job no longer existed, he applied for the Fake News team, which made a modest return in Issue XXIII. But the section that took the spotlight was Ralphfan's incredibly detailed Fake TV section, where he developed a full soccer tournament among the characters of the Marioverse. Ralphfan quickly stepped it up, and wrote 7 sections for next month's Fake News (he was the only writer), including one of the first events The 'Shroom had, which was a Match Game. Over the course of his first 5 issues, Ralphfan got past the 30 sections mark (the fastest writer to do so), and so made it to Fake News Director in just his 4th issue as a writer.
And here is where I am supposed to tell you about all the sections the user in review wrote, but I won’t do it this time, because, over the course of 23 issues, Ralphfan basically wrote every Fake News section, bringing his Fake News sections total to 97, which for a long time was the record for most Sub-Team sections. But not only did he contribute to the Fake News, he also has a good number of Main, Music & Art and Pipe Plaza articles, his most recent one being Random Image of the Month in May 2012. He also co-wrote with me what has to be one of my favorite sections ever, if I’m allowed to say so, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Recap. As you can see, Ralphfan was a hard working fella, and he proved that by creating the Writer History spreadsheet and managing it for over a year. He also held the Editor in Chief position for one month, after Yoshario (talk) resigned and before Twentytwofiftyseven (talk) was elected.
But his hard work wasn't the only thing that characterized Ralphfan. A major incident in chat during August 2009 put Ralphfan on the bad side of many chat users. This incident led to the de-affiliation of #mariowiki as the official Super Mario Wiki chat. Moving to the forum, Ralphfan was banned in 2010 for trolling, which led him to not be able to direct the Fake News for Issue XXXVII, leaving that job to Super Mario Bros. (talk) He was warned by the Core Staff, but that wasn't the last time Ralphfan would get into trouble. After Wayoshi (talk)'s retirement from the Super Mario Wiki in 2009, Ralphfan became the Mario Awards Director. He led the 2010 ceremony, which ended in the infamous coup d’etat where Ralphfan took over the Mario Awards accounts and its chatroom. Despite the takeover, Ralphfan's position as Awards Director wasn't questioned and he directed the 2011 ceremony, which went on swiftly, but the same thing can't be said about the preparation for the 2012 ceremony. Ralphfan started as director once again, but his attitude quickly changed into a directorial one, overruling majority votes, ruling by his own law and trying to steer voting in his favor. This led Ralphfan to being fired from the Awards Committee and the 'Shroom Core Staff, where he had worked for nearly 3 years. He stayed as a writer for a couple of months but soon-after resigned.
He has written so many sections that it was hard to pick one, so I’ll be showing you the Ultimate Character Tournament he introduced in September 2009. This was a massive event that got over 56,000 votes and ran through August 2010. 222 characters from all over the Nintendo series entered, but only one came out triumphant. Who was it? Take a look at how the event developed and how the voting went: