User talk:WaveDivisionMultiplexer

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it's me again, the same person who wrote the lengthy reply to your question about NetHackWiki recently. :)

I noticed you're quite active on the old wiki; it appears you're trying to keep it alive. You might not even see a problem with that, and you most likely don't mean to do any harm. I'm just not sure if that's really what you want if you think about the consequences.

Right now, there are two sites: this improved wiki and the old WikiHack which just doesn't have all those improvements. Unfortunately, the userbase is split between these. It's essentially an unclean move.

Your intention seems to be to improve the old wiki to support its users. The issue with that is that we already have an improved wiki. If you improve the old one, you either pointlessly duplicate work – time that's better spent on improving existing work – or you actively enlarge the divide in the community by essentially creating an actual second wiki, again using time you could have spent improving one wiki.

Right now, people use the old wiki because they don't know about the move. They should probably use the new site instead to make sure they get accurate information.

If you revive the old wiki, people will use it because they might have to. There won't be a definite answer to the question "which is the right wiki?" anymore: you might have to use both. Perhaps there would even be cross-wiki "wars". People will essentially compete (who doesn't want their favorite wiki to be the best one, after all?) while they could be collaborating in harmony. This means that you won't be able to look up things on "the" wiki anymore. You'll have to do so on both wikis and read carefully to make sure you get all the information, and perhaps some information will not be there at all.

Please consider if that's really what you want. I'm explaining the worst case, but obviously such a split in the community would be harmful to any extent.

As I already suggested, if there is anything on this new site that needs improvement, tell us and the administrators can probably do something about it if it helps improve the wiki.

(Sorry if all these walls of text annoy you. I just want to pursue the best possible outcome for everyone.)

bcode talk | mail 06:28, 12 January 2014 (UTC)