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15 years of Fallout... reaching 100k edits... a day to celebrate!

Jspoelstra September 30, 2012 User blog:Jspoelstra

Hi everyone!

Well, here we are. Finally. After 23 months of tireless effort I'm there. Edit nr. 100,000. I've thought long and hard about what edit to make the special one. As I recollect I had about 25,000 edits when I began pondering about 'The One' (appropriate isn't it?) edit. For a few months I had a Dutch translation of the most important page of the wiki in mind, Timeline. A very small, yet very powerful interwiki link at the bottom of the page. But in the end I realized it was too much work. So it's become this blog post, made on 15 years of Fallout day.

But as we have arrived at his special day, first I want to take a moment and look back on the history of the Fallout series of games. 15 years, quite an achievement! And then to think that after all that time, the franchise is still booming and growing ever stronger. It all started on September 30, 1997 with Fallout and later on Fallout 2. I admit I'm a bit ashamed to say I haven't played these games but from my experiences here and from what I've heard two classics. At the moment I say this, I miss Ausir having around, he would have been the man to make this speech for Fallout's history. But things don't always turn out as we hope. Then a few less succesfull games (correct me if I'm wrong) from the start of this century onwards and it really picked up in 2008 with Fallout 3. Hugely succesful in sales and popularity, to be followed up by New Vegas two years later. Both great games in their own kind. 3 great in atmosphere, New Vegas in story and character development. I enjoyed both and hope you did too.

That's the history of the Fallout series in a nutshell. But what about the history of Fallout wiki? I did some checking on this wiki's pages and not only can we celebrate 15 years of the game, but No Mutants Allowed, the earliest fansite wiki dedicated to the game was also founded in 1997. So that's another celebration for 15 years of Fallout wiki. Only a few months later, early 1998, another fansite Duck and Cover was founded. Take a look at the page to enjoy some good old fashioned Fallout wiki rock and roll history! It puts the occasional drama we have here in a rather dim light I was thinking!

From what I can read on the About page, a new Fallout wiki was set up in 2005 by Ausir and DarkUnderlord under the name 'The Vault', which moved to new host Wikia in 2007. Then the big boom in popularity with the release of Fallout 3, continued with New Vegas. Unfortunately, we also had to deal with some setbacks, most significantly the split in November 2011 of course. That was the time 'The Vault' moved to a new host and this wiki remained here under the new name 'Nukapedia'. We had a rough time for a few months losing valuable members, but we've emerged again and are healthy once more, with lots of admins and people caring for the wiki and enjoying their time in chat. Have to say, that has become an important feature for the community build of the wiki.

It's interesting to find out why the wiki is so successful and highly visited, even after all this time while we're inbetween games. Well, firstly it's all the members who have made it happen. I want to especially mention tech wizard Porter21, who has made an absolute difference in the quality with his creation of templates and infoboxes. And also the clear guidelines had a positive impact on the conformity and professional look of pages. That all helped. But personally I've always thought the game lends itself so well to be wikified. It's clearly defined, with a GECK full of data to be transported to pages. And from my own experiences, the game can easily and userfriendly be manipulated with making screenshots and has so many handy console commands. That makes it all fun for me anyway to work on the wiki's pages.

Returning to my own history here. I know, it's crazy. 100,000 edits in exactly 100 weeks. All fair and square made by hand. Beat that eh? As most of you know, I've always enjoyed working with images the most. My image count stands at nearly 7,500 now. Being able to see those on a daily bases and for millions to see and enjoy gives me a feel of pride and motivation. I hope you (and have faith in that), enjoy your time here also and continue to have that in the years to come. We will have to wait a little longer for a new Fallout game, but it will come and we will have a great time wikifying it again, I'm sure of it!

For the near future, I'm planning to spend a bit less time here as the XCOM game is coming up of which I'm the founder. Still a lof work cut out for me there. But digging around in myself for a bit I'll probably be around plenty of time here too. Fallout and the wiki will continue to be in my heart.

People, thanks for listening and being part of this community. It's great to have you have here. I couldn't have done it without you.

Enjoy this day of celebration! Jspoel Speech Jspoel 21:34, September 30, 2012 (UTC)

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