Maxim's Rant Time: Bulbapedia is Dead
by, 15th January 2009 at 09:15 AM (2158 Views)
I have a very good day today. That's time for a rant! But a very serious one, this time.
It's something that most people keep taboo. I hate taboos. But some facts must be unveiled. Everything here is practically opinion, you can argue and flame me like a dead horse but at least listen to me.
The Bulbapedia has lost its quality as an informative place. Now, it's a place centered around user community and their relations, while its informative purposes are currently on the background.
I remember I joined Bulbapedia because I felt it's a place with big potential. It needed improvements, extra informations, it needed to be built. My contributions consist mainly of international names, details about characters and mistake-correcting. I have corrected many mistakes on the Pedia. I was of course criticized because of being too harsh when someone put a blatant lie on the Pedia. Well, as a purist and a truth-defender I just can't stand false statements. You can hear me criticizing different sites (mostly Serebii.net) for misinformation a lot but never without a reason.
Of course, criticizing for being to harsh is understandable. Maybe I really go over the top someone, maybe I really deserved that month-long ban long ago. But more recently, I noticed that no one has been really looking at my contributions. Which is sad. I contributed a lot to improve Bulbapedia's quality but the only thing the people care about is my behaviour.
Then, there were those admin nominations. My nomination has been neglected because of my harshness (despite that there was a better reason to do so - I did no longer contribute as much as I did in the past). Well, I don't care... I probably would be a lazy admin after all. Though I admit that I would love to edit protected pages.
I'm not upset that I didn't become an admin. But those nominations have proven that Bulbapedia is not a quality Pedia anymore, instead it has become a CAFÉ where people talk with each other, smile to each other and talk nicely. But it's a very high-class café with a strict but pointless etiquette. That "etiquette" has been recently standardized and named "Code of Conduct".
The recent validation of the CoC is tragical to the further development of Bulbapedia. Because of it, the Pedia has OFFICIALLY became a café for snobs where only thing that matters is user's behavior. No one cares about contributions anymore. Because it's a café, not a Pedia!
And least but not least, there is one more problem which makes it impossible to improve Bulbapedia. It's called "bias". Recently, I got into an edit war with one of the admins just because that admin was biased against me. But it is ME who was right. (tell me, how can an in-game Trainer class be named after a real-life club while there is a club in the game under the same name which is OLDER). A situation where admins revert a GOOD EDIT just because they're biased against the contributor (despite the fact the contributor is right) is just comical. And it proves that it's just a friend-meeting café without any informative value. What do I blame for it? Admin Nominations!
R.I.P. REAL Bulbapedia. You will be missed.
Congratulations you came this far, I'm ready for your opposition in the comments. But please, if your only comment is "STFU, troll" then go away. It's my HONEST opinion about current situation of Bulbapedia, not any SPAM or trolling. It's really sad that when you say anything negative, you will be flamed for being a "troll". People simply hate uncomfortable truth...