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FANDOM Update

Here's their blog post.

Apparently FANDOM wants to merge Gamepedia and Wikia together. However, in order to do this, they have to actually remove features like wiki chat, message walls, page comments, and forums. I have no additional words to say, but if you really want check out the post they came out to see how wikis on FANDOM will be impacted.

FANDOM Game Reviews

Let's see what they rate in the games and see how big of nostalgiatards the authors are that likes panned rated M games like Big Rigs.

First, we'll find some games that are on the Crappy Games Wiki or are panned and find out their ratings. Most of these panned games are appearently "good" due to minor factors such as lack of gameplay but interesting concept and music. A lot of these that are rated high are also FPS. I only picked 15 of the sample, but the chapters of Life is Strange are counted separately in the average, totaling 17:

On average, these crappy games scores a total of about 3/5. Not that bad as it's around average/above average but still many of the earlier reviews are anti-GG crap.

And then here is a list of good games listed on the Awesome Games Wiki and their "crappy" ratings I likewise only picked 17 of the sample:

Bonus squirts:

  • Soulcalibur VI (Awesome Game): 3/5

The final average is about 3.88/5, or only a tad bit above the crappy games. Not bad but still a lot of games here can deserve higher ratings.

As we can see, panned games are given ratings above average (2.5) yet other games are given below ratings for . I won't be surprised if they gave Big Rigs or all of EA's modern games 5/5 and Paper Mario Color Splash 0/5.

FANDOM Reasons

The king of clickbait blogs.
  1. Before being rebranded as FANDOM, the site was far more focused on fan made communities, with its homepage being far easier to navigate. By logging into the FANDOM homepage, however, you will be assaulted with an array of random posts covering various pop-culture news. Even if you use the search function in the "Discover Wikis" section you'll still be greeted with various blogs and the search results for wikis are crammed away pathetically in the corner, almost as if the site had forgotten what it's supposed to be about.
  2. Speaking of blogs, the majority of them are literally Buzzfeed level clickbait garbage. With some more focused on left-wing ideologies than creating content that fans would like to read, from blogs complaining how Soul Caliber VI's female characters is "a letdown", to blogs defending Battlefield V's historically inaccurate choice to add women in the frontlines, to blogs claiming that Yaoi and Yuri is harmful for the LGBT community. These blogs eventually became less common after numerous creative staff members got laid off.[1]
    • They are also overreliant on dead memes killed by Behind the Meme and trending material, such as movies with female protagonists, Waluigi, and Bowsette.
    • While they do cover Gaming articles, they are pro-Anti-GamerGate. They state that gameplay and story is not an important factor of games and rather soundtrack and other minor features can make a horrible game amazing. They gave the entire Life is Strange: Before the Storm trilogy a 4.3333/5, labeling Rachael as a "compelling character" and calling Chloe's and Rachael's stories a lot better than Mikey's and Drew's stories. Talk about SJW aspects in game reviews!
    • Most of the time they also pander towards nostalgia as well.
    • Some blogs can be written in another language and be badly translated. This blog is a good example.
  3. The videos are just as bad at times, containing multiple inaccuracies and normally only feature a summarized version of the page. A good example is on Castlevania Wiki's Alucard page, the video uses footage of Alucard from Hellsing (Anyone who watched the OVA will know that the Hellsing Alucard is actually Vlad Dracula himself). The ones on RWBY Wiki was so bad that they have to add disclaimers on the pages.[2] The fact that these autoplay videos were added without wiki users' agreement didn't help either.[3] Not to mention they also hog the CPU and RAM for older computers. Thankfully the videos start off as muted.
    • They also steal from other YouTube videos without giving credit[4]!
  4. Fandom runs on a heavily modified version of MediaWiki version which was rendered obsolete years ago. This editing system, despite being easier to use, is much more restricted in terms of function.
  5. Thanks to the many amount of advertisements and multiple features that often cannot be turned off that hogs CPU and RAM, it is very unfriendly to older computers. Prior to the rebrand, it was more accessable for unregistered users but now it's almost impossible to browse without getting infested with ads unless you have an adblocker.
  6. Some seem to believe that FANDOM has been manipulating Google search results as it's hard to find any criticism directed to it with Google.
  7. FANDOM recently has become more and more pro-Political Correctness and censorship, a good example is when they marked the term "SJW" as spam and prevented any edits containing the words from being submitted and pages containing the words from being edited until any mentions of "SJW"s are removed. Needless to say users were quick to come up with alternatives.[5]
    • Another example was when they shut down Trollpasta Wiki for no apparent reason in mid 2018 (For those of you who are unaware, Trollpastas are parodies of Creepypastas, in which they are deliberately poorly written in order to mock the stereotypical bad Creepypasta stories tropes like their clichés, bad grammar and dumb characters). The excuse they've given was that "communities which consist only of offensive material and personal attacks will be closed" which is clearly a false claim as Trollpasta Wiki is not actually designed to offend. Also, the wiki purged thousands of pages that contained offensive terms (such as the N word back) in 2015 to 2016 after being warned that VSTF (Volunteer Spam Task Force) has been pushing to shut it down.
    • The VSTF and the filter also added mentions to other wiki domains to prevent them from being used to discourage forking. That's might be why FANDOM is still trying hard to cash in.
  8. Speaking of VSTF, they take anything some random, unknown person's complaints very seriously, recently they even suggested to close down wikis for "Pushing GamerGate thoughts", meaning that FANDOM has transferred to an anti-GamerGate stance.
  9. Their game review blogs are considerably bad, often giving games panned higher ratings while giving better games lower ratings. They also seem to rate more mature FPS higher than any other game, and usually forgets qualities like reskins and asset flipping. Examples are listed in the above section.
  10. They actually use Kotaku, Polygon, Buzzfeed, and VICE in external blog entry sources. Enough said!
  11. Although less than its competitors like VICE, Kotaku, Gawker, and Buzzfeed, a few articles contain unnecessary amounts inappropriate content, of foul language and misplaced information.
  12. Hypocritical advertising. FANDOM claims to offer a friendly and welcoming environment for everyone, yet the staff can abruptly close even very old and very frequented wikis without a warning obviously not caring about any lost content related problem the users they should care about may experience. They are often using a sort of courteously intolerant behavior when their decisions are questioned, often using the same copypasted reply in their messages. Community Central, the core of the service, is full of users biased in favor of FANDOM whose comments are left untouched.
    • There are some users on Community Central that will bash people who doesn't like the site and calling them salty users and force them to shove their beliefs down other's throats, and yet FANDOM Staff still keep these comments. This shows that FANDOM indeed will only accept anything that favors them even if it insults others. These users also will not accept any favoritism to other wiki sites like MediaWiki or Miraheze and says that even the RuneScape wiki leaving FANDOM is a bad idea. Unsurprisingly, the newer RuneScape wiki has more activity and search traffic for something that "is a bad idea to move".
  13. When they announced that they will be changing to domains to fandom.com, they also attempted to censor criticism by throttling anonymous comments on the blog and deleting messages against FANDOM on that blog as well. The main messages kept are messages of supporters, even if a supporter harasses an opposer.
  14. They actually discourage forking off the site. Even though wikis like the Reception Wiki family and the RuneScape wiki has been successful, they had a large history of demoting admins and globally banning users who attempts to encourage moving their wikis off FANDOM, which even happened before the rebrand after the Oasis skin was forced. Even a former Wikia Star had been completely globally banned and disabled just because of wanting to fork the Tokusatsu wikis off.
    • In one recent incident in 2018, an admin from the Spanish SmashPedia got disabled by staff and had his blog of forking his wiki deleted without any chance of recovery (alongside blocking who made the blog and who deleted it). Shortly after, a screenshot was taken onto another wiki and not only did they use COPPABot (a bot naturally only used to delete content of underaged users, in which it is now abuse of a wiki tool), the entire wiki where the image was posted got closed as well. Shortly after, a staff member used a tool called "Piggyback" to censor the blog and then globally disable his account. Shortly after this incident, the staff attempted to censor this case any further by deleting any threads related to this incident and also globally banning anyone who was involved.
  15. They never care about a security breach or whenever features becomes broken until it becomes a serious issue. Two FANDOM Staff accounts got hacked and action wasn't taken until the damage was already been done.
  16. On December 12, FANDOM bought Curse Media from Twitch, including it’s services like Gamepedia. Instead of using it to improve the experience, they will be merging Gamepedia services to FANDOM, practically downgrading the wiki in attempt to get a more ad revenue.

Blogs

Here is a list of blog articles that displays them at worst, depicting left-wing, SJW, Anti-GG ideas, or just being as bad if not worse than Gawker:

External Blogs

These blogs were also used externally in the FANDOM listing but are still as bad if not worse than the blogs listed above. Note that entries from Gawker, VICE, Polygon, or Buzzfeed is not included.

References