We have established a policy that the wiki should be removed from the timeline and written from the viewpoint of someone in the far distant future. The main reason is because trying to maintain every article in a "present day" point of view is wayyyy too much work, and mostly pointless. Fourth edition advanced the time line suddenly by 100 years and there was much upheaval (political, economic, geographic, demographic, pantheonic, etc.) so a lot of things that "are" suddenly became "used to be". The Spine of the World may still be there, but most of the Shaar is not. For those who play campaigns in 1479 DR or so, the Time of Troubles is mostly just a memory. My campaign takes place just before the Time of Troubles, so the events are "present day" for me and my players. You can see the problem here. Why should an article about the Time of Troubles be written in present tense for me and not past tense for other folks? The only fair and practical solution is to write everything in past tense, because if it is not in the past right now, it soon will be (assuming WotC keeps advancing the timeline). Does that help?
Thank you, that explains a lot. At first when I started noticing this, I thought maybe the past tense was reserved for things that no longer applied in 4e. But then I got confused by the cases where that didn't explain it. I see now that you are preparing for when even 4e becomes history. I'll try not to let this bother me any more. The tone of the articles when taken together sometimes made me depressed because it made it seem as though the entire Forgotten Realms was "past tense" and no longer existed.
Anyway, thanks for the answer and keep up the great work here.