Hello everyone! Recently the link to the Forgotten Realms Wiki has been removed from the Forgotten Realms
article at Wikipedia
. Sadly, it seems the count of our active users is too low for the extremely high standard Wikipedia sets for external links to wikis, as discussed here
. If anyone has anything to contribute to amend that state of affairs, now would be a good time.
It seems our links have attracted the attention of a particularly unsympathetic type of Wikipedia user who cares less about quality than arbitrarily enforcing a rule.
Their external links policy on "open wikis" dictates wikis must have "a substantial history of stability and a substantial number of editors." I saw the 100 editors figure mentioned but there is no basis for that in policy. It is also beyond folly to judge a wiki solely by the amount of active contributors. Our editor count is a weak argument from their side.
I'd say your best bet is to demonstrate how we have a "substantial history of stability." I don't know what would sway them, but perhaps it is worth pointing out how long this wiki has been operational, links to our site from the media (perhaps in relation to Stranger Things, Baldur's Gate III), or that one tweet where Ed Greenwood sent readers to our wiki, something along those lines.
Ultimately we are not affiliated with Wikipedia in any way nor do we benefit greatly from being linked to by them (as far as I am aware). If they want to rob their readers of a valuable resource it is their own call.
I agree with Ir'revrykal. That one user should cite their 100-150 editor limit. The other seems suportive at least.
Thanks, I have tried to give it another go.
There loss. After I read this I signed up to Fandom to be a contributor for you guys and gals. I don't know how to contribute well yet, but I will learn slowly.
That's awesome - glad to have you aboard!
) 15:15, April 30, 2020 (UTC)
At very long last this has been decided in our favour, and the link is back in the Forgotten Realms
Incredible work. I check the Wikipedia thread for the Forgotten Realms now and again and you do good work there. I'm glad this has finally gone in our favour. Well done!