Interested to read about the History of the FFWiki? Intriguing; most people would avoid history lessons like the plague. Without further ado, here is is a little history of our site.
The First Year, 2005Edit
The wiki was founded in early March 2005 by Shane613. Back then, many of the articles were copy-pasted from Wikipedia (especially by Seancdaug), and many of the early contributors were Wikipedians first and foremost and did not have the energy to contribute to the Final Fantasy Wiki. Most new contributors focused mainly on Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy X (although Shane himself focused on the original Final Fantasy). Many articles on the characters of these games were created.
The Second Year, 2006Edit
Eventually, the first group of editors gave up on editing the wiki. One day, Crazyswordsman was told about this wiki because he was upset that many of Wikipedia's articles on his favorite games, Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI, were being deleted. When he arrived he found no activity and only three articles relating to his favorite games, and began to create new articles from scratch. During this time, a Wikipedian named Ryu Kaze continued to dump Wikipedia articles onto the site. CSM was upset by this, and began thinking how to "de-wikipediafy" the wiki. Similarly, an editor named Roy Al Blue arrived and had similar views to CSM's, and he focused mainly on Final Fantasy Tactics, a game which so far had no coverage or mentions on the site. He made articles with zeal equal to CSM's, and eventually complained about the lack of admins; CSM was quickly admined.
Another zealous user, TacticAngel, arrived and began to expand coverage of a game which to that point had received a miniscule coverage: Final Fantasy XI. When vandals began to be a problem he was made an admin as well, and CSM was promoted to bureaucrat so he could manage the wiki without having to bug people like Sannse or Angela for help. Hecko X arrived in May, and helped give the site a facelift, in addition to becoming the wiki's best vandal fighter. He was quickly given adminship as well. Many of the old templates, based on Wikipedian design, were changed to give the site a unique look. The Dragon's Neck Colosseum was created to foster community bonding and to welcome new editors.
The Final Fantasy Wiki was featured on the main Wikia Central page in November 2006, just in time for the release of Final Fantasy XII.
The Third Year, 2007Edit
The year of 2007 began for the Final Fantasy Wiki with the announcement by CSM about two new affiliates for the wiki, one being the FFCompendium, and the other a site ran by Renmiri. As time passed more articles were being added into the mainspace and the community spirit had been fostered with care. In May, Renmiri announced her participation in the Anime Central Convention (ACEN), where she was to present on Final Fantasy XII. She gave a shoutout to the wiki there and even advertised it to attendees.
The ranks of administrator, at that time being CSM as bureaucrat, and the sysops TacticAngel and Hecko X, was expanded with the inclusion of another administrator. On June 1st, Diablocon woke up to find he had admin powers. As time passed, mainspace articles continued to increase in number with the creation and expansion of enemy articles from various titles within the series. On September 6th, Bluer created UFO?, the wiki's 5,000th article — at this time he was working on Final Fantasy VIII enemy articles and CSM was working on enemies of Final Fantasy VI and both were aiming for the mainspace's 5,000th mark.
The year ended with a massive character tournament called Magicite Madness where nearly every character in the series participated in a single elimination tournament of 128. Kain Highwind, Tifa Lockhart, Vivi Ornitier, and Cidolfus Demen Bunansa made the final four, and Vivi won by beating Kain in the championship match.
The Fourth Year, 2008Edit
As the wiki entered its fourth year, the number of registered users had steadily risen. Disputes arose here and there, and vandals had made destructive edits to the wiki. Many in the community were aware of the problems, and on January 17th, Mymindislost became an admin, making her the first female administrator. Even with boosted numbers of staff vandalism still happened at times when no admin was around to handle the situation. The different timezones were seen as the problem and so on March 18th, Bluer, who lived half across the globe from the other admins, was given administrative powers to safeguard the wiki. There was tension in the wiki due to a self-proclaimed vandal, End Game, but in early June she finally moved on.
The wiki continued to grow with its 7,000th article on March 27th. What was the article called? Jachol Cave. Makes one wonder what the 6,000th was...
Walkthroughs were being written and had become quite the obsession for many editors, moreso than the mainspace edits. A small number of walkthroughs had existed in the wiki's early years but coming in its fourth year, each mainline Final Fantasy had at least one walkthrough dedicated to it.
Between the months of March and April, a fanmade radio drama based around Final Fantasy VI commenced with the participation of several editors from the Final Fantasy Wiki: The first chapter of Intangirs are VIndigo was released in April. However, due to CSM's mic breaking, the project was put on hiatus until he could replace it.
On April 20th, after much deliberation, a unanimous vote made Diablo the second bureaucrat of the wiki. On a less merry note, one of the wiki's admins, Hecko X, left the wiki only a day later due to creative differences.
After much debate on the status of walkthroughs and their position on the wiki, it was decided to create a custom walkthrough space with help from Wikia. This makes the Final Fantasy Wiki the first to have one!
Towards the end of the year the presence of advertisements on the main page prompted a sleek redesign. The new format was created by several hardworking users and notably resulted in the slimming of the featured article area and addition of an affiliates box. A "Did You Know?" section was implemented, but the beloved main page chocobo was removed due to space issues.
The Fifth Year, 2009Edit
The Dragon's Neck Colosseum celebrated its 100th week anniversary in January. Soon after, the DNC template was redesigned by TacticAngel, featuring a shiny new "Versus" crystal.
On March 4th Bluerfn left the wiki, stating simply "Bluer's interest in both Final Fantasy and this wiki has died." He was not to leave forever, as he claimed at the time.
On April 6th, the wiki reached 10,000 articles under its domain and on that day two new admins were chosen to replace those who had left: Faethin and 8bit BlackMage. Only three weeks later, on April 27th, Mymindislost also left the wiki.
On April 26th, the wiki began showcasing Featured Images on the main page, beginning with artwork of the love triangle in Final Fantasy IV. Steadily moving on, between May 29th and June 2nd the wiki got a facelift with the addition of a background image and custom theme, a somewhat troublesome work that ended up neatly with the help of Master Conjurer; as every other major wiki throughout Wikia, the Final Fantasy Wiki now had a custom theme for Monaco. Shortly after reaching 11,000 articles, another sad notice hit the community with the departure of one of their best contributors, BlueHighwind, on August 19th.
The Waystone, previously a haven for often off-topic forum posts, was demolished in the summer, while the Labyrinth of Time was created to house important policy forums from the past. In the fall, The Blackjack forum was created, allowing for more casual chat once more, as long as it was centered around Final Fantasy.
On December 14th, Mymindislost returned to the wiki.
The Sixth Year, 2010Edit
The New Year opened with benefits to moderators, who were granted abilities to suppress redirects, move pages without rate restriction, and move files. On January 18th, a deserving WikiGnome, Yuanchosaan, became an admin.
During June and July, following a lengthy discussion, the wiki implemented CSS coding for tabs. Following this almost all of the wiki's enemy templates were redesigned to use tabs instead of collapsible templates to display information for different releases of the games.
The summer ended with the beginning of the second Magicite Madness tournament, featuring twice as many characters as the first. Tifa Lockhart, Balthier, Sazh Katzroy and Terra Branford were the final four, with Terra toppling Sazh to win while Tifa defeated Balthier for third place. Crowned champion of the second tournament, Terra faced returning champion Vivi and was narrowly defeated by the defending champion.
This year Wikia brought out their new skin for the site with fixed-width article space, which lead to major reconstructions within articles designed for a wider look.
The Seventh Year, 2011Edit
Entering its seventh year with Wikia, the Final Fantasy Wiki gets a surprise in August. The wiki is recognized by Square Enix in their first issue of the Official Square Enix Magazine, being described as a "colllaberative[sic], fan-driven effort to create an ultimate Final Fantasy knowledge repository." To read the entry in all its glory, click here.
In September, the community decided it was time to promote three new admins to help manage the growing wiki. After much deliberation, Bluestarultor, Henryacores, and ScatheMote were promoted on October 24th.
In late 2011 Wikia brought out an updated mobile skin for all wikis restructuring the look of the wiki for mobile viewers, although editing articles is not possible on this skin.
The Eighth Year, 2012Edit
The Final Fantasy Wiki stayed strong in the early parts of its eighth year. The much-awaited restructuring of the popular Dragon's Neck Colosseum came to fruition, with the new committee run by ScatheMote, Jimcloud, and Deadlyslashsword. To accompany this, along with making up for the lack of activity from previous bureaucrats, the long-standing admin TacticAngel was promoted to bureaucrat status by Diablocon on February 15th. Additional discussion in June, resulted in promoting Catuse167 to a moderator. This year the featured article was published every two weeks compared to the previously monthly updates.
On July 4th, the first episode of the official Final Fantasy Wiki Let's Play of Final Fantasy VI was released, marking the wiki's first successful foray into collaborative video production.
Wikia held a competition for a best Halloween theme for a wiki and the Final Fantasy Wiki took part with a design made by Drake Clawfang.
The Ninth Year, 2013Edit
In April, Tia-Lewise was worried about the featured article projectspace due to delays in updates. After much discussion Tia took over the running herself and several other changes were applied as well; the wiki returned to the "monthly featured article," as at times fortnightly updates were not enough to gather enough nominations; the idea of Good Articles was introduced by JBed, in which articles following the Manual of Style to a T were considered excellent examples for a featured article; the requirement for five nominations before voting on the featured article was dropped to two, and Tia assigned an IRC bot command to SacredMinotaur to advertise the featured article voting.
Early in July, the third edition of the Magicite Madness tournament was launched with 384 characters fighting each other in several brackets run by ScatheMote, Some Color Mage, and Deadlyslashsword. At the end, Zidane emerged victorious.
In July, after a lengthy discussion to add more staff members to the wiki, the community decided on the following: Catuse, Drake Clawfang, and Some Color Mage were promoted to administrator status; Tia-Lewise and Fenrir9 became moderators; and Espritduo, Shockstorm, and Spira were added to the "acknowledgement" section. Additional August discussions led to the promotion of ScatheMote and Yuanchosaan to bureaucrat status.
In October the wiki boasted a darker black-and-red Halloween look designed by JBed.
On December 13th, Guided Tour: Final Fantasy was posted in the central Wikia, which brings closer the story of the series to an average player, and where Drake Clawfang, Tia-Lewise, Kaimi, and Spira talked about various Final Fantasy mainstream games posting their opinions on them.
The Tenth Year, 2014Edit
On January 24th, Tia-Lewise was appointed as an administrator after the IRC discussion held among the administrators present at the time.
As the number of users grew, fads began appearing. We have gathered a list of those fads.
The first fad to appear on the FFWiki was the Userbox-fad. It was initiated on June 30th 2006 by Crazyswordsman and is still growing larger thanks to the contribution of many users. Userboxes were used as graphical information to tell about a person, such as their FF game and class preferences. Later on, Userboxes with character quotes and boxes with more user specific information were added. Hecko X also created a special userbox that the user could edit to their liking, creating a more personal spin to the fad.
This fad was first started by Darth Cow on July 30th, 2006, on a user-subpage simply entitled User:Darth Cow/Reviews and has thus far had reasonable success as a fad. Users would give a short resumé of the story, noting things as sound, graphics, system and story and giving them all a score. The coding for the giant right-aligned scoreboard was later turned into the Reviews template by StijnX for easier use.
First appeared on August 10th, 2006, on Hecko X's userpage and started off as a joke of sorts, inspired by a semi-serious attempt by TacticAngel, who had redesigned the enemy template for Final Fantasy VI and added it to the Returners' Conclave. It contained mostly jibberish, but was enough kick off the idea in Hecko's head. The infoboxes included on user pages were changed to reflect specific user information, thus providing easy-to-read information about a user, a thing the userboxes at that time did not provide.
Talk text box (Talk Bubble) fadEdit
This fad first appeared on April 21st, 2007, and was designed by TacticAngel. It provided a more humorous way of making comments on a talk page, as well as providing a clearer division of who made what comment. In essence, it is a user-selected avatar and speech bubble where the text output is shown. Some users took it to the next level and added multi-colors and other minor tweaks to further personalize their talk box, all of which were later incorporated into the main Talk bubble template.
With the Talk Bubble template being created and editing one's talk bubble became extremely simple, BlueHighwind got the idea to make a history section on his userpage on September 24th, 2007, to show off what his former talk bubbles had looked like. After a while, this caught on as a fad, and is now regarded as part of a standard beginner's userpage.
Make-Your-Own-Dissidia character FadEdit
A more recent fad, this one is about users making fan-made pages of themselves if they were in Dissidia. This originated as part of the fan project "Dissidia Wars", but soon spread to include other users.
As the Wiki grows in terms of mainspace content, so does the number of articles. Below is a list of article milestones.
|500||12 Mar 06||Ultima (Tactics)||Was initially called Altima, this article is believed to be the 500th.|
|1000||12 Apr 06||Ring (Equipment)||Was initially called Rings, remained a stub until mid-'09.|
|5000||06 Sep 07||UFO?||Two editors; Bluer and CSM were competing between making a Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy VI article the 5000th. This is the result.|
|8000||11 Jul 08||Odin (Final Fantasy V Boss)||A "Just as planned" moment for Bluer as he created four stubs during Gamer2127's Final Fantasy X-2 enemy article creation spree.|
|9000||22 Nov 08||Magitek (Command)||Was initially called Magitek (Ability), written by Drake Clawfang after splitting it from the Magitek Armor article.|
|10000||08 Apr 09||Library (Echoes of Time)||Written by Griffen78, not realizing he had made article number 10000 until it was brought up on the article's talk page.|
|13000||31 Aug 2012||List of Final Fantasy Dimensions Enemies||Not planned to be the 13000th article, was written by Kaimi. Remains an unfinished article to today.|
|15000||01 Feb 2014||The Castle||Written by Kaimi.|