In our recent interaction, I was struck by the manner in which you handled yourself and the situation as a whole. I've read through your blog posts as well. They reflect a depth of thought and consideration which is desirable in wiki staff. I would like to personally encourage you to submit an application for the content moderator position next time we open up applications. I would also like you to consider whether or not your blog posts might be able to develop a strong community consensus as discussion posts. If you believe that they would, I encourage you to post them as discussion posts so that the community may comment on their ideas, improve them, agree to them, and implement them.
I know I said I wanted to ask a question on your blog post, but I did not want to bring things too off topic. So instead, I will ask you through this message. Now...
Have you ever heard of a web show called Death Battle?
Created by ScrewAttack, but now owned by Rooster Teeth, it is a show that analyzes which one of two (and sometimes more than two) fighters from different media, whether live action, anime, cartoons, comics, etc, would win a battle to the death.
Only problem is, they tend to do so by using science to measure their strength, speed and durability, even though those characters who are fighting are fictional. I suppose it is hard to find another way to do any other measurements, but still, don't you find it ridiculous that they try to use real world science on fictional characters, let alone those from different fictional universes with different physical laws?
I heard about it, and its pretty fun to watch. As for the explanations, eh....its a show for entertainment. I actually like how they "try" to use scientific jargon to explain the fighters' powers, seeing its made to be super over the top.
I mean, the very name "Death Battle" is a over the top title to begin with. Whether the Superpower Wiki should do the same? No.
Its like I said in my blog....our articles are based on fantasy and on what fictional media provides us with, seeing as OC powers and characters aren't allowed on here. Our articles are based on a delicate mix of science and fantasy. Its not one or the other.
We differ greatly in that way, from something called Death Battle. Yet both this site and Death Battle, we do our stuff for one thing in common, and that is entertainment and fun. Like our site, Death Battle shouldn't be taken too seriously as they tend to over analyze and go crazy with descriptions.
I guess you're right. Seems like, as you said, what happens in Death Battle is for entertainment purposes and is not so bad. In the case of this site, while I would consider making pages here, at least in my case, possibly entertainment in itself, everything else, including trying to explain powers scientifically, is not the same as Death Battle, and would better off not be done here, if you and I do say so, ourselves.
Pretty much. Im not saying science is forbidden here, and shouldn't be used, but this wiki is for fun and entertainment, a catalog of super powers used by characters in fictional media not owned by us. I mean, we literally have a page here about "Science Manipulation"
Scientific explainations are fine, but keep them brief and simple. Don't go overboard on explaining it. People who visit this site will want to read about super powers, but in a simple way, not that they need a scientific degree to understand it.
There has to be a balance in everything. Sometimes, Less is More. And if we need something scientific, put a link to a wikipedia page or another external page for the actual explanation, so people can choose if they want to know more, if the power itself has scientific backing of sorts.
Hence why the descriptions should be easy to understand, and to the point. I could also write Capabilities of certain powers to be super long essays, which is not the point of a page when you're making one.
As for Death Battle, I only really watch it from time to time, when its about characters Im familiar with. But yeah, its a fun series.