The Elder Scrolls Wikia: Hey there Madman! How are you doing ?
- Madman97: I am doing fantastic, Jar Jar. And guess who I brought with me?
- Dave': Hello. It's been a while.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: what is your global point of view of the wikia's situation ?
- Madman97: Really, I think the situation has improved over the months and we are not in as dire straits as we were recently. With a wonderful new Admin who actually follows the advice of the community, I think we are really getting back on track.Dave?
- Dave: That's kind of a tough question, because I wasn't around for most of the stuff that happened here recently.
- Madman97: Dave here left around the Second User Recession for those of you who don't know, right after Jimeee left.
- Dave: Yeah, and I did my best to avoid that crap. I was filled in on the current situation now because Madman asked me to come back for a brief time to conduct this interview, so I can say is...Cool beans.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: What do you think is the best quality of this Wiki?
- Madman97: Hmm.....
- Dave: (laughs): I think that's your answer.
- Madman97: Oh hush Dave, before I feed you to the niefbefbviebv's. The best part of this wikia to me is, ironic enough given all that has happened, its accessability. When I first started out, it was easy for me to jump right in.
- Dave: I have to give you that one, half because I really can't think of anything else, and half because it was pretty easy for me to join the community to. That doesn't make this wikia a bad place, it just means I am drawing a blank because I am on the spot...Hmm...I would say the articles. The articles are good and that's what matters, right?
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: What would you like to improve here and what would you like to improve about our community?
- Madman97: I think I am going to refuse answering this question because I am sure someone is not going to like it and fill the comment section with obscenities.
- Dave: I really can't say anything because I am not actually a part of the wikia anymore.
- Madman97: I have done my best to give my two cents to the public, which is a dangerous gamble, especially since it's me we're talking about here. In fact, this whole thing might have got started because of me, because the second after I returned from a few month hiatus to speak with user: Labcoat Billy, I decided to make an analysis blog of problems with the wikia. Soon after, that was all anybody was talking about; it was going on in chat, it was being discussed in blogs, in the forums, ect. Happy to--
- Dave: Cause trouble?
- Madman97: --bring things to other's attention. I admit my methods are not for everyone, but I have done my best to try and steer the website in the right way, even if that brings me into conflict with others. Who can fault me for that?
- Dave: Everyone, if you do it wrong.
- Madman97: Shut up, Dave. As for the community, um...geez, I can't anything that wouldn't piss off somebody somewhere. Part of me just wants to go the narcissist route and say "Just listen to me," but unfortunately, that doesn't really fly.
- Dave: Maybe it is best we keep our two cents to ourselves on this one.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: How did you discover the wiki?
- Madman97: Oh dear Lord, this story. Um...Well, you see...
- Dave: He didn't know the stone vault symbols were on the back of the claws and he got stuck when he tried to open one.
- Madman97:...Yeah...And Dave discovered this website because of me, obviously. During the times in my Yale dorm when we were hanging about, I started creating my blogs on here for the first time and I thought it would be pretty funny to include him, so I recorded the conversations we had over Elder Scrolls discussions and put them into the blogs context whenever I was going to include him. It was fun, and this time is no exception.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: How did you get into editing?
- Madman97: Like any great editor. For absolutely no reason at all. I went on the Lore page and copy/pasted most of the stuff from the Daedra and Aedra pages and thought it was suitable. Afterwards I got a notification from an Admin about it. That was actually the very first thing I did when I signed up in the summer of 2013.
- Dave: I never edited any pages. I just went along for the ride with the Wabbajack Grinding and I got the fun idea I could write blogs too.
- Madman97: The bulk of both our edits came from contributions to the forums and blogs. In my early days here, I was actually on the forums a lot, and I had very legendary debates over the Kirkbride hullabaloo.
- Dave: And since we know Madman97 is a bit of a hard-@$$ when it comes to arguing, we know how that ended up...
- Madman97: Indeed: In an epic victory for me.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: You are a popular blogger here. Could you tell us what is the kind of blogs you are doing?
- Madman97: Well most Generation X users who have been here since 2013 know what I do. I do the "You Know What Really Grinds My Wabbajacks?" series, undoubtedly my most popular one. That first started after I made my first blog, which a lot of people seemed to like, so I decided to make another one. By then I was making a bit of a name for myself in the Forums, and that gained a bigger audience for me. Sadly, the series has not aged well due to the wait for an ESO console game, but you had better believe it will return when it comes out. I do others as well when the mood strikes me. I make theory blogs, including my Daedra Home Theory, my Jyggalag and the Elder Scrolls Theory, the Peryite Theory, Why I Think CHIM is Wrong, and much more. These garner a good amount of discussion as well among the other users. However, it has been a while since my last one, as a much more pressing subject has taken over. Political speech is something of a dangerous venture for anyone to undertake, and my first crack at it was met with much derision. I made a satrical blog about revolting against the current Admins (Jimeee), and it was unfortunately taken too seriously, and it seriously damaged my reputation. I already mentioned that I pretty much set in motion the events that caused Anubis to quit due to the stress he was getting by being the spark that set everyone's conversations and harbored feelings off. I recently read a blog by CosmicSilver about the state of the wikia, a carbon copy of the one I did when Anubis was the Admin. I'll be honest, now that I see other people doing them, I realize why I got some of the backlash I did, because it just seems to blow everything out of proportion.
- Dave:....Yeah....I just did Blog Critic, which was fun for a while, but no one was really reading blogs anymore, and when I decided to pick on user: ManOfSteak a little too much, that damaged my reputation beyond repair, and I was getting bored of it, so I left.
- Madman97: Happy times for everyone.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: Could you give a little description of the Wabbajack Grinding?
- Madman97: Oh, writing those things were great. They were basically overexaggerated feelings that I felt about some gameplay for the Elder Scrolls, and expressing them formed the basis of my character here and for years to come. They were seasonal, with varying amounts of episodes within a season. Every now and again I would shake things up a little, create contests, plan cross-overs with other users. Everything was a party, and I had a damn good time being involved in the project.
- Dave: Doing Wabbajack Grinding was also fun for me because I think I provided a straight man for Madman to work off of and create good comedic moments an audience would actually laugh at. The idea was just to talk about things that made us angry, and it was easy! And more importantly, it was fun.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: Tell us a bit about your time here.
- Madman97: Bangers and Mash, where do I begin? I think my time here has been...What's the word Dave where it's bitter but it is sweet?
- Dave: Bittersweet?
- Madman97: Yeah, that's the one. Bittersweet. It's had its ups and downs. Part of the problem would be myself of course. Unfortunately, my character was a double edged sword. When I acted like a loon in my blogs, people tended to not take me seriously and disregard my arguments. However, I do think it was my own fault doing anything other than my blogs in the first place, so I guess I am responsible for ruining everything by trying to reach out to the community and connect with them. But if there is anything the internet has shown us, public sites can be a mean-spirited place. That's not to insult the wikia, it's just whenever we clashed, we really clashed, and it's disheartening. Now for the good things about it. I love literature and writing, and I feel that writing my blogs helped me along by creating something permanent and will always be around. I loved sharing my thoughts with the community and my feelings about the certain parts of the game, and I grew to love this wikia because of it, and I will never abandon it like Dave over here.
- Dave (While eating cake): Guilty. My experience was very much limited to Madman's blogs until I created my own user profile. After that, I tried my hand at Blog Critic. Part of why it wasn't that popular is because it was the wrong time for blogs. There was a pretty good turnout for the first couple but everyone started to lose interest by the first seven, and I just grew bored. However, I still come here whenever I need to check something for Skyrim, or used to, since I haven't played Skyrim in forever, but you bet I will come back when ESO comes out.
- Madman97: And you can count on me to come back too.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: You are part of the Union Blogger.What is this?
- Madman97: Well, you tell me Jar Jar. You made the thing. To my knowledge, it's a tribune of bloggers in an alliance with myself, you, and Zippertrain85, and I don't ever think it went anywhere. Still, it's fun to have the template.
- Dave: I wasn't invited....
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: When you joined, were you afraid of editing?
- Madman97: Not really. Like I said, I just started editing for no apparent reason.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: What are you ideas to improve the wiki?
- Madman97: I have a couple, most of which are convoluted and would take at least a week to enact, with massive debates, voting sessions, and other things that would involved every member of the wikia in some way. Basically, they are things that no average user would want to participate in.
- Dave: My suggestions: I like the weekly update idea. Keep doing that.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: Do you think administrators are more important than normal users in some situations?
- Madman97: In some situations, sure. But we have to remember that an Administrator is really more of a Janitor for the website, and we shouldn't place the position on such a high pedestal. That was part of the problem when we were struggling to find an Admin during the Admin Crisis when most of our Admin's left. We were all caught up, me included, in pointless arguments when we should have kept our heads and figured something out. I am glad to see that it turned out the way it did, but I want everyone to remember that an Admin is just a job, not even a good job. You don't even get paid and you have to do all this stuff. Still, someone's gotta do it...
- Dave: I really have had no problems with any Admin. I found that if I left them alone, they left me alone. I never got involved in this community stuff.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: If you could change something in the TESWikia, what would it be?
- Madman97: I feel like this is the same question as the previous two exactly like this question, but whatever. If I had to change something, I would change the search box on top of the computer screen back down to where it was originally. It's not that big of a deal, but it's inconvenient.
- Dave: I....Yeah, I agree, that is annoying.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: What do you think is the importance of the FA or GA in our community ? Do you think it could be improved?
- Madman97: I suppose now would be an awkward time that in all of my time here, I never really picked up on the lingo, and I don't actually know what those are...
- Dave (facepalm): Ugh....
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: You are doing your series with someone else, Dave. What is his role in your series?
- Dave: One word. Comedy. That's essentially my purpose. What's fun about playing this character is that we constructed an actual lore behind each of our characters.
- Madman97: The story goes: I am the deranged cousin of Sheogorath who lives in my own reserved section of the Shivering Isles called Ranty Land, where Dave, the estranged brother of Haskill, is my servant, and together we broke through Oblivion to drive the people mad with rants about the Elder Scrolls. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA.....
- Dave: It's pretty much what you see is what you get. Take everything this weirdo said and put it into a blog and you basically have my skits for the series.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: How did he join the project?
- Madman97: I brought him in after I showed him what I was doing. I already mentioned how we do our blogs, and we were actually considering doing podcast's and YouTube videos rather than blogs. For a while, we were looking for a way to transfer these blogs into video form but it never got off the ground. It would require actual work.
- Dave: Doing a blog instead only takes five minutes. I was on at first as an inside joke, but Madman wrote me into continuity, and we just went from there. I miss those days where we did blogs regularly instead of every so often. My particular favorite was the Rivalry blogs, where me and Madman sat down to argue about something Elder Scrolls related, and the discussion about C0DA was really interesting.
The Elder Scrolls Wikia: What is your favorite weapon in Skyrim ? The only correct answer is the Wabbajack.
- Madman97: This is going to be blasphemy, but I hardly used the Wabbajack. I'm a straight magic user.
- Dave: Same. Oh, is this the end of the interview?
- Madman97: It seems like it. I hope everyone got to know some cool stuff, and we will probably see more of each other soon. Dave, closing words?
- Dave: Eh, I'm going to eat lunch. I'll probably never see anyone on here.
- Madman97: Cheery, as always. Stay Mad everyone.
- Dave: And Stay Ranty.
Thanks for this special interview and, Happy Easter everyone !