It is Hugo nominating season again, and people are starting to think about letting WSFS members know what eligible work they have done. Some of you might be thinking of updating your entries in the Editor and Artist wikis that Anne Gray and I created. You will find that they have disappeared.
There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly it is now common practice for people to trumpet their lists of eligible work loudly on their blogs and beg for votes from loyal fans. Whether you approve of that or not, it happens, and the people who do it do not see any value in also posting to another site. People were simply not updating the wikis, and that made them far less useful.
In addition I had lost faith in Mediawiki as a piece of software. While WordPress has become more and more useable, Mediawiki seemed mired in the old “if you are not a trained Unix sysadmin you should not be using this software” paradigm. I simply didn’t have the time to wade through all of the problems it caused.
I do have backups of the databases, and Anne may do something with them if she has the time (though she does also have Rosie to look after these days). My apologies to the few of you that this inconveniences, but there’s a limit to the amount of volunteer work I can do.