In terms of Comics, we have to be better than Wikipedia!!!

Hey, before I came to Comic Vine I used Wikipedia to get all of my comic related information. Im sure many others did, because for a time, wikipedia was all there was! And while I much prefer comic vine for the community and the blogs and rumors and such, Wikipedia still has one thing over us...

The Articles!!! 

Heaps of there articles are loads bigger than ours; Lobo, Superman, Deadpool, Batman, Joker and Wonder Woman...

So obviously, I'm not saying we should copy what they have on their site. What I am saying, is that given that were a specialty comic website, we should have larger and more in depth articles on our capes... So lets get crackin'

Yes?

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28 Comments
28 Comments
Posted by Sick_j0k3

Yea we would be better, if the mods let people do grammar edits. The only way you can get an edit is if you make some big contribution to a wikipage. Many times I see articles that are full of awful errors both spelling and grammar wise. To me I think it makes us look less professional than Wikipedia. 


Also to comicvines credit, copying from another source is discouraged here. Wikipedia has alot of it's material directly copied and pasted from other sites, while comicvine likes original source material. 

A suggestion though... If people went around searching for the comics that weren't covered in the wiki's yet that would help alot. Like the other week I was looking at a few really popular comic issues and noone had written anything about them yet. I'd say what they were but I'm already writing some articles for them to post up so I'd rather not have it go to waste. 
Posted by johnny_spam

Sometimes articles are terrrible on websites and it's my nerd heart that makes go and fix as many as possible the friends and family section and the enemies really annoys me as people forget big friends or enemies. And even some other stuff is annoying to like Cassandra Cain not having and article but the mantle of Batgirl has one itself or Thom Kallor's page is the threeboot legion even though he has went back in time and became the Starman in JSA and that page doesn't go into much detail.

Posted by Kurrent
@Sick_j0k3: All you have to do is get 1000 points and you can do live edits.
Posted by War Killer
@Sick_j0k3 said:
"Yea we would be better, if the mods let people do grammar edits. The only way you can get an edit is if you make some big contribution to a wikipage. Many times I see articles that are full of awful errors both spelling and grammar wise. To me I think it makes us look less professional than Wikipedia. 

Also to comicvines credit, copying from another source is discouraged here. Wikipedia has alot of it's material directly copied and pasted from other sites, while comicvine likes original source material. 

A suggestion though... If people went around searching for the comics that weren't covered in the wiki's yet that would help alot. Like the other week I was looking at a few really popular comic issues and noone had written anything about them yet. I'd say what they were but I'm already writing some articles for them to post up so I'd rather not have it go to waste. 
"
Hmmmmm...If my edits have bad grammar, the Mods just reject it and say, "Fix the Grammar", and now I've been working of my grammar, making sure there are no errors before I post
Posted by MrDirector786

When I edit a page, I usually have the comic I'm editing with me to make sure it's right instead of using other websites. Now that I have more than 1000 points, I plan on editing much more.

Posted by jloneblackheart

Well I am working on the Silver Surfer novel, it just takes time to go through all the comics. Just make sure you don't add everything, then you lose people. I only include major events. Example: Silver Surfer does something for a few issues with say, the Collector. I put that on Collector's page.

No detail is to small. Be nerdy about it. After you get 1000 points you can edit whatever. I know I have gone to someone's page that has all the info and corrected their grammar and spelling and separated it so it is easier to read. No one likes 100 sentence paragraphs. I usually don't change anyone's info unless it is incorrect.

You want to get points fast? Grab the books you have and write plot summaries for them. That will get you 80 to 120 points easy. I do it still just so anyone who doesn't have them can maybe find some info they are looking for.

I, for one, am trying my best to make this site WAY better than Wikipedia.

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Posted by Sick_j0k3
@Kurrent said:
" @Sick_j0k3: All you have to do is get 1000 points and you can do live edits. "
Whoa for real?! How long will that take me? Or how many edits will I need until I get there?
Edited by War Killer
@MrDirector786 said:
"When I edit a page, I usually have the comic I'm editing with me to make sure it's right instead of using other websites. Now that I have more than 1000 points, I plan on editing much more."
That's what I do, but my spelling is bad so I have to keep checking what I'm typing
Posted by jloneblackheart

It would help if more people would do some editing as well. About only 3% of the members do any editing and only half of that amount has more than 1000 points.

Anyway, the Vine is still better than Wikipedia. We have reviews, forums, appearance counts, comic covers with plots synopsis and PERSONALITY. Wiki is lifeless.

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Posted by AliceHatter
@Sick_j0k3 said:
" @Kurrent said:
" @Sick_j0k3: All you have to do is get 1000 points and you can do live edits. "
Whoa for real?! How long will that take me? Or how many edits will I need until I get there?
"
Yeh it wont take you long. I've been on the vine for 3 months now, and I got to 1000 points in a little over 2. Basically, if a page is missing something, or you know something it dosent, fix it up. Keep your edits meaningful, and try not to be a point-whore. 

There are plenty of pages that can be fixed up on. Try to find a page that is very empty, and make it better. Rocketmania got over 200 points for editing the DC page, which had jack all on it. Theres still work to do on that page!
Posted by likalaruku

Agreed, thogh they're mostly longer due to movie references, I imagine.

I did used to use the Wikipedia before Comic Vine ^_^

Posted by aztek_the_lost

I myself used to use Wikipedia over ComicVine but I can safely say IMO we are far better than them, what's most important in a database (I feel) are the individual issues, Wikipedia has 0...we've got over 121,000...and most importantly most of those comics have at least a few characters credited, that way if you want to know more about a character you can see what issues they appear in and read up on them for yourself...so yeah, like I said, we've got Wikipedia beat...our goal should be to surpass the GCD

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Posted by Methos

We are... simple as that...

M

Posted by MrDirector786

Comicvine >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wikipedia

Posted by Decept-O

You can count me as being one who is going to be submitting more data to ComicVine.

Posted by Xill

come on you guys, GIRL PWAH!
and cue the constructive montage

Posted by Nova`Prime`

To be honest and I don't want to get into any argument here, but as far as character info goes wikipedia is far better then comicvine. Sure the vine has more abstract characters, but there are some characters that have no info at all. Granted I know the vine does encourage the fans to contribute to the character page creation, but some of that info is spotty at best. I won't get into the grammer and spelling mistakes because I know there are alot of users that english isn't their first language. But for everything else, like what issues certain characters are in and the most part enemies and friends list are far superior. Also the forums, reviews, and previews are indespensible parts of the comic book world. Also the general attitude of the people in charge is better.

Posted by AliceHatter
@Nova`Prime`:
Yeh absoloutely. We have SO MANY spelling issues!

It would probs help if comic vine had a spell checker....
Posted by MrDirector786

You know, I've been meaning to edit some issues I saw need some info but have been feeling too lazy to do so. I'll remind myself to edit them sooner or later.

Posted by Vrakmul

The Comic vine has a lot of competition for best comic book website.  Not the least of which being Comic Book Resources.

Posted by batmanbeyond234

hey ive just started working ive done a lot.i put characters appearances in tv in the article if its not there.

Posted by Power NeXus
@Xill said:
"come on you guys, GIRL PWAH!and cue the constructive montage "

RELEVANCE.
your post has none in relation to the thread.
Posted by Xill
@Power NeXus said:
"@Xill said:
"come on you guys, GIRL PWAH!and cue the constructive montage "
RELEVANCE.your post has none in relation to the thread. "

Well at least I'm not alone, cue unconstructive montage
Posted by Flawless

Wikipedia gots them mad skillz

Posted by MrDirector786

We have to defeat Wikipedia.

Posted by Power NeXus
@Xill said:
"@Power NeXus said:
"@Xill said:
"come on you guys, GIRL PWAH!and cue the constructive montage "
RELEVANCE.your post has none in relation to the thread. "
Well at least I'm not alone, cue unconstructive montage "

You are very alone. You just don't realize it.
Cue the destructive montage.
Posted by Xill
@Power NeXus:
Why NeXus, your giving the impression that you don't like me.
Pffff maybe I'm just talking crazy
Posted by Power NeXus
@Xill said:
"@Power NeXus: Why NeXus, your giving the impression that you don't like me.Pffff maybe I'm just talking crazy "

And what could possibly have given you that impression?