How is this any different than what he have now? We had Article Attack but it appears to be discontinued (I'm assuming, but I wasn't around) because no one participated. There's a whole list of open jobs at the community portal. How would you motivate people to all of a sudden just start editing like it's the "on-season". I like the idea, but you'll need to explain how its praticle. --Mr. Crabby (Talk) 19:17, 13 November 2007 (PST)

Although it is currently the "off-season", there are still users active and semi active during this time. The first AACU (before the premiere) could be carried out by users still active during this "off-season". The next (directly after the finale) would receive far greater support due to the sheer numbers of users during this time. Our current system of tagging and Article Attacks would not be replaced, during the "on-season" and to a lesser extent the "off-season" this has worked great. But what I am proposing is essencially "wiping out" all articles still in need of attention by year's (or seasons) end. -- Iron Man  Send a message  View contributions  19:27, 13 November 2007 (PST)

Okay, I get what your saying, but why is this policy needed for that to happen. Aren't users encouraged to improve article like those in need? What are your thoughts? --Mr. Crabby (Talk) 19:28, 13 November 2007 (PST)

I've always thought of a wiki as a sort of winter tourist-trap community. You've got those who are just here to look, and you've got those who live here and work here. Every users "job" is to fix something that needs fixing, so that the website can be more enjoyable for those pesky tourist. But every "summer" less work is needed, because they're are not as many around to see it. Does that mean work stops completly? Certainly not! The community would die that way. Instead a few hundred "core" users stay behind and work they're hardest so when winter comes around, the tourist destination will be ready for buisness. The purpose of this policy would be to make sure that "No Article Gets Left Behind" :). The rarity of these "Attacks" (only twice a year) would make sure that the common user's "job" insn't taken, they'll have lots of work to do during the winter buzz, and if they choose, during the summer slump. -- Iron Man  Send a message  View contributions  19:37, 13 November 2007 (PST)

Sounds good, but it'll need some publicity on the site before it starts. --Blueeagleislander 22:38, 13 November 2007 (PST)

  • The AAAs fizzled out because of lack of interest among editors; I doubt a multiple AAA would make much difference. The other point is that the articles that need the most work are typically the ones that editors don't think are "sexy" enough to work on. Examples include our cast articles. Other article tasks are important too, that are projects not specific to a single article, that are again, unpopular. We don't need more bloated tables and prose on analysis articles, which is what many of the AAAs had ended up being. If you provide a list of say 20 articles you would wish an article attack on, we'll have a better idea of what you are proposing that requires an AACU over a resumption of an AAA. If it's not a matter of recognition, the list should include even articles you are not particularly interested in editing yourself. -- Contrib¯ _Santa_ ¯  Talk  23:47, 13 November 2007 (PST)
  • Also, the tourist analogy doesn't quite fit, because we also get huge influx of edits during the active season. Further, these edits are usually limited to content from the latest episode only and (groan) their theory pages, and definitely not directed toward the general improvement of the overall wiki content. -- Contrib¯ _Santa_ ¯  Talk  23:53, 13 November 2007 (PST)
1st of all, only these articles I think can be considered "sexy". Sex and Kate Austen. 2nd of all, there is a huge amount of edits in the on-season compared to the American summer, not just on the ep pages. --Blueeagleislander 00:22, 14 November 2007 (PST)

I'm gonna have to go with Santa on this one. Nice idea though --Mr. Crabby (Talk) 04:03, 14 November 2007 (PST)

Jacob's List

In need of a rewrite

In need of a clean up

Also of note is that during the season, theories pages get screwed up. Let's face it, alot of people are here just to post they're (sometimes out there) theories.

Stubs requiring expansion

(This is not all the stubs on the, just the ones with an immediate possibility of expansion (i.e acturate information about the subject out there).

  • Ken Leung
  • Laurence Shames
  • Roxanne Day
  • The LOST Side Of The Moon
  • Fear
  • Category:Crew stubs
  • (The latter accounts for many of our stub pages. Not all can be expaned because there is not always information about a certain crew member out there. But I think that during the AACU someone, or a group of people, should go through and classify those who can "be saved" and those who can't. They should expand the ones they can find information to. Heck, I'll do it need be.)

Non tagged articles in need of AA or otherwise clean up

Claire Littleton If you know of any others add em to the list.


Finally I think that if we put enough publicity around the first attack (Post threads on the forum, contact inactive users and admins, maybe even a mention in the news section.) it will get at least a modest user turn out and we can get it done. -- Iron Man  Send a message  View contributions  07:58, 14 November 2007 (PST)


In an effort to clean up proposed policies and to ratify them in the next week or so, I invite further discussion of this.  Plkrtn  talk  contribs  email  15:08, 10 February 2008 (PST)

I don't think we ever decided... We'd have to wait until near the end of S4 to put this into effect though. -- Iron Man  Send a message  View contributions  14:17, 11 February 2008 (PST)

Another option

In my time I've cleaned up a huge number of articles, and the way I've gone about it is by finding a category (list), and going through the category a page at a time making the design and content consistent, and follow Lostpedia style guidelines. I'm fairly sure I've done this for Guest stars and Crew members. I think the best way to go about this is to get a list of the people interested in helping, and then each of them assigning themselves one or more categories to go through and tidy up. That would mean someone could re-write all the Hurley episodes, or all the items related to Kate, etc.-Chris[dt7] 03:06, 12 February 2008 (PST)

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