Greetings, thanks for joining. Today's discussion will center around a discussion about a moving to a better web host (redundancy intended). This idea has been in my head for months now, but moving then would had severely harmed our chances of switching to a Creative Commons license, so I waited. Now that Wikia has make the switch for us, we can proceed with these plans without delay.
Where would we go? And would the new host be better than Wikia? I believe that the answer to both of these questions is "Yes". After a searching for a while, I'd found the perfect place: www:YourWiki.Net. This Wiki Farm provides the same basic features as Wikia plus more. It currently uses MediaWiki 1.15.0, so its software is more up-to-date than Wikia. YourWiki doesn't have annoying in-text ads or the silly Monaco skin. YourWiki has the standard Monobook skin plus the new Vector skin. By moving, we can also expect new features such as Extension:Nuke, Extension:SpecialInterwiki, and much, much more. In addition, all these features are provided for free.
Although the move would be overwhelmingly positive, a few things need to change. Since Wikia refuses to close abandoned wikis, this one would continue to run. However, I believe that the editors are the substance of the wiki, not a domain name. If the users move, the wiki moves.
In order to distinguish the old Wikia site from the new and improved YourWiki site, we needs to change the name of the wiki. I propose changing it to Jobasha's Rare Fanon. This name is inspired by Jobasha's Rare Books, the bookstore operated by the eccentric Khajiit Jobasha. I believe that this name would fit well for a wiki about fan-written literature. M'aiq's Tales (named after M'aiq) is another possible name that we may use.
I've changed my mind, the old name will probably work better, especially in searches. --Michaeldsuarez(Talk) (Deeds) 16:40, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
Thinking on it Darth Wylind has raised a good point, people new to the Elder Scrolls properly wouldn't get the Morrowind reference if they've only played Oblivion. SolarMacharius(Talk) (Contrib) 13:10, 3 July 2009 (UTC)
Who would be the wiki's system operators/administrators if we did move? --Darth Wylind(Talk)
All of the current administrators will keep their administrative / bureaucratic powers, except for Manticore. As seen here, Manticore has already agreed to step down in the event that we move to another wiki farm. Other than that, the administration of the wiki shall remain the same.
I've seen other wikis moved. When we moved, all of our account data (edit count, contributions, etc.) will remain, but the actual accounts themselves can't be transferred. As a result, we have to recreate our accounts. However, it is essential that we use the same user names as we have now. Otherwise, you will lose all your account data. Sorry, but we can't allow accounts to be renamed as of yet. --Michaeldsuarez(Talk) (Deeds) 15:53, 6 July 2009 (UTC)
Hi guys! My name is Glacier Wolf, and I am a helper with YourWiki. I have all the pages downloaded and ready to go. When you guys are ready, I'll contact a staffer with YourWiki, and we can get started. A couple things to keep in mind: Wikia will not delete this wiki. It's better to just abandon it. Also, all the user groups are being rolled over to the new wiki except Manticore's sysop flag. Is that correct? GlacierWolf 13:42, 8 July 2009 (UTC)
Hello There :), I am Mifter another Helper From YourWiki, as you are going to be abandoning this wiki and keeping the same name, I would recommenced that leave a notice here (In the Site Notice, Anon Notice, on the Main Page, or otherwise) telling new readers/contributors to head over to your new YourWiki Wiki, also if you want any changes/special features or changes to the User Rights Layout on your new wiki, feel free to ask myself, Glacier, or any other Helper or YourWiki Staff Member on yourwiki, best of luck with the move :). All the Best, Mifter(Talk) (Contrib) 01:56, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
Also, Darth Wylind, in regards to your question, your wikis administration will remain the same, and the only other users who will have Admin/Bureaucrat access in addition to those you give the access to are the YourWiki Helpers and the YourWiki Staff. In addition, at YourWiki, we have an additional level of protection and user right above Bureaucrat and Admin Protection, and that is the Founder User Right (and the founder protection level) the founder usergroup can give and take most userrights in addition to being able to protect pages on a level above normal sysop protection (A full list of founder abilities can be found here. If their is anyone specific you want to have this new flag on your new wiki, please leave a note here or on YourWiki about which users you want to get the right, if we don't get any preference, we can just give the Founder Flag to all local bureaucrats ;). Thanks and All the Best, Mifter(Talk) (Contrib) 02:04, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
Perhaps it's best just to give Founder rights to all of our Bureaucrats. User:George Skywalker was the one who originally requested the creation of this wiki; User:Darth Storm created most of the articles here; and I created most of the Project, Template, and Category namespaces, and I made the most amount of edits to this wiki. --Michaeldsuarez(Talk) (Deeds) 16:50, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
If there's any problem, please contact me. Thanks. --Michaeldsuarez 17:27, July 9, 2009 (UTC)
One of our staffers, FunPika, decided to create the wiki but lock it until we can get a recent DB dump to expedite the transition. If you want to go ahead with the June 13 DB dump, we can, but I recommend waiting for the new DB dump so you guys don't have to recreate any articles from the Wikia site. :) GlacierWolf 16:13, 12 July 2009 (UTC)