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The Ba Sing Se Times, Issue 27: 9 July

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48px-1025281.png From the editor:
The 888th Avatar

As some as you may be aware, the second anniversary of the merger of Avatar Wiki and Avatar Fanon Wiki occurred not long ago, on June 27. This monumental and initially controversial decision is to date still a rather unique course of action taken among wikis, with most still opting for fanon and fan fiction to reside on a separate wiki. It is not even universally agreed upon here, with some occasional criticism of the path we have taken in this regard.

The Ba Sing Se Times is of the opinion that the merger has provided Avatar Wiki with benefits most other wikis that operate under a dual canon-fanon system do not enjoy. With a much more centralised and focused community, Avatar Wiki possesses an unparalleled ability to keep users coming back for more, with a much higher likelihood than normal of users making more than five editors. Fanon and fan fiction provides something for the bored community member to do when it is perceived that they have little to offer to the canon section of the site, and retains their presence for when it is truly needed during times of peak activity.

48px-2050906.png Help guides: IRC
Olórin The White

The IRC channel, #wikia-avatar, attracts many members everyday. However, most users do not know about how to register with IRC. IRC is a relatively simple thing to use; however, the instructions for registering sometimes go above some users heads or have not been found by them. Registering with IRC is the first step to learning how to use the network properly and easily.


  1. Enter the chartroom with your preferred nickname (it does not need to be the same as your wiki name).
  2. Type the following: /msg NickServ yourdesiredpassword youremail
    1. Replace "Yourdesiredpassword" with the password you want to use, and replace "youremail" with the email you want to register the nickname to.
    2. Remember, freenode is a large network. A lot of nicknames have been registered, so if your nickname is registered, you may need to choose another one. Type /nick to change it inside the IRC chartroom.
  3. Once that is done, you will need to check your email. Inside your email inbox should be a memo from Freenode with a code. Follow the instructions inside the email.
  4. Your registration is complete!
  5. To identify with services, click the "Auth to services" box on the IRC Access page. Type in your registered nickname and password in the appropriate fields.

Freenode rules
Freenode is not Wikia-owned, so it has its own rules and regulations. They can be found here. If you have any questions, ask me (I'm on IRC as LordVoldemort or Canis) or type /join #freenode to ask freenode staff.

Did you know?
You can register multiple nicknames under the same account, without having to go through all these steps again. Just sign into IRC, then, while in it, type /nick and then the nickname you want. Then, type /ns group or /msg NickServ group. Up to 20 nicknames can be registered under the same account; however, please be aware that it is not a race to see who can get the most nicknames.

48px-1635895.png Upcoming birthday celebrations
Rassilon of Old

As most of you will know, Avatar Wiki is approaching its' sixth birthday! To celebrate this event, administrators and various other users will be hosting or coordinating various activities dedicated to the wiki. There will be a tribute page, where each user can say their own personal thanks to the wiki, and what the wiki means to them. There will also be a special edition of the Ba Sing Se Times to celebrate the wiki's day of glory, which will contain content and articles from various regular contributors, telling you all what will be happening throughout the week. There is also an Avatar: The Last Airbender RPG being set up by myself, RageOfFluffy and Theavatardemotivator, whether this starts on July 15 or not is anyone's guess, but no doubt is it going to be massive fun for the community! Even The 888th Avatar says he has something up his sleeve! I can't wait to see what it is!

But The 888th Avatar isn't the only one with a secret project. Natsu11 and myself are working on something of our own making. Something that has never been seen before. Some have tried, one has something similar, but this is a brand new concept, born from the darkest depths of my own imagination...

Avatar Wiki User Awards teaser00:26

Avatar Wiki User Awards teaser

The Avatar Wiki User Awards are coming to Avatar Wiki this July 15. However, for the awards to be an official event of Avatar Wiki, community consensus and approval is required to sustain a community-nominated and community-voted award ceremony, run by interested parties nominated and supported by you! Please see this forum thread to express your opinion on the awards, the process, and the awards.

48px-3390396.png Contest

Guess what…? The Avatar "What if" Contest is back! Link: Avatar "What if" Contest 2 I had little time to make the last one grand, but I promise that no one will ever forget the second one. As always, there will be some “what if” questions, 15 to be exact. In addition to being grand, it will also be smooth. I have an assistant, Lady Lostris, who can check the answers when I’m not there. Users just have to write a short paragraph on what would happen if the “what if” was true.

It had a good reception on the first one, with many saying that users ’got the users the chance to go in-depth and bring out their analytical skills, organizing "what if" scenarios’. I hope the reception doesn’t die out. The updates as of 2nd July 2011 are: LL has sent in her questions, I will work on mine.

The recent two months have been very good, with many contests coming up. They are a place to “dump” ideas and get a reward if the ideas are very good. I must say, this time is like a “Golden Age” for the wiki, with many new improvements and the greatest, no major vandalism cases. Good luck for the contest and as always, Happy Editing!!

48px-1040506.png Why I liked that blog so much

I don’t know if you have read this blog (blog, essay, discourse, article, or whatever it is, the important thing is just what it says) of TAD (aka Grammar Ozai). If you haven’t, do it now. This is not a review or something like that; it’s more like a “praise” to this awesomeness.

Well, I was checking recent changes as always when I saw TAD had created a blog with this title. Normally, I wouldn’t click and read it in that moment, I didn’t had much time, but I thought the name was too brilliant to not read it immediately. “A special demotivator blog! :D”, I thought when I took a fast look at it and noticed the images. I started reading it and realized it was a July 4 special blog but I didn’t know what it was about yet.

I continued reading and the first lines surprised me. How could that be written that well? It was like I was reading the beginning of a text written by one of those guys who make columns for the cultural section of the newspapers. I finished reading. Of course, as I commented in the blog, I read it more than twice. I really liked it. I understood the reason of the title and thought it was perfect.

What do I mean when I say it’s well written? First, I’m not talking only about the main topic of the blog (though the thought about grammar of the author is obviously the essential thing here); I mean the changeableness, the talent and the inventiveness to use the words in that way. Maybe you don’t find the blog that excellent to make a BSST column to express how much one liked it or to say all the good things I’m saying now about it. Maybe you’re thinking why Dc is so surprised since we have always known that TAD is one of the best writers in the wiki; I just was amazed when I found a blog showing this writing quality.

Makes me think about what I’m doing in the wiki since I have not read DAA or ABCLAF.

Makes me think about this. (haha jk)

Makes me think TAD is my guru now (not Pathik obviously).

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48px-3511228.png Demotivated

Editor's note: Watching this episode through while reading this column is recommended.

Chapter 17: The Northern Air Temple
A commentary and review (and some demotivation) of Book 1: Water, Chapter 17: The Northern Air Temple.

Previously in Avatar: It doesn’t matter, because the only person who ever cared about it was Aang; Katara seemed to totally forget or something. Funny masks. Jeong x2.

Figure 1

Aang. He laughs at gravity all the time. Heh-heh-heh, gravity.

So I have a totally random question. Why are they still walking around in Water Tribe clothing or, in Aang’s case, Air Nomad clothes. Wouldn’t it make far more sense to, I don’t know . . . change clothes or something? Just a thought? You think that no one is going to notice the giant arrow on Aang’s head? It’s kind of hard to miss.

Figure 2

You know, this would make a great movie poster. Just slap Aang’s random floating head somewhere. Yep. I’m sure that’ll work.

But you can’t just have him be looking straight head. He should be looking off to the left of the poster—that’s his right—and maybe wearing the same pair of sunglasses for each poster. Yeah. Oh, oh, and maybe his fist and/or foot can be punching out and be bigger than his head. You know, because he’s Kung Fu Action Jesus. Oh, and can we put in some Jesus controversy there, too? Yeah, that’ll sell it . . .

Figure 3

“Trust me, she doesn’t need protection.”

Woah there, you mean your girlfriend’s barren or something?


Okay, okay, in bad taste, in bad taste, I know, I know.

Meanwhile, back at what is being loosely called “the plot”, Aang wants to sulk some more, because he thought that there would be Airbenders, but clearly actually flying around in the air doesn’t count, because they have hair.

Aang: “It’s just not fair! How come they get everything . . . and hair?! It just . . . makes . . . no . . . sense!”

Teo: “It’s okay. Want to borrow my Pimproh audiobook collection?”

Aang: “I’m not taking lessons from a man with hair.”

[approximately a book and a fourth later]

Katara: “I like your hair.”

Aang: “I have hair?”

Me: “Oh yes you do . . . oh yes you do . . .”

Figure 4

Let’s review, kids.

What is Airbending?

Airbending is the ability to jump onto a vertical wall, air scooter along it while keeping your glider right next to your head, and then leap off of the wall and back onto the glider.

That, my friends, is Airbending.

Figure 5

Spirits, is that in-universe fan art? Yes, yes it is. We have officially reached a new low.

Oh, and I’m a hundred percent hundred that Teo is yet another Aang faangirl. You can quote me on that.

Now, feel free to skip this section, because it has nothing to do with Avatar. Just scroll down to the next little weird-color thing. It’s called a hyperlink. Note the position of your hand. It is attached to something called a “dorak”, and if you know Russian, you know exactly what I mean.

I’m writing this at a Russian Squat-Dancing Festival, because my mother insisted that I broaden my cultural horizons or something of the like. Allow me to tell you one thing: In Russia, Aang would die. I’m an on-again, off-again vegetarian, so I ordered a vegetarian patty. Checking the ingredients list on the box labeled vegetarian patty—in Russian—I discovered it to be made of “chicken”. I told the cashier, “Chicken is meat.”

“No it’s not.”

Me: “Uh . . . yes it is. Then what is meat?”

Her: “You know. Cows. Dogs. That sort of thing.”

Me: “You eat dogs?!”

Her: “No, no. We just butcher up old ones for meat.”

Me: [backs away slowly]

Fortunately, I found a way to hijack someone else’s Internet. That’s how I’m writing this. Also, I’m sick. Very sick.

I’m really glad the Internet doesn’t force me to write “I’b shick”.

Figure 6

It’s like there are a certain amount of things that every show needs. A girl power episode, a handicap power episode, a compromise episode, a culture shock episode, etc. Bryke just decided to knock out their power episodes in Book One to avoid them contaminating the other two books. In fact, the only two “power episodes” Avatar doesn’t have are gay power—which, unfortunately, is still feared to cause far lower ratings, which is probably true due to the Church—and African-American pride—because the Avatar world is sort of Asian.

You know, just sort of.

Of course, M. Night Shyamalan begs to differ.

Figure 7

So . . . the other day, I was looking at the picture of the cover of the graphic novel—maanga?—version of The Last Failbender.

You can see it here: click.

First of all, I couldn’t even see Aang’s arrow until I blew up the image several times. Secondly, why the monkeyfeathers does Aang look like a female cancer patient? I mean . . . seriously? WTF?

Katara looks like she’s praying. “Dear God, please get me out of this movie. Please. Thank you. Amen.”

Sokka looks like a harlot. “Hey there . . . want to rave with me?”

Zuko looks like a biker punk. “You want some of this? You want some of this? I had black bean burritos this morning, and my diarrhea is explosive! Literally!”

But my favorite part:

“Inspired by the summer blockbuster by M. Night Shyamalan.”

Summer blockbuster?


Figure 8

Imagine if, while you were on vacation in Antarctica—and who doesn't want to vacation there?—someone broke into your house and vandalized the whole place. S/he tore down walls, hung up portraits of your least favorite person, and turned the bedrooms into kitchens and vice versa. When you return, how would you feel?

Wow. The Russian Squat-Dancers are juggling bottles of vodka. What is wrong with them? Where’s the fire? I want fire! I’m a pyromaniac!

Give me freedom!

Give me fire!

Give me reason!

Take me higher!

Freedom is the right of all sentient beings!

Therefore, Michael Bay doesn’t have the right to freedom.

Special mentions

  • H-Man Havoc, for conceptualising and undertaking a task of adding user group redirect shortcuts at high speed.

Recipients may use the {{User special mention}} userbox on their user pages.

Suggest users for this to the editor! This section is for users who have made some significant and creative improvement, have acted as a voice of reason or even have simply been kind to others.

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48px-1025281.png Technical updates
The 888th Avatar

This report outlines any notable technical changes made by Wikia and by Avatar Wiki admins in the last two weeks.

  • The new Wikia chat, released to Wikia Labs relatively recently, was turned on for a few days and is now disabled again. It was disabled because of the lack of activity on the chat compared to our IRC channel, and the confusion this would cause users needing help. If you have any feedback or complaints, you can discuss it here or by using the feedback tool in Wikia Labs.
  • The site news blog feed and the activity feed were removed from the main page, and the Avatar news blog feed was expanded to show the first few lines from each post. As the main page is mainly used by anonymous users and isn't the first stop for most regulars, the feeds did not seem to be too useful and unnecessarily cluttered the right column. The new setup highlights our quality resource of news in a better way.
  • Uncreated categories no longer appear with red links, a change performed by Wikia. Wikia's comment on this change: "Previously, if you added a brand new category to an article, it would appear as a red link and force you into editing mode when you visited the category page (and it would continue this behavior until you edited the page, even if you added the category to 50 pages). Now, new categories will appear as blue links, and they will display as regular category pages, rather than forcing you into editing mode. Unedited Categories will, however, continue to appear under Special:WantedCategories for maintenance purposes."

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