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As you probably guessed we're celebrating our 5th birthday! That means we've been serving your Avatar fandom for 5 long years! Our official 5th year mark was hit last week, so we might as well do a recap of our long history. Click [expand] below to view a short timeline, or visit Avatar Wiki:About for a more thorough recap:
- Found on July 15, 2005 by Howabout1
- For the first two years, things were on the down low. But then the less and less active Howabout1 appointed Greekpimp as an admin and eventually bureaucrat.
- In the last 3 months of '07 our members quadrupled. As time passed, some users became more and more notable for their heavy contributions: Zero2001, TLane, Puragus, Omnibender. Howabout then appointed Omnibender to admin, and opened Avatar Wiki:Requests for Adminship, resulting in 5 more admins: Zero, Puragus, Avatar Sanders, and Felinoel.
- Editing soon began to decline as the series ended, resulting in infighting, and the redirecting of other Avatar Wikis to our own.
- A small pike of growth, began in late '08. Howabout entered a period of heavy inactivity, and appointed Omnibender the third Bureaucrat of the Wiki.
- The wiki was then overhauled with a new skin by Thailog, which is now seen on the main hub (there are now multiple skins site-wide, made via a collaboration of Thailog, The 888th Avatar, and Joeyaa). A-class articles were created. Quote Pages and Userboxes were allowed.
- Dcasawang, Vaznock and SuperFlash101 were members of the First A-Class Articles Council and were soon also given rollback after applying. The BSST was created.
- Rfa was implemented in May 2009
- An Arbitration Committee was made. All inactive admins and bureaurcrats were desysoped and de-bureaurcrated. Avatar Wiki:Requests for Bureaucratship was opened.
- At the end of June, the Avatar Fanon community merged into the wiki for higher traffic and unity under the namespace-> Fanon: and the creation of FanonAdmins.
- More Users from the fanon community joined the wiki, increasing the amount of rollback users. Purugas requested a desysop, due to his inactivity, but was allowed to keep the rollback flag.
- The Wiki went through a large inactivity spell throughout the winter and spring, until early summer, and was mainly sustained by the Fanon Portal. As The Last Airbender released, the site rocketed in activity.
- Fanon Admins began Rfa, and Avatar Wiki:Requests for Fanon Adminship was created. The avatar was promoted after a successful request in early July.
- July 15,2010.
- The avatar writes a blog over the 5-year anniversary... oh wait.
We have a pretty extensive history and have endeavoured to continue to provide our readers with the highest quality site available. One of our more recent endeavours was to unite with non-English Avatar Wikis to form a network. You can see our network page at avatarwiki.org, along with our new Avatar forums and Q&A site, both linked from that page.
As we try and make more and more of a better and more interesting site for you, our readers, we often come into the problem of lack of funds: Avatar Wiki is non-profit, we run off our user's contributions, free hosting from Wikia (which comes with loads of ads for logged-out users), and really cheap hosting of our network stuff by a user here. One way to help compensate for this, is we're starting to ask for donations (anything will help) so we can help pay for current and future developments. If you enjoy our articles and don't mind helping us out with any bit you can, please use the form on the right to enter a donation. We really appreciate it, and are excited to see what these donations can bring to Avatar Wiki!
- Anyway, happy 5th Birthday Avatar Wikians, and you crazy Wiki, you!