teletraan i

peachykeen-piggy-prattles  asked:

ok, here's a question that's been with me for years now: so uh, what exactly is the history of the tfwiki? why is it comedic in nature? im not complaining, its just that the tfwiki is so different from all other fandom wikis that i'm curious how it got that way. did it start as a regular wiki before someone added a funny caption as a joke, and it just went from there? or was it always going to be comedic? who created it? why? forgive me if this has been asked before, but google is useless here.

“Teletraan I, the Transformers Wiki” was originally founded on Wikia (then called “Wikicities”) back in May 2005 by a user named Nova81426, with the intention that he and a friend of his would work on it as a hobby. The week after opening up the site, however, the pair were offered a big job opportunity (to take over the running of a comic book store), so their planned project had to be shelved so they could devote their time to that.

Nothing much happened to the wiki for a while, until April of 2006, when it was discovered by longtime Transformers fan David “@itswalky“ Willis. The editing of Transformers articles on Wikipedia itself had been increasingly troubled for some time thanks to the efforts of one particularly terrible editor, so Willis determined to turn “Teletraan I” into the “proper” Transformers wiki as a way to have a good online resource free of that nonsense. He chose to make it a little humorous, and the first few editors who joined him in working on the site - being from a similar era of fandom as him, and sharing a similar sense of humor from being in the same fandom circle - rolled with it.

And y’know, it might’ve ended there, with the site being somewhere these guys had fun while documenting Transformers, but instead it just kept growing and growing as more people joined up to contribute. And as popular as we are for our tone now, back in the early days, whee-OOOH, there were some folk that HATED it, and were really out to get the site! But as our main talkpage still says, “THE FUNNY STAYS,” and eventually history got on our side. :)

To complete this recap of our history and answer the other big question that’s often asked - “why are there two wikis?” - we’ll jump ahead to 2008, when Wikia was in the process of redesigning itself to look less like Wikipedia, leading to the incorporation of an increasingly ridiculous number of ads. You’ve seen what Wikia (or “Fandom,” as they’re call now) looks like these days, right? This was the move toward that. The Transformers Wiki had no time for the talking auto-play adverts that were being shoved into their page layouts, forcing text and images off the screen, and as the Wikia administrators were not willing to compromise on the issue, it was decided that, in order to preserve itself, the site would go independent, moving to its own server, owned by Willis. That was when we were rechristened “TFWiki,” and where we remain today, while the previous Wikia wiki still exists in a largely-abandoned state.

Uh, I had a thought to share. Typing it out made it grow. Oops.


GAMES

Prowl loves a good strategy game. As a matter of fact, he’s consistently in the top scoring position on the most difficult strategy games available in Teletraan I′s vast collection.

Then he’s out of contact for a week or so on a mission, diplomatic in nature, uneventful but necessary, and unable to play. When he returns, he settles in that evening to wind down with a round or two of his favorite game. His shock is tremendous when he discovers his name replaced in the coveted top spot by none other than Sideswipe, a mech who only started playing shortly after Prowl left on that mission. A quick check shows even his most obscure game preferences have his name bumped down into the number two slot, all of them under Sideswipe.

Is this a glitch? Have the games been hacked? Or is Sideswipe somehow in possession of a much keener strategic mind than anyone ever gave him credit for?

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FOC Jazz & Cliff quotes :P

(while i was playing FOC during my holidays, i copied down all their wonderful banter into my phone. this is most, if not all, of the best ones)

Jazz: See? Under control, baby.
Cliffjumper: I can’t believe you outrank me.

Cliff: Can you lift that thing?
Jazz: Uhhhh… no.

Cliff: Grimlock has a team?
Jazz: Yeah, what’d they call themselves… the Lightning Strike something-or-other.
Cliff: That’s terrible.

Cliff: Worthy of Grimlock himself!
Jazz: Loud and unnessecary?
Cliff: Hey, we won, cool it!

Cliff: Well figure it out, Sir Rust-A-Lot!
Jazz: Hey, show some respect!
Cliff: What? I said “sir.”

[Cliff opens a door for Jazz] [intruder alert alarm goes off]
Jazz: Watch out Cliff, seems like we’ve got an intruder!
Cliff: I’ll keep an eye out. ((You can just hear him grinning.))

Jazz: Scrap, I thought that would hold!
Cliff: It’s ‘cause your head’s too big!
Jazz: Careful! I’m sensitive about my weight.

and finally, I think Teletraan-1 says “stay smooth Jazz” (^.^)

their chapters are my favourite in the game, hands down