Hi all. With the recent announcement of Bravely Default II, I think now is a good time to discuss the issue of moving our Bravely Default content to its own wiki. Given that the conclusion to previous discussions was that we should revisit the topic in the event that later entries to the Bravely series continue to become distinct from Final Fantasy, I think it is fair to reopen the discussion.
Let me open the discussion with comments made by Bravely Defalt producer Tomoya Asano in this interview:
Additionally, Asano stated here that the Final Fantasy elements are just relics of its early development and remained in the final product to be more familiar to JRPG fans.
So, to conclude, Bravely Default is not a Final Fantasy game, has never been marketed as such, and includes no elements like a moogle, chocobo, or even the Gil currency that would definitively conclude it is one. Starting development as a Final Fantasy game definitely does not warrant the wiki treating it and all games in its series as mainline entries. Rather they should be treated the same way Kingdom Hearts in: an adjacent game with many similarities, which we can note on pages, without acting as if it is a Final Fantasy game, which it definitively is not. I feel like this should be more determinative than what a popular held sentiment that a game "feels" like Final Fantasy should be.
When moving to a new wiki, I understand the concerns about losing any content already on the wiki related to Bravely Default. However, I feel like, with its own dedicated community to give it much more attention, as opposed to on this one where our editors have to divert time to many other places, Bravely Default at its new home could be far more successful.
In order to ensure this is the case, if there are no objections, I will discuss with the relevant teams at Fandom in both SEO and the Content Team in the Gaming vertical to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible, with minimal SEO impact to us, and positive impact to the new wiki. I will also happily serve as Wiki Manager for the new wiki, and create (at the very least) its theme, front page, and any and all necessary templates to move things over.Please let me know your thoughts and if you are willing to help.
So as the person who basically started this chat and is actually vaguely willing to do content work for II, I'm changing my stance from whenever the fuck we first had this chat to, yes, we need to fork it at some point before the release of II, also because I need to actually at least pretend to do something with how staff-y I am.
Yay for Bravely Wiki creation. We can link to each other and all that. Some 4 Heroes of Light stuff could be in both wikis if it's in both games. That series can have the proper space to shine in its own wiki.
Techno has practically stated all my points on why it should be separated from this wiki at this point. We don't cover the likes of later Mana and SaGa titles on this wiki even if they had their heavier FF-based roots for their first titles. So yeah, let's send them to a new proper Bravely series wiki.
On the topic of 4 Heroes of Light, keep everything here, and just give it a page on the new Bravely series wiki that still redirects to here, similar to our Kingdom Hearts page linking to the KH wiki. The thing is 4 Heroes of Light, despite being called a Gaiden game, is still a just an FF game, even being helm by the King of Traditions himself, Takashi Tokita. --Miphares (talk) 16:23, December 13, 2019 (UTC)--Miphares (talk) 16:23, December 13, 2019 (UTC)
If I've understood comments Techno's said on the Discord correctly, we'll be able to start preparing a fork in about a day's time, so if there's any reason why we shouldn't do this, now's the time to speak up. -- Some Color Mage ~ (Talk) 05:11, December 15, 2019 (UTC)
New wiki created[edit source]
Hi all, the new wiki now exists at w:c:bravelydefault. Not quite finished the main page or logo yet, but the rest is set up. All pages from the Final Fantasy Wiki have been imported, and I also imported a bunch of templates that I use on other wikis I set up as Wiki Manager. Not imported Final Fantasy templates yet, in case they need changing in any way, though most can just be copypasted.
I'm thinking we give it like a few weeks or so of a "transition" period to move content over, get it perfected on Bravely Default Wiki, and hopefully go through w:c:bravelydefault:Special:SpecialPages and resolve all/as many maintenance concerns as we can. Namely, I'd start with the WantedTemplates, create (or just copypaste) templates for all of these, and then go through WantedPages, add images, and finally fix any remaining links. The other thing would be creating pages for things like individual spells, which we don't have on BD for the time being.
I've given Hexedmagica and Some Color Mage bureaucrat rights on the wiki, as they agreed to it. I am now serving as the Wiki Manager there, and I'm sure they'll be happy to consider new staff members. In the meantime, we encourage people to edit Bravely Default content on the Bravely Default Wiki. We can consider this a "transition period". Once the wiki's in a good shape, i.e. no maintenance reports and good quality pages, we will begin the process of deleting Bravely Default content from the Final Fantasy Wiki, and replacing it with second-tier scope coverage. Thanks all, and let me know if you have any questions or need help!-- Technobliterator (TC) 22:09, December 18, 2019 (UTC)