Well, it pains me to say this, but I have some serious thoughts about shutting down or retiring the fanon battles. Maybe temporarily. Maybe forever.
The reason being is that our fanon battles just aren't garnering enough attention or even popularity for it to be worth trying to run any more. Hardly anybody participates in these battles and even fewer are nominating new candidates to partake in the battles, with many of the recent candidates being selected at the last minute just for something to appear, only to receive at most four votes.
Battle 39 (current battle at the time of this writing) is a misery, just looking at the page. I couldn't find a decent image for both of them so I had to use plumbobs as placeholders. I can't imagine more than 5 people voting in this battle, and that number will probably go down as time progresses.
This doesn't appear to have anything to do with the idea for battles themselves. Our canon battles are doing well. It may have something to do with fewer and fewer people being interested in fanons, let alone contests between fanons. It may also be that we just aren't seeing the quality that is needed to run these fanons. Even with the Fanon Peer Review Team, it's up to the fanon authors themselves to improve their fanon or ask someone to help with it, and I see little of that. Featured fanons and fan fictions were discontinued for this reason, because there just isn't the quality that makes it worth running such systems.
Closing fanon battles does not mean "being closed for eternity." If there is the demand for it, then I'm sure another discussion thread can be opened for consensus for that to happen. But that's the thing: demand. There just isn't any for the fanon battles.
Although it saddens me to say it, I think you might be right as well. I know that in my case, I haven't really participated in the battles, but I haven't really participated in the canon battles either. For the fanon battles, I find that I don't usually participate because I don't really feel that I know enough about many of the fanons other than my own. For the canon battles it is because I don't play any games other than Sims 2, and I don't really play premade Sims either.
This is only me, so it probably doesn't mean others feel the same. Regardless what people's reasoning for not participating in the Fanon Battles, it is obvious that there isn't a whole lot of participation.
I think that awareness is key for the battles to work, but it also makes it so that it builds awareness as well. I just doesn't seem to build awareness from little or none. It could be that part of it is because many fanons are just "hit and runs" with short lived stories. That is why I was supportive about the idea of improving quality with the Fanon Peer Review Team. Sadly, I haven't seen much action with that either. You mentioned that it was up to the author to put their fanon up for review. Maybe I should put mine up for it to maybe get others motivated to do it.
Anyways, I digress from the original purpose of this discussion. Needless to say, I support retiring the fanon battles, but I sure hope that it isn't forever. -- Icemandeaf (talk) 23:16, July 11, 2015 (UTC)
- I enjoy participating in fanon battles, however I don't really enjoy it as much as participating in the canon battles, hence the lack of participators. I too am absolutely sure that this won't be the end, but while it is obvious that I can't oppose retiring the fanon battles, I currently give retiring the fanon battles weak support (leaning towards neutral).
- I haven't really got much else to say because the users above me have said pretty much everything else for me. ― C.Syde (talk | contribs) 23:32, July 11, 2015 (UTC)
- I agree with what everyone said above me. They wrote it really well. I don't participate either because I do not know enough about the Fanon or Canon Battles. When I vote, I want it to be informed. I support retiring the fanon battles. Maybe we can bring them back in the future. S*pphir3 St*rdust (talk) 19:23, July 18, 2015 (UTC)
- At this time, the Fanon Battles don't seem to be worth the effort. I support retiring them for now, until there is a clear demand for them in future. AldoHyde 06:46, July 19, 2015 (UTC)