I just read the "Hikaricore Fan Club" thread. I've not spent a lot of time on the forums, and I don't want to re-hash any kind of community vs moderators debate, but I did see a few concerns raised about the process of making edits and how they can frustrate everyone involved.
In particular, I noted that the community forum is primarily used for reporting bugs and making series requests, and that the forum moderators can spend a lot of their time dealing with users who have made bogus changes that need to be fixed. I also saw a few comments to the effect that series have been locked to prevent bogus edits from being made.
This is where I think we could really harness the power of the community, and with many hands make light of the work.
I'd like to suggest the adoption of the edit/vote workflow utilized by the Music Brainz project, which shares a similar goal of building a high quality community database. I think this could bring many benefits to this project.
The way it could work is:
1. Series would not need to be locked to prevent noob edits, reducing the frustration of users who want to contribute to a series but cannot.
2. Users would not be able to vote on edits until 10 of their own edits have been successfully applied, ensuring that all users have demonstrated that they understand and can follow the rules.
3. Edits would not be applied immediately but would go into a queue, reducing the need to administrators to "fix" problems caused by noob or invalid edits.
4. Votes would be "yes, this edit is correct information and meets our standards and guidelines", not "yes, I personally want this change to be applied", ensuring that standards are maintained and we end up with a high quality database.
5. After two weeks, edits with more "yes" than "no" votes would be applied to the database, allowing everyone a chance to have input.
6. Edits that achieve a consensus earlier than that (three unanimous "yes" or "no" votes) could be applied or rejected earlier, preventing untimely delays for obvious corrections or low quality edits.
7. A few trusted editors, known as "auto editors" at Music Brainz, could make edits that are applied immediately, allowing trusted and dedicated contributors (e.g. the project leaders) to make instant changes when required.
This process seems to work very well at Music Brainz. As a side effect, the forum could be freed up from the task of reporting and debating series requests, and focused on building a strong and vibrant community.
Here are a couple of links about the process at Music Brainz.http://musicbrainz.org/doc/How_Editing_Workshttp://musicbrainz.org/doc/Introduction_to_Voting
Thanks for reading!