With the announcement that the official FFXIV forums will be using Zam's tooltips, there has been a lot of discussion over the accuracy of the Zam database. A lot of the speculation came because right as they had made the announcement, we had been updating to the most current patch of the game and as a result some things got tweaked wrong and ended up displaying the wrong information. While that was rectified quickly by our fantastic developer team, there still are some doubts about whether what we have out there is the most current or not.
I've made posts and pleas both here and on the official forums asking people to help us by commenting on items they see in the database that are incorrect. The impression is that the comments aren't seen or read, and really what is in it for you guys to help us with that anyway?
I'd like to address the first impression. We have a page that shows the admins all new comments that are added to the database items. I will monitor that page daily, all day long, and will act upon those comments as soon as I see them so you know that they will be worked and that your time spent adding them is worthwhile. I will keep a tally of not only what was fixed, but who submitted the comment, and will post weekly update threads that discuss what was updated and any other news we might have for you such as new wiki articles, news stories, etc. The new comments page was monitored before, but this will add some extra attention to it to make sure that we are as up to date as we can be.
Some people have asked why we don't go to a full wiki format and to be honest, Zam has always ran with a database and, if nothing changes in the way the game data is presented (unlike FFXIV at the current time), it *can* be more accurate than a wiki. Every game on Zam uses databases, and once FFXIV's game data settles down we shouldn't have as many issues with patches causing trouble.
Now we come to the "what's in it for you" part. I've obtained permission to offer a month's worth of free premium to dedicated contributors. I think 50 comments in the database is a good starting point, and every 100 comments after that gets you another free month. I'm also working on an additional perk in the form of a badge or custom title or some kind of identifier that would appear near your name when you post that indicates you are a dedicated contributor, and would be another way for us to recognize those of you who are going out of your way to help us out.
Those are the things I came up with, I'm sure you guys could provide more suggestions for me to take to the powers that be here and see if we can come up with additional ways to reward those of you who go out of your way to help Zam become the one stop source for discussion and information for FFXIV.
New Comments Page: http://ffxiv.zam.com/newcomments
Edited, Aug 22nd 2011 7:21pm by Wint