|This page in a nutshell: The weekly news blog will no longer be updated; however, new blogs will still be published for significant updates and whenever it is necessary. You can also follow us on Twitter at @LastStandWiki.|
For the past two years or so I've kept a weekly news blog going on the wiki. From the very first edition to the latest one so far, the format has generally changed little, talking about new additions to the game, latest wiki news, occasionally some other news, and the wiki's front page poll. All weekly news blogs are listed at Category:Weekly news, and so far 113 editions have been released.
When the blog was young, the wiki was undergoing a pretty significant growth spurt, with lots of activity and editors and edits coming in around the clock. Many articles were being created, many more were being improved, and the wiki's community was thriving. Sure, the forums were quieter than I would've liked, but at least people were using them.
Sadly, all good times must come to an end, and I feel like the wiki's time has come... and gone. Back in June of this year I conducted a survey in order to collect information from wiki users about the community resources on the wiki and how many people used them. Things may have been different back in 2014, but today the vast majority of our users have never even heard of the weekly news blog. Aside from that, there has been fewer and fewer things to report on lately as the wiki winds down. I am not too overly concerned, because this wiki is dependent on a game, and if the game loses hype, there's no reason to expect the wiki to be dancing head over heels with fruitful excitement.
To get to the point: I have decided to retire the weekly news blog in favour of our old system, where we posted news blogs only during significant events, like a big game update. I have decided not to start a thread at the Watercooler because, well, let's face it: the forums are pretty much dead. I figured that it would be faster to just prune this feature than to open a thread and wait two weeks for no responses to come in. This is especially true considering the fact that I am entering my first year of university (Basically "the first day of the rest of your life") and I may not have time nor the motivation to really be as involved with the wiki or the game as I'd like to.
With this in mind, I hope that retiring this seldom-used feature will not only free up more time for me, but also make the wiki's Twitter account a bit more relevant in posting updates, since I'm sure more people would rather use Twitter for updates than a wiki blog. Let's not also forget that the past few editions have felt rather repetitive, and if a weekly newspaper begins repeating itself, it really brings up the question whether or not the newspaper is even necessary.
I wanted to thank all those who have read the weekly news, and would like to apologize in advance if you're disappointed to see this go. However, I really do feel that retiring this feature is the best way to go for all of us.