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Appledash: What was your impression of the Wiki when you joined vs what it is now?

RiinRin:

I joined in 2009, so I was a fairly impressionable kid. It has been a few years since then, so I can't exactly remember my thoughts back then, but I definitely held the wiki at a high status and admired everyone on it. Over time, my admiration definitely hasn't changed at all, but I do feel a new found loyalty and dedication to the work and the users here.

Appledash: Tell me a bit about your time here over the years.

RiinRin:

It's definitely been wild! I've been an on and off editor for years but each generation has been different people and a different wiki I feel. I've definitely put most of my time into PCA, though recently I've tried to work more in PB and articles.

Appledash: How did you first discover WWiki, and what made you decide to contribute here?

RiinRin:

I first discovered Warriors Wiki like most people did. I lurked for quite a few months before I suddenly decided to join, and I immediately met Icy in a blog post of hers that blew up to be 200+ comments. This was way before the essay policy, but it sold me on sticking around. I jumped into PCA and had a lot of people help hold my hand as it was my first experience online.


Appledash: For those who aren’t familiar with your contributions here, tell us a bit about some of the things you do here.

RiinRin:

I’m currently a discord moderator and a rollback here! I help with work on the discord and also to improve the wiki altogether, and I heavily enjoy contributing to PCA and PB. My ties to PCA are stronger though, since outside the wiki I'm a freelance artist. I enjoy helping out new users and helping people with chararts and how to navigate the wiki.

Appledash: In your words, what does it mean to be a rollback here?

RiinRin:

Being a rollback to me means having a sense of loyalty, dedication, and patience. I find it important to have a heart and kindness when being staff, and I always try my best to be welcoming and helpful to anyone who needs it.

Appledash: What role do you feel WWiki plays within the Warriors fandom?

RiinRin:

The Warriors Wiki is often regarded as one of the best resources out there for Warriors. It is full of factual evidence directly from the authors and text and has been recognized all around the community.

Appledash: What is your proudest achievement/contribution since joining the wiki? Why?

RiinRin:

I think that'd be the designing I did for Warriors Wiki's current website theme. As stated above, I work as a digital illustrator and also a graphic designer, and it was really fun to work with the admins on creating a unique and original theme for the wiki. I'm definitely continuously thankful for the opportunity and I'm proud of what me and Spooky did together to improve the appearance.

Appledash: If you could change one thing that was canon in Warriors, what would it be?

RiinRin:

There's a lot I'd change personally... Tawnypelt as ShadowClan's leader, Breezepelt getting exiled after the Great Battle, different POVs in The New Prophecy to include all the journeying cats... There's a lot I've disagreed with when it comes to the series, ahah.

Appledash: Do you have some advice for anyone who’s interested in becoming an active contributor to the site?

RiinRin:

Be patient! You will 100% make mistakes at first. Never be afraid to ask questions and be talkative, and though you may be scolded, don't take it personally.

Appledash: What impact has WWiki had on you / your life?

RiinRin:

The friendships I've made here have proven to be life long. It was my first step into the online world and the people who saw me through the end of my childhood and beginning teenage years definitely helped make me who I am today. I hold a strong bond for those I've come to know for 6+ years. Sentimentality aside, I've definitely learned how to write better, and how to be more socialable. Patience is a virtue, as I always say, and I've definitely gained a lot of it while here.

Appledash: What impact has Warriors had on you / your life?

RiinRin:

Warriors gave me the inspiration to become an artist. I discovered Warriors back when it started becoming popular on Youtube, way back in the mid 2000s. I watched speedpaints and AMVs religiously and it pushed me to become an artist because drawing cats battling to the death was fun for a 8 year old. Along with my artistic growth, the people have changed me. Warriors was my first step online, and the people I met through it definitely pushed me to be my best and have a heavy influence on who I am today. My passion for Warriors, while inconsistent, has never truly gone away, and I think I've come to accept that I'll always be as deeply in love with this series as I have been ever since I was a kid.