I've been thinking lately about something that I feel we need. An "About Lost Media" page on the site. With Lost Media having increased in popularity ever since A Day with Spongebob Squarepants was being searched for. I feel as if it'd be a great idea to have a page on the wiki that basically tells new people what Lost Media is. I mean not everyone knows what exactly Lost Media is. I feel doing this would be an improvement to the wiki since it'd help newcomers learn about lost media and not just write an article about say their lost sonic toy, or some pet they had as a kid. Overall I hope people enjoy my suggestion/idea for something for the wiki.
Yes; I mostly visit the forum, and the 'Lost media' board is literally like the Wild West. Some of my favorite threads include "x YouTuber ended their stream an hour ago and I can't find it", or "I can't find x Nickelodeon bumper" (which another user proceeds to post an hour later).
Unestablished pieces of media need to be posted about on the 'Lesser known' or 'Off-topic' boards, and there should be mod approval on all new threads in the 'Lost media' board.
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Yes, this would be incredibly helpful. It would help newcomers understand who we are, give the wiki a stronger focal point, and give us a bit more legitimacy.
The Lost Media board is a mess, but it's a forum, so it's more free-range by default. There will always be people trying to catalogue every little thing about something they like, and it can be hard to determine what is of cultural significance. The actual Wiki website is stricter about what they will let in.
I'm bringing this back up because I looked at the actual guidelines for lost media articles on the wiki. "Pieces of lost media are only eligible for an article if they are relevant enough to warrant one, ie. they must be relatively known amongst the general public."
That seems weak. Many of our most well known articles, including ADWSBSP and Sally's Shoes (Clock Man), were not known to the general public. What counts as "general public?" Something well known to one group might be completely forgien to another group.
Why are there so many threads about lost 2000s Treehouse TV shows? Because there are a bunch of Canadian 90s kids that are active right now.
This is an especially important subject when it comes to online media. There are tonnes of video producers who have articles about removed old work or the home movies they made when they were young. There are creators who removed small bits of content due to real-world events. There are live streams, which, by their nature, aren't always intended to be permanent. These all currently have articles.