As many Bionicle fans, I read BS01 wiki on a regular basis, and there is always something interesting to delve into. As a result, I know many passages by heart.
Lately (~4 months), I have been noticing many minor changes occuring in the text - some of them added new details, or added sources, but far too many steered into different direction…
Details rooted in the minds of myself and no doubt many other fans have been altered under the banner of “Earlier answer takes precedence”. This is problematic and the resulting changes have been annoying to say the least.
The latest one upset me the most and I will use that as an example for this post:
On the page for Great Spirit Robot, in the Abilities and Traits section, for years the Robot was known to have its outermost shell made out of an alloy of Protosteel and Exsidian. Perfectly reasonable detail provided by Greg in Chat with Greg Farshtey. As of February 15th, this has been changed to simply metallic protodermis. Not only does this remove established and interesting details, it does so in favor of an outdated statement.
In fact metallic protodermis is just a much more vague description of what the shell is made out of and can easily include the two components. It is a decription someone would give you if they only had a very general idea of the shell composition. It being a mixture of specifically protosteel and some other metal is a more detailed answer, which we just lost access to, because of the change.
This is only one of several cases where a more detailed and long known piece of lore has been exchanged for out of date, less accurate or less detailed info. Information “updated” on the BS01 should never be reductory in nature, skewing or altering information that has been the norm for over a decade and firmly rooted in the rich lore.
Of course, I know where all of this is coming from: The classic: “Greg said his previous answers take precedence.”
Yes I know Greg had said it in the past, but this hasn’t actually been true for many years now.
“Previous statemnets take precedence” is in itself an outdated statement - and thus should not be followed as the main guideline globaly affecting all the desitions made by BS01 staff.
I do not claim to know inner workings of BS01, but it seems to me that much of the staff there clings to this as if it were an iron-clad rule.
Many of Greg’s answers have changed and he insists on the newer versions. To ignore that in favor of an older answer would be to actively ignore accurate information - direct opposite of what BS01 stands for.
I regularly explore all the sources of Greg’s input, so I know how his answers to many things have evolved over the years, as well as what his previous ones were. I can tell you that if this “old is canon and nothing new is” mentality were to be completely embraced, enormous amount of canon details would be lost.
So I once again repeat: This should NOT be the main guideline!
Far better and sensible option is to take all of Greg’s statement on the particular matter as a whole and see what his most common answer is and/or what he most strongly adheres to. If he said A once in 2006, but then consistently said B ten times since then, would you say A is true, just because it came first? No.
Most consistent answer should be considered canon, not the oldest one.
So if anyone in power happens to read this I urge you, do not be bound by that old view - it hasn’t been true for years.
And in case it continues then well…
It is sad, because it means I can no longer trust BS01 to provide me the most accurate and complete information