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Hi fellow GTA fans,

I'm James Fletcher and I live in Liverpool (near Sydney), NSW, Australia.

I am a fan of the PlayStation series of consoles and my favourite video game series is the Grand Theft Auto series.

When I was young I wanted a game where I was given a city and a person to do whatever I wanted. I found this in GTA III.

Since then I have many other GTA games. While I still like the sandbox aspect of gameplay, I now like the storylines alot more.

The GTA games that I have played most extensively are GTA Vice City and GTA IV. I have also played all of the other GTA III era games that were released on PlayStation 2.

I have also played GTA 1 and GTA 2 for PC. I am yet to play GTA Advance, or any of the London expansion packs for GTA 1.

I have completed both the Deal and Revenge endings of the storyline of GTA IV twice, the second time without cheats. I primarily chose the Revenge ending and just played the Deal ending to see what happened. I preferred the Revenge ending. After completing the Revenge ending I simply saved on another file so that I could go back and complete the Deal ending without replaying the entire game. I have also recieved 100% completion in my no cheats save game. I like to consider myself an expert of GTA IV

I have also played GTA Chinatown Wars once through the storyline on my iPhone. As of yet, I have not played any of the episodes for GTA IV, but I do plan to.

My favourite GTA protagonist is Niko Bellic, followed by Huang Lee (despite not even having a voice, I like his personality]]. Some of my other favourite characters include Roman Bellic, Francis McReary and Wade Heston.

I discovered Grand Theft Wiki in July 2008 when I was searching the Internet for a source of information on the wanted level system of GTA IV, as I noticed that it was very different to that of the past.

I then decided to help make this site the biggest GTA resource on the web. I have used this site to get alot of information and have added alot as well. I initially had no intention to stay, but I'm happy that I did, and I now have no intention to leave anytime in the future. The fact that I initially had no intention to stay explained my original username, Biggest gta fan ever. I just put in the first thing that came to my head, giving no consideration for the future. I had since tried to have my username changed to something more personal but Wikia staff wouldn't change it, saying that only specific circumstances qualify for a username change. I eventually got my username changed after Grand Theft Wiki moved away from Wikia.

I used to help Wikipedia but don't any more. The people here are much more friendly and I enjoy it here. I think we all have the same idea of putting the information on the page, then we can fix it up later, something is better than nothing.

My first GTW friend was Eganio. Ironically that friendship started with him correcting my edits. He explained what I did wrong and we became friends (like I said earlier, the people here are much friendlier than Wikipedia). He taught me the power of actually reading and adding to talk pages.

I became an Administrator of Grand Theft Wiki in October 2008. When I got the email that Gboyers had edited my talk page, I had no idea what he was going to say, and the last thing that I thought he was going to say was that I had been promoted. In fact, I was busy and hadn't been on the wiki for three days when I read that email. I however did know that it was something good, as he had also added me as a friend. Confusing me further was the fact that someone had edited my userpage (I didn't yet know who it was). I later found out that it was Gboyers, adding the {{Admin}} template. When I reached my talk page, before I knew that it was about a promotion, my Internet was acting slow, so the extra tools at the top of the page didn't show up straight away, meaning that I didn't notice anything until after I read the message. Sometimes I wonder if Gboyers regretted the decision to promote me, purely because of the amount of time that I spent asking him stupid questions after that :).

In April 2010, I along with all of the other Administrators, was given the opportunity to be promoted to Manager. This surprised me, as I was at the time on a very long wiki break, and assumed that I had been forgotten. I was promoted to Manager in October 2010, soon after GTW left Wikia.

I used to think that Wikia was an excellent wiki hosting service, the best there was. This was because they provided excellent community support, and had a number of installed extensions. The service was second only to self-hosting, but came with the advantage of not needing to maintain the wiki software or extensions. However, over the years, Wikia's new features began to become pure advertising, and they began to harm the wiki experience. I contemplated leaving Wikia, and thus, Grand Theft Wiki.

Wikia's new skin, Oasis, was what finally forced me to leave Wikia, as it looks awful, gives advertising precedence over content, and made each individual wiki seem like just a few pages of the larger Wikia site. In addition, Wikia staff completely disrespected the community, who strongly opposed the new skin. I was very happy to be a part of moving GTW away from Wikia.

I was (and still am) a huge fan of Wikia's former skin, Monaco. I find Monaco to be the most user friendly MediaWiki skin that I have ever used. I can't stand Monobook (Wikipedia's former skin), and while Vector (GTW's current skin) is an improvement over Monobook, it still has its issues in my opinion. I also feel that Monaco was designed with customisability in mind, so that every wiki on Wikia could look different. Oasis, on the other hand, was quite the opposite, designed to make every wiki look the same.

Todo.png To-do list for User:JFletcher: edit · history · watch · refresh

I help anywhere I can on the wiki. I use Recent Edits to find pages that I can help on. I also use Tasks and the list of special pages to find any job that needs to be done. These are just my main projects.

  • Enforcing the Policy - Keeping the wiki running smoothly by enforcing the Rules and fixing pages to follow all Policy. Mainly Consistency and mainly in the form of page name capitalisation, page names in general, but also consistency within pages.
  • Categorisation - An easy, "fun", yet important job that needs to be done on the wiki. I mainly help by renaming categories and deleting unused categories, but I also categorise pages when I see them needing it.
  • Helping Other Users - If I find something that needs to be fixed, I don't just fix it, I use the page history to see who did it and tell them, so that they don't make the same mistakes in the future. I also like to help users with their problems by reading talk pages, and I like them to come to me.
  • Patrolling - My goal at the end the day (Australian time zone) is to have all edits in that day patrolled using the staff patrolling system (excluding talk page edits and user page edits, though I do go to the talk pages to help out). I do this by marking a few each Grand Theft Wiki session.