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The Terrible Travis

A Damn Fool

Real name:
Travis
Age:
16
Birthday:
August 17, 2001
Gender:
Male
Joined:
November 11, 2011
Species:
Human
Residence:
Hell
Other names:
Tarvis
Personality:
Terrible
Awards:
a lot
Occupation:
Writer
Friends:
Kelpy G, Calaz, Gavin, etc.
Relationship:
N/A
Current spin offs:
User Milestones:
Administrator
Bureaucrat (demoted)
If you're looking for the series, see here.

The Terrible Travis is an administrator and former bureaucrat of the SpongeBob Fanon Wiki. He is notable for his high emphasis on humor, often lacing his proposals and responses with mean-spirited and sexual jokes. He has a proposal passing rate of 100%.

According to an August 2017 poll, Travis currently holds an approval rating of 59%.

Credits

Television Series

Films

Rights Requests

Administrator Request - April 2016

On April 17, 2016, Travis launched a bid for adminstrator. At the time of requesting, he held no additional rights such as chat moderator or rollback, though he had retained previous administrator experience from 2013. Travis ran on the theme of making SpongeBob Fanon Wiki "great again" (in reference to Donald Trump's presidential campaign) by loosening content restrictions and increasing community output in how the wiki would be run. His request ended up recieving 75% support from the community (5% over the 70% mark needed for a request to pass) and thus was made admin by Ponyo Fan on April 23, 2016. Many users that supported this intital request of Travis to become admin later ended up supporting William's demotion request for Travis, which occured just five weeks later, and opposing several of Travis' later proposals. The blog post on which the request was hosted recieved 101 comments, a record for Travis.

Bureaucrat Request - December 2016

On December 21, 2016, Travis launched a bid for bureaucrat. He ran on the theme of making SpongeBob Fanon Wiki "even greater" by expanding it into a global online community. His request ended up recieving 71% support from the community and thus was made bureaucrat by Squidnerd on December 30, 2016. The blog post on which the request was hosted recieved 86 comments.

Bureaucrat Request - September 2017

On September 8, 2017, Travis launched a second bid for bureaucrat, roughly five months after being demoted from the position in April. The request was closed on August 15, 2017, recieving 66% support from the community. The blog post on which the request was hosted recieved 44 comments. 

Demotion Attempts

There have been five attempts to get Travis demoted from his position. The first one was made in June 2016 by then bureaucrat William Leonard, the second was made in March 2017 by recently joined member Spongeboob;s nose, the third one was made in April 2017 by then rollback Phillydan25, the fourth one was made in April 2017 by rollback TheJasbre202, and the fifth one by bureaucrat Squidnerd in August 2017. Former chat moderator TheOneFootTallBrickWall has expressed interest in filing yet another request for Travis' demotion.

June 2016 Attempt - William Leonard

Main article: User blog:William Leonard/Request for Demotion: The Terrible Travis

On June 3, 2016, bureaucrat William Leonard requested for the demotion of The Terrible Travis from the administrator position. Travis had recently been globally blocked for his "Water Sex" episode, and so William reasoned that "it would be unfit for this wiki to have somebody on the admin team meant to be protecting the wiki from inappropriate content, a mere matter of months after they themselves produced inappropriate content".

William also brought up Travis' frequent humorously mean-spirited remarks, stating that he believes "it is wrong for an administrator to constantly berate users and make them feel unwelcome on the wiki".

While the demotion request was originally set to be closed on June 11, 2016, William later changed his mind and withdrew the request on June 5, 2016. The request was at a meager 30% support by the time it was withdrawn.

March 2017 Attempt - Spongeboob;s nose

Main article: User blog:Spongeboob;s nose/Ban - The Terrible Travis

On March 6, 2017, newly joined member Spongeboob;s nose requested for the demotion of The Terrible Travis. He reasoned that due to Travis scarely editing fanon on the wiki anymore, opposing the globalling of ToU violators, and devoting most of his edits to mean-spirited and political comments, he was not fit for the position. Unlike William's request, Spongeboob;s request allowed users to pick from four different options (A, B, C, or D) rather leaving them with a simple Support or Oppose option. These four options included demoting Travis of just his bureaucrat powers (A), demoting him from both his bureaucrat and administrator powers (B), demoting him from all his powers (C), or allowing Travis to retain all his powers (D).

The request was closed on March 13, 2017, with Option D winning with 70% support. Option A, B, and C received 10% each, making for a total of 30% of users that voted for Travis to be demoted in some sort of way.

April 2017 Attempt - Phillydan25

Main article: User blog:Phillydan25/Demotion Request: The Terrible Travis
See also: Leader Plankton! Ownership Dispute

On April 16, 2017, rollback Phillydan25 requested for the demotion of The Terrible Travis because he didn't hand over Leader Plankton! to Squidnerd, even though he won it through community consensus. Like Spongeboob;s request, he allowed users to pick from four different options (A, B, C, or D) rather leaving them with a simple Support or Oppose option. These four options included demoting Travis of just his bureaucrat powers (A), demoting him from both his bureaucrat and administrator powers (B), demoting him from all his powers (C), or allowing Travis to retain all his powers (D).

However, the proposal was later closed by Squidnerd, on the same day that it was initially proposed. At the time of its' closure, Option D had 50% support, Option A had 33% support, Option C had 16%, and Option B had 0% support. This made for a total of 50% of users that voted for Travis to retain all his powers and 49% of users that voted for him to be demoted in some way.

April 2017 Attempt - TheJasbre202

Main article: User blog:TheJasbre202/User Demotion Request: Travis Pineapple

On April 19, 2017, rollback TheJasbre202 requested for the demotion of The Terrible Travis, reasoning that Travis was too childish for the position and that recent actions by him were anti-community consensus (likely referring to Travis' refusal to hand over Leader Plankton! to Squidnerd). During the early stages of the request, support for it was extremely high, ranging from 80% to 90%. Due to this, many users predicted that the demotion request would be passed in a landslide. Squidnerd stated that if the request did fail, it'd be a majority loss in which the majority (51%+) votes to demote Travis yet he retains his powers anyway due to the 60% passing threshold. Travis rejected both of these notions, stating that the request will have under 50% support by the time voting has concluded. On April 26, 2017, Travis announced that if the request failed to hit the 60% threshold yet still managed to recieve majority support, he would voluntarily step down, thus making the prospect of a majority loss impossible. The request was closed on April 26, 2017, receiving 68% support. Shortly afterwards, Travis had his bureaucrat rights removed by Fandom Staffer Mira Liame.

August 2017 Attempt - Squidnerd

Main article: User blog:Squidnerd/Request for Demotion: The Terrible Travis

On August 6, 2017, bureaucrat Squidnerd requested for the demotion of The Terrible Travis from his administrator position. He reasoned that Travis' constant TOU violations and global bans threatened the operation of the wiki. The request was closed on August 13, 2017, receiving 46% support. 

Wiki Positions

Community Consensus

In his adminstrator request, the first promise he made was to never make any changes to the policies or layout of the wiki without getting the supportive consensus of the community first. In response to AustinD-3 opposing this request, Travis stated that he thought Austin wasn't qualified to vote, bringing up the fact that he had just made 12 edits on the site despite having been a member for almost a year. He reversed this stance two months later when he published a proposal aimed at strengthening community consensus, one of the provisions being to allow any user to vote on any request. Other provisions included banning the use of polls as a valid deciding factor in proposals/rights requests, requiring all future demotions and promotions to be performed only once a supportive consensus is reached by the community, and requiring that all proposals/right requests be open for at least a week to allow everyone a chance to vote.

In June 2016, after William Leonard demoted Travis from adminstrator to content moderator due to deeming him unfit for "full admin responsibilities", Travis blasted him for doing so without community consensus. William quickly apologized and repromoted Travis to adminstrator, later creating an official demotion request instead - which failed.

Ponyobureaucratresults

The official results of the user rights review. Option A has surged and even briefly overtaken Option D after Travis' "think twice" blog.

In December 2016, Travis posted a blog post in which he urged users to vote Support on his bureaucratic request and Option A on the Ponyo Fan User Rights Review, saying that if they didn't, it would lead to MoonmanFanatic becoming sole bureaucrat and thus putting community consensus at risk. He claimed that MoonmanFanatic showed a disregard for community consensus, bringing up his promotion of TheOneFootTallBrickWall without community consensus and his unauthorized removal of the community consensus provision from the Rules page. Both Option A and his bureaucratic request recieved a surge in support after his blog, however Option A still fell short, two votes behind the winning Option D. Travis' blog was posted just one day before voting for the Ponyo Fan User Rights Review ended - it's possible that Option A could have been victorious had the blog been posted earlier. His bureaucrat request, however, gained just one more support to pass.

On April 5, 2017, Travis introduced a proposal to lower the proposal passing threshold from a supermajority of 70% to a simple majority of 51%, stating that "any proposal or rights request that recieves majority support" should get "automatically passed".

Content Restrictions

Travis has been a strong proponent for loosening content restrictions, stating that he'd prefer it if the wiki had no restrictions at all. He has criticized Wikia's Terms of Use for being unnessicarily restrictive, most notably after the removal of his episode "Water Sex" that was stated in be in violation of it. He voted against a proposal by SBCA in October 2015 that would prohibit comments discriminating against a religion or plots from being used in episodes and later in August 2016, posted a proposal aimed at eliminating some of the restrictions present in the Ratings Guidelines. He has stated that "if [he] had it [his] way", the wiki would allow NC-17 works.

Ratings System

Travis has criticized the age-based ratings system used on SpongeBob Fanon Wiki, stating that should be replaced with a one based on maturity levels instead. Proposing to do so was one of the promises he made in his admin request. However, bureaucrat Ponyo Fan ended up beating him to it - proposing a new maturity-based ratings system shortly before Travis became admin. Travis opposed the proposal, stating that it was too similar to the current system and that he'd be proposing a "better" replacement system sometime in May 2016. Despite these claims, no such system has been proposed by him as of yet. In August 2016, he posted a proposal with the goal of eliminating certain parts of the ratings guidelines.

Communication

Having long time held the opinion that message walls were the superior form of comunication as compared to talk pages, in June 2016, he finally ended up proposing that the switch be made, to the unanimous support of the community. In August 2016, he voted against a proposal by JackHackers to remove the chat feature of the wiki.

Bots

Travis has voted against all requests for bots.

Demotion Of Ponyo Fan

Travis intitally opposed the demotion of Ponyo Fan, due to the fact that it could possibly result in MoonmanFanatic becoming the sole buerecrat of the wiki, who Travis viewed to be corrupt. He launched a campaign to prevent Ponyo's demotion, which eventually turned out to be successful. On March 4, 2017, however, Travis changed his position, calling for the demotion of Ponyo Fan shortly after her endorsement of Arch Wizard Megumin for rollback, someone who has been the object of constant criticism from Travis.

Criticism

Travis has been the subject of intense criticism. Former bureaucrat William Leonard has criticized Travis' frequent use of mean-spirited humor, stating that it "makes users feel unwelcome". Current bureaucrat Squidnerd has stated that Travis' tendency to violate Fandom policy and get globally banned show that he is a bad role model for users.

Tenure

Main article: The Terrible Travis/Tenure

Trivia

  • He wrote the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Reality Show short, "Sponge Sickness".
    • He was originally supposed to co-write the Leader Plankton! crossover episodes with Dillon as well but they were never made.
  • Since April 2016, all of his blog posts have been related to wiki politics.
  • Travis has had the second most demotion requests directed towards him than any other SBFW staff member in history, next to Ponyo Fan.

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