The News and Discussion is actually quite intimidating.
That was the reaction I had back in the day.
And if a newbie comes in today, they'll probably think the same too.
I spent months/close to a year since joining the RPG before I discovered the existence of N&D.
And even then it took a few weeks to get accustomed to such a thing existing.
- The Wiki. Instead of focusing on characters everyone focuses on adding events. Characters are great and give a good feel for the size of the community, but at the end of the day what's needed apparently is more EVENTS in their tab. Smaller events used to be restricted to character pages, and I think that's still a good idea to avoid clutter, but when we see several characters interacting that should start popping up on the event page for the wiki. I've been working hard on locations, and I'll keep doing that until I'm finished with the canon places, but then I'll devote my time to updating the 2013 Staff Plot page as well as the Events page. As always volunteers are most welcome to chip in, or claim the a whole swath of things to do!
This, very much this.
While it may be a bigger effort to start writing out every single event that has thus happened in the past, it'd certainly be easy to keep things up to date if each person playing, or even reading, something that could fall under and overarching story arc or plot event to write an article for it. Off the top of my head, some of the examples I might give as things that could be, and would help a lot when written into a wiki page would include the Princess' Party in Kentoku, the rebuilding of Pala-Koro, the fight brewing between the Piraka and everybody else in Ta-Koro, Echelon's crew showing up in Syvra, etc.
If I may add, it may also be a good idea to add things that are specific to characters who are 'always there' in the timeline, most prominently staff characters. A page following the Piraka and a page following the Abettor, for example, would, in the long run, be very helpful in keeping track of the main plot.
(10/10 will contribute to wiki)