Join us for another in a series of interviews with winners of Special awards from our recent 2021 Awards Ceremony. Our goal is to give you insight into how our fleet’s best simmers write, and imagine their characters.
This month we’re interviewing the writer behind Noa T’Nessa Levinson, playing a Human/Vulcan Science Officer assigned to the USS Chin’toka. She won the Sarpedion Award: “given to any simmer who has made outstanding contributions to the 118Wiki.”
DeVeau: Tell us a little about the writer behind the character — where in the world do you hail from? What hobbies do you enjoy? Anything you’d like to share!
Levinson: Hiya! I’m Adi, and while I’d rather not to state directly where I live, I will say that it’s not too far from Europe. I’m 21 years old, and in a few months I’ll start studying for the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in physics.
I’m a fan of science fiction and fantasy, including Star Trek (obviously), as well as gaming and tabletop gaming. I also like to code every now and then, too – nothing really serious, though.
How did you come to discover SB118?
I believe it was a post on Reddit that caught my attention. I found SB118 during a family visit to the Netherlands (in late 2019 to early 2020, so pre-COVID!), a few months after the last long-term group I was in was disbanded. After trying out a few groups that didn’t quite hit the mark, SB118 seemed like another good group to try out, even if RPing by email was new to me. I decided to bite the bullet, and the rest is history.
The Sarpeidon award recognises your commitment to upkeep of the wiki. How did you get into learning how to code a wiki?
As I mentioned earlier, I occasionally write some code. I’m a fairly technical-oriented guy, and I got interested in how the wiki works, or at least how the syntax works. Needless to say, I was hooked by it and wanted to know more.
Sometimes, doing certain things on the wiki can be difficult. What sort of challenges have you seen when trying to implement wiki code?
All sorts, really. For instance, some troubleshooting problems from the #wiki channel on the Discord server, and going through how to create links on a wiki page when a shipmate asked for some help.
There are also those occasional experiments I like to do – I read about features that can be on our wiki, and if I think they’re useful, I’ll mess around with them and see if I can implement them – just in case They’ll be used for a more productive purpose in the future. For me, that’s definitely a challenge.
What are some things you would like to see happen with our community’s wiki?
Seeing it grow! Both content-wise, and feature-wise. We’re still telling stories, so there’s definitely something new to add to the wiki – a new image, a new page, a new paragraph… There’s always something new. As for the features, there are things out there that I’d love to see, as they can make the experience smoother – from potentially smarter wikitext to easier editing experience – I’m sure they’d be quite helpful.
If someone is struggling, or wants to learn more about how to do wiki coding, what would you recommend?
Ask! I love helping around where I can on the wiki, and I’m sure that everyone else who gives a hand on Discord also enjoys it. You can also search stuff up – information about wiki-related stuff is usually easy to find – even Wikipedia itself has pages on features and wikitext that can be helpful for wiki editing.
Thanks for your time, Lieutenant Levinson!
You can read more about Lieutenant Noa T’Nessa Levinson on the wiki.