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Meet FNS Editor-in-Chief: Roshanara Rahman

This is part 2 of the two-part announcement of the Federation News Service launch as a semi-independent organization providing Star Trek content. For more information, see part 1.

Today, we’re talking with Roshanara Rahman – best known as Rich around the community – the First Officer of the Invicta, wiki admin extraordinaire, and the facilitator of our Federation News Service Team!

WOLF: Rich, the recent news of the launch of FNS onto its own website is incredibly exciting for UFOP: SB118 and for the simming community as a whole. Can you point us to the new site, and talk more about how it works?

RICH: Sure! The easiest way to get to the FNS’s new home is to point your browser to http://fns.news. We’ve also moved all of our FNS articles that were previously posted to the wiki onto the new site. Having the FNS on its own site allows us to build a website just like you’d see for any other news source out there, with stories divided into various categories such as arts & culture, science, politics, and more. The only difference of course is this news organization covers the 24th century!

Besides the more polished look, one of the greatest features of the new site is the “submit a news story” link right at the top. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for anyone to contribute to the FNS. Even if you’ve never written in a “news report” style before, the form walks you through the process, pointing out where to add your headline, the lead (that ever important first sentence to grab the reader’s attention), and the rest of your story. You can even upload your own image to go with it!


Utopia Planitia Now Open

One of the community’s most prolific contributors, Rich, the writer behind Lt. Cmdr. Roshanara Rahman (and a suite of other characters!), has introduced us to the eminent Martian fleetworks. The Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards are a new resource that should be both an excellent resource for current writers and help to attract new members. Among other useful things, this resource lists ship types by function (cruisers, explorers, science ships, and so forth), explains the starship registry number scheme, and provides a historical database of Starfleet (and pre-Starfleet) starships. Says Rich, writing on the forums,

For a while now, we’ve had a lot of conflicting tech information spread across the various ship sections on the wiki given that much of it is sourced from outside. Some of the information is from Memory Alpha aka the “canon wiki” whereas other tidbits have come from fan sites and other RPGs. I think it’s time 118 has a database of its own. … We’re not trying to duplicate Memory Alpha: we’re trying to go beyond it.

It’s an ambitious project, but one that has already seen near-completion and is available for use! This is one more evolutionary step for the 118Wiki, which is already one of the finest and most comprehensive Star Trek wikis on the web. Our thanks and congratulations to Rich for the creation of this wonderful tool!

Take a look at Utopia Planitia on the 118Wiki and head over to the forums to see the full announcement!