Something new that we'd like to introduce at GateWorld this year is Stargate Actor Pages -- a single page where you can see, at a glance, all the vitals on a Stargate cast member. We're looking for YOUR help in maintaining them. As a little experiment I've put together an example of what I have in mind, for Michael Shanks:
As you can see these pages will live inside the Omnipedia, and I hope to link several of them from the home page to give them some good traffic. It has a brief bio, a list of the actor's current film and television projects, tagged news headlines from GateWorld, trivia, links to all past GW interviews and major forum threads, and more. It's a one-stop shop not only for the latest info about what the person is up to post-Stargate, but also an index of just about everything on GateWorld that features him or her.
We are looking for one superfan of each main cast member from the three shows to be in charge of running that actor's page. The main task is to keep the list of the actor's current projects up-to-date, though you're free to periodically update the bio, add trivia items, etc. as you see fit.
As a bonus (for you, hopefully, and certainly for us), we'd like you to write up the occasional, brief news story for the GateWorld home page when there is something significant to report about the actor's work -- cast in a new project, projects about to air, etc. This is one area where we've been particularly sparse in our news coverage. We hope that we can remedy that with some help from a big fan of RDA, a big fan of Joe Flanigan, a big fan of Amanda, a big fan of Claudia, etc. etc.
For the sake of making a list, here's who we are currently seeking volunteers for:
Richard Dean Anderson
Rainbow Sun Francks
Brian J. Smith
Jamil Walker Smith
Basically, we would like to find one person per actor who we can designate an unofficial "actor's rep" to GateWorld. Help us and our readers keep up on what they are doing in life after Stargate!
If you are interested: Please e-mail me at webmaster -at- gateworld -dot- net and introduce yourself. I'm looking to see if you are a good communicator in writing, a grounded and mature fan of the actor you're volunteering to cover, and (sorry, kids) 18 years or older. If we get multiple volunteers for the same page, be aware that I'll probably take your names to that actor's fan thread here in the forum and get 'em to vote on you.
And if anyone who is reading this happens to be the webmaster for the actor's official site, the job is basically yours already if you want it. I think that having you write an occasional news story for GW is a great way to drive traffic back to the actor's site, and it obviously helps us keep our readers current on his or her latest projects. My apologies for not e-mailing you the invitation personally, but we have around 25 main cast members from the three shows at this point ... and it's taken me months to just get this post written! If anyone knows a webmaster and wants to direct them to this post, I would certainly appreciate it.
Rather than busting out 25 of these at the same time (and me having to manage them all as we find people), we'll be launching them one at a time as we find volunteers. If this initial roll-out is successful and people like the actor pages, we may expand the new section to include other Stargate favorites who weren't main cast members -- e.g. Teryl, Kavan, ad infinitum.