Hall of Fame – FAQ Writer Rankings

This page covers the “record-breakers”:

  1. Prolific Authors
  2. Committed Authors
  3. Diverse Authors
  4. Games
  5. Oldest FAQ
  6. Smallest FAQ
  7. What’s Hot

1. Prolific Authors

Prolific, a. producing much output. These people don’t get out much 😉 .

Ranking of authors with the greatest volume of text.

1.1 Prolific FAQ Authors
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 A I e x (Alex Eagleson) 17514 56 312
2 Psycho Penguin (Captain Charisma) 14756 43 343
3 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 13338 108 123
4 ASchultz (Andrew Schultz) 12800 181 70
5 Split Infinity (Damir Kolar) 11345 38 298
6 Kirby021591 10628 40 265
7 kylohk (Lo Kai Yan, Alasdair) 10248 22 465
8 DEngel (Daniel Engel) 9672 149 64
9 DJellybean (Dingo Jellybean) 9209 28 328
10 SOng (Scott Ong) 9138 20 456
11 BSulpher (Brian P. Sulpher) 8838 127 69
12 DSimpson (Dan Simpson) 8802 43 204
13 CyricZ (Scott Zdankiewicz) 7731 48 161
14 DJ Tigresa (Tigresa Steel) 7546 319 23
15 Kao Megura (Chris MacDonald) 7152 60 119
16 me frog (Colin Scully) 6869 27 254
17 JChristopher (Joseph Christopher) 6859 51 134
18 SinirothX (Nick Henson) 6800 9 755
19 Mysticcat (Phan Nguyen Khanh Dan) 6785 30 226
20 Joni Philips 6725 66 101

The precise KB totals may be inaccurate in certain cases – see Why are the KB totals wrong?

Ranking of authors with the greatest number of completed guides (full spot type – see What are spots? and What’s the difference between an “FAQ” and a “Guide”?).

1.2 Prolific Complete-Guide Authors
# Author Number of Completed Guides Total Size (KB) Average Size (KB)
1 DJ Tigresa (Tigresa Steel) 269 6154 22
2 ASchultz (Andrew Schultz) 167 11050 66
3 DEngel (Daniel Engel) 135 9206 68
4 BSulpher (Brian P. Sulpher) 118 8643 73
5 THayes (Tom Hayes) 102 6380 62
6 War Doc (Kevin Butler) 91 5778 63
7 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 89 12421 139
8 KChang (Kuo-Sheng (Kasey) Chang) 61 5757 94
9 ritchie 58 3155 54
10 The Lost Gamer (Michael Gray) 58 2000 34
11 antseezee (Chris Zawada) 53 4833 91
12 SubSane (Vic Rome) 52 2206 42
13 A I e x (Alex Eagleson) 48 15683 326
14 Da Hui (Frank G) 48 3015 62
15 Kao Megura (Chris MacDonald) 48 6502 135

Ranking of authors with the greatest number of images (see What’s an “image”?).

1.3 Prolific Image Artists
# Author Number of Images Total Size (KB) Average Size (KB)
1 StarFighters76 (Mike Leatherwood) 304 12532 41
2 DEngel (Daniel Engel) 195 4376 22
3 [Removed by request] 149 12729 85
4 Apathetic Aardvark (Jason) 113 6835 60
5 ASchultz (Andrew Schultz) 60 773 12
6 Apostrophe 59 2535 42
7 PKeating (Paul Keating) 59 957 16
8 Lucid Faia (Adam Sweeney) 56 1734 30
9 LtCmdData (Christopher W.D. Long) 50 1506 30
10 kinsukeJP 43 828 19

2. Committed Authors

These people have demonstrated incredible focus on a single game.

2.1 Largest FAQ
# Author Game Size (KB)
1 DEngel (Daniel Engel) Picross 2 (Game Boy) 3820
2 shoecream (Jonathan Chang) Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (PC) 3693
3 SinirothX (Nick Henson) Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) 2537
4 TFergusson (Terence Fergusson) Pokemon: Fushigi no Dungeon Red (Game Boy Advance) 2005
5 Syonyx (marc lalonde) Intelligent Qube (PlayStation) 1980
2.2 Greatest Total FAQ KB for One Game by One Author
# Author Game Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 DEngel (Daniel Engel) Picross 2 (Game Boy) 3820 1 3820
2 shoecream (Jonathan Chang) Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (PC) 3693 1 3693
3 TFergusson (Terence Fergusson) Pokemon: Fushigi no Dungeon Red (Game Boy Advance) 3666 4 916
4 SinirothX (Nick Henson) Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) 3429 3 1143
5 SOng (Scott Ong) Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation) 3356 5 671

Fighting games tend to dominate this list because of the tradition of writing a separate FAQ for each character.

2.3 Greatest Number of FAQs for One Game by One Author
# Author Game Number of FAQs Total Size (KB) Average Size (KB)
1 DKeith (Donovan Keith (Indigo Twilight)) WCW vs. The World (PlayStation) 60 60 1
2 Civ Magirus (Caleb “TheCivilOne” Hankins) WWE Day of Reckoning (GameCube) 38 1100 28
3 B.Wood (Bill Wood) Fire ProWrestling D (Dreamcast) 32 396 12
4 charjer0 WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (PlayStation 2) 32 530 16
5 Dan GC (Dan) Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style (PlayStation) 24 1110 46

3. Diverse Authors

These people have written across a broad spectrum of topics.

3.1 Greatest Number of Platforms Written For
# Author Number of Different Platforms[1]
1 DJ Tigresa (Tigresa Steel) 32
2 DEngel (Daniel Engel) 17
3 SubSane (Vic Rome) 16
4 ASchultz (Andrew Schultz) 15
5 Crazyreyn (Matthew Reynolds) 14
Joni Philips 14
Seth0708 14
8 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 13
winnie the poop 2 (Martin Dale-Hench) 13
10 A I e x (Alex Eagleson) 12
AstroBlue 12
CJayC (Jeff “CJayC” Veasey) 12
Dallas 12
falsehead (Sophie Cheshire) 12
  1. At least 12 different platforms written for.
3.2 Greatest Number of Master Genres Written For
# Author Number of Different Master Genres[1]
1 Dark Vortex (Quan Jin) 8
DJ Tigresa (Tigresa Steel) 8
MysticWeirdo (Warren Grieder) 8
4 AlaskaFox (Ronan Hunt-Murphy) 7
antseezee (Chris Zawada) 7
ASchultz (Andrew Schultz) 7
AstroBlue 7
BoredGamer (Joe Shaffer) 7
BSulpher (Brian P. Sulpher) 7
CJayC (Jeff “CJayC” Veasey) 7
Crazyreyn (Matthew Reynolds) 7
Da Hui (Frank G) 7
DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 7
Gbness (Richard Beast) 7
Joni Philips 7
KBoon (Kyle Boon) 7
Labmaster 7
Menji76 (Nick “Menji76” Bryant) 7
Shirow 7
Skye7707 (Devon Kerkhove) 7
TestaALT (Andrew Testa) 7
THedstrom (Tony Hedstrom) 7
  1. At least 7 out of a possible 8 different master genres written for. Also see Why so many genres? And why are some wrong?

4. Games

4.1 Greatest Total FAQ KB For One Game
# Game Total Size (KB) Number of Authors Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) 20607 89 114 180
2 Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation) 15098 86 107 141
3 Grand Theft Auto Double Pack (PlayStation 2) 14951 86 108 138
4 Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation) 14414 69 95 151
5 Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation) 14269 65 75 190
4.2 Greatest Number of FAQ Authors For One Game
# Game Number of Authors Number of FAQs Total Size (KB) Average Size (KB)
1 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Arcade) 93 165 7086 42
2 Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube) 90 101 8214 81
3 Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) 89 114 20607 180
4 Grand Theft Auto Double Pack (PlayStation 2) 86 108 14951 138
5 Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation) 86 107 15098 141
4.3 Greatest Number of FAQs For One Game
# Game Number of FAQs Number of Authors Total Size (KB) Average Size (KB)
1 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Arcade) 165 93 7086 42
2 Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) 114 89 20607 180
3 Grand Theft Auto Double Pack (PlayStation 2) 108 86 14951 138
4 Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation) 107 86 15098 141
5 Tekken 3 (Arcade) 103 74 4336 42
4.4 Greatest Number of Completed Guides For One Game
# Game Number of Completed Guides[1] Number of Authors Total Size (KB) Average Size (KB)
1 Grand Theft Auto Double Pack (PlayStation 2) 24 23 7646 318
2 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) 19 18 4998 263
3 Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2) 19 17 10488 552
4 Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation) 19 17 1939 102
5 Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64) 18 22 4060 225
  1. A completed guide is one that has a full spot. Also see What’s the difference between an “FAQ” and a “Guide”? and What are spots?

5. Oldest FAQ

This table is based on the last update date of the FAQ. Note that many very early FAQs are undated, and that some old FAQs have been subsequently updated. Just some proof that internet FAQs have been around for a while.

5.1 Oldest FAQ
# Date Author Game
1 1-3-1988 Blue Dragon Ultima V (PC)
2 20-6-1989 GhostWind Sex Vixens from Space (PC)
3 27-10-1989 TKroon (Ton Kroon) Manhunter 2: San Francisco (PC)
4 20-2-1990 Anonymous Beyond Zork (PC)
5 20-2-1990 Adric_ (Adric) Ultima II (PC)

6. Smallest FAQ

This table lists all FAQs of size less than 1KB (listed as “0KB”). It has been included to answer a frequently asked question. As with the “oldest” FAQ above, this list is somewhat meaningless: There are probably FAQs with less information than these, which simply have more formatting, and hence a larger file size.

6.1 Smallest FAQ
Author Game
DChan (Don “Gamera” Chan) Black/Matrix (Saturn)
Xandoidao Cool Boarders 2 (PlayStation)
Largo Langrisser: Dramatic Edition (Saturn)
THedstrom (Tony Hedstrom) Mega Man X2 (SNES)
THedstrom (Tony Hedstrom) Mega Man X3 (SNES)
RMcPherson Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (PC)
Gumbo WCW Nitro (PlayStation)
AGSCC World Soccer Jikkyou Winning Eleven 2000: U-23 Medal heno Chousen (PlayStation)

7. What’s Hot

This section analyses only FAQs written or updated in the last 2 months (the 2 months to Sunday 22 January 2006), and uses them as a proxy for which platforms and genres are the most popular.

7.1 Hottest Platforms
# Platform[1] Total Size (MB) % Number of Authors[2] % Number of FAQs % Average Size (KB)
1 PlayStation 2 64.5 32.6 346 34.1 557 28.4 118
2 Game Boy Advance 24.7 12.4 120 11.8 164 8.4 153
3 PC 20.7 10.4 171 16.9 248 12.6 85
4 GameCube 18.6 9.4 116 11.4 149 7.6 127
5 PlayStation 15.0 7.6 57 5.6 112 5.7 137
6 SNES 7.7 3.9 62 6.1 79 4.0 99
7 Xbox 7.6 3.8 70 6.9 94 4.8 82
8 DS 7.1 3.6 85 8.4 91 4.6 79
9 NES 6.2 3.1 42 4.1 115 5.9 54
10 Game Boy 5.8 2.9 13 1.3 34 1.7 175
All 198.0 100.0 1014 100.0 1961 100.0 103
  1. Top 10 shown only.
  2. Authors with at least one FAQ of this type. Each author may appear in more than one category, however percentage is that of all authors. Consequently percentages may sum to more than 100%.
7.2 Hottest Master Genres
# Master Genre Total Size (MB) % Number of Authors[1] % Number of FAQs % Average Size (KB)
1 Role-Playing 72.6 36.7 329 32.4 460 23.5 161
2 Action 71.1 35.9 479 47.2 894 45.6 81
3 Adventure 18.3 9.3 116 11.4 197 10.0 95
4 Puzzle 11.8 6.0 59 5.8 89 4.5 135
5 Strategy 10.6 5.4 121 11.9 137 7.0 79
6 Sports 8.5 4.3 75 7.4 104 5.3 83
7 Driving 4.2 2.1 62 6.1 69 3.5 62
8 Simulation 0.9 0.4 9 0.9 11 0.6 79
All 198.0 100.0 1014 100.0 1961 100.0 103
  1. Authors with at least one FAQ of this type. Each author may appear in more than one category, however percentage is that of all authors. Consequently percentages may sum to more than 100%.

Data last updated Sunday 22 January 2006.

Index: FAQ Writer Rankings ·

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