Niche – FAQ Writer Rankings

This page analyses authors who write about series of games or games with a theme, write certain types of text, or write in a non-English language:

  1. Game Series
  2. In Depth
  3. Non-English

1. Game Series

This section lists authors who have written about the same series of games, or about games based on one named theme. It uses a really crude method – looking for one or two words in the title of the game. This works quite well for Final Fantasy, since almost all games in the series contain those words. It works less well for (The) Simpsons, because a proportion of games on that theme do not contain the word “Simpsons”.

1.1 Castlevania
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Spanettone 1549 3 516
2 Schlave (Ernest Ho) 763 2 381
3 ZKeene (Zach Keene) 685 3 228
4 Psycho Penguin (Captain Charisma) 440 2 220
5 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 431 3 143
1.2 Donkey Kong/Kong
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 BSulpher (Brian P. Sulpher) 1095 8 136
2 THayes (Tom Hayes) 716 2 358
3 Jeffseven (Jeffrey Freedman) 510 1 510
4 marshmallow 400 3 133
5 nm14 396 3 132
1.3 Dragon Ball Z
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 SOng (Scott Ong) 1601 4 400
2 Joni Philips 1043 8 130
3 Kain Stryder (Nick Valent) 999 8 124
4 Vegita (Rev. Eric Johnson) 822 10 82
5 SayainPrince (Chris Quigley) 671 4 167
1.4 Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Red Scarlet 3452 18 191
2 Jimeous 1353 8 169
3 Shdwwrym (Mike Mawhinney) 1211 3 403
4 A I e x (Alex Eagleson) 1016 1 1016
5 IKelley (Ian Kelley) 953 6 158
1.5 Final Fantasy
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 SinirothX (Nick Henson) 6188 5 1237
2 Psycho Penguin (Captain Charisma) 5995 14 428
3 Split Infinity (Damir Kolar) 5456 18 303
4 DJellybean (Dingo Jellybean) 4782 9 531
5 SOng (Scott Ong) 3356 5 671
1.6 Mario
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Kirby021591 4294 16 268
2 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 2870 20 143
3 NMorgan (Nicholas S. Morgan) 2200 11 200
4 BSulpher (Brian P. Sulpher) 1580 8 197
5 me frog (Colin Scully) 1227 5 245
1.7 Mega Man
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 juanca45002 (Juanca “El MAster”) 1675 26 64
2 Meowthnum1 1581 14 112
3 _Tim_ (T. Bennington) 1220 19 64
4 Magenta Galaxy (Andrew Hill) 1147 4 286
5 BF_Gamer (Bob Frak) 1100 8 137
1.8 Metal Gear Solid/Metal Gear
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 El Greco 2963 10 296
2 Dark Id (Ryan Kelly) 1207 4 301
3 AUrbina (Artemio Urbina) 1174 3 391
4 Imperator (Luis Fernando Imperator) 945 6 157
5 YSF (Yee Seng Fu) 940 3 313
1.9 Metroid
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 FalconZero 926 6 154
2 Deathborn 668 870 2 435
3 _Tim_ (T. Bennington) 670 4 167
4 Deflux (Bobby Michael) 595 1 595
5 Deuce ex Defcon (Staley) 538 2 269
1.10 Pokemon
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 TFergusson (Terence Fergusson) 3666 4 916
2 strawhat 2406 8 300
3 EOrizzonte (Efrem Orizzonte) 2149 10 214
4 Mmeeva 1937 6 322
5 Donald 1515 4 378
1.11 Resident Evil
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Outbreak 4266 28 152
2 CVXFREAK 3622 31 116
3 ChandooG (Adnan Javed -aka- AJ) 3532 15 235
4 DjSiXpAcK14 (Benn Linger) 2613 13 201
5 Mysticcat (Phan Nguyen Khanh Dan) 1780 9 197
1.12 Shining
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Apathetic Aardvark (Jason) 644 5 128
2 ACho (Albert Cho) 289 3 96
3 Alex Ngo 256 3 85
4 Zigfried 256 1 256
5 Marak (Mark Quaintance) 244 1 244
1.13 Simpsons/Bart/Itchy/Krusty
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 SubSane (Vic Rome) 1279 31 41
2 JJBDude 164 1 164
3 Joni Philips 127 2 63
4 winnie the poop 2 (Martin Dale-Hench) 116 2 58
5 Ny0Cloud (Elliot Long) 109 1 109
1.14 Sonic
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Kirby021591 1629 7 232
2 Angnix (Angela) 1183 9 131
3 WWalker (William Walker) 1160 13 89
4 CAHowell (Jason Howell) 1075 7 153
5 peach freak (Tim Brastow) 637 3 212
1.15 Star Wars/Jedi
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Thuyker (Thuy) 991 1 991
2 DSimpson (Dan Simpson) 955 2 477
3 TestaALT (Andrew Testa) 798 2 399
4 JPaterson (James Paterson) 755 2 377
5 DTran (David Tran) 754 5 150
1.16 WWF/WWE
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Psycho Penguin (Captain Charisma) 3177 9 353
2 CaptainCAWisma (Daniel Fookes) 1799 5 359
3 JChamberlin (Jim Chamberlin) 1560 19 82
4 Sweetpimp324 (Chris Ruiz) 1266 34 37
5 MTRodaba2468 (Matt Rodabaugh) 1132 27 41
1.17 Yu-Gi-Oh
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Tails333 1355 7 193
2 A B C 1303 31 42
3 lozl_its_cloud (Andrew Adams) 883 4 220
4 Kingtut1 740 2 370
5 gamer012 453 2 226
1.18 Zelda
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Kirby021591 4051 13 311
2 GregoR 2352 8 294
3 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 2332 16 145
4 CMoriarty (Colin Moriarty) 1572 5 314
5 davogones (David Butler) 1418 11 128

2. In Depth

This section ranks authors who have written specific types of (mostly) in-depth FAQ. Extracted by looking for one or more key words within in the file name. This method is very crude and prone to picking up all sorts of errors. For example a story analysis for a game called Vagrant (hypothetical example) might be called vagrant_story.txt, while a walkthrough for a game called Vagrant Story might be called vagrant_story.txt. See the problem? Likewise, the file naming convention is not entirely consistent, so an item list might be a …_list.txt or a …_item.txt; but then a list might also contain a list of monsters.

Rankings are ordered primarily by number of FAQs, which was felt to be a better indicator than total size.

2.1 Demos
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 jimfish (Steve ‘Jimfish’ Taylor) 178 8 22
2 YuGiOhFm2002 57 8 7
3 YuGiOhAngel 31 6 5
4 Kouli (Ken Zhao) 80 4 20
5 El Greco 159 3 53

Filename containing one of: demo.

2.2 Endings
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Basel (Basel Al-Shehab) 473 41 11
2 ReyVGM (Reynaldo Esteban) 680 7 97
3 KLantis (Kailu Lantis) 412 4 103
4 DJ Tigresa (Tigresa Steel) 404 4 101
5 jelly soup (Christopher Marsh) 448 2 224

Filename containing one of: ending.

2.3 Enemies
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 CMoriarty (Colin Moriarty) 334 9 37
2 SClemmons (Scott Clemmons) 387 8 48
3 Tricrokra (Jeroen Petrus Broks) 385 8 48
4 Split Infinity (Damir Kolar) 1251 6 208
5 Jimeous 1051 6 175

Filename containing one of: enemy, enemies, boss, monster, bestiary.

2.4 Glitches
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 badrock 11 3 3
2 Sazpaimon (Spaz P. Man) 256 2 128
3 AJ_ (AJ) 147 2 73
4 Frowdo (Jason) 26 2 13
5 Master ZED 145 1 145

Filename containing one of: glitch, bug.

2.5 Items/Weapons
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 LiMpBiZkitFaN (B. W.) 286 12 23
2 Muni Shinobu 149 10 14
3 EChang (Edward Chang) 296 9 32
4 Outbreak 234 7 33
5 Red Scarlet 219 7 31

Filename containing one of: list, item, weapon.

2.6 Lyrics/Music
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 DChan (Don “Gamera” Chan) 57 13 4
2 OKong (Oliver Kong) 25 11 2
3 Kythlyn (Ari) 103 5 20
4 Kouli (Ken Zhao) 18 5 3
5 Crono (Justin Strauss) 114 4 28

Filename containing one of: lyric, song, music, soundtrack.

2.7 Scripts
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 dinobotmaximized 691 56 12
2 OKong (Oliver Kong) 4195 17 246
3 Apathetic Aardvark (Jason) 1013 10 101
4 TheSinnerChrono 1100 9 122
5 Shotgunnova (Patrick Summers) 2152 4 538

Filename containing one of: script.

2.8 Secrets
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 DChan (Don “Gamera” Chan) 164 15 10
2 ruyeyama (Richard Uyeyama) 526 12 43
3 DEngel (Daniel Engel) 71 6 11
4 Ranma 94 3 31
5 LM 69 3 23

Filename containing one of: secret.

2.9 Shopping
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 dinobotmaximized 125 5 25
2 The Dark Unknown (Brian Fong) 177 4 44
3 Red Scarlet 81 4 20
4 DBM11085 (Devin Morgan) 41 3 13
5 M.Walsh (Michael Walsh) 55 2 27

Filename containing one of: shop, trading.

2.10 Spoiler-Free
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Nemesis (Brett Franklin) 185 6 30
2 THayes (Tom Hayes) 83 4 20
3 Moriya 129 3 43
4 Octoferret (Pierre Maris) 91 3 30
5 Relle 330 2 165

Filename containing one of: spoiler_free, sf, short.

2.11 Story/Plot Analysis
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 falsehead (Sophie Cheshire) 695 5 139
2 KLantis (Kailu Lantis) 1540 4 385
3 EChang (Edward Chang) 342 4 85
4 MHulbert (Matthew C. Hulbert) 216 4 54
5 President Evil (Dan Birlew) 499 3 166

Filename containing one of: story, plot.

2.12 Text/Hex Dumps
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 davogones (David Butler) 1084 8 135
2 War Doc (Kevin Butler) 296 5 59
3 squirtle90909 341 4 85
4 EvilGiegue 270 2 135
5 Luxion (Anthony Nguyen) 39 2 19

Filename containing one of: text, dump, data.

3. Non-English

This section ranks authors who have written in a non-English language. Extracted by looking for the name of the language in the file name (with some known shortened forms), so not a flawless method.

3.1 Dutch
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Patt3rson (Nikki Kuppens) 6015 63 95
2 Joni Philips 4233 34 124
3 Mister FANTASTIC (Joeri Crauwels) 1539 10 153
4 Ornitier (Thomas Bras) 1246 6 207
5 cheezzhead 1030 1 1030

Filename containing one of: dutch.

3.2 French
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 ADK (Jerome ADDA) 1078 30 35
2 SniperZwolf (Ivan Kwiatkowski) 852 2 426
3 MMénard (Mathieu Ménard) 696 6 116
4 Blackestmage 364 2 182
5 SCotteret (Stephanie Cotteret) 255 1 255

Filename containing one of: french, fr.

3.3 German
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Corlagon (Michael Hoffmann) 1170 19 61
2 anarcho_selmiak (Mr. Muscarin) 873 9 97
3 kylohk (Lo Kai Yan, Alasdair) 744 1 744
4 Chaz Ashley (Gregor Kartsios) 319 1 319
5 CBrunner (Christian Brunner) 314 1 314

Filename containing one of: german, de.

3.4 Italian
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Spanettone 5207 36 144
2 EOrizzonte (Efrem Orizzonte) 2437 10 243
3 robrt 1566 14 111
4 egallinucci 778 4 194
5 scurty (Chris Wasnetsky) 414 1 414

Filename containing one of: italian, ital, it.

3.5 Portuguese
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 Rayearth 874 4 218
2 Dark Goku (George Amado) 854 19 44
3 FabiO_o (Fabio Henrique Attard) 788 5 157
4 Imperator (Luis Fernando Imperator) 779 11 70
5 LuigiPapa (Luigi Papa) 724 1 724

Filename containing one of: portuguese, port.

3.6 Spanish
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 B.lu4R (Raul Morales) 4203 18 233
2 juanca45002 (Juanca “El MAster”) 3780 45 84
3 GregoR 3047 10 304
4 Jacv (Jorge Alberto Cuello Villamil) 2002 7 286
5 Lina Inverse 1828 10 182

Filename containing one of: spanish, sp.

3.7 Swedish
# Author Total Size (KB) Number of FAQs Average Size (KB)
1 CWall (Christian Wall) 3274 19 172
2 TerraNigmA (Jimmy Strid) 1963 13 151
3 me frog (Colin Scully) 642 1 642
4 PHenriksson (Peter Henriksson) 543 10 54
5 YodA – StriKe (Gehm Hana) 490 2 245

Filename containing one of: swedish, se.

Data last updated Sunday 22 January 2006.

Index: FAQ Writer Rankings

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