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The Queue: And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Here it is folks. The final Queue of WoW Insider. Nothing is more appropriate for this last Queue than the Beatles. I saw this performed live by Sir Paul; it was amazing and rings so very true.

Lets go out answering questions like we normally do.

Katie asked:

So honey, after seven years of this, did you accomplish what you wanted? I know it was hard for you at times, and that everything didn't always work out the way you wanted it, but in the end, did you make the difference with WoW Insider that you wanted to?

Katie is my wife, and she asked me this the other day.

I think that I have accomplished what I set out to with WoW Insider. For one, I wanted to build up a community of gamers that were like me; honest, caring (mostly), young (now old), intelligent (we like to think so, at least), and demanding the embrace of diversity. When I started at WoW Insider, we had all the underpinnings of that, and we made it even better.

It wasn't just we as in the writers though, it's we as in the community. All of us contributed to what made WoW Insider the great place that it is. It's the kind of site I'm proud to be a part of.

WoW Insider has not been easy on my life. There's a lot of drama that goes into any major site; and the best ones, I've found, keep it all behind the scenes. Sleepless nights, countless hours of work, missed holidays and dinners... it's pretty standard. But when you wake up the next day and there's 500 questions from people around the world for you to answer, it suddenly becomes worth it.

Logan asked:

What's your favorite chili spices?

Man, do I love me some garlic salt. It's just the perfect spice for everything you need.

Fries? Garlic salt.

Burgers? Garlic salt.

Chili? Garlic salt.

Other favorite things to put into my chili include honey. Seriously, try that. It's amazing.

Martin asked:

Q4TQ: I'm currently backing up all the KYL articles for personal safekeeping (it's a very long and tedious jobs) and it turns out that it's going to amount for well over 1000 pages of brilliant writing from you guys. My question is this : have you thought about combining all of these to make some kind of encyclopedia of World of Warcraft and sell it? I mean you could even work with Blizzard on this. I know I would gladly pay even a hundred bucks to have a hardcover book with all that lore in it with some artworks and stuff too. It could be divided in WoW expansions and have a section for tinfoil hats articles.

Unfortunately AOL owns everything, so we have no rights to this content, which includes KYL. There's not much that we can do to back it up for public use; and a book is something AOL will never do (nor would it have done it). Blizzard probably wouldn't have been cool with it either, although there might have been a way to work with them. They like working with cool people and concepts, I've found.

AOL has told us that Joystiq will be rolled into a subdomain on Engadget. Does that include us? No one has been able to give me a straight answer. Personally, I'm expecting that all our articles will be around about two years in some form, and then vanish. The Internet Archives, however, should have all our stuff backed up. We're pretty popular and get linked around a lot, so I'm hopeful we'll live on there.

Several have asked:

What's next for the WoW Insider crew?

Follow Alex and myself on Twitter. We'll keep you abreast of what's next for the entire gang:

Individually, you probably know by now Alex Ziebart has a new fantasy novel out and Matthew Rossi has already published two collections of speculative fiction. They and other WoW Insider writers, past and present, are continuing to write fiction. In fact, Mike Gray is just about to kick off a weekly serial featuring his popular Throgg and Lolegolas character. If you want to be notified of future novels from the team, sign up for this newsletter.

It has been an honor and privledge. Thank you.
Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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