It's been 5 years since Smash was last interviewed. When he was notified of his 5th win he replied: "looooool once i saw my name up there at the beginnong of last month i was like "welp here we go again". I don't mind too much this time though, since it's been a considerable amount of time and others have had their fair chances". For those unaware, Smash the Echidna is an administrator and de-facto head of the Sonic Fanon Wiki. As one of the oldest members of the wiki, he is mostly known for his homonymous character, his currently unnamed series, an RPG fan game and a plethora of other fan characters.
Q1: How have you been lately?
A: Not too bad, all things considered.
Q2: How did you spend your summer? Did you go somewhere for vacations?
A: ) Pfft, with COVID? Where's there to go?
Q3: Having been here for 10 years and counting, which years were the best/most productive ones of SFW?
A: Dang I still can't believe it's been that long. It's hard to say, but I think the first half of the decade was far more productive. 2015 and onward the wiki's been on a steady decline. By 2017-2018 it was pretty much dead. It's gotten a surge of activity through brand new members however.
Q4: What do you do for a living?
A: Still working at a grocery store. Nothing special.
Q5: Tell us a few words about your personality. Which character traits/virtues do other people see on you?
A: Hardworking, honest, creative maybe, and a heavy procrastinator.
Q6: Have there been any close friends of yours in SFW who, according to you, left a big legacy on the wiki with their work (or behaviour)?
A: User:Banzai123. He made some really grand roleplays, one of which consistently won the earliest Best Roleplay awards iirc. Odyssey still holds up as one of the greatest roleplays on the wiki imo. Non-roleplay related, it's difficult to say. A lot of people left lasting impressions, but I think User:Sonicfan919 deserves mention for being the one to invent the Sonic Fanon Wiki Awards, which when on for seven whole years! Granted, there were many awards that didn't finish, but it was still a huge thing we looked forward to every year.
Q7: What foreign languages do you speak. Also, which language would you like to learn?
A: I don't know enough to speak anything other than English fluently. But I know some words from Japanese from watching anime, Spanish from people I work around daily, and also Arabic. I'd like to learn more of the latter two.
Q8: Are you following the current senate elections? Is there any representative who you could see as a worthy senator?
A: I gotta be honest, daily life has been stressful enough. I haven't been keeping up with politics, though I probably should since elections are coming up. It always feels like there's never a right choice though--just a pick of different poisons.
Q9: Which ancient philosopher, scientist or writer do you admire the most or has influenced you the most? If not, is there anyone whose work would interest you?
A: : That is...a very unusual question. I think I'd have to give some special mention to J.R.R. Tolkien because of how well done and fleshed out his world, Middle Earth, is. The more I think about it, the more it continues to amaze me. S-tier world building. That's the type of detail I'd like to put into my series.
Q10: Your thoughts on where humanity is heading towards in the upcoming years.
A: You know how at the end of many rpgs something happens and the world map gets screwed up just before you head to the final dungeon? Yeah, that's where we're at right now. Think about it: COVID's affected the entire world. Everyone has to wear masks because of this virus. This is disc 4, man.
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