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ProductWiki, latterly known as ProductWiki by bootic, was a wiki site powered by bootic, where you could publish product information. Originally created as an open edit site, and also supporting the OpenID universal log-in credentials system, ProductWiki was co-founded by Omar Ismail, Erik Kalviainen, and Amanie Ismail. ProductWiki was launched 28 November 2005, and its user-generated content was made available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.2 (GFDL v1.2). Before its demise sometime late 2016, editing had been restricted to log-in to edit.
ProductWiki is a web-based product information resource, written by real people from all around the world. We're a wiki, which is a kind of website where every user can also be a contributor to the site. Our goal is to create a comprehensive information resource that covers all products in depth. We strongly believe that there needs to exist an unbiased, accurate and community-based resource for product information. Currently we're focusing on English content and products released in North America, however there is the occasional Europe or Japan only product, and we hope to become global as the project grows.
ProductWiki is open content, which means we don't own the content - anybody can use the information on the site in any way they want to, commercial or otherwise, as long as they give credit to us as the source.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using ProductWiki. Right now we're still pretty early in the project. Products are beginning to amass, but we're far from being an all encompassing resource. Therefore we're asking for your help: if you find the product you're looking for or a product you really like is missing from our website, add it. You might just be surprised when you get some feedback from users who have or want information too.
Product information and categorization is a difficult problem, and is one of the reasons why doing product research can be such a difficult thing to do. Through concentrated focus and efforts, both from a social angle working with the community, and a technical approach through advanced software development we'll be able to solve these problems and make researching products a far less painful ordeal.
The community is here to help. So if you have any problems doing research, or making a purchasing decision, just ask (start a discussion or comment on a product page) and there's a good chance you'll get your answer. If you want to help out with the project the community will also be more than happy to help you ease into the process. Again, be bold and just start contributing and collaborating. If you have questions on how to contribute, feel free to join our chat and ask.
Don't be afraid of making changes to ProductWiki and don't be intimidated by contributing. There are many different ways to make your mark on the project with very simple actions that just take a click of the mouse, to more advanced edits that alter the entire structure of the site. Here's a short list:
- ProductWiki: Founder Bios; www.ProductWiki.com (via the Internet Archive WaybackMachine at Archive.org); 26 April 2006; last archived 21 September 2015.
- ProductWiki – original homepage; www.ProductWiki.com (via the Internet Archive WaybackMachine at Archive.org); 28 November 2005; last archived 6 September 2016.
- ProductWiki: Policies; www.ProductWiki.com (via the Internet Archive WaybackMachine at Archive.org); 25 November 2005; last archived 25 March 2016.
- ProductWiki: GNU Free Documentation License; www.ProductWiki.com (via the Internet Archive WaybackMachine at Archive.org); 25 November 2005; last archived 6 September 2015.
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