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Yellowikis (Wikia)

Wiki.png Yellowikis (Wikia)
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Founded by: unknown
Status: Dead
Language: Multilingual
Edit mode: OpenEdit
Wiki engine: Wikia
Wiki license: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike
Main topic: Business
Backups: 2012-01-04
Wiki size: 8,333 article pages see stats
wikiFactor: 3 info / verify

(Page count as of: 2013-05-28
wikiFactor as of: 2012-11-17)

Yellowikis, global business listings done the wiki-way, was a Wikia entertainment wiki site, founded in 2007. It was closed by Wikia sometime late 2013.[edit]
Recent changes
[No Mobile URL]
Founded by: Paul Youlten and Rosa Blaus
Status: Dead
Language: Multilingual
Edit mode: OpenEdit
Wiki engine: MediaWiki
Wiki license: GNU Free Documentation License
Main topic: Business
Wiki size: 5,063 article pages see stats
wikiFactor: 4 info / verify

(Page count as of: 2007-05-31
wikiFactor as of: 2007-02-04)



Yellowikis – Open Business Listings, originally on the domain, was a business directory, aiming to be like,, Dun and Bradstreet, and Hoovers all rolled into one; but in an open, freely editable wiki format, for both companies and users. Global, multilingual, and a lot more ecologically friendly!

The site launched in January 2005 using the MediaWiki software, and its content was released under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). As of 2006, the directory was still quite empty.

See also: Wikipedia:Yellowikis.


Yellowikis – Open Business Listings, à l'origine sur le domaine, est un répertoire d' entreprises, visant à devenir comme les,, Dun and Bradstreet, et Hoovers tout en un; mais sur un format ouvert, librement éditable ala wiki tant pour les sociétés que les utilisateurs. Global, multilingue, et beaucoup plus amical sur le plan écologique!

Le site s'est lancé en janvier 2005 en utilisant la balise MediaWiki logiciel, et son contenu a été publié sous la licence GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). En 2006, le répertoire était encore assez vide.

Voir aussi: Wikipedia:Yellowikis.


Yellowikis was available in the following languages:– Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Ukrainian. domain status[edit]

Yellowikis on the domain is unreachable. The Internet Archive WaybackMachine at indicates the last captures were in 2007. Since 2005, Yellowikis has also been hosted on the Wikia wiki farm; #Yellowikis (Wikia), [1] its content latterly released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license (CC-BY-SA 3.0).

Yell threatens to shut down Yellowikis[edit]


From Wikinews comes this story:

Yell, the worlds biggest yellow pages publisher, today threatened to shut down Yellowikis, the wiki based yellow pages directory.

Yell accused Yellowikis co-founders Paul Youlten and Rosa Blaus (his 15 year-old daughter) of "misrepresentation", "passing off", and suggested that using the name Yellowikis could "constitute an 'instrument of fraud'".

Yell is demanding that Paul and Rosa close down the website, transfer the domain names to Yell, and agree to pay damages to Yell for loss of profits. Yell made $2.4bn in 2005, whereas Yellowikis had a loss of $500. The $500 was used to print T-shirts promoting Yellowikis at the Wikimania conference in Frankfurt.

Paul Youlten said: "This threat from Yell to shut us down looks like a sign of desperation. The whole yellow pages industry is in crisis. Use of the paper directories is collapsing as people get broadband Internet connections in their homes. Small and medium sized businesses are beginning to notice that their customers are ringing them up and saying 'I found you on Google' and not 'I found you in the yellow pages'".

Rosa Blaus said: "Maybe they are a bit jealous of Yellowikis because we allow companies to add videos, skype IDs, email addresses, instant messaging, in as many categories and languages as they like for free".

Rosa Blaus suggested to her father that they set up Yellowikis after she noticed small businesses were deleted from Wikipedia for not being "encyclopaedic".

Yellowikis has been growing at 8.7% month-on-month, and has 494 editors and about 5,000 articles listed.

The threat of legal action came after an article published in The Independent newspaper mentioned Yellowikis.