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{{Wiki Farm
 
{{Wiki Farm
 
|name            = Wikia, Inc.
 
|name            = Wikia, Inc.
|logo            = https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/785311699129688064/CupmSrsX.jpg
 
 
|URL              = http://www.Wikia.com
 
|URL              = http://www.Wikia.com
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|logo            = https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/785311699129688064/CupmSrsX.jpg
 
|recentchanges URL= http://www.Wikia.com/Special:RecentChanges
 
|recentchanges URL= http://www.Wikia.com/Special:RecentChanges
|wikinode URL    = No
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|wikinode URL    = No <!--http://WikiFarmURL.com/wiki/WikiNode - if none, use 'No'-->
|about URL        = http://www.Wikia.com/About
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|about URL        = http://www.Wikia.com/about
 
|maintopic        = WikiFarm
 
|maintopic        = WikiFarm
 
|founder          = [[Jimbo Wales]]<br><small>(President)</small><br>[[Angela Starling]]<br><small>(ex-VP)</small>
 
|founder          = [[Jimbo Wales]]<br><small>(President)</small><br>[[Angela Starling]]<br><small>(ex-VP)</small>
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|status          = Vibrant
 
|status          = Vibrant
 
}}
 
}}
{{for|the Wikia [[wiki]]s which deal with the administration and management of the whole Wikia project|Wikia|Wikia-De|Wikia-Es|Wikia-Fr|Wikia-Pl}}
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{{for|the Wikia [[wiki]]s which deal with the administration and management of the whole Wikia project by specific language|Wikia|Wikia-De|Wikia-Es|Wikia-Fr|Wikia-Pl}}
 
{{for|the Wikia community portal wikis in various languages|Wikia Community Central}}
 
{{for|the Wikia community portal wikis in various languages|Wikia Community Central}}
 
{{for|those Wikia wikis who left Wikia to re-establish as an independent wiki or on another wiki farm|category:Ex-Wikia}}
 
{{for|those Wikia wikis who left Wikia to re-establish as an independent wiki or on another wiki farm|category:Ex-Wikia}}
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{{WikiEngineFeatures}}
 
{{WikiEngineFeatures}}
  
'''Wikia''', also known as '''FANDOM powered by Wikia''' and formerly '''Wikicities''', is now a [[wiki farm|collection]] of over 360,000<sup>[http://www.Wikia.com/About]</sup> [[wiki]]s — known as a '{{tag|WikiFarm|wiki farm}}' — run by '''[[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Wikia, Inc.|Wikia, Inc.]]''', and founded by [[Jimmy Wales]] - one of the founders of [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]] - and [[Angela Beesley Starling|Angela Starling]] in October {{tag|FoundedIn2004|2004}}.  Its original tagline was ''"Create. Collaborate. Be Original."''  In 2006, [[WikiaSite:community:User:Gil|Gil Penchina]] became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and hoped to take Wikia to a new level as he did with [[:Category:eBay|eBay]].  As of late 2011, the current CEO is [[WikiaSite:community:Forum:Craig Palmer, new CEO of Wikia|Craig Palmer]].  In late 2016, they rebranded the site as 'Fandom',<ref>[http://community.Wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Craiglpalmer/Wikia_is_now_Fandom_powered_by_Wikia]</ref> and launched the non-profit [https://Wikia.org/ Wikia.org].
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'''Wikia''', now branded as '''FANDOM powered by Wikia''', and formerly known as '''Wikicities''', is a [[wiki farm|collection]] of over 400,000<ref name=About>[http://www.Wikia.com/about About | Fandom], ''www.Wikia.com'', Wikia, Inc., accessed 26 May 2018.</ref> [[wiki]]s — known as a '{{tag|WikiFarm|wiki farm}}' — run by '''[[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Wikia, Inc.|Wikia, Inc.]]''' It was founded by [[Jimmy Wales]] (who had previously founded [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]]) and [[Angela Beesley Starling|Angela Starling]] in October {{tag|FoundedIn2004|2004}}.  Its original tagline was ''"Create. Collaborate. Be Original."''  In 2006, [[WikiaSite:community:User:Gil|Gil Penchina]] became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and hoped to take Wikia to a new level as he did with [[:Category:eBay|eBay]].  In late 2011, a new CEO [[WikiaSite:community:Forum:Craig Palmer, new CEO of Wikia|Craig Palmer]] was appointed.  In late 2016, the entire Wikia site was rebranded 'Fandom',<ref>[http://community.Wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Craiglpalmer/Wikia_is_now_Fandom_powered_by_Wikia User blog:Craiglpalmer / Wikia is now Fandom powered by Wikia], ''community.Wikia.com'', Wikia, Inc., accessed 26 May 2018.</ref> and also launched the non-profit [https://Wikia.org/ Wikia.org].
  
[[Wikia]] uses a unique and heavily modified creation of the {{tag|MediaWiki}} {{tag|Wiki Engine|wiki engine}}; and is visually different from regular MediaWiki sites in that it has its own {{tag|custom skin}}, and most notably, complete with a range and variety of embedded {{tag|Advertising|advertisements}}.  Wikia offers {{tag|Free MediaWiki wiki farms|free}} hosting for an individual or community to build a free content [[WhatIsWiki|wiki]]-based website.  New wikis can be created instantly at http://create.Wikia.com.  Hosting and 24&nbsp;hour customer support is free, in return for advertising placed on the pages; but users have little say over the advertisements their website displays.  Support, on both the technical and community aspects of running a wiki community, is provided at [[Wikia Community Central]] (or one of the [[Template:WikiaCommunityCentral|other]] [[:Category:Wiki Language|language]] Community wikis).
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[[Wikia|Wikia.com]] uses a unique and heavily modified creation of the {{tag|MediaWiki}} {{tag|Wiki Engine|wiki engine}}; it is visually different from regular MediaWiki sites in that it has its own {{tag|custom skin}}, and most notably, is embedded with a range and variety of graphic and dynamic {{tag|Advertising|advertisements}}.  The fundamental business model of Wikia is the offering of {{tag|Free MediaWiki wiki farms|free}} hosting for an individual or community to build a free content [[WhatIsWiki|wiki]]-based website.  New wikis can be created instantly at http://create.Wikia.com.  Hosting of wiki, and 24&nbsp;hour customer support is free, in return for advertising placed on the pages; but [[editor]]s and users have little say over the advertisements their website displays.  Support, on both the technical and community aspects of running a wiki community, is provided at [[Wikia Community Central]] (or one of the [[Template:Wikia Community Central|other]] [[:Category:Wiki Language|language]] Community wikis).
  
[[:Category:Wikia Staff|Wikia staff]] and helpers have [[sysop]] powers throughout <u>all</u> Wikia wikis, as well as several types of automated detection and blocking tools to help deal with vandals and [[spam]] on individual wikis.  This can be helpful for [[:Category:Wikis with a strong viewpoint|controversial]] wikis like [[Liberapedia]] that attract vandals.
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[[:Category:Wikia Staff|Wikia staff]] and helpers have [[sysop]] powers throughout <u>all</u> Wikia wikis, as well as several types of automated detection and blocking tools to help deal with [[vandal]]s and [[spam]] on individual wikis.  This can be helpful for [[:Category:Wikis with a strong viewpoint|controversial]] wikis like [[Liberapedia]] which tends to attract vandals.
  
Users with new 'talk' messages on ''any'' Wikia wiki will get a note about the message on ''any other'' Wikia wiki where they have a tab or window open.  If a user has different usernames for different Wikia wikis, then logging into a different account for one can change the account for all.
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[[User]]s with new 'talk' messages on ''any'' Wikia wiki will get a notification about the message on ''any other'' Wikia wiki where they have a tab or window open.  If a user has different [[username]]s for different Wikia wikis, then logging into a different account for one can change the account for all.
 
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*[[GreenReaper]] produces some very interesting and geeky [http://greenreaper.co.uk/stats/wikia/wikia.php Wikia IRC stats]
 
*[[GreenReaper]] produces some very interesting and geeky [http://greenreaper.co.uk/stats/wikia/wikia.php Wikia IRC stats]
 
*[[Wikistatistics.net]] produces graphical [http://www.wikistatistics.net/wikia Wikia Interactive Statistics]
 
*[[Wikistatistics.net]] produces graphical [http://www.wikistatistics.net/wikia Wikia Interactive Statistics]
*WikiStats by [[s23-Wiki|S23.org]] has a tabular [https://s23.org/wikistats/wikia_html.php list of top 250 Wikias]
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*WikiStats by [[S23-Wiki|S23.org]] has a tabular [https://S23.org/wikistats/wikia_html.php list of top 250 Wikias]
  
 
====Wiki age====
 
====Wiki age====
The exact date of founding of individual Wikia wikis will be at <code>/Special:WikiStats</code>.
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The exact date of founding of individual Wikia wikis used to be at <code>/Special:WikiStats</code>.
  
 
===List of wikis===
 
===List of wikis===
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====10 largest wikis====
 
====10 largest wikis====
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:''This section needs updating''<!--use the S23.org stats-->
 
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<div style=column-width:18em>
 
*[[LyricWiki]]&nbsp;– music lyrics
 
*[[LyricWiki]]&nbsp;– music lyrics
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===Closure of Wikia wikis===
 
===Closure of Wikia wikis===
Unlike other {{tag|WikiFarm|wiki farms}}, Wikia will generally <u>not</u> close a wiki if requested by the wikis' creator and/or community of editors.  Wikia prefer to maintain inactive wikis in a [[:Category:Dormant|dormant]] state, and actively seek others to 'adopt' said wikis.  This will happen even when former wiki owners copy their entire wiki project and [[:Category:Ex-Wikia|re-host]] it on another provider or [[wiki farm]].  Wikia wikis are only usually [[:Category:Dead|closed]] in exceptional circumstances, typically if the content or intent of the wiki breaches Wikias' [[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Closed Wikia|terms of service]].
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Unlike other {{tag|WikiFarm|wiki farms}}, Wikia will generally <u>not</u> close a wiki if requested by the wikis' creator and/or community of editors.  Wikia prefer to maintain inactive wikis in a [[:Category:Dormant|dormant]] state, and actively seek others to 'adopt' said wikis.  This will happen even when former wiki owners [[Fork|copy]] their entire wiki project and [[:Category:Ex-Wikia|re-host]] it on another provider or [[wiki farm]].  Wikia wikis are only usually [[:Category:Dead|closed]] in exceptional circumstances, typically if the content or intent of the wiki breaches Wikias' [[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Closed Wikia|terms of service]].
  
 
==Problems between Wikia and its users==
 
==Problems between Wikia and its users==
For those registered users having problems logging into Wikia, a solution is to disable scripts from Wikia, then clicking on the 'Log in' link which will send you to [[wikia:Special:UserLogin|Log in webpage]].
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For those registered users having problems logging into Wikia, a solution is to disable scripts from Wikia, then clicking on the 'Log in' link which will send you to [[wikia:Special:UserLogin|Log-in webpage]].
  
 
===Advertising===
 
===Advertising===
Wikia offers {{tag|Free MediaWiki wiki farms|free}} hosting for a community to build a wiki-based website based on a unique and heavily modified version of {{tag|MediaWiki}}, in return for the display of {{tag|Advertising|advertisements}}.  Some registered users complain that they have little say over the placement or content of advertisements their wikisite displays.
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Wikia offers {{tag|Free MediaWiki wiki farms|free}} hosting for a community to build a wiki-based website based on a unique and heavily modified version of {{tag|MediaWiki}}, in return for the display of {{tag|Advertising|advertisements}}.  Some registered [[user]]s complain that they have little say over the placement or content of advertisements their wikisite displays.
  
 
Logged-in users don't have to see the advertisements unless they choose to.  Users may set their preferences to see advertisements on Wikia in order to see how a page looks to logged-out and/or non-registered Wikia users.  A prominent advertisement is placed at the top right hand side of most pages, but when there is also a picture on the top right hand side of a page, the layout for users who see the advertisement can be poor especially on short pages.  Logged-in users may not realize this when they add pictures.
 
Logged-in users don't have to see the advertisements unless they choose to.  Users may set their preferences to see advertisements on Wikia in order to see how a page looks to logged-out and/or non-registered Wikia users.  A prominent advertisement is placed at the top right hand side of most pages, but when there is also a picture on the top right hand side of a page, the layout for users who see the advertisement can be poor especially on short pages.  Logged-in users may not realize this when they add pictures.
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*''They rarely show up, but have been more common recently; Wikia has tried placing [[wp:In-text advertising|in-text advertising]] in page content occasionally''.
 
*''They rarely show up, but have been more common recently; Wikia has tried placing [[wp:In-text advertising|in-text advertising]] in page content occasionally''.
  
As of September 2012, Wikia is worth an estimated $13.93 Million USD to the advertisers, with a daily page view of more than 6,358,000; since all three links have nearly the same figures, it must be for the whole of Wikia.
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As of September 2012, Wikia was worth an estimated $13.93 Million USD to the advertisers, with a daily page view of more than 6,358,000; since all three links have nearly the same figures, it must be for the whole of Wikia.
 
<ref>[http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.liberapedia.wikia.com][http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.fiction.wikia.com][http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.atheism.wikia.com]</ref>
 
<ref>[http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.liberapedia.wikia.com][http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.fiction.wikia.com][http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.atheism.wikia.com]</ref>
  
===Skins===
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===[[:Category:Skins|Skins]]===
 
Until recently,<sup>[when?]</sup> registered users who understood how to use preferences could choose which skin they used, but even this choice will now stop.
 
Until recently,<sup>[when?]</sup> registered users who understood how to use preferences could choose which skin they used, but even this choice will now stop.
  
 
===={{tag|Monaco}}====
 
===={{tag|Monaco}}====
The default skin for Wikia wikis used to be called 'Monaco', more colorful and customizable than the default {{tag|MediaWiki}} '{{tag|Monobook}}' skin that [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]] uses.  While registered users could view Wikia sites using the Monobook skin (by choosing it in their preferences), Wikia did not allow it to be chosen as a default skin for all wiki visitors, which was frustrating for some communities.  Wikia says statistics show that Monaco encourages new registered users by making editing easier, but many Wikia left nonetheless.
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The default skin for Wikia wikis used to be called 'Monaco', more colorful and customizable than the default {{tag|MediaWiki}} '{{tag|Monobook}}' skin that [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]] used.  While registered users could view Wikia sites using the Monobook skin (by choosing it in their preferences), Wikia did not allow it to be chosen as a default skin for all wiki visitors, which was frustrating for some communities.  Wikia says statistics show that Monaco encourages new registered users by making editing easier, but many left Wikia nonetheless.
  
 
===={{tag|Oasis}}====
 
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===={{tag|Venus}}====
 
===={{tag|Venus}}====
In December 2014, Wikia introduced yet another skin, causing even more controversy among users.<ref>http://community.Wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Rupert_Giles/Prototype_for_a_new_article_layout</ref>
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In December 2014, Wikia introduced yet another skin, causing even more controversy among users.<ref>[http://community.Wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Rupert_Giles/Prototype_for_a_new_article_layout User blog:Rupert Giles / Prototype for a new article layout], ''community.Wikia.com'', Wikia, Inc., accessed 26 May 2018.</ref>
  
 
===Criticism===
 
===Criticism===

Revision as of 20:39, 26 May 2018

CupmSrsX.jpg Wikia, Inc.
Recent changes
[No WikiNode]
About
Main topic: WikiFarm
Founded by: Jimbo Wales
(President)
Angela Starling
(ex-VP)
Owner / CEO: Craig L. Palmer
(CEO)
Engine: MediaWiki
Farm topic: Wiki farm topic
Status: Vibrant

See also the {{wikia boilerplate}} template.

  • View a detailed feature list of Wikia on the WikiMatrix wiki engine comparison wiki-site.

Wikia, now branded as FANDOM powered by Wikia, and formerly known as Wikicities, is a collection of over 400,000[1] wikis — known as a 'wiki farm' — run by Wikia, Inc. It was founded by Jimmy Wales (who had previously founded Wikipedia) and Angela Starling in October 2004. Its original tagline was "Create. Collaborate. Be Original." In 2006, Gil Penchina became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and hoped to take Wikia to a new level as he did with eBay. In late 2011, a new CEO Craig Palmer was appointed. In late 2016, the entire Wikia site was rebranded 'Fandom',[2] and also launched the non-profit Wikia.org.

Wikia.com uses a unique and heavily modified creation of the MediaWiki wiki engine; it is visually different from regular MediaWiki sites in that it has its own custom skin, and most notably, is embedded with a range and variety of graphic and dynamic advertisements. The fundamental business model of Wikia is the offering of free hosting for an individual or community to build a free content wiki-based website. New wikis can be created instantly at http://create.Wikia.com. Hosting of wiki, and 24 hour customer support is free, in return for advertising placed on the pages; but editors and users have little say over the advertisements their website displays. Support, on both the technical and community aspects of running a wiki community, is provided at Wikia Community Central (or one of the other language Community wikis).

Wikia staff and helpers have sysop powers throughout all Wikia wikis, as well as several types of automated detection and blocking tools to help deal with vandals and spam on individual wikis. This can be helpful for controversial wikis like Liberapedia which tends to attract vandals.

Users with new 'talk' messages on any Wikia wiki will get a notification about the message on any other Wikia wiki where they have a tab or window open. If a user has different usernames for different Wikia wikis, then logging into a different account for one can change the account for all.

Licensing

The vast majority of Wikia wikis are currently released under one primary wiki license: the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license (CC-BY-SA 3.0), as explained here. However, other licenses are available on Wikia; these include the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC-BY-NC), as used by Memory Alpha, and the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works (CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses.

Historically, when Wikia was founded, it used the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL), just like Wikipedia did.

Wikia portals

Wikia wikis are grouped under differing portals, or 'hubs', as shown in the bottom left corner of their page. These include:

Facebook

This section requires expansion with info on the Facebook Connect plugin which Wikia is now using.

Wikia backup

The entire Wikia project is available as a backup file here . Individual Wikia wikis may also backed up, and their backup files are available near the bottom of their relevant Statistics page, as explained here. However, whilst all Wikia wikis have a Statistics page, complete with the 'Database dumps' section containing their backup file links, those Wikia wikis which show 'unknown' for the URLs definitely have not been backed up!

Stats

Wiki age

The exact date of founding of individual Wikia wikis used to be at /Special:WikiStats.

List of wikis

Here is their list  [dead link], for the fan of WikiIndex to add from!

10 largest wikis

This section needs updating

Closure of Wikia wikis

Unlike other wiki farms, Wikia will generally not close a wiki if requested by the wikis' creator and/or community of editors. Wikia prefer to maintain inactive wikis in a dormant state, and actively seek others to 'adopt' said wikis. This will happen even when former wiki owners copy their entire wiki project and re-host it on another provider or wiki farm. Wikia wikis are only usually closed in exceptional circumstances, typically if the content or intent of the wiki breaches Wikias' terms of service.

Problems between Wikia and its users

For those registered users having problems logging into Wikia, a solution is to disable scripts from Wikia, then clicking on the 'Log in' link which will send you to Log-in webpage.

Advertising

Wikia offers free hosting for a community to build a wiki-based website based on a unique and heavily modified version of MediaWiki, in return for the display of advertisements. Some registered users complain that they have little say over the placement or content of advertisements their wikisite displays.

Logged-in users don't have to see the advertisements unless they choose to. Users may set their preferences to see advertisements on Wikia in order to see how a page looks to logged-out and/or non-registered Wikia users. A prominent advertisement is placed at the top right hand side of most pages, but when there is also a picture on the top right hand side of a page, the layout for users who see the advertisement can be poor especially on short pages. Logged-in users may not realize this when they add pictures.

Wikia currently uses the following types of ads on pages:

  • A banner at at the top of the page;
  • A large square ad in the sidebar which may often be a video advertisement;
  • On large pages, a tall skyscraper ad is placed inside the end of the sidebar;
  • On large pages, two large (or three slightly smaller) square ads at the end of the page before the footer;
  • On various content pages, Wikia also sells 'Sponsored links', which are a section of links that look like an 'External links' page content section, but are placed below the category bar;
  • Wikia places a floating social bar at the bottom of the screen for anon users — a square ad may pop out of the left of this bar;
  • Occasionally Wikia may make use of take-over ads which replace the background image;
  • They rarely show up, but have been more common recently; Wikia has tried placing in-text advertising in page content occasionally.

As of September 2012, Wikia was worth an estimated $13.93 Million USD to the advertisers, with a daily page view of more than 6,358,000; since all three links have nearly the same figures, it must be for the whole of Wikia. [3]

Skins

Until recently,[when?] registered users who understood how to use preferences could choose which skin they used, but even this choice will now stop.

Monaco

The default skin for Wikia wikis used to be called 'Monaco', more colorful and customizable than the default MediaWiki 'Monobook' skin that Wikipedia used. While registered users could view Wikia sites using the Monobook skin (by choosing it in their preferences), Wikia did not allow it to be chosen as a default skin for all wiki visitors, which was frustrating for some communities. Wikia says statistics show that Monaco encourages new registered users by making editing easier, but many left Wikia nonetheless.

Oasis

Wikia has introduced a new 'Oasis' skin, which is widely unpopular with registered users, see To the people complaining about the new look. The new skin is now compulsory for all users. Because of this change, many Wikia users have now left, often taking their wiki with them.

Mobile skin

Wikia also supports a mobile-view specific skin, designed to be used on smartphones and tablet computers. This version is automatically displayed when any Wikia wiki is opened on such devices, although there is the option to also view the conventional desktop version using the Oasis skin via a link at the bottom of the page.

Venus

In December 2014, Wikia introduced yet another skin, causing even more controversy among users.[4]

Criticism

ComplaintWiki has been set up expressly to look at problems that Wikia registered users have, and includes comments from communities that have left Wikia hosting; as well as other critics of Wikia and Wikipedia.

The Anti-Wikia Alliance (AWA) wiki was set up to provide ongoing support and advice for a number of former Wikia wikis who are now hosted either independently or on another wiki farm.

References

  1. About | Fandom, www.Wikia.com, Wikia, Inc., accessed 26 May 2018.
  2. User blog:Craiglpalmer / Wikia is now Fandom powered by Wikia, community.Wikia.com, Wikia, Inc., accessed 26 May 2018.
  3. [1][2][3]
  4. User blog:Rupert Giles / Prototype for a new article layout, community.Wikia.com, Wikia, Inc., accessed 26 May 2018.

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