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{{Wiki Farm <!--see 'Template:Wiki Farm' for full detail-->
|name            = Wikia, Inc.
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|name            = <big>Wikia, Inc.,</big><br><small>''FANDOM powered by Wikia''</small>
|logo            = http://images.wikia.com/central/images/b/bc/Wiki.png
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|URL              = http://www.Wikia.com
|URL              = http://www.wikia.com
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|logo            = https://vignette.Wikia.nocookie.net/wikiaglobal/images/b/bc/Wiki.png
|recentchanges URL= http://www.wikia.com/Special:RecentChanges
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|wide logo        = y
|wikinode URL    = No
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|recentchanges URL= http://www.Wikia.com/Special:RecentChanges
|engine          = MediaWiki
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|wikinode URL    = No <!--http://WikiFarmURL.com/wiki/WikiNode - if none, use 'No'-->
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|about URL        = http://www.Wikia.com/about
 
|maintopic        = WikiFarm
 
|maintopic        = WikiFarm
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|founder          = [[Jimmy Wales|Jimmy Donal 'Jimbo' Wales]]<br><small>([[:Category:Wikia Staff|President]])</small><br>[[Angela Beesley Starling]]<br><small>([[:Category:Wikia Staff|ex-VP]])</small>
{{for|the Wikia [[wiki]]s which deal with the administration and management of the whole Wikia project|Wikia|Wikia-De|Wikia-Es|Wikia-Fr}}
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|CEO              = [[Craig L. Palmer]]<br><small>(CEO)</small>
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|engine          = MediaWiki
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|status          = Vibrant
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}}
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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}}
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{{for|those Wikia wikis who left Wikia to re-establish as an independent wiki or on another wiki farm|category:Ex-Wikia}}
{{for|sub-categories of Wikia wikis by official language portals|Category:De.Wikia|Category:Es.Wikia|Category:Fr.Wikia}}
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{{for|sub-categories of Wikia wikis by official language portals|category:De.Wikia|category:Es.Wikia|category:Fr.Wikia|category:It.Wikia|category:Ja.Wikia|category:Nl.Wikia|category:Pl.Wikia|category:Pt-Br.Wikia|category:Ru.Wikia|category:Sv.Wikia|category:Zh.Wikia}}
See also the <code>{{tl|wikia}}</code> [[:Category:Templates|template]].
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See also the <code>{{template|Wikia boilerplate}}</code> [[:Category:Templates|template]].
 
{{WikiEngineFeatures}}
 
{{WikiEngineFeatures}}
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[[File:WikicitiesLogo.png|left|frame|original [[Wikicities]] logo]]
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'''Wikia''', currently branded as '''Fandom''' and originally 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 25 September 2018.</ref> [[wiki]]s.  Known as a '{{tag|WikiFarm|wiki farm}}', it is owned by its parent company '''[[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Wikia, Inc.|Wikia, Inc.]]'''<ref name=Terms>[http://www.Wikia.com/Terms_of_Use Terms of Use | Fandom powered by Wikia]; ''www.Wikia.com''; Wikia, Inc.; dated 22 May 2018; accessed 25 September 2018.</ref>  It was founded by [[Jimmy Wales|Jimmy 'Jimbo' Wales]] (who had previously founded [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]]) and his then business partner [[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 from 'Wikia' to '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 sister site [https://Wikia.org/ Wikia.org].
  
==Description==
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'''Wikia, Inc.''' is a {{tag|Wiki company|company}} registered in the State of {{tag|Delaware}}, U.S.A. (corporate number C2935209), whose registered office is at 360 3rd Street, Suite 750, {{tag|San Francisco}}, CA 94107, U.S.A.<ref name=Terms/>
'''Wikia''', formerly '''Wikicities''', is now a [[wiki farm|collection]] of over 200,000<sup>[http://www.wikia.com/About]</sup> [[wiki]]s — aka a '{{tag|WikiFarm|Wiki Farm}}' — run by '''[[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Wikia, Inc.|Wikia, Inc.]]''', and founded by [[WikiaSite:community:User:Jimbo Wales|Jimmy Wales]] – one of the founders of [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]], along with [[Angela Beesley Starling|Angela Beesley]] in October {{tag|FoundedIn2004|2004}}. Its' tagline is ''"Create. Collaborate. Be Original."''  In 2006, [[WikiaSite:community:User:Gil|Gil Penchina]] became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and hopes 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]].
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[[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 embeded {{tag|Advertising|advertisements}}.  Wikia offers free hosting for an individual or community to build a {{tag|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 conventional MediaWiki sites (such as Wikipedia) in that it has its own exclusive {{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 / Fandom 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, on virtually any [[:Category:Wiki Topic|subject]].  New wikis can be created instantly at http://www.Wikia.com/Special:CreateNewWiki.  Hosting of wiki, and 24&nbsp;hour customer support is free, in return for advertising placed on the pages; but [[editor]]s and [[user]]s have little say over the advertisements (both content and placement) their wiki site displays.  Support, on both the technical and community aspects of running a wiki community, is provided at [[Wikia Community Central]] (or one of its related [[Template:Wikia Community Central|other]] [[:Category:Wiki Language|language]] Community wikis).
  
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 [[block]]ing 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.
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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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===Editing===
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From its creation in 2004, all wiki sites hosted on Wikia had unrestricted editing privileges, known as '[[:Category:OpenEdit|open edit]]'.  This meant, that whilst Wikia welcomed [[user]]s to register for an account and create their own [[username]], anonymous folks were equally welcome and able to edit without the need to create an account and / or log-in.  As was the norm throughout the developing [[wikisphere]], individuals from this latter group became known as an [[IP editor]], due to them being identified by their [[IP address]] from the [[edit history]] of any wiki page they had edited.  This 'open edit' ethos continued as a fundamental basis until July 2013; when it was deemed that 'open edit' was not compliant with the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998", commonly known as [http://COPPA.org COPPA], which became effective 21 April 2000, and is overseen by the [https://www.FTC.gov Federal Trade Commission] (FTC).  As a result, in order to comply with COPPA, all new Wikia wikis were required to implement all users to register for an account before being able to edit, known as '[[:Category:LoginToEdit|log-in to edit]]'.  Those existing Wikia sites created before July 2013 are also required to convert to 'log-in to edit', thus effectively ending one of the founding wiki fundamentals of being 'open to all'.
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Registered Wikia users with new 'talk' messages on <u>any</u> Wikia wiki will get a [[talk page]] notification about that message on ''any other'' Wikia wiki where they have a tab or window open.  If a user has different [[username]]s for different Wikia wiki sites, then logging into a different account for one can change the account for all.
  
 
===Licensing===
 
===Licensing===
The vast majority of Wikia wikis are currently released under one primary [[:Category:Wiki License|wiki license]] the [[:Category:Wiki Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike|Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license]] (CC-BY-SA), as explained [[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Licensing|here]].  However, other licenses are available on Wikia; these include the [[:Category:Wiki Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial|Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]] (CC-BY-NC) and the [[:Category:Wiki Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works|Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works]] (CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses.
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The vast majority of Wikia wikis are currently released under one primary [[:Category:Wiki License|wiki license]]: the [[:Category:Wiki Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike|Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 unported license]] (CC-BY-SA 3.0), as explained [[WikiaSite:community:Community Central:Licensing|here]].  However, other licenses are available on Wikia; these include the [[:Category:Wiki Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial|Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial]] (CC-BY-NC), as used by [[Memory Alpha]], and the [[:Category:Wiki Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works|Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 unported]] (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0) licenses.<ref name=Licensing>[http://www.Wikia.com/Licensing Licensing | Fandom powered by Wikia]; ''www.Wikia.com''; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 25 September 2018.</ref>
  
Historically, when Wikia was founded, it used the {{tag|Wiki GNU Free Documentation License|GNU Free Documentation License}}, just like [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]] did.
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Historically, when Wikia was founded, it used the {{tag|Wiki GNU Free Documentation License|GNU Free Documentation License}} (GNU FDL or GFDL), just like [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]] did.
  
 
===Wikia portals===
 
===Wikia portals===
Wikia wikis are grouped under differing portals, or 'hubs', as shown in the bottom left corner of their page. These include:
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Wikia wikis are grouped under differing portals, or 'hubs', as shown in the bottom centre of their page. These include:
*[http://www.wikia.com/Entertainment Wikia Entertainment]
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*[https://www.fandom.com/topics/games Games]
*[http://www.wikia.com/Lifestyle Wikia Lifestyle]
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*[https://www.fandom.com/topics/movies Movies]
*[http://www.wikia.com/Video_Games Wikia Video Games]
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*[https://www.fandom.com/topics/tv TV]
  
 
===[[:Category:Facebook|Facebook]]===
 
===[[:Category:Facebook|Facebook]]===
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===Wikia backup===
 
===Wikia backup===
The entire Wikia project is available as a backup file [http://wikistats.wikia.com/w/wi/wikiaglobal/pages_full.xml.gz here] .  Individual Wikia wikis may also backed up, and their backup files are available near the bottom of their relevant <tt>Statistics</tt> page, as explained [[WikiaSite:community:Help:Database download|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 definately have <u>not</u> been backed up!
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The entire Wikia project is available as a backup file [http://s3.AmazonAWS.com/wikia_xml_dumps/w/wi/wikiaglobal/pages_full.xml.gz here] .  Individual Wikia wikis may also backed up, and their backup files are available near the bottom of their relevant <tt>/Special:Statistics</tt> page, as explained [[WikiaSite:community:Help:Database download|here]].  However, whilst all Wikia wikis have a Statistics page, complete with the 'Database dumps' section containing appropriate placement for their backup file links, those Wikia wikis which show 'unknown' for the actual URLs are expected definitely have <u>not</u> been backed up! Local administrators do have the option to request (a new, or) updated dump.  The reality is that a vast proportion of Wikia sites do not have individual dumps available, and for those sites that do have live URLs to their backup files, they are invariably outdated, typically by many months, though some are outdated by many years.  Originally managed internally by Wikia and found at <tt>WikiStats.Wikia.com</tt> or <tt>Dumps.Wikia.net</tt>, as of 2018, Wikia backups are provided by [https://aws.Amazon.com/s3/ Amazon S3] from [https://aws.Amazon.com Amazon Web Services, Inc.] (AWS).
  
===Stats===
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===Statistics===
*[[GreenReaper]] produces some very interesting and geeky [http://greenreaper.co.uk/stats/wikia/wikia.php Wikia IRC stats]
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Because all Wikia wikis are powered by {{tag|MediaWiki}} (albeit an outdated but extensively modified and customised version), they all have a <tt>/Special:Statistics</tt> page, which provides a standardised set of statistics specific to individual Wikia wikis.  These include page statistics (content pages, all pages, and uploaded files), edit statistics (total number of edits since creation of specific wiki, and average edits per page), and user statistics; though it should be noted that the sources used in the third section are inconsistent.  Specifically, active users, administrators, bureaucrats, and bots correctly report data for their actual wiki; whereas the registered users output reports ALL registered users of ALL wikis throughout the entire Wikia project!
*Wikistatistics.net produces graphical [http://www.wikistatistics.net/wikia Wikia Interactive Statistics]
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*WikiStats by s23.org has a tabular [http://s23.org/wikistats/wikia_html.php list of top 250 Wikias]
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In respect of data for [[wikiFactor]] (wF) figures, originally found at <tt>/Special:PopularPages</tt> and subsequently at <tt>/Special:MostVisitedPages</tt>, this is now unknown because Wikia globally disabled the required page to output that metric.  In order to preserve the individual wikiFactor figure for separate Wikia wikis, it would be helpful to update the <tt>wikiFactor URL=</tt> field in the {{template|Size}} template with the last known 'good' archived URL from either [[Archive.org]] or [[archive.is]].
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In respect of global statistics for Wikia, the following were available:
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*[[GreenReaper]] used to produce some very interesting and geeky [https://GreenReaper.co.uk/stats/wikia/wikia.php ##Wikia IRC stats], last updated 2013
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*[[Wikistatistics.net]] used to produce graphical [[Archive.org:20160220134326/https://www.Wikistatistics.net/wikia|Wikia Interactive Statistics]], last available 2016
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*{{U|mutante}}, creator of WikiStats by [[S23-Wiki|S23.org]], has a tabular [[Archive.org:20180618144502/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>.  Alternative methods to age a Wikia site can be sought at <code>/Special:AncientPages</code>, or by examining the earliest edit version of revision history of its [[Wiki main page|main page]] at <code>/Main_Page?dir=prev&action=history</code>.  The latter example will also be a good place to determine the [[founder]] of the individual Wikia site.
  
 
===List of wikis===
 
===List of wikis===
[http://www.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Wikia Here is their list] {{deadEL}}<!--OK, the link isn't actually 'dead', it just returns a blank page-->, for the fan of [[WikiIndex]] to add from!
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[http://www.Wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Wikia Here is their list] {{deadEL}}<!--OK, the link isn't actually 'dead', it just returns a blank page-->, for the fan of [[WikiIndex]] to add from!
  
 
====Ten largest wikis====
 
====Ten largest wikis====
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:''This section needs updating''<!--use the S23.org stats-->
*[[LyricWiki]] music lyrics
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<div style=column-width:18em>
*[[Wikianswers]] general questions and answers
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*<s>[[LyricWiki]]&nbsp;– music lyrics</s> (closed)
*<s>[[WebsiteWiki]]</s> — websites – ''shut down 2012/09/30 due to very poor wiki concept and disdainful in wiki community support''
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*<s>[[Wikianswers]]&nbsp;– general questions and answers</s> (closed)
*[[WoWWiki]] — World of Warcraft
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*[[Genealogy (Wikia)|Familypedia]]&nbsp;– genealogy
*[[Wookieepedia]] Star Wars
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*[[Wookieepedia]]&nbsp;– ''Star Wars''
*[[Genealogy (Wikia)|Familypedia]] — genealogy
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*[[Marvel Database Project]]&nbsp;– Marvel comics
*[[Marvel Database Project]] Marvel comics
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*[[EQ2i]]&nbsp;– ''Everquest'' video game
*[[EQ2i]] Everquest
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*[[The Third Turn]]&nbsp;– NASCAR
*[[The Third Turn]] — Nascar
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*[[Recipes Wiki]]&nbsp;– recipes
*[[Recipes Wiki]] recipes
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*[[DC Database]]&nbsp;– DC Comics
*[[DC Database]]
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*[[RuneScape Wiki]]&nbsp;– ''RuneScape'' video game</div>
  
 
===Closure of Wikia wikis===
 
===Closure of Wikia wikis===
Unlike other {{tag|WikiFarm|wiki farms}} or website hosts, Wikia will generally <u>not</u> close a wiki if requested by the wikis' creator.  Wikia prefer to maintain [[:Category:Inactive|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> [[:Category:Dead|close]] a wiki if requested by the wikis' creator/founder, 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 or '[[fork]]' 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' [[Wikia:Community:Community Central:Closed Wikis|terms of service]].<ref name=Community>[http://www.Wikia.com/Community_Creation_Policy Community Creation Policy | Fandom powered by Wikia]; ''www.Wikia.com''; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 25 September 2018.</ref>
  
 
==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 [[:Category:Wikia people|Wikia users]] having problems logging into Wikia, a solution is to disable scripts from Wikia, then clicking on the 'sign in' link which will send you to [[wikia:Special:UserLogin|sign-in webpage]].
  
 
===Advertising===
 
===Advertising===
Wikia offers {{tag|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-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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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:
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Wikia ''currently'' uses the following types of adverts on pages:
*A banner at at the top of the page;
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*A banner at the top of the page;
*A large square ad in the sidebar which may often be a video advertisement;
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*A large square advert 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;
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*On large pages, a tall skyscraper advert 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;
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*On large pages, two large (or three slightly smaller) square adverts 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;
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*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;
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*Wikia places a floating social bar at the bottom of the screen for anon users a square advert may pop out of the left of this bar;
*''Occasionally Wikia may make use of take-over ads which replace the background image'';
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*''Occasionally Wikia may make use of take-over adverts which replace the background image'';
*''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''.
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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''.
  
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.
<sup>[http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.liberapedia.wikia.com][http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.fiction.wikia.com][http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.atheism.wikia.com]</sup>
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<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, registered users who understood how to use preferences could choose which skin they used, but even this choice will now stop.
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Until recently,{{When}} registered [[user]]s who understood how to use preferences could choose which skin they used, but even this choice will now stop.
  
====Monaco====
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===={{tag|Monaco}}====
The default skin for Wikia wikis used to be called 'Monaco', more colorful and customizable than the default [[:Category:MediaWiki|MediaWiki]] 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.  As Monaco is being phased out, it becomes clear that some registered users really did like it.
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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 existing [[Wikian|Wikia members]] left Wikia nonetheless.
  
====Oasis====
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===={{tag|Oasis}}====
Wikia has introduced a new 'Oasis' skin, which is widely unpopular with registered users, see [[WikiaSite:community:User blog:MarioGalaxy2433g5/To the people complaining about the new look|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 [[:Category:Inactive|left]], often [[:Category:Ex-Wikia|taking their wiki]] with them.
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Wikia introduced a new 'Oasis' skin, which became widely unpopular with registered users, see [[WikiaSite:community:User blog:MarioGalaxy2433g5/To the people complaining about the new look|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 [[:Category:Ex-Wikia|taking their wiki]] with them.
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Wikia also supports a {{tag|Wikis with a mobile-view site|mobile-view}} specific skin, designed to be used on [[:Category:Smart phones|smartphones]] and / or 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|Oasis]] skin via a link at the bottom of the page.
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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 13 February 2019.</ref>
  
 
===Criticism===
 
===Criticism===
[[ComplaintWiki]] has been set up expressly to look at problems that Wikia registered users have, and includes comments from communities that have [[:Category:Ex-Wikia|left Wikia hosting]]; as well as other critics of Wikia and [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]].
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[[ComplaintWiki]] has been set up expressly to look at problems that [[Wikian|Wikia registered users]] have, and includes comments from communities that have [[:Category:Ex-Wikia|left Wikia hosting]]; as well as other critics of Wikia and [[:Category:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]].
  
The [[Anti-Wikia Alliance]] 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.
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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]].
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*[[wp:Wikia|Wikia]] at [[English Wikipedia]]
 
*[[wp:Wikia|Wikia]] at [[English Wikipedia]]
*[[wikinews:Potential Wikia mass exodus|Potential Wikia mass exodus]] at [[English Wikinews]], Friday August 1, 2008
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*[[wikinews:Potential Wikia mass exodus|Potential Wikia mass exodus]] at [[English Wikinews]], Friday 1 August 2008
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Wikia, Inc.,
FANDOM powered by Wikia

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Main topic: WikiFarm
Founded by: Jimmy Donal 'Jimbo' Wales
(President)
Angela Beesley 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.
original Wikicities logo

Wikia, currently branded as Fandom and originally known as Wikicities, is a collection of over 400,000[1] wikis. Known as a 'wiki farm', it is owned by its parent company Wikia, Inc.[2] It was founded by Jimmy 'Jimbo' Wales (who had previously founded Wikipedia) and his then business partner 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 from 'Wikia' to 'Fandom',[3] and also launched the non-profit sister site Wikia.org.

Wikia, Inc. is a company registered in the State of Delaware, U.S.A. (corporate number C2935209), whose registered office is at 360 3rd Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94107, U.S.A.[2]

Wikia.com uses a unique and heavily modified creation of the MediaWiki wiki engine; it is visually different from conventional MediaWiki sites (such as Wikipedia) in that it has its own exclusive custom skin, and most notably, is embedded with a range and variety of graphic and dynamic advertisements. The fundamental business model of Wikia / Fandom is the offering of free hosting for an individual or community to build a free content wiki-based website, on virtually any subject. New wikis can be created instantly at http://www.Wikia.com/Special:CreateNewWiki. 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 (both content and placement) their wiki site displays. Support, on both the technical and community aspects of running a wiki community, is provided at Wikia Community Central (or one of its related 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.

Editing

From its creation in 2004, all wiki sites hosted on Wikia had unrestricted editing privileges, known as 'open edit'. This meant, that whilst Wikia welcomed users to register for an account and create their own username, anonymous folks were equally welcome and able to edit without the need to create an account and / or log-in. As was the norm throughout the developing wikisphere, individuals from this latter group became known as an IP editor, due to them being identified by their IP address from the edit history of any wiki page they had edited. This 'open edit' ethos continued as a fundamental basis until July 2013; when it was deemed that 'open edit' was not compliant with the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998", commonly known as COPPA, which became effective 21 April 2000, and is overseen by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As a result, in order to comply with COPPA, all new Wikia wikis were required to implement all users to register for an account before being able to edit, known as 'log-in to edit'. Those existing Wikia sites created before July 2013 are also required to convert to 'log-in to edit', thus effectively ending one of the founding wiki fundamentals of being 'open to all'.

Registered Wikia users with new 'talk' messages on any Wikia wiki will get a talk page notification about that message on any other Wikia wiki where they have a tab or window open. If a user has different usernames for different Wikia wiki sites, 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 unported 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 3.0 unported (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0) licenses.[4]

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

Wikia portals

Wikia wikis are grouped under differing portals, or 'hubs', as shown in the bottom centre 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 /Special:Statistics page, as explained here. However, whilst all Wikia wikis have a Statistics page, complete with the 'Database dumps' section containing appropriate placement for their backup file links, those Wikia wikis which show 'unknown' for the actual URLs are expected definitely have not been backed up! Local administrators do have the option to request (a new, or) updated dump. The reality is that a vast proportion of Wikia sites do not have individual dumps available, and for those sites that do have live URLs to their backup files, they are invariably outdated, typically by many months, though some are outdated by many years. Originally managed internally by Wikia and found at WikiStats.Wikia.com or Dumps.Wikia.net, as of 2018, Wikia backups are provided by Amazon S3 from Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS).

Statistics

Because all Wikia wikis are powered by MediaWiki (albeit an outdated but extensively modified and customised version), they all have a /Special:Statistics page, which provides a standardised set of statistics specific to individual Wikia wikis. These include page statistics (content pages, all pages, and uploaded files), edit statistics (total number of edits since creation of specific wiki, and average edits per page), and user statistics; though it should be noted that the sources used in the third section are inconsistent. Specifically, active users, administrators, bureaucrats, and bots correctly report data for their actual wiki; whereas the registered users output reports ALL registered users of ALL wikis throughout the entire Wikia project!

In respect of data for wikiFactor (wF) figures, originally found at /Special:PopularPages and subsequently at /Special:MostVisitedPages, this is now unknown because Wikia globally disabled the required page to output that metric. In order to preserve the individual wikiFactor figure for separate Wikia wikis, it would be helpful to update the wikiFactor URL= field in the {{Size}} template with the last known 'good' archived URL from either Archive.org or archive.is.

In respect of global statistics for Wikia, the following were available:

Wiki age

The exact date of founding of individual Wikia wikis used to be at /Special:WikiStats. Alternative methods to age a Wikia site can be sought at /Special:AncientPages, or by examining the earliest edit version of revision history of its main page at /Main_Page?dir=prev&action=history. The latter example will also be a good place to determine the founder of the individual Wikia site.

List of wikis

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

Ten 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/founder, 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 or 'fork' 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.[5]

Problems between Wikia and its users

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

  • A banner at the top of the page;
  • A large square advert in the sidebar which may often be a video advertisement;
  • On large pages, a tall skyscraper advert is placed inside the end of the sidebar;
  • On large pages, two large (or three slightly smaller) square adverts 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 advert may pop out of the left of this bar;
  • Occasionally Wikia may make use of take-over adverts 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. [6]

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 existing Wikia members left Wikia nonetheless.

Oasis

Wikia introduced a new 'Oasis' skin, which became 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 / or 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.[7]

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.

See also

References

  1. About | Fandom; www.Wikia.com; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 25 September 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Terms of Use | Fandom powered by Wikia; www.Wikia.com; Wikia, Inc.; dated 22 May 2018; accessed 25 September 2018.
  3. User blog:Craiglpalmer / Wikia is now Fandom powered by Wikia; community.Wikia.com; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 26 May 2018.
  4. Licensing | Fandom powered by Wikia; www.Wikia.com; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 25 September 2018.
  5. Community Creation Policy | Fandom powered by Wikia; www.Wikia.com; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 25 September 2018.
  6. [1][2][3]
  7. User blog:Rupert Giles / Prototype for a new article layout; community.Wikia.com; Wikia, Inc.; accessed 13 February 2019.

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