The people of WikiIndex are creating a complete directory of all wiki websites on the Internet. We describe each wiki using several systems of categorisation. We want to help people find the kind of wikis they are most interested in, and to map out the internet-wide wiki landscape, or wikisphere.
WikiIndex was founded in 2006 by John Stanton. The current Leader of the active administrators of this wiki is Raymond King. We work on 21,333 pages, 4,575 files where uploaded and 220,204 revises where done by now.
Why do we make it so easy to edit by anyone, anytime, anywhere? Because we (like many wiki communities) have the point of view that the best way to reduce errors is to make it extremely easier to correct mistakes, rather than making it harder for people to make mistakes.
What WikiIndex is not
- WikiIndex is not an encyclopedia – if you've seen Wikipedia.org, you'll recognise the MediaWiki software that this site uses. Wiki software allows you to create pages and interlink topics very easily, but here we are interested only in creating pages of a particular type; we are not building an encyclopedia. That is what Wikipedia is for. (And it's very good at it. Check it out if you haven't done so already!) On this wiki, every regular page (i.e. every page in the main namespace) is a page describing another wiki, or a wiki person, or a wiki idea. We have pages dealing with wiki related topics like Wiki Farms as well. Generally, administrative "meta" pages like this one, which provide supporting information about the task of building WikiIndex, are in the "project" namespace, so people wanting to browse by using the "random page" button will find wikis or people, not instructions or discussions. (This is not a decision that has full consensus, some folks think that instructions and discussion are worthy topics for "random page.")
- WikiIndex is not a website directory – we are indexing (or making a directory of) wiki websites. Not just any website. It has to be a website powered by wiki software. Although we may be interested in other websites, e.g. websites with articles about wikis, these do not appear as listings in this index (with their own page, added to categories etc). If you want to list your website on a wiki, check out wikidweb or AboutUs. If a website listed here does not appear to be powered by wiki software, you may have found a page that we should delete; however, we do list read only wikis where the wiki software may not be immediately apparent.
- WikiIndex is not a business directory – although we may have listings that appear to be about a particular company, that is only because this company has a wiki! We are listing wikis, not companies. You can create a listing for any company if you go to Yellowikis.
- WikiIndex is not a link farm – we are creating this index for the benefit of real human visitors. It is not about search engine rankings. Any edits that are crammed full of keywords for 'search engine optimisation' (SEO) purposes should be adjusted for the benefit of human visitors of this site. WikiSpam should be removed immediately!