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Baltic states Wiki [[1]] has 86 pages and Althistory Wiki [[2]] has 16,750 pages.86.24.13.136 (talk) 17:08, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Please allow file Wikia Block User.jpg[edit]

What is going to happen if I place File:Wikia Block User.jpg? And, articles should be filled with Images, right? Can anybody reply to me? Dipankan In the woods? 05:44, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

As I mentioned in my edit summary, the image is not noteworthy, nor indeed specific to Wikia (being a screenshot of MediaWiki software). There may also be copyright implications. For what reason should the image be included? What does it add to the article? — Manticore 13:25, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
MediaWiki is free software. →Στc. 21:36, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

I tested it in my sandbox, and it does not exist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Walex03 (talkcontribs) 01:37, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Or at least in the commons no.

[[File:Wink.jpg]] (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 20:17, 25 February 2012 (UTC).

Unverifiable allegations[edit]

I apologize for removing large parts of the controversy section without discussion, but the claims that Wikia made changes "against contributors' wishes" and many of its wikis revolted because of that seem contrived, and the only sources that back these statements up are wikis, which are naturally unreliable. If anyone can find a real source to prove that there's been criticism as a direct result of these changes, I'd be glad to keep the information intact, but we should keep it out until then to avoid hurting the company's reputation. ~jcm 19:26, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

They aren't all wikis. References 53-58 are news references. I think you'd be better off taking this in chunks rather than trying to attack the entire controversies section at once. Ryan Vesey Review me! 19:32, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
I had taken those into account during my edit, and I simply modified the paragraphs that were adequately sourced to better reflect those sources. The part I mostly have a problem with is everything under Domain and skin assimilation, since that's where most of the bad sourcing comes in. ~jcm 20:00, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
Hmm, I agree with you there; however, I feel the information is very useful (if not a little longer than necessary) and should be kept if it can be supported by more reliable sources. What would you think of either hiding the content or moving it to the talk page for it to be worked on? Ryan Vesey Review me! 20:04, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
I'll fully support whichever option you think works best. I agree with what you said about the information being useful, and with a little cleaning up and more verification, it would fit into the article nicely. ~jcm 20:20, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
I have moved the material to the talk page. So it can be supported by more reliable and/or third party sources. Ryan Vesey Review me! 20:27, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
If you follow some of the links you will find they also have sources, and while in some cases not meeting Wikipedia's sense of a reliable source, they are still ones more permanent than wiki articles. The best example I can give is http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Doom_Wiki:Departure_from_Wikia - as a member of the team that worked for nine whole months on migrating this wiki off Wikia for all of the below mentioned reasons, I can assure you that the outrage was both very real and very widespread. The majority of the wikis listed below wouldn't exist if Wikia hadn't forced migration to their horrible new "Wikia" skin against widespread objections. The now-defunct Anti-Wikia-Alliance was formed on Wikia's own admin area, until it was kicked out by hostile mods. Wikia's reputation doesn't need any help becoming bad, they ruined it long ago with their own profit-minded actions. Follow my link and you will find, for example, a link to a news post on doomworld.com referencing the wiki move and the reason for it. --QuasarTE (talk) 05:05, 5 July 2012 (UTC)
The Anti-Wikia alliance still exists at http://awa.shoutwiki.com and there is an earlier archive of Wikia-specific issues at http://complaintwiki.org which dates from the first batch of forced reskins in 2008. The article also needs to mention the Russian (2010) and English (2013) Uncyclopedias have left Wikia. K7L (talk) 19:18, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Domain and skin assimilation[edit]

File:FingerLakesWiki.png
The main page of a Wikia site with the defunct "Monaco" skin.
File:RedDeadWiki.png
An article as seen with Wikia's new skin.

Wikia has merged separately founded wikis, such as Uncyclopedia, to subdomains of wikia.com against contributors' wishes, citing a need to boost its attractiveness to advertisers.[1] The company intended to merge Memory Alpha, WoWWiki, and Zelda Wiki in a similar fashion;[2][3] the proposal was successfully opposed by users of all three sites.[4][5][6] Zelda Wiki is still an independent wiki, while WoWWiki and Memory Alpha were merged but allowed to keep their domain names.

In June 2008, Wikia adopted a new skin, Monaco, intending to implement it as the default on almost all hosted wikis.[7] The skin had an uneven reception, with issues over the prominent branding, in-content format-altering ads, and the mandatory nature of the change.[8] Many wiki users felt the choice of skin default should remain their own. The switch went ahead, but some wikis retained Monobook as their default. In September 2008, the Transformers Wikia moved content to their own server, citing the format-altering ads and mandatory changes as reasons for their departure.[9][10] WikiFur moved likewise in August 2009.[11]

In May 2009, Wikia removed the ability of individual users to choose a skin other than Monaco or Monobook, claiming a testing burden and relative lack of features. Soon after, Wikia removed the option to set the default skin to Monobook, with the exception of certain large wikis, namely, Uncyclopedia.[12]

In August 2010, Wikia announced a new mandatory skin change, this time to a new look nicknamed "Oasis".[13] The new skin omitted several features, such as the popular shoutbox.[14] On September 23, 2010, Wikia introduced the new skin in public beta with the option to be the default skin for certain wikis, like Muppet Wiki.[15] Wikia also revealed the official name of the new skin, Wikia.[16] The Wikia skin became the default skin on Wikia on November 3, 2010. Wikia also changed the Terms of Use, prohibiting any modification that changes the default layout of the skin.[17] As a result of the skin change, some users have proposed to move their wikis to another wiki farm and have created an "Anti-Wikia Alliance" with comments against the new skin, links to wiki farms and a database to keep all the moving wikis.[18] Some wikis, like Guildwiki,[19] have moved from Wikia to Curse.com, but decided to leave a presence on Wikia, but with a different purpose from their main site on a new host.[20] Some large wikis like Halopedia,[21][22] Club Penguin Wiki,[23][24] WikiSimpsons[25] and Grand Theft Wiki[26] have already moved, while others such as MicroWiki,[27] SmashWiki,[28] WoWWiki,[29] The Vault,[30] Touhou Wiki,[31] the Doom Wiki,[32] and Half-Life Wiki (known as Combine OverWiki)[33] have all moved from Wikia also. The new look has been described by Wikia as "sleek" and is supposed to be helpful to new users,[34] but many of the changes have drawn criticism from older users.[35] One such criticism is the greatly reduced width of page content, causing infoboxes and other templates to break the page if they go beyond the fixed margin. Because of this, subdomains such as Marvel Database[36] and DozerfleetWiki[37] have put notices on their front pages strongly encouraging users to switch their personal preferences to Monobook to make the sites easier to use.

References
  1. ^ "Forum:Uncyclopedia domain name" (Wiki). Uncyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ "WoWWiki:Domain name" (Wiki). WoWWiki. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Forum:Domain name change" (Wiki). Memory Alpha. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  4. ^ "News 2007 (Look under 2nd Quarter)" (wiki). ZeldaWiki.org. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ "WoWWiki_talk:Domain, Proposal & Vote section" (Wiki). WoWWiki.com. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Forum:Wikia now owns memory-alpha.org" (Wiki). Memory Alpha. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  7. ^ Wikia, Inc. (2008-06-17). "Wikia's New Style". Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  8. ^ "Forum:Wikia's New Style - Archive 1". Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  9. ^ "How will Wikia cope when the workers all quit the plantation?" @ guardian.co.uk
  10. ^ "Teletraan-1 Wikia moves to TFWiki.net" (Press release). Tfwiki.net. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  11. ^ Laurence Parry (2009-08-17). "English WikiFur moved to en.wikifur.com". WikiFur News. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  12. ^ "Forum:Changes to skin preferences". 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  13. ^ "Your First Look at the New Wikia". Wikia. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Wikia’s new look - FAQ". Wikia. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Experience the new Wikia". Wikia. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  16. ^ "The new look 2". 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  17. ^ "Important Updates on Wikia’s New Look". 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  18. ^ "Anti-Wikia Alliance". 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  19. ^ "Guildwiki.com". Guildwiki.com. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  20. ^ "GuildWiki:Transition to Curse". guildwars@wikia. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Domain overhaul - And what do you think?/Outcome". Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  22. ^ "Forum:Moving in". Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  23. ^ "clubpenguinwiki.info". clubpenguinwiki.info. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  24. ^ "Club Penguin Wiki's blog". Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  25. ^ "Wikisimpsons will be moving to the new host, ShoutWiki.". 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  26. ^ "Grand Theft Wiki:Move from Wikia". grandtheftwiki.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  27. ^ "MicroWiki Community Portal". Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  28. ^ "Leaving Wikia". Wikia. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Forum: Welcome to the new Wowpedia!". wowpedia.org. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  30. ^ "Forum:The Vault is moving". www.falloutwiki.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  31. ^ "We Move...". Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  32. ^ "Departure from Wikia". Retrieved 2012-1-24. 
  33. ^ "We are leaving". Retrieved 2011-7-11. 
  34. ^ "Welcome to the new Wikia". Wikia. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Fixed Width, Sidebar, and the Removal of Monaco". 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  36. ^ "Marvel Database Main Page". Wikia. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  37. ^ "DozerfleetWiki Main page". Wikia. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 

More than 10 million additional funding[edit]

New info for article: "For-profit Wikia raises $10 million third round" "Wikia Inc. ... has closed a nearly $10.9 million Series C round of funding ... The San Francisco company, which has now raised about $25 million ...." -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 21:38, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Biggest Wikis/WAM[edit]

IMO We should add a section about biggest wikis. http://wikia.com/WAM should have the info relating to that. Should I add that in? Tech Addict, Fan-Fiction Writer, and Aspiring Filmaker 17:37, May 15, 2013 (UTC)

Bloat[edit]

Why Wikipedia comparing to Wikia is so overwhelmingly overbloated with its rules? Wikia rule is simpler. As long as you do not gibberish and do not adulterish, as long it's ok. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.229.235.250 (talk) 13:38, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

This isn't the place for policy discussion. Wikia allows individual wikis to create most of their own policies. Thus you'll find that many wikis there are lax and some are more restrictive. Even different language editions of Wikipedia have different sets of polices, so it isn't really fair to compare the English Wikipedia to an entire collection of wikis. 71.60.164.66 (talk) 03:00, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

"People who use Wikia..."[edit]

The sentence "People who use Wikia are called Wikians." should be reworded. People are people and nothing else depending what they use and not use. --CheatCat (talk) 08:10, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Says the Wikipedian. GreenReaper (talk) 15:45, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Wikia?[edit]

There a WikiProject for Wikia? -- 70.50.151.11 (talk) 00:24, 1 March 2014 (UTC)