Wikipedia:Alternative outlets

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"WP:OTHER" redirects here. For the essay regarding a common deletion argument, see Wikipedia:Other stuff exists. For the use of "other uses" template (also known as hatnotes), see Wikipedia:Hatnote.
"WP:OUT" redirects here. For the outing policy, see WP:OUTING.

Background[edit]

When content (text, pages, images, etc.) is deleted, "Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not" is commonly cited as explanation, and rightly so. Unfortunately, this is not particularly helpful or calming to the person(s) who put in time and effort to write the material. They often see it as their hard work being casually tossed away. The phrase "try another wiki" is also sometimes used, for similar intent.

There is more than one path to take to get something accomplished. Maybe you should choose an alternative outlet other than Wikipedia for some types of content...

In an effort to foster a spirit of WikiLove, this page provides some referrals to alternative outlets which do allow content that Wikipedia does not. Sometimes material is submitted that is perfectly factual and verifiable, but simply outside of the scope of Wikipedia. Just because the content does not belong here does not mean it does not have value, and it is worth preserving valuable free content if we can.

Please consider directing people to these sites (or this page), rather than simply telling them that their contributions are WP:NOT wanted.

For example, Wikipedia contains a significant amount of information about the "Star Wars" media franchise, but for an even more detailed treatment, try Wookieepedia—a wiki dedicated to the "Star Wars universe". Similarly, information on the "Star Trek" franchise can be found at Memory Alpha. JurisPedia focuses on legal topics, and WikiWikiWeb is the oldest wiki. There also are wikis devoted to specific languages or localities that may be more appropriate for a given topic.

There may be legal or ethical restrictions on the copying of content from Wikipedia to other sites. It is up to individual contributors to familiarize themselves with the procedures and policies of other outlets and to examine their licensing arrangements, which may differ from Wikipedia in significant ways.

Sister projects[edit]

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:

Other wikis[edit]

There are Wikipedia articles, lists, and categories which provide information on other wikis:

This page also has links to external sites which provide similar information.

There are also Wikipedias in many other languages, including a Simple English Wikipedia.

Directory of alternatives[edit]

Shortcut:
Wikipedia is not a(n)... ... so try this instead
Arbiter of viewpoints Conservapedia, RationalWiki
Biographical directory WikiBios
Blogging site Category:Blog hosting services
City guide Wikivoyage
Comedy site Uncyclopedia, Encyclopedia Dramatica, BJAODN, Illogicopedia
Computers How-To guide ComputerWiki
Dictionary Wiktionary
Directory AboutUs.org, Yellowikis, Wikicompany, MyWikiBiz, WikiIndex.org
Forum for general chatter #wikipedia, Wikipedia Review
Game guide eGamia/Wikia Gaming, StrategyWiki
Genealogy FamilySearch Wiki, Encyclopedia of Genealogy
How-to manual Wikibooks, WikiHow, eHow
Indiscriminate collection Everything2, Wikinfo, Annex, h2g2
LGBT wiki WikiQueer LGBT History Project (UK)
Link directory DMOZ
List of every micronation Micronations Wiki
Music directory Discogs, Last.fm, MusicBrainz
News provider Wikinews
Popular culture guide TV Tropes, All The Tropes Urban Dictionary
Quote wiki Wikiquote
Social networking site List of social networking websites
Specialized wiki Wikia
Thesaurus Wikisaurus
Travel guide Wikivoyage
Webspace provider Category:Web hosting
Wiki of your own List of wikis, Comparison of wiki farms, Start your own wiki

Inclusion criteria[edit]

The above is more than an arbitrary list of sites. Sister projects in the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) are preferred. Failing that, sites should meet some combination of the following criteria to be listed:

  • Policies consistent with the spirit of WMF goals
  • Allow content to be moved over verbatim (e.g., CC-BY-SA-compatible or GFDL-compatible)
  • A wiki, or like a wiki
  • Notable in some way (preferably as a link to an existing Wikipedia article)

License restrictions[edit]

Content (text, images, etc.) Text submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License (CC-BY-SA); Media submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the CC-BY-SA or a similar free license. Other sites (especially non-WMF sites) may require a different license. Do not copy content from Wikipedia to other sites unless you are sure the licenses are compatible. If they are not, try contacting the copyright holder of the content to obtain permission to re-license the content. Typically the user who submitted the content to Wikipedia in the first place is the copyright holder. Check the page's edit history to help identify the user.

For CC-BY-SA content being deleted from Wikipedia, the edit history should also be copied or preserved in some way. For example, if the target site uses talk pages in the style of Wikipedia, copy the edit history there.

For more information, see: Reusing Wikipedia content.

See also[edit]

Moving content[edit]

Deletion[edit]

External links[edit]