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Wookieepedia
Wookieepedia's logo.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2008.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2008.
Web address starwars.wikia.com
Commercial? No
Type of site
Fan site / Wiki
Registration Optional
Owner Wikia, Inc.
Created by Chad Barbry and Steven Greenwood
Launched March 4, 2005
Current status Active with over 114,500 articles (as of December 7, 2014).

Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki is an online encyclopedia for information on the Star Wars fictional universe[1]—including information on all six films, as well as Clone Wars, The Clone Wars and its introductory film, Rebels, and the Expanded Universe. It is a specialized wiki created to be an extensive encyclopedia of the Star Wars universe with some articles reaching up to 60,000 words,[2] and is written almost entirely from an in-universe perspective. The name Wookieepedia is a portmanteau of Wookiee and encyclopedia, a pun on the name of Wikipedia. The logo, too, is a visual pun showing the incomplete second Death Star as opposed to Wikipedia's incomplete "jigsaw logo."

It is a fan-built version of the Holocron, a database maintained by Lucasfilm[3] to track everything in the Star Wars universe and ensure continuity within it.[4]

History[edit]

Wookieepedia was conceived by Steven Greenwood and created at the request of hosting site Wikia by Chad Barbry.[2][5] Barbry also coined the term "Wookiepedia" (sic), which was later corrected to "Wookieepedia". On March 4, 2005, Wookieepedia was launched at Wikia.

Wookieepedia is the most-visited wiki hosted by Wikia as of April 2005. On November 28, 2005, Wookieepedia was selected as the Sci Fi Channel's "Sci Fi Site of the Week."[6] In January 2006, the site was Wikia's featured Wiki of the month.

As of December 2014, the English language version of the wiki contains over 114,500 articles,[7] making it the sixth-largest[8] Wikia-hosted wiki in terms of article count, ahead of sites such as Memory Alpha and WoWWiki. Wikia hosts Star Wars wikis in many other languages, and Wookieepedia also coordinates its efforts with the German language wiki called Jedipedia.net and the Polish language Biblioteka Ossus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bjortomt, Olav (2007-08-18). "The arts online". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b Wookieepedia tracks 'Star Wars' - Entertainment News, Technology News, Media - Variety
  3. ^ Rose, Frank (2011). The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393080797. 
  4. ^ Baker, Chris (18 August 2008). "Meet Leland Chee, the Star Wars Franchise Continuity Cop". Wired. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  5. ^ Wookieepedia - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki
  6. ^ "Sci-Fi Site of the Week". Sci-Fi.com. 2005-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Statistics". Wookieepedia. Wikia. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Big wikis". Wikia Community Central. Wikia. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 

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