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Supernatural Wiki aka SuperWiki
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Supernatural Wiki’s main page
Type of site
TV series website
Available in English
Created by Jules Wilkinson
Revenue None
Website http://www.supernaturalwiki.com
Alexa rank 49,999 (global) as of June 25, 2015[1]
Commercial No
Registration Not required for editing
Launched August 6, 2006
Current status Active

Supernatural Wiki, also known as SuperWiki is a wiki-powered reference site for the CW's horror television series Supernatural.

The site was launched on August 6, 2006 using MediaWiki software to maintain a user-created database of information.[2] Supernatural Wiki and its domain, supernaturalwiki.com is hosted by a fan who accepts donations to hosting costs but makes no profit from running the site.[3]

As of July 25, 2016, the site contained 3,207 articles with over 149 million page views.[4]

Overview[edit]

Supernatural Wiki was launched on August 12, 2006, following the first season of Supernatural.[5]

The site provides detailed episode synopses, character biographies, pop culture and music references, information on folklore and religion as well as information on the cast and crew. It also documents tie-in material including official novels, magazines, and associated web-material. [6] [7] [8]

Unique amongst wiki sites for TV series, Supernatural Wiki also documents the show’s Fandom.[9] This includes creative works such as fan fiction including slash fiction, fan videos, fan art, fanzines and other fan-works. Fandom activities such as fan conventions – both fan-run and professional conventions attended by the cast and crew – are covered as well as are fan websites, media blogs and charity fund-raising. The history and culture of the Supernatural fandom is documented, including the Argot peculiar to this fandom.[10]

Additionally the site conducts interviews with the production staff on the show and also runs events during conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con International called "Wayward Cocktails" [11] which bring the fans, cast and crew of the show together.

Since 2008 the administrator of the site has been Australian fan Jules Wilkinson.

Impact[edit]

Supernatural Wiki has been recognized by other media outlets as a source of information about the show and its fandom. The CW Source Blog said of the site: "They’ve collected and dissected nearly every aspect of the show, the behind-the-scenes world, and the fan community, and laid it out in stunning detail.".[12] The SuperWiki has also been referenced by media critics such as the Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan for its coverage of conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con International.[13]

The site has become an information resource by writers, production staff and cast. Writer Robbie Thompson called it an "indispensable" resource. [14] Star Jared Padalecki said "I'm on the show, and I'm on (Supernatural Wiki) more than once a week researching it." [15]

The site was credited by author Keith R. A. DeCandido in the acknowledgments to his Supernatural tie-in novel Nevermore.

In February 2009, the site established a Twitter presence at @SuperWiki. As of 4 April 2017, the site has 101, 491 followers, including many of the cast and crew from Supernatural.

On 7 September 2009, in the lead up to the start of Season 5, @SuperWiki started ending tweets with the tag #luciferiscoming, and suggested fans do the same as a mischievous way to get attention for the show.[16] The tag #luciferiscoming reached number 1 of the trending topics on Twitter. Rapper Sean Combs (@iamdiddy who has over a million followers), unaware of the context of #luciferiscoming and assuming it was an anti-Christian movement, started a #Godishere tweet in retaliation. Twitter moved to stop posts with tags including both God and Lucifer from appearing in trending topics. Fans continued to use #supernatural and #inkripkewetrust, and both also reached high on the list of trending topics.[17][18]

Awards[edit]

In April 2011 the site won the SFX (magazine) Best Franchise Specific website award beating out chucktv.net, The One Ring, Leaky Cauldron, Life, Doctor Who And Combom, and WhoFix.

SFX Magazine described the site as "The most comprehensive Supernatural site on the web, established in 2006, Supernatural Wiki is a well laid-out, intelligently designed, easy to navigate Aladdin’s cave of Winchester goodness." [19]

In 2014, the site was a board nominated finalist in the Shorty Social Media Awards.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "supernaturalwiki.com - Traffic Details from Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Supernatural Wiki". Supernatural Wiki. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ "SuperWiki:About". SupernaturalWiki. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Supernatural Wiki statistics page". Supernatural Wiki. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Interview with the Super-wiki admin team". Transformative Works and Cultures. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Super Wiki Canon Category". Supernatural Wiki. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  7. ^ "Super Wiki Production Category". Supernatural Wiki. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Super Wiki Library Category". SupernaturalWiki. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  9. ^ "Supernatural Week Interview: Jules Wilkinson (SuperWiki)". Innsmouth Free Press. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Super Wiki Fandom Category". SupernaturalWiki. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  11. ^ "San Diego Comic Con: A First Timers Experience". Nerdybutflirty.com. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  12. ^ "Supernatural: A Place for the Obsessed". CW Source. Retrieved 2010-04-02. .
  13. ^ "Comic-Con roundup: 'True Blood,' 'Lost,' 'Supernatural' and more". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-04-02. .
  14. ^ Fan Phenomena: Supernatural. Random House Publishing Group. May 2014. p. 50. ISBN 9781783202034. 
  15. ^ "Vancon Sunday – J2 Day!". Fangasm. Retrieved 2016-11-16. .
  16. ^ "Let's freak out the twitterverse". @SuperWiki. Retrieved 2010-04-02. .
  17. ^ "Lucifer is coming:: How 'Supernatural' Stole Twitter". Buddy TV. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  18. ^ "Trending Topics On Twitter". SupernaturalWiki. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  19. ^ "SFX BLOG AWARDS 2011: The Results". SFX. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-17. .
  20. ^ "Shorty Awards". Shorty Awards. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 

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