Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Type of site
|Informative site / Wiki|
|Created by||Chad Barbry|
|Launched||March 4, 2005|
|Current status||Active with over 150,000 articles (as of July 5, 2019)|
Wookieepedia: The Star Wars Wiki is an online encyclopedia for information on the Star Wars universe—including information on all the films, as well as Clone Wars, The Clone Wars and its introductory film, Rebels, the Star Wars expanded universe, and any upcoming Star Wars material. 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, 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".
Wookieepedia was conceived by Steven Greenwood and created at the request of hosting site Wikia by Chad Barbry. In January 2005, Greenwood and Barbry discussed details on a Wikipedia talk page which lead to the wiki's creation. Barbry also conceived the name "Wookiepedia", which was later respelled with an extra 'e'. On March 4, 2005, Wookieepedia was launched at Wikia.
Wookieepedia was the most-visited wiki hosted by Wikia by April 2005. In 2015, it drew 3.7 million monthly visitors. On November 28, 2005, Wookieepedia was selected as the Sci-Fi Channel's "Sci-Fi Site of the Week." In January 2006, the site was featured as the Wikia of the Month.
As of April 2019[update], the English language version of the wiki contains over 150,000 articles, making it the eighth-largest Wikia in terms of article count, ahead of other wikis 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.
After Star Wars expanded universe was declared non-canonical to the future works and rebranded as Star Wars Legends in April 2014, Wookieepedia implemented separate "Canon" and "Legends" tabs for subjects that appeared both before and after the continuity reboot. "Legends" tab only includes information from sources released prior to the 2014 reboot, while "Canon" tab contains information from works published from 2015 onwards, including the movies released under The Walt Disney Company. Both tabs include information from Episodes I-VI and The Clone Wars TV series.
Actors in the Star Wars franchise have used Wookieepedia to have a better understanding of the Star Wars universe and better portray their characters, including Felicity Jones who portrayed Jyn Erso in the 2016 film Rogue One and Alden Ehrenreich who portrayed young Han Solo in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Fans have criticized the administrators and how the content is circulated. Some have even gone so far as to say it is a rather "alienating" wiki given its appeal being centered on only main Star Wars fans if nothing more.
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