Wookieepedia

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Wookieepedia
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Type of site
Informative site / Wiki
Available inEnglish
OwnerWikia, Inc.
Created byChad Barbry
Steven Greenwood
RevenueAdvertising
Websitestarwars.wikia.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedMarch 4, 2005
Current statusActive with over 142,000 articles (as of May 16, 2018)
Content license
CC-BY-SA

Wookieepedia: The Star Wars Wiki is an online encyclopedia for information on the Star Wars fictional universe[1]—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,[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] 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.[citation needed] In 2015, it drew 3.7 million monthly visitors.[5] 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 featured as the Wikia of the Month.

A 2014 April Fools' Day joke was posted on the site involving alien breasts.[7]

As of May 2018, the English language version of the wiki contains over 142,000 articles,[8] making it the sixth-largest[9] 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.

Reception[edit]

Felicity Jones used Wookieepedia to have a better understanding of the Star Wars world and better portray Jyn Erso in the 2016 film Rogue One.[10]

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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bjortomt, Olav (2007-08-18). "The arts online". London: The Times. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  2. ^ a b Thomas J. McLean. "Wookieepedia tracks 'Star Wars'". Variety. Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  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. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  5. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (April 17, 2015). "Inside The Star Wars-Stoked Business Of Wikia's Wookieepedia". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2017-09-18. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Sci-Fi Site of the Week". Sci-Fi.com. 2005-11-28. Archived from the original on 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2005-12-03.
  7. ^ a b "Fear and Loathing on the Wookieepedia". Eleven-ThirtyEight.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-21. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  8. ^ "Statistics". Wookieepedia. Wikia. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Big wikis". Wikia Community Central. Wikia. December 3, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Delahunty-Light, Zoe (March 24, 2017). "6 things I learnt from the Star Wars: Rogue One home release (Felicity Jones used Wookieepedia A LOT)". gamesradar. Archived from the original on 2017-09-18. Retrieved 17 September 2017.

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