Wookieepedia

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Wookieepedia
Wookieepedia's logo.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Web address starwars.wikia.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Fan site / Wiki
Registration Optional
Owner Wikia, Inc.
Created by Chad Barbry
Steven Greenwood
Launched March 4, 2005
Revenue Advertising
Current status Active with over 121,464 articles (as of August 31, 2015)

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, the 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][5] Barbry also conceived the name "Wookiepedia", which was later respelled "W-O-O-K-I-E-E-P-E-D-I-A". 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 featured as the Wikia of the Month.

As of August 2015, the English language version of the wiki contains over 121,464 articles,[7] making it the sixth-largest[8] 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.

A 2014 April Fools joke was posted on the site involving alien boobs. [9]

Reception[edit]

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 around only main Star Wars fans if nothing more.[10][9] Criticism has also been directed towards how the admins are bureaucrats and how blogs were not permitted by users due to the growing amount of hostility and immaturity in the forums.[11][12][13][14][15] Some fans who haven't cared for Wookiepedia have even defected to going to the Star Wars Uncyclopedia equivalent "Darthipedia" as well.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bjortomt, Olav (2007-08-18). "The arts online". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas J. McLean. "Wookieepedia tracks ‘Star Wars’". 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. 
  9. ^ a b "Fear and Loathing on the Wookieepedia". Eleven-ThirtyEight. 
  10. ^ "Why the Wookieepedia article on breasts is a big deal". Club Jade. 
  11. ^ "Lit - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki". Jedi Council Forums. 
  12. ^ "What were the Mandalorians up to during the Galactic Civil War? : StarWarsEU". reddit. 
  13. ^ "Master Raddekh's E-Wing over the Eocho Mountains.". deviantart.com. 
  14. ^ "Forum:Finding alternative hosting". Wookieepedia. 
  15. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Y7G08S-HXfsJ:harunakaze.appspot.com/encyclopediadramatica.se/Star_Wars_Fanon_Wiki+&cd=38&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
  16. ^ "darthipedia.com on reddit.com". reddit. 
  17. ^ "Wookiee' QDB :: Quotes". zervonn.net. 
  18. ^ "WTF happened to Wookieepedia? - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Message Board for Xbox 360 - GameFAQs". gamefaqs.com. 
  19. ^ "A History and Science of April Fools Day". spore.com. 
  20. ^ "#wookieepedia". twitter.com. 
  21. ^ "What functions do the Storm Trooper armor serve? - The Trek BBS". trekbbs.com. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wookieepedia at Wikimedia Commons