Wookieepedia

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Wookieepedia
Wookieepedia's logo.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Screenshot of Wookieepedia in 2015.
Type of site
Fan site / Wiki
Available in English
Owner Wikia, Inc.
Created by Chad Barbry
Steven Greenwood
Revenue Advertising
Website starwars.wikia.com
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched March 4, 2005
Current status Active with over 137,000 articles (as of July, 12 2017)
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 is the most-visited wiki hosted by Wikia as of April 2005; 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.

As of July 2017, the English language version of the wiki contains over 137,000 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' Day joke was posted on the site involving alien breasts.[9]

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.[9] Criticism has also been directed towards the choosing of bureaucrats as well as the growing amount of hostility and immaturity in their forums.[11][who?] Some fans who have not cared for Wookiepedia have even defected by going to the Star Wars Uncyclopedia equivalent Darthipedia as well.[12][dead link]

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. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley (April 17, 2015). "Inside The Star Wars-Stoked Business Of Wikia's Wookieepedia". Forbes. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  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. ^ 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. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lit - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki". Jedi Council Forums. 
  12. ^ "Wookiee' QDB :: Quotes". zervonn.net. 

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