WoWWiki is a wiki dedicated to cataloging Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe (with a focus, though not priority, on World of Warcraft); covering the entire Warcraft series of games, RPG reference books, strategy guides, novels, comics (manga and otherwise), and other sources.
The wiki is a flexible, user-editable web-based database of information made up entirely of user contributions, and uses MediaWiki software. All the text in the wiki is released under the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license and to be able to edit the articles, visitors must register with the website.
So why a Warcraft wiki? As you are going through looking for information, if you see something that is incorrect, you can correct it. If you see any information that is missing, you can add it. This way, the information here should be as up to date as possible, instead of having to wait for a small group of people to update the information as the world changes. The more people that use WoWWiki, the more up-to-date the information will be!
- WoWWiki is not a copy of Wikipedia — we do many things differently.
- The WoW community often uses slang terms, which is in part reflected here. In addition, you may occasionally find information here on some articles that is decidedly not NPOV.
- Wiki is not a religion here, it is a way of editing.
- We strive to be as "lore-neutral" as possible. We do not decide what is "official" and what is not — that is Blizzard's job. We record the known information and try to present all sides of any valid controversy. Check our lore policy for further details.
- We do not always flag spoilers — if new information has come out it will be added to the wiki.
- We aim to produce easily navigated, high quality articles.
History and background
WoWWiki.com was launched on November 24th 2004 by Rustak, in conjunction with AlexanderYoshi, as a source of information pertaining to World of Warcraft and the interface modification suite Cosmos. The WoWWiki name actually pre-dates Wikia which didn't get its name until 2006.
Since the launch, the wiki has expanded massively to cover the entirety of the Warcraft universe, including the RTS games, novels, graphic novels (manga/manhwa), the RPG reference books, the TCG, the and other written sources, along with the WoW expansion packs, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
It is also a primary and popular source for World of Warcraft interface customization and addon information (such as Cosmos) as Blizzard Entertainment themselves do not release documentation on the programming interface.
Wowpedia was forked off of WoWWiki on October 20th 2010, after the majority of the administrators and many of the members in the community chose to leave Wikia. Wikia decided to leave WoWWiki open despite the losses, although it had a very low rate of activity for a period of months after the split.
WoWWiki currently runs on MediaWiki 1.19.6.
See Special:Version for further details and a list of our installed extensions.
Official WoWWiki IRC channel
- Main article: WoWWiki:IRC
For all-talk WoWWiki, come and idle on the official IRC channel, set up solely for your WoW + wiki needs! Many admins frequent the channel and you are cordially invited to chat, discuss wiki issues, notify us of important developments, and just generally make yourself at home! Once you have an IRC client, join us on: chat.freenode.net, #wowwiki.
You can find a WoWWiki friends group on Facebook
You can find a group called WoWWiki — the Warcraft wiki on The Steam Community!
You can follow WoWWiki on Twitter!
You can also see the last 5 tweets here: WoWWiki:Twitter feed
- The name is a portmanteau of the acronym WoW (for World of Warcraft) and wiki.
- Highly rated on StumbleUpon.
- Noted source for tips and tricks.
WoWWiki in the media
- WoWWiki is frequently cited as a source on the popular WoW blog, WoW Insider.
- We have been cited by Jimmy Wales as an example of a successful wiki.
- We were noted in a Kotaku Gaming.Wikia article on 28th June 2007.
- We have been mentioned in several gaming publications, including PC Gamer UK.
- WoWWiki's Kirkburn was able to speak at SXSW on the topic of wikis as well as WoWWiki.
- Gaming web journalists look to the website for collected community feedback, info and rumors:
- WoWWiki has:
- 98,585 content pages.
- 63,771 images.
Ownership and administration
WoWWiki is run by Wikia.
For issues directly related to wiki content, contact one of the administrators:
- Fandyllic (talk) – One of the founding admins. A bureaucrat.
- Raylan13 (talk) – Assigned to WoWWiki primarily for updates and liaison to WoWWiki from Wikia.\
- Macrophager (talk) – That Canadian guy. Likes to stay up all night editing things.
- Servian (talk) – Wannabe Fixer of Worlds.
- Checks in around the beginning of each month.
- Bubsy87 (talk) – Caffeine Junkie!
- Last edited July 2011.
- Kirkburn – Wikia staff. One of the founding admins.
- Community portal
- WoWWiki FAQ
- The policies and guidelines
- Wikis for forks and other language versions of WoWWiki
- ^ First edit of the Main Page. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ History section of the Wikia article
- ^ Blizzard's programming interface policy. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ WoWWiki on StumbleUpon. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ IGN's WoWVault on WoWWiki. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ "WoWWiki" search on WoW Insider. Retrieved on 2011-06-16.
- ^ CIO.com interview with Jimmy Wales - "Five Things Wikipedia's Founder Has Learned About Online Collaboration". Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ Kotaku - "Games Get Wikia With It". Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ SXSW 08 - How gamers are adopting the wiki way
- ^ a b As of 14-Mar-2013.