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WoWWiki.com was launched on November 24th [[2004]] by [[User:Rustak|Rustak]], in conjunction with [[User:AlexanderYoshi|AlexanderYoshi]], as a source of information pertaining to ''World of Warcraft'' and the interface modification suite [[Cosmos]].<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.wowwiki.com/index.php?title=Main_Page&oldid=2 |title=First edit of the Main Page |accessdate=2007-07-25}}</ref> The WoWWiki name actually pre-dates Wikia which didn't get its name until 2006.<ref>{{wplink|icon=|Wikia#History|History section of the Wikia article}}</ref>
 
WoWWiki.com was launched on November 24th [[2004]] by [[User:Rustak|Rustak]], in conjunction with [[User:AlexanderYoshi|AlexanderYoshi]], as a source of information pertaining to ''World of Warcraft'' and the interface modification suite [[Cosmos]].<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.wowwiki.com/index.php?title=Main_Page&oldid=2 |title=First edit of the Main Page |accessdate=2007-07-25}}</ref> The WoWWiki name actually pre-dates Wikia which didn't get its name until 2006.<ref>{{wplink|icon=|Wikia#History|History section of the Wikia article}}</ref>
   
Since the launch, the wiki has expanded massively to cover the entirety of the Warcraft universe, including the RTS [[:Category:Games|games]], [[:Category:Books|novels]], [[:Category:Graphic novels|graphic novels]] (manga/manhwa), the [[RPG]] reference books, the [[TCG]], the and other written [[source]]s, along with the WoW expansion packs, ''[[World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade]]'', ''[[World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King]]'' and ''[[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm]]''.
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Since the launch, the wiki has expanded massively to cover the entirety of the Warcraft universe, including the RTS [[:Category:Games|games]], [[:Category:Books|novels]], [[:Category:Graphic novels|graphic novels]] (manga/manhwa), the [[RPG]] reference books, the [[TCG]], the and other written [[source]]s, 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|interface customization]] and [[:Category:Hosted AddOns|addon]] information (such as [[Cosmos]]) as Blizzard Entertainment themselves do not release documentation on the programming interface.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.blizzard.com/support/wow/?id=aww01671p |title=Blizzard's programming interface policy |accessdate=2007-07-25}}</ref>
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It is also a primary and popular source for ''World of Warcraft'' [[Interface Customization|interface customization]] and [[:Category:Hosted AddOns|AddOn]] information (such as [[Cosmos]]) as Blizzard Entertainment themselves do not release documentation on the programming interface.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.blizzard.com/support/wow/?id=aww01671p |title=Blizzard's programming interface policy |accessdate=2007-07-25}}</ref>
   
 
On May 2nd 2007, it [[WoWWiki talk:Village pump/Archive14#WoWWiki moving to Wikia!|was announced]] that WoWWiki would be moving to [[wikia:Wikia|Wikia]], joining major wikis such as [[w:c:enmemoryalpha|Memory Alpha]], [[w:c:starwars|Wookieepedia]] and [[w:c:uncyclopedia|Uncyclopedia]]. This move occurred [[WoWWiki talk:Village pump/Archive14#Move to Wikia servers Wednesday (5/16) Tuesday (5/15)|two weeks later]].
 
On May 2nd 2007, it [[WoWWiki talk:Village pump/Archive14#WoWWiki moving to Wikia!|was announced]] that WoWWiki would be moving to [[wikia:Wikia|Wikia]], joining major wikis such as [[w:c:enmemoryalpha|Memory Alpha]], [[w:c:starwars|Wookieepedia]] and [[w:c:uncyclopedia|Uncyclopedia]]. This move occurred [[WoWWiki talk:Village pump/Archive14#Move to Wikia servers Wednesday (5/16) Tuesday (5/15)|two weeks later]].
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== WoWWiki communities ==
 
== WoWWiki communities ==
 
[[File:Villagepump.png|right|Muahahahahaha!]]
 
[[File:Villagepump.png|right|Muahahahahaha!]]
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=== Official WoWWiki IRC channel ===
 
=== Official WoWWiki IRC channel ===
 
{{main|WoWWiki:IRC}}
 
{{main|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: '''[irc://chat.freenode.net/wowwiki chat.freenode.net, #wowwiki]'''.
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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: '''[irc://chat.freenode.net/wowwiki chat.freenode.net, irc: #wowwiki]''' or '''[http://irc.wikia.com/?channels=wowwiki http: #wowwiki]'''.
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=== Facebook ===
 
=== Facebook ===
 
You can find a {{wwicon|facebook}} [http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_222250401132679 WoWWiki friends] group on Facebook
 
You can find a {{wwicon|facebook}} [http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_222250401132679 WoWWiki friends] group on Facebook
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=== Twitter ===
 
=== Twitter ===
You can {{wwicon|twitter}} [https://twitter.com/#wowwiki follow WoWWiki on Twitter]!
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You can {{wwicon|twitter}} [https://twitter.com/wowwiki follow WoWWiki on Twitter]!
   
You can also see the last 5 tweets here: [[WoWWiki:Twitter feed]]
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You can also see the last 25 tweets here: [[WoWWiki:Twitter feed]]
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
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* The name is a [[wikipedia:portmanteau|portmanteau]] of the acronym WoW (for ''World of Warcraft'') and wiki.
 
* The name is a [[wikipedia:portmanteau|portmanteau]] of the acronym WoW (for ''World of Warcraft'') and wiki.
* Highly rated on StumbleUpon.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.stumbleupon.com/url/www.wowwiki.com/Main_Page |title=WoWWiki on StumbleUpon |accessdate=2007-07-25}}</ref>
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* Highly rated on StumbleUpon.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.stumbleupon.com/content/1sA32g |title=WoWWiki on StumbleUpon |accessdate=06-Feb-2014}}</ref>
* Noted source for tips and tricks.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://wowvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Columns.Detail&id=144 |title=IGN's WoWVault on WoWWiki |accessdate=2007-07-25}}</ref>
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* Noted source for tips and tricks.<ref>{{ref web |url=http://www.ign.com/faqs/2009/world-of-warcraft-faqguide-1000270 |title=World of Warcraft - FAQ/guide |accessdate=6-Feb-2014}}</ref>
   
 
=== WoWWiki in the media ===
 
=== WoWWiki in the media ===
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| maintainer = [[wikia:|Wikia]]
 
| maintainer = [[wikia:|Wikia]]
| alexa = 6,441 <ref name="last_checked">Checked 5-Apr-2012.</ref>
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| alexa = 9,238<ref name="checked">As of 18-Dec-2013.</ref>
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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.

About WoWWiki Edit

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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 Edit

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The original site logo.

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.[1] The WoWWiki name actually pre-dates Wikia which didn't get its name until 2006.[2]

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.[3]

On May 2nd 2007, it was announced that WoWWiki would be moving to Wikia, joining major wikis such as Memory Alpha, Wookieepedia and Uncyclopedia. This move occurred two weeks later.

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 1.19.17.

See Special:Version for further details and a list of our installed extensions.

WoWWiki communities Edit

Villagepump

Facebook Edit

You can find a Icon-facebook-22x22 WoWWiki friends group on Facebook

Steam Edit

You can find a group called Icon-steam-22x22 WoWWiki — the Warcraft wiki on The Steam Community!

Twitter Edit

You can Icon-twitter-22x22 follow WoWWiki on Twitter!

You can also see the last 25 tweets here: WoWWiki:Twitter feed

Trivia Edit

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  • The name is a portmanteau of the acronym WoW (for World of Warcraft) and wiki.
  • Highly rated on StumbleUpon.[4]
  • Noted source for tips and tricks.[5]

WoWWiki in the media Edit

  • WoWWiki is frequently cited as a source on the popular WoW blog, WoW Insider.[6]
  • We have been cited by Jimmy Wales as an example of a successful wiki.[7]
  • We were noted in a Kotaku Gaming.Wikia article on 28th June 2007.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • Gaming web journalists look to the website for collected community feedback, info and rumors:

Statistics Edit

WoWWiki
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URLhttp://www.wowwiki.com
TypeWiki
RegistrationFree
LaunchedNovember 2004
Maintained byWikia
Alexa rating9,238[10]
Quantcast traffic151K[10]
  • WoWWiki has:
    • 101,311 content pages.
    • 66,764 images.

You can check out the latest statistics here on WoWWiki and (approximate) popularity statistics on Alexa here.

Ownership and administration Edit

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WoWWiki is run by Wikia.

For issues directly related to wiki content, contact one of the administrators:

Active Edit

  • Fandyllic (talk) – One of the founding admins. A bureaucrat.
  • Raylan13 @Wikia (talk) – Assigned to WoWWiki primarily for updates and liaison to WoWWiki from Wikia.
  • Macrophager (talk)  "The Macrophager is a legand woven throughout history. When a disaster comes he's there, and he brings a storm in his wake..."
  • Celess22 (talk) – WoW API/development expert and lately, fixer of old javascript, portals, and templates.
  • Tankingmage (talk) – Local Aussie and lore expert.

Semi-active Edit

  • Servian (talk) – Wannabe Fixer of Worlds.
    • Checks in around the beginning of each month.

Former Edit

Inactive Edit

  • Bubsy87 (talk) – Caffeine Junkie!
    • Last edited July 2011.
  • Kirkburn @Wikia – Wikia staff. One of the founding admins.
    • Inactive.


See alsoEdit

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References Edit

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