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On IRC we've been bouncing around the idea (for awhile) of leaving Wikia, checking out options, etc... Wikia plans to move us to a new skin in October (phasing out the old Monaco skin) and has already enacted rules limiting customization. Sadly, this leaves little control in the hands of WoWWiki users and admins to make the wiki look like WoWWiki always has and to maintain it in a way that reflect's WoWWiki's own interests. WoWWiki (and myself personally) have nothing against progress or change, but sadly the "new" look is not conducive to the wiki experience (you can see examples if you would like on other Wikia wikis) - the focus is on getting traffic to other Wikia wikis.

In any case, I feel strongly that we need to investigate our options and see if there is another choice. One problem is getting Wikia to let go of the WoWWiki domain name - they own it and may be reluctant to let it go. Most importantly, I want to make sure we have consensus on this; if we "move" the wiki to another host Wikia policy is to continue it on their own servers, so if we move without getting consensus there will be a split involved in the userbase.

Anyway, I would like comments on this. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!C58,964 contributions and counting) 00:10, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

The timeline for the upcoming Wikia changes as they pertain to WoWWiki

October 6, 2010
  • All logged in users will be able to "switch on" the new look for themselves. - this is now done, the new look is now available.
October 20, 2010
  • All users will see the new look.
  • Logged in users will have the temporary option of viewing and editing wikis in Monaco.
November 3, 2010
  • The option to use Monaco will be removed.

Comparison of skins

By the way, I spent some time today customizing the new WoWWiki skin (it's a work in progress), and this is how the main page looks:

I should note, improvements should be coming to reduce the height of the top areas, and exact colours are easily tweaked (e.g. making the buttons more "gold"). Kirkburn  talk  contr 19:31, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

Very well, here are screenshots of a content page comparing the new skin and my own customized version of the old Wowwiki skin, as well as the custom Monaco skin most users probably are on. Note that I've hidden the floating toolbar and the feedback button on the Wikia skin to get a clean screenshot, and it looks like one of the ads failed to load, but it is otherwise unmodified.
I definitely prefer the WoWWiki skin myself. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:58, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Chiming in here too... plenty of mob pages have zone maps with pings indicating where they're found. That... doesn't really work all that well:
... --k_d3 00:31, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
That's an issue with our template, which I've fixed now -- pings should appear at the map even if the map is pushed down. The gap caused by the infobox/map collision is more annoying, but we could design around that by adjusting the width of the map. -- foxlit (talk) 11:11, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Just out of interest have you disabled NoScript(it looks like it could be blocking some function in that screenshot) ;) Not that I am saying those ping things work but I wanted to make sure nobody was misled! :) Zasurus (talk) 07:16, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Meh, the pushdown was the biggest complaint there. Which, yeah... we can fix. This, on the other hand:

...isn't something we can fix. There's so much wasted vertical space we're not allowed (thanks to the ToU) to fix that the box ad doesn't even fit above the fold! --k_d3 18:46, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Important changes with the new skin

Here is a list of issues with the new skin affecting WoWWiki and article appearance on WoWWiki. Note that these changes can't be fixed just by cosmetic "tweaks" as Kirkburn and the others at Wikia seem to think. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:16, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

  • People have been reporting headaches attributed to the new skin. If you are experiencing these headaches, switch to the old WoWWiki skin or just take a break.
  • The WoWWiki "brand" is reduced in importance. Wikia branding occupies the entire top of the page - navigation leads away from WoWWiki to other wikis. Also, an ad occupies the space below the Wikia header, pushing the WoWWiki navigation lower.
  • The loss of the sitenotice prevents WoWWiki from communicating important messages effectively to its community.
  • Navigation links are greatly reduced. This makes it hard to get around. A floating toolbar designed to provide some of the missing navigation links barely achieves its purpose and is again difficult to use. Links to "Random Page" and "Wiki Activity" are strangely given precedence over "Recent Changes" and "Wanted pages".
  • Talk page links are reduced to a small button. Common page maintenance tasks, such as protection, are reduced to a drop-down menu. "Full" history is hidden behind another drop-down menu listing the most recent editors to the page.
  • Seemingly random categories are added to a "read more" link which is not controllable.
  • In certain viewing modes (such as editing), important features (such as the search bar) do not appear.
  • JavaScript is used in abundance. JavaScript-less users/browsers beware.
  • The skin uses HTML5 which is not supported by certain browsers.
  • Fixed width to 1024px doesn't use the abundance of resolution available in most gamers' screens. This causes most articles with tables or infoboxes to be scrunched to be almost unreadable. A rather large, pointless sidebar (with ads) further complicates this - the content area is reduced to about 600px wide. Text does not wrap around the sidebar, nor do horizontal scrollbars appear (specifically disabled by Wikia) for those times when tables manage to make it off-screen.
  • More corporate branding at the bottom of the page again takes users away from WoWWiki.
  • Image attribution gives credit to users who may not deserve it.
  • Display of semantic data in-page is not implemented, despite WoWWiki admins requesting this.
  • Changes to the Wikia Terms of Use prevent admins from making site-wide changes which would benefit WoWWiki's interests but not Wikia's.

Things that would change if we left Wikia

I'm going to compose a list of stuff that would change if we move off - no matter where we go. Feel free to add if you think of anything. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!C58,964 contributions and counting) 00:52, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

Not sure what section to put this in, go ahead and move it if you've got a decent idea: in moving, we would essentially enter a situation in which there are two WoWWikis: the new one, and the old one on Wikia. The consequences of this are... Interesting, to say the least. It would likely cause some confusion for awhile, and have a serious effect on both the current userbase and the previous one. As has been brought up previously, see vs. for an example of this. -- Dark T Zeratul (talk) 03:27, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Part of the potential move to new hosting is that there would be all kinds of news posts/press releases getting sent out to the other fansites/news sites/et al about our "earth-shattering change wrought by the Cataclysm!" Links to the new site in the elinks templates... and so on. The user split has been my biggest fear behind all of this, but if we get the news out widely hopefully people will update their bookmarks. --k_d3 03:37, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

What we would leave behind

  • Monaco would be gone - either way it will be gone in a month or so, but if we leave there's no way we're maintaining it. WoWWiki would switch back to the old WoWWiki skin or a re-color of Monobook or Vector (Vector and other skins as an option of course). We would not adopt Wikia's new look - obviously.
  • Problem reports are gone; again, either way, because Wikia is planning to phase these out too. But obviously we can still get things fixed, just the notification system will change.
  • Ads would be different - depending on where we set up shop we should be able to get something reasonable worked out. Most of our options currently look very reasonable.
  • Avatars, Facebook Connect, MyHome and the like, all of the Wikia social features would be gone.
  • The automated welcome bot would be gone (though if it mattered we could probably code something like it) - we might actually have to come together as a community and welcome newcomers *shock*
  • "Following" would probably revert to "watching". Any remaining instance of "photos" would revert to "images" or "files".
  • The Rich Text Editor would be gone. CategorySelect (easy-add/remove categories) would be gone too.
  • Our domain name - sadly probably the thing we're all most attached to. As we mentioned above we would have to change the domain name. Currently we have no plans to move to a subdomain of another domain (like WoWInsider just did), but we still have to come up with something that we like and can agree on.
  • The domain itself and all its current content would stay with Wikia for use as they see fit. A copy of all content would go to the new site.
  • We'll probably lose some users - inevitable in a transition. Since we don't have the raw user database users would be required to re-register on the new site. All of the site history and images will carry over, however.
  • Unified login with other Wikia sites will not work.
  • Shared help - help pages from the Wikia Help wiki - would not be available, but we could re-create the important ones from MediaWiki help pages, and we still have a lot of the help pages from before we merged with Wikia. Also, Wikia just nuked most of their Help pages so this probably doesn't matter as much.

What we would gain

  • Things should work better - Wikia has been having some issues lately, and while obviously we can't promise 100% uptime (and the quality of service depends on where we go), removing a lot of the Wikia bloat can't hurt - WoWWiki would use only what it needs (we can trim almost 5 seconds off load time just by not having legacy Wikia code which they keep around to support other wikis and tools we don't use)
  • More direct control of the backend means better optimization of WoWWiki-specific code.
  • Site speed may increase if the wiki is centrally hosted instead of distributed across multiple cache servers - reducing DNS lookups reduces load times.
  • More stability resulting from the lack of daily changes to the codebase.
  • Account renames would be easier - those who had to get their name changed to WoWWiki-User could get it changed back if they wanted.

What would stay the same

  • All of the content existing at the time of the split would be carried over. This includes edit history and images.
  • Relevant extensions will be kept.
  • Any relevant JS or CSS code.
  • Our relationship with Blizzard and other sites will probably stay the same. Depending on where we go it may even improve (for example if we enter an existing network of gaming sites).
  • Policies, guidelines, and user rights will largely stay the same.


I've been firing off emails of my own in preparation for this forum post (rather, the one I was planning on posting a week from now once more people had a chance to see the new skin)... The new ToU has decidedly pushed me away from the "let's see if we can fix it" stance I've attempted to carry until now. I'm nearly ready to fork at this point, to be quite honest. I hardly expect wikia's going to give up the domain -- we're 10% of their global page views! They would much rather we fork and split contributors than completely move away so that they can still have some ad impressions. (look at tfwiki vs transformers.wikia). Instead I've been trying to come up with a new domain name we can use that'll forward wherever the new wiki ends up. Anyway, the skin still is beta and I'm going to try to hold out hope for sanity from wikia for another week or two before I start pushing my hosting proposals along. --k_d3 00:22, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

Well, if you want to pay for it - and preserve the whole database (all 87,000 articles of it, lol) - be my guest...but if it's a matter of looks, I honestly don't see a problem. As long as we can still read it, and still edit it...then does it matter? --Joshmaul (talk) 00:31, September 29, 2010 (UTC)
The main problem outside of appearance is navigation is going to suck. I'm on the new skin right now and basically the only way to get around is to type in the URLs. The search box doesn't even show up the whole time. Plus, if we want a change, we're at Wikia's mercy - we can't change most things on the interface now. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 00:33, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

Hmm...I see where that would be a problem. And I apologize if my previous comment came across as rude - didn't mean to be so. I didn't see any other problem besides the potential for getting the crappy white Wikia backgrounds. *chuckles* --Joshmaul (talk) 01:44, September 29, 2010 (UTC)
Don't worry, I asked for comments. Anyway, next week you'll be able to try it for yourself on WoWWiki, but I wanted to get the ball rolling ASAP. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 01:47, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

I am slightly more optimistic about retaining the domain name, though only about || this much. essentially looks available if we really have to go that route (having a looksee at godaddy), and I think that would be a more appropriate TLD anyway, given our content.
My question is: Where do we go? We have too many hits to just walk up to any old random provider and say "gief bandwidth". If we do, who knows how much in the necessary fees we'll need to come with? Who, of us, have the money? I don't expect much help from the community, but maybe I'm being doom-and-gloomy. Going the other way and finding us a random provider that would take us in for free, what will we pay for in advertisements?...
Then, of course, there's the route of "approach these companies which are familiar to the WoW crowd", which kd3 hints at [perhaps admins could get a summary via the email list about what exactly he's been emailing around about?], as well as those tossings around on IRC. I'm most favorable to this option as I know a few here who have previously discussed it are as well, but who would do so? We usually end up with "not a one", but we haven't really contacted (m)any of them...
Yeah, this looks bleak to me. But I'm tired and stressed with schoolwork. --Sky (t · c) 04:10, September 29, 2010 (UTC)
If there's an issue about money, I would be able to help. But we'll see how this progresses, and how much it'll cost in the end. --User:Gourra/Sig2 06:06, September 29, 2010 (UTC)
I'll be sending a heads-up to the sysop list once I'm done with school today (9-10 hours from now). --k_d3 17:17, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

I'm not an editor here on the WoWWiki, but I thought I'd mention this here since you guys are probably the highest profile wiki considering moving: With regards to independent hosting, what about pooling resources with another few wikis who are considering moving? I'm not familiar with the current rates for hosting, but it seems like the cost would be a little easier to swallow if it were divvied up among several communities. I'm waiting until the 6th to talk with my community about migration, so I can't vouch for us yet, but there are already a few other wikis who could join forces with you if you do decide to move. -- Nonoitall 09:08, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

I do like the idea of banding together with other communities that are looking to move, if it means that we have to ask for donations from people then so be it. If we get as many page views as people have been saying, then it would only take a small percentage of people to donate relatively small sums before it all added up. Also, what do people think about asking for help from Blizz? I know that I use WoWWiki for everything, whenever I try and use the official WoW site, it seems clunky and not as informative as this site. Perhaps we might be able to talk to Blizz about becoming the official WoW encyclopaedia? Jeffajaffa (talk) 19:55, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

WoWWiki is already an official fansite. As for becoming the official WoW encyclopaedia, in the stead of the small one on the official site, WoWWiki is by no means perfectly accurate. I like to think that we are slightly more accurate every day, but it still contains content that was made up or misinterpreted by fans.--User:Sandwichman2448/Sig 20:55, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
I don't support banding together, only because it will add to the logistical quagmire. It sounds good in theory and emotion, but the complexity of the move will only go up. Also, people are cheap. Asking for donations won't last. They'll probably just go to some other resource.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 22:08, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Hobinheim, if WoWWiki is going to go independent then it needs to be independent. We can applaud and advise other sites' efforts to leave Wikia, but I don't think we should provide monetary support. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:15, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

As much as I love the idea of us going independent, the question remains, how are we going to fund this? It seems whatever we do, we are going to need money. Whilst adds may be able to cover the running costs, any move to go independent is going to need a reasonable amount of start up cash. Perhaps people would be more willing to pay if they knew that once the start up fees had been covered, there would be no more need for donations. --Jeffajaffa (talk) 01:05, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
It doesn't sound like you guys understand the true cost of hosting this site. Unless you've got a handful of users each willing to drop thousands of dollars just for the initial move and set up - it won't work. But you've gotten way ahead of yourself - Wikia isn't selling WoWWiki. If the users, even the core ones, split off - this wowwiki will stay - and it'll still get most of the hits from the general populace. Trends will stay the same. The new forced skin is horrible for wikis, but sadly they've got this particular site by the balls - no matter how much people don't want to admit that.HooperBandP (talk) 01:03, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
The only reason that this site is as popular as it is is because it is the best source of information for WoW. If there is a split, then it looks likely that the key members of this site would move to the new site, thus making it bigger and better, and leave this site to wither and die. If we can get a vote on how many people would stay and how many would be prepared to move, that might give us an idea of where to go from here. --Jeffajaffa (talk) 01:10, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
True, the "key members" would indeed move, most likely, and continue to do great with a second site. But this site would still be here. And the common user would still come to it. And, especially with a new expansion looming, new users would fill the void. They may be slower to get even half as good as those that leave, but for every one person who is aware enough and goes to the new site, 100 will still come here. Its just how it is.HooperBandP (talk) 01:20, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
I doubt it, you are assuming other sites will stay the same in how they link to the current WoWWiki and ignoring word of mouth. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 01:26, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Don't think that most people would have the loyalty to stay with the "True" site? If the new site is better than what this site would become, then people will use it. --Jeffajaffa (talk) 01:29, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
First, to Hooper and true cost: We're getting estimates up there. The cost is high, we know. Ads would probably be required. :)
Second: We're not ahead of ourselves. We're actually operating under the assumption we don't end up with the domain. For hits in general (as well as new contributors!), we can do things to shift users away from here which are fairly non-malicious for Wikia. If the main contributors up and leave, this wiki will die. It's held up as it is by the threads of a select 30 or 40.
Third: We're already talking to WoW sites about linking elsewhere. They know what it means to have a community (else they wouldn't have userbases of their own), and that's what Wikia doesn't have. For all that Wikia has increasingly pushed the "social" aspect, that's not what community is.
Fourth for Mgg: Suffice it to say now that we have a secure option that is not Wikia and are looking at the others/doing price checks for individual hosting. :) --Sky (t · c) 02:14, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, hosting costs money but "thousands of dollars just for the initial move and set up" sounds a little exaggerated to me. If you got a few dedicated editors together who were each willing to commit a few bucks a month on their hobby, I don't think that hosting costs would be so high as to be unmanageable — even without ads. (Though ads could certainly help.) I'd certainly be willing to part with a bit of cash each month for my wiki. That's kind of why I suggested getting several wikis together. Bandwidth tends to cost less per GB when you're buying more of it, lessening the load for everyone in the group.
Still, I understand and appreciate the logistical complications of working in other communities, and I'm not criticizing if you guys would rather stand alone. -- Nonoitall 02:30, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Arbitrary break 1

I have been using wowwiki for years now (and more recently started doing small changes) and I don't know how I could enjoy WoW never mind make Addon's without it! After looking at the examples wikia came up with for wowwiki and how cramped it looks never mind the other changes I really feel a new host would be better. I know I would donate (ether a decent one off to help the move or maybe even a fixed amount of a few £ a month) to get us a decent host that we could add features to and never worry about some board of money grabbers trying to squeeze every last penny out of the users. Zasurus (talk) 22:12, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

One thing I would like to ensure is that if we did lose the domain and where forced to get a new one the new one wasn't locked to the new host... No mater how good a company is/seems it is easy for them to get eaten by a much bigger company and if that was the case and the decision was made again we wouldn't be in the boat of having to split and risk confusing people Zasurus (talk) 22:16, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Very true. We'll need to figure out how to handle that when the time comes too. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:17, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Most domains are not (should not) be tied to hosting. I'd caution against GoDaddy though because i really don't trust their domain management. I'd like to offer my services with domain registration and hosting technicial support if anyone has use of them, I've been running websites since '98 and I work for an ISP so I'd like to believe I'm good at it. -=- IconSmall DrakeAzure Drazisil [t/c] 03:35, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, kind of leaning away from GoDaddy too. Anyway, domain registration is fairly straightforward (once we figure out which one we want), but do you have any idea roughly what hosting would take? --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:39, October 6, 2010 (UTC) My opinion means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but Wikia seems only concerned with revenue from advertisements these days. It seems now that it doesn't care a lick about its users. Depressing, but that's the direction most places on the internet often go. WoWWiki should depart from Wikia if only to dictate its own terms. --Magecake (talk) 22:22, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

We're seeing that more and more, every skin revision they seem to have more ads, less room for content. Content is why people come to WoWWiki, not ads. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:30, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Domain names are not supposed to be owned by the host. If you register the domain name, it's yours until it expires. whois will tell you when a domain name expires. According to whois, the domain expires on November 15, 2019 and is indeed owned by Wikia. [1] Wikia must register the domain to itself during the sign up process. I think that's bull crap. Dreamhost doesn't do that and offers unlimited bandwidth and disk space. I use them and have not had any problems, but my sites don't get nearly as much traffic as this place. —EGingell (T|C|F) Treader of Cenarion Circle 07:36, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Plain & simple: I hate the new skin. The list of upcoming 'fixes' to be posted are a joke. I'm for moving away from wikia if at all possible. Wikia's made it quite clear they don't give a damn what their experienced editors think - all they care about is addng more ad space for the all-important dollar. Resa1983 (talk) 05:39, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

If they make more room for content before the final version, then I say stay. If they keep adding ads, or keep it the same as the current one for the new skin, then I say leave.-WoWDeathknight (talk) 21:45, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

Well, that's pretty easy. The final version rolls out this Wednesday (as an option, mandatory is next month) and they have shown no sign of giving. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 21:47, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

Then I guess I say we go.-WoWDeathknight (talk) 22:48, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

The one really horrible thing as things stand now, in my opinion, is the video ads that play audio without your permission -- we're naturally all playing WoW with WoWWiki open in the background, so having the web browser make unauthorized noise is kind of a dealbreaker, ESPECIALLY if WoWWiki is open in multiple tabs, and thus is playing multiple unauthorized noisy videos. Whatever decision is made should be to give us maximum control over saying "No" to these abusive ads. Mizzes (talk) 07:31, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Ugh, I hate those, and no matter how many times we complain to Wikia they keep coming back. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 12:17, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Please keep letting us know of these, they are not something we allow, but they do sneak through sometimes. The way this works is that we set certain limitations (no auto-audio, no gold-sellers...) and our ad providers send ads with tags that don't conflict with those limitations. The problem comes if the ads are miss-tagged and get sent to us anyway. Auto-playing audio are at the top of our own annoying ads list too -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 18:46, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

I'm a newer member to the Wikia zones, as honestly, their format has been difficult for me to use for a long time now. WoWWiki is really the only reason I joined. I will say that, as WoWWiki is my favourite and the only one I use regularly, I hope they DO move! When I'm looking something up, I'm not interested in ads or other sites, I want to find my information, perhaps read other articles relating to my question, and get back to WoW. Any extra content or, as someone else said, "abusive ads" shouldn't be the main thing I see on a Wiki page, especially when I have a specific inquiry in mind.Myrric (talk) 13:11, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

Exactly, WoWWiki needs to focus on its content, not crappy navigation or ads, or whatever else Wikia wants to put on us. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:44, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

Since my opinion was asked, I shall give it :P I'm personally still on the fence about this. I've always been one to 'wait and see' before making a final decision - and seeing as how I'll be able to do just that this week, I'll have a more definitive answer further down the line. If I were completely honest, though: I'm not beholden to any particular warcraft site in general, seeing as how my main function exists on the official game forums. If you guys do decide to move, I'll likely help at the new site while continuing to edit this (and other) ones. Frejya's RingFrejya 22:12, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

OK, no rush. Thanks for your input. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:44, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

Ugh. I don't know how to say it other than that. I don't mind the very first page of the wiki, but it looks as if everything else has been squished horrendously to the left. I might not have such a problem if everything to the right was removed, because as it stands now every page just looks like a thin, narrow column of info. Which makes it look terrible, imo. And now I hate my user page, too :( Frejya's RingFrejya 16:37, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

I don't have a problem with moving. It looks at this point that Wika has no interest in working with us for a more useful skin and so breaking free is probably the best bet. In terms of hosting I offered a suggestion in that section. For problem reports I'd suggest something like bugzilla, for forums I'm sure we could connect phpbb to the wiki's user database. Otherwise, I'm not seeing a big issue, except there become two copies of wowwiki. In terms of search engines, as long as all our inbound links switch over and we don't try to force the changeover with bad SEO the search engines should detect and adjust to the move in a fairly decent manner. -=- IconSmall DrakeAzure Drazisil [t/c] 22:21, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

I hope search engines look on the move favorably. Sounds like we'll see. I think Bugzilla might be a good idea, we'll have to explore that option when we get settled at the new location. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:44, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

I'm perfectly fine with us leaving the wikia system, the video ads that play audio without your permission are really annoying. Furthermore I come on this site for information regards the Warcraft universe and not to get countless ads. However if the admins decide that we stay with it, then I'll trust their judgement on it. --Sairez (talk) 00:37, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Myrric made me think of something that makes me want WoWWiki to leave Wikia. Those ads that are in the middle of the page drive me absolutely insane. It makes lines only have 3 words in it and make it annoying to read.-WoWDeathknight (talk) 01:59, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I don't particularly like the new skin, it's even breaking the pages. To fix them would users need to edit every page to match the new skin? If so given the amount of pages on this wiki that would be no small task. Also the amount of ads they are throwing on the pages seems a bit ridiculous. Wikia doesn't seem to care much about their users opinions and forcing this on users seems a bit stupid, why not give us the choice to keep the old one? I guess on Wednesday we'll get a better idea of how it will change things. I love how large the WoWWiki community is and my only concern with moving sites is how big of a split it would cause. In any case regardless if you chose to stay or move I'll support the decision. Kiingy (talk) 02:28, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Pretty much every page would end up needing changed in the end, mostly affected are pages with wide tables or images and lots of infoboxes and stuff. Thanks for your input. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:22, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

What does it mean 'WoWWiki' for you? Only the English version or all the Warcraft wikis hosted in Wikia and connected via interwiki links at the end of the articles? --Killogwil (talk) 03:14, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

This decision is immediately only for the English WoWWiki, we are open to working something out for the other languages as well if they want to join us. Depending on where we set up we could do something like (or whatever),, and so on. But that's up to the individual wikis certainly. We would be open to keeping the interwiki links on our side pointing to the correct places wherever the other localizations go (Wikia is bad about not wanting to link to off-site wikis, so linking to us might be a bit more difficult if you remain on Wikia). --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:18, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

It would be nice to have the possibilty to join all the wikis really in one hosting service, sharing skins, templates, files.... Actually Wikia have a problem about that, there are lots of duplicate pics hosted, different formats (French one is based on a white skin, Polish is black, others are blue...), 25 admins, one per language (it's a mess try to coordinate a desition), different versions of common.css and common.js... One super-wiki is part of my deepest wet dreams. I don't really care about the interface or the skins finally used (here are people who could make desitions more useful than me in this aspect) so if could be possible, count on me. Anyway I will continue editing and fixed errors whatever host you choose. --Killogwil (talk) 03:55, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
A media commons would be a bit more work but might be doable in the future. Anyway, subdomains on a single domain is much easier to do and we'll keep it in mind. Thanks for your input. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:57, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I've been following this page in the last days, and even if i'm not an active/good contributor (nor good at well-written english) but i'm mostly on IRC, i still want to quietly tell my opinion. I didn't have anything against Wikia, but after seeing the incoming changes i think WoWWiki should move to avoid the forced uniformization to the social-network standards. A wiki exists to provide informations to people looking for them. If the wiki provides spam everywhere for all users, or highlights weird stuff (in a wiki the contributors should only be in the history. hell, the main guideline about editing is 'you don't sign articles'!), or simply forces his users to accept arbitrary decisions made only to gain 'moar profit', people shouldn't just silently accept this. I don't know if and who admins contacted to eventually move the wiki, I'd personally like both Blizzard (making WoWWiki -or whatever will be the name- an official site) and Curse (they always provided a good support and indipendence for their sites). I'm less positive about ZAM, seems too spammy. About moving to an own space... It would be the best option, but i'm not sure if you could afford money costs (i read many calculations in this page but you can't tell until you face a real bill) and i'd prefer to see the wiki safe and online in someone else hands, without risks to be taken offline. But i'm always pessimist about everything :P Either decision you will take, but i'll approve it and i'll follow you. IconSmall Gnome EraclitoIconSmall Mage Eraclito 13:23, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Your English isn't bad - indeed, thanks for your input. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 13:40, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Arbitrary break 2

I don't like the new skin. Simple as that. It's not user friendly.
Also, there's no way I'm going to accept having to edit all the infoboxes and tables I've created during all my life at WoWWiki. I spent a lot of time fixing them, and I won't stand having to edit them all because the new skin. I simply go *rage* of merely thinking about it.
All the features that wikia is creating, with this "social wiki" concept, should be completely optional, and be able to be removed from sight of anyone who doesn't want to see them.
Finally, we should be able to edit the wiki as most as we want. Being forced to use specific codes, images or layouts sucks hell, and completely spits on the concept of the free collaborative editing of a wiki.
Worst of all, we're the 10% of wikia's revenue, and we are completely ignored.--Lon-ami (talk) 09:12, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Lon-ami... Just looking at the difference between the two Transformer wikis mentioned above is huge... The non wikia one is clean, simple, easy to navigate with links that are obvious to what they are... The wikia one is clunky, ugly, enormous non-moving and non-scaling background pictures (I hate that) and the pages show up as HUGE GLARING WHITE BOXES on the predominantly black background... that mostly block out the non-moving background picture, thus making it pointless. Ad for facebook, ad for twitter, ad for transformers animated (which is at least slightly relevant), ad for the second movie, and that's with ads off. I profoundly dislike java and javascript, and don't like the wildly flailing menus every time I move my mouse around. I'm not nearly as busy here as I once was, but I was asked my opinion, and my opinion is abandon Wikia.--Azaram (talk) 16:27, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I think we should leave...if they have nothing to offer us other than a forced background that not many people like, why should we even bother?
Besides, this is a classic case of what caused the American Revolution...some big dumbass thought that they could force something on people and get away with it. The people who didn't like it said "Screw you" and left. Wikia has no right to force this on WoWWiki, other than that we're part of the community, and even then, I honestly doubt that excuses forcing a crappy background that shows less content and more adds on us. --IconSmall WolvarBig, furry, and insane (Have a conversation with the homocidal furry!) (Come and stalk me! ...No, wait, please don't.) 19:18, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I hope it's a lot less bloody than a revolution, but otherwise yeah. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 19:22, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I agree about leaving, we should leave if they force that more-ad-less-pic-annoying-to-navigate skin on us. Thing is, and i know this has been discussed before, but how are we going to do it? It'll cost around a million dollars quite literally to keep the site running without wikia. Btw, we should do a vote on this, just to see that the majority is with us leaving. We cant do it without a majority.--Sheffi (talk) 21:00, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Domain and Hosting Issues

So, if we do fork, there's no way wikia's going to sell us (our new host) the domain. So, short of going to "", which would be kinda shady in most users' (and google's!) eyes... what else could we use? --k_d3 21:50, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

What about --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:20, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

Regarding the issue of hosting, it's a bit of a long shot but what about asking Blizzard to host? -- Dark T Zeratul (talk) 03:29, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

We are asking multiple places, it's a bit premature to go over options at the moment. Mainly we want to get users' opinions and solidify what we can do before presenting what we've got. Expect to see more details in the coming week(s) as the skin rolls out and we get more interest in moving off Wikia. :P Feel free to suggest ideas though, especially if you have contacts. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:35, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

Get Curse to host it.User:Ackis/Sig 18:14, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
I think not! --Joshmaul (talk) 18:40, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Let's keep our options open at the moment, Curse is a valid option but I agree with Joshmaul, let's not jump from one corporate overlord to another without considering our other options. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:16, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

OK, one of the users of Wikisimpsons contacted ShoutWiki and they said that they would have an option to upgrade to Monaco once they reach MediaWiki 1.16. It will cost though apparently. I am not sure if this is one instalment or monthly although I hope it is not the latter. Vector will be available once they update too. ☆The Solar Dragon☆ 06:16, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

ShoutWiki is an option, they're just getting started though so I'm not really excited about it but we'll see. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 11:41, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

Once we find a place to host this, we might consider asking Blizzard to give us a sub-domain. That is "" would be nice. Not sure they would go for it, but could solve some of our name change problems for the better. I still think that hosting it is going to be the major deal. I could do it easily at my place of employment. At least the technical aspects would be easy. Polictical, not so much. And would you want to tie into a "Free" hosting environment if it meant you had to move if I changed jobs? Mgg4 (talk) 23:32, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

Do you work for a webhost or something? Any idea what it would cost without your "employee discount"? --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 23:37, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

I do web hosting, but it's for our own software as a service. We are not a "Web Hosting Company" in the way you would think of one. I could check into that if it becomes necessary, however, there are web-hosting services that we could look into, if we wanted to maintain the code/pages ourselves. Some of the other groups I belong to get some pretty good deals. Now the volume of this wiki might be a problem at some of those ISP/ASPs, but I'm sure something could be negotiated. Are we at the point where we want to start seriously looking at this yet? Mgg4 (talk) 23:58, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
We're at the point where we're considering the costs/benefits of each option so we can decide what is attainable vs. not, so yes I would say this would be a good time for that. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 00:03, October 1, 2010 (UTC) I totally support moving it if puts power back in our hands. ::coughs up dust:: Timing it with the release of Cataclysm would be great. How much does it cost to keep a site like WoWWiki afloat anyway?--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 04:00, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

Bandwidth would probably be the biggest concern - according to [2] WoWWiki gets about 2 million pageviews per day. As far as space needed, the database size (not including images) is about 2.6 GB, including images is probably quite a bit more. And then room for growth. It could be a fair penny if we went independent, and then we would probably have to negotiate for ads to pay for it, which would be more work. Best option would probably be to get into some other existing system, but we shouldn't rule out the independent idea out if that sounds like fun to someone. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 04:05, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

I like the independent idea because it helps keep us out of messes like this. And a raw 2M hits per day won't be a big deal at the start since people will be initially confused and divided about the split. But once people start to get the message and Cataclysm comes out, all bets are off I guess. It doesn't sound like fun as much as it might be a necessary evil. Can Google ads at least put a dent in that? =)--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 04:10, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Just a general FYI if anyone's still looking for me (pretty sure I've got all of the off-list emails answered): I'm crashing for the night--gotta open at work tomorrow (later today >.<). I'll be back around 14:00 EDT (18:00 UTC/10:00 PDT). --k_d3 04:14, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
(oops, sorry hob. didn't mean to edit over you there. >.<) --k_d3 04:19, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
2.6 MM pageviews equates to what in terms of bandwidth. There are hosting companies out there that have certain limits on bandwidth, but those are limits like "700 GB/month". I suppose if we knew what the average size of a wowwiki pageview is, we could figure out what our average monthly bandwidth would be. Most of the hosting providers are going to allow 30-40 GB of storage with that level of account, so storage of the database shouldn't be a problem. Mgg4 (talk) 00:07, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
According to [3] we have 48,231 images. Assuming about 600KB per image adds about 30GB of data. A blank, uncached page is about 800KB in bandwidth (on the wowwiki skin). Our biggest (by code) commonly-loaded page is Patch mirrors which is about 1.22MB. A big, popular page with lots of images is Thrall at 1.60 MB. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 00:18, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

So, if we look at a nice round number like 1.0MB/page, and 2 million hits per day, we are looking at about 2GB of data transfer per day, or about 60GB per month. I just pulled up one of the hosting companies I've worked with, and they have shared server solutions for about $25/mo, with 40GB of storage and 320GB of transfer per month. A Virtual Machine (VM) solution (still shared, but a bit more isolated and secure) is $100/mo and gives you 40GB of storage and 700GB of transfer. Additional disk storage is available on either plan for an up-charge. The "Shared" hosting is on a Linux platform (I believe they use RedHat), and the VM solution is available with either Linux or Windows Server 2003 (a bit old now, but still servicable). We would need to look into what the revenue stream from ads would look like to see if this was going to make sense financially. If the adds are not going to pull in the $$ to cover the costs, we would be well advised to stick with Wikia, regardless how bad they make our pages look. Mgg4 (talk) 00:42, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Your calculations are off by 2^10; assuming 1MB/pageview, the bandwidth figure is closer to 2 TB / day. -- foxlit (talk) 13:11, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Well, we also need to somehow account for cache and knocking off all the crap Wikia code adding to bandwidth. Knocking out all the common stuff in cache brings average page loads to 200 KB, which is closer to 400 GB daily (assuming we have 2.0M pageviews). --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 13:16, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

My main point was that he was off by a factor of 1000; shaving off a factor of 5 still lands us in >10 TB / month land, which is basically infeasible without multiple dedicated servers. Furthermore, bandwidth is not the only consideration: concurrency and dynamically generated content hurts at this amount of page views. In short, we're looking at thousands of US dollars per month.
That is not to say that self-hosting is not a fun thing to consider -- just that any individual saying "I'll pay for this out of my pocket!" is probably not estimating the size of the problem properly. -- foxlit (talk) 16:35, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
With self-hosting, you still have to consider ISP costs and their "unlimited" clauses. Also, I didn't know Wikia owned the domain name. That sucks, think of the countless thousands of links from external websites, especially addon hosting sites and the WoW forums. —EGingell (T|C|F) Treader of Cenarion Circle 18:01, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Getting links switched really wouldn't be a problem. The Blizzard community is quite close. Its not that difficult to go talk to an admin of any of the other fansites as most have IRC channels on freenode as well (wowuidev, wowhead, wowace, etc), even Boub from mmochamp idles in wowwiki's channel. It would be the work of maybe 10 minutes to talk to heads of each section of the community to ask them to begin to switch their links around, and/or ask Boub to post something on MMOChamp about a wowwiki split, and maybe send an email to WoWInsider to inform their readers as well. It wouldn't take long at all for an email to hit a Manager at Blizz (I do believe kd3 has multiple contacts there, as do other sysops/users) to tell them the move happened, and ask if they could change the Official Fan Site page to link to the new address. The biggest problem would be google - would show up before the new site. :( Resa1983 (talk) 18:30, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Worrying about bandwidth sounds a bit premature. Sure going out of pocket isn't sustainable, but it's only not sustainable if the fork is successful. And we don't have know that much yet. We don't even have anything planned! So I wouldn't worry about it for now. We're not going to be a runaway hit right off the bat. WoWWiki via Wikia will still absorb a lot of shock to the system for as long as they carry the WoWWiki banner, which in the foreseeable future should be forever. Sad face.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 19:31, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

So I read through this entire page of comments... and peeked at some of the never ending stream of negative comments on the blog. I'm pretty much going to say, until I see good evidence in the contrary, it's probably best to leave wikia, and there couldn't be better timing than Cataclysm if that is how it goes down. It's a pity that the community would have to rebrand in order to make it happen, but that does open up opportunities to pair with Blizzard (at least in theory, whether they would be willing to entertain the possibility of a subdomain is another thing entirely).
However, it does seem pretty likely that wowwiki as we know it is coming to an end, one way or another, as do all good things. The trick it seems is what to make of this. To just let it happen or try to take some initiative and attempt to make a fresh start work. If it doesn't work out, what's the worst that will happen? Some how or another, the people who have enjoyed contributing to wowwiki will do so in another fashion.
I have a friend who does hosting as a small business on top of his 9-5, and who said he really enjoys working for non-profits. I might see if he'd be willing to at least chat in private with admins and give some estimates, to get a rough idea of what the cost would be to truly go independent versus the piggy back route. I know he's familiar with wikis, although I'm not sure about mediawiki in particular.
Just my 2 cents. I don't know how much it means at this juncture while I'm on haitus from WoW. Just Alerting You Small Howbizr(t·c) 07:38, October 5, 2010 (UTC)
I'd hate to see WoWWiki die off, due to this... short of buying every RPG book, novels, etc this is the one and only source to find out information of so many Warcraft characters, events, and overall lore of the Warcraft Universe... now while the main WoW site tries to have a simple history encyclopedia, it is very inferior to what is here. And the same goes with WoWWiki being an inferior database site for items, compared to WoWhead or Thottbot, but the main purpose of WoWWiki is about the lore aspect of the game, so if it can be salvaged in anyway... I'd gladly continue using it for information. If of course it stays on wikia and the new skin makes it too annoying to edit stuff, then sadly I will stop editing. But if we can move and take most of the community with us, then I'd happily support it. User:Coobra/Sig4 21:32, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

I'm really big fan of HostGator, fairly cheap and great customer service. They offer unlimited space and bandwidth (the gotcha is INODE counts and no chat servers) and I think they actually honor that. May be something to look at, though I know everyone has a preferred web host. -=- IconSmall DrakeAzure Drazisil [t/c] 22:14, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

I'll just name a decent name. What about (talk) 02:01, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
It's taken. Hong Kong beat you to it. Always remember to WHOIS the names. :) -=- IconSmall DrakeAzure Drazisil [t/c]
I just tried to search it and I couldn't find it.-WoWDeathknight (talk) 02:19, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
There are many names that are taken, but not used. It' was a good name, I agree. If you want a good place to check if names are taken may I suggest ? -=- IconSmall DrakeAzure Drazisil [t/c] 02:27, October 6, 2010 (UTC) is available!-WoWDeathknight (talk) 02:31, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

IMO, Independent is the way to go. Forgive me Paul, He who owns a thing, controls a thing. If is available, someone go grab it now before some cybersquatter does and we have to pay even more for it. Sure there are going to be setup costs. Given the size and scope of this community, it is entirely possible that any ad services could offset the monthly operational costs, and possibly even the setup costs. Granted, someone may have to take that on as their main focus, but we have the advantage of recognizable name brand here. Our Guild liked and used this format so much that when it came to build the Facta Non Verba website, I setup a server, downloaded the Wiki software and imitated the look of this site as best I could (thanks again to those who helped). Porting the data to the new location will be tedious, annoying, problematic and buggy. Yep. Seems that a Cataclsym is coming to WoWWiki as well and the best way to handle it is head on. Ariule (talk) is registered, presumably by some cybersquatter. --User:Gourra/Sig2 08:31, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I think the new skin is worse than the previous ones, but leaving apparently means competing WoW Wiki's. If we 1) find a good domain name, and 2) find a good replacement host; then we still have to get editors to understand the difference between the old "WoWwiki", and the new one. Questions:
  1. Can we take all the existing content as is?
  2. Even if most of us stop editing the wikia version, what stops wikia from copying new info from us to keep their version current.
  3. How do we let new players and potential editors know about the new version?
    I can't imagine that wikia would allow their version to tell people about our version.
Because of the above, I guess I lean towards staying even though the wasted space on both sides of the monitor (even my laptop is 1920 px) is very annoying.
Having said that, I will follow wherever the core editors go. —MJBurrage(TC) 19:35, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
  1. Yes.
  2. Nothing. The license (CC-by-SA) specifically says they may do so, and it is the license which Wikia presumes allows them to keep their current content.
  3. We advertise to the WoW community. Every fansite we'll ask to post something (possibly the blizzard spotlight), and then stuff on the official forums. Ingame too, if you want to go that far, but you can just go with word-of-mouth in that space rather than spamming in /2. :) --{{SUBST:User:Sky2042/sig}} (talk) 19:43, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Domain arbitrary break 1 is open.--Sheffi (talk) 21:11, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Not any more. And this is why we don't publicly suggest domain names. Actually, it's been registered since 2004 and is for sale. For sale is not the same as open/available. —EGingell (T|C|F) Treader of Cenarion Circle 06:37, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Possibly relevant to this is the mentioned likely possibility that Wikia will ban the leaving WoWWiki administration, preventing us from doing anything on this end one the move is finalized. Also, spreading the word about the new site and its value can not be stressed enough.--User:Sandwichman2448/Sig 21:26, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I don't think they would ban us... at most remove us from the admin group, but not ban us.... hmm would they? .. Nah. User:Coobra/Sig4 05:28, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Some admins of wiki (russians) on Wikia who leave wikia get this -- 08:04 (User rights log) . . Uberfuzzy (Talk | contribs) changed group membership for Участник:Edward Chernenko from Administrators to (none) --Strizh (talk) 23:29, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
Hmm, that's odd. Did he make a big fuss or something? Usually Wikia doesn't de-op inactive admins (unless they do what we're about to do). --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 23:47, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

JS redrect to new host. Bad way to leave Wikia. --Strizh (talk) 23:57, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
Funny -- Forum:Anti-Wikia_Alliance --Strizh (talk) 23:59, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

For hosting, gives unlimited storage, databases, bandwidth, etc. The only limit to their shared hosting is ram. Which would probably be a big issue with a site of this nature. As far as all the features we are giving up (facebook, etc), all you need to do is find somebody experienced with mediawiki who can implement them. The technologies are very easy to use. I have been working with mediawiki for years, btw, and would be happy to help. Slithytove2 (talk) 12:04, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Where you see a feature, I see... not good things. :) Were we to add more of the "given up features" to the site, we'd probably reimplement them incrementally and using extensions we catch from, rather than the somewhat proprietary (they might not actually be proprietary; I haven't checked) extensions that Wikia has developed (you'll notice that almost none of the ones they've forced on us have MediaWiki extension pages…). --Sky (talk) 15:41, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Some thoughts from Wikia

The new skin is something we have been working on very intensively over the last few months, and I know that several here have been heavily involved in the beta testing stage of the project. Right from the start we knew this was going to be a difficult move for many established wikis and long-term users. There are big changes in this skin, and the first look is a shocking one to anyone used to the old look. But I’ve been using it for a while now, and I can honestly say that it's now jarring to me each time I have to switch to Monaco.

We've talked on the staff blog about why we are making this change. We want to make every wiki on Wikia the best it can possibly be. Your content is the biggest part of that, of course, but our part is in making an interface and features that attract people to the site and help them understand what it is and how they can take part.

The new look will be something we will be working on well beyond the release date. The beta testing has been vital in developing this skin, and feedback as it's released and used by more people will be helpful as well. We'll also be watching very closely to see how it's used and what the effects of the changes are on editors and readers.

Some of you have tried the skin, and hopefully will have seen how the beta version has changed over the last few weeks. For the others, I'd urge you to give it a go as it's released. I think that, like me, you’ll find this is a skin that will really take the WoWWiki interface to the next level. -- Sannse (talk) 22:06, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

How long would you conservatively estimate until the next massive skin refresh/revamp? One, two, three years? I'd also like to thank you and the other staff for all the hard work you do. Over the last few weeks you've taken a lot of bile and abuse over this reskinning. Putting aside all the technical issues and details I wish I could wave a magic wand and lower the stress levels in the Wikia offices a couple notches. --Kollio (talk) 08:03, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
The intention is that this skin will be the base for a long time to come. It’s been designed to be a foundation for the future, something we can build on long-term... rather than needing another large shift. I wish I could answer your question more specifically, but we don't want to make predictions that we can’t back up 100%
And thanks for your kind words about the staff :) -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 18:35, October 4, 2010 (UTC)
Can i post some criticism of the new look, I don't want to sound mean, but i think some things are either unnecessary or obstrutive at least according to the images posted on here--Ashbear160 (talk) 23:08, October 5, 2010 (UTC)
I don't speak for Wikia, but they've been open to criticisms (even though they haven't acted on them much). --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 23:22, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

If it helps, Sannse, what I don't like about wikia's latest decisions is this forcing to make wikias something more: blogs, social networks, etc. A wiki is a wiki, and I don't like to have those things around. I was fine with my watchlist, and I don't like followed pages a bit.
Call me old school, but I want to edit in the wiki as I've always done, and avoid all those, in my opinion, useless things. If you want to make a blog-esque thing, then user your personal space. We could then make some new types of pages, and link it directly; but completely optional, and built over what we have, without new functions that come over what we already had. Yeah, user friendliness is important, but there's a difference between user friendliness and editing for dumbs, with all this buttons and options.
Wouldn't it be easier to explain in a small tutorial what's each wikicode for? Just saying. It's good for the new people, and I guess the social network theme attracts them more, but it's just bad for us who were already here and don't want shinny features messing up with our wiki.
As for the skin, I'd prefer to keep the current one. I didn't like to change from the previous one, but well, it wasn't that bad in the end, and navigation was fine. The new model doesn't look good Frowney.--Lon-ami (talk) 08:42, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Well it lose it's wikiness, but are the changes already on? because from the screenshots the posted here it seems that you added a right bar and this is a serious design flaw, it cramps up the article it has nothing interesting it's obstructive(damages the article) and hurts the eyes to read such a small article--Ashbear160 (talk) 11:22, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Do you really need four ad spaces per page, i'm not trying to cut on your profit but wasn't 3 ad spaces enough per article?--Ashbear160 (talk) 11:25, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
The right bar is obstructive and unnecessary it adds nothing why should i care what new images were added and new articles were made, when i'm trying to read the article it makes no sense these things should be OUT of the article--Ashbear160 (talk) 11:34, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
i don't care about the toolbar because this is not a blog this is a wiki, so i'll nver use it and i think only a small minority will--Ashbear160 (talk) 11:37, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Just wanted to point out there are technically 5 ad spaces per page in the new look. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 11:57, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback Ashbear. The ad placements are still being worked on some I believe, although the top two, and the 1 or 2 spotlight sections (depending on article length) are in the positions they will probably end up in. Logged in users only see spotlights and ads on the main page, so hopefully they won't get in your way too much :) -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 18:02, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
You should change the bar from the right to the left, in the right it gives me headaches because the article is very small and too much to the left where the article is, and the weakest eye is the left, it gives me headaches because i'm reading with mu right eye from the cornr of the left screen...--Ashbear160 (talk) 18:58, October 6, 2010 (UTC)


I don't care either way. I just wanted to chime in with this: if you abandon Wikia, you will lose some features (Forums, My Home, etc.). You'd also, probably, pay out the ass for hosting since most website hosts that offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space also have a buried "within reason" clause that allows them to charge overages despite the literal meaning of "unlimited". —EGingell (T|C|F) Treader of Cenarion Circle 03:04, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Forums aren't a Wikia-exclusive feature. MyHome...I don't care about MyHome. At all. We're discussing the other things too. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:05, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

I'm not really a contributor here and all I ever used WoW Wiki was to learn more about how I can create great infoboxes, etc. I'm greatly disturbed by the new skin and I totally support the move of major wikis as a protest to Wikia's mandatory changes. I just wanted to note you have more options than ShoutWiki --which is rather new and has some bandwidth problem from what I can tell. Wikkii is a free wiki hosting service I read about in GuildWiki's discussion page about moving. It offers complete control of a wiki --you even have to install MediaWiki yourself in case of free Advanced Hosting. ~ Akadirgun (userpagetalk) 07:23, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Except you get to use a .net domain, which search engines hate. Ajraddatz Talk 12:31, October 3, 2010 (UTC)
It looks like some Wikkii wikis are on .com. But I doubt we'll be going there anyway. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 12:40, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

Most of them are, except the advanced hosting ones are required to have a .net, from what I've read. Ajraddatz Talk 13:44, October 3, 2010 (UTC)
I've never seen a case of search engines hating .net domains. -=- IconSmall DrakeAzure Drazisil [t/c] 22:15, October 5, 2010 (UTC)
As i was reading all other opinions, WoWwiki is good sourse of infos for fans of Warcraft, I totally support whatever actions doned by admins here. IconSmall HighElf MaleSnake SnakeAbout me (011)Lets Talk of The Silver Covenant Edited 807 articles on WoWWiki IconSmall PaladinSilver Hand 23:29, October 5, 2010 (UTC)

Russian WoWWiki

If you decide to leave, we would like to leave with you. Because we have the same problems that you have... even more. --Strizh (talk) 08:18, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I'm the admin and founder of the Spanish WoWWiki, but I don't pay too much attention to it, I'd say none, since I prefer to spend my time here, mostly because I hate our localization, and I prefer to polish things here before starting to translate something that's going to be changed any time.
So no, I don't think I've any right to force community to leave. One of the other reasons I don't pay too much attention to it is the lack of community. Right now there's no more of 10 active users, and most of them are "new" to working with wikicode, so I don't think they would care too much.
I'd rather solve our issue with WoWWiki before starting with other wikis, really.--Lon-ami (talk) 08:33, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
For this reason I bet for one comunity based in en.wowwiki tools. Some lazy admins are too much time away to check the java and code problems :P. It should be more easyly if the code is universal for all subdomains. --Killogwil (talk) 12:10, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
The biggest problem for us - the lack of tools to advertise WoWWiki in our "Russian" Internet, so the number of visits we have a lot less than it could be. --Strizh (talk) 08:42, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Also, the interwiki links should be located in some place more easy to find, actually are a little hidden to promote. Russian wiki is great and Strizh burns the midnight oil to make it possible. --Killogwil (talk) 12:10, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
As I said above, we'd be willing to look at sharing our new domain with you so it's a bit easier to find the other translations ( or whatever). And of course interwiki links would be a given. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 12:12, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Russian WoWWiki will remain with you. Where you are, there we go :) --Strizh (talk) 13:34, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Petition for no change Yes i'm aware most petitions are useless, but meh just go there and add a signature it at least show that we do not like in more ways--Ashbear160 (talk) 11:57, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I think the best way to show we don't like the changes is to leave, but sign that if you think it helps. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 11:59, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Looking for a safe stance on this debate? Me neither.

I guess the pros of staying with Wikia are much more sizable than a skin issue.

What matters on WoWwiki is the content, not the aesthetics.

On the other hand, I hate the new Wikia-imposed skin.

This is why, if I was directly asked the aforementioned question, I would answer: "No, let's stay with Wikia a little longer, seen if they balance this rigid and unyielding customizing policy with some good features".--K ) (talk) 15:55, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

In response to that, I would say we've already taken that tack since the Monaco skin was forced on us (at least that was a bit easier transition). Also, the members of WoWWiki who were active in the beta have stressed repeatedly that this skin was not a good idea. Wikia has shown again and again they are not willing to work with us. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 16:06, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

i support you to leave it and suggest you could talk to scrolls of lore, they need a database and showed some interest--Ashbear160 (talk) 17:04, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Not going to happen. --User:Gourra/Sig2 17:17, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Seat of the trouble - Advertising. More visitors, more money, for these reasons that all changes. Wikia has not gone the way Wikipedia. Hmmm... I do not want to waste my time on their wallets, when they are not considered in my opinion. And you? --Strizh (talk) 17:25, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
SoL? Too much bad blood. At least on their end... My stance is "They're still around?" --k_d3 17:38, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
SoL? WoWWiki may well be independent, because it is self-sufficient. --Strizh (talk)18:01, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
As a SoL member, I don't think WoWWiki fits with it. SoL is a lore discussion forum, WoWWiki is a wiki. They're different things, and I'd rather them stay different. If you want to join one of them or both, then do, but don't mix what's fine without mixing.
There's a lot of SoL people that edit here, and I don't think anyone would disagree with me (save Ashbear, who seems to like idea).--Lon-ami (talk) 18:49, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I didnt' suggest fusing them, i suggested asking them about a host while making closer connections...--Ashbear160 (talk) 18:56, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Not that SoL people particularly like us... because of crap that happened years ago. But that's neither here nor there. Check the "Domain name and hosting issues?" section. We're looking at options for moving off wikia. --k_d3 19:00, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I'm a SoL people and I like you. Your generalization makes me cry :( xDDD.
It's pure stereotypes and nerd rage, I'd say just 10% there dislike WoWWiki, and most of them because they don't understand how wikis work.--Lon-ami (talk) 20:12, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
The administration of SoL is apparently thinking about adding an encyclopedia to their site (on Lon-ami's thread[4]). Which brings up an interesting point: With WoWWiki's user base split between the old Wikia WoWWiki and the new WoWWiki, what other factors will weaken the two sites (especially the new one)?--User:Sandwichman2448/Sig 21:22, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
SoL and WoWWiki are two very very different beasts hardware wise. I could run SoL on my shared webhost. WoWWiki takes something like 2 or 3 very beefy central servers and a bunch of distributed caches to function. I don't even want to do the bandwidth math. --Mikk (T) 20:24, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
yeah i know no crap about hosting--Ashbear160 (talk) 20:30, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
I say change. The Wikia skins are excessively busy.
IconSmall Draenei Female Farseer Loloteatalkcontrib 21:43, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Arbitrary Break (version 3.0)

Wikia, if you are listening, you're out of your minds with this skin. WoWWiki, if you are listening, hi! -- TheHutty (talk) 02:58, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Good point, myself. I couldn't have said it better. Regardless, this skin is bad. If you can leave, I'm right there with you. If you can't... I may just have to stop using Wikia. -- TheHutty (talk) 02:58, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I am right their with you. Does anyone know how to delete a wikia account? WoWwiki, If your looking for my vote, then i say leave wikia [you will be better off in the longterm] ChrisClayton (talk) 05:13, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
You don't delete a wikia account, you just stop using. User:Coobra/Sig4 05:30, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

My 2¢

I, myself, think that it wouldn't be too unreasonable for us to leave. I'd argue against it if users were given the option between the two interfaces, but they're going to remove that option on the 20th, so. In my opinion, the new version looks terrible compared to the classic WoWWiki I know and love. My only grievance is the loss of My Home, something I worship heavily. I suppose there's also the issue of the two WoWWikis, and I'm not entirely sure as to how we could rectify this. I say go for it, but we should probably figure out what to do about the multiple WoWWikis thing if we can. -- Inv staff 81 Sebreth (T.C) 06:31, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Reading over these comments it looks like there is going to be a community split regardless if we move or stay. Given the fact that wikia doesn't care in the slightest about their users opinions, I think we'd be better off moving.
As for the two wiki's, as more people move over to the new one this one would probably slowly die out. Kiingy (talk) 08:44, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Update from Kirkburn (of Wikia and WoWWiki)

As you know, I've been fairly quiet on this recently - I hope you can understand I am in an awkward place to comment from. However, I do wish to repeat that you aren't being ignored, and I am making sure that you're being heard. However, most posts from Wikia staff regarding the new skin can be found on the Community Central wiki Wikia Staff Blog, and changes are being made based on your (and others') feedback. For example, see this post for notes on why we're fixed width and have a sidebar, and [5] for notes on some of what has changed during the beta period. Lots more posts are coming.

In all honesty, I like the new skin. There are elements that I might personally change, but the skin is designed for more people than myself. I certainly also hold some affection for the 'wowwiki' and Monaco skins - especially since I helped design the Monaco skin. I don't believe the monobook-like skin is going anywhere, though it may need to be merged with the monobook skin (which should give the added bonus of automatically taking core monobook updates).

From an insider's perspective, I can assure you that Oasis is not a 'done deal', and is still very actively worked on. There are bugs around, but they are being squashed very rapidly. Functionality tweaks are also being worked on all the time, and I am also making recommendations based on issues you've been seeing (e.g. height of the stuff at the top of the page). While certain aspects are unlikely to change (fixed width, sidebar), that doesn't mean none of it will. As many of you know, I am a product manager at Wikia - this means I am often working on projects that are intended to make your (and others') life easier: it was very obvious to me that this was getting increasingly difficult in the previous skin, and sometimes it was detrimental to the product. I realise not everything is of particular interest to wowwiki, and I hope we can talk more to you guys about in future that when we bring new stuff. I continue to have big plans for the rich text editor, and I am hoping we get it to a point where it can work well on wowwiki (recently some annoying limitations from the core editor, CKEditor, have been lifted).

Anyway, I wanted to give you some insight from my own perspective as being a long standing wowwikian (and now also Wikia mole :)), and I hope it is of interest. Kirkburn  talk  contr 13:13, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

The answer for us, imo, is pretty simple: let Monaco stay as an option for registered users.
I think that's the major problem. Give us freedom to choose and this will be over.--Lon-ami (talk) 11:15, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Well i definitely won't stay if the right bar that gives me headaches stay, i'm not up to have a headache everytime i enter in wikia--Ashbear160 (talk) 11:30, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Comments (continued)

Just jumping in to give my opinion. Frakly, I was never a big fan of the shift to wikia in the first place. I loved the old wowwiki and the old wowwiki skin. Simple, clean, thoroughly wikipedia-like. No ads and none of that unnecessary extra stuff. I don't care for the new skin, and especially dislike how it stretches out the pages and adds all that crap to the top right of the page. If it weren't for that, I think it would maybe look fine.

My major concerns would be the status of the domain name, the split in users, and the resulting "shadow wikia" it would leave behind. There are thousands of links to from websites and forums, particularily websites like which are used by nearly all WoW fans, and "WoWWiki" has pretty much been ingrained in the vocabulary of the WoW community.

In short... I think it all comes down to the domain. If can't be secured, I don't think it's worth a move, barring some sort of godsend like CDev getting behind it and giving us or something. WoWWiki-Suzaku (talk) 18:03, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Blizz got asked; we're waiting a response. That would be a godsend, yes, but we're not holding our breaths. --k_d3 18:17, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Just noticed what pcj was talking about when he said the articles are given credit to people which may not deserve it. I flipped the new skin back on to see something and noticed that images were stating "added by <user>" with the latest user who updated the image... I already see this as an issue.. seeing how a few images were just "updated" for no real reason, among duplicates as well... just so they can have their name on it? Sounds like a bad practice to me and only promotes that behavior of claiming stuff on a wiki when nothing is supposed to be claimed cause it is on a wiki. User:Coobra/Sig4 21:21, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

I think it should stay because we will lose tons of features. Hallowseve15 (talk) 22:08, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Uh, what are you worried about losing? Most of Wikia's features we can re-implement on an optional basis... --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 22:12, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

For anyone worried about the features we will lose, Wikia is based of of the software 'mediawiki' (the software originally created for wikipedia), 95% of the 'made by wikia' features are simply features that work on the backend to connect the 'wikia network' together. Most (or all) features that me and you see are available inside the mediawiki software (or as free third-party extensions, listed on the mediawiki website) That is, assuming we are going to use mediawiki to power the site? ChrisClayton (talk) 03:04, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
Yes, and we'll probably update to 1.16 in the process (WoWWiki is currently on 1.15) --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 03:06, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

I agree with moving out of Wikia. I've seen for a while that it's been limiting WoWwiki and its capabilities. Some of the ads and the skin changes have just seemed redundant. I support the move completely and I hope it's a smooth transition. BigstackstwoSignature Bigstackstwo (talk · contr) 15:04, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

If we decide to move out of Wikia, then what should we do?

Hi to all, I've been reading and thinking about all the comments. I'm not sure what to decide, but if we are going to leave Wikia, then I think we should at least see it as a business (although a non-profit one). We should first decide what would be the domain we should move to (maybe with a vote or other method), then see how much will it cost, then where would we get that money, and who will be the responsables to take action. Also we will need some estimations of how much will it cost to mantain the site running, and see if ads will give enough money to do it, if they don't, then, we should see where we can get more money. I would like your opinions of this. Benitoperezgaldos (talkcontribs) 00:32, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

The biggest issue facing us right now is the domain name - we've yet to really settle on one that works, we've come up with a few, but either they're taken or they have some other connotation that doesn't work. So if you have any suggestions, please present them. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 02:03, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

And be careful. Wikia will likely reserve any juicy domains that you think of and suggest, provided that they have not already found it.--User:Sandwichman2448/Sig 02:29, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
We must also remember this is a wiki about warcraft so we shouldn't take a huge consideration if we need to drop the whole "World of"--Ashbear160 (talk) 00:00, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

I've experienced a major project-fork move before, so here's my thoughts

First thing's first, if you saw a domain name you really liked, you probably should have snagged it before you ever mentioned it publicly. Whois claims the name you're looking at is under some sort of "privacy protection" ownership and nameserved by "recently expired" servers, and if that wasn't by you guys, and the ISP who holds it isn't amenable to clearing it up for you... then you're too late, some domain scammer has already ninja'd the loot. Sorry.

Contrariwise, if it's you guys that have on hold for the potential move, GOOD PLANNING whether you end up moving or not.

I'll mention this point under domain names, since someone else brought it up -- Com vs. Net vs. Org:

Our project moved to its matching .Net from a .Com - the .Org had at some point in the past been owned by one of the core crew and made to point to the .Com, but they'd allowed it to expire and an index-spamsite squatter took it. Google had no comments, no objections, and no score held against the .Net site that we could see. It slowly fluttered toward the top of searches as content continued to get posted and cross referenced. As long as people aren't abusing how interlinks are created to "pad their search score" Google honestly doesn't seem to care.

Second thing next: if you have a strong community, you can expect lighter traffic for the first month or two but it will pick back up as people pass the word that yes, it has not died, and still exists in a new home. If you have a weak community, that's no different than building the site from scratch was in the first place, except you have the advantage that some core editors already know each other. Fear not. All young level 80s get the same advice: your gearscore will improve :)

In our case we made a strong effort to retain some core traits of how the original site behaved, so that people who enjoyed how it always had been kept coming back... as soon as they found it.

Third, and I hope this does not end up applying to you guys but this is exactly why it's worth mentioning. If you end up with a forked project *and* the original fork tries to cover up all evidence that the new one exists, do not buy into the troll bait and indulge in any active backlash. In fact, it's a wiki, help clean up backlash - it's graffiti, and the only real cure to graffiti style vandalism is to keep scrubbing and repainting until the trolls go someplace else that's an easier target. Acknowledge the old site as its own fork and project, and encourage anyone who also wants to continue to work there, to indulge in both sites. Make them *different places* and make sure people know it. If the present site turns out not to be viable after all, let it find that out on its own. Just do whatever you can to make it clear that your new fork exists, with an active and experienced crew, and has real energy in it. Positive energy will get you the positive word of mouth you need in the politick of an active fandom. The biggest trouble if this happens, will be getting the word out as to what the new sitename actually is. Knowing it's alive but young might not give it a high Google rating, so it could be hard to search for until the community connections come through with some crosslinks.

In our case, the original host wanted to turn a monthly published webzine into a slashdot-like forum (news items changing all the time). There was genuinely the possibility that both could work out - but it was definitely NOT the thing longtime visitors had learned to love. Both being wikis could make for a stranger case, but I think the advice still holds water.

OK, that's my experience, now for my opinions on the current situation.

The WoW community has about a half dozen sites dedicated to addons, and they all seem to get along OK. I think the WoW community could survive this one forking off too.

I didn't have a login here to edit with and say all this; I found it a royal pain to create a login here to do it, and that encouraged me to try even harder to be able to comment. Firefox actually didn't work, either to "facebook connect" or to create an active login - although I think it managed to go so far as to reserve the name I tried to create as the active login, wasting it; I'm on a Macintosh. I had to resort to Safari, and even then it took some mild convincing. If your new site doesn't treat Mac, Linux, and BSD users like 3rd world citizens (in a rich world they still starve) then I'm all for the technical improvements. If Wikia is reading this and improves this point, that's *a good thing* - but so far reading above, they do not have a strong track record of fast technical improvements.

What the heck, find a way to support mobile phone webreaders too.

I enjoy the current site and have found its tables in some cases especially helpful. Changes which damage those tables actively damage the usefulness of trainer recipe lists and there are a decent number of those. If the new changes damage the box which tells the crucial features of a dungeon's permitted entrance levels, that's very bad. I use those a lot.

I'm not all that pleased with this color of brown, but it is what it is. At least it's not pasty white; I enjoy white on a darker background, so to that degree, I like it. Midnight blue's more my thing. Your mileage (or kilometres) may vary.

If you end up moving I would definitely be bookmarking both places. If it's easier to create an account I might be an editor on occasion.

It seems like you are making some genuine effort to plan your future so that one way or another this site survives. That's good, I like content surviving the cataclysm... in fact it was that kind of fear that drove me, during our project move. I was concerned that if the brave new world planned for us was a flop, the site would die :(

I'm not actually 100% against advertising on the internet, but my preferences lean strongly toward the following: 1. sites that manage the ads enough to yank out ones that infuriate their regular demographic. 2. Stuff that doesn't break browsers. 3. Offer a regular-donation option to subscribe to losing the ads. Of course one should have to login to clear them.

In my general experience point 1 is rarely achieved by groups who don't manage their own ad content. I believe the WoW community is a clear enough demographic that you guys could satisfy us. Facebook came up with an interesting answer to point 1: they have a "like" link, but a pulldown for dislike that lists 6 or 7 very generic categories of why someone dislikes it. Disliking an ad when you're logged in means you never see that particular ad again (though I'm not sure if that's permanent or merely during the same session). That gives them some way to satisfy the demographic without having to know who it is... and I suspect, to build demographic info they can use quite powerfully :)

Regarding point 2 I experienced an ad vendor called Burst that would 2 times out of 13 cause the page to only load their ad and never continue on to the real content. I no longer cared whether I liked the coupon or whatever - I hated it. Things like making noise when we have WoW foreground count under point 2, because it ruins our gameplay, while we expect WoWwiki to improve our knowledge and hence our gameplay.

Point 3 makes it clear to the ad-purchasing community what their real purpose for you is; fund the site. Perhaps you can have ads that get a lot of "like" ratings from logged in users get the opportunity to be presented in a special ad slot; that'd encourage advertisers to give you something aimed to amuse and please us, not just stuffed in our noses.

Of course if you manage to succeed at this change without having to continue to carry ads, uh, awesome, you win the lotto :D —The preceding unsigned comment was added by StarshineSpearmaiden (talkcontr).

Nice thoughts, thank you for your input. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 11:58, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

Leaving page content behind

'all its current content would stay with Wikia for use as they see fit'

Hypothetically, after copying the content to a new domain (if that happens), could you not redirect every page to the home page and delete page history so this site is not usable any more? Would the wikia staff intervene?

As in the example of the transformers wiki above, obviously most of the editors moved to the new wiki which has thousands more articles, but the old wikia one is still attracting editors and viewers via search engines. I think the main problem with moving is the googlebait left behind. --Grynd (talk) 02:30, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Indeed, Wikia would intervene. However with most of the major editors gone this wiki would more likely stall. Less updates to a site generally means it goes lower in search rankings. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 02:34, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Question about content in general: Do we really need all of the pages on this site? The pages about lore, fights, etc sure. But there is a page for every quest, and most of it just says the what the quest says. In my experience, people go to wowhead or thottbot to find quest info. If we do decide to move, or perhaps if we don't, we should have some sort of a meeting to discuss the future direction. wowhead/thottbot seem to have the monopoly (I know its 2, so not really a monopoly, but still...) on items and quests. I don't know of any other site that has the lore that wowwiki does, though. Personally, I come here for lore and information. The new fork could use some direction, and perhaps selective copying of pages, not them all. Slithytove2 (talk) 12:12, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Not everyone comes here for the same thing. We'll take it all. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 12:13, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

I like being able to look at everything on the same site. I think that having articles about the lore, items, quests etc in one place gives a fantastic chance to see how everything links in. As for using wowhead/thotbot for quests, I do this sometimes, if I can't find what I'm looking for here, but you can be sure that I will get there through the links on this site. No, I think that having everything on one site is the best plan. Unless that is, we have to streamline the site to make it small enough to host ourselves. Jeffajaffa (talk) 12:19, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
The external links are there for a reason :) You could look it up here once, then use the external links to go to wowhead/thottbot with one click, rather than having to look it up 3 times. Also a great thing about the wiki format is you can have guides (such as the seasonal guides) and listings (such as Companion), and the items/quests/achievements need to all be linked in with those. --Grynd (talk) 14:27, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Unrelated 2 cents

Forgive my brevity: I was on the wall about replying, then decided that every voice that speaks up does matter. I support the idea of moving away. I didn't read this whole page (I'm sorry, I just don't have time right now--I'll come back later and read in full)... I already have issues using wikia while playing because of the number of adds on the website and the amount of lag it causes... and I already struggle to edit /anything/ due to assorted wikia stupidities. So, I definetly support a move out of here. As for the issue (if it hasn't been resolved) of the domain name.. I dislike the idea of, because it's too easy to get 'confused' with .com. ... maybe something like or or or instead. Again, I'm sorry if the horse I'm beating is dead and I don't know it.. I'll read, edit/apologize later if I'm being stupid :) Colbywolf (talk) 19:53, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your input! Every voice certainly does matter, we want to avoid splitting the community as much as possible. Hopefully we can cut down on your lag with this move. We don't intend to move to another WoWWiki-branded site, as that would be distasteful in a lot of people's minds (as well as confusing). --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 19:55, October 9, 2010 (UTC)


So, what extensions do we need?

  • CategoryTree
  • CharInsert
  • Cite
  • DismissibleSiteNotice
  • DPLForum2
  • DynamicPageList
  • ImageMap
  • InputBox
  • MultipleUpload
  • ParserFunctions
  • Semantic{Drilldown,Forms,MediaWiki,Maps,ResultFormats,...}
  • SpamBlacklist
  • StringFunctions (unless we use the 1.16 PF)
  • TitleBlacklist

Any others? --k_d3 19:23, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

DPL Forum, TitleBlacklist. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting)

CheckUser. Let me go have a look at what Wikipedia has set up on their site. --Sky (t · c) 19:30, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
Variables, RSS feed. --PcjGamepedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!

C58,964 contributions and counting) 19:47, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Poem --Strizh (t 20:01, October 9, 2010 (UTC)


If you take us with you, then what about this idea for reduce the amount of disc space? --Strizh (t20:19, October 9, 2010 (UTC)


Under construction.

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