WoWWiki is a wiki dedicated to cataloguing Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft Universe (with a focus, though not priority, on World of Warcraft), covering the entire Warcraft series of games, RPG reference books, strategy guides, novels, manga and other sources.
The wiki is a flexible, user-editable web-based database of information made up entirely of user contributions, and uses MediaWiki software. All the text in the wiki is released under the GNU Free Documentation License and to be able to edit the articles, visitors must register with the website.
So why a Warcraft wiki? As you're going through looking for information, if you see something that's incorrect, you can correct it. If you see any information that's missing, you can add it. This way, the information here should be as up to date as possible, instead of having to wait for a small group of people to update the information as the world changes. The more people that use the WoWWiki, the more up to date the information will be!
- WoWWiki is not a copy of Wikipedia - we do many things differently - but we would like to think that we're aiming toward high standards where describing game mechanics, geography, in-game occurrences and lore.
- The WoW community often uses slang terms, which is in part reflected here. In addition, you may occasionally find information here on some articles that is decidedly not NPOV.
- Wiki is not a religion here, it is a way of editing.
- We strive to be as 'lore-neutral' as possible. We do not decide what is 'official' and what isn't - that is Blizzard's job. We record the known information and try to present all sides of any valid controversy. Check our lore policy for further details.
- See also
History and background
WoWWiki.com was launched on the 24th November 2004 by Rustak, in conjunction with AlexanderYoshi, as a source of information pertaining to World of Warcraft and the interface modification suite Cosmos.
Since the launch, the wiki has expanded massively to cover the entirety of the Warcraft Universe, including the RTS games, novels, the World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game books, manga, and other written sources, along with the WoW expansion packs, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
It is also a primary and popular source for World of Warcraft interface customization and addon information (such as Cosmos) as Blizzard Entertainment themselves do not release documentation on the programming interface.
On 2 May 2007, it was announced that WoWWiki would be moving to Wikia, joining major wikis such as Memory Alpha, Wookiepedia and Uncyclopedia. This move occurred two weeks later. See also Ownership and administration, below.
Official WoWWiki IRC channel
For all talk WoWWiki, come and idle on the official IRC channel, set up solely for your WoW + wiki needs!
Many admins frequent the channel, and you are cordially invited to chat, discuss wiki issues, notify us of important developments and just generally make yourself at home!
Once you have an IRC client, join us on: chat.freenode.net, #wowwiki
For more info and channel rules see WoWWiki IRC details.
WoWWiki in World of Warcraft
Currently one reasonably 'WoWWikian' location exists - Stormrage EU, on the Alliance side. Several WoWWikians have characters there including Kirkburn, Adys, Kaso, Apollozeus, Teomyr and others. We have a communal channel called "WoWWiki" - just type
/join WoWWiki. Hope to see you online!
You can find a "WoWWiki Addicts" group on Facebook!
We have a group called "WoWWiki - the Warcraft wiki" on The Steam Community!
- The name is a portmanteau of the acronym WoW (for World of Warcraft) and wiki.
- Highly rated on StumbleUpon.
- Noted source for tips and tricks.
WoWWiki in the media
- WoWWiki is frequently cited as a source on the popular WoW blog, WOW Insider.
- We have been cited by Jimmy Wales as an example of a successful wiki.
- We were noted in a Kotaku Gaming.Wikia article on 28th June 2007.
- We have been mentioned in several gaming publications, including PC Gamer UK.
- We are linked on the Fan Sites section of the official World of Warcraft Community Site.
- Gaming web journalists look to the website for collected community feedback, info and rumors:
- According to Alexa, WoWWiki is one of the top 2,000 websites in the world, and is continuing to gain readership!
- WoWWiki is one of the most popular wikis in the world:
- As of October 2007, WoWWiki has:
- Over 140,000 registered users.
- More than 44,000 content pages.
- More than 19,000 images.
- Well over 500,000,000 page views
- Note: counting is currently disabled to alleviate server issues - we're that popular!)
- See Special:Statistics for the current stats.
You can check out the latest (approximate) popularity statistics on Alexa here.
Ownership and administration
- ^ First edit of the Main Page. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ Blizzard's programming interface policy. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ WoWWiki on StumbleUpon. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ IGN's WoWVault on WoWWiki. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ "WoWWiki" search on WOW Insider. Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ CIO.com interview with Jimmy Wales - "Five Things Wikipedia's Founder Has Learned About Online Collaboration". Retrieved on 2007-07-25.
- ^ Kotaku - "Games Get Wikia With It". Retrieved on 2007-07-25.