Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Great Exodus

Perhaps I'm a bit late to the party, but I've recently discovered that Wikia is forcibly converting all of its hosted wikis to a simply atrocious new template. The current, very clear and easy-to-navigate template (Monaco) will be removed forever.

Having just established a Legend of Galactic Heroes wiki a few months ago, I am not exactly thrilled by this news. And neither are a great many other wikis, all of whom are currently stuck between a rock and a hard place: do they try to find a new host; do they try to make do with the terrible new template; do they simply abandon the wikis so much time and effort has been invested into?

It's quite the dilemma.

Wikis currently contemplating the unthinkable--moving or abandoning wikis entirely--include:

-Dragonball Wiki
-One Piece Encyclopedia
-Zeldapedia
-Darker Than Black Wiki
-Wikisimpsons
-Grand Theft Wiki
-The Transformers Wiki

And many, many more. Frankly, the situation is intolerable. Wikia is pursuing a course of action that benefits absolutely no one. Their users are leaving en masse,, which will drive down their profits like an anvil in the pacific, and the wikis that leave will find themselves at new URLs, unknown to the community--and of those passionate contributors who built the wikis up from scratch, how many will follow it to a new home?

If you'll excuse me, I'll end my little diatribe right here: the bile rising up my throat has become increasingly difficult to ignore.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up. Was wonder why the wikia sites that I normal go to had changed their layout, drastically (and confusing, too).

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  2. Yeah, I first noticed this when they changed up WoW Wiki, and have pretty much stopped going there. It's not just the people running the wikis that are up and leaving, it's the readership as well.

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