Anti-Wikia Alliance

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From the group that combats the Wikia skin, the Anti-Wikia alliance.
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A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business
—Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Co.
Co-founders: Airhogs777
Smiley12 (Previously blocked by Wikia staff for his AWA work!)
Motto: Give me choice or give me death!
Created: September 29, 2010


A skin changes the look and feel of a site without changing its core features.

Monaco was the skin before Wikia. "Wikia" (nicknamed Oasis) is a new mandatory skin on wikia which was instituted site wide November 3rd, 2010, despite massive objections.[1]

After the wikia staff failed to compromise, the purpose of the Anti-Wikia Alliance changed - primarily to help editors transfer their site from wikia, and secondly to create a forum where wikia editors to discuss how the skin changes affect them. Comments are welcome.

Frequently asked Questions

Where do I go if I leave Wikia?

A: There are plenty of wiki farms out there, as well as independent wikis that welcome new users.

What is the easiest and best wiki to move to?

More detailed instructions on how to leave Wikia for Shoutwiki.

A: Based on editors' experiences, shoutwiki is the easiest wiki to move too, (setup takes less than ten minutes):

1. Create a wiki.
2. E-mail support@shoutwiki.com with:
a link to your old wikia you are leaving and
a link to the newly created shoutwiki wiki.
3. The helpful shoutwiki staff will do the rest.


Monaco skin available on Shoutwiki
Monaco on shoutwiki
Further Wikia v Shoutwiki

Shoutwiki now has Monaco. You can enable it on your preferences.

December 21, 2010 Blog post.

It's no longer a premium feature! [1]

Monaco skin available to download
Dantman Monaco-port installed on User:AWAMember wiki.

With the Dantman Monaco-port wikis running Mediawiki 1.16+ can run Monaco. Installation is in less than 10 minutes.


Club Penguin Wiki with Monaco

The Club Penguin Wiki Network Successfully installed monaco and has its customized css for monaco.


Are there alternatives to Wikia for hosting?

For skins offered, and details on how to move to these farms, see Wikifarm.

Alternatives to wikia
Site Description Rating
Wikipedia comparison of wiki farms List of wiki farms like wikia. Here is an older version with many more companies listed. Click the "Base wiki engine" in the table to see all mediawiki hosted sites
Shoutwiki In existence since April 2009. Recent slow load times and site outages. Free. Has Monaco skin. See also Wikia v Shoutwiki * * * . .1
MyWikis Free premium wiki hosting for YOU! (Ad-free, unlimited everything.) * * * * .
wikkii.com A lot of enticing promises on the features page. "100% free. Unlimited diskspace (storage). Store as many images and articles as you like, without ever running out of space. Unlimited bandwidth (transfer)." First edit on the wiki main page was June 2009, so may not be there in the long term. * * * * .
wikkii.net For advanced hosting. "With our Advanced Hosting, you will receive full FTP and Cpanel access. This means you can change templates, install extensions, and instantly make whatever changes you wish to the look, feel and functionality of your wiki. You will have complete unrestricted control of your wiki. Wikis using our Advanced Hosting will be setup under a .net subdomain, eg. example.wikkii.net."
Referata An AD-free wiki hosting site which supports semantic databases and allows for free wiki customization for admins via the site settings page, you can choose whatever skin you want and you can choose whether or not anonymous users can edit or not. * * * . .
Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance (NIWA) Founded in January 2010 by Bulbapedia, ZeldaWiki and Super Mario Wiki - Manifesto - About - Not a host as such, but an organisation of independent wikis. Several NIWA staff have offered hosting space to Nintendo wikis leaving Wikia that are not able to afford hosting on their own. * * * . .
Battlestar Wiki Ad revenue sharing available, email joe@frakmedia.net Not a wikifarm, but a well established site with extra bandwidth.
Encyc A free wiki repository for pages. Not a wiki-farm, but it supports some of independent wikis.
Orain Wikifarm. Merged with TropicalWikis.

More wiki farms

How do I host my wiki on another site other than shoutwiki?

1: Every wiki is different so contact the wiki staff first.
2. Download a database dump from Special:Statistics on your wiki (towards the bottom).
Alternatively, for advanced users who know how to use scripts, If you're moving to your own server, you may use MediaWikiDumper — a tool that makes much better dumps than Special:Statistics (preserves all diff links, logs, images, deleted edits etc.).
3. Contact the new host and they will explain how they want you to upload the database dump (Special:Import can be used for about 100 pages at a time).

NEW!: Wikia refuses to close down my wikia: How do I destroy the wikia left behind?

See: Sabotage a Wikia Site

Signatures

See List of signatures.

Notes

  1. Wikia Domain and skin assimilation, Wikipedia
Community discussions:
  1. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/Sneak_Peek_at_the_New_Look_-_Themes
  2. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Susan_Taylor/Experience_the_new_Wikia
  3. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/Important_Updates_on_Wikia’s_New_Look
  4. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Susan_Taylor/Fixed_Width,_Sidebar,_and_the_Removal_of_Monaco
  5. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Susan_Taylor/Beta_Wrap-up
  6. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/Try_out_the_new_look
  7. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/New_look_roll-out_--_phase_II 19 October 2010
  8. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/Site_speed_essentials 28 October 2010
  9. http://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/New_look_roll_out_--_meeting_place 3 November 2010
  10. http://community.wikia.com/index.php?title=User_talk:Sannse&oldid=592246 (At this point staff member Sannse began deleting all comments about the new skin on her blogs, and asked editors to post on her talk page instead)

See also

  • Monaco skin - what the skin is and about the difficulty in installing it.
  • Wikia v Shoutwiki - comparison of the two companies
  • Buy outs - Wikia regularly buys out wikis. Your large wikia may not want to leave wikia because of being under a paid contract.

External Links

Fanart

See Fanart.