Anti-Wikia Alliance

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 and Monobook were the skins before Wikia. "Wikia" (nicknamed Oasis) is a new mandatory skin on Wikia/FANDOM which was instituted sitewide on November 3, 2010 and May 25, 2018, despite massive objections.[1] Another new skin, FandomDesktop, was launched on June 2, 2021. As of June 13, 2021, it is currently opt-in, but it will become mandatory later on.

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?

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

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

  1. Create a wiki.
  2. E-mail supportAt with:
    1. a link to your old wikia you are leaving and
    2. 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 reading: Wikia v ShoutWiki

ShoutWiki has Monaco. You can enable it on your preferences,[2] and it is not a premium feature.[3]

Monaco skin available to download
Dantman Monaco port installed on the AWAMember's 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 CSS customized for Monaco.

Are there alternatives to Wikia for hosting?

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

This system was devised by members of the AWA community and constitute the opinion of AWA users. Subjective ratings content in this graph are not necessarily the opinions of ShoutWiki or its affiliates.
Alternatives to Wikia
Site Description Rating
Comparison of wiki hosting services on Wikipedia 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
MyWikis Premium wiki hosting for YOU! (Ad-free, limited wikis. Cost money to host, but relatively cheap) * * * * .
ShoutWiki ShoutWiki is in existence since April 2009. It is free, has the Monaco skin, and currently hosts the Anti-Wikia Alliance. See also: Wikia v ShoutWiki. * * * * .1
Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance (NIWA) Founded in January 2010 by Bulbapedia, ZeldaWiki and Super Mario Wiki. See About. It's not a host as such, but an organization 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. * * * . .
Encyc Encyc is a free wiki repository for pages. It is not a wiki farm, but it supports some independent wikis.
Miraheze In June 2023 there was a crisis and an announcement was made that the site will shut down on September 2023. Later, another announcement was made that the site will no longer shut down. It's recommended to not create new wikis until the situation gets stabilized. (warning)

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 wikia (towards the bottom).
    1. Alternatively, for advanced users who know how to use scripts, if you're moving to your own server, you may use the now-obsolete MediaWikiDumper — a tool in Perl that makes much better dumps than Special:Statistics (preserves all diff links, logs, images, deleted edits, etc.), or MediaWiki Grabbers, the "very same tool but in PHP and is much easier to use".
  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).


See List of signatures.


Community discussions:
  7. 19 October 2010
  8. 28 October 2010
  9. 3 November 2010
  10. (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 wikias. Your large wikia may not want to leave Wikia because of being under a paid contract.
  • Closed wikis - these are list of wikias that has been deleted by staff without admin consent.

External Links


See Fanart.