My rant on Fandom
This is a vent post.
Recently, Fandom redirected “USA Logos and More Fanon Wiki” (the subdomain was “usa-logos-more-fanon”), a wiki I was an admin on, to a non-fanon wiki (Logopedia) without notifying me or the other admins, or giving any notice in advance. All the content on that wiki is now lost media, except for only 1 page that the WayBack Machine saved.
I realized something because of this: DO NOT USE FANDOM FOR YOUR WIKI HOSTING. There are better alternatives available, that don’t redirect your wikis and destroy your work, some examples being Miraheze and ShoutWiki.
If you absolutely MUST use Fandom, then request database dumps from Special:Statistics at the start of each month. They don’t include images, but you never know when you might need these dumps. The dumps can easily be imported to a Miraheze, ShoutWiki, or (if you ABSOLUTELY MUST) another Fandom site using Special:Import, if the worst happens, and your wiki gets redirected or deleted.
This is KMF, signing off.
|Latest Mediawiki version||No||Sometimes||No||???||Yes|
|Create your own wiki||Yes||Yes||Yes||No (overcomplex request process)||Yes|
|Limit on number of wikis you can create||No||Yes (5-wiki limit)||No||No||No|
|Multiple skins available||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Can change your wiki's default skin||No||During wiki creation process||Yes||No||Yes|
|Ads||Yes||Yes||You have to pay to put ads on your wiki (weird)||No||No (by default; wiki founders can put their own ads up)|
|Wiki customization||Limited by "customization policy"||Some||Some||Some||Unlimited|
|Can change your wiki's default language||During wiki creation process||During wiki creation process||Yes||During wiki request process||Yes|
|Install extensions or skins yourself||No||No||No||Some||Yes|
|Inactive wikis get deleted||No||No||No||Yes||No|