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Wikia, Inc. is a corporation that profits from ads hosted on content submitted by unpaid yet dedicated fans, particularly fans of videos and media. It was founded by Jimmy Wales (also the founder of Wikipedia) and Angela Beesley in 2004. Until 2006, it was known as Wikicities. Over the course of its existence, many wiki communities left Wikia due to disagreements with Wikia over increases in ad size and changes in webpage design, including Wikifur, Illogicopedia, the Transformers wiki community (which become TFwiki.net), and the WoWWiki community (which became Wowpedia). Although Wikia resembled Wikipedia in appearance in its early days, it greatly departed from its roots in order to generate profits from larger and more numerous ad spaces.
Wikia possesses a GamerGate wiki (gamergate.wikia.com) and is home to the Geek Feminism Wiki (geekfeminism.wikia.com). On December 13, 2014, Wikia, which has close ties to Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia, censored gamergate.wikia.com's "Wikipedia" article.
On November 12, 2014, Jimmy Wales started the "Proposed Wikipedia Entry" and advertised it via Twitter:
In the end, Jimbo and his "Proposed Wikipedia Entry" hardly made a difference in how Wikipedia documented GamerGate, but it did draw attention and new editors to GamerGate.Wikia.com for around a month or so.
Censorship and Wikipedia favoritism
On December 8, 2014, a Wikipedian asked Jimbo to ask Wikia to censor GamerGate.Wikia.com's "Wikipedia" article, which was called a "shitlist". Jimbo didn't seem to notice this suggestion, but on December 11, another Wikipedian resurrected the discussion, leading to Jimbo saying on 13 December that he contacted Wikia staff about the page. Also on December 13, a Wikia asked the monitors of Wikia's Community Management board to delete the article, declaring it an "attack page." They were advised to approach Wikia's Volunteer Spam Task Force for help. Shortly after they asked the VSTF to delete GamerGate.Wikia.com's "Wikipedia" page.
Shortly after, "Dragon_Rainbow" of the VSTF deleted the page without consulting its authors or the GamerGate.Wikia.com community at large, and on the next day, Wikia staff member "DaNASCAT" protected the page in order to prevent recreation. A few days later, on December 17, Dragon_Rainbow also deleted the discussion page for the Wikipedia article. Jimbo revealed that although he had sent a message to Wikia's support team, the page was deleted before his inquiry was seen. When Twitter users asked Jimbo to explain Wikia's actions, Jimbo defended Wikia and the deletion, questioned GamerGate's commitment to ethics in journalism.
On December 18, Wikia staff member DaNASCAT published a public response to concerns raised by GamerGate.Wikia.com users:
On the same day, a Redditor published a private e-mail from Jimbo that reveals Jimbo's strong feelings on GamerGate. Jimbo called people who investigate corruption in journalism and publish their findings online "vicious assholes" and questioned the decentralized, leaderless approach of GamerGate. The email was confirmed by Jimbo on his talk page.
In August 2018, one of the admins, Mike-Wen-100, for the Crappy Games wiki reported to KotakuInAction that CGW will be closed for "Gamergate thought", which was enough evidence for the Fandom staff to get rid of it.
On September 5, 2018, Mike-Wen-100 reported that Crappy Games Wiki got shut down under mysterious circumstances. Fandom responded back stating that after reviewing the CGW's policies, it's determined that Fandom's not the right place for its community.
Role in Gamergate
In August 2018, without warning, Trollpasta, a wiki which is dedicated to mock badly written Creepypasta stories, cliches, tropes, bad grammar, and dumb characters. - was removed, despite following the Wikia/Fandom rules. Their reason it's because of suppose "hate speech."
- Annette Cardwell - Yahoo! Shine, Wikia
Alternatives to Wikia and their GamerGate wiki
Wikia is not the only wiki farm. Alternatives to Wikia include:
If you are viewing this article, then you probably know that GamerGate.Wikia.com is not the only GamerGate wiki out there, and unlike Wikia, Wiki.GamerGate.me will not delete content to spare the feelings of a few Wikipedians.
- Wikipedia, a local, editable copy of the article that Wikia deleted
- Archive of the page prior to its deletion
- Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Isn’t Taking Any of Gamergate’s Threats, Tells Them Off Spectacularly | The Mary Sue (anti-GamerGate piece)
- Read me first: How will Wikia cope when the workers all quit the plantation? | Technology | The Guardian
- Infothought: Google effects as Digital Sharecroppers leave Wikia's Electronic Plantation
- Infothought: "WikiFur" Escapes From Wikia, Inc.
- Infothought: Mass Escape of the Digital Sharecroppers - "The Anti-Wikia Alliance"
- Anti-Wikia Alliance
- Encyclopedia Dramatica's entry on "Wikia" (NSFW)
- Moved wikis - Anti-Wikia Alliance
- User contributions for Snowfox413 - Gamergate / Quinnspiracy Wiki
- Jimmy Wales twitter - 12 November 2014
- Jimbo Wales talk page edit - 8 December, 2014
- Jimbo Wales talk page archive
- Jimbo Wales talk page edit - 11 December, 2014
- Jimbo Wales talk page archive
- A wiki being used as an attack page for Wikipedia - Wikia Community Central
- VSTF vandalism report edit - 13 December, 2014
- VSTF vandalism report page history - 15 December, 2014
- gamergate.wikia.com "Wikipedia" deletion log
- gamergate.wikia.com "Wikipedia" protection log
- gamergate.wikia.com "Wikipedia" talk page deletion log
- Jimbo Wales talk page edit - 14 December, 2014
- Jimmy Wales twitter - 11:48 17 December 2014
- Jimmy Wales twitter - 11:56 17 Decemer 2014
- Jimmy Wales twitter - 4:00 17 December, 2014
- gamergate.wikia.com - Dragon Rainbow talk page
- KotakuInAction - So I decided to email Jimbo...
- Jimbo Wales talk page edit - 22 December, 2014
- Jimbo Wales talk page archive
- FandomInAction:Crappy Games Wiki and Awful Movies Wiki are to be Closed by Fandom VTSF (KiA/archive) - 
- Crappy Games Wiki Shut Down (KiA)-
- Why The Trollpasta Wiki Died. - 
- Fandom Shuts Down Trollpasta Wiki Due to "Hate Speech" (KiA) -