Fandom (website)

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Fandom, also known as Wikia (especially before October 2016) and Wikicities before 2006, is a wiki hosting service and domain operated by Fandom, Inc. (formerly known as Wikia, Inc.), a for-profit Delaware company founded in October 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley and headed by Perkins Miller as CEO.wikipedia
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Jimmy Wales

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Fandom, also known as Wikia (especially before October 2016) and Wikicities before 2006, is a wiki hosting service and domain operated by Fandom, Inc. (formerly known as Wikia, Inc.), a for-profit Delaware company founded in October 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley and headed by Perkins Miller as CEO. Wikia was launched on October 18, 2004 under the name "Wikicities" (which invited comparisons to GeoCities), by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling—respectively Chairman Emeritus and Advisory Board member of the Wikimedia Foundation.
He is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit web hosting company Wikia.

MediaWiki

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Fandom uses the open-source wiki software MediaWiki, the same used by Wikipedia.
Besides its use on Wikimedia sites, MediaWiki has been used as a knowledge management and content management system on many thousands of websites, public and private, including the websites Fandom and wikiHow, and major internal installations like Intellipedia and Diplopedia.

Wiki software

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Fandom uses the open-source wiki software MediaWiki, the same used by Wikipedia.
Among public wikis, MediaWiki is the dominant software: it powers the world's most popular (as per August, 2015) public wiki, Wikipedia (free), as well as the most popular wiki farm, Wikia (commercial), and it is the most popular software in use on other public wikis as well.

Uncyclopedia

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Over time, Wikia has incorporated formerly independent wikis such as LyricWiki, Nukapedia, Uncyclopedia, and WoWWiki. Wikia requires all user text content to be published under a free license; most use the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, although Memory Alpha and Uncyclopedia use a noncommercial variant and some use the GNU Free Documentation License.
In July 2006, it was acquired by Wikia (now known as "Fandom").

Fallout Wiki

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Over time, Wikia has incorporated formerly independent wikis such as LyricWiki, Nukapedia, Uncyclopedia, and WoWWiki.
The Fallout wiki runs on MediaWiki and is currently part of the Wikia network.

Wiki hosting service

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Fandom, also known as Wikia (especially before October 2016) and Wikicities before 2006, is a wiki hosting service and domain operated by Fandom, Inc. (formerly known as Wikia, Inc.), a for-profit Delaware company founded in October 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley and headed by Perkins Miller as CEO.
Many of the currently most notable wiki farms got their start in the mid-2000s, including Wikia (2004), PBworks (2005), Wetpaint (2005), Wikidot (2006), and Gamepedia (2012).

Screen Junkies

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On July 2, 2018, it was announced that Fandom had purchased Screen Junkies from Defy Media.
Screen Junkies is an online movie magazine and YouTube channel, owned and operated by Fandom, that focuses primarily on movies and television.

WoWWiki

Over time, Wikia has incorporated formerly independent wikis such as LyricWiki, Nukapedia, Uncyclopedia, and WoWWiki.
It began as an independent project in 2004, and in 2007 joined Wikia.

Gil Penchina

Gil Penchina described Wikia early on as "the rest of the library and magazine rack" to Wikipedia's encyclopedia.
He was formerly the CEO of Wikia Inc., and the vice president and general manager, international at eBay.

Memory Alpha

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Wikia requires all user text content to be published under a free license; most use the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, although Memory Alpha and Uncyclopedia use a noncommercial variant and some use the GNU Free Documentation License.
Conceived by Harry Doddema and Dan Carlson in September 2003 and officially launched on December 5 of that year, it uses the wiki model and is hosted by Wikia, Inc. on the MediaWiki software.

LyricWiki

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Over time, Wikia has incorporated formerly independent wikis such as LyricWiki, Nukapedia, Uncyclopedia, and WoWWiki.
As a result, the site migrated to Wikia, which has a blanket licensing arrangement with Gracenote to provide lyrics, and blocked access to full lyrics via API.

Curse LLC

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On December 12, 2018, Wikia announced that they had acquired Curse LLC, including wiki services Gamepedia, D&D Beyond, Futhead, and Muthead.
On December 12, 2018, Wikia announced that they had acquired Curse's media assets, including its gaming community websites and Gamepedia wiki farm.

D&D Beyond

On December 12, 2018, Wikia announced that they had acquired Curse LLC, including wiki services Gamepedia, D&D Beyond, Futhead, and Muthead.
On December 12, 2018, Fandom (Wikia) announced that they had acquired Curse and D&D Beyond.

Defy Media

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On July 2, 2018, it was announced that Fandom had purchased Screen Junkies from Defy Media.
In July, Defy sold The Escapist to Enthusiast Gaming, and sold ScreenJunkies to Fandom.

Now I Know (newsletter)

Dan Lewis
ArmchairGM was a sports forum and wiki site created by Aaron Wright, Dan Lewis, Robert Lefkowitz and developer David Pean.
Lewis is a lawyer and co-founder of ArmchairGM, which was purchased by Wikia.

Wiki

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ArmchairGM was a sports forum and wiki site created by Aaron Wright, Dan Lewis, Robert Lefkowitz and developer David Pean.
PBwiki, Socialtext, and Wikia are popular examples of such services.

Website

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OpenServing was a short-lived Web publishing project owned by Wikia, founded on December 12, 2006, and abandoned, unannounced, in January 2008.

Comparison of wiki hosting services

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Business

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Fandom, also known as Wikia (especially before October 2016) and Wikicities before 2006, is a wiki hosting service and domain operated by Fandom, Inc. (formerly known as Wikia, Inc.), a for-profit Delaware company founded in October 2004 by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley and headed by Perkins Miller as CEO.

Wikipedia

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Fandom uses the open-source wiki software MediaWiki, the same used by Wikipedia.

Copyleft

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Fandom, Inc. derives its income from advertising and sold content, publishing most user-provided text under copyleft licenses.

Yahoo! GeoCities

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Wikia was launched on October 18, 2004 under the name "Wikicities" (which invited comparisons to GeoCities), by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling—respectively Chairman Emeritus and Advisory Board member of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikia was launched on October 18, 2004 under the name "Wikicities" (which invited comparisons to GeoCities), by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling—respectively Chairman Emeritus and Advisory Board member of the Wikimedia Foundation.

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In the month before the move, Wikia announced a US$4 million venture capital investment from Bessemer Venture Partners and First Round Capital.

Venture capital

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In the month before the move, Wikia announced a US$4 million venture capital investment from Bessemer Venture Partners and First Round Capital.