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11-30-2010 @ 4:54PM
To further explain the issue as I understand it, Wikia was basically trying to force more ads on all of their wikis AND a layout that actually had been reported by those who tested it as giving eye strain and headaches. Quite a few wikis were not pleased with Wikia for doing it. This change ALSO severely hampered tooltips from working correctly, and things like the charts that WoWwiki had previously used. Wikia would not give up the wowwiki name as they make a ton of money from that wiki and money is basically their main objective (they ARE a company, of course it is, but generally companies should listen to their customers and not insist on layouts that cause medical issues too.) So. There was some furor and then almost all of the main founders and editors decided to copy all the pages on Wowwiki and switch to Wowpedia, which Curse is currently hosting. There apparently will be MINIMAL ads later to help offset the cost of hosting them. Wikia reacted by demoting the power of anyone who was involved in the switch, even if they were still trying to keep the trolls off of Wowwiki, and hiring their OWN PEOPLE, some of which have even basically said they hate WoW, to be the new admins at "Wowwiki". This is why everyone is encouraged to switch to wowpedia.org for information and not visit the Wowwiki pages anymore. I'm not personally involved in the issue, but I did read the discussions on it out of curiosity. The reason why it's important to specifically go to wowpedia is because google will only start ranking that higher in searches when more people pick wowpedia out of a google list over wowwiki. Wikia really doesn't deserve to continue gaining money when attempts were made to reason with them and they wouldn't... and they admitted that Wowwiki was the most successful Wikia wiki. That's not as summed up as I'd like, but it's a tangled mess of an issue and I tried. :/
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