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Emily Hey

1. Wikia allows people to create and develop "communities" about virtually any topic. It can be used in many different languages, which allows for people all over the world to participate in it. Anybody who has a free account can edit the content.

Wikia.(n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2009, from Help: About Wikia: http://help.wikia.com/wiki/Help:About_Wikia


Emily Hey

2. Wikia can also be used to search for different articles. There is a search bar located on the page where you simply type in the topic you are looking for. If you do not know how to spell something or are unsure of the whole name of the subject you are looking for, Wikia has an auto-suggest feature with its search. It will try to figure out what article you are looking for depending on what you have typed so far.

Wikia. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2009, from Help: FAQ: http://help.wikia.com/wiki/Help:FAQ#How_do_I_find_articles.3F


Emily Hey

3. Wikia was using Grub, which uses "spare computing cycles on users' computers to index the web," was shut down after issues about the source code. This caused problems for Wikia Search, which they are trying to fix. Their home page says, "Wikia is working to fix web searching in a collaborative and open way."

Riley, D. (2007, July 27). TechCrunch. Retrieved March 30, 2009, from Wikia Acquires Distributed Web Crawler Grub: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/07/27/wikia-acquires-distributed-web-crawler-grub/

Wikia. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2009, from http://www.wikia.com/wiki/Wikia


Michelle Trzynka

Founder Jimmy Wales realizes that "nuetrality" is not necessary to these wiki pages as is more important on Wikipedia (his other site).  He sees "shared vision" as the foundation for the pages.  People will create, edit, and read sites that they have a strong interest and vision for.

(2007, July 18). Retrieved March 32, 2009, from Fora TV: http://fora.tv/2007/07/18/Wikipedia_Founder_Jimbo_Wales#chapter_01


Michelle Trzynka

Jimmy Wales said, "I think we should want it to be accountable, transparent, and freely liscenced."  He also wants to offer free software.

(*2007, November 1). Retrieved March 31, 2009, from YouTube: (2007, July 18). Retrieved March 32, 2009, from Fora TV: http://fora.tv/2007/07/18/Wikipedia_Founder_Jimbo_Wales#chapter_01\* (http://fora.tv/2007/07/18/Wikipedia_Founder_Jimbo_Wales#chapter_01*)


Emily Hey: I just wanted to sum all this up into a paragraph. This way, it will be easier to use later on. Michelle, if I've misinterpreted anything that you wrote, please let me know!

Wikia allows users to create and develop "communities" about virtually any topic. It can be used in many different languages, which allows for people all over the world to participate in it. Anybody who has a free account can edit the content. Wikipedia, a well-known wiki, is supposed to neutrally provide information to readers. The founder of both pages, Jimmy Wales, feels that Wikia does not require the same neutrality as Wikipedia.  He wants people create, edit, and read sites that they have a strong interest and vision for within Wikia. The webpage can also be used to search for different articles. There is a search bar located on the site where you simply type in the topic you are looking for. If you do not know how to spell something or are unsure of the whole name of the subject you are looking for, Wikia has an auto-suggest feature with its search. It will try to figure out what article you are looking for depending on what you have typed so far. Despite this, Wikia Search has run into a few problems, but they are working hard to rectify the situation "in a collaborative and open way." Overall, Jimmy Wales feels that they should "be accountable, transparent, and freely licensed." On top of everything that he has already provided to the public, he also wants to provide free software.

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Emily Hey: Also, Wikia uses MediaWiki. This is a software application that is used with other wikis, like Wikipedia.

CrunchBase. (n.d.). Retrieved March 31, 2009, from Wikia: http://www.crunchbase.com/company/wikia


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