Why You Shouldn't Use Wikia: a public service announcement
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There are a number of different things which prompted the Touhou Wiki's move from the old Wikia site to its new location. They have also prompted me to add a wordfilter which replaces the old site's URL in the site-comments with en.touhouwiki.net. Now, I'm not going to personally hunt down and stab everyone who just uses Wikia — this is Wikia itself, not particlar Wiki sites — but here's why I don't recommend using it if you're starting something new:
- The new theme-format. It made things bloated, it broke peoples' custom themes, it doesn't look nice, and it was forced on everyone without negotiation. You can only change on your end it if you register a user-account at Wikia.
- You aren't allowed to leave Wikia. There's a clause in Wikia's TOS stating that if the owner of a wiki wants to be closed, they can still keep it open "if the topic is of general public interest." In practice, they are doing this with any Wikia site which wants to close. If you protest, your comments get deleted and you might get banned. The Touhou Wikia site, for instance, is being updated in bad faith by simply ripping off the Touhouwiki.net site (and yet still managing to remain bad and out-of-date).
- You aren't allowed to link to non-Wikia wikis other than Wikipedia. If you decide to just shrug and leave the old site behind, they'll remove links to the new site. And not just from the old site: I let my article on the MSPAFA wiki slip a bit, and when I went to update it, it said that "touhouwiki.net" is blocked by the spamfilter. Is it because of trolls running rampant and trying to make a mess of the old Wikia site? No, "don't use off-site links" is the actual reason for doing this, and the guy promptly went and changed all the links to the Wikia site. Classy.
- You really aren't allowed to leave Wikia. As MWChase points out below, they sockpuppet admin accounts. Actually, see also the Complaint Wiki and the "Controversy" section of the Wikipedia page1 in general.
So, yeah. If you've already got a site on Wikia, well, I won't hold that against you, but watch yourself. If you're thinking of making a new wiki and putting it somewhere, ask yourself: are these really the kind of people you want to do business with?
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