Posts Tagged ‘community’

WoWWiki is Moving to WoWPedia

According to a post over at the World of Warcraft Livejournal Community, the venerable WoWWiki is parting ways with Wiki hosting provider Wikia (who also provides hosting and paltform service for a number of other popular games and titles) and is moving over to a site hosted by Curse, who you’ll know from pretty much all of your favorite addons.

The new site is called WoWPedia, and is already live. From the about page (sans links):

On 2 May 2007, it was announced that WoWWiki would be moving to Wikia, joining major wikis such as Memory Alpha, Wookieepedia and Uncyclopedia. This move occurred two weeks later.

On 29 September 2010, discussion to leave Wikia began, due to irreconcilable differences with Wikia. Due to the result of that discussion, a fork of WoWWiki was created as Wowpedia, with the new site being hosted by Curse and the new wiki becoming usable on 17 October 2010.

Of course, the founders don’t get into what those irreconcilable differences really were, and it would be uncouth to out them so openly anyway. Still, it looks like the move has been in the works for a while now, and the new site has been up for a few days. The new Wiki looks and works just like the old one, although I’ll happily say it has none of the ads and hover-overs that were – while incredibly minor compared to how useful the site was – annoyances on the old site.

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Want to Know Why WoW Insider is No Longer WoW.com?

The folks behind WoW.com (now WoW Insider again, located at wow.joystiq.com) announced pretty abruptly that they’d no longer be using the domain they were so thrilled to be using, WoW.com little more than a year or so after they got it. Of course, with any change, communities go crazy and the community at the site (myself included) wondered what the change meant, both for AOL’s blog network and what it meant about the site and where it was headed.

Well, slowly but surely the folks behind the scenes worked to move everything to the new URL, and while largely successful, this morning was the first day that the old WoW.com URL pointed to something other than the actual blog, and what you see above is a screencap of what you’ll get if you miss the mark.

Kind notice to find the site elsewhere aside, it looks like WoW.com will shortly be AOL’s attempt at a GroupOn-style “deal of the day” clone. Considering how popular services like GroupOn and Living Social and other daily deal sites are, it makes sense for AOL to try and use a recognizable and easy to remember URL to launch their own.

Why they didn’t go back to WoW Insider’s old URL, wowinsider.com, I don’t know (likely consolidation of gaming sites), but at least we know what AOL’s plans for WoW.com were when they asked the World of Warcraft folks to move on over to a Joystiq sub-domain. According to a post over at AppScout, it looks like prospects for the new site are good, too.

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