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Good catch on Starter Edition limitations Edit
The line "Characters will be unable to disable experience gains" was not in the FAQ when I first copied it to the article and I looked at the EU version of the support page and it is not there. I italicized that line in our version with a text tip explaining that the line was added at some point after 3-Sep-2011 (web.archive.org didn't crawl US support page at all in 2011, unfortunately). -- (talk · contr) 28 Oct 2011 1:28 PM Pacific
Answers to questions Edit
1) How do Wikis like this one start?
- Ironically, WoWWiki started as a secondary resource for a a collection of World of Warcraft AddOns called Cosmos, but quickly grew into an information resource for all of the game. I would say most wikis start as a core group of wiki editors with a an interest in a particular topic and a great dedication to collecting and organizing info about that topic. Wikis often ebb and flow in their growth, so a reliable core group of editors is probably the most important element.
2) What motivates you to contribute?
- Interest in World of Warcraft and the Warcraft universe are my main motivations, but also to keep up my admin and wiki skills. I've been doing this a long time (since 2004) and my interest in the game is, admittedly, on the decline, but I want to groom a good set of admins before I taper off.
3) Would you say Wikis are as reliable, less reliable, or more reliable than "Official Sources"?
- Generally no, but wikis have the strength of aggregating lots of official information with some analysis in a single place which has alot of value. Also wikis tend to do a bit more distilling in some cases that official sources which may be a bit on the PR (public relations) slant with their communications. Wikis often serve as a good place to get summary information that saves you from weeding through alot of sources.
- In addition, is it ok if I quote your name "Fandyllic" in my research paper?
Sure. You can contact me at my e-mail address list here, if you need to further verify my identity.
- Additional comments
As proud of WoWWiki as I am, Wookieepedia and Memory Alpha should be held in at least as equal esteem in the pantheon of great wikis. WoWWiki built on quite a few things first developed by those wikis. And as for Wikipedia, WoWWiki borrowed alot from there as well, but emphasized the differences between a reference wiki and a fan info wiki. Wikipedia was very strict and also somewhat arbitrary in its policies and we wanted to be a bit more forgiving or possibly inclusionist in our handling of content.
Thank you for your response, it will certainly help me in setting up the preliminary paper for my class. What you gave me here is sufficient for my needs, and I will not need to bother you further. Again, many thanks and a personal thank you again for your contributions to such a large community.