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is the use of WikiSoftware
to document and index details about pieces or collections of media. This is usually done on a WikiFarm
, often FandomDotCom?
(formerly known as WikiA
). Possibly the first, and certainly an early and prominent, example of this was BulbaPedia?
, created when WikiPedia
decided that articles on every individual Pokemon were out-of-scope.
Fan wikis are generally about a franchise (for example, the Marvel universe and the Hunger Games series have large fanwikis). Single works which have no prequels, sequels, or related material also sometimes occupy wikis of their own; their scope expands whenever "canon" material is added or improved upon.
Pages on fanwikis typically come in these categories:
- Episode/single movie/single book/individual game summaries, for those about multiple works. While it is possible to write summaries about, say, individual chapters in a book, this is almost never done.
- Characters/objects/locations/groups, typically including a list of the episode(s) they appear in
- Out-of-character information such as details on authors, studios, and actors
Creation and maintenance of FanWikis? is sometimes referred to as a central example of "curatorial fandom" (as opposed to the "transformative fandom" of creating fanart, fanfiction, and other such works).
See also: FanLore?, TvTropes