On top of that Wikia are imposing more inter-wiki features which is starting to make it look more like a big "wiki of everything" rather than a farm of separate wikis. As well as wiki pages being plastered with external adverts, they are now covered with ads for other Wikia wikis.
In the last 24 hours I have learned that both WoWWiki and PathfinderWiki contributors are so unsatisfied with Wikia, that they have forked their projects and set up rival wikis elsewhere. Both wikis will remain on the original Wikia locations, but will probably grind to a halt as the community moves to support the new independent wikis.
WoWWiki has moved to Wowpedia. I learned that in our own World of Warcraft forum. But today, I got a ping from my PathfinderWiki account and found I had been invited to the new (non-Wikia) version of PathfinderWiki.
According to WoWWiki, the move to Wowpedia occured as recently as 20th October:
According to PathfinderWiki, they moved on 3rd November:WoWWiki news section wrote:20th October 2010 - WoWWiki branches to Wowpedia
As a reaction to changes imposed by Wikia on WoWWiki, a number of administrators and contributors are now instead contributing to Wowpedia.org, which was a 100% copy of WoWWiki as of October 18th. Wowpedia is a completely separate site not affiliated with Wikia. WoWWiki will continue to be hosted by Wikia and will continue to run as normal.
(It was a bot that posted that message - meaning that it was wiki staff that sent the bot. But I can't find the name of the bot any more, as Wikia have hidden the button that lets me look at the history of my talk page. )unsigned comment on my PathfinderWiki page wrote:We're moving! Edit href= Edit
Hi, this is an automated message from the wiki's administrators. Recently, it became clear that we as a community weren't as "in-charge" of our own destiny as we'd like. Because of that, we've decided to move to a new host for the wiki that we are completely in control of. Our new home is at pathfinderwiki.com. You are welcome to keep contributing to this site, but many of of the community's members have already made the decision to move, and we hope you'll join us. All edits made before November 3, 2010 have been moved over automatically, and we will continue to grow the wiki at pathfinderwiki.com. If you decide to join us (and again, we hope you do), you'll need to make an account at pathfinderwiki.com. If you use the same username as you used here, your user page and edit history will be there waiting for you. Things may be a little messy looking at pathfinderwiki.com for a bit while we get settled in, but we hope you'll join us.
In theory, people could edit both the Wikia wikis and the independent wikis, but it looks like this will be a VHS vs Betamax type battle to the death. One wiki will stagnate and the other will advance. I suspect that the new wikis will survive and thrive.
I don't know if any other roleplaying wikis have moved, but I hear a lot of rumours that there is mass dissatisfaction with Wikia. So the departure of these two wikis may just be a coincidence, but it might also be the start of a mass exodus.