|Star Wars Fanon Wiki|
approx. 23,000 articles
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki (often abbreviated SWFanon or SWF) is a Wikia for Star Wars non-canon—or fanon—articles and fan fiction. Founded by Neomessiah on August 30th, 2005, the wiki contains more than 31,000 articles as of January 2011. It is one of Wikia's several Star Wars wikis, and is also categorized in Wikia's Entertainment and Biggest Wikis hubs. Star Wars Fanon also has several sister wikis in other languages, including a German, Swedish, Spanish, and most recently Italian offshoot. The stated purpose of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki is to provide a wiki that creative Star Wars fans can publish their own fanon articles. As such, it provides an outlet for users to submit, collaborate, and read various fan-made works in a number of forms, ranging from detailed character articles to fan-fiction to photonovels, in a wiki format, as well as participate in the online community of the website.
Founding and early existence
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki was founded on August 30, 2005 by Neomessiah in an attempt to create a version of Wookieepedia, a wiki devoted to official Star Wars canon material, for fan fiction. However, according to its own internal records, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki was not very active for several months and lacked active administrative staff. In May 2006, a reorganization was attempted as the wiki garnered more members, but shortly thereafter, several established users were accused of vandalism by Wikia staff. The lack of active administrators was seen as further hampering efforts to contain the vandals, as several attempts to elect an administrator had failed. Lacking users with the power to block policy violators and protect articles from vandalism, the wiki was vandalized repeatedly in June of 2006. The wiki still was without administrators and the extent of the vandalism was such that Wikia staff rolled back the database to undo the vandalism, which had the side effect of reverting or deleting numerous articles on the wiki.
However, after the database rollback, the wiki continued to grow, reaching an article count of one thousand in late June 2006. Also around this time, the First Wiki Awards were established, taking place in early July of 2006. That same month also saw an IRC channel, #swfanon, established for the wiki, as well as the introduction of the Senate Hall, a forum for general community use modeled after a similar Wookieepedia structure of the same name. For matters deemed less serious or for topics pertaining to the articles of the wiki, the Fanon Cantina was established to provide a venue for discussion of various fanon-related topics. Shortly thereafter, in August 2006, the wiki received its first administrator, Jennie Cooper, who was also granted the power to check users' IP ranges by Wikia staff to help combat vandalism. Cooper was not elected; although several elections had previously been held, Neomessiah, the sole Star Wars Fanon Wiki official with the power to promote users to administrators, had not been active and hadn't promoted any candidates to administrator. Additionally, several known vandals had sought election to the position of administrator. Instead, Cooper's administrative position was granted by Wikia staff member Lisa Carter as a means to combat vandalism. Two months later, Carter appointed three other administrators, Jedi Master 76, Bub, and C3PO the Dragon Slayer as another measure to counter vandalism.
With many users feeling that the vandals were adequately dealt with, the wiki continued to grow. Themed user groups, known as clans, began to see prominence, with a Mandalorian-themed user group achieving particular recognition in the community. In February of 2007, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki was nominated and chosen as a Featured Wikia, earning it additional publicity. Also in February, the wiki started its first major portal-based project, sponsored by its Mandalorian-themed user group.
In April 2007, over a year and a half after its inception, the wiki held its first successful internal administrative elections, with Victor "Squishy Vic" Dorantes and Jack Phoenix chosen as new administrators for the site. That same month, the Second Wiki Awards were held to honor articles in twenty-seven different categories.
However, some of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki's users began to desire a number of reforms to the site, and were successful in implementing several new policies. The user groups were banned in May of 2007, as a consensus was reached among users that they detracted from the wiki. Two organizations, the Decreton Lords and High Priests, were established to maintain the quality of the wiki's Featured Articles and Good Articles respectively. In addition, the wiki rewrote its manual of style and layout guide in an attempt to increase the quality of articles on the website. Policies were enacted mandating that all articles adhere to the wiki's standards for categorization and establishing guidelines for userpages. Two additional administrators, Wayne "CurrentBigThing" Lipman III and Jasca Ducato were elected in June of 2007 to help enforce these new standards. As such, July 2007 saw a purge of thousands of articles based on their conformity to categorization standards. Also, the Halo Fanon Wiki became the Star Wars Fanon Wiki's first official friend in July, with the two websites agreeing to link to each other on their respective main pages. Shortly thereafter, TheStarWarsRP.com became the wiki's second official friend.
Later in 2007, two more administrators, Brandon Rhea and Christian "NKSCF" Ashley were elected by the community. A second review of the wiki's Featured Articles took place, as the standards for such articles had recently been made more exhaustive at the time, and numerous Featured Articles were demoted as a result of their failure to meet the new requirements. The Star Wars Fanon Wiki community also altered its Good Article standards in an effort to make attaining Good Article status more demanding. In the final months of 2007, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki removed its partnership with the Halo Fanon Wiki via consensus due to a perceived lack of commonality between the websites, leaving TheStarWarsRP.com as its sole official friend.
Early in 2008, the wiki held its third annual wiki awards, handing out twenty-three awards to various users. Also at the beginning of the year, a proposal to change the name of the site from the Star Wars Fanon Wiki to the Star Wars Fan-fiction Wiki was made, but was ultimately rejected by users. A full review of the site's Good Articles was initiated, designed to again check the site's Good Articles for quality after more revisions were made to the requirements. Later in 2008, the users of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki began a third review of the site's Featured Articles, largely because of a new provision prohibiting Mary Sues was established. It concluded in October 2008. A new collaborative fanon project, Project Cruentus, was formed in April and was successful in generating community-based content, including several Good and Featured Articles.
2008 also saw several resignations from the site. Wiki founder Neomessiah announced in April that he was leaving the site in April, while administrators Jedi Master 76 and Victor Dorantes both resigned in June. Furthermore, another administrator, Jack Phoenix, had his administrative position removed in November due to inactivity. To replace them, two other administrators Gnosis is Knowledge and Michaeldsuarez were elected in the summer of 2008, and Brandon Rhea was promoted to bureaucrat. However, the number of administrators was deemed insufficient in August 2008, resulting in the creation of another administrative election. The results were that Thomas "Darth tom" Rattim, Andrew "Drewton" Barton, and Solus were elected as administrators; the first two in early September 2008 and Solus in late October.
In recognition of the wiki's size as well as its similar scope, the fan-fiction and fan-fiction resource boards at TheForce.Net placed a link to the Star Wars Fanon Wiki in their header boards, starting in October 2008. Also, in August 2008, the Star Wars Photo Novels Wiki became an official partner of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki while Darthipedia severed its partnership with the Fanon Wiki near the end of the year.
August also saw the wiki launch a proposal to the voting policy, which successfully lowered the requirements needed to participate in official votes. Other policy decisions enacted on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki included a new content policy defining boundaries for content in areas such as sexuality, violence, and profanity. The wiki also launched an effort dedicated to removing content described as "joke articles," based on a series of community votes.
In mid to late 2008, renewed interest was shown in allowing more users to hold channel operator powers in the site's IRC channel. Two bots were also approved for use in the channel. However, after a series of events in December 2008, which bureaucrat Brandon Rhea described as "making the Star Wars Fanon IRC channel a load of @#$%ing horseshit," the community enacted a series of new policies which removed some of the channel operators and more administrators began to be present in the channel to enforce the policies there.
2008 also saw several changes and additions to the community activities on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki. The site newsletter experienced several turnovers in its heads, as Brandon Rhea and Victor Dorantes were chosen as the new heads in May 2008 after Darth tom resigned. However, by August, both Dorantes and Rhea also stepped down after failing to produce any more issues of the newsletter. To replace them, Darth tom once again accepted the position as one of the heads of the newsletter, this time partnered with Drewton. Tom's tenure proved to be short-lived, though, and Unit 8311 was selected to succeed him.
Another shift in the community occurred when the two review boards of the wiki, the Decreton Lords and High Priests, were merged to form a single organization, the Council of Seers. This was due to a perceived lack of able reviewers by some members of the community and occurred in September. Another new site feature was introduced in October with the creation of the featured works, which allowed community-selected works of fan-fiction or fancomics to be displayed on the main page in recognition of their quality. At the same time as the featured works were created, a review board was created to oversee them, the Star Wars Fanon:Archivists. Though the featured work system was created in October, featured works did not start appearing on the main page until January 2009. The wiki also began hosting blog articles after the idea was introduced by Wikia. Towards the end of the year, Jedi Master 76 and Solus became the hosts for the Fourth Wiki Awards after a community-wide discussion.
2009 saw the wiki host its fourth annual awards to recognize articles seen as outstanding by the commuity. The Star Wars Fanon Wiki also devised new polices to govern the blog features introduced by Wikia, as well as new guidelines for the new video options, which were also added to the wiki by Wikia. The community, after several discussions regarding a perceived lack of good and featured articles, opened up voting on featured article nominations to the general community and removed the rule requiring all featured articles to first become good articles, in addition to the creation of a writing center to help writers on the wiki.
In the spring of 2009, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki launched a mass deletion drive as part of an effort to ensure all its articles conformed to the wiki's standards. The measure received overwhelming community support. Articles that failed policies such as the manual of style and neutral point of view standard were tagged for mass deletion over a month and the writers were given a two-month period to rectify errors in their articles.
Another change introduced around the same time was a restriction on the use of user-created image categories—henceforth, these were no longer to be used for files other than those actually created by users. Other discussions included a shift in the membership of the Archivist review board. Further personnel shifts included the re-election of Brandon Rhea as the co-head for the wiki's newsletter after Drewton's departure from the project and the resignation of Darth tom and MPK as Seers.
In May of 2009, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki enacted an equality policy, stating that all users, regardless of age or other circumstances, would receive the same treatment. The crossover and "don't feed the trolls" policies were also rewritten shortly thereafter after community discussion. The new crossover policy prohibited all crossovers with other universes, excepting Soulcalibur, while the "don't feed the trolls" policy was made more comprehensive and changed from an essay format.
May also saw the redesign of the wiki's main page and the selection of Eastern Standard Time as the wiki's official time zone. Along with the rest of Wikia, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki was shifted over from GFDL to the CC-BY-SA license in June of 2009. In conjunction with 2009's mass deletion, another proposal was created to establish a date for the deletion of unsourced and unlicensed images. The deletion will occur on August 1, 2009.
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki is organized into several domains, or namespaces, for its content. The main location for user-created content is the Main namespace, where most articles reside. Unlike all other namespaces, pages in the Main namespace do not have prefixes preceding the article title. The Star Wars Fanon namespace is for site matters, such as the Featured Article nomination page. The User namespace provides each registered user with a userpage should they choose to create one, along with a talk page in the User talk namespace for communication with other users. The Forum namespace contains the wiki's five forum types, while the Image namespace encompasses the images uploaded onto the wiki. Category pages are used to help classify content on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki and also have their own namespace. Template pages contain preloaded content that users can place on other pages via wikicode. Also, a Help namespace exists to assist users. Two new userspaces were added by Wikia in 2008, the blog and video namespaces, as well as their related talk namespaces. Last, the wiki also contains pages in the MediaWiki namespace, which are restricted to administrators and control various things about the site. Every namespace has a corresponding talk page (e.g. for the Forum namespace, the talk namespace is Forum talk), where users can post comments or have discussion about a given topic.
Two specialized namespaces, along with their corresponding talk namespaces, are the HP and DL namespaces, intended for the use of the High Priests and Decreton Lords, two review-oriented groups of users who supervise the wiki's Good Articles and Featured Articles respectively. Both of those userspaces were later superseded by the introduction of the Council of Seers, a board which merged and replaced the other two. The Council of Seers also has its own namespace, denoted by "CS."
There are a number of positions on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki that are assorted according to task, ranging from administrators to review boards for Star Wars Fanon's Good and Featured Articles. All the positions are currently elected by popular vote.
- "The Cabal is a group of appointed and elected Administrators of Star Wars Fanon. Since they are, by default, the most helpful of users, they can generally answer any questions that a new user may have."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki New Users Group page on the administration, attributed to Victor Dorantes[src]
The administrators on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki, formerly known as "The Cabal", are users who have been granted sysop privileges over the Wiki, which gives them a number of technical powers. Their responsibilities include blocking vandals, protecting commonly disrupted pages, deleting both vandalism and unwanted pages, and making messages in the MediaWiki namespace, such as altering the site notices that are displayed to all users. They, along with the bureaucrats, are responsible for keeping the Star Wars Fanon Wiki organized and running smoothly on a daily basis. To qualify for an administrative position, a user must have at least 250 edits on Star Wars Fanon and have been a member of the Star Wars Fanon community for at least one month. 
The current administrators include Brandon Rhea, C3PO the Dragon Slayer, Wayne "CurrentBigThing" Lipman III, Gnosis is knowledge, Jasca Ducato, Michaeldsuarez, Christian "NKSCF" Ashley, Andrew "Drewton" Barton, and Thomas "Darth tom" Rattim. Bub, Jennie "StarNeptune" Cooper, Neomessiah, Victor "Squishy Vic" Dorantes, and Jedi Master 76 are former administrators who have relinquished their role as administrators, while Jack Phoenix had his administrative authority revoked. The first administrators were not actually elected by the community, but were appointed by Wikia staff; later administrators have been chosen by a popular vote of voting users.
- "While bureaucrats are largely similar to administrators in general article editing, their opinions are almost always considered in important policy decisions that affect the whole site, as well as determining consensus in difficult cases. Other than that, the role of a bureaucrat is similar to the role of the administrator."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki Supreme Chancellor page[src]
Bureaucrats on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki, sometimes unofficially referred to as "Supreme Chancellors," are endowed with the same powers as members of the administration, in addition to having the power to grant others with administrative power after community approval. Their votes must also be unanimous on administrative elections, giving them a type of veto power. In order to be qualified for bureaucratship, a user must have served as an administrator for "some time" and have been a member of the community for at least five months. Four people have held the position of bureaucrat on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki, though two of them have retired. Neomessiah, the founder of the wiki, was the first bureaucrat and is now retired. Later bureaucrats include C3PO the Dragon Slayer, Victor "Squishy Vic" Dorantes, and most recently Brandon Rhea, though Dorantes resigned in June 2008.
- "The High Priests have been appointed to oversee the nominations of Good articles, and provide constructive criticism (or praise) on the nominations of GAs."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki High Priests page[src]
The High Priests are a user group created to manage the Star Wars Fanon Wiki's Good Articles and Improvement Drive. Their page was originally organized during a purge of Good Articles, but later had its name changed. The High Priests are named after a fan-made establishment created by a user on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki and have primary purview over the Good Articles. Their authority includes being able to remove Good Article nominations with a consensus of High Priest opinions. They also have final say on the approval of Good Article nominations, as a majority of High Priest votes are mandated for the successful passage. Another responsibility of the High Priests is to examine existing Good Articles for quality and remove the Good Article status from articles that are lacking. In addition, the High Priests were placed in charge of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki's Improvement Drive, but the Improvement Drive page has not been edited since April of 2008. The High Priests and Decreton Lords were conglomerated into the Council of Seers in 2008, so the body is currently defunct.
- "The Decreton Lords are members of a group of users that read over, check and review Featured Article nominees before voting as to whether or not Featured Article status should be granted to an article."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki Decreton Lords page[src]
The purpose of the Decreton Lords review board is to examine the wiki's Featured Articles and Featured Article nominations for quality. Founded in the spring of 2007, the group has had a membership fluctuating from four to seven. There are currently six Decreton Lords. The group was named after a fanon organization of the same name, which allegedly served to strike down those who sought personal glory.
Originally, the Decreton Lords voted in conjunction with the general membership on Featured Article nominations, although Decreton Lord approval was mandated for passage of a nomination. However, in the summer of 2007, Featured Article nomination voting procedures on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki were changed to allow only Decreton Lords to vote on a given Featured Article nomination. They are also in charge of removing Featured Article status from Featured Articles that are deemed by the Decreton Lords to be unworthy of that status. The Decreton Lords were merged with the High Priests into a new organization, the Council of Seers, in 2008, so the organization is currently defunct.
Council of Seers
- "This is reflective of the Star Wars Fanon group, as the goal of the Council of Seers is to ensure that only quality articles that meet standards are promoted to good and featured article status, and to make sure that formerly good and formerly featured articles that the High Priests and Decreton Lords believed lacked quality are not promoted once again."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki page on the Council of Seers[src]
In 2008, both the Decreton Lords and the High Priests were merged into a body designed for reviewing both Featured and Good articles. They perform much the same duties as the former Decreton Lords and High Priests, save they can review on both featured and good article nominations. Their responsibilities also include checking over incumbent featured and good articles to insure their quality. The name of the organization was derived from a fanon group called the "Jedi Council of Seers," which was invented by Andrew "Drewton" Barton. The Council of Seers lost sole reviewing purview of featured article nominations in January of 2009.
The Archivists are a three-member review board created in October 2008 to oversee the featured works of the wiki. Their responsibilities are to review all featured work nominations, as well as remove any nominations that are of sufficiently poor quality. They are also expected to provide feedback to community questions about featured works, in addition to removing unsuccessful featured work nominations and archiving approved featured work nominations.
The First Star Wars Fanon Wiki Awards was held on 1 July 2006 and were conceived by Darth Vacatour as part of a community-building effort. Twenty awards were given out to users in a variety of categories, such as Best Sith, based on community vote. The idea was well received and the next year, the Second Wiki Awards were held, this time hosted by Jasca Ducato in June of 2007. Each year the categories changed slightly, and there were several ties in the Second Wiki Awards, leading to a total of twenty-seven awards being presented. For the Third Wiki Awards, the community agreed to move the timeline from a summer awards ceremony to one occurring at the turn of the year, to recognize work done throughout the previous year. Also, the community chose Victor Dorantes and Brandon Rhea as the hosts for the Third Wiki Awards. The awards were held through January and February of 2008 and recognized twenty-three entries. At the end of 2008, the hosts for the Fourth Wiki Awards, Jedi Master 76 and Solus, were chosen. The awards began at the start of 2009, with nominations lasting until the third week of January, followed by voting until mid-February. The awards concluded by issuing twenty-three awards to various users in honor of their achievements.
The Improvement Drive is a collaborative effort designed to focus community efforts on improving a given article. Another stated goal of Improvement Drive is to help bring an article up to Good or Featured status. Nominations and selection of Improvement Drive candidates are left to the High Priests, though originally it was designed to allow any user to nominate articles. The procedure was changed at the end of 2007, however, the Improvement Drive has been inactive since April of 2008.
Although there have been large-scale collaborative writing projects on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki in the past, the only current active one is Project Cruentus, a project aimed at writing articles about a war dubbed the Cruentusian War, which takes place after the collapse of Infinite Empire and before the Great Sith War. With as many as ten members at one point, the project was founded in April 2008 and was intended by the founder, Thomas Rattim, to bring more community-centered works to the wiki. As such, it drew on the founder's experience with the SWRP.com and other fanon wikis with collaborative projects. Users have the option of involving their own factions in the war, and collaborative articles on battles or other events are encouraged. A stated goal of the project is to generate Good and Featured Articles, and thus far its participants have been successful in producing five Good Articles and four Featured Articles so far. While some of the members in the project have remained in it since its inception, the overall membership has fluctuated, with multiple votes held to remove inactive members.
Completely Unofficial Star Wars Fanon Newsletter
The Completely Unofficial Star Wars Fanon Newsletter, or CUSWFN, is a user-created publication on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki. Although technically unofficial to allow its proceedings to occur without community effort, it is a collaborative venture viewed by many of the wiki's users. Originally founded in 2007 by Darth tader, it was inspired by Halopedia's Oracle Newsletter and ran for five issues after some test versions were submitted to a pair of administrators for approval. Users who signed up to receive the newsletter on their talk page would periodically receive the next issue of the newsletter. However, the management of the newsletter lost interest in the project, abandoning it in November of 2007. Users criticized the early incarnation for its lack of proper spelling and grammar as well, which contributed to the stigma that some felt the newsletter carried.
In 2008, the newsletter was revived by Darth tom, who began releasing more weekly issues of the newsletter, which included sections such as Featured Article and Good Article reviews, "Meet a User" interviews with users on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki, wiki news, and features such as crossword puzzles based on fanon articles. The new incarnation of the Completely Unofficial Star Wars Fanon Newsletter ran for another twelve issues and grew in popularity compared with the original newsletter. The layout was altered and Brandon Rhea, who had initially quit the project, returned as an editor. Issue 14 saw the addition of a Darthipedia feature based on that wiki's newly-formed friendship with the Star Wars Fanon Wiki. As more editions were released, the newsletter outgrew its inspiration to become the longest running newsletter on Wikia. However, after issue seventeen, Darth tom left the project to focus on his duties as a High Priest. Brandon Rhea and Victor Dorantes took over the project but never released an issue. Several weeks after their election, they resigned. In their resignation statements, Rhea commented "When I accepted the nomination I had the time, but as of right now I simply don't." Two new leaders were elected to run the project once more in August 2008, seeing the return of Darth tom to leadership of the CUSWFN, partnered with Drewton. The two released their first edition that same month. However, not long after that, Darth tom stepped down again, and was replaced by Unit 8311.
The next issue, Edition XX, of the newsletter under Drewton and Unit 8311 was not released until January 2009, with the chief editors claiming that Christmas and New Years kept them busy. Following that, on 1 April 2009, an alternate version of the newsletter, known as "Completely Alternative Star Wars Fanon Newsletter", or "CASWFN", was published, by a different group of community members than the normal editors. As befitting a release on April Fools' Day, its content was largely satirical. Following that, Edition XXI was released in April 2009, but it was the last edition with Drewton as one of the co-heads. A month later, Edition XXII was released with Unit 8311 as the sole head and producer of content. However, reader reaction was largely negative, which led to the re-election of Brandon Rhea as co-head. Rhea and Unit 8311 produced the next edition of CUSWFN, XXIII, and released it in June of 2009. This edition was better received.
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki has its own Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, #swfanon, which may be used by users for a variety of site-related purposes and discussions by users. The site also has a forum, dubbed the Alliance of Fanon, which can be used to discuss or plan meetings on the IRC channel. However, use of the channel is intermittent among users, with some community members noting a paucity of administrators in the channel, much less general activity.  Attempts have been made to establish more control over the channel, with the introduction of a reformed IRC policy and a community discussion about awarding more individuals with operator status in the channel. Two bots were approved for use in the channel in 2008, and, after complaints by several administrators and users over the lack of enforcement of policies in #swfanon, as well as the fact that the channel had been taken over by outside parties, more administrators began to have a presence in IRC, starting in December 2008. That discussion also saw at least one administrator and other users admit that they had broken IRC policies on numerous occasions; they generally resolved to make the channel more respectable.
- "Good Articles are generally described as better than normal articles, but not as outstanding as Featured Articles are."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki Good Article description[src]
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki first established the Good Article system in March of 2007 as a means of noting articles with above-average quality. The standards for Good Article (GA) quality are described as including length, detail, and a balance of images throughout the article. Good Articles are denoted with a check-mark icon in the top right corner of the article and are voted on at the Good Article nominations. At their inception, Good Articles were originally afforded the same amount of space on the wiki's main page as Featured Articles were, but this was changed in July of 2007 to only have a link to the Good Article of the week on the main page. In general, the wiki regards the status of Good Article as commendable, but as only the first step in a progression that ultimately leads to the status of Featured Article. Currently, Good Article nominations may be voted upon by both the High Priests, a Good Article voting review board, and regular users who are qualified to vote, although a certain number of High Priest votes in mandated for an article to attain Good Article status. As of July 10, 2009, there were ninety-eight Good Articles on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki.
- "Seriously, we need something good on the nominee list. I'm sure there's something on this site that has featured article [sic] status."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki administrator C3PO the Dragon Slayer[src]
Featured Articles on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki are described as the best of the wiki's content. They are signified by having a star icon placed in the top right corner of the article. Every week, the introduction and main image of a different Featured Article is displayed on the main page. To become a Featured Article, a given article must satisfy a lengthy series of requirements, which include detail, length, number of images, and quality of the writing. The type of content found in the Star Wars Fanon Wiki's Featured Articles varies, with most entries written about characters with a smattering of other types, such as organizations, species, technology, and fan works. To become a Featured Article, a nomination must gain approval from a majority of the Decreton Lords review board, which has had sole purview over the Featured Article nominations since a decision in June of 2007 ended general community input in the selection of Featured Articles. Later changes altered the rule so that at least five Seers are required to vote on a given featured article nomination, as well as at least five general community members. As of 10 July 2009, there were seventy Featured Articles on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki.
Quote of the Week
- "A good candidate should be compelling, engaging, well articulated and tell an interesting story by itself to encourage users to read more from where it came, whether that is an article or a fan fiction story."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Wiki quote recommendations[src]
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki maintains a supply of quotes which have been approved by the community for display on the site's main page for the length of a week, dubbed the Quote of the Week. Quotes of the Week were first established in late May of 2008, and any user can nominate a quote from the site for appearance on the main page. Once a quote is nominated, other users then vote on the quote until it either reaches enough votes for approval or is rejected by the community as a Quote of the Week candidate.
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki has a number of forums, subdivided into five categories based on their purpose and intended for use by the community. The Senate Hall is intended for general community discussion not related to specific articles. The Fanon Cantina is designed for casual discussion, whereas the Senate Hall is relegated to more serious matters. The wiki uses the Consensus Track as the preferred locale to organize and discuss additions or amendments to site-wide policy. It currently has the most active threads of any of the forums. The Alliance of Fanon is used for coordinating functions and meetings of varying size in #swfanon, the Star Wars Fanon Wiki's Internet Relay Chat channel. The newest of the forums, the Critic's Lounge, is a place for users to render constructive criticism on other articles, provided it is done in a civil manner. A stipulation of the Critic's Lounge is that commentary must be made on content, and not on contributors, but after more than six months of existence, less than ten articles have been critiqued thus far.
- "I mean, come on, most people who see this site probably dismiss it as a bunch of nerdy thirteen-year-olds who invest their egos and vanity into Star Wars."
- ―Star Wars Fanon Administrator C3PO the Dragon Slayer[src]
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki is commonly criticized on several points, including the immaturity of its users, the lack of creativity and realistic content on its pages, as well as often blatant disregard for established canon. Another criticism is the lack of community editing, as users are restricted from making major edits to others' articles that change the storyline of the work. A nomination for official friendship with the Star Wars Wiki for licensed canon, Wookieepedia, failed due to these complaints and the conduct of several users from the Star Wars Fanon Wiki on a counterpart thread on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki.
Previous criticisms of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki before policies were enacted to address them included the un-policed signatures used by many users, which were described as unprofessional, and the user clans, which some critics saw as pointless and only useful for garnering attention. As the wiki underwent a series of reforms, some backlash was exhibited from users who felt the site had become too strict. In particular, 2009's mass deletion has elicited complaints from users concerned over the deletion of their articles, though the majority of the community has responded negatively to such complaints.
- "On this wiki you can find awesome stuff such as Iznicans, "Mary Sue" characters, and black english (sic) singers."
- ―Darthipedia page on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki[src]
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki has been mentioned on several other wikis, such as Darthipedia and Wookieepedia. However, in keeping with the humorous nature of the site, the Darthipedia article is a parody of the Star Wars Fanon Wiki.
It was also the Featured Wikia for February of 2007. Additionally, it has been added to the Wikia Spotlight, a group of Wikis that have thumbnail promotional images appear to users surfing other wikis. Furthermore, a thread devoted to the Star Wars Fanon Wiki exists on the Jedi Council Forums of the TheForce.Net, under its boards for fan-fiction. Several users from TheForce.Net have since also started accounts on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki. Some users, such as JediXManSerenaKenobi, who described it as "really cool," liked the idea of the fanon wiki. Others found the wikicoding aspect and some of the site policies hard to adapt to, though. TheForce.Net also features a link to the Star Wars Fanon Wiki on its banner for all of its fan-fiction boards.
The wiki has two official friends, the SWRP.com, and the Star Wars Photo Novel Wiki, both of which have small features on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki on their sites. Both sites have a number of members who contribute to the Star Wars Fanon Wiki.
In other languages
The Star Wars Fanon Wiki has several counterparts in other languages besides English. The first founded was a German offshoot, created on March 1, 2007 by Skywalker XL. A few months later, in late June, a Swedish Star Wars Fanon Wiki was founded by N@M3Le$$ and a Spanish equivalent was founded by Victor Dorantes. An Italian Star Wars Fanon Wiki was set up by Darth Welia in March of 2008, followed by a Polish version a few months later.