What is the NerferWiki?
The NerferWiki is a collaborative website that uses MediaWiki (the same software run on Wikipedia) to allow anyone who signs up to edit articles and pages in the wiki. The NerferWiki will allow nerfers to create resources that can be constantly updated to reflect new developments in the nerf community. Ultimately, the goal of the NerferWiki is to replace the phrase, "Use the search function!" with "Check the NerferWiki!"
Why do we need another wiki?
Strictly speaking, the NerferWiki isn't a another wiki, it's actually an improvement on the same wiki you're all familiar with. The NerferWiki has been seeded with all of the content from the original wiki from NerfHQ. The administration team will also look familiar. The admins are CrankyMonky, who was primarily responsible for coordinating the wiki at NerfHQ, and CaptainSlug, the most prolific contributor on the old wiki.
To get right to the point, there is a very good reason for why there has been a change in hosting. November was the first time since before the summer that NerfHQ didn't exceed it's bandwidth limit. This may be because Spanky is paying for a better hosting package (unlikely), or NerfHQ just isn't getting as much traffic as it used to. Either way, up until recently, the other wiki just wasn't there 10-15 days out of a month, and when it was, there were frequent database issues that lead to the hard work of it's editors being lost. In order to attract editors who are willing to put in the time to improve it, a wiki has to be reliable. I know I wasn't interested in putting in a lot of time on a wiki hosted on NerfHQ, and that's one of the primary reasons I created the new wiki.
I can guarantee that the new NerferWiki will be online no less than 99% of the time. There may be a few hiccups in the beginning as we adjust to the amount of bandwidth required to meet the needs of the NIC, but there will never be multiple days of down time, and there will always be recent backups to restore to if there are any problems with the site. I will always be ready to fix any problems that may come up, unlike some other webmasters who are more difficult to get a hold of when problems arise.
How will this wiki be any better?
As a part of ProjectNerf, the NerferWiki will be dedicated to giving nerfers the information they need to get out from behind those computer screens and nerf, to get their friends nerfing, or to host a better nerf war. This wiki won't be an encyclopedia of nerf with bland articles about the history of the NIC or who won the second round of gunslinger heaven at last year's apoc. You'll be less likely to find an article about who Stefan Mohr is than to find an article on how to make a better Stefan. There will also be ongoing projects that will be organized on the NerferWiki. For example, Ubermensch's effort to get an article about nerf published by Make Magazine will now be hosted on the wiki, where anyone can collaborate on the article. It's these special projects and the dedication of the administration team that make the NerferWiki more than just a nerf encyclopedia.
What about the old wiki?
At this time the NerferWiki is operating with a Creative Commons Attribution Noncomercial Share-Alike License. This means that anyone can reproduce content from the NerferWiki as long as they give credit to all of the contributors, don't use the content for commercial purposes, and share the content under the same license or a similar one. Basically, this means that the NerfHQ wiki can import content from the new NerferWiki as long as it updates it's license. Obviously we would prefer that you use our wiki when you want to contribute or look for information, but the choice is up to you.
However, the import of content from NerfHQ to the new Wiki was a one time thing. If you do continue to contribute to the wiki at NerfHQ, your contributions will not be reflected at the new wiki unless you contribute them to the new Wiki as well.
Plans for the new wiki
Over the next several weeks the NerferWiki admin team will select a few articles each week that need improvement and start a thread on NerfHaven to discuss improvements and coordinate editors. The goal is to have the NerferWiki ready to be used by new nerfers as a complete reference before spring.
What can I do with the wiki? How can I help?
You can check out the Editor Guide for more information about how to edit the NerferWiki (a recommended read if you've never edited a wiki before), and then take a look at the Community Portal to find out what needs to be done. You can also use the Community portal to request new articles, or start new Wiki Projects. If you're interested in starting a new project, but aren't sure where to begin, I would be glad to help.
Edited by Langley, 06 December 2008 - 01:48 AM.