About

Mission

  • Forming an alliance of independently operated wikis that focus on lifestyle, entertainment, and gaming.
  • Fostering a Community of Practice where group members have a shared passion of developing wikis, and learn to do it better as they help each other, share knowledge, skills, and interact regularly.
  • Building friendships and collaborations between IWF members

Principles

  • Wikis are run by fans for fans.
  • Wiki communities are run by people who always consider how to enhance the enjoyment of the overall community in collaboration with the fan base.
  • Wikis’ appearance, usability, and functionality is of high quality for visitors and editors.
  • Wiki communities strive to create meaningful alliances between our organization’s members.
  • Wiki communities peacefully coexist with the creators or the franchise.
  • Members always remain respectful of the IWF, IWF members, and community members.
  • Members pledge to never pursue actions that may cause reputational harm to IWF, IWF members, or its community members.

Purpose

The IWF vision is to build a thriving community of independent wikis by providing the access, support, resources, and the expertise needed to maintain high-quality, self-sufficient, and independent wiki communities. We believe an expansive, diverse network of independent groups will empower each other’s communities to share knowledge and information freely. We believe that providing access to centralized, comprehensive libraries of supporting resources is essential to realizing our vision. Therefore, the IWF strives to be a vibrant hub for collaboration, innovation, and learning; that is supported by a united and resilient alliance of wikis. We are confident this creates a more open, transparent, and accessible world of knowledge free of corporate control.

The IWF’s role in this vision is:

  • Connecting independent wikis to create stronger affiliations in a supportive peer-network environment.
  • Championing issues that impact independent wikis and strongly advocating for their interests by standing against hindering regulations and unethical corporate interference.
  • Providing opportunities in the form of providing emergency funding, profit sharing storefront, premium wiki hosting of org member’s sister projects or paying verified community members.
  • Strongly supporting wiki communities seeking to gain “independence” by developing a comprehensive knowledge base of resources.
  • Cultivating an alignment of independent wikis under a unified banner to protect the collective’s interests, encourage positive collaboration, and exchange technical knowledge.
  • Assist in the navigation of IT Infrastructure cost breakdown and funding types to ensure our members have access to adequate resources to improve their wiki at minimum cost.
  • Technical Support by volunteer sys admins.
  • Org developed maintenance scripts, extensions, and skins.
  • Tech Library wiki containing scripts/gadgets, updating manuals, documented wiki break fix resolutions, strategy & knowledge sharing.

Timeline

  • The IWF was created on March 23, 2023 by M3w, Kate Aces, Theroyalrabite, Evalprime, and Vipzer.
  • The IWF formally launches on September 5, 2023.
  • Founding Org wiki members are Fallout Wiki, Final Fantasy Wiki, Kingdom Hearts Database wiki, Sonic Archive, and Metal Gear Database.
  • Founding Org wikifarm members are Amazing Wikis, Hypoverse, and Telepedia.
  • WikiForge was removed from IWF membership on June 12, 2023 by unanimous vote.
  • Hollow Knight Wiki joined on November 16, 2023.
  • The Backrooms wiki moved to Telepedia on November 23, 2023 and gained automatic org membership.
  • Staff members Vipzer and Rabite resigned on November 27, 2023.
  • Constructed Worlds Wiki [Conworlds] joined on December 17, 2023.
  • Jadusable Wiki joined on Febuary 3, 2024.
  • The Backrooms wiki from Telepedia informally resigned membership on March 14, 2024.
  • Wizardry Wiki joined on March 24, 2024.
  • Founding Wikifarm member Hypoverse announced their shutdown on April 16, 2024.
  • Tom Clancy Wiki joined on May 28, 2024.
  • 100% Orange Juice wiki joined on June 4, 2024.
  • The Wandering Inn Wiki joined on July 14, 2024.