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Right, to be frank, as many of you know, This wiki has been "forked" to illogicopedia.org. The domain has been held by the the originators of the site (offically owned by me, but i give Nerd42 and Hindleyite as much say in its use). Since then, the .com has also been registered to prevent cyber-squatting.

In that regard, it now means this site needs to take a new direction to differentiate itself from the original community.

We are open to suggestions of how to do this, many ideas include:

  • Re-branding the site to another unrelated name.
  • leave the site as is, scraping off the cream under GNU - CC compatibility. Basically, New ?pedia can fork from old ?pedia, but not visa versa.
  • Throw the ashes on the fire and give up, letting the site fall into despair and disrepair.
  • Demand having the site closed and just use the newer site.

At my standpoint, I find it too hard to follow both sites, i get them muddled up, so would much rather closure or re-branding than leaving it as it is.

All I can say is, that I don't want wikia to harm the current Siamese community thing we currently have going on, just for their bested interests rather than the community's. --Silent PenguinPenguin Foot.png 16:35, 24 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

Shall we, the Illogicopedian Community have a vote then? --TReich (My Bad) 16:48, 24 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
I was thinking that an open discussion, less on the lines of bitching about kyles actions, which are those of a puppet, he just acts for the good of wikia, and not his own, so, i dont think he deserves the rap, after all, he may well be a good person to know, its too easy to judge him. --Silent PenguinPenguin Foot.png 17:18, 24 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Agreed, Seppy. Kyle is just a pawn in W*kia's game where it is their chessboard and they refuse to accept a checkmate. My personal gripes are with W*kia and the way they have, in many cases, had to cave in to the advertisers and financial people to the disgust of many of those who actually create the site. However, I'm gonna shut up about personal opinion because I've ranted about that enough in the Illogiblog and other places.
As for the fate of this wiki, I really would like this place closed down because I object to my content being held on the server of anyone who rates financial gain so far ahead of its users (which, IMO, has happened with Wikia and Illogicopedia).
Can't see that happening though, as I don't feel W*kia respect my opinion at all. At the very least if W*kia want to keep this wiki open, the users that created the content should be able to request deletion of any article they wrote here. I did entertain the idea of suggesting this site be made a mirror to the real Illogicopedia but W*kia's conduct has totally changed my mind.
However, I will continue to fight for what the (Illogicopedian) community think is right for the old wiki and respect their wishes even if W*kia don't. If this means simply changing the name and rebranding the whole thing 'Sandalpedia' or something then so be it: I will go ahead with whatever the real community (as in, those that aren't passing vandals or trolls that found the wiki in the last two weeks) thinks and accept it. -- bfv3eF <a href="http://ttsbuxvtuxyw.com/">ttsbuxvtuxyw</a>, [url=http://vwzmilljfrxb.com/]vwzmilljfrxb[/url], [link=http://ccckmpcvyqdh.com/]ccckmpcvyqdh[/link], http://uthasvahliwr.com/ 17:55, 24 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

What I would do[edit]

Replace the Main Page with a link to the new wiki and give anybody who tries to edit the Wikia ?pedia (other than edits relating to the move, obviously) a polite message requesting they sign up at the new ?pedia. If they don't, block them. If Wikia tries to take this wiki away, begin the shitstorm. Mass vandalism, trolling, basically make this wiki uneditable. Boom. --Aaaaannooooo!!! 19:17, 24 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

We need to think constructively, if such actions were chosen by the community, a hard redirect would be a much more appropriate option, with less overhead for servers, than a nudge and poke fest.
An idea if we rebrand this site, might well be to hard redirect the illogicopedia.wikia.com domain to the newer wiki to help whittle down any possible confusion between the two, so people dont see a "this wiki does not exist" page, or get redirected to a similar wiki of a different name, which would doubtlessly be more confusing.--Silent PenguinPenguin Foot.png 12:37, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good lads, a redirect to the new site at the very least would be good. --TReich (My Bad) 16:32, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Rebranding this site is the better option as everyone gets something; wikia get a site to rack up advertising revenue and the Illogicopedia community get closure on the old site and less confusion for newbies. In addition, rebranding this site may give birth new an altogether new community who do not have to feel they are in the shadow of the old Illogicopedia elite. 212.85.1.1 16:33, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, now theres a point, you may have made inadvertently, I constantly feel like we are in the shadow of uncyc, even though we are different, even they agree so, now how about a site trying to be the same thing as something it used to be? rebranding may never give the site a new lease of life :S --Silent PenguinPenguin Foot.png 17:01, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

Rebranding and the role of paid editorial staff[edit]

As far as I know, if this wiki were re-used for something else (such as to become Wikipedia parody Wackipedia) then illogicopedia.wikia.com would redirect to wackipedia.wikia.com - for instance.

I see no way that this wiki can remain under the Illogicopedia name without confusion with Illogicopedia.org and legally the first use of the Illogicopedia name was indeed on a non-Wikia version of the project. Waiting to see if the owners of the original Illogicopedia would be strongly-enough opposed to the confusingly-similar names to either start contacting Wikia advertisers about the matter or to start raising the issues on other non-Wikia forums (fora?) all across the Internet would be ill-advised as the result could only reflect badly on Wikia.

Illogicopedia.org has no advertisers to lose, Wikia does... and there are already so many thorny questions about Wikia's re-use of content from CC-BY-NC wikis (such as various language Uncyclopedias, which mostly are not GFDL) that adding one more is not going to help matters. If there are two wikis on two divergent paths, and this is what Wikia appears to intend to create, they should have two different names and identities.

Do also keep in mind that content on this wiki is edited and controlled by Wikia staff (hi Kyle!) so legally Wikia is responsible for its content under various legal doctrines such as that of vicarious liability (where an employer is responsible for what their worker bees are doing on-duty or in the line of these duties). If this wiki infringes on the trade name or identity of a previous Illogicopedia-branded project, or it violates copyright held by the original author of some non-GFDL work (such as by re-using CC-BY-NC content commercially) or GFDL work (by not providing attribution to the author), the liability is absolute.

Wikia is not a common carrier; that tiny bit of legal safe-haven applies to telephone and cable operators, possibly including ISP's, if their role is solely to pass through content originated by clients with no further editing. And no, "from {SITENAME} a Wikia wiki" is not the correct attribution; it's spammed across every page, every message, every template of anything special:exported (to the point where it was getting site robots banned from Uncyclopedia.de once this spam was inadvertently being reimported to the wiki on every 'bot edit) but it's wrong. Wikia is not the author. The free license requires credit to the author, Uncyclopedia's license (which applies to anything brought here from various wikis there) forbids unauthorised commercial use and none of the licenses confer use of identifying marks such as trade or brand names.

I'd say that, now that Wikia paid staff have taken editorial control here, they have a monstrous task ahead in terms of cleaning up content which is improperly attributed, from non-commercially licensed sources or which in some way infringes the prior use of the Illogicopedia name on another wiki. If the cleanup is not done, Wikia is legally liable; it is not a common carrier in the sense of a Bell or a British Telecom utility company (those simply pass through calls with no editorial control. KyleH is exerting editorial control now and as his employer in this endeavour, Wikia is solely liable for the content of the finished product). --carlb 16:53, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure there is much more I can say to that. As a good phrase put it "sh*t is about to hit the fan". Probably quite apt, from that angle, wikia can't keep tanking on expecting there to be no repercussions at some point in the future. --Silent PenguinPenguin Foot.png 17:11, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

In any case, the real unknown here is not the Illogicopedia community but stakeholders such as Amazon, Inc. They're one of the largest (if not the largest) of those who sank money into Wikia back in 2006, when it was still getting new venture capital instead of operating in freefall. To Wikia, the millions of Amazon bucks are not exactly chump change, despite Wikia being so small as to be all but ignorable on Amazon's balance sheets. Amazon is primarily a bookstore. Whatever position they take on copyright, authorship or any other related issues will likely be dictated by their role as a bookseller. Their small (to them) stake in Wikia might not cross their minds often as they focus on their primary business. As such, their position on copyright of any of this stuff is hugely an unknown. For the most part, they haven't played a huge role in anything happening over here, but it would be interesting to know where they stand? --carlb 17:49, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

Yes, to be frank, it would be very intriguing to understand how Amazon views such action. Creates some interesting situations depending on how they stand.--Silent PenguinPenguin Foot.png 18:24, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

Excuse me for popping in... I just had to mention how impressed I am to see the level of restraint being demonstrated by the ?pedia community over this. Surely Wikia will realise that the tiny amount of money this site generates is just not worth the negative publicity which will be generated should it continue in this attempt to keep the site open. MrN9000 22:33, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Some good points, Carl. The legal stuff I shall take your word for, as my knowledge of law is minimal.
Thinking about this, the majority of users of Wikia are happy with its service (probably) and a few little comments in forums elsewhere on the Internet are unlikely to hurt them. Should the story catch on, though, (say, er, in The Guardian or something) it could potentially blow up into something harmful. Not that I wish ill upon Wikia: their aims are noble and for all my annoyances and disagreements I do not wish to hurt them. I'm just saying that I think you are both right: this stuff could potentially spread like wildfire the longer it drags on (which I hope it doesn't).
I reckon Amazon wouldn't give a fig about what Wikia do, or at least are willing to turn a blind eye to things. -- bfv3eF <a href="http://ttsbuxvtuxyw.com/">ttsbuxvtuxyw</a>, [url=http://vwzmilljfrxb.com/]vwzmilljfrxb[/url], [link=http://ccckmpcvyqdh.com/]ccckmpcvyqdh[/link], http://uthasvahliwr.com/ 22:42, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Could be... Wikia is pretty small in the scheme of things and, while "the amount of the investment was not disclosed"[1] back in 2006[2], odds are that it's closer to $10 million (or less) --- peanuts for a company large enough that $199 million in quarterly earnings[3] in the same timeframe (late 2006) would be the sort of pittance to disappoint its investors who were hoping for more. For Wikia to even be noticed by media would be indicative more of it riding on Wikipedia's coat-tails for publicity - something that hasn't endeared the company to the Wikipedian rank-and-file at times - than of it having any real notability in its own right. After all, Wikia is shrinking rather rapidly at the moment.[4][5][6] While the Amazon.com name and brand are valuable, the Wikia name (minus whatever illusory goodwill can be misappropriated from other projects such as Wikipedia) largely is not so. --carlb 23:26, 25 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
It's obvious why all this has happened. We've left a website which gains money from the amount of wikis it hosts in the middle of a financial downturn. Websites are going bust and dropping dead all over the net, the cost of hosting has gone up pushing freewebs to scrap the 'free' in their name (suggesting that they will start to charge money). Wikia think they are in charge of the wiki so they are taking the obvious decision of keeping our wiki. Now, it's time for me to jump shit ship and bugger off somewhere else, this has turned into a bitch-battle.--RyanBen! ~ U T C ~ 13:14, 26 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
Now look what you made Ben do, W*kia! These are the kind of implications your actions are having on our community! -- bfv3eF <a href="http://ttsbuxvtuxyw.com/">ttsbuxvtuxyw</a>, [url=http://vwzmilljfrxb.com/]vwzmilljfrxb[/url], [link=http://ccckmpcvyqdh.com/]ccckmpcvyqdh[/link], http://uthasvahliwr.com/ 18:14, 26 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)
 :-P -- bfv3eF <a href="http://ttsbuxvtuxyw.com/">ttsbuxvtuxyw</a>, [url=http://vwzmilljfrxb.com/]vwzmilljfrxb[/url], [link=http://ccckmpcvyqdh.com/]ccckmpcvyqdh[/link], http://uthasvahliwr.com/ 15:07, 27 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

This wiki should change it's name[edit]

We (meaning SilentPenguin & friends) own illogicopedia.org and we made up the name of the site long before we came to Wikia. We used it back when Wikia refused the project because it was seen as too similar to uncyclopedia and we moved to EditThis. Therefore it makes no sense at this late date for Wikia to suddenly decide that hanging on to the name "illogicopedia" matters. I think this Wikia site should rename itself to something else to avoid confusion. --Nerd42eMailTalkUnMetaWPediah2g2 15:00, 26 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

Okay, here goes[edit]

My ban has expired now, and I would like to say that I agree with Nerd42 that we should not have two Illogicopedias. The departing members of the community have written everything on this site that is worth viewing twice. If there will continue to be a site on Wikia, I would like this content to be removed. I suggest either starting from scratch with a new name or creating a hard redirect. In forking/pretending to fork this wiki, Wikia is using our content (that is, the Illogicopedia community's content) for its monetary gain. Some WHAT!? (number two) (talk) (contribs) (edit count) 16:26, 26 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

HEY GUYS![edit]

what if we uhm... what the hell happened to this site? why so much blue? Is it the new skin no one likes? So anyways, what if we simply used this original site as a forbidden island where we send vandals. And we can quarantine them and they can vandalize all they want. If that happens, I just may join them. the new server is as slow as MOLASSES! It takes like 3 minutes minimum to load a page. And half of that is just my computer, but the rest of the internet loads fine. That is also why I have been inactive. NO PATIENCE. And additionally, I am banned from IRC. Wellll.... I kinda banned myself. Since when I was scanning for viruses after the computer was freaking out, the virus that killed my computer was called "IRC BACKDOOR FLOOD" And that is my life story.--Romanducky.jpg|Fonchezzz| Quacking|Smile no.jpg 15:24, 28 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)

New site is slow for me too, can take up to 40 seconds to load a page sometimes. Other times it's lightening fast, faster even than Wikia. 82.198.250.2 16:22, 28 Novelniver 2008 (UTC)