Monday, January 07, 2008

More examples of obsessive delights

250px-Death_Star.jpgNow there's a blog title for you. Does that whet your appetite or what?

Mind you, if you're not a Star Wars fan, or at least a bit of a geek, you might not find this entry all that exciting. But I wanted to follow up my post about the fabulous Star Wars Holiday Special from a couple of weeks ago with another example of how the Internet makes all things possible.

I introduce you to Wookieepedia, The Star Wars Wiki, in which I am pretty sure you will have all your questions about Star Wars answered. And where you'll also be able to find a whole bunch of other info that might or might not be of value to you the next time you're playing trivia at your local watering hole.

I'm not really a Star Wars geek, although I do have all the movies, of course. But what I find interesting is the explanation for how this amazing site came to be and if it looks like it spawned from Wikipedia, that other on-line encyclopedia, that's no accident. Here's the story:
Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki is a Wiki which was started on March 4, 2005 by Chad "WhiteBoy" Barbry and Steven "Riffsyphon1024" Greenwood. It strives to be the premier source of information on all aspects of the Star Wars universe. This includes information from the Star Wars films and Expanded Universe, as well as information of value to fans.

The Star Wars Wiki is considered to be a branch of Wikipedia, but can expand on Star Wars information in greater detail and with more freedom than Wikipedia. The Star Wars Wiki began when Wikipedia users began to complain of the overabundance of minutiae related to Star Wars, which began appearing on Wikipedia. Since then, it has expanded to become one of the largest Wikis on the internet.

As a fan-created encyclopedia, Wookieepedia is not intended to be a primary source, nor is it a replacement for the Databank or any other official source. Rather, it serves as a fan effort to summarize all aspects of the Star Wars universe in the best way possible, while pointing the reader to the respective official sources.
I like that. You learn something cool every day, don't you? Especially if you read this blog!

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