Brickipedia is dead - Long live Brickimedia!

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The Brickipedia team have moved the project onto a new platform and it has a new URL, http://www.brickimedia.org/.

In case you're not aware, Brickipedia is 'a free online LEGO encyclopedia written collaboratively by its readers known as Brickipedians.'

Since its inception in 2006 it's been a useful resource, but until now it has been hosted at Wikia which forced the display of intrusive and distracting advertising that made it unpleasant to use.

Now, it's on a vanilla MediaWiki platform which has resulted in it being much easier on the eye and a pleasure to use.

Brickset user CzechMate is one of the admins at the site, and I understand from him that the old Brickipedia will remain on the Wikia platform, but will be left to die, since it appears to be impossible to actually remove it. I will encourage him to explain its status in the comment

Note: We first published this article back in April but having done so the server hardware didn't take the resultant strain of hundreds of new users hitting the site. I'm told that it is now ready to handle the traffic and all content has been transferred from the old site.

17 comments on this article

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By in Bulgaria,

I am also a user there (called "Legoboy9373") and I can say that the new site is a lot, lot better, and has less advertisements.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just checked out the new domain this morning, it's definitely easier on the eye because it doesn't have ads in your face all the time. One thing I've noticed though is that I can't seem to access the article on Legends of Chima, it keeps coming up that there is a programming error/website under maintenance. Wonder if this is an error? All other links to theme articles appear to work ok. Just a pointer there.

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By in United States,

Visiting this site on an iPhone brings me to a mobile test page with no way to get to the full web site. Not a complaint, just thought the site owners would want to know if they don't already.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really enjoying this as will never be able to go so this is close as it gets for me.

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By in United States,

TheOneVeyronian, there is an error that occurs on some pages that causes it not to load. I believe this is caused by corrupted images from the import off of Wikia.

mkoesel, my bad, I need to disable that. I haven't gotten to making the mobile splash page yet, but will soon. It should work now.

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By in United States,

Brickimedia is better than the Wikia-based Brickipedia in every way. Rather than being a single wiki, it is instead a collection of five LEGO-centered wikis and a central "Meta wiki" which connects users from all the different wikis and serves other important purposes, such as storing all the photos. The five wikis, all originally from Wikia, are:

*Brickipedia, the LEGO wiki
*LEGO Customs, the wiki for fan-made LEGO creations
*LEGO Stories, the wiki formed from different Wikia wikis about LEGO fan-fics
*LEGO Message Boards Wiki, the very large wiki about the LEGO Message Boards. It's popular among young users.
*LEGO CUUSOO wiki (currently still importing some stuff), the wiki about anything on LEGO CUUSOO

I'm not sure of all the details, but as an administrator of the LEGO CUUSOO Wiki (which is now on Brickimedia), I have some knowledge of why Brickipedia can't just die. Wikia is very protective of their wikis, especially large ones like Brickipedia. They have a no-deletion policy for wikis. The other thing that Wikia enforces are their "forking policies," which a user never sees until a wiki decides to build a new site which is not on Wikia. You can see them here:

http://cuusoo.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Sannse/The_Future_of_this_Wiki

As you can see as some of the guidelines listed there, they do not allow any "advertising" of the new wiki once the new site is up. They do not allow "advertising" on users' talk pages about the new site, or any other "promotion" of the new site. They are VERY strict about this.

Their many strict guidelines about forks make just another reason why I'm glad the LEGO CUUSOO wiki and others moved to Brickimedia. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Checked it again, the error seems to have been fixed. Top marks for the new Brickipedia!

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By in United States,

I'm CM4Sci on there. Yay.

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By in Canada,

Other than the fact there's no mobile/iPhone version yet it's far superior to the Wikia site.

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By in United States,

My only gripe (minor one) is the search box located on the bottom right of pages (other than the home page which is at the top).
Shouldn't the search box always be near the top of pages?

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By in United States,

I'm on there... I'm Carmerville.

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By in United States,

@jaisonline, it appears on the bottom only on the mobile skin, which triggers on smaller resolutions.

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By in United States,

I liked the more convenient "Recent Wiki Activity" and "Recent Pictures" features on the Wikia version, but I'm very happy to see Brickipedia become an independent wiki, as I use wikis frequently.

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By in Australia,

Thanks for the article ;D

Anyway, the lord of Wikia known as Sannse has already blocked several of our admins at Bricki for "advertising the new site". Once I get some more time, I can explain a little more

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By in United States,

I'm F_Deity_Link over there. I'm an Admin on the CUUSOO Wiki. Hopefully everything can be imported soon. :P Also, hopefully Brickimedia recovers from its hack.

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By in United States,

I just visited, but I can't access it because of some hack, though I cannot wait to see it for my first time! :-D

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