Several months ago, we reported that a new site called "Brickimedia" had been created to host Brickipedia and other wiki sites about LEGO. Unfortunately, 10 days after that news article was published on Brickset, Brickimedia was victim to a hacking incident on the webhost they used, and having been a brand new site, had not made any backups yet at the time.
Ever since then, Brickimedia has been being rebuilt from the ground up. On an entirely new platform with a new, more friendly interface from the suggestions received last time, Brickimedia has relaunched as of 1 February.
For anyone who doesn't know, Brickimedia is a site hosting Brickipedia, the largest encyclopedic reference site for anything LEGO-related. Brickipedia was previously hosted on Wikia, a site that had a poor layout that focused more on advertising than on actual content. Since Wikia wasn't doing good for Brickipedia, it developed its own site. Along with Brickipedia, a few other sites have joined Brickimedia. These include a Customs Wiki for MOCs and custom minifigures, a Stories Wiki for LEGO fan-fiction, and a CUUSOO Wiki for all things related to LEGO CUUSOO. If you aren't interested in the other wikis, you can go straight to Brickipedia at http://en.brickimedia.org.
Some new things at Brickimedia this time around that are a bit different than they were last time:
- You can more-easily create your own account, or at the very least claim your username, by going to this page.
- You can freely edit, which means you don't need an account to edit pages on Brickipedia. There are edit links on almost any article on the left-hand sidebar.
- There is a fully-functional mobile site now, that has been rigourously tested on various devices, and should make the site much more usable on any smartphone or tablet than the Wikia mobile site was.
- Brickimedia's code is completely open source. It's built on top of the MediaWiki software, like Wikipedia, but with various modifications to make the site most-suitable for its purpose (a LEGO reference, of course!)
- There are many backups this time! Even if the site were crashed, it would only take a day or so to fix now. Not going to repeat the same mistakes again!
The only other thing to note is that, per Wikia's policy, they will not close or delete lego.wikia.com. To help Brickimedia get off the ground and surpass Wikia in search rankings, it would be most-helpful if you can link to Brickimedia's articles instead of Wikia's if you ever link to them in forum posts or whatnot. Thanks!
I myself have been privileged to have worked on developing Brickimedia, and I hope you all enjoy it as well! There are still a few? bugs lying around the new site, but it should be much more stable than last time Brickimedia launched. If you have any feedback, questions, or other comments, please feel free to leave a reply below.
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