Supernatural Wiki

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Name: Supernatural Wiki, SupernaturalWiki.com, Super-wiki
Owner/Maintainer: Hope
Dates: 2006-
Topic: Supernatural
URL: http://supernaturalwiki.com
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The Supernatural Wiki (also sometimes known as SupernaturalWiki.com or Super-wiki) is a wiki for the TV show Supernatural that invites fans of the show to document both canon material and information about the Supernatural Fandom. It runs on MediaWiki software.

Established in 2006, the Supernatural Wiki has a high volume of day-to-day traffic and over 450,000 hits to its home page (at time of writing, 2008/start of SPN season 4).

The Supernatural Wiki is known for its obsessive and sometimes awe-inspiring documentation of the finite details of Supernatural canon (an oft-cited example is the Laundry List).

It's also become known as one of the most reliable and topical sites to access fan-generated content, in particular its collection of pages on Conventions relating to Supernatural, which are largely driven by administrator Missyjack. The Convention pages on the Supernatural Wiki make an effort to collect and publish links to as much fan-generated material on conventions as possible - include con reports, amateur video, photographs, media articles and so on. It is not uncommon for a convention page on the Supernatural wiki to have thousands of hits per day around the time the convention is occurring; Super-wiki's convention pages take up many slots at the top of the wiki's "Popular pages" list. [1]

The Supernatural Wiki continues to gain size and momentum; the start of season 4 saw an unprecedented number of editors contribute material moments after the first episode had aired.

The Supernatural Wiki is listed in the acknowledgments of a pair of Supernatural tie-in novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Administration & Hosting

The Supernatural Wiki is hosted by Hope, who heads its admin team of five: Leandra, MissyJack, Vanae and Newredshoes. It is a non-profit project, and runs no advertising. Hope foots the bill for hosting, though welcomes donations directly to hosting costs.

History & Development

Super-wiki was initially established in by Hope in June 2006 as "Super-canon". Super-canon was built as a simple single-author website model - initially, Hope had done the transcription and analysis work solo. As the resource expanded to include information collected by other fans as well, Hope teamed up with fellow SPN fan Leandra, and they decided together that the site would better function as a wiki.

In August 2006 it was converted into wiki format, which not only allowed better organisation of the rapidly proliferating information, but opened up the field for any fan to contribute their knowledge.

Hope and Leandra drove the initial population to establish a solid base of pages in the wiki. At that time they also decided to expand the scope of the wiki to encompass the Supernatural fandom as well.

The wiki continued to grow at a rapid rate, attracting more attention, visitors and contributors. Mid-2007, Hope recruited some more of the key contributors to the wiki, Jules (Missyjack) and Vanae, to form an admin team to better ensure the wiki functioned as effectively as possible. In 2008, Newredshoes also joined the team.

Shortly after the team was formed, an overhaul of the wiki took place, resulting in a more unique URL- supernaturalwiki.com; a name to match – Supernatural Wiki (while maintaining the Super-wiki nickname); and behind the scenes, a more structured organisation of the information contained within.

Creator Comments

From a January 1, 2007 interview with Hope:
I love the Super-wiki. I've been building and managing archiving websites since almost the very beginning of my time in fandom (since LOTR back in '01), and find the wiki format a godsend for managing fan material. The free-for-all of contributing information is a crucial element of fan communities, I think, removing the potential elitism and/or intimidation of a moderator or editor who you have to submit information to, or who gets to choose what's archived or not. Also, it's a helluva lot easier to manage when people are putting their own stuff in, instead of leaving all the updates to me!

The sheer volume of the Super-wiki makes me incredibly happy, as does the traffic it gets (over 15,000 visitors just since Season 2 started airing), and to know that people are using it — whether out of curiosity or research for fanworks — definitely makes it worthwhile. I'm really glad of the decision to make it a fandom 'archive' as well — I think it's probably the aspect of the Super-wiki that I'm most proud of. Not only does it provide a place for all these things that characterise and individuates the Supernatural fandom to be recorded, but it does so alongside (and within, too, I think) the documentation of the 'canon', or officially provided/sanctioned text. It acknowledges the existence and validity of the fandom, its history and the fanworks created within it, rather than being shy or ashamed about it, or trying to remove/hide things like the existence of slash from the 'public eye' of fans who might not engage in such creative fanworks.

I hope, too, that structuring it like this encourages pride in other fans, too — that their enjoyment of Supernatural is no less valid than fans who take a different approach. I think the Super-wiki is much richer for including fandom in its collation and dissemination of information. [2]
From a 2010 interview with Hope and fellow creators:
Jules said: Relationships are very important in fandom, and the Super-wiki has worked hard to earn a reputation as a good fandom citizen. We always acknowledge the source of material or links, whether from individual fans or other Web sites. We are there to document other sites and to link to them when they have content of interest, without favoring one over another. It's a reciprocal relationship, and I think as a result of the unique nature of the Super-wiki, there is no other site doing what we do, which means that we aren't seen as competition for the audience of other sites, but rather complementary. [3]

References

  1. http://supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=Special:Popularpages accessed 2 October, 2008
  2. from Sequential Tart Interview with Hope
  3. from Transformative Works and Cultures Interview with Hope, Leandra, Jules, and Vanae
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