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There is more than one path to take to get something accomplished. Maybe you should choose an alternative outlet other than Wikipedia for some types of content.

When content (text, pages, images, etc.) is deleted, various policies and guidelines such as "What Wikipedia is not", notability, verifiability and our prohibition on original research are often cited as reasons the material does not belong here, in an encyclopedia, and rightly so. Unfortunately, this is not particularly helpful or calming to the person(s) who put in time and effort to write the material. They often see it as their hard work being casually tossed away. The phrase "try another wiki" is also sometimes used, for similar intent.

In an effort to foster general spirit of collegiality, this page provides some referrals to alternative outlets which do allow content that Wikipedia does not. Sometimes material is submitted that is perfectly factual and verifiable, but simply outside of the scope of Wikipedia. Just because the content does not belong here does not mean it does not have value, and it is worth preserving valuable free content if we can.

Please consider directing people to these sites (or this page), rather than simply telling them that their contributions are WP:NOT wanted.

For example, Wikipedia contains a significant amount of information about the "Star Wars" media franchise, but for an even more detailed treatment, try Wookieepedia—a wiki dedicated to the "Star Wars universe". Similarly, information on the "Star Trek" franchise can be found at Memory Alpha. JurisPedia focuses on legal topics, and WikiWikiWeb is the oldest wiki. There also are wikis devoted to specific languages or localities that may be more appropriate for a given topic.

There may be legal or ethical restrictions on the copying of content from Wikipedia to other sites. It is up to individual contributors to familiarize themselves with the procedures and policies of other outlets and to examine their licensing arrangements, which may differ from Wikipedia in significant ways.


Sister projectsEdit

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:

Other wikisEdit

There are Wikipedia articles, lists, and categories which provide information on other wikis:

This page also has links to external sites which provide similar information.

There are also Wikipedias in many other languages, including a Simple English Wikipedia.

Directory of alternativesEdit

Wikipedia is not a(n)... ... so try this instead
Arbiter of viewpoints Conservapedia, RationalWiki
Blogging site Category:Blog hosting services
City guide Wikivoyage, localwiki:
Comedy site Uncyclopedia, BJAODN, Illogicopedia
Computers how-to guide ComputerWiki
Dictionary Wiktionary
Directory, MyWikiBiz,
Discussion forum Internet forums
Fandom site Fanlore, Wikia
Forum for Wikipedia chatter #wikipedia, Wikipedia Review, Wikipediocracy
Game guide Encyclopedia Gamia, StrategyWiki, NIWA, Gamepedia
Genealogy FamilySearch Wiki, Encyclopedia of Genealogy, rodovid:, WikiTree
How-to manual Wikibooks, wikiHow, eHow
Indiscriminate collection Everipedia, Everything2, Wikinfo, Annex, h2g2, Speedy deletion Wiki Infogalactic WikiAlpha
Internet culture Encyclopedia Dramatica, Know Your Meme
Link directory DMOZ
Lyrics site LyricWikia
Magic tricks MagicPedia
Micronations Micronations Wiki
Music directory Discogs, MusicBrainz, Rate Your Music
News provider Wikinews
Popular culture guide TV Tropes, All The Tropes, Urban Dictionary
Quote wiki Wikiquote
Social networking site List of social networking websites
Software directory Software Infocard Wiki
Specialized wiki Wikia
Thesaurus Wikisaurus
Transportation guide
Travel guide Wikivoyage
Webspace provider Category:Web hosting
Wiki of your own List of wikis, Comparison of wiki farms, Start your own wiki

Inclusion criteriaEdit

The above is more than an arbitrary list of sites. Sister projects in the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) are preferred. Failing that, sites should meet some combination of the following criteria to be listed:

  • Policies consistent with the spirit of WMF goals
  • Allow content to be moved over verbatim (e.g., CC BY-SA-compatible or GFDL-compatible)
  • A wiki, or like a wiki
  • Notable in some way (preferably as a link to an existing Wikipedia article)

License restrictionsEdit

Content (text, images, etc.) Text submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA); Media submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the CC BY-SA or a similar free license. Other sites (especially non-WMF sites) may require a different license. Do not copy content from Wikipedia to other sites unless you are sure the licenses are compatible. If they are not, try contacting the copyright holder of the content to obtain permission to re-license the content. Typically the user who submitted the content to Wikipedia in the first place is the copyright holder. Check the page's edit history to help identify the user.

For CC BY-SA content being deleted from Wikipedia, the edit history should also be copied or preserved in some way. For example, if the target site uses talk pages in the style of Wikipedia, copy the edit history there.

For more information, see: Reusing Wikipedia content.

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