Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance
The Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, NIWA for short, is a network of wikis and their associated websites that aims to chronicle all things Nintendo, supporting wikis independent of large corporate wiki groups.
- 1 History
- 2 In other languages
- 3 Affiliates
- 4 Name
- 5 Manifesto
- 6 Wiki Representatives
- 7 External link
First Wave: Founding Members
NIWA began as an expansion of the concept of Encyclopaediae Pokémonis, shortly after the administration of Zelda Wiki contacted Archaic, Bulbagarden's head, about a possible affiliation. It was jointly decided, shortly thereafter, that rather than a simple affiliation, an entire network of Nintendo-based wikis could be begun, and Super Mario Wiki was shortly asked to join as a founding member.
After a little under a month of planning, NIWA was launched on February 14, 2010, coincidentally the fifth anniversary of the public launch of Bulbapedia.
Second Wave: Puffballs, Morph Balls, and Cannonballs
Within two months more, preparations were complete for the launch of Metroid Wiki and WiKirby, which had been spun off by users of the original trio of NIWA wikis, and they joined the group. Wars Wiki, a wiki based on the age-old Nintendo Wars franchise, became the first member recruited from outside the original trio.
Third Wave: The Great Influx
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After a period of calm, there was a sudden uprising in the world of wikis. With their commercial host announcing mandatory, highly controversial, and widely panned changes to its entire network, wikis started packing up and moving on in the dozens. Five of them would up being directed towards joining NIWA's rapidly inflating ranks, supplemented by a few original startups.
Fourth Wave: Swords and Stars
Fifth Wave: Speed, Sky, and Slime
Sixth Wave: Squares, Squids, and Springs
Seventh Wave: Two RPGs, One Speedrunning Community
In other languages
The Italian version of NIWA is called by the name NiwiN (Network italiano wiki indipendenti Nintendo) and features its own unique logo.
See also: NintendoWiki:Affiliate franchises
- Doom Wiki
- Jojo's Bizarre Encyclopedia
- Kingdom Hearts Wiki
- Zelda Chaos
NIWA's name, an acronym of Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, is also romanized Japanese for "garden", symbolizing the natural growth of the community around the fandoms that make it up. This is fitting, given Nintendo's Japanese origins, with romanization of Japanese being an important aspect of all twenty-six wikis that currently make up the network.
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Preamble & Purpose
Over the past years, we have noticed a disturbing trend in online fandoms. Where once stood friendly communities, operated by well known and well loved faces, now stand sterile places run by faceless operators, whose only care for their visitors is how much advertising revenue they generate. Nowhere is this more true than with fan wikis. For the past several years, there has been a systematic attempt made by certain groups to acquire wikis of sufficient size and prominence in their respective fandoms. Any independent wiki finding itself with an ounce of modest success promptly finds themselves flooded with offers from organisations that apparently cannot stand the idea of competition. While some webmasters have resisted, many others have instead given themselves over. Some have sadly been led astray by greed, with promises of shared advertising revenues or even flat out lump sums of cash. Many however have simply been misled by duplicitous offers of free hosting, only to later find that these offers had many more strings attached than they were ever aware. Such wikis are often overrun by advertising, with profitability as the key motive. When fans subsequently try to reclaim the content which is rightfully theirs, they often find yet more strings, discovering that they don't have ownership of their own work anymore.
We here at NIWA, the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance, seek to fight these trends.
On February 14th 2010, NIWA was founded by a coalition of Bulbapedia, ZeldaWiki and Super Mario Wiki, three strong communities making their stand for the future of online Nintendo fandom. Since then, NIWA has expanded to a network of more than a dozen wikis covering a multitude of Nintendo franchises, both large and small.
The word "niwa" in Japanese (にわ) translates as "garden", and it is that concept which best embodies us. We are not a wiki farm, run by farmers who care only for how they can best harvest their cash crops. We are a wiki garden, where wikis are tended to and nurtured to grow as individuals in complement to each other. Sometimes grown from seeds, sometimes from cuttings, sometimes from transplants, but always growing their own sake, to be the best that they can be.
All of the wikis in NIWA are separately owned, operated and hosted. While being a part of the garden, each maintains their own unique designs, values and traditions. We are bound together not by contracts, but by our common desire to better ourselves (and each other) while retaining our own identities and autonomy. NIWA is here to help wikis where they need it, not by taking control of them and enforcing policies. Each Wiki serves to enhance the others in the garden by the way they enhance the garden itself, and the only thing NIWA requires of its members is that they work always in the best interests of their communities and their fandoms.
What NIWA stands against is the meddling in the operation and management of our communities by the "faceless farmers", which we feel is a detriment to our fandoms as a whole. Our feelings on this can be summarised thus:
Our goals and these positions should not be misunderstood as being part of an anti-corporate agenda. We believe that there is most certainly a place in online fandoms for corporate sponsorship, and even for wiki farms, provided they are properly managed in accordance with a spirit of cooperation with fandoms. Many fansites, a number of us included, would not be able to cover their hosting bills without advertising of some sort.
Likewise, we cannot begrudge those who have found themselves even on a poorly managed wiki farm. Indeed, it is for the sake of these wikis that NIWA exists. Operating a wiki is time consuming, and it can be very difficult even just getting off the ground. The financial and technical burdens for those of us who become large are often quite significant, and there are most certainly difficulties for webmasters in forming the networks and connections they need to make enough return off their advertisements to pay for their communities. In such circumstances, it is more than understandable how some communities may have seen wiki farms as their only option. For wikis in such situations, NIWA offers another alternative. For those already on wiki farms, we offer them the opportunities they need to break away and reach their full potential. For those for whom wiki farms would once have been the only option, NIWA offers an avenue for them to get the assistance they need to allow them to retain their independence and their identity.
We hope that our example will send a message to fandoms everywhere: we will not take this trespass into our domain lying down, and neither should they. NIWA is as much about building relationships and trust as it is about nurturing those who need it. We will show the world that such a stand is possible and worthwhile, and in doing so hope that we shall serve the as the inspiration for the flowering of many more gardens.
It's time we made our stand together, as fans, for the sake of the futures of our fandoms.
To those of you who seek to dominate and hold power over us, we say fear us, and know that your actions will be tolerated by the fans no more. To those of you who seek freedom in your pursuit of knowledge, and to those of you oppressed under the shackles of faceless shadows, we say seek out and join us. We are NIWA, and this is our declaration of our independence.
|Name||Wiki Link||N-Wiki Link||Forum Link||Other Position|
Director of Nookipedia
|Alex95||Alex95||N/A||NIWA profile||Vice Co-ordinator|
Admin of Super Mario Wiki
The 'Shroom Spotlight Manager
Dragalia Lost Wiki
|Elaeagnifolia||Elaeagnifolia||N/A||N/A||Webhost and Bureaucrat|
Dragon Quest Wiki
Fire Emblem Wiki
|PikaSamus||PikaSamus||N/A||N/A||Editor-in-Chief and Bureaucrat|
Golden Sun Universe
Hard Drop Tetris Wiki
|Alex95||Alex95||Alex95||NIWA profile||Public Affairs Director and Bureaucrat|
|Disaster Flare||Disaster Flare||N/A||NIWA profile||Editor-in-Chief and Bureaucrat|
Admin of SmashWiki
Owner of Fire Emblem Wiki, Lylat Wiki,
Pokémon Central Wiki
|Prod||Prod||Prod||NIWA profile||Lead Administrator|
Super Mario Wiki
|Porplemontage||Porplemontage||Porplemontage||NIWA profile||Webmaster and Proprietor|
Owner of SmashWiki and Pikipedia
Super Mario Wiki (Italian)
Xeno Series Wiki
|Sir Teatei Moonlight||Sir Teatei Moonlight||N/A||N/A||Webhost and Bureaucrat|
- NIWA main page, linking to all wikis and the NIWA forums
- WikiIndex Entry
- Bulbapedia Article
- Zelda Wiki Community Page
- Super Mario Wiki Article
- Nookipedia Article
- WikiBound Article