Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance

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The logo of NIWA, featuring the hiragana にわ, meaning "garden".

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.

Contents

History

First Wave: Founding Members


Bulbapedia

Pokémon series
Bulbapedia


Super Mario Wiki

Super Mario series
Super Mario Wiki


Zelda Wiki

The Legend of Zelda series
Zelda Wiki

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


WiKirby

Kirby series
WiKirby


Metroid Wiki

Metroid series
Metroid Wiki


Wars Wiki

Wars series
Wars Wiki

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


Lylat Wiki

Star Fox series
Lylat Wiki


Pikipedia

Pikmin series
Pikipedia


Pikmin Fanon

Pikmin series
Pikmin Fanon


StrategyWiki

No specific series
StrategyWiki


SmashWiki

Super Smash Bros. series
SmashWiki


WikiBound

EarthBound series
WikiBound


Donkey Kong Wiki

Donkey Kong series
Donkey Kong Wiki


Nookipedia

Animal Crossing series
Nookipedia


Golden Sun Universe

Golden Sun series
Golden Sun Universe


NintendoWiki

No specific series
NintendoWiki

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


Fire Emblem Wiki

Fire Emblem series
Fire Emblem Wiki


Starfy Wiki

Starfy series
Starfy Wiki


Fifth Wave: Speed, Sky, and Slime


F-Zero Wiki

F-Zero series
F-Zero Wiki


Icaruspedia

Kid Icarus series
Icaruspedia


Dragon Quest Wiki

Dragon Quest series
Dragon Quest Wiki

Sixth Wave


Hard Drop Tetris Wiki

Tetris series
Hard Drop Tetris Wiki


Inkipedia

Splatoon
Inkipedia

Name

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-three wikis that currently make up the network.

Manifesto

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This is a proposed draft. If you would like to give feed back on it, please post here.
In no way should it be treated as official.
If you would like to see the official equivalent, please go here.

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.

Founding

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.

Concept

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.

Execution

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.

Our Principles

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:

  • Fan communities should be run by the fans, by people whose involvement in the well-being of the community is of the emotional nature of the fan. They may be funded or hosted by them, but the actual operation of these communities should not be in the hands of those having only a purely financial investment, with no interest in the wiki's content itself.
  • Fan communities should be run for the fans, by people who will take a positive interest in the fans' desires, always thinking about how they can continue to enhance the enjoyment of everyone in the community.
  • Fan communities should be run together with the fans, embracing a spirit of co-operation and camaraderie in our fandoms, with friendly rivalries rather than bitter divides.

Our Goals

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.

Our Declaration

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.

Executive Board

Name Wiki Link N-Wiki Link Forum Link Other Position
N/A N/A N/A N/A Chair of the Board
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bulbapedia
SnorlaxMonster SnorlaxMonster SnorlaxMonster NIWA profile ZeldaWiki Patroller
Donkey Kong Wiki
N/A HavocReaper48 N/A NIWA profile N/A
Dragon Quest Wiki
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
F-Zero Wiki
Moydow Moydow Moydow NIWA profile N/A
Fire Emblem Wiki
Julian Seritinajii N/A NIWA profile N/A
Golden Sun Universe
dkpat dkpat N/A NIWA profile N/A
Hard Drop Tetris Wiki
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Icaruspedia
Maxite Maxite N/A NIWA profile N/A
Lylat Wiki
Conny Airconny N/A NIWA profile N/A
Metroid Wiki
Metroidking Metroidking Metroidking NIWA profile N/A
N Wiki
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nookipedia
SuperHamster SuperHamster N/A NIWA profile N/A
Pikipedia
Greenpickle Greenpickle N/A NIWA profile N/A
Pikmin Fanon
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Smash Wiki
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
StrategyWiki
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Super Mario Wiki
Ghost Jam Ghost Jam N/A NIWA profile N/A
Starfy Wiki
Torchickens Torchickens Torchickens NIWA profile Editor-in-Chief
Wars Wiki
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
WikiBound
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
WiKirby
Vellidragon Vellidragon N/A NIWA profile N/A
Zelda Wiki
Cody Cody N/A NIWA profile N/A


External link


NIWA

Bulbapedia

Pokémon series
Bulbapedia


Donkey Kong Wiki

Donkey Kong series
Donkey Kong Wiki


Dragon Quest Wiki

Dragon Quest series
Dragon Quest Wiki


F-Zero Wiki

F-Zero series
F-Zero Wiki


Fire Emblem Wiki

Fire Emblem series
Fire Emblem Wiki


Golden Sun Universe

Golden Sun series
Golden Sun Universe


Hard Drop Tetris Wiki

Tetris series
Hard Drop Tetris Wiki


Icaruspedia

Kid Icarus series
Icaruspedia


Inkipedia

Splatoon
Inkipedia


Lylat Wiki

Star Fox series
Lylat Wiki


Metroid Wiki

Metroid series
Metroid Wiki


NintendoWiki

No specific series
NintendoWiki


Nookipedia

Animal Crossing series
Nookipedia


Pikipedia

Pikmin series
Pikipedia


Pikmin Fanon

Pikmin series
Pikmin Fanon


SmashWiki

Super Smash Bros. series
SmashWiki


Starfy Wiki

Starfy series
Starfy Wiki


StrategyWiki

No specific series
StrategyWiki


Super Mario Wiki

Super Mario series
Super Mario Wiki


Wars Wiki

Wars series
Wars Wiki


WikiBound

EarthBound series
WikiBound


WiKirby

Kirby series
WiKirby


Zelda Wiki

The Legend of Zelda series
Zelda Wiki