4 Great Wikipedia Variations

Jason Plautz

1. Wookieepedia

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Easily the best-named wikipedia variation, Wookieepedia caters to the geekiest of geeks "“ the Star Wars superfans. The entries delve into the entire mythology, quoting books, comics, TV shows and video games, naming characters I can't even pretend to have heard of. Since its founding in March, 2005, the encyclopedia has already amassed almost 55,000 articles. Just how detailed are the entries? The article on Mace Windu, the Jedi played by Samuel L. Jackson in Episodes I-III is almost twice as long as the Wikipedia article on Jackson himself. Props must be given to Wookieepedia's logo, a half-completed Death Star II, which is a perfectly appropriate spoof of Wikipedia's half-completed puzzle globe.

2. Chickipedia

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3. Conservapedia/Rationalwiki

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4. Simple English Wikipedia

This is technically just one of the many language variations of Wikipedia, but it's certainly the most unique. Simple English Wikipedia is designed for people with an elementary understanding of the language, like non-native speakers and children. All of the articles are written with a limited vocabulary, eliminating idioms and complex sentences. The encyclopedia also has a helpful guide to writing in simple English, with tips like "avoid passive voice" or "don't write in second person."