- "It's a big galaxy, and someone has to organize it."
- ―The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
Wookieepedia is a Star Wars encyclopedia written collaboratively by its readers, who are known as Wookieepedians. The site is a Wiki, meaning that anyone, including you, can edit almost any article right now by clicking on the Edit link that appears at the top of the page.
Much of Wookieepedia follows a similar setup to its parent wiki, Wikipedia.
Wookieepedia contains a huge amount of information on all sorts of subjects within the official Star Wars universe ranging from individuals, locations, technology, weapons, organizations, and vehicles to everything and anything in between. It also includes real-world articles on real world culture, and the creators who help build the saga. Try browsing the various categories now.
You can also search for text in articles. Just go to the "search" field to the upper right (or to the left if you already changed your skin to Monobook), enter your search term and click "search". Note that the built-in search function may be disabled in times of server overload; in these cases you will be redirected to a Google-based search of the Wookieepedia database.
If you read something that you really like, then why not drop a note on the article's talk page? First select the Discussion link (look for it in the tabs above the page), to get to the talk page. Then select Edit on the talk page, or click the + to the right of Edit to simply add a new comment. We always love to get a little positive feedback.
Everyone can edit pages in Wookieepedia—even this page! Just click the Edit link at the top of any page (except for protected pages) if you think it needs any improvement or new information. You don't need anything special; you don't even need to be logged in. If you want to experiment first, without risk of "messing up" a real article, head over to the sandbox, where you can practice editing to your heart's content. To practice editing an existing page like this one, just copy and paste it from the article's edit page into the sandbox.
Wookieepedia has a few policies and guidelines that you should look at. The three most essential principles are NPOV, CC-BY-SA, and civility. What do these mean?
- NPOV, or neutral point of view, means that articles should not be biased, and should represent differing views on a subject fairly.
- All contributions to Wookieepedia are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (CC-BY-SA). This specifically ensures that Wookieepedia will remain freely distributable in perpetuity. Please do not submit any content that is copyrighted without permission of the copyright holder. (See Copyrights for more information.)
- Civility. Wookieepedia works by cooperation and consensus, and therefore mutual respect, civility, and wikilove should be practiced universally. Please assume good faith when you disagree with someone, stay cool, and talk things over civilly. It is good practice to provide an edit summary explaining your changes so as to assist others with noticing and accepting your changes. If you find that your edits get removed or modified, wait a moment before reinstating them. First check the page history, your talk page, or the article's talk page to discuss. See also Wikipedia Etiquette.
Wookieepedia articles should be written according to our Manual of Style. In particular, new editors should ensure that they write their articles from an "in-universe" perspective. Titles of the saga (such as movies, books and comics), alternative endings of games, non-canon and real-world information should never be incorporated in the article itself. The articles present history as real. To add such commentary, use the Behind the scenes section of each article.
Want to join?
Don't be discouraged
If you run into conflicts in your first forays into editing, then don't let it get you down. In any collaborative project there are clashes. Have a look at the writers' rules of engagement page as well as the other articles in the tutorial wing below. Use them to help you resolve the problems and learn how to become an active and productive contributor. If there is a slang phrase or term you aren't familiar with, look it up in our glossary.
And if there's anything you don't understand—be it technical or social—and you're not sure where to look, just post a question at the Senate Hall, and someone will be happy to help you.
Have fun, and may the Force be with you!