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The Sonic News Network is a wiki project that strives to provide a comprehensive repository on information related to the Sonic the Hedgehog series published by Sega. The wiki format allows for anyone to create or edit the wiki, so we can all work collaboratively to make the Sonic News Network the ultimate source of Sonic the Hedgehog information. The Sonic News Network also presents users a unique social experience. With forums, blogs and a dedicated chat feature, there are endless opportunities to receive the best social experience we have to offer.
- Started: 11 September 2005
- Founder: Guess Who
- Language: English
- URL: http://sonic.wikia.com/
- Number of articles: 14,315
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Like most wikis, Sonic News Network had humble beginnings. It was created on 11 September 2005 by a user named Guess Who, who named it after a forum he had previously run. Guess Who's tenure on the wiki was short-lived, but another user, Almafeta, soon adopted the wiki and was granted sysop privileges by Angela Beesley, the co-founder of Wikia. By November 2005, Almafeta had created new articles and expanded upon the existing articles left by Guess Who, but his contributions were not enough to draw in an audience large enough to make the wiki self-sustaining. For the next two years, only a handful of users edited on the wiki, arriving piecemeal and making a small number of contributions before departing.
In early 2007, two users from the RuneScape Wiki, Navij11 and Sacre Fi, arrived and adopted the wiki, then effectively abandoned. Angela Beesley granted both of them sysop privileges on 12 February 2007, and their work began. Their contributions initially involved copying material from Wikipedia onto Sonic News Network before implementing their own styles and establishing the infrastructure and framework within which users could operate.
Sacre Fi soon drifted away from the wiki, with his last contribution being in August 2007, but the increased activity and larger collection of articles on the wiki started to attract new users. One of these users was FerralMoonrender, who made the decision to move pages on fan-made topics into userspace and away from the mainspace articles, which would focus on canon/published Sonic materials. FerralMoonrender also nominated Navij11 as a bureaucrat, a role Navij11 was given on 17 November 2007. Navij11's first act as bureaucrat was to appoint FerralMoonrender as a sysop, and the two remained the only administrators on the wiki for over a year. Under their administration, the wiki underwent a huge expansion, with a new generation of users arriving and editing. FerralMoonrender also introduced a process for nominating and appointing admins and other user roles, the origin of the process we still use today.
In 2009, while FerralMoonrender was on an editing hiatus, Navij11 appointed Fairfieldfencer and SLJCOAAATR 1 as admins. On 19 February 2009 (two years and two days after Navij11 and Sacre Fi adopted Sonic News Network), Fairfieldfencer was given bureaucrat rights, which allowed Navij11 to retire from the wiki. After Navij11's departure, Fairfieldfencer and SLJCOAAATR 1 took a more authoritarian approach to the administration of the wiki, clamping down on fan-fiction articles and vandal users. They completed the separated fan-fiction articles from canon articles, purging the wiki mainspace of fan-fiction. Their new approach put the new administration at odds with FerralMoonrender, who retired from the wiki on 15 March 2009 as a result.
The community of users and the information in the wiki grew to great new heights, partly fueled by high-profile game releases like Sonic Generations in 2011. To help deal with this, Fairfieldfencer and SLJCOAAATR 1 recruited the help of new users as administrators, starting in 2009 with Molten Scandium, Mystic Monkey, Myself 123, and Supermorff, and soon followed by numerous sysops, rollbacks, and bureaucrats. Wikia introduced blogs for users to publish what they cared about and keep in touch with each other, which quickly ballooned until they were hard to keep track of. FreeSmudger suggested that a chatroom feature should be added to the wiki, which was implemented on 2 September 2011 by Bullet Fransisco. The chat moderator user rights were introduced to help manage this feature. Chat allowed faster communication and coordination than had previously been possible, which was useful not just for socialising but also helped users deal with incidents of vandalism as they happened. Since then, blogs have been replaced with [sonic.wikia.com/d/f Discussions] and the original chat feature has largely been phased out in favour of the SNN Discord server, which was introduced in 2016.
The SNN community has also come together to host a number of events that have raised the profile of the site more widely. In 11 July 2010, BlazeRocks55 created the Sonic Character Tournament, a highly successful tournament in which people could vote on their favourite Sonic characters. Thanks to the help of Sonictoast and Supermorff, the drew increasing numbers of participants over its 34-week run, culminating in a close race between Shadow the Hedgehog and the victor, Sonic the Hedgehog. In 2014, Shadowunleashed13 created the Sonic Level Tournament, which received over a thousand votes on its most popular poll, but which fell through after week 12 of a planned 34. In 2015, the Sonic Game Tournament was launched, this time using the external Challonge tournament management software and sponsored by the Sonic News Channel. Thanks to the help of Journalistic and SilverPlays97, the tournament began and concluded successfully, with Sonic Generations awarded the winning game.
The wiki reached 10,000 articles shortly before the tenth anniversary of the wiki on 11 September 2015. In recent years, the rapid growth of the wiki has slowed, and some former users have drifted away. Still, Sonic News Network continues to be updated and improved both by dedicated editors such as Ultrasonic9000, and new users arriving for the first time. Just as the Sonic franchise shows no sign of slowing down, Sonic News Network continues to grow. We are constantly pushing to improve the site and its contents, and to attract new users. If you know something we don't, add it, and help us make Sonic News Network the best Sonic resource there is!
Our policies, rules and guidelines are listed at Sonic News Network:Policy.