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Zelda Wiki (ZW) is a collaborative project between numerous Zelda sites with the mission to become the definitive wiki-based Zelda source, by bringing together an abundance of Zelda websites, instead of having many smaller wikis scattered across the internet. It is currently run by wiki-farm Fandom.

Originally started by users of Zelda Universe, Zelda Wiki aims to act as a hub for information on The Legend of Zelda series — created by users for users, using the anyone-can-edit wiki software. Eventually, it grew out of its Zelda Universe roots and attracted the attention and collaboration of many websites throughout the internet, all with the same goal: To provide free, open, in-depth information about The Legend of Zelda series.

History

The original Zelda Universe Wiki (ZUW) was created as an "act of boredom" in April 2005. Yami and Jason suggested the idea in the ZU chat room, where it was created and assembled. The ZUW was quickly filled with information, not only about The Legend of Zelda series, but also about Zelda Universe and its community. It was also to be used to host Zelda Universe's Zelda Encyclopedia. On an older version of ZU, the encyclopedia existed as a list of words from The Legend of Zelda series with short definitions; with the help of the ZUW, the Zelda Encyclopedia expanded and became much more detailed as well. The Zelda Universe Wiki served Zelda Universe for over a year, before it crashed during a server move.

In September 2006 the Wiki was moved to another new server, with a new philosophy and under a new name. The name initially chosen was The Zelda Effect (TZE),[2] however this was quickly changed to Zelda Wiki.org (ZW.org).[3] The site was run at the time by the wiki's admin team, as well as the masterminds, a group of webmasters from each accepted fansite.

Quality standards at Zelda Wiki are maintained through the Admin team, who ensure that every edit is checked (or "patrolled"). Patrolling began July 8, 2007 when revision 42608 was marked as patrolled.[4] The practice of patrolling has continued ever since then.

On January 17, 2011, members of the wiki voted on a name change where it was decided that Zelda Wiki.org (ZW.org) would simply become Zelda Wiki (ZW).

Zelda Wiki was soon transferred to Curse Inc.'s Gamepedia service on March 8, 2017, changing its domain to zelda.gamepedia.com and with many users having to migrate to Gamepedia accounts. On December 12, 2018, Gamepedia was acquired by Fandom, Inc. and went under common ownership with Zeldapedia. The latter merged with Zelda Wiki on June 15, 2019; two years later the wiki migrated its domain once again to zelda.fandom.com.[5][6][7]

Philosophy

Zelda Wiki's mission is to serve as the ultimate source of Zelda information available online, aiding not only Zelda Universe, but all Zelda fan sites across the internet, connecting the Zelda community as a whole through one amazing encyclopedia. As the Wiki gathers affiliations and users, and makes its mark across the internet, it hopes to achieve the type of standards set forth by larger Wiki-based sites such as Wikipedia.

Zelda Wiki is a project that requires an open mind to connect to: Whose site it truly currently belongs to is ambiguous, because everyone who wishes to use this Wiki as "their" Zelda encyclopedia has the right to. So in a sense, it is everyone's wiki: a truly collaborative project that is made up of the communities of every collaborating Zelda fan site.

Achievements

  • Currently Zelda Wiki contains 10,958 articles. To date, 77 active users have contributed on Zelda Wiki. (See also: Special:Statistics)
  • The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am, published by 'Open Court' in November 2008, mentions Zelda Wiki and recommends it a visit.
Quote1.png Want to know anything about the Zelda franchise, anything at all? Just look it up on zeldawiki.org - an online Zelda encyclopedia. Quote2.png
— pg. xiii
  • On August 14 2009, Zelda Wiki received LegendOfZelda.com's Pinnacle award, given to the overall best site for the last year.[8]
Quote1.png ... it is impossible to deny the quality of writing and maintenance that Zelda Wiki maintains ... Not all articles are perfect, but that is the nature of all wikis – the imperfect is perfected, the scrawny are bolstered, and the quest is never ending ... It is a testament to the robustness of this community, this Zelda Online Community, that a project like the Zelda Wiki, which started as Zelda Universe’s own wiki, has evolved into a website that is truly worthy of this award. Quote2.png
— Xizor of LegendOfZelda.com
  • In issue 53 of the Official Nintendo Magazine UK and issue 16 of the Official Nintendo Magazine Australia and New Zealand, Zelda Wiki and two of its mastermind sites—Zelda Universe and ZeldaInformer—were referred to readers.
Quote1.png If we've piqued your interest in further Zelda timeline discussion, there are loads of fansites out there expanding on some of the theories we've discussed here. Here are a few good starting points:
www.zeldauniverse.net, www.zeldawiki.org, www.zeldainformer.com
Quote2.png
— Official Nintendo Magazine UK (page 099)

Partnerships

  • Zelda Wiki currently has a collaborative link with Zeldapendium, a German-language Legend of Zelda wiki. The partnership allows Zelda Wiki to provide relevant interwiki language links in the sidebar, using the {{De}} and {{Zp}} template.
  • Zelda Wiki has a long-standing affiliation with StrategyWiki.org, a site offering strategy guide information in a wiki format. All of our game articles carry a link to the relevant guides at StrategyWiki.org, and individual strategy links within articles are facilitated using the StrategyWiki template.
  • In early 2010, Zelda Wiki formed a partnership with Bulbapedia and Super Mario Wiki, starting the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance. That alliance, however, is currently in dispute about Zelda Wiki's status in the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance after its acquisition by Fandom.

Staff

Wiki Staff

This is a list of the complete active staff team for editing and maintaining Zelda Wiki. All of these people have made edits in the past few months and taken part in discussions on the Discord server and can be contacted for help. You may use a specific user's Talk Page or any other form of communication that they list in order to contact them. All staff members are experts in article maintenance and management, and have experience in writing, curating, and removing content.

Administrators
Username Real Name Signature Other Field(s) of Expertise Contact Info
Ceiling Master Ceiling Master (talk · contributions) Research Talk Page
Discord: Ceiling Master#2683
Chuck Chuck - Chuck * (Talk) Research
Social media
Spanish Translations
Talk Page
Discord: Chuck#9473
Croxodile Talk Page
Discord: 30 degree angle#5951
Htwretched Graphics Talk Page
Discord: HTW#1556
JumbledLimes – JumbledLimes (talk) Talk Page
Discord: JumbledLimes#1857
Magicmason1000 Mason 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝟏𝟎𝟎𝟎 (𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤) Graphics
Mass Edit Automation
Talk Page
Discord: Magicmason1000#7472
MannedTooth Olivier CSS
Templates & Modules
French Translations
Talk Page
Discord: MannedTooth#5108
TriforceTony - TonyT S C Talk Page
Discord: Tony#3183
Weirdguy42 German Translations Talk Page
Discord: Weirdguy42#4067


Community Staff

This is a list of the entire active staff team that manages the community and social media of Zelda Wiki.

Discord White Logo.svg Moderators
Discord Tag Real Name Other Contact Info
Dyslexis#1593
Ceiling Master#2683 Talk Page
ModdedInkling#1952
Phem See Grimm#3372
Weirdguy42 Talk Page
Social Media Staff
Platform (Click for links) Username Real Name Other Contact Info
YouTube Logo.svg Magicmason1000 Mason Talk Page
Discord: Magicmason1000#7472
Twitter Logo.svgTwitter Chuck
CodyDaviesTV
Chuck
Cody
ChuckCody
Talk Page
Discord: Chuck#9473
Talk Page
Discord: Cody#1362
Facebook logo.png Chuck Chuck Talk Page
Discord: Chuck#9473


Partnered Staff

This is a list of all the people who run or have a position on a website or community that is affiliated with Zelda Wiki, like Zelda Universe for example. All of these people may have input on discussions related to the wiki, but not all of these members edit the wiki. If you wish to contact any of these people, it is best to do so from their own groups.

Partnered Staff
Group Group Account Wiki Account Real Name Other Contact Info
Fandom Logo.png HeyTots HeyTots Discord: HeyTots#1127
MannedTooth MannedTooth Olivier Discord: MannedTooth#5108
Niwalogo.png Cody CodyDaviesTV Cody Discord: Cody#1362
Justin Folvarcik Justin ZW Discord: Justin Folvarcik#6319
Zelda Universe Logo 2.svg Cody CodyDaviesTV Cody Discord: Cody#1362
GoldenChaos GoldenChaos Jason Discord: GoldenChaos#6532
Shona Shona3212
Joshua Yumil1988 Discord: Joshua Lindquist#8029
GlitterBerri Banner.png GlitterBerri GlitterBerri Discord: GlitterBerri#3018


Retired Staff

Retired Wiki Staff

The following is a list of former Wiki Staff members; all of them have been recognized for their role in shaping the wiki by a permanent lavender color highlight on their usernames. Retired staff do not keep their administrative rights, but most retired staff can ask to be retrained and retake their role as an admin if they so wish. All users will be listed here, even if they have been banned for their actions.

The staff was formerly divided into three groups: patrollers, admins, and bureaucrats, each with their own rights. This outdated staff structure was a vestige of Zelda Wiki's Mastermind system and was scrapped in 2014. Bureaucrats were renamed to executives, all staff members were given full administrative rights, and a single editor was appointed Wiki Director. This was once again changed on August 22, 2021, when these groups merged into a single group of Wiki Staff while retaining the Wiki Director role, removing the position of Executive. Because of this, many retired Wiki Staff are listed under the old title of Wiki Executive or Bureaucrat because they were members of the staff team before the change.

Furthermore, some people will have a second account link tied to their profile labeled (Zeldapedia). This is because the person originally had an account on Zeldapedia, a different Zelda encyclopedia that merged into Zelda Wiki on June 15, 2019. During this transition, all active Zeldapedia staff members were given administrative rights on Zelda Wiki. Zeldapedia is now kept as an archive and old accounts are linked to it in order to preserve history. People listed under the "Zeldapedia" category were only ever members of the staff team on Zeldapedia, and members in "Zelda Wiki & Zeldapedia" were staff on both Zeldapedia and Zelda Wiki before and after the merge.

On Zeldapedia, there were three types of wiki staff: rollbackers, administrators, and bureaucrats. Rollbackers were simply trusted editors that were given the rollback feature; administrators worked like Wiki Staff and moderated the site; bureaucrats oversaw the whole site and handled user rights, including the promotion of administrators. The occupations of each of these retired staff members are listed under their roles while they were active on Zeldapedia, in order to preserve history.

This article is a work in progress.
This article is a work in progress.

The editors are working to update all pertinent information as soon as possible. We apologize for any incomplete or missing information.

Retired Wiki Staff
Former Group Username Real Name Signature Former Occupation
ZW Logo White.png 52katie Katie -52katie (Talk) Wiki Staff
Abdullah5599 (Formerly "Minion") Abdul — Abdul [T] [C] [S]  Executive (Bureaucrat)
Adam660 Adam Adam [ talk ] Administrator
Ando1400 Andrew Ando (talk) Administrator
Astroninja1 Chris Wiki Staff
Axiomist1875 Josh Axiomist (talk)
AzelleAx Anne-Marie Wiki Staff
Barquero13095
Cipriano555 Brent — ciprianotalk Wiki Staff
Dany36 Daniela
GoldenChaos Jason Founder
Executive (Bureaucrat)
JohnGames91
K2L3798 Gus K2L (Interrogatory)
PhantomCaleb Caleb — Hylian King [*] Staff
ZW Logo White.png & Zeldapedia Logo.png Tirlby (Zeldapedia)
Zelda WikiZeldapedia
Tirlby (talk)
Tirlby (talk)
Zelda WikiZeldapedia
Wiki Staff
Rollbacker
Greenrupee (Zeldapedia)
Zelda WikiZeldapedia
Zelda WikiZeldapedia
Wiki Staff
Bureaucrat
Zeldapedia Logo.png Altar (Zeldapedia) --Altar Administrator
AuronKaizer (Zeldapedia) --AuronKaizer! Administrator
Baltro (Zeldapedia) Andy Baltro [ talk · edits ] Administrator
Bek The Conqueror (Zeldapedia) --Bek (talk) Administrator
Birdman5589 (Zeldapedia) --Birdman5589 (talk) Rollbacker
Ccbermanzzpedia (Zeldapedia) -- C2 / CC Administrator
Champion Kai (Zeldapedia) Champion Kai (talk) Founder
Darknut15 (Zeldapedia) (Darknut15 (talk) Rollbacker
DjMack (Zeldapedia) Douglas DjMackmy talk Administrator
Emem123292 (Zeldapedia) ~emem123292 Rollbacker
EveryDayJoe45 (Zeldapedia) --EveryDayJoe45 (talk) Administrator
Fierce Deku (Zeldapedia) --FierceDeku Rollbacker
Fused Shadow (Zeldapedia) Fused Shadow Administrator
Happyjoe5 (Zeldapedia) Happyjoe5 Administrator
Hero of Time 87 (Zeldapedia) Hero of Time 87 Administrator
Hero of Wisdom (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Hylianhobbit (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Isdrakthül (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Jedimasterlink (Zeldapedia) Administrator
LadyNorbert (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Lessthan1337 (Zeldapedia) (_esstha(\)1337 Rollbacker
Lisa URAQT (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Lord link (Zeldapedia) Administrator
MaloMart (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
McGillivray227 (Zeldapedia) Administrator
McJeff (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Midnaslave (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Minish Link (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Moblin slayer (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Mr kmil (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Murchadah (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Naftaliash827 (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Oath to Order (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Oldschoolzeldafan (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Oni Dark Link (Zeldapedia) Oni Dark Link Bureaurcrat
Power courage wisdom and time (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Redeadhunter (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Richard1990 (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Scathee (Formerly "Uber Phoeb") (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Shiram-Ludgerus33 (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
ShutUpNavi (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Sir Real (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Solar flute (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
Thai420 (Zeldapedia) Administrator
TheNewSheik (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
The Midna (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Triforce 14 (Zeldapedia) Administrator
WiseAdventurer (Zeldapedia) Rollbacker
XXXXX (Zeldapedia) Administrator
Xykeb Zraliv (Zeldapedia) Xykeb Yvolix Zraliv Administrator

Retired Community Staff

This list contains all former Community Staff members. These people used to help run the wiki's Discord server and social media, but generally did not directly contribute by editing the wiki. Because of this, some people may be listed under both Retired Wiki Staff and Retired Community Staff in the event that they were a part of both teams.

Prior to August 22, 2021, Discord moderators were split into two groups: Server Moderators and Server Executives. However, these two groups have been merged into one group of Discord moderators under Community Staff. Because of this, some retired Discord staff are listed under the old titles of Server Moderator and Server Executive because of their roles at the time that they were moderators.

Retired Discord White Logo.svg Moderators
Discord Tag Wiki Account Real Name Former Occupation
Green Rupee#1824 Greenrupee (Zeldapedia) Server Executive
Freak of Nature#3931 N/A (Zeldapedia) Server Executive
Somothunder (Deleted Account) Server Executive
Sparkles#2003 Community Staff



Contributor Banners

As a way to increase activity, some of the Mastermind sites offer 'Zelda Wiki Contributor' banners to members dedicated to both the forum and Zelda Wiki. The banner is not permanent, as users can be stripped of it if they are suspected of having edited Zelda Wiki articles for the sole purpose of obtaining a banner.

ZU's Zelda Wiki Contributor banner.

Main article: Community:Zelda Universe Forums

Zelda Universe began offering its banner on November 11, 2008. It has since been awarded to 11 people.

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