Zeldapedia was an English encyclopedia dedicated to the The Legend of Zelda series. The wiki (then known as Zelda Wiki or The Legend of Zelda Wiki) was created in 2005 by Champion Kai on the wikifarm Fandom (formerly known as Wikia and Wikicities). It was later renamed to Zeldapedia in 2008.
In 2019, Zeldapedia agreed to merge with longtime rival Zelda Wiki. The wiki is now at an archived state, with messages pointing readers to Zelda Wiki instead.
On June 15, 2005, Champion Kai created Zelda Wiki on Wikicities. However, a couple of weeks later, Champion Kai disappeared from the site, and would return in sporadic intervals from 2008 to 2010. As a result, the community was left to build the wiki.
In June 2007, a merger between Zelda Wiki and the independent Zelda Wiki.org was proposed by Wikia co-founder Angela Beesley to then webmaster Jess Rappaport. The proposal was rejected by staff members on both sites. Six month after the proposed merger failed, Zelda Wiki's community agreed to rename themselves as Zeldapedia in order to avoid naming conflicts with Zelda Wiki.org.
In November 2010, Wikia disabled the Monaco skin and enabled the Oasis skin. This decision prompted a discussion on Zeldapedia on whether the wiki should continue to be hosted on Wikia or not, with the majority of the users being in favor of the former. Some Zeldiapedia users also considered a move to Curse LLC in 2012, but was also rejected. Curse LLC would later go on to purchase the independent Zelda Wiki five years later under their Gamepedia brand.
In November 2011, ZeldaInformer and Zeldapedia agreed to an affiliation. This was after ZeldaInformer ended their involvement in Zelda Wiki as a webmaster, and ZeldaInformer's own wiki idea failed. The affiliation lasted until July 2013.
In June 2019, after most of Curse LLC (and, by extension, Gamepedia and Zelda Wiki itself) was purchased by Fandom, another merger between Zeldapedia and Zelda Wiki was proposed. Unlike the previous proposal a decade ago, both staff and the communities on both sites agreed to merge onto Zelda Wiki, with the majority of the community agreeing to the merger. On June 15, 2019, coincidentally marking Zeldapedia's fourteenth anniversary, the English wiki was closed for editing and its community merged with Zelda Wiki and Zelda Universe. The other language counterparts currently remain active and would point to Zelda Wiki, while Zeldapedia's Discord server has since transferred to Zelda Wiki.
In 2022, Zelda Wiki moved out of Fandom. Zelda Wiki temporarily used the Zeldapedia name after moving out.
Characteristics and Policies
Like other wikis at Fandom, Zeldapedia set its own policies. This resulted in certain differences from Zelda Wiki. Much like other Fandom wikis, Zeldapedia had allowed anonymous, non-registered, users to edit, but an update of the COPPA Act prompted Fandom as a whole to end anonymous editing on wikis with a target audience of thirteen and under.
One notable policy difference between Zeldapedia and Zelda Wiki was the usage of citations and references which, while core principles here at Zelda Wiki, largely went unused at Zeldapedia.
The following are a list of staff member that ran Zeldapedia prior to its merger with Zelda Wiki.
|Username||Real Name||Signature||Former Occupation|
|Ceiling Master (Zeldapedia)||—|
|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|
|EveryDayJoe45 (Zeldapedia)||—||--EveryDayJoe45 (talk)||Administrator|
|Fierce Deku (Zeldapedia)||—||--FierceDeku||Rollbacker|
|Fused Shadow (Zeldapedia)||—||Fused Shadow||Administrator|
|Hero of Time 87 (Zeldapedia)||—||Hero of Time 87||Administrator|
|Hero of Wisdom (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Lessthan1337 (Zeldapedia)||—||(_esstha(\)1337 • •||Rollbacker|
|Lisa URAQT (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Rollbacker|
|Lord link (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Minish Link (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Moblin slayer (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Rollbacker|
|Mr kmil (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Oath to Order (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Oni Dark Link (Zeldapedia)||—||Oni Dark Link||Bureaurcrat|
|Power courage wisdom and time (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Scathee (Formerly "Uber Phoeb") (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Sir Real (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Rollbacker|
|Solar flute (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Rollbacker|
|The Midna (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Triforce 14 (Zeldapedia)||—||—||Administrator|
|Xykeb Zraliv (Zeldapedia)||—||Xykeb Yvolix Zraliv||Administrator|
Spin off wikis
Zeldapedia had a number of spin-off wikis, including the Zelda Fanon Wiki.
Zeldapedia incorporated a number of sub-wikis for various languages, all of which had since moved over to Zelda Wiki after the merger. As of February 2020, the largest of these are the Spanish and French wikis, with approximately 4,500 and 3,900 articles respectively.
- Forum:Zelda Wiki or Zeldapedia , Zeldapedia.
- "...Angela was quite interested in, well, seeing Zelda Wiki perhaps move to Wikia. But not just that - she was also interested in merging ZW.org with Wikia's already existing Zelda Wiki..." —Jess Rappaport (Zelda Wiki:News 2007.)
- "Our wiki and theirs, although compatible, would take a TON of work to merge together. On top of that, the promised increase in traffic did not justify this insane amount of work, nor did it justify actually having to move the wiki to Wikia, where we'd all lose control over the site, as well as ownership of the site. Wikia refers to their wikis AS "their" wikis - and that doesn't work well with what ZW.org really stands for, and that's not being TRULY owned by anybody. But, obviously, as the technical owner of the domain I had to make some sort of decision, and in the end, with the input of the other owners and some friends, it was unanimously decided not to move to Wikia or to merge with Wikia's Zelda Wiki." —Jess Rappaport (Zelda Wiki:News 2007.)
- Forum:Moving , Zeldapedia.
- Forum:Moving to Curse , Zeldapedia.
- Zelda Wiki is joining Gamepedia , Gamepedia Help Wiki.
- Announcement to all Editors , Zeldapedia.
- Official Crossover Voting Thread , Zeldapedia.
- This wiki has been archived and moved to Gamepedia , Zeldapedia.
- Our time has come to reclaim independence. , Twitter.