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An older version of the Muppet Wiki website from January 2010.

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Wiki background in 2012.

Muppet Wiki is a wiki "for everything related to Jim Henson and the Muppets." It is hosted by Wikia, which runs on MediaWiki software. This format allows visitors to add, remove, or otherwise edit and change the available content. Muppet Wiki works as a fan community on the collaborative project of creating in-depth encyclopedic articles.

The wiki's database currently contains 27,353 encyclopedic articles (which does not include wiki discussions, project pages and redirects). The best of these entries have been voted on by the community and dubbed Quality Articles.

Muppet Wiki was founded on December 5, 2005. The wiki was established by Danny Horn, Scott Hanson and Peter Papazoglou. The three serve as administrators, along with Andrew Leal, Guillermo Gomez, Wendy, Henrik Rytter, Enrique, Julian Kleibeler, Jonathan Brangwynne and Nate Downs. The logo was designed by Scott Hanson and based on a theme from the March photo in The Miss Piggy Calendar 1980. This was incorporated into a new design by Julian Kleibeler in October 2010 with seasonal flair.

Although the wiki is run in an unofficial capacity, several industry insiders have made substantial contributions, adding to the wiki's verifiability (see "Mission" statement below). Their presence has been welcome in a capacity of their choosing: while some individuals have gone on record as identified experts, the anonymity of others is respected and acknowledged by the wiki hosts.

Mission

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Muppet Wiki founders Danny Horn and Scott Hanson show fans how to edit the site at Wondercon 2008.

The goal of Muppet Wiki and its contributors is to build a database of articles related to Jim Henson's career and various character universes. Through the research of published works and various media content, the database is meant to serve as a comprehensive source of reference. An accurate account of works cited is provided when possible (by way of footnotes and adherence to other policies), and particular attention is given to verifiability. Special care is taken with disputed or erroneous information, and in some cases may result in a settlement in the form of a rumor disclaimer.

Although the name of the site is Muppet Wiki, the encyclopedia extends to areas outside of what may be publicly perceived as "Muppet" content in some cases. For example, Sesame Street, while well known for its inclusion of Jim Henson's Muppets, comprises a number of different contributions such as animation and live-action film unrelated to the Muppets. Because Sesame Street and the Sesame Street Muppets are so closely associated, these areas often blend into one another, and thus, have been included in some cases.

Similarly, Jim Henson's work outside of the Muppets is also stressed, one example being technology and characters furnished by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Of the works created by companies using material furnished the the Creature Shop, only those works produced by The Jim Henson Company are covered extensively. Other examples of non-Muppet Jim Henson content include The Cube and "Tick-Tock Sick."

Milestones and Press Coverage

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Love for Muppet Wiki

Yahoo's 2006 segment on Muppet Wiki.

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Jimmy Wales uses Muppet Wiki statistics and the article on Itzhak Perlman as an example of the potential in subject-focused wikis in a lecture at NYU on February 1, 2007. (listen here) [1]

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A link to Muppet Wiki from the official Sesame Workshop website.

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Quote in Esquire

  • The official Sesame Street Japan staff blog, with a link to Muppet Wiki.
  • A translation of the Sesame Japan page.
  • Muppet Wiki was featured in segment #4 of the August 3, 2006 broadcast of The 9 on Yahoo TV!
  • In the July 2007 print edition of reason magazine, coverage of Muppet Wiki is used as an example of Wikia's growth:
Consider, for instance, the astonishing growth and readership at the Wikia site devoted to Muppets. At a little over one year old, the Muppet Wiki has 13,700 articles. Every single one is about Muppets. Interested in an in-depth look at the use of gorilla suits in the Muppet movies? No problem. Just type in "gorilla suits" and enjoy a well-illustrated article that documents, among other things, the names of actors who have worn an ape outfit for Jim Henson. There is a timeline of all things Muppet-related. An entry on China details Big Bird's reception in the People's Republic. The site is astonishingly comprehensive and, perhaps more impressive, comprehensible to a Muppet novice.[16]
  • Kermit Culture, a collection of academic essays about the Muppets in popular culture, offers Muppet Wiki as an additional resource "for fans and scholars" of The Muppet Show cast. Two essays source articles on Muppet Wiki in their works cited: "The Muppets and Shakespeare" by Hugh H. Davis (Kermit, Prince of Denmark); "The Uniquely Strong but Feminine Miss Piggy" by Maryanne Fisher and Anthony Cox (Bonnie Erickson, Miss Piggy). Additionally, Muppet Wiki administrator and regular editor since January 6, 2006, Andrew Leal, contributed "Muppets and Money."
  • The National Post cited Muppet Wiki as the sole source for their 2009 interactive article "101 Muppets of Sesame Street," indicating that some journalist are using Muppet Wiki as a primary source of information.[17]
  • Muppet Wiki reached 20,000 articles on November 16, 2009.
  • The official Sesame Street 40th anniversary book, Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, published in 2009, cites Muppet Wiki several times as "an invaluable resource" for readers who would like to learn more about the series. Tough Pigs founder and Muppet Wiki co-founder Danny Horn is interviewed for the merchandise section, where he talks about his earliest memory of Sesame Street Merchandise.
  • Production designers on The Muppets used Muppet Wiki "thoroughly for research."[19]

Seasonal logos

Beginning in October 2010, with a design overhaul of Wikia, Julian Kleibeler started designing various Muppet Wiki logos with seasonal flair. Based on the classic "MUPPET" font developed by Michael Frith, Kleibeler added imitating "WIKI" lettering; all the while incorporating the trademark Kermit eye that Scott Hanson first prominently used on the Wiki's original design, based on the first Miss Piggy Calendar's "private eye" icon, again designed by Frith. In the style of Google's commemorative Google Doodles used for special occasions, the blank space to the right of the logo has been used for special holiday images.

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Basic Muppet Wiki logo
October 15, 2010


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Thanksgiving logo
November 25, 2010


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(cookie)

Christmas logo
December 24, 2010


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(elmo)

Valentine's Day logo
February 14, 2011


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Spring logo
March 21, 2011


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(oscar)

Earth Day logo
April 22, 2011


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(stinky)

Arbor Day logo
April 29, 2011


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Memorial Day logo
May 30, 2011


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Independence Day logo
July 4, 2011


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Basic Muppet Wiki logo (shadow adjusted)
November 4, 2011


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Halloween logo
October 31, 2010


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(snowman)

Winter logo
December 4, 2010


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(groundhog)

Groundhog Day logo
February 2, 2011


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(sherlock)

St. Patrick's Day logo
March 17, 2011


Wiki-wordmark-JK-(wocka)

April Fool's Day logo
April 1, 2011


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Easter logo
April 24, 2011


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Mother's Day logo
May 8, 2011


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Father's Day logo
June 17, 2011


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Labor Day logo
September 5, 2011


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New Year's logo
December 30, 2011

See also

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 nowpublic "Jimmy Wales Gives Talk on Free Culture, Transparency, and Search" Michael Meyers, 02/01/07
  2. net@nite Live Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte, 02/13/07
  3. CNN Money "Wikipedia's next steps" David Kirkpatrick, 02/23/07
  4. education.au "Challenging how knowledge is created" Part 3: What is Wikia, Jimmy Wales, 04/07
  5. Wired "Wikipedia Is Just the Start" Dylan Tweney, 5/29/07
  6. O'Reilly "NFAIS Notes: Buzzwords and Bemusement" Dawn Applegate, 08/14/07
  7. Information World Review "Jimmy Wales on the role of Wikipedia in society" Mark Chillingworth, 12/04/07
  8. iMedia Connection "Why the recession won't kill digital media" Susan Kuchinskas, 03/26/09
  9. Mediamixx 09, June 4, 2009 via TweetsbyDesign Twitter feed: [1] [2] [3] [4]
  10. Google@Youtube "Jimmy Wales at Zeitgeist '07" 08/16/07
  11. Esquire "10 Questions for Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, 10 Years On" by Foster Kamer, 1/13/11
  12. Boston Globe "The wiki faithful look beyond encyclopedias to activism" Kim-Mai Cutler, 08/09/06
  13. New York Post "Chief Wiki's Ad Play" Sam Gustin, 11/16/06
  14. The Age "A Muppet A to Z" 8/24/08
  15. See talk page for a translation of the mention
  16. reason magazine "Wikipedia and Beyond: Jimmy Wales' sprawling vision" by Katherine Mangu-Ward 07/2007
  17. The National Post "101 Muppets of Sesame Street" by Steve Murray and Rebecca Yanovskaya, 2009
  18. sesame-street.jp "The Sesame Times", recurring
  19. ToughPigs forum, Peter Savieri comment, 12/07/11

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    • So far the design has been fine. But what happened to suggestions whenever we type something in the search box? Can we fix that?
    • Well we (as in Muppet Wiki) can't fix the search suggestions, because it's a bug. But Wikia knows about it and is working to fix it :).

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