QUOTE(melloden @ Wed 18th May 2011, 10:03am)
I use Wikia as a temporary webhost. I suspect many people do the same. Probably the only profit they're getting is from Yu-Gi-Oh nerds and Star Wars fanboys who bother to update their precious failures of wikis. Bullshit.
They make money from every ad impression.
It adds up, although how much they're making is still a biiig secret.
(Greg Kohs thinks they're losing their shirts, I suspect they're getting enough
raw traffic to keep investors interested, who then make up for the operating losses.)
And guys like you, who use Wikia to crosspost to/from Wikipedia, are part of the problem.
The more stuff gets posted on Wikia, the more gets posted on Wikipedia. Nerd crap,
mostly. Anime/manga, comic books, science fiction etc.
And I suspect this is a major reason why Jimbo wants more Wikipedia participation....
because he knows that more editing on Wikipedia means more traffic on Wikia.
And he makes more $$.
Fanbois post tidal waves of garbage on Wikia about K-On
or Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
or what-have-you--then crosspost excerpts of it on Wikipedia servers.
The "nonprofit" "free" Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia are more closely tied together than you realize.This post has been edited by EricBarbour: Thu 19th May 2011, 2:31am