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I have a question. Is there such a thing as wiki ownership? Does one person fully own a wikia?

I'm just wondering because on a wikia I follow one (not going to name wikia) of the admins told me that he "owns" the wikia and it's his. (not going to say name because I don't want to get anyone into trouble; plus he gives the vibe that he is not nice and he runs the wikia pretty strict)

If so, if I create a wiki does it mean that it's mine too? Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm just curious.

Any help or adivce would be much appreciated. Your welcome to answer my inquiry at your earliest convenience thank you and have a nice day. 129.97.51.115 03:44, October 28, 2012 (UTC)

To my mind, since a public wiki is supposed to be a collaborative effort, this means that nobody "owns" a wiki, except perhaps Wikia. There are rare exceptions, for instance the Fastmail wiki is definitely owned by Opera Australia Pty. Ltd. (aka Fastmail.FM, aka The Messaging Engine), and used to be a private (but open to the public) wiki on Fastmail's own servers, but because of the spam problem it was moved to Wikia (by a then staff member) and became a fully public wiki. However, such cases are rare.
Generally, if the bureaucrat of a wiki is labouring under the delusion that he "owns" it, that's a badly-run wiki as he hasn't got the right attitude. -- RobertATfm (talk) 04:31, October 28, 2012 (UTC)
Sounds like this guy isn't the founder, but wouldn't the creation policy still apply in these sort of situations or no? "Wikia are community projects, not personal websites. They are not owned by their founders, nor does the founder's opinion carry more weight in disagreements than any other user's opinion. Consensus and cooperation should be the primary means for organizing a wiki." Tatzelwyrm Talk [DV] 23:10, October 31, 2012 (UTC)
 
Yes, it would and does apply. As RobertATfm said earlier, nobody owns the Wiki except for Wikia. Savannah Star 00:52, November 1, 2012 (UTC)

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