The Sonic News Network is a wiki project that strives to provide a comprehensive repository on information related to the Sonic the Hedgehog series published by Sega. The wiki format allows for anyone to create or edit the wiki, so we can all work collaboratively to make the Sonic News Network the ultimate source of Sonic the Hedgehog information. The Sonic News Network also presents users a unique social experience. With dedicated forums and blogs, there are endless opportunities to receive the best social experience we have to offer.
- Started: 11 September 2005
- Founder: Guess Who
- Language: English
- URL: https://sonic.fandom.com
- Number of articles: 17,302
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Like most wikis, Sonic News Network had humble beginnings. It was created on 11 September 2005 by a user named Guess Who, who named it after a forum he had previously run. Guess Who's tenure on the wiki was short-lived, but another user, Almafeta, soon adopted the wiki and was granted sysop privileges by Angela Beesley, the co-founder of Wikia. By November 2005, Almafeta had created new articles and expanded upon the existing articles left by Guess Who, but his contributions were not enough to draw in an audience large enough to make the wiki self-sustaining. For the next two years, only a handful of users edited on the wiki, arriving piecemeal and making a small number of contributions before departing.
In early 2007, two users from the RuneScape Wiki, Navij11 and Sacre Fi, arrived and adopted the wiki, then effectively abandoned. Angela Beesley granted both of them sysop privileges on 12 February 2007, and their work began. Their contributions initially involved copying material from Wikipedia onto Sonic News Network before implementing their own styles and establishing the infrastructure and framework within which users could operate.
The increased activity and larger collection of articles on the wiki in 2007 started to attract new users. One of these users was FerralMoonrender, who made the decision to move pages on fan-made topics into userspace and away from the mainspace articles, which would focus on canon/published Sonic materials. Under the administration of FerralMoonrender and Navij11, the wiki underwent a huge expansion, with a new generation of users arriving and editing. FerralMoonrender also introduced a process for nominating and appointing admins and other user roles, the origin of the process we still use today. Users Fairfieldfencer and SLJCOAAATR 1 took a more authoritarian approach to the administration of the wiki, clamping down on fan-fiction articles and vandal users. They completed the separated fan-fiction articles from canon articles, purging the wiki mainspace of fan-fiction.
The community of users and the information in the wiki grew to great new heights, partly fueled by high-profile game releases like Sonic Generations in 2011. To help deal with this, more administrators, sysops, rollbacks, and bureaucrats were taken on. Wikia introduced blogs for users to publish what they cared about and keep in touch with each other, which quickly ballooned until they were hard to keep track of. FreeSmudger suggested that a chatroom feature should be added to the wiki, which was implemented on 2 September 2011 by Bullet Fransisco. The chat moderator user rights were introduced to help manage this feature. Chat allowed faster communication and coordination than had previously been possible, which was useful not just for socializing but also helped users deal with incidents of vandalism as they happened. Since then, Forums have been replaced with Discussions and the original chat feature has largely been phased out in favour of the SNN Discord server. The was created by DeCool99 on 7 May 2017.
The SNN community has also come together to host a number of events that have raised the profile of the site more widely. In 11 July 2010, BlazeRocks55 created the Sonic Character Tournament, a highly successful tournament in which people could vote on their favourite Sonic characters. Thanks to the help of Sonictoast and Supermorff, the drew increasing numbers of participants over its 34-week run, culminating in a close race between Shadow the Hedgehog and the victor, Sonic the Hedgehog. In 2014, Shadowunleashed13 created the Sonic Level Tournament, which received over a thousand votes on its most popular poll, but which fell through after week 12 of a planned 34. In 2015, the was launched, this time using the external Challonge tournament management software and sponsored by the Sonic News Channel. Thanks to the help of Journalistic and SilverPlays97, the tournament began and concluded successfully, with Sonic Generations awarded the winning game.
The wiki reached 10,000 articles shortly before the tenth anniversary of the wiki on 11 September 2015. In recent years, Sonic News Network has continued to be updated and improved both by dedicated editors and new users arriving for the first time. NotLessOrEqual helped write down our article guidelines in 2016. DanikV helped with a complete overhaul in design for the wiki's design layout and wordmark in 2017. Veralann helped establish the wiki's in March 2018 and a in January 2019. SilverPlays97 established an interview series called 12 Questions With, and managed to have interviews with well known figures in the Sonic community. Luma.dash, in addition to redesigning the homepage and sidebar, implemented more features to the wiki, such as colored infoboxes, centered tabs for pages, new designs for navboxes to allow pictures to accompany info and added more tools for moderators to use. Just as the Sonic franchise shows no sign of slowing down, Sonic News Network continues to grow. We are constantly pushing to improve the site and its contents, and to attract new users. If you know something we do not, add it, and help us make Sonic News Network the best Sonic resource there is!
Our policies, rules and guidelines are listed at Sonic News Network:Policy.