Even though I've been reading and editing wikis for at least a decade now, I've never actually written an article from scratch. I have some questions. I know Wikipedia has a "Sandbox," where users can experiment as they build up an article before they actually post it. Does Fandom have something similar? I ask because I doubt I can finish a whole article in one sitting, and I really wouldn't want to post something that's incomplete. We have enough stubs without me adding more.
What's on your mind?
What do you think? he can do that?
It's going to be October in just a few days, which means the Halloween season has arrived! During this period feel free to embrace your spookier side by reading, editing and improving articles about things that go bump in the night such as ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, and much more! You can also use this very forum to discuss mythology and folklore related spooky subjects such as traditional ghost stories, cryptids, and other supernatural phenomena!
*Painting: "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane" by John Quidor (1858)
I'm not sure how many topics use foreign characters or diacritical marks, but this would apply equally to all of them.
As it stands now, if I search for "Thor," the only results are "Þórr" and a list of movies. I didn't know that Þórr is the same as Thor, so I assumed there was no page for the non-pop-culture version of the character. An argument in favor of using the spelling and characters of the topic's original language is to give the Myths and Folklore Wiki some originality that sets it apart from other mythology wikis. (As an aside, do you realize how many other mythology and/or folklore wikis exist on Fandom, even if you don't count the one we're absorbing? We have plenty of competition.) My response to that argument would be that I think having pages that are easy to find is much more valuable than being unique. It’s like designing a car with all the windows and the windshield replaced with solid steel plates. Sure, it would be completely original, but it would also be useless as a car since no one inside would be able to see out. I agree that we need to acknowledge the names of topics in their original languages, but if a page is unsearchable, it has no value at all. Follow the example of Wikipedia: the name Thor is used as the page title, and is given priority throughout the article, but the first sentence includes alternate names.
“In Germanic mythology, Thor (/θɔːr/; from Old Norse: Þórr [ˈθoːrː]) is a hammer-wielding god associated with lightning, thunder, storms, sacred groves and trees, strength, the protection of mankind and also hallowing and fertility.”
The next sentence goes on to list his name in several other languages, but the name is “Thor” in English, so that’s what it uses for the rest of the article. Yes, I’ve read some of the disagreement on Wikipedia about the exact same issue. The justification for giving priority to the Norse spelling seems pretty shaky to me. Wikipedia also has a guideline about using the most common English form of a word. The Common Names guideline seems to have been ignored in this instance for no reason other than to justify the use of Norse letters, and even then, only for minor Norse mythological topics. Maybe we have the opportunity to settle an issue that Wikipedia hasn’t yet.
I have no use for a wiki that isn’t in English. I’m not saying it shouldn’t exist, but how can I, or anyone else who doesn’t speak Norse, help with a wiki that they can’t read or write? I hope this isn’t a dealbreaker for my continued involvement. My first concern is to make this wiki as useful and educational as possible to someone like me, a monolingual English-speaker who isn't a scholar, but loves mythology and wants to learn more. I'm pleased to say I already have.
I'm a praying mantis now!
I'd like to give an update on the situation with absorbing Greek Mythology wiki into our wiki. I'm glad that the overall response was very positive. Fandom is allowing us to merge with Greek Mythology Wiki, but this process is new to me, as well as most of you here. So I'm going to give you guys the summary of what I've been told by Fandom:
Firstly, we need to move all relevant content over to our wiki from Greek Mythology Wiki. Fandom is not assisting with this process. Any content we want to move over we'll have to move over ourselves. Fandom isn't giving us a deadline. They're saying they want us to take our time in order to make sure everything is done correctly. So if you see anything on Greek Mythology Wiki that you think belongs onto our wiki, feel free to copy/paste it over (With the important caveat being to ensure that there's no broken links when you move information over).
Secondly, they don't want us or anyone else to be deleting pages from Greek Mythology Wiki. Instead, in order to try and maximize traffic, we need to create a "We've Moved" template to let people know to go to our wiki for more content. This also will be a lot of work pasting the template onto all of the article pages on Greek Mythology Wiki. So hopefully once a template is made people will be willing to help paste it onto pages.
Once we are done with this process, however long it takes, I can then contact Fandom, who will make it so Greek Mythology Wiki's URL will link to our site (My guess is that they mean the URL for Greek Mythology Wiki's main page, since the article pages will still be up).
Lastly, I'll be petitioning soon to become a bureaucrat for Greek Mythology Wiki so I can edit and add the "We've Moved" template to protected pages on that wiki.
Thanks again to everyone for the feedback!
To let everyone know, I've been talking with Fandom about absorbing Greek Mythology Wiki into our site. Greek Mythology Wiki was at one time was an active site and an affiliate of ours, but has since become abandoned.
This process would involve the admins going over to Greek Mythology Wiki, looking over the information there, and transferring over the useful information and article pages onto Myths and Folklore Wiki.
Greek Mythology Wiki has 1886 pages, so going over everything will take some time and effort. So before I move forward with the merger I want to ask the admins if they are willing or able to help in this process.
After the transfer of information is complete, Fandom will shut down Greek Mythology Wiki, and Greek Mythology Wiki's URL will link to our site instead.
Additionally, all of the links to Greek Mythology Wiki will need to by removed from our site.
I'm posting this announcement to get a feel for how the other admins and other users feel about such a merger. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
I just wanted to share this interesting video on Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid. The stories are Ovid's versions of tales from Greek mythology. As the name Metamorphoses suggests, the tales found in Metamorphoses tend to revolve around a transformation of some kind. If you're interested in reading the original text it can be found in the Roman Mythology Library on this site.
As it stands now, searching for "giant" brings up the page for "jotunns." While jotunns are definitely important, many, many other cultures have some form of giant in their mythologies and folklore. The Greeks have the Titans, the Irish have Finn McCool, and the US has Paul Bunyon, just to name three examples off the top of my head.
I feel like giants in general deserve their own page and category.
Hi! Im new to this wiki, nice to meet you all.
Name: Poghuman (just call me Pog if you like).
Hobby: Digital drawing, sketching.
Dislikes: Ghost/scary stuffs/horror (I guess).
Favourite food: Sushi, Ice-Cream, Burger.
There's something makes me think hard for long time - which led me to the discussion for fictional individuals' pages.
Ever since a user named Cschaer25 (who wrote the articles for Cthulhu Mythos and Sauron) made Percy Jackson page, people started to do mistakes by writing pages for literature creatures without considering - mythopoeic ones and non-mythical ones alike, such as Lewis Caroll's Jabberwocky, creatures from D&D series (such as Gnoll and Lich), and even characters based on mythical beings (Thor, Lucifer).
My main belief is that we should avoid things which is not related to mythology. But I'm not against making ones for fictions, though: Bram Stoker's Dracula, J. R. R. Tolkien's Legendarium, Lovecraft's works (those three are Mythopoeia, the artificial myths), and all those which are based on mythology. I'm talking about the characters from non-mythical fictions only.
This site is not for non-mythical literature or fiction; Should we delete the main article?
Edit: fixed some themes.
Ever wonder where our worst nightmares come from?
For the ancient Greeks, it may have been the fossils of giant prehistoric animals.
A possible origin for one-eyed Cyclops was advanced by the palaeontologist Othenio Abel in 1914. Abel proposed that fossil skulls of Pleistocene dwarf elephants, commonly found in coastal caves of Italy and Greece, may have given rise to the Polyphemus story. Abel suggested that the large, central nasal cavity (for the trunk) in the skull might have been interpreted as a large single eye-socket.
Quinametzin were a race of giants from Aztec mythology, credited with construction of the pyramid of Cholula and the City of Teotihuacan. They were wiped out prior to the creation of mankind because they did not venerate the gods. The Friar Diego Duran also mentioned the presence of giants in the region of Puebla-Tlaxcala: “The other people who say they found those of Tlaxcala and Cholula and Huejotzingo, say they were giants. – extracted from Durán, 1951, P. 14. Durán stipulated that long and large bones were found in that region of Puebla that he himself saw when they were being extracted. In addition, Fray Andrés Olmos reported the collection of gigantic standing bones in the palace of Antonio de Mendoza, viceroy of New Spain. Academic historians believe that the giant bones found by the Spanish may have been dinosaur fossils.
I want to know what people's views are for removing log in requirements in order to contribute. Looking at our analytics, we have slowly declining page views, and only a few new users here and there. I know that the requirement to login was originally instated in order to stave off trolling and vandalism, but I'm wondering if it's become an impediment. I'm wondering if we can increase page views, forum discussions and blogs without the requirement.
Because of this, I'm thinking about temporarily removing the log in requirement for a week as an experiment. If it goes terribly we'll restore the requirement. If it goes well, we can talk about whether or not we'd want to keep things that way. Even if it goes well, more people will mean more work for the admins. Which is why I want to get other admin's opinions before I go in and change any of the settings.
So what do you guys think?
Today, August 1st, is Lughnasadh, which is a Celtic holiday celebrating the god Lugh and the beginning of the harvest season. Here is a video below for more information!
Do you have a fascination with old Japanese myths and legends? Japanese mythology is full of epic tales of adventure along with deep reflections on life. Here is a link for my short film inspired by the Japanese legend of Yasuke, the black samurai. Features mentions of Fudo Myoo, the black god. Being the first African to visit Japan, the future samurai is mistaken for the black god.
Is art allowed here?
I'm currently working on a (Scottish) Kelpie, so I wanted to know.
if Greek gods were real, I ask:
1- how exactly atlas holds the skies? for we have satellites orbiting the earth, just as we go to space.
2- why can't we see the atlas? for he should be extremely tall.
3- how great will be the threat that the gods would pose to mankind?
Do you have a fascination with old Japanese myths and legends? Japanese mythology is full of epic tales of adventure along with deep reflections on life. Here is a link to the trailer for my upcoming short film inspired by the Japanese legend of Yasuke, the black samurai. Features mentions of Fudo Myoo, the black god. Being the first African to visit Japan, the future samurai is mistaken for the black god.
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