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So you may have seen banners like this pop up on some of the largest wikis on Wikia/FANDOM:

Wikia moving to FANDOM top banner

This is because, starting next week, our landlords (FANDOM, formerly known as Wikia) will begin moving our domain name from "sims.wikia.com" to "sims.fandom.com".[1] This all stems from the creation of the "FANDOM" brand, first announced in January 2016 and gradually beginning to push out the Wikia name.

The reaction has been mixed. Some are supportive of the change, many are not. Many people are more annoyed with the other things FANDOM has been doing, like the infamously annoying "Fan Feed", "Trending Articles" with clickbait titles, and outright malicious advertisements including fullscreen autoplaying video ads. At least one wiki has left the platform entirely.

I'm personally opposed to this change; however, this post isn't about that. This post is to clarify what this means for us, and what this means for you as well.

The name

We are still going to be called "The Sims Wiki", and that will not change. We have no reason to change the name. Although we have often been called "The Sims Wikia", we do not like this name and would rather be called "The Sims Wiki" or "The Sims Wiki on Wikia".

Although our new address will be "sims.fandom.com", this doesn't mean the name of our wiki will change. It will still be "The Sims Wiki", and you can additionally call us "The Sims Wiki on Wikia" or "The Sims Wiki on Fandom". However, please do not call us "The Sims Fandom" as this is not our name. The word "fandom" doesn't outline our purposes and goals and implies that we are an entertainment website for fans to congregate in; our main mission is to provide and maintain an encyclopedia of content relating to The Sims. While we do have social features to allow fans to mingle in, they're not the primary scope of the wiki.

The URLs

Although the new URL will be "sims.fandom.com", FANDOM has told us that all old links will continue to work,[2] so there is no need to hurriedly change all your links to our site. "sims.wikia.com" and "sims.wikia.com/wiki/Goth_family" will still continue to work and will redirect appropriately.

Our goals

We're still going to be that encyclopedia of knowledge that you've come to know and depend on for years now, and we have absolutely no plans on deviating from that. We will always have the articles and the wealth of knowledge available to you, and we're still the wiki looking for new editors to be bold and help us improve our articles. That isn't going away, and we have no reason to change any of this.

Final thoughts

This will probably surprise a lot of the readers that have come to know us for years now, but rest assured that we're still the same old "The Sims Wiki" after this URL change. The Sims Wiki will always be here for The Sims community, and it will always focus on being the freely editable wiki that aims to first and foremost provide accurate information relating to the series. That has always been—and will always be—number one priority for us, no matter what FANDOM does to us.

Footnotes

  1. w:User_blog:Brandon_Rhea/How_we're_testing_the_fandom.com_domain_migration
  2. https://community.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog_comment:Brandon_Rhea/How_we%27re_testing_the_fandom.com_domain_migration/@comment-25412203-20181006013141/@comment-20644-20181006014124?permalink=1531036#comm-1531036