Galaxiki is a web-based virtual and purely fictional galaxy project using wiki technology. The word Galaxiki is a portmanteau of the words galaxy and wiki. Galaxiki consists of over 1 million computer generated stars as well as their planets, moons and other orbital objects which are maintained by the Galaxiki Community. The content of Galaxiki is free, and is written collaboratively by people from all around the world.
The Galaxiki Community is a Social Network of volunteers filling the virtual galaxy with content - e.g. naming stars, planets and moons, describing them, and describing their eventual life forms and their related history. The history of the galaxy is defined by the community, following some rules defined by the galactical board.
Joining the Galaxiki Community is completely free, and so is editing community stars and their orbital objects as well as participating in the Social Network. You can find other people interested in science, science fiction or astronomy, you can join groups and exchange your thoughts and ideas.
Get your own solar system
Community stars can be edited by any community member. If you to get an own star that only you can edit, then it's possible to "buy" a star: a small amount of USD 12.- or EUR 10.- is paid and then the star belongs to you forever.
Galaxiki has been officially launched in March 2007 (open beta test phase). This web site is a wiki, which means that anyone with access to an Internet-connected computer can edit, correct, or improve information throughout the galaxy, simply by clicking an "edit" link (as long as the objects that shall be edited are "open" objects).
Every wiki page on the Galaxiki site represents a solar system, a star, a planet, a moon or any other object in the Galaxy. There can be cross references, and the goal is to create a world where the histories of star systems that are close to each other can match (in fact the Galaxiki physical rules allow traveling faster than the speed of light). Users are free to create any kind of content, as long as they follow the basic rules of the Galaxiki world.
If you have not done so, we invite you to take a few moments to read What Galaxiki is (and is not), so that you have an understanding of how to use or contribute to Galaxiki as you continue. Further information on key topics can be found below.
Exploring Galaxiki, Basic navigation
The main goal of Galaxiki is to offer a place where people interested in astronomy and science fiction can have fun - browsing the galaxy, taking a look at solar systems, planets and moons. Anyone can read comments or stories other users have written, or contribute personally and add new information to galactical objects.
Clicking onto the galaxy image in the upper left corner of the screen always takes you back to the main page, from where you can start to explore the galaxy - similar to many mapping services such as Google Maps. Or click onto the "Random Star" button to be instantly taken to a random solar system in our galaxy.
Galaxiki IS NOT a research tool
Please note that everything here is purely fictional - the galaxy on the image does indeed exist, but all star system information is purely fictional - this also includes star positions as well as planetary orbits. But, on the other hand, many aspects of the solar systems you'll find here are based on physical laws, while others are not. Remember that this site is intended to be fun, and not an accurate physical simulation, although we try to do our best to offer a real life experience!
Strengths, weaknesses and quality
Galaxiki's greatest strengths, weaknesses and differences arise because it is open to anyone, has a large contributor base, and articles are written by consensus according to editorial guidelines and policies.
Galaxiki is open to a large contributor base - so it is less susceptible to retaining bias, is very hard for any group to censor, and is far more responsive to new information, but it is also more easily vandalized or susceptible to unchecked information later needing removal. In contrast with many web resources, information added to Galaxiki never "vanishes", and is never "lost" or deleted. Galaxiki's radical openness means that any given article may be, at any given moment, in a bad state, such as in the middle of a large edit, a controversial rewrite, or recently vandalized.
Galaxiki operates a full editorial dispute resolution process, that allows time for discussion and resolution in depth, but also permits months-long disagreements before poor quality or biased edits will be removed forcibly.
Anyone can contribute to Galaxiki by clicking on the "edit" tab in an article. Before beginning to contribute however, you must sign up as a Galaxiki member (which is completely free) and you should check out the online information about rules and possibilities of this world.
It is important to realize that in contributing to Galaxiki, users are expected to add valuable content and to respect all points of view.
Galaxiki background and history
Galaxiki is a project initially created by Jos Kirps www.kirps.com
. The idea was launched in early 2006, along with some very rough prototypes. In late 2006 the project was relaunched, this time based on the CorneliOS virtual web OS (an open-source program that can be downloaded for free from www.cornelios.org
). The alpha/beta software went live on Sunday, February 18th 2007. Galaxiki 2.0 BETA was launched in August 2010, turning Galaxiki into a real social network and offering a whole bunch of new features. We also created a non-profit organisation called Joopita Research www.joopita.org
which is now in charge of the Galaxiki website.
Contact us & giving feedback
You may write a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you're a Galaxiki member then please use the contact form on your home screen - thanks!
Note: this page is derived from the Wikipedia About page