Submissions:2023/Indie Wiki Buddy: Helping users discover independent wikis

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Indie Wiki Buddy: Helping users discover independent wikis


Community Initiatives, Technology

Type of session:

Lightning talk


In early 2022, I launched the Indie Wiki Buddy browser extension for Firefox and Chromium. The goal of the extension is to help users find quality, independent wikis.

When you visit a wiki on Fandom or Fextralife, Indie Wiki Buddy will notify or automatically redirect you to quality independent wikis when they're available. Search results in Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Brave can also be filtered to replace non-independent wikis with text inviting you to visit an independent counterpart.

Indie Wiki Buddy also supports BreezeWiki, a service that renders Fandom wikis without ads or bloat.

Indie Wiki Buddy has grown to 8,000+ users, and users have submitted dozens of wikis to be included in the extension. As of writing, Indie Wiki Buddy supports redirects to over 120 wikis across 7 languages.

This lightning talk will be a quick introduction to the extension, as well as a general discussion of the value of independent wikis and why users have a desire to use them.

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Kevin Payravi

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