Wikia Unveils Four Additional Open Source 'Magazine' Sites

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New interactive communities around restaurants, food, fitness and mortgages bring the total number of Wikia magazine sites to twelve

Wikia, Inc., the leading provider of community resources for building free content on every topic, today announced the addition of four new communities to its "open source magazine" project. The new user-driven sites, which focus on restaurants, food, fitness and mortgages, continue Wikia's mission to give people the interactive tools needed to easily collaborate online with others around their favorite topics. Wikia's growing 'magazine rack' also includes user-driven sites on gaming, sports, politics, entertainment and more.

The new collaborations announced today include:

  • Restaurants.wikia, which will enable users to rate and write reviews for restaurants as well as upload menus. The site already includes some 20,000 restaurants covering New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Boston, and users can add more restaurants.
  • Foodie.wikia, which as the name implies, is about all things food! Users can add recipes, create a cookbook, add to a food encyclopedia, or write food-related articles or blog entries.

Fitness.wikia, which is a community to discuss anything related to fitness. The magazine includes sections for dieting/weight loss, exercising, weight training and nutrition.

  • Mortgages.wikia, which is a community for users looking to discuss mortgages and ask for advice. The magazine features sections for first time buyers, mortgage refinancing, bad credit mortgages, applying for a mortgage, and a mortgage glossary. Users also have the ability to rate and review mortgage lenders.

"As with our other open-source magazine sites, we hope that the new sites launched today continue to give people the opportunity to create and share information on the topics that are most important to them," said Dan Lewis, vice president of business development at Wikia.

The new communities have a similar look and feel, and allow people to blog, rate content and freely contribute news and information on topics they are passionate about. Users can access the four new communities through a single log-in and password.

About Wikia, Inc.
Since Wikia's launch in November 2004, over 400,000 articles on 2,000 topics have been created and edited by over 100,000 registered users in 55 languages. Wikia recently added magazine sites focused on Entertainment, Gaming, Sports, and Politics.

Wikia enables groups to share information, news, stories, media and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley launched Wikia in 2004 to provide community-based wikis inspired by the model of Wikipedia -- the free, open source encyclopedia founded by Jimmy Wales.

Wikia is committed to openness, inviting anyone to contribute web content. Authors retain their own copyrights and allow others to freely reuse their content under a variety of GNU and Creative Commons Licenses, allowing widespread distribution of knowledge and ideas.

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