Any specialised wiki, as it continues to grow, will tend to accumulate general, more encyclopedic, information.
This dates back to the original wiki, Ward Cunningham's Wiki Wiki Web
. There were enough Separated by a Common Language
problems that the users felt the need to create a page explaining "American Cultural Assumptions"... which turned out to be almost exactly like our Useful Notes
For every wiki out there that exists by The Wiki Rule
there is the issue of some additional knowledge not exactly under the main mission of the site still being very useful for understanding the behaviour of the site's focus. There's also the fact that the internet exists globally while a wiki's contributors can exhibit local variations in behaviour and these often have to be explained.
For example, our Useful Notes
pages exist to help people understand things that may be taken for granted under the Creator Provincialism
of other contributors or of TV writers. It started with issues of geography and then extended to subjects that have a complex relationship with their portrayal in media. Things which it is useful to know in order to understand everything that is written hence Useful Notes
. Even before this, we also have pages on production trivia
and audience reactions
, which are not in fact tropes by themselves but which still impact on how stories are written such as Executive Meddling
and the Fandom
- Halopedia has a page on corn, as well as other things, due to it being an inclusive wiki.
- The Transformers Wiki has a lot of information on toy production and technology. The Transformers Wiki also has pages for Jesus (probably existing to service the comparisons between Optimus Prime and Him) and Michael Jackson.
- The Star Wars wiki includes pages on gender and death, among other things.
- Even an article on breasts, which has caused quite a bit of problems when outside forces come to the site's community, complaining about it.
- This Very Wiki used to stick to television, hence the name. Now it covers tropes from all conceivable media, and some things that aren't technically tropes at all.
- Since Donkey Kong exists in the same universe as Super Mario Bros., it isn't surprising that the Super Mario Wiki would have some information on the DK characters and games. However, it has extensive information on everything Donkey Kong-related, even more than the actual Donkey Kong wiki. The wiki even has pages for characters in series such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, and many others due to their inclusion in Super Smash Bros, which the wiki kinda treats as a sort of Mario subseries/spinoff.
- DozerfleetWiki is primarily a project history catalog for the Dozerfleet Productions brand and all its subsidiaries and product lines. But it also occasionally ventures into the Dozerfleet founder's pet issues. As such, it has articles on everything from exposing the less-than-flattering (and often downplayed by old media) consequences of gay activism gone too far, to articles in defense of Michele Bachmann, which practically go into a who's who "dirty dozen" of everyone that sabotaged her campaign for president. Needless to say; the wiki's waxing political in 2012, in the hopes of seeing Romney defeat Obama, resulted in a significant increase in site vandalism.
- Harry Potter Wiki has several articles like this for anything mentioned or shown in Harry Potter, including the Game Boy, Electricity, and Stephen Hawking.