I have a question about original world design (for my fantasy novel) and making a wiki. I’ve been working on the books, as well as building the world, for at least 10 years. I have been wanting to make a wiki for the world for ages, but have been concerned about copyright stuff (namely, things being stolen from me before I can publish my book). Is this a valid concern, and is there a way to make a wiki/wikia AND protect my creation? Thank you! 🙂
Mmm… two issues here.
Regarding the wiki, first of all: if you’re doing this as a way to keep your worldbuilding details in order, I definitely recommend it. It’s useful. …Though to tell the truth I find that newer and more focused tools are turning out to be more useful, at least for me. I’m a lot more likely to put a sudden idea into Evernote, these days or the Sticky app on my iPad, and later paste it into Scrivener, which has a very flexible note-keeping concept and allows you to keep all the notes associated with the project inside it.
Using the MediaWiki software for notes, though, does require that you have no trouble getting to grips with its markup language. There came a point where whenever I wanted to make a straightforward note about something, there was the damn markup to fiddle with again, and it started making me roll my eyes. At that point, at least as regarded the YW universe, such notes stopped routinely finding their way into the ErrantryWiki.
Now then. As regards confidentiality: if you’re interested in keeping your material private, then you want to avoid Wikia, as (to the best of my knowledge) it’s public by default. (Though you can download the software and use it independently, I believe.) For totally private wikis there are at least a couple of possibilities…