MICRONATION.ORG – The contentious use of the “MicroWiki” name by two distinct communities is set to remain following overwhelming opposition to a proposal to recognize its shared usage.
The dispute over which community is the real “MicroWiki” began in November 2010 when a large number of disaffected micronationalists at the former Wikia-based MicroWiki undertook a mass exodus to a private server (presently located at micronation.org) citing differences with Wikia’s administrators. While these emigrants brought with them to the new server the “MicroWiki” brand, a core group of micronationalists remained with the Wikia-based service, founded in 2005, and have since maintained their own claim to the brand. In the micronation.org case, the usage of the brand is based on a perceived belief that the “MicroWiki” brand collectively belonged to the community members who emigrated, while the Wikia-based micronationalists claim a historic right to the brand as it was the first to use it.
The dual-usage of the brand has caused contention between the two communities. The Wikia-based community administration, in particular, has in the past voiced displeasure over the micronation.org’s labelling of them as “MicroWikia.” This labelling is seen by that community as inaccurate, given that they were the first “MicroWiki.” It has also been considered by that administration in the past to be a propaganda mechanism of supporters of micronation.org’s entitlement to the brand that seeks to “depopularise” the Wikia-based community. ((As noted by Andrew of Sabovia in voicing displeasure at this news service’s usage of the term in a past article))
This week, Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia, the owner of micronation.org, raised the matter with that community’s membership. Specifically, he proposed that local references to “MicroWikia” on the micronation.org wiki be replaced with “MicroWiki (Wikia farm),” in a tacit acknowledgment of that community’s shared-right to the brand.
Jonathan himself, while voicing opposition to his own proposal, nonetheless called for a discussion and vote on the matter amongst the micronation.org membership. There was little interest in discussing the merits or drawbacks of the proposal evidently, as no further comments were posted by members and the matter moved quickly to a vote. In that vote, which as of press time has seven ballots cast, the proposal has been unanimously rejected, meaning that the use of the contentious “MicroWikia” will continue for the foreseeable future.