Brief Summary for those not wishing to read a long post:
- What do you think of the categories I use to describe species for my wiki? (described in the list below)
- Does anyone else have their own wiki for their books/stories/etc and what has been their experiences with it? What about as a consumer--do you like when wikis are available for a series you are interested in or do you not even notice?
I have my own wiki for my novels (wota.wikispaces.com) and one of the things that I am trying to accomplish with this wiki is that I want pages about creatures, locations, organizations and everything else to sound like they are about real things.
So with the exception of pages that talk about, for instance, my first novel and obvious IRL material, I want all of my pages to sound like if the Internet existed in my worlds and the characters had the desire to post material to a wiki, this is what the result would be like.
(I also include a "fourth wall" section where I break from this if desired to discuss IRL topics related to the page).
Anyway, as part of my efforts to do this, I have multiple categories in my bestiary pages to be comprehensive and to sound like I am some sort of natural scientist or learned scholar. Here are the categories I describe for each species:
Physical Characteristics and Anatomy
Magicks, Technology and Abilities
Behavior and Diet
Habitat and Environment
Culture and Civilizations
Language and Communication
Religion and Legends
Relations with Other Races
Variants and Relatives
So what do you think? Are there any glaring omissions you think should be included in a description of a species? This is the "intelligent" species list of categories, but there are only topical differences for "savage" species. That is, I change culture and civilizations to describe how they organize in herds or pairs or whatnot; I talk about religions and legends involving the creatures instead of their own religions and legends; and I talk about their relations with other species instead of relations with other races.
If you would like to see this in action, I have two completed pages up currently: wota.wikispaces.com/Lizardfolk and wota.wikispaces.com/Aviadins.
Finally, what has been everyone else's experience using wikis for their novels? Have you done this yourself? Do you like it? What do you use yours for? Are they public or merely a repository for your world info? I normally encounter wikis for video games, but major book series frequently have them also (whether unofficial or official). Do you like it when this is available as a consumer?
Some examples of wikis are wot.wikia.com for Wheel of Time, and both uesp.net and elderscrolls.wikia.com for the Elder Scrolls (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim) video games.