WikiObits.com is a project designed to allow us all to memorialize the people we love through obituaries. Whether our loved ones are famous or our family or friends, everyone should have an obituary. Our goal is to create a huge database of obits for people that both encapsulates their lives, and provides the basic information necessary to properly recognize the accomplishments of the deceased. We are not just a list of dead celebrities we are a wealth of biographical information.
WikiObits is a wiki just like the http://WikiPedia.org project that has become so famous. A wiki is just a collection of documents that are stored electronically in an logical way that is open for editing. We leave the content in our wiki totally open so anyone who knows about the given person can edit and enhance the content.
In the case of our obituary wiki, we hope that anyone who knows important or interesting things about a person can contribute to the person's obituary. As a minimum we are hoping that each WikiObit contains basic information about the person (name, hometown, place of birth, birthday, and a picture) and a couple of paragraphs written as an obituary.
Heck no. We'd prefer to include everyone - dead or alive. That way when the person dies (you know it's inevitable) we will have a complete reference of obits online so visitors will be able to remember the life of the recently deceased without waiting for someone to write a new obituary.
Of course you can. You know best about what your life is about. Just remember, other people can edit your obit too, so you may want to be at least a little humble :)
When you create a new obituary in WikiObits it appears as a template containing some of the things that we think are important to include in each obit. We obviously don't want to tell you what to write since every person with a WikiObits is different, but we can make some suggestions. First, you could simply describe the person and their interests and what makes them important and unique. You could also tell specific stories that convey the person's true personality to the world. You could also write about what you feel makes the person special and worthy of having an obituary.
We realize that, because everyone has access to every obituary in our wiki, there is a possibility that someone can vandalize or even delete whole parts of any obituary. While we firmly believe in our community's dedication to the project and upholding honor in writing WikiObits, we do understand that we don't live in a utopian society. This is why we have implemented the rollback feature on all sections of all obits. If you find that someone has made a mess of an obit, you can revert the obit to an earlier version before any vandalism or deletion occurred with just one click. In addition, we regularly log IP addresses and recall them when rollbacks occur, so that we can review cases and block people from the website when necessary.
There are a few ways that you can start exploring the world of WikiObits: First, you can create your own obituary so that people can write about you and your importance to the world. Once you have created an obit for yourself and filled in some of the basics, you can invite others to write about you too.
Another way to get started is to edit the obit of a friend or someone famous who already has an obituary at WikiObits.com. Try Searching to find the obituary for the person you'd like to edit.
You can add an obituary for someone you know who you think is deserving of being memorialized. That way you can be the first to write about them and tell their story to the world.
Finally, you can become involved in WikiObitsby being a moderator.
Please do! You have worked hard on crafting your WikiObits, and we want the world to be able to see it. If you have a webpage or business with and an "About Us" section, feel free to link to your WikiObits. Same goes for Facebook and Blog accounts; whenever you want people to know more about you and your life, link to your WikiObits.