Indie Wiki Buddy

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Indie Wiki Buddy is a browser extension that helps you easily find and support independent wikis you might otherwise miss in search results.

When you visit a wiki on a large, corporate-run site, this extension will notify or automatically redirect you to quality independent wikis when they're available. Search results in Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo can also be filtered, replacing non-independent wikis with text inviting you to visit the independent counterpart.

And you're in full control -- you can choose your experience wiki-by-wiki!

Indie Wiki Buddy also supports BreezeWiki, a service that renders Fandom wikis without ads or bloat. This helps give you a more enjoyable reading experience when an independent wiki isn't available!


Once installed, you can access the extension settings via the icon of an arrow pointing to the right in the top bar, at the top right.
If you don't see the icon, it may be in the extension dropdown, which is a jigsaw icon in both Firefox and Chrome.

A screenshot of the Indie Wiki Buddy settings screen

Once you've opened Indie Wiki Buddy, the language dropdown at the right lets you switch between wikis in different languages.
There are several toggles available: The list of all wikis allows you to configure what you want to happen when visiting the respective non-independent wiki:

Submit a Wiki

We're always looking for more wikis to add to the extension!

Here are the criteria:
If the independent wiki meets the criteria, you can submit it to be included in one of the following ways:

Frequently asked questions

Why does this exist?
Large, corporate-run wiki farms have enabled hundreds of great wikis and communities. Unfortunately, these wiki farms can easily overshadow quality independent wikis, especially in search engine results. Independent wikis often have the benefit of greater self-determination and fewer ads, but are easily missed by users who aren't aware of their existence. This extension aims to help wiki readers discover and user quality, independent wikis.

Why does this extension need access to so many sites?
Indie Wiki Buddy requests access to, as well as BreezeWiki and its mirrors, in order to display redirect banners.

Indie Wiki Buddy also requests access to Google (across all its languages), Bing, and DuckDuckGo in order to be able to filter search results.

Indie Wiki Buddy never transmits or stores data from these sites. Access is only used in order to display alert banners and filter search results.

Can Miraheze wikis be added to this extension?
Yes! For the purposes of this extension, Miraheze wikis are considered independent. Even though Miraheze is a large wiki platform, it is a non-profit organization that allows for extensive control by wiki staff, and provides for wikis to easily migrate off the platform.

Can wikis be added to this extension?
While is a great platform, for the purposes of this extension, wikis are currently not considered independent and are out of this extension's scope. Fortunately, there is a "Redirect to" extension available for Chrome and Firefox that you can use alongside Indie Wiki Buddy.

For independent wikis to be added to the extension, why do they need to be of equal quality and coverage as its non-independent counterpart?
The extension is geared towards readers looking for information, and pointing them towards wikis that might not have the information they're seeking isn't an ideal experience.
That being said, I do want to support all independent wikis and know the importance for developing wikis to get new readers and editors. In the future, the extension may allow for less-complete wikis to be added, though likely with some sort of control to allow users to easily filter/toggle these wikis.
If you have any ideas for how this experience should look, please reach out!

What happens when there are multiple independent wikis on the same topic?
We will try to redirect to the most complete wiki, and will also consider factors such as what is most popular in the wiki subject's community.

Can I see or contribute to the code?
Yes! Indie Wiki Buddy is open source and available on GitHub.


Feel free to get in touch with questions, comments, or ideas!
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