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Galaxiki, a fictional galaxy anyone can edit, will be launched on Sunday, July 1st 2007

15. june 2007

Galaxiki is a web-based, free content virtual community project. It consists of a virtual galaxy with over a million stars and solar systems that can be explored using a 2-dimensional map. Each star, each planet and each moon represents one wiki page, the idea behind the project is that Galaxiki site members, also called "Galaxicians", can edit those pages and write fictional histories about them. Galaxiki's name is a portmanteau of the words "galaxy" and "wiki" (a type of collaborative website).

The Galaxiki rules say that real world physics should be respected, but it also allows some popular exceptions known from most science fiction novels, such as traveling faster than light for example. This also implies that species inside the Galaxiki world can meet (at least if their solar systems are in a closer range), which is a challenge for Galaxicians as they have to make sure to eleminate inconsistencies. Science fiction stories on Galaxiki are currently published under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Galaxiki membership, editing solar systems and using all other site features is free. To finance the project, solar systems can be "freed", which means that Galaxicians can make solar systems writable by making a small donation to the project. When a Galaxician "frees" a solar system he/she can decide if the system shall become open for the entire community, or if the system shall become a private project. In this case it is also possible to dedicate the star or solar system to someone. There is also a dedicated page for sponsors or advertisers, but there shall be only an absolute minimum of advertising to keep the site as clean as possible.

Galaxiki was launched as a prototype on March 12, the official launch is planned for Sunday, July 1st 2007. It is already possible to sign up on www.galaxiki.org, although editing stars, planets and moons will become operational on July 1st 2007.