• Aug 3, 2006

Looking for a place to espouse your knowledge about cars? Wikicars.org might be for you. Set up similarly to Wikipedia.org, the site solicits contributions from the online community on topics ranging from hybrid vehicles to new cars and everything else automotive. Users can contribute and edit others' information, and in order to avoid incorrect or offensive material from appearing on the site, it thankfully has its own editor/wiki police officer.

While the site technically opened for business yesterday, it was set up in June and accumulated about 1,000 entries from commercial sites such as AutoData Solutions and CarsDirect.com before its official launch. Current articles include new car reviews, such as the headliner review of the Lexus RX 350 (pictured).

[Source: Wikicars.org]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      #2, you noticed something important, this site isn't carrying through the original definitions from wikipedia, check out what they have on stutz: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stutz . If this is a diferent company instead of just an extension of wikipedia then this a bad thing that will prevent the centralization of information.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Completely redundant thanks to Wikipedia, but they're free to do as they please, I guess.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1, It wasn't set up by Wikipedia, actually. The company that set it up is the parent company of CarsDirect.com & Autos.com.
      http://wikicars.org/en/Wikicars:About#Wikicars_Founding

      It was a pretty shrewd move, IMHO, to use MediaWiki and purposefully not modify it much more than the WikiCars logo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice idea but it has a ways to go before it is a true reference tool. So far it is geared towards modern cars. My searches for Hudson, Marmon, and Stutz came up blank.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, it's a wiki. The sections on Asian cars should be full of offensive dribble in short order!
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are still a couple of bugs to work out with the site, I tried "overrated tax credit queen", "smug soccer mom wagon", and "formless blob" and none of these searches found the RX 350 review.

      Still, I give wikipedia credit for making an auto-specific portal; wikipedia can cut a lot of the crap out of the search for obscure auto information, and this will help make people aware of it as a resource.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Speedie - you should start articles about those cars then. The whole idea behind a wiki is that readers will add to it when they find stuff that should be there, remove stuff that shouldn't, and, in general, keep the information up to date.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is pretty cool. I always wanted to find a place where the dimensions and thread length for spark plugs on a AMC Gremlin could be found.