Vopedia.com – The Voiceover Wiki

A few months back I got the idea that the Voiceover community is in dire need of a repository of knowledge. Or if you want to use a more modern term… a Wikipedia site dedicated to the voiceover industry and its members.

Now I can’t use that term… Wikipedia… because that is a registered company that has its own site etc. but the more acceptable term is that the voiceover industry needs a wiki.

I’m a pretty DIY kinda guy and went on a search to find out if the community already had a site like that. Turns out there was an attempt to create one by one of the bigger online casting agencies but for some reason or another it just didnt take off.

So I decided to take things into my own hands to create that site.

Introducing Vopedia.com

It took me a while … it really did.. big learning curve… but I was able to setup the site and using the same software that wikipedia themselves use (to their credit they do post the software for free on their site) but I digress.

I tried to contact a few people of interest and was able to get them to contribute their information.Β  The majority where pretty quick to reply (ok so I stalked them a little with my magicjack) but overall everyone was very professional.

The Premise

I want every single voice actor, voiceover agency, studio to add their information to this site… Its an online encyclopedia for us, by us and the whole point of a Wiki is that it is driven by user contributions.

For those are not familiar with Wiki Markup Language please click here

But! I do have a few rules and they are that if you decide to add a page that it adheres to the following formats:

Agency, Company or Studio

Click here to see the template

If you are a company, agency, studio that wants to add itself to the Voiceover Wiki by all means please do but your page has to abide by the following structure (more or less):

  1. History
    1. Origins
    2. Current status
  2. Products and Services
  3. Customers, Vendors and Affiliations
  4. Awards and Recognition
  5. Link To your Site

Voice Actor

Click here to see the template

(you can copy the markup language from thisΒ  template and paste it into the content of your page and fill out the appropriate areas)

If you are a Voice Actor, coach, agent and wish to include information about yourself then please do so using the following structure:

  1. Life & Career
    1. Early career
    2. Voice-Over
    3. Other Interests
    4. Theatrical and Film Acting (can be video games for you if you like)
  2. References and footnotes
    1. Bibliography
  3. External links

Voiceover Related Site

Click here to see the template

If you run a voiceover online magazine or information site then pleas follow this format:

  1. Site description
  2. Establishment
    1. Why it was established
    2. When it was established
    3. Celebrity Members
  3. Services

Got Questions?

I started this project a little over 3 months back and the point was that I wanted the search engines to have time to index the site and make sure it was visible online.

Oh and I’ve started the ball rolling by adding over 350+ pages of content.

I run the site and I have a few rules but other than that… I hope you enjoy my efforts and find benefit in them.

Taji


38 Comments


  1. What a fantastic idea, Taji! I’d love to add a page to the wiki – but you know what would really help? I’m familiar with how the wiki pages work (I’m involved in several different communities that use them) – but having a template for each type of submission would be *really* helpful. Then people could just “edit” that page to see how it’s created, and copy and paste, putting in their own info. Do you think that’s something you could do? That would help people conform more with how you envisioned the pages to be …

  2. Hi Taji. I contributed a page, but found some of the sections didn’t really apply to me. πŸ™‚ Rather than leaving them blank (or with your description!), I just removed them. I hope that’s ok.

    Do you have some way to link up the pages together, or to the main page of the VO wiki? You mention that there are hundreds of pages there already … but I don’t know if there’s any way for others to see them at this point? Where are they linked to?

    Thanks for putting this together! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Jodi,

      The sections are there as a rough outline. Not necessarily the defacto standard of how every single page should be like. I have found that if you don’t give people a bit of a structure they tend to go into advertising mode and instead of the article becoming a mini biography of what that artist is about or what his company does… its all outright advertising. Which is not what I want.

      With regards to linking all the pages together… that’s actually part of the system… if you look at the side menu (the one on the left) you will find a bunch of options that can help you explore the other pages already on the system.

      Happy exploring!
      Taji

      • Thanks, Taji. πŸ™‚ Hmm. I’m looking on the side navigation and there seems to be the options of Main Page, Community Portal, Current Events, Recent Changes, Random Page and Help. None of those really go to sections or anything. If there’s to be a section for Voice Actors, Voice Over Related Sites, Voice Related Companies, etc… I’m not seeing any other actual pages other than your main page and the template pages you’ve created. Am I missing something? You might want to create a navigation list for your particular sections … Or I wonder if, as the creator, you’re seeing pages that the rest of us aren’t?

  3. Taji, is there anything that you don’t do well? The VOPedia is a great idea and well done. (You’re so predictable!) My only question at this point relates somewhat to what Jodi is saying. I’d like to use the template to create a page, but when the template displays on the screen, I don’t know how to edit and save it as my page.

    • Thanks Mike, you’re too kind.

      To access the code from the template pages you’ll need to press the edit link at the top right hand side of the page.

      to create your own page you do the following:

      How To Contribute

      1. You’ll need to register an account (you’ve already done that).
      2. To create a page first search for the page. If it doesn’t exist then while you are logged in it will show you a “Create Page” link. Click That.
      3. An edit box will show up fill in the content you want to add to the page and press save.

      so go to the template page… click the edit link there… copy the code from that page.

      then search for your name… you won’t find a page but the system will ask you if you’d like to create the page… click yes or click the name of the page and it will take you to the edit section… paste the code you got from the template page into the edit box… then add the information as you see fit.

      if you have any questions you know where I am!
      taji

  4. To do this well, you need to host it using a Wiki site, not a blog site. Try the free pbwiki.com you will find that contributors and add pages and edit them on the fly and they provide the tutorials for everything.

    • My blog is hosted on my server and the vopedia.com is hosted on my server but both are in separate directories. A hosting account (as you might know) is amorphous it is neither specific to a blogging software nor a wiki dedicated site. I install the software myself and admin it myself… sure someone else might have more experience with the markup language and with the structural aspects but I’m pretty sure that will get fixed with time and practice.

      thanks for your input!

      • My first visit to your site and I saw a blog, not a wiki. There was no link to a wiki so I took it to mean your blog and wiki were the same and offered you an option for real wiki code and hosting. I see you are hosting a wiki at another blog and glad you have it handled.

  5. Wow, Taji. There’s a lot there! But most people won’t know how to find that page. You probably do need a menu link directly to it – maybe splitting it up into categories like “Definitions”, “Services”, “Resources”, “Voice Actors”, etc…. Just a suggestion. πŸ™‚

  6. Taji, quick question … I created my page as “Voice Actor, Jodi Krangle” – should that be just “Jodi Krangle” ? And if so, would you be able to change the title for me because I can’t seem to do it on my end. πŸ™‚ My apologies for being a pain. πŸ˜‰

    • No apologies necessary, like I said this thing requires a learning curve. I would do the following:

      1. Click edit on your page… copy the code and your info and paste it into a text file.
      2. I would delete your old page
      3. Create the new page without the Voice Actor part in the title
      4. Paste your info and save

      I can do it on my end but then I would own the page… I’d much rather you created it and maintained it

      Hope that helps

      • Hmm… Turns out I could have just clicked on the “Move” link at the top there and it would have taken care of everything easily and quickly. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that. I copied and pasted my page into a newly named “Jodi Krangle” page, and I still have the old one that I can’t figure out how to delete. πŸ˜‰ Any chance you could delete it, Taji? Looks like “Move” is the way to do it from now on though … I guess learning from trial and error isn’t a bad thing… πŸ˜€

  7. Thanks, Taji. πŸ™‚ Now you know. Flying must be next. πŸ˜‰

  8. Hey Taji! I’m looking forward to contributing my .02 Wiki-cents asap. In the meantime I’m monitoring how you and our colleague/social media maven, Jodi, iron out some little tweaks. Then I’ll be ready to pop in and inevitably ask a barrage of questions.

    Good on ya for getting this latest venture up and running. You’re a good man.

    Cheers,

    Ror

    • Thanks Rory,

      Ask away… this project is pretty immense so its not just a matter of one or two tweaks… I mean wikipedia itself constantly changes and updates itself and I hope that this project grows just as organically… It just needs people to contribute even if its just their own bio page.

      We can start there right?

  9. This is fabulous, Taji. I’m new to VO as such, compared with all these illustrious people, and loving the learning every day. Maybe my perspective as a newbie (based UK) who is actually getting jobs will help other newcomers, alongside the solid expertise out there. Never done a wiki before, but here goes! With thanks for your commitment. Howard Ellison (VU member)

    • I’m glad you like the idea Howard and I look forward to reading your contributions to the wiki. I remember I didn’t have that many people to guide me when I first started and had allot of trial and error to go through before hitting my stride.

      Maybe what you add to the site will save someone months of wasted time and untold hours of frustration.

  10. Excellent job!

    Looking forward to getting my contributions online, and using it to learn about others!

  11. Bravo for all your efforts, Taji. I’ve published information about VOpedia on my blog post today.

  12. Taji – This is just awesome! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and efforts to bring this community together and provide such a fabulous resource! I’m so excited to start using this and will be adding my page very shortly! Thanks again!

    • Thanks Anne,

      I hope that you can both make use of the site and help make it reach its full potential.
      Brick by brick and word by word I see this project as being a tremendous help for the new and old in this business.
      taji

  13. Hi Taji. I added your VOpedia.com site to my resources page here: http://www.voiceoversandvocals.com/resources.html

    I look forward to watching as the wiki grows! πŸ™‚

    All the best, — Jodi

    • Thank you kindly Jodi. I think it would be an interesting idea if we could take a look at all the similar questions that newbie voice artists ask on linkedin and write up article entries in the wiki to answer those questions. That way we can have a newbie help category.

      So many ideas… so little time!
      πŸ™‚

  14. So Mr. T, given that I’m a luddite when it comes to wikis (or most things technical for that matter) – should I just give Jodi a call for a private tutorial before I attempt what seems to come to you easily. Or maybe we should do a Skype chat again (if I can ever get the time difference right).

    As always you amaze and astound me – with your skills certainly. But more so with your willingness to give so much to the voice talent world. I think we should start a Voice Over Hall of Fame and put your star on the walk first.

    dD

    • Hey Doug! Congrats on your wife’s Graduate Degree! Kudos. That is a step I wish to take but don’t know what I would want to dedicate 3 years of my life into mastering.

      So regarding your wiki page… you have a few options… I can call you (I have the magicjack and that gives me unlimited landline/cell phone calls to north america… so I can instruct you on the phone… or you can email me your details as per the site’s Voice Actor Format and I’ll set it up for you and last you can call Jodi…. Jodi and Andy Boyns are the fastest voice actors in picking up the technical aspect of it.

      I was going to publish a how to guide (I still will if Allah gives me life) on how to setup your wiki page on the site … but my Rode Mic arrived and I had to do the unboxing article.

      Thanks for your kind words… not doing it for the sidewalk star… just feel that I have the skills to make a few people’s lives easier… so why not do that!
      As always its great hearing from you Doug… you are one of the reasons why I keep writing!

    • Hey there, Doug. This really isn’t as hard as it looks – and Taji has put something super special together. πŸ™‚

      Basically, go to my or Andy Boyns’ page, and click on the “edit” link at the top. Then copy and paste into a page you create for yourself. To create a page for yourself, just do a “search” (using the search function of the wiki) for your own name (whatever you want your page to be called. The wiki won’t find anything, but it will create a link in red, that links to what you were searching for and ask you if you want to create such a page if you click on it. Do so. πŸ™‚ Then use the copy of my or Andy’s page, edit yours, plot that into it, replace it with your info, and voila! πŸ™‚ A lot of this is reverse engineering. And you don’t have to use all the categories and such that we have if you don’t want to.

      It’s kind of like one of those early word processors – but there’s actually an editor when you go into edit mode.

      To start things off, you just need to create a login for yourself. I think the link for doing that, is in the top right-hand corner of the wiki.

      Hope this helps!

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