In a post on his user blog, lead admin Klow, together with fellow admin Bramblepath, at last confirmed the OverWiki’s departure from Wikia.
The community is grateful for everything Wikia has provided over the years for free, but its new changes and policies towards wiki communities have made us think for a while about leaving.
We have finally taken action, and are currently working on moving our data to the new host, fixing bugs and setting up convenient skins, the move being scheduled for this summer (2011), although we have no precise date yet. When the wiki has been moved, you’ll be invited to cease editing here, and resume contributing to the new website, where you’ll be able to find your account, with your contributions, watchlist and user page unchanged, and resume editing immediately (see below)
Moving will give us as much as freedom as we want. Total control over our content, over our policies, over the site’s design, and we hope more credibility towards the community. I guess most of the protagonists of the Half-Life and Portal universe would agree about our quest of freedom. We also spend too much time and energy trying to revert Wikia’s new design changes to what they were (what we consider “good”), and often with unsatisfying, broken results, and we’d rather spend this time and energy on improving our actual content.
Wikia is a for-profit business, who makes money by selling advertising on their wikis. We believe that is wrong for them to make money off of the back of volunteer editors, Valve, and the Half-Life community, who give everything to Wikia for free. Whilst we are not and never will be at war with Wikia, who are perfectly within their rights to make money, they go against our view of the true wiki spirit, which is to create an open source, free and public encylopedia of everything, that anyone can improve, and we feel that it is best to simply cease our relationship with them peacefully.
You can of course continue editing here, since Wikia will not close the wiki. However since we’re taking Combine OverWiki’s spirit with us, we’re taking the name as well, so the Wikia wiki will just return to its original name, “Half-Life Wiki”. The new community is then free to come up with the name they want and make whatever they want of the wiki, though we sincerely hope that most editors will agree with our reasons to move and move along with us.
And that’s their official announcement. They have more substantial information on how the move will take place, on the blog post in question, so you should check that out as well. In any case, we stand by, and agree with the editors of the OverWiki and gladly await to see them at their new home, on CombineOverWiki.net.