Gobblerpedia is a community-made repository of free information about Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, and the surrounding area. While this wiki isn't necessarily restricted to Virginia Tech, it can be expected that much of the content will focus specifically on the university.
Selected Recent Contributions
Here's a list of recently-created articles that people may find useful or interesting:
See this list of top-level categories for a list of what's currently available. If you are creating a page, we would prefer if you stick to these pre-existing categories or their subcategories to keep things well-organized. If an appropriate category doesn't yet exist, please contact a moderator before creating it.
Gobblerpedia differs from Wikipedia in that sources do not necessarily need to be cited. Since we aim to gather original history from students, faculty, alumni, and townies, we realize that printed or online sources may not necessarily be available. Please add (or import from an appropriately licensed source) any information you think might be worth sharing. Be bold; during the initial growth phase, write first and ask questions later. Leaving off "at Virginia Tech" is an easy way to keep article names short(er). Should this ever be a problem (for example in documenting Radford University), we may re-evaluate this precedent.
See the the list of categories above for an overview of what's currently available. If you don't really know where to start, there are several requested pages on our wanted pages list. Many of them already exist and just need their content to be expanded. If you are looking for guidelines, Wikipedia's conventions and the University Style Guide are the best starting points.
Work is ongoing on templates that will ease the documentation of common classes of articles, such as courses, textbooks, and departments, but the templates can easily be added to existing material so don't wait on them to add material. If you have experience in creating MediaWiki templates, we invite you to assist in this process. Several infobox templates have been imported from Wikipedia for general use, until more specialized ones can be created.
Among the interesting sources we've found are:
- That 70s Blacksburg Blog
- Internet Archive of BEV.net
- Internet Archive of Physics department history page
- Library Special collections
Please keep in mind that these sources and others may have restrictive usage terms for content and images. If you wish to re-use content or images, please contact the authors, even if it falls under fair-use. If you can prove that content is public domain (e.g. public records), this stipulation is not an expectation.