Encyclopedia SpongeBobia (ESB for short), formerly known as The SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki, is a SpongeBob SquarePants fansite and knowledge base that was founded by Haldir on April 25, 2007 and adopted by AMK152 the same year.
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia is a wiki, which means anyone is allowed to edit it. When the website was first established, anyone could edit whether they had an account or not. An IP block occurred for a short time, but later ended in 2010. This was changed again when Fandom modified their policies to disallow anonymous editing on wikis with young audiences. The website allows anyone to edit if they create an account on Fandom.
The website contains a staff of administrators and bureaucrats who must go through an application process to be promoted. There have been 49 different administrators in the history of the wiki.
Before establishment (2006-2007)
- Wikipedia, formed on June 6, 2006 by ForestH2 and developed by the latter and AMK152. The WikiProject grew, and was able to keep track of and improve all SpongeBob-related articles on Wikipedia. The WikiProject grew to over 100 members within a year. The project focused on reverting vandalism, formatting, and expanding articles. Encyclopedia SpongeBobia has its roots in the WikiProject SpongeBob SquarePants at
In 2006, there were two failed attempts at creating a separate SpongeBob SquarePants wiki. AMK152 had requested that a SpongeBob wiki be created on Fandom. However, his request was denied on August 26, 2006, because Fandom did not believe that a SpongeBob Wiki would be large enough. Instead, Fandom Staff pointed toward the Nickelodeon Wiki as a means of accomplishing the goals. AMK152 made another request in December 2006, but this request was denied on December 10, 2006. Without a separate SpongeBob SquarePants wiki, the focus remained on Wikipedia.
WikiProject SpongeBob SquarePants continued to grow. However, the project ran into several problems when users outside the scope of the SpongeBob-related articles did not consider some content to be relevant to Wikipedia. These guidelines would prove to hinder any progress to expand a SpongeBob SquarePants knowledge base.
Crisis on Wikipedia (2007)
In 2007, there were a series of events unfolding on Wikipedia that threatened many of the articles and content involved. The concern was over articles of works of fiction, and there were claims that individual episode articles were not relevant to Wikipedia, with the exception of certain series. On May 8, 2007, the issue was brought to the articles regarding SpongeBob SquarePants. The members of WikiProject SBSP fought to preserve those articles on Wikipedia.
A heated debate engulfed the WikiProject and several contributors of SpongeBob articles, even after the May 14, 2007, redirecting of all articles to the episode list article. This, of course, put the now-orphaned title cards and related images in jeopardy. AMK152 was able to save every image he could before it was deleted from Wikipedia. Eventually, those images were deleted.
On May 8, 2007, a crisis began that threatened the status of the episode articles on Wikipedia. A Wikipedia user made an argument that individual episode articles on Wikipedia are not notable enough for their own article.
Single episode articles do not need to exist for most series. Only certain shows of high regard (The Simpsons, Doctor Who), that can have actual information, need them. An episode needs to be capable of having more than just a plot summary; along with a nice, concise plot summary, they need to have at least well sourced development, and reception sections. Examples of this can be found here, here, and in any of the episode articles here. Obviously, they won't just pop up for every episode article, but it is easy to tell that this is very unlikely to happen for this series. I plan on doing this in five days if no concerns are brought up. If they are brought up, I will address them.
The Proposer (May 8, 2007)
AMK152 and one other Project members tried to counter the argument and negotiate with the proposer. AMK's opening arguments began like this:
SpongeBob is as high regard of a show as the Simpsons. It is a very notable and popular show, and many of the episodes are notable as well. What about all the work put into the episode articles, plot summaries [sic] and some production details? People have put in a lot of effort on trying to improve these articles. Yes, quotes belong on Wikiquote. Trivia is trying to downsize. Some trivia even includes production details. I have looked at some Simpson episode articles and saw that they look pretty much the same as SpongeBob, except the name of the show and that the Simpsons includes more production details. SpongeBob does have information on production details, and if you look at a few of the articles you'll see them.
- AMK152 (May 9, 2007)
AMK offered a compromise, by creating an article for each season. However, the proposer scrutinized what he called fan "cruft."
There really is no point for season pages. All of this can easily be stuck under the current episode list. You do not need to list cast for single episodes; it's pointless cruft. Each episode needs a three line plot summary at most. That and the basic information is all it needs. No images would be used either. Scene removals are trivia; they do not constitute the true information needed anyways. You need deep analysis of how the plot was devised, what went into it, and stuff like that.
The Proposer went on to say that only AMK and other user were concerned with the episode articles. The discussion continued into AMK's 16th birthday. AMK advocated for the need to preserve the information, while The Proposer scrutinized the mass amount of SpongeBob information as "pointless" and that "few people care."
On May 14, 2007, The Proposer redirect all SpongeBob episode articles to the main episode list. This, in turn, threatened all SpongeBob images that became orphaned. Over the course of the following week, he managed to save all the orphaned images, mostly title cards, to his computer. Once the redirection occurred, other contributors SpongeBob article joined in on the discussion.
Among those who joined this discussion were SpongeSebastian, who made an incredibly great argument for the usefulness of the SpongeBob articles:
SpongeBob SquarePants is a very popular show, why it always comes in the top 15 Neilson ratings. Obviously, it deserves its own episode articles. People would want to find out more about SpongeBob episodes, so they'll turn to their favorite source of information: Wikipedia. However, they instead find themselves being redirected to an episode list. The episode list itself isn't helpful at all. It only provides the episode title, a brief summary, an airdate, and that's pretty much it. The examples of a proper Wikipedia episode article from House and The Simpsons are featured articles. What do you expect? It's not like the only goal of every Wikipedia article is to gain featured status. That's only for a few articles. All of the vandalism that goes on in the articles has nothing to do with anything and can be easily fixed. As for images, I am trying to encourage people to upload proper screenshots so that the articles look good, but I don't have a DVD-playing computer or a video capture card so I can't do that myself. Images just give a helpful illustration to support the article. Some people may say that you can easily go to TV.com and use their information, but believe me, most of the articles that Wikipedia had contained more information than what TV.com provided. TV.com is mostly helpful for reviews and such. Wikipedia articles are supposed to be helpful, not perfect. It's ridiculous to fight over whether something's perfect or not. I didn't see anything wrong with SpongeBob having episode articles and so didn't most of everyone else. This discussion not that shows of high regard should have articles. What makes you think SpongeBob isn't of high regard? Read what I said earlier please. Anyway, I said all I wanted to say. I'm just saying that SpongeBob episode list is pointless without episode articles.
- SpongeSebastian (May 18, 2007)
However, as time went on, hope for continuing to expand SpongeBob SquarePants-related articles on Wikipedia disappeared.
Origins at Wikia (2007)
While the Crisis was going on at Wikipedia, Dark Assassin, a user of Fandom, made a request for a SpongeBob Wiki at Fandom.  However, there was another request (which was made by Haldir) that had been made, so Dantman denied Dark Assassin's request on April 11. In April 2007, Haldir's request for a SpongeBob Wiki was granted, and the SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki was born.
On May 29, 2007, AMK152 returned to Fandom to discover that a SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki had been created by Haldir. Haldir, however, was inactive. AMK152 made very few edits on the new wiki during the summer of 2007. After seeing that it was almost impossible to bring back the articles on Wikipedia, AMK152 proceeded to do a massive project involving the migration of all SpongeBob-related articles from Wikipedia to the new SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki. After the articles were successfully migrated over, their preservation was more likely to succeed. Although activity was slow at first, a few editors joined and soon there was a transition of the articles from a Wikipedia-looking article to our own SpongeBob version.
Without success on Wikipedia, AMK152 decided to embrace Fandom and the new SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki. He began to seriously migrate articles on the afternoon of August 27, 2007. The bulk of the migration took place in late August. He migrated several articles over the course from late August to early October 2007.
Haldir, the only administrator, was unable to spend a lot of time on the wiki, and so the wiki did not develop over the first month. On October 7, 2007, after a vandal began to wreak havoc, with no active administrator, AMK152 was unable to keep it under control without sysop powers. He made the request to Fandom Staff, and was appointed an administrator.
The Early Days (2007 — 2010)
On October 6, 2007, AMK152 was migrating more articles to the wiki. A day later, a user named Fad began to vandalize and upload inappropriate images on the wiki. With Haldir (the only administrator of the wiki at the time) inactive, AMK152 had little control over the vandal. With the help of a member of Fandom's staff, AMK152 was granted sysop powers the same day. He continued to migrate articles off of Wikipedia and contributors at the wiki soon began to assist with the articles.
On January 19, 2008, Andrewrox of SpongePedia sent a message to AMK152, requesting help at SpongePedia. The conversation further turned into a request that the SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki merge with SpongePedia, but AMK152 declined the offer.
In 2008, the wiki adopted the Monobook skin. Activity increased and more users joined the administration team.
In February 2009, Rgoodermote joined the staff as a second active administrator. Rgoodermote brought several ideas to the wiki, which helped to bring more discussion within the community. Since there were multiple administrators, AMK152 and Rgoodermote were able to work together to bring the wiki forward. In March 2009, Greennave and Mallinois joined the administration. They were followed by TheEd in August 2009.
In March 2009, an incident arose with allegations that some users were taking title cards from SpongePedia. Rgoodermote investigated the situation, which was soon resolved.
Following five unsuccessful administration requests, Rgoodermote closed requests on March 22, 2009, being satisfied with the number of administrators. On May 18, 2009, administration requests were opened again, this time with a 1,000-edit requirement, so as to only discuss experienced users' requests. Greennave resigned from the administration on July 11, 2009. Because of the lack of administrators, Rgoodermote promoted TheEd on August 10, 2009, bring the administration back up to four members.
Growth (2010 — 2012)
2010 marked a larger increase in the wiki's growth. In mid-March 2010, the wiki's size had grown to a point where AMK152 decided it was time to have a bot. From March 22 to 24, a discussion occurred, and after which, AMK152Bot became the first bot for the wiki.
In April 2010, the ban on all IP editing was lifted, and this brought a sharp increase in editing activity, which in turn, brought a need for more administrators. Dave Lopo was given a temporary appointment. Rgoodermote left the wiki on April 10, 2010, leaving AMK152 the only active administrator.
From April to September 2010, there were a total of 45 administrator requests, of which only four were successful: Shroomish7 (June 9, 2010), IKnowAll (July 7, 2010), GojiBob (July 9, 2010), and General5 7 (July 31, 2010).
In October 2010, AW10 joined the wiki, quickly becoming an administrator in December. He brought several significant design changes to the wiki, from the skin, to templates, and functionality.
2011 and 2012 saw continued growth of the wiki's size, contributors, and administration.
Collaboration with SBC (2012)
In late June 2012, Tvguy347 posted at the forum of the SpongeBob SquarePants Wiki about a collaboration with SpongeBob Community Forums (SBC). He contacted AMK152, and they began corresponding over the summer and fall of 2012. Very early on in the discussions, on June 25, 2012, AMK152 gave the suggestion of "SpongeBob Universe" to be used as the name of the collaborative project.
On June 27, 2012, the wiki adopted the "tabs" system created by AW10. This helped navigation throughout the wiki, especially on episode articles.
Ultimately, the concept of SpongeBob Universe helped to boost community involvement.
SpongeBob Universe (November 2012 — August 2013)
SpongeBob Universe became official on November 1, 2012, when the founding document was accepted. The same day, a discussion into renaming the wiki for SpongeBob Universe was initiated.
In anticipation of SpongeBob Universe, on November 12, 2012, Project Cleanup was formed to address formatting and design changes to the wiki's article content.
With SBU on hiatus, the wiki began to focus on Project Cleanup at the wiki, in order to improve the articles and design. AMK152 and AW10 came up with several proposals and AW10 with several designs, which continued rapidly throughout the spring and summer of 2013. Notable proposals include AW10's proposal to integrate episode galleries, which was successfully implemented on June 5, 2013.
SpongeBob Universe was going to have another attempt at launching in July 2013. A new wiki was created by MDPP, and AMK152 migrated several articles to the new wiki. However, as July and August went on, there was no progress in SpongeBob Universe. Another relaunch attempted was scheduled for September 2013, but, ultimately, the feelings in the wiki were not very well with SBU.
On August 20, 2013, it was proposed that the wiki abandon its part in SpongeBob Universe. The proposal was supported, ending the following day.
Post-SpongeBob Universe (August 2013 — April 2014)
After SpongeBob Universe was dissolved, the wiki turned its focus toward Project Cleanup.
In late 2013, community involvement in discussions began to increase, creating more input and more ideas for the future of the wiki.
In January 2014, ESB's first major crisis began with controversy from SpongeBuddy Mania complaining about copied transcripts. Policies were established to prevent copying, but misunderstandings and arguments led to the demotion of Seacactus and temporary suspension of 120d. By late January, the dust had settled, but intense discussions become more frequent with regards to the way 120d carried out his administrative duties.
In March and April 2014, the wiki underwent the final stages of a renaming process. Additionally, administrator Spongebob456 proposed the idea to have a Twitter account for the wiki. This was accepted, and 456 was named account manager in April.
Brotherly times (April 2014 — August 2014)
The last collaboration attempt started when AMK152 reached out to the SpongeBob Fanon Wiki. ESB users set up an "embassy" through AMK152's SBFW talk page. However, the users saw SBFW to be quite displeasing with the wiki unknowingly hosting trolls such as SuperFanon'D! Within two weeks, collaboration with SBFW ended peacefully.
On April 29, 2014, AMK152 made an adoption request for spongebobfanon.wikia.com Wiki at the same time OnioNS did. AMK's request was successful, and AW10 came up with the name "Fanonia SpongeBobia." However, ESB learnt SBFW and adopted the URL spongebobfanon.wikia.com. The purpose of the wiki came as a branch of SpongeBobia in which users can post their SpongeBob SquarePants fanfiction. AW10 worked on developing a set of templates and layouts throughout. When SBFW learned of this, some users targeted and harassed users who had made more edits at ESB. Although the majority of admins on both wikis tried to stop the crisis, there was no use. A treaty meditated by the VSTF was signed by SBFW in four months.
Formation of Encyclopedia SpongeBobia (April 2014 — December 2016)
On April 5, 2014, after 16 months of discussion, Encyclopedia SpongeBobia became the wiki's new name. The name officially took effect on the wiki's 7th anniversary, April 25, 2014. That weekend, there was a celebration, which mostly occurred on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The chatroom was full, and three rounds of trivia were played.
After months of intensive conversations, debates, and arguments, administrator 120d was suspended, and after a week, was officially removed from the administration team. The crisis remained tense in the days that followed, but the community began to move on, especially with overwhelming support for a new administrator, JosephHawk.
Throughout the spring of 2014, the SpongeBobia community continued to grow, as the chatroom became more active. The wiki proceeds to grow and improve to the present. The administration is constantly discussing new ideas for the wiki's future.
In June 2014, the User of the Month process was implemented and AMK152, the wiki's adopter, won for July 2014 and thus became the first user to receive the award while JosephHawk won for August 2014.
On July 30, 2014, after many years of loyal service and contributions, 120d retired from ESB and was blocked by request. Additionally, several administrators lost their administrative status in August 2014 due to inactivity and/or retirement: SpongeyTube, GojiBob, Puppets, and SpongeBob EditPants. In its aftermath, the entire administration was reduced by 33%. Additionally, the crisis in the chatroom was averted with the demotion of three chat moderators.
SpongeBob Galaxy, another SpongeBob SquarePants wiki on Fandom, was started. Not understanding the reasons for its existence, administrators at ESB suggested that SBG merge with ESB. Through misinterpretations, both communities were plunged into a massive argument that came to a boiling point in mid-August and led to a failed peace treaty on the evening of August 19, 2014.
In the aftermath of the failed peace treaty, it was decided to ignore the drama and let each community move on. This worked, and the drama subsided. A forum post called for the end of the drama. During this time, administrator JosephHawk resigned, as did bureaucrat CalzoneManiac.
In the aftermath of the drama, ESB entered a rather quiet period, in which the wiki continued peacefully, with little discussion, and a canceled meeting. The period in late August marked the first time since early January 2014, in which little to no drama existed.
In the aftermath of the drama, the introduction of tasks greatly changed the tone of the wiki, turning its focus back to content-building.
During this time, JosephHawk returned to ESB, and his adminship was reinstated.
On October 3, 2014, 120d posted a thread on his message wall stating that he missed editing the wiki and would like to return. AW10 granted his request, and he was unblocked. This was AW10's last activity before his retirement and removal of his rights.
A few days later, longtime administrator and bureaucrat AW10 retired from the Wiki due to getting overwhelmed by non-wiki activities in his life, pushing wiki activities aside.
Soon after that, at the beginning of November 2014, JosephHawk went on a hiatus from Fandom and thus stopped being an administrator.
In the meantime, requirements for admin rights were removed, resulting in a lot of users becoming an admin in a period that occurred after that. This has brought a lot of light to the wiki.
More, after slowly recharging from wiki-block he experienced, AW10 returned for a full time on March 1, 2015, and one month after his return, he requested and got his admin rights back on April 8, 2015. He later resigned in 2017 for unknown reasons.
On April 25, 2015, the wiki celebrated its 8th birthday.
On April 25, 2016, the wiki celebrated its 9th birthday.
On April 25, 2017, the wiki celebrated its 10th birthday. Wiki Adopter AMK152 wrote a thread to commemorate that day.
The Great Policies Boom (January 2017 — ~June 2018)
Throughout the years of 2017 to mid-2018, there had been a significant awareness of policies and roles in the wiki, leading to drastic changes to the entire Encyclopedia SpongeBobia policies and their administration team. As a result, the community efforts on improving the wiki's articles and own community had become unpredictable but simultaneously progressed more overall compared to the past years.
Administration Reviews had been established by Nicko756 on January 29, 2017, in efforts to reduce the numbers of non-working members of the administration team by letting the Encyclopedia SpongeBobia community majority decide on whether certain members of the team are rendered redundant or not. Several changes subsequently were made to shorten the original 6-month review range, but eventually Administration Reviews became abolished due to number of complaints by former administration team veterans.
Starting from the first half of 2017, several users of Encyclopedia SpongeBobia have doubted the rules surrounding the once-integrated "discussion moderator" right in the ESB. At the time, a user must be a chat moderator for 1 month in order to become promoted to discussion moderator, but the problem arose when some users were only interested in the social non-chat aspects of the wiki. One active user on the wiki named Qwertyxp2000 the second formed significant interest in moderating page comments and forum pages but he had shown little interest in moderating chat. On August 17, 2017, former bureaucrat MightyMorphinJon's proposal to split discussion moderator rights as its own unique right has been passed. Users that had the discussion moderator right before then subsequently gained both discussion moderator rights and chat moderator rights.
A news team for Encyclopedia Spongebobia was formed and established in December 2017, after a failed attempt at one in November of that year. It was later abolished in December 2018 (through a proposal) due to a lack of order.
On March 11, 2018, Encyclopedia SpongeBobia updated its logo to resemble the 2008-present logo of SpongeBob SquarePants. From April 2014 up until then, the wiki's logo resembled the show's 1999-2008 logo, only with the wiki's name in place of the show's name. A proposal for this change was created by Bluebunny507 on February 23 of that year and the new logo was created by Squiddleward.
Chat Issues (October 2017 — October 2018)
As time went on, some users started questioning the necessity of the ESB Chat. Gradually since October, 2017, the chat had been declining in activity and on December 20, 2017, VSTF member and chat bot operator Kerri Amber was globally blocked and later disabled for confidential reasons and the chat bot lost connection and went out. The chat had little activity for the next several months, with only an occasional outburst. Many users weren't concerned as the season of summer started approaching.
Bluebunny507 attempted to contact KockaAdmiralac on potentially running a new chatbot for ESB and it was discussed with the ESB administrators. With an exchanging of e-mails between AMK152 and KockaAdmiralac, the new chat bot was proposed and passed with overwhelming support and soon after was back in operation.
With little difference to the chat in June 2017, administrator Alex.sapre addressed the activity issues in a blog post which was later highlighted. He addressed some factors in why the chat had been slow, even as the summer months approach.
After several attempts to attract users to the chat, assistant Golfpecks256 discussed the possibility of a "chat revival" event to chat moderator TheKorraFanatic and former chat moderator Madiyunu on July 10, 2018. The event would be called a "chat revival" which was later renamed to "chat meetup." A blog post was made the next day to notify everyone on the wiki. Invites were also sent out to individual users who were once active in the chatroom as well. The chat meetup began on July 12, 2018 with the chat nearing 40 users at its peak. A conclusion blog was made soon after as the chat meetup finished.
Despite the efforts, chat still declined as weeks went by. So another chat revival emerged and was done on August 16, 2018. After the event, the chat kept a steady activity pace and increased at various points. The event was very successful that it was repeated every month soon after.
Deaths and tributes (October 2018 — March 2020)
On the evening of October 15, 2018, former discussion moderator CheeseRoxTheWorld passed away in a drowning accident, marking this instance as the first known death of an ESB user. Her user rights were therefore revoked, and the community subsequently mourned her loss the following day in a thread created by administrator Golfpecks256 in collaboration with ESB adopter AMK152 and fellow bureaucrat Spongebob456.
On February 13, 2020, another user's death was reported: Nicholas Blaschke, although his death was not made public on this wiki until 8 days later on February 21 when a user made a blog announcing the tragedy. ESB users have since mourned his loss on the said blog, including Fandom staff. Nicholas passed away in a house fire due to a malfunctioning toaster that lead to this unfortunate event. Although indefinitely blocked prior, Kandy Katie removed the block following the announcement.
20th Anniversary (January 2019 — present)
In 2019, Encyclopedia SpongeBobia started to celebrate the series 20th anniversary. The wiki hit 20,000 pages in mid-February, but most ESB users at the time applied greater focus towards preparing for two special anniversaries, the other anniversary being the 12th anniversary of ESB.
Current bureaucrat Spongebob456 created a thread on May 1, 2019 to celebrate this notable achievement in SpongeBob SquarePants history. Additionally, Encyclopedia SpongeBobia was celebrating their own 12th anniversary prior to the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants on this thread by the same current bureaucrat.
Prior to the series 20th anniversary celebration, an episode-ranking tournament named SpongeCupEpisodePants had been founded on January 21, 2019. The tournament follows a similar process to the FIFA World Cup, except instead of scoring goals by shooting a soccer ball at the opposite side's goal, "goals" on each contestant episode are pushed towards "oppose" or "support" depending on the voting strength of each registered user. Each registered user is able to support or oppose any available contestant episode between score 1-10 (or neutral vote with score of 0). The top positive-scoring episodes of each round will progress to the next round, up to the finals where the final two compete for the champion position. The first tournament started on April 17, 2019, and ended July 17, 2019. This game was made by Lumoshi.
While most of the second quarter had been rather peaceful, an unfortunate brain condition caused Tim Conway to pass away on May 14, 2019. Similar to Stephen Hillenburg in the past year, ESB added a memorial dedicated to the memories of Tim Conway.
On June 30, 2019, Encyclopedia SpongeBobia has updated their main page layout once again.
In November 2019, after several long months of inactivity, the User and Article of the Month prizes were abolished via a proposal. Prior to being abolished, two nominations (which were both several months old) had been abandoned with no consensus and very few votes. The award had a process where anybody could nominate any user for UOTM (except themselves) and the user with the most votes at the end of the month would be that User of the Month. The same process was done with Article of the Month. This program lasted almost five years (and almost 60 total proposals) before its abandonment and ultimate abolishment.
Throughout the first half of 2020, there were a large number of improvements to the galleries and clean up to various pages.
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia has a high Google rank for searches related to SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Fad was the first user to be blocked on this wiki.
- Between April 2007 and February 2018, it took Encyclopedia SpongeBobia ten years and ten months to have a female bureaucrat.
- The Smarter, Wiser King Dedede holds the record for the longest username of a rights-holding user, with 30 characters; AMK152 currently holds the record for the shortest, with six characters.
- 120d has the highest leaderboard position on this wiki.
- Scrooge200Bot has the most edits on this wiki.
- Cans48 made the millionth edit on this wiki.
- This wiki launched in between the premiere of the episodes "Friend or Foe" and "Spy Buddies."
- AMK152 is the first and only long-running administrator on this wiki with having stayed in that position for over 10 years since October 6, 2007.