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GateWorld (also: GateWorld.net) is a popular reference, news and fan website on the various Stargate series, including Stargate (movie), Stargate SG-1, and Stargate: Atlantis. GateWorld is currently the largest Stargate community site on the web and today includes an extensive show encyclopedia called Omnipedia, cast interviews, an online store, a forum, articles, reviews as well as a large episode guide, with transcripts and pictures. The site also features up-to-date news.

The GateWorld forum has more than 27,000 members as of April 2007.[1] The total number of threads surpassed 36,000 on March 10, 2007. The forum has an average number of 2500 posts each day. The Off Topic section is also very large, with over 1,000,000 posts, and almost 5,000 threads in itself. One thread alone (The GateWorld Cantina) has over half a million posts, and is the largest thread in the entire forum.

The most members ever online was on March 26, 2007 at 04:03 AM GMT[2] when the final episode of Battlestar Galactica's third season aired in the United States, replacing the old record of August 21, 2006 with a recorded count of 1,803 guests and members viewing the forum when the news of Stargate SG-1 cancellation broke. The record number of users usually hits a high when Stargate SG-1 and/or Stargate: Atlantis airs a new season or finishes its current running season. This generally prompts a mass influx of members who join and post on the forums, sharing their views and thoughts for the franchise.

On September 6, 2006, the Gateworld forum passed the 2,000,000 post mark,[3] just 9 months after announcing the passing of the 1,000,000 post mark.[4] the 4,000,000 post mark was passed on February 27, 2008.[1]

History

GateWorld's history site[5] lists October 22, 1999 as the inauguration date of the STARGUIDE fansite that has changed addresses and servers many times since then. The site was developed by Darren Sumner to be an online community for the show Stargate SG-1, similar to websites for other science fiction shows. Though the site focused on Stargate, other parts of the site were devoted to other sci-fi series in the form of episode guides. It was during this time that STARGUIDE was given the new name GateWorld.

Although the focus lay on the episode guides, it also started to include a large encyclopedia, news, reviews and a store. Now, even the cast and producers of Stargate have contributed to the site with extensive multimedia interviews, blogs, spoilers, and even live chats.

In 2004, Darren Sumner was even invited to tour through the sets of Stargate: Atlantis and to interview the members of the series' crew. Since then he and partner David Read make an annual pilgrimage to Vancouver, where the franchise is filmed, to visit the studio and interview the casts and crews of both shows for the Website.

In 2007, Gateworld luanched its Creation Storefront merchandise section, where DVD's, Stargate Glassware, Apparel, jewelry, photographs, autographs, keychains, calendars and more are available to purchase. Also in 2007, Chad Colvin joined the site as an additional Assistant Site Editor.[6]

GateWorld 2.0

In the forum, Assistant Editor David Read announced[7] that they would be completely redesigning the main site. Darren Sumner announced that the new design would be released in the summer of 2006 and that they would try for it to be ready in time for the July 14, 2006 premiere of Stargate SG-1 Season 10 and Stargate: Atlantis Season 3 on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Despite missing their original target dates, the webmasters working on the project completed and uploaded GateWorld 2.0 during broadcast of Stargate SG-1s milestone 200th episode. The 2.0 design is another Gilles Nuytens original. While the forum does still uses the original GateWorld skin, the beta version of the 2.0 design was released for members of the forum in early March 2007.[8]

GateWorld 2.0 brings with it many new original interviews with cast and crew members, plus a new Stargate Games section and more. The new main site design has currently not affected the network sites for other shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Lost and Heroes - although fans expect that GateWorld will eventually make the changes to those as well to keep the entire network fresh and modern.

SaveStargateSG1 campaign

With the cancellation of Stargate SG-1, Gateworld announced its support for SaveStargateSG1,[9][10] a fan run campaign to get international networks and executives to show support for Stargate SG-1 and to help get it back on the air. The site contains contact details for both domestic and international and non English speaking nations, as the site also offers translations for fans from France, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands. MGM would later announce that they ordered at least two direct-to-DVD Stargate SG-1 movies to be filmed in 2007. They were later released in 2008.

Gateworld Alpha Site

The Gateworld Alpha Site is a site made by the creators of Gateworld. It was made in case of system problems with Gateworld, deeming it unable to connect to the site. On the site, it provides news on problems and updates on the site maintenance.

GateWorld Play

On Friday 4 January 2008, GateWorld launched a new service called GateWorld play, a stargate video service similar to YouTube.[11] Plans are to update this new channel "seven days per week for the foreseeable future".[12]

Video Categories

There are 7 categories for GateWorld Play.[13]

These are:

  • The Phenomenon - "GateWorld's on-going documentary on the popularity of the Stargate franchise will feature fans, actors, and crew members alike, all sharing why they love Stargate and why they think it has become such a success."
  • Omnipedia Unplugged - A documentary style video of some of the things in the site's Omnipedia (see above)
  • Classic Stargate - This contains favourite scenes from the older seasons of Stargate SG-1
  • Stargate VFX - This will contain scenes with impressive visual effects from both series
  • Fan Videos - GateWorld will accept fan submissions to feature on the site. These include music videos and re-enactment of favourite scenes. Or just about anything fans can come up with
  • Fun and Games - This contains regular trivia questions of varying difficulty
  • News and Features - "Here you will find news round-ups, DVD previews, video blogging, and a variety of special features that do not fit into other categories."

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