Wordnik & Wordie: Moving Day!

by Erin McKean on November 11, 2009

So we’ve unpacked all the Wordie boxes and all the data is moved in and put away nicely, so everything should be ready for Wordniks and Wordies to live together in peace and harmony.

If you’re a Wordie, in the vast majority of the cases your Wordnik username is the same as your Wordie username — to start using Wordnik, all you have to do is reset your password with this link. All your tags, lists, comments, and coolness will magically show up on Wordnik under your username.

A few Wordies and Wordniks had the same usernames — great minds think alike — so we staged a few contests of luck and skill to determine which person grabbed the prize. If your username was affected, you’ll get an email soon with your new username and a link to reset your password. (Again, all your data will show up on Wordnik under your new username.)

If we were pretty sure you were the same person on Wordie and Wordnik (same username, same or suspiciously similar email addresses) we merged the accounts. (Log in with your Wordnik password.) If it was merely a case of mistaken identity and you are now living with a stranger, let us know ASAP!

This was a BIG undertaking (kind of like docking the space shuttle, only without the triumphant classical-music soundtrack), so if you notice any wonkiness, please let us know. We’ll be doing a bit more polishing and dusting over the next couple of days to make extra-double-sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be and does what it is supposed to do!

_mark November 11, 2009 at 8:30 am

I have an uneasy feeling about this Wordie / Wordnik merge. It’s kinda like putting 2 large groups of cats together in one home, there’s bound to be a catfight or two, or maybe just one epically colossal cataclysmic brawl. Us Wordies were used to more community. Where’s the community on Wordnik? What’s up with the BORING Homepage with NO INFO!!!? Why can’t I edit comments? Why can’t I add external links? Why can’t I add to my list from the definition page?? MMMMEOOOOWWWWW!!! http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5b67d747a7/cat-fight

devans00 November 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm

What happened to my word list? I can’t login to Wordnik with my Wordie account info.

Grant Barrett November 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm

_mark, I think what you want is Zeitgeist! It looks just like the old Wordie front page.


Comment editing and the other stuff you want is being worked on by crack engineers as we speak! There’s a bit more info at


Where were you trying to add external links?

sidheag November 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

My list of Japanese words (kanji) has been horribly, horribly corrupted. Many of the words have been completely replaced either with gibberish or mildly inappropriate phrases involving “sexual intercourse.” What on earth is going on, and is there a way to recover this list? I was using it as a tool to augment my Japanese language studies.

Grant Barrett November 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Sidheag! Your beautiful list will be fixed as soon as we can. Our engineers are working on the issue as we speak (and everyone else is shoveling coal into the engine). Hang in there. It might take some time to resolve.

I’m disappointed, though. I don’t see the words related to sexual intercourse.

sidheag November 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm

The gibberish and bizarre phrases have been replaced with mysterious question marks, it seems. Definitely an improvement!

gebsn November 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

I never received any mail to inform me about the changes, so I just noticed it now. Neither is my list (http://wordie.org/lists/6759) accessible nor can I log in with my wordie-username and password. Thanks for fixing it.

reesetee November 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Congrats on the big move! I just got back from an offline week, and missed waving goodbye to Old Wordie–but I’m looking forward to finding my way here and I hope we can all just get along. :-) John, et al., thanks for all the hard work. Hope the shakedown cruise isn’t too rough.

Jesse November 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Hey! I had the name “jesse” on Wordie. I was very happy that I had scored that name. And now I’m … super-jesse?? I mean, I’m flattered you think I’m “super” but the old name had a certain … elegant simplicity that I miss. :(


Google cache of my old Wordie profile:

My new Wordnik profile: http://www.wordnik.com/people/super-jesse

And the apparent absence of an *existing* user named jesse, which just makes it hurt all the more: http://www.wordnik.com/people/jesse

Btw, speaking of “all the more” — as much as I’m loving Wordnik already, I’d love it all the more if you added rss feeds for *everything*.

Erin McKean November 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Hi Jesse! I’m sorry you lost the username coin toss. :-( There is another Wordnik user named “jesse” but their profile is private, which is why you can’t see it.

I know RSS feeds are on our wishlist, too — we’ll be sure to announce it here when it happens!

Thanks for the kind words about Wordnik!

juv3nal November 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

my email address is not recognized by the password reset link. Please help.

juv3nal November 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Apparently my profile is up on the new site.
Now how do I get my password?

juv3nal November 16, 2009 at 12:25 am

Ah sorted it out. Apparently I’d used a random throwaway hotmail address to sign up.

John November 16, 2009 at 12:52 am

Hi juv3nal,

Very sorry, but the password reset link that was emailed to some people got smurphed up along the way. Try this:

If that doesn’t help please email me (john@wordnik.com) from the email address you used to register for Wordie and I’ll make sure you get access.

Sorry for the hassle,

Jesse November 25, 2009 at 5:33 am

Oh, thanks for the reply Erin. I’m kind of starstruck that you replied to me personally. :)

Grasping at straws… was it totally a coin toss? Perhaps the other Jesse isn’t an active user? Might it be possible to contact him/her? (Ah, the joys of a unisex name.)

Otherwise, is there any way of changing the user name? I tried setting up a new account, but as far as I can tell, new users don’t even get to pick names to begin with.


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