Wikia Staff Blog
Wikia is always evolving. Whenever a new product is introduced, it's our goal to give you all of the information you need about it for your community. That information is then taken by other community members, who in turn work with their communities in embracing these products and making them a success.
Those community members are an important but often-overlooked part of any product release process, because their contribution happens on the grassroots level. So in April, we had an idea: what if we brought together some of our most creative and tech-savvy users to help us showcase our emerging technologies to the wider community?
With that idea, our newest volunteer team — Vanguard — was born. These hand-picked users, part of this growing pr…
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For almost two years now, Wikia has been designing and publishing apps to the Android’s Google Play store and Apple’s App Store. Thus far, we’ve published over 100 apps, which works out to about one new release per week. Not too shabby!
I probably don’t need to tell you that these apps have been a smashing success. In July alone, we had four million active users across all apps and 380,000 new users register with Wikia. And since we started creating apps in November of 2014, they’ve been downloaded 34 million times. That’s why we’re going to continue investing in creating new apps, as well as upgrading the apps you’ve already downloaded.
The future of apps is better integration of our new Discussions feature, which is still in active develop…
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Wikia is global. Anyone from around the world can use it, and we support as many languages as we can so people can use the site in their native language whenever possible. Right now, between Wikia Staff and the International Volunteer Team, we support eleven different languages. One of the key responsibilities of these staff members and volunteers is to translate the features and functions that people use every day into these supported languages.
How exactly does that translation process work, though? There are many people involved, all of whom contribute to making sure translation is done as efficiently as possible. Our most recently-introduced feature, the Community Page, is a great example of how that process works.
A few months ago, our …
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Blocking is the right and duty of all admins. It's a way to stop damage to a community, such as the damage of vandalism or the more subtle reasons such as social disruption.
Blocking itself is not hard to do. You can find a link to the block page on contribution pages, or go to Special:Block on your wiki and add the name of the person you are blocking, make some selections, and click "block this user".
What's harder to do is to block well.
The first things to consider are the options given on the block page. The first is possibly the most important - the timespan of the ban. It's tempting to make this as long as possible, after all, since we usually get to the block page when we are annoyed at someone's bad actions. But a long ban removes any …
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Every day, Wikia staff interacts with users like you as part of Community Support, Community Development, the Fan Contributor Program, and more. You've probably had some interaction with staff at some point too. What a lot of people don't know, though, is just how many languages staff represent, and how many users are able to talk to staff members who speak their own language - as opposed to just English.
Wikia currently has Community staff members for English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Russian, covering both the Community Support and Community Development teams. This is the largest group of international staff members Wikia's ever had, but even that's not enough to cover the many different languages that u…Read more >
New users are something that every community needs, whether it's an established community or a brand new one. New users bring more hands to do the daily work of building and improving the content, and can bring valuable new ideas too.
The problem is that many people make their first edit and then disappear back into the Internets. Reaching out to talk to new users is one way to help bring them into the community.
All communities come with an automated welcome tool that leaves a message for each person when they make their first edit. This is a good start, but it's not the end of the welcoming. Each message is "signed" by an admin. That way, if a new user replies to a welcome message, there's an admin who's notified of that who can write back…Read more >
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One of the opportunities that comes with switching to portable infoboxes is that you can reconsider the way your whole community looks. That may sound daunting, but it can be highly rewarding. As the most dominant element on most pages, infoboxes are usually where the readers' eyes are drawn — and so they are naturally part of the stylistic core of any community.
It's easy to forget that the central "S" in "CSS" stands for style. We just go around, picking colors out of a hat, choosing styles at random. But, particularly when it comes to infoboxes, your life will be exceptionally easier if you take your time and consider your infoboxes a holistic system of design elements. After all, knowing which brushes to buy and which paint to use makes you…Read more >
There's something unique about Wikia. Every day when we see staff members come into the office, we only see people who love coming to work in the morning. We love being professional fans, and we love being able to build a platform for you to write about what you love.
We have a number of different teams in all our offices around the world. They range from Community to Marketing to Product and more. Some edit on communities, like you do, more than others and there are new staff members joining us all the time, all throughout the world. That's why, every few months, we set aside an entire day in every office so all employees can edit on Wikia for the whole day.
We call this Wikia Day, and we had our most recent one yesterday!
Every time we have…
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UPDATE: NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. CLICK HERE TO VOTE IN ROUND ONE!
Ever wonder what a Meat Mithkabob would taste like? How about a swig of fresh Lon Lon Milk? Now’s your chance to bring your favorite fantasy food to life, because Wikia’s Battle of the Fantasy Foods is back!
Each summer, superfans from all over Wikia vote in our Battle of the Fantasy Foods to see which fictional foods they love the most. Communities nominate one fantasy food to represent their fandom, and out of these, 64 foods battle it out in our bracket tournament. Then, we create real-life versions of the four most popular contenders and serve them in our food truck at New York Comic Con.
(Last year’s Final Four: Cookie Cat, Mabel Juice, Nuka-Cola, Greedy Milk)
Fans loved …
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