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  • Sannse

    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…

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  • Rappy 4187

    Last September, Wikia initiated the JavaScript review process (JSRT). This tool was created to ensure Wikia is a safe place to edit by requiring all custom JavaScript to be approved prior to running on a community.

    Currently, custom JavaScript is enabled on over 15,000 communities and enables these communities to add functionality that is not normally available. A good example of that is AjaxRC, which is an easy way to automatically refresh a set of pages, such as Special:RecentChanges, to view updates.


    Dev Wiki is home to a huge collection of custom JavaScript, as well as a great place to get coding help or find documentation on coding conventions. Every script on Dev Wiki can easily be imported to your community through ImportJS. A non-exh…


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  • CzechOut

    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…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    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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  • Thereselovesyou



    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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  • Kirkburn

    Hello Wikia!

    We have an exciting new feature to introduce today: the Community Page, which can be found at Special:Community across the top 5000 communities on Wikia!


    ]] It's just what it sounds like - a place where any readers and editors can find out more information about your community! This feature is accessible and open to anyone on your community (logged-in or logged-out).

    As a new visitor to a community, you might wonder:

    • who are the people in this community?
    • who is creating the pages?
    • who manages the content?
    • what can I do to help?

    The Community Page answers these questions quickly and serves as a landing page for those who want to know more about the community before diving in. This feature will make it clear that there are plenty of ways n…


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  • Sannse

    If you're reading this, then you're already familiar with staff blogs here on Community Central. You're reading one right now, after all! But do you know what else Community Central has to offer? There's lots to do here beyond reading staff blogs, and we'd love for you to join us!

    Community Central is actually the first Wikia community ever created. Our technical guy at the time (yes, just one!) created it as the hub of all the future communities to come. Over time, it has grown into an even more robust resource to provide help, support, and information to all communities on Wikia. This is the home of help pages, as well as a venue for blogs and forums about all aspects of Wikia. This is also only one of many Community Centrals, with all of…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Wikians are often at the epicenter of their favorite fandoms. You represent the biggest experts there are, not to mention that you have some of the most intense passions for pop culture in the world. That's why it's not very surprising to know that social media is an important tool for your community. What better way is there to talk to other fans and let them know about your community?

    Every day, we talk to fans on our own brand accounts, @getfandom and @Wikia, and we've learned a great deal about the importance of engaging with an audience on social media. As social media becomes more and more important in the evolving internet landscape, I wanted to share some of what we've learned with you.


    When you have a well-established community, you…


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  • Sannse

    Whose Desk is Whose?

    April 12, 2016 by Sannse



    Wikia is written by all sorts of fans. From Marvel fanatics to Trekkers to genealogy enthusiasts and more, everyone can find a place for their passion in the Home of Fandom. One of the best parts of working at Wikia is knowing that, like you, the staff in our office are also superfans. The fact that we're all fans of something is a big part of what motivates us to make Wikia such an awesome place for fans.

    Here in our San Francisco office, we display our passions on the "Wall of Fandom." This is a big wall at the front of the office that's covered in items that we all chose to represent the things we love. My contribution is the plushy chihuahua on the second shelf, representing my love of my dog Daisy and her furry friends.

    Many of us like …



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  • Mira Laime

    You won’t get a shiny diploma you can hang on your wall - but Wikia University is still a course worth going through. Maybe you’re nodding vigorously right now, because you’ve already completed every study track, and consider yourself an editing pro. But maybe you’re scratching your head instead, wondering what I’m talking about?


    Wikia University isn’t a real life campus somewhere (although that would be awesome!), but a series of short videos that teach you how to use Wikia. The videos are divided into five study tracks, each one aimed at users on a different level of editing experience:

    • Welcome to Wikia - start here if you’re new to Wikia and are wondering what it is all about
    • Editing 101 - a walkthrough of your first contributions
    • Building…

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