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  • Sannse

    How to Write the Perfect Blog

    February 13, 2016 by Sannse

    Blogs are a unique space on a collaborative community. Most pages on a community are edited by many people, building a resource on the community's topic. But blogs are usually an article written by just one person, not collaboratively at all.

    In a way, that's similar to Message Walls and talk pages, but Message Walls are generally a conversation between two or more people. They might be about an issue on the wikia, or figuring out how to best write an article, or just saying hello! Blogs have people reacting to what's said, but aren't a conversation in themselves. They are a more like an article followed by a conversation.

    And then there are forums. These are similar to blogs in some ways, but forum posts are often just a couple of lines long…

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  • Acardwell415

    UPDATE: The voting is now LIVE on the Greatest Love of All Bracket Tournament! Go cast your votes for your favorite couple .

    Happy Valentine's Month, Wikians!

    It's February, and we're bringing back a fan-favorite event from last year - the cross-community Greatest Love of All Couples Bracket Tournament.

    Last year's bracket was incredible, garnering hundreds of thousands of votes! In case you missed out, last year's Final Four couples were:

    • Naruto & Hinata from Naruto
    • Kurt & Blaine from Glee
    • Korra & Asami from The Legend of Korra
    • Sasuke & Sakura from Naruto

    And after all the dust settled, the final winner - with over 101,000 votes - was

    Sasuke and Sakura!

    Did your favorite couple not make it to the finals last year? Or if they did, are you hoping to help th…

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  • Craiglpalmer

    Introducing Fandom

    February 13, 2016 by Craiglpalmer

    At Wikia, being professional fans is something we take pretty seriously. Every day we get to provide a home for incredibly knowledgeable and useful content written by the biggest superfans in the world. Our passion is to serve your passions, and it's what motivates us to offer the very best fan experiences.

    That's why we're excited to announce a brand new experience. What do I mean by that? Think of your favorite character. Maybe it's Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can get everything you need to know about Rey from the largest Star Wars fan site in the world, Wookieepedia, or from one of many of our other Star Wars communities. But what if you also wanted to know about what's happening with the upcoming films? Or theories about wher…

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    A year ago, Wikia introduced a new user group across our network called “Moderators”. The purpose of this new group was to aid administrators by enabling and designating more trusted users to keep track of the conversations happening across different Wikia features, like Forum and Message Wall.

    Since then, we’ve been monitoring how the group has been used, gathering direct feedback from our users on how the group can be improved and running some ideas by our Community Council.

    Today, we’re announcing the next step in improving moderator groups by introducing two key changes that will become effective tomorrow, January 14th. First, the existing “moderator” group will be renamed “Discussions Moderator” and have a few additional rights granted …

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  • Ericmoro

    Hey Wikians. Today, we're excited to announce the launch of a brand new initiative here at Wikia, one that fans like you will be given the opportunity to sign up for: the Fan Contributor Program.

    Wikia fans possess a special talent: a knowledge of and mastery over the pop culture landscape. Now, you can take your contributions on Wikia to the next level with this editorial training program. Being part of the Fan Contributor Program will allow participants to share their unique voices and perspectives on a new entertainment news and commentary destination created by Wikia that will reach millions of fans. This is part of a new homepage experience that offers fans a more complete source for their favorite fandom.

    What are some of the …

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    Throughout 2015, Wikia has been hard at work improving the world of templates. Templates are a huge component in creating and sharing content on Wikia and have literally hundreds of purposes and designs.

    We have tried to accomplish two things with templates this year. First and foremost, we've tried to make them more portable. Portability means that you can read content easily on any device, whether it's desktop, mobile web, mobile apps, or other second screen experiences. Tools to help with this include Portable Infoboxes and Flags. We've also been trying to make sure admins have more tools to understand and organize their templates better, through better editing interfaces and some of the information presented on the Insights platform.


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  • Ducksoup

    Hello, Ducksoup speaking!

    A couple months back, I wrote a very long (but relevant and interesting!) blog entitled Why Wikia Evolves, in which I explained why Wikia can't sit still and why we're always trying to stay ahead of technological changes.

    As part of that effort, we released a new markup for infoboxes a couple months ago. The TL;DR there: half of your traffic is coming from mobile devices these days, and fans who use them should have the best possible experience when they visit.

    The first iteration of Portable Infoboxes was what product managers call a "Minimum Viable Product," or "MVP" for short, and hundreds of communities took our first-pass idea of how to improve infoboxes and ran with it. We’ve seen some really impressive uses of…

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  • SEOkitten

    The Importance of Images

    February 13, 2016 by SEOkitten

    Greetings, Wikians!

    One common SEO question at Wikia is about the impact images have on rankings. Search engine algorithms are not public and most look at hundreds of unique factors, but correlation studies have shown pages that include properly tagged, relevant images often rank higher than pages that do not.

    Google and other search engines are getting better at understanding the relationship between images and other on-page content, but search bots cannot understand the images themselves. Happily there are some steps we can take to help the search engines out.

    File names should be as descriptive as possible; James Bond-Thunderball-Jetpack.jpg is better for SEO than img012.jpg. When the image is used on an article page, the caption can inclu…

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  • Cooksey.michael

    Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to host 26 admins from all over the world here in our San Francisco offices as part of our first ever Community Connect event, and we’re pleased to report that it surpassed even our own expectations! What a special treat it was to be able to “connect” with all of the visiting admins, learn from them, and spend time together in person.

    Who attended Community Connect?

    We had a fabulous group of admins in attendance, from communities as diverse as Star Wars, American Horror Story, Avatar, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and more. Our visiting admins came from both near and far, as well -- we had admins in attendance from as close as a few miles down the road, as well as from around the US, and the w…

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  • SEOkitten

    Hello, Wikians!

    I introduced some simple keyword research tools in the previous SEO blog post; this time I want to discuss how to include those keywords on the page for maximum impact on search rankings and user experience.

    The internet was less sophisticated in the mid to late ‘90s. During the Geocities era, it became a common practice to “optimize” pages using spammy blocks of unrelated keywords or sentences stuffed with synonyms and close match variations.

    In the attempt to adhere to this outdated best practice, countless websites still publish nonsense like this:

    C3PO, sometimes called Threepio, is a gold droid (robot) built to assist humans with customs and translation. Protocol droids like the talking robot C-3P0 can be different colors, but T…

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