• Cal-Boy

    FANDOM International Force

    February 15, 2018 by Cal-Boy

    FANDOM is a multi-lingual company and we're hosting wikis in more than 100 languages. Although most of our users are from the US and other English-speaking countries, people probably don't realize that there are a large number of users who love to experience FANDOM communities in a form dear to their hearts and homelands. According to Google Analytics, about 40% of unique visitors to wikis on FANDOM in 2017 are English users, and the rest come from other languages, including 14% in Spanish, 8% in Russian, 7% in Portuguese, 5% in French, 4% in German, 3% in Chinese. Is that surprising to you? To help and support such a large number of international users, FANDOM has a large group of International staff and volunteers who serve our communiti…

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  • TimmyQuivy

    At FANDOM it is one our goals to give you, our user base, as much control over your account as possible. We provide our users scores of switches and buttons in Special:Preferences to customize your content tools, offer you the ability to add your own custom scripts, and even let you pick your own editor. We also give you easy access to the basics of account control - making sure you can change your email, set your password, and choose what emails you receive from FANDOM.

    And now today, we’re giving you the power to change your own account name. FANDOM is pleased to unveil the next step in user self-service tools: The User Rename Tool. FANDOM has offered users the ability to rename accounts since 2010, but this required staff intervention to…

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  • Sannse

    A few months ago we introduced you to FANDOM's Community Video Program, where admins and users on communities with Featured Videos can participate in the production process by writing and reviewing scripts. A number of communities are already involved, and this collaboration is a great example of what can be done when we partner with community members. It combines FANDOM's video resources and the scriptwriter or reviewer's intimate knowledge of the subject to produce a unique and informative video for anyone wanting a quick overview of the topic.

    For example, did you know that Cartman from South Park is so evil that he once made Scott Tenorman eat chili made from his parents? Or did you know that Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Star…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    We had a big product goal in 2017: Ensure that FANDOM is a modern digital experience that provides the right content at the right time, is easy to navigate, and delivers a better experience for users and advertisers. We called this project Wiki Modernization, which saw the introduction of Featured Videos, the redesign of the page and article headers, and a 30% reduction in advertisements across all wikis.

    We're excited to share the results of those efforts and introduce one of our first modernization efforts of 2018!

    As a result of video and design changes, we introduced a new ad layout that achieved a pretty significant reduction in page load times! Check out this graph, which shows the change in average page load times on desktop worldwide…

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  • Sannse

    Calm Over Conflict

    January 17, 2018 by Sannse

    I've been thinking a lot about conflict on wikis recently. There's a wiki I've been watching (I won't name it) where it seems everyone is fighting with everyone else. There are groups on one side or the other of the argument, and no one is managing to calm things down. Obviously this is affecting the productivity of the community, as well as driving away those who can't stand the bickering. As I tried to think of ways to help them resolve their differences, I found a blog I wrote in 2011 that talked about how to resolve disputes. I'd like to share it with you now.

    One of the earliest wiki principles was "Assume Good Faith". When we're disagreeing, it's easy to think the other person is being malicious or is trying to do harm. Usually though…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    In 2017 we redesigned the page and article headers at the top of every wiki page as part of a more modern design experience on FANDOM wikis. We couldn't be happier with the way it turned out, but we knew there were a few extra steps we could take to make it even more impactful for logged-in users.

    Today we have introduced new shortcuts to the page header that will appear for all logged-in users. These shortcuts include Add New Image, Add New Video, Recent Changes, and All Shortcuts. The All Shortcuts menu includes links to special pages, maintenance lists, and other pages that can be useful to editors and admins. You can see the placement of this new shortcuts menu here:

    With the release of the new menu, we will study the engagement data and…

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  • Mira Laime

    Where to start as a Newbie

    December 19, 2017 by Mira Laime

    So you've found your way onto FANDOM - congrats! You're in for fun discoveries, achievements you'll be proud of, and perhaps even new friends.

    But where to start? What do you do first to make sure you get the most out of your time here? We've put together some basic tips. 

    Most wikis allow you to edit articles and post comments without logging in, but having a FANDOM account brings you a number of benefits. As a logged-in user, you can receive notifications about article changes, messages and replies to your posts that you'd otherwise miss. You have your own user page and profile that you can customize. All your edits and posts will be associated with your name, so you can find them again later and build a reputation with all your great work…

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  • JoePlay

    Creating Your Wiki’s Design

    December 12, 2017 by JoePlay

    In my previous blog post, I described the process of requesting assistance from FANDOM staff to help with your wiki’s appearance. This time, I want to talk about customizing your wiki’s theme yourself.

    I’ll start with the question: What exactly is the theme, and why would you want to customize it yourself? Simply put, your wiki’s theme is its overall appearance, from the background image and wordmark to smaller things like the color of buttons and text links. One main reason to do it yourself is knowing that you have control of many aspects of your wiki’s appearance and can change or tweak things whenever you want.

    First and foremost, you want to ensure that every visual detail of your wiki accurately and appropriately represents your communi…

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  • JoePlay

    ]] Do you want your wiki to look great, but aren’t sure how to make it really shine? At FANDOM, we’re committed to improving the experience of creating and managing a wiki. Part of that support is offering expert help to wikis. I’ve been working on wikis for over 10 years, and I'm your go-to person for reviewing and fulfilling requests for design help.

    In addition to helping with custom backgrounds, wordmarks, favicons, and redesigning home pages, I am happy to help with the more technical aspects, such as templates and CSS.

    How to submit a request

    If you are an admin of the wiki, first look over the best practices. To receive help, your wiki needs a minimum of 50 pages, a category structure with no uncategorized pages, and a few other requir…

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  • Sannse

    How to Grow Your Wiki

    November 29, 2017 by Sannse

    One question I'm often asked is how to get more people to join a wiki. This is not an easy question to answer, recruiting people to your wiki can be a difficult and drawn out process, but it is possible! Here are some tips to help you on your way.

    First, think about your topic. Is it one with a big fan-base? Or are there only a few people around who might be interested in editing? It's also good to search for existing wikis with the same topic (they appear on the right of the global search page) It can be hard to get contributors if there is already an established wiki on the topic, and hard to get high on search results too. If there is an existing wiki, think about joining that rather than making a new one on the same topic.

    If you are rea…

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