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  • Dopp

    Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we’re posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice on some items. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.



    • Our Help Wiki's Search tool now uses Google search. This is just an experiment to evaluate whether it improves search quality and user experience. We do not plan to release this on any other wikis anytime soon.



    • Image gallery editing wasn't working in Internet Explorer for a few days.
    • Special:WikiStats wasn't showing March statistics
    • Search results pages were sending people to an anchor mid-way down the page rather than displaying the top of the page.
    • Site wasn't res…




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  • DaNASCAT

    Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we’re posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.



    • A new landing page that features our mobile products is scheduled for release later this week.
    • We’re launching a new extension for managing Lyric Wiki’s Song of the Day. This is is an experimental feature that we may be able to make use of later for other kinds of content.



    • Image cache stopped working properly, and didn’t recognize new versions of images when uploaded.
    • User Pages have been showing an inaccurate “Member Since” date on wikis where user has not edited.



    • An A/B test is …






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  • Dopp

    Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we’re posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.


    • Going forward, all new English wiki will have Page Layout Builder enabled, and new entertainment wikis will have some starter layouts in the system. (Note: this change may go live today.)



    • When leaving a message on a Talk page, the “Subject/Headline” field now appears above the message, rather than below it. (Fix is already live.)
    • Page errors were displaying in IE9.
    • Image placeholders stopped allowing users to upload new images.
    • The TabView feature was causing system performance iss…



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  • DaNASCAT

    Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we’re posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.

    This is a quiet week with no new features to report. With that in mind, our engineers were able to instead focus on bugs of all shapes and sizes. Major bugs fixed are detailed below as always.


    • The email notification triggered by user rights changes had a few glitches.
    • A popup with the message, “Thanks for your edit. Can you improve any of these related articles?” was displaying for some users unnecessarily.
    • Theme Designer preview mode wasn’t working consistently.



    • We're testing a n…



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  • Dopp

    This week, we’re rolling out our system updates on Tuesday instead of Wednesday because our first ever Hack-a-thon! For two days this week, everyone on our Engineering team will work on creative, experimental projects of their choice. We’re excited to see what new ideas and prototypes develop.

    Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.


    • JS minification (no functional changes, just improving site performance)
    • Separating Semantic MediaWiki databases from other site databases (will reduce site downtime and improve performance)



    • Save + preview + edit summary bar was arranged wrong on user talk pages
    • PhotosOnThisWiki module wasn’t recognizing moved …



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  • DaNASCAT

    Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we’re posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.


    • Created Special:CreateTopList and listed it on Special:SpecialPages for easy Top 10 List creation.
    • Launched the LyricWiki Lyrics mobile app for Android.



    • code was exposed on some wikis.
    • phpbb forums weren’t loading properly.
    • Pywikipediabot usage was showing error messages.
    • Page edits via API were showing error messages.
    • Additional founder emails were being sent.



    • We're in the early testing phases for a new chatroom feature for wikis. More updates soon!



    • Some Special pages now are showing…







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  • DaNASCAT

    Every week, Wikia rolls out a new set of site improvements -- a varied blend of satisfying bug fixes and exciting new site features. For our many technical-minded users who like to stay aware of these changes, we're starting a new report to summarize the major developments. Our first one is right here!

    Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so our current experiment is to release these technical overviews on Tuesdays to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.


    • Launched Wikia Labs. You can learn more about Wikia Labs here but keep in mind this product is still being actively tested and developed.
    • Redesigned the process for creating a new wiki
    • S…

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  • Sarah Manley

    Exciting news! Tomorrow we will be rolling out a new, more customizable version of the personal toolbar -- the bar that floats at the bottom of your screen as you surf around Wikia. We hope it’s going to make it a lot easier to get to all of your favorite buttons and links.

    The new toolbar is going to give you a ton of new choices. For example, you can now add tools which were not a part of the first version, such as edit, delete, move, random page, and create a page. Whereas before you could only access your chosen links from the My Tools menu, now you can add tools directly to the toolbar -- much like adding a favorite website to the bookmarks toolbar in your web browser.


    Logged out users will see the two default buttons, Share and Follow…

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  • Sannse

    Technical roundup

    January 26, 2011 by Sannse

    All of Wikia is now fully migrated on to Mediawiki 1.16 (yay!), so you probably have already noted some changes. Many of these are related to the upgraded software (and you can find more details here), but you also may notice a couple of design tweak as well -- a smaller global header, and clearer formatting for the Recent Wiki Activity box.miss

    The global header was introduced with Wikia’s new look. Since then we have been conducting user testing and collecting community feedback, and have now released a new smaller and higher positioned global header. We hope that this helps showcase more content above the fold, while continuing to encourage visitors to explore across Wikia.

    We also recently improved SEO of photos. Before, it was rare to s…

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  • Sannse

    MediaWiki 1.16 on Wikia

    January 4, 2011 by Sannse

    Happy New Year to everyone on Wikia.

    The first job of the year for the Wikia Technical Team is to upgrade the wiki software for the site. The software we use to allow you to edit is MediaWiki and we will be upgrading from MediaWiki version 1.15 to 1.16.1 -- similar to the version Wikipedia is currently using.

    Most of the changes are to the back-end of the site, so you will experience little change from what you see now. But this version also contains a lot of bug fixes, as well as adding additional RSS feeds for watchlists and adjustments to the preferences page. There will also be a couple of other changes you might notice. For those that want the full technical details, you can see the complete release notes

    Currently, we are working to ens…

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