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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]] 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…Read more >
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…Read more >
Discussions continues to be an ever-evolving part of the platform. Though much of our product focus this year has been on Wiki Modernization, updates continue to be made to Discussions, with even more planned for 2018.
Here are some of the biggest updates for the rest of 2017.
This week we’ve added image upload capabilities to all Discussions communities across FANDOM. A few communities have had it for a while as part of an initial test release, and we're really thankful for their help and enthusiasm! Their feedback helped us make some improvements and fix a few bugs, notably around the handling of GIFs in the community apps.
Communities in the test group also did some great things with the feature! Check out a Yu-Gi-Oh! Discussio…
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This is the sixth post in a series of six about admins on FANDOM, adapted from past posts written by Sannse.
There's some skill in being a good admin, and some pitfalls too. So how can you avoid those pitfalls, along with the crocodiles that are likely in the pit! Here's some thoughts on how to navigate around them, and find your way safely across the wiki landscape.
Wikis are accumulative. If things are working well, the smallest start can build into a beautiful article. All you need is for someone to make that first edit and then others to help build on that. Wikis are never finished, there's always something more to add, and even a little helps the wiki more forward. But sometimes admins insist that only complete articles are added to the…
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This is the fifth post in a series of six about admins on FANDOM, adapted from past posts written by Sannse.
Today's topic was suggested by 452, and it's a good one. We've talked about the attributes of the ideal admin, and about the best ways to react to trolling. But between those is the best way to react to users you dislike or are causing problems on the wiki in ways other than simple trolling.
This is related to "Don't Feed the Trolls," but there are some differences. Not feeding trolls is generally about not giving feedback to those that are editing specifically to get a reaction to their disruption. But sometimes there's more involved than that, and sometimes your reaction is not just about not feeding, it's also about your own effect…Read more >
This is the fourth post in a series of six about admins on FANDOM, adapted from past posts written by Sannse.
I've given a lot of social advice to admins and to others on FANDOM, but today I want to give admins some more practical advice on pages to use and skills to learn. These are the top five areas that I'd suggest any admin learn.
Wiki Activity is a useful page for getting an overview of what's going on on a wiki, but it's not the full picture. The full details of what's happening on any community are on Recent Changes. This essential page lists every change on the wiki, including edits on pages that are less often changed, like templates.
For an admin, or for any keen contributor, this page is the starting point for understanding every…
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Today we’d like to provide an update on two important FANDOM-related security topics, explaining a message users will see on Google Chrome and how FANDOM will be rolling out improved HTTPS support in the near future
Many web browsers are taking the lead in making users more aware of security concerns, most notably Google Chrome. Users of Chrome will notice in upcoming weeks that a "Not secure" message will appear on the address bar while filling in a number of forms around the FANDOM network, including when editing.
FANDOM has made plans to fully secure these tools in upcoming engineering cycles, but in the interim these forms do not transmit any personal data or private information and you will not be at risk using our tools. As always, we …
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Last week we were excited to announce how the South Park wiki kicked off FANDOM's Community Video Program. This new program is an important part of producing Featured Videos that complement the quality of written wiki content across the site and remain up to date. The program is still in its infancy, but, if your wiki is in the Top 1,000 on WAM, we are excited to begin working with you on original scripts that we can produce for your community!
First, let's talk about our basic production process. We have a team of editors dedicated to producing Featured Videos. These editors create a concept for the video, write the script, gather the footage and (sometimes) record voiceover, and then edit the video together so it can be posted to the righ…Read more >
One of the most exciting parts about adding video to the site and accomplishing our goal of slashing 30% of the ads on FANDOM wikis is that we now have a quickly growing team that’s dedicated to Featured Video. The number of videos we're able to create is growing too, and producing quality content that complements the quality of written wiki content is incredibly important to us. To help do that, we're in the beginning stages of a community participation program where admins and editors can create and review Featured Video scripts.
We recently had a great success with this program on South Park Archives. We posted a video on the page for Kenny McCormick—of "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" fame—and the community contacted us with some ideas t…Read more >