Today, all communities have a new tool available to use: Announcements. This tool directs all recently active members of the community to a specific page or post via a notification.
Announcements is a replacement for both Forum’s ‘highlight’ function and Community Messages. Those older features require a recipient to visit the community in order to see a notice. With Announcements, the notification is delivered to the recipient no matter where they are on FANDOM.
Announcements notifications are sent to users on both the wiki and Discussions if they have contributed to either in the last 90 days. The notices are delivered via the notifications system currently used by Discussions, and will be displayed on mobile browsers. Very soon, Announceme…
Read more >
In the first half of this year, FANDOM has been steadily rolling out HTTPS to more and more of our network.
HTTPS is a protocol that encrypts data being sent through a webpage, as compared to normal HTTP, which sends data in plaintext. FANDOM has already been encrypting and securely transmitting personal data - such as your login and password details - for many years, but it’s increasingly a web standard to transmit all parts of a website over HTTPS. That’s why we’ve been working to get our entire website HTTPS-compliant.
A few months ago, we finished making logged-in users able to use HTTPS on all single subdomain wikis (i.e.wikis without a language identifier, such as community.wikia.com, compared to ru.community.wikia.com), first using an…
Read more >
The FANDOM staff blog is a place where users can read news and updates from the FANDOM Community and Product teams. It’s also been a place where staff post advice about how to effectively manage a community, build content, and participate on FANDOM.
Starting today, we’re splitting these two subject matters into separate blogs that users can subscribe to individually.
The main staff blog will continue to focus on news from FANDOM about feature changes and other developments. You can expect to see more information about the development of FANDOM mobile apps and the continuing work around modernization.
The new blog is called Community Management and will feature advice and suggestions for admins and users on FANDOM communities. Popular past blo…Read more >
Earlier today we launched a unified FANDOM App for iOS, a major update to our flagship app. This app unites wiki, editorial, and Discussions content into one single experience — giving fans easy access to everything available for a specific fandom like Star Wars, 13 Reasons Why, or Fortnite. The Android version will quickly follow this July.
Let's take a quick look at the app and how it will continue to evolve throughout the year.
All the types of content on FANDOM play a vital role in the Fan Journey. People are fans of many topics, so making the full array of communities and content types accessible in the FANDOM App will be key to creating an even better mobile experience for your community.
With the unified FANDOM App, one of the biggest …
Read more >
Last week we talked about the journey from reader to editor. The next step is building your skills, reputation, and relationships on your chosen wiki.
Our heavy contributors are the hearts and souls of our communities. They probably started as readers and have been sharpening their wiki skills for some time. Knowing the territory, rules, tools, and terrain of a community establish them as local guides. If you want to be an expert user, there are so many things you can do as a contributor that can improve the community!
The best way to get noticed and respected is to contribute quality edits. Making small improvements and "riffing" off someone else's contributions is good. You're building together, not replacing their work entirely with your …
Read more >
This blog is for all you readers out there. You've looked around some of the 300,000 wikis on FANDOM, looked at some News and Stories, found some great reads on the wikis, and maybe even visited Discussions. So what's next for you?
Well, one thing you've probably noticed is the rich community on FANDOM. Each fandom is its own community and then there is the overall community on Community Central and the other language versions of this wiki.
To join a community, the first thing I would always suggest is to make an account. You can do some things on FANDOM without being logged in, you can read, edit, comment on articles. But logging in gives you the ability to do much more. You can move pages, upload images, comment on blogs and message walls,…
Read more >
The main page of a wiki serves as the gateway into a community’s best content. An effective main page should highlight the most important and popular content while also being inviting. One of the recommended elements of main page design is a visually pleasing navigation gallery with prominent images highlighting the most popular and important pieces of content. And we are now recommending that navigation galleries be one of the first things a user sees when arriving to a wiki’s main page.
In recent research on the Game of Thrones and Arrowverse communities, FANDOM found that navigation galleries are by far the most engaged with elements on the main page, getting more clicks than anything else on the page. In fact, these galleries received b…Read more >
Chat is a feature that allows us to connect with others users who want to talk about the content of the wiki, discuss guidelines, projects and even share a nice off-topic conversation with another person. Despite being used all over the internet, there are some people that still don't understand what is the proper etiquette in a chat. Which is why the figure of the chat moderator is a key component if we want to have a healthy and drama-free environment.
When you are a chat moderator, you are not a cop, you are not a class of security manager or a superhero, you are a user who gained the trust of both the administration and the users to always ensure harmony between users inside a chat. A good chat moderator is someone passionate and unders…Read more >
One of the first things some people do on their new wiki is write some rules and guidelines for the site. After all, we all want things to be done right from the start.
My advice would be: don't. For a new wiki it's much more important to make it welcoming and inclusive than it is to be perfect. At this stage of your wiki you are best concentrating on building content and attracting those elusive contributors.
But there comes a time when guidelines become important. Often it's when someone starts pushing limits and taking advantage of their being no written rules. But ideally you will start to get some guidelines written before that point.
FANDOM has its own guidelines, which lay out rules of behaviour for the whole site. That means the basics …Read more >
Late last year, we updated the community on our plans to migrate FANDOM to the HTTPS protocol. This is something many of you have wanted to see, just as we have, and a lot more work has been done to help make this happen!