What can you do to make your wiki attractive and readable for the widest group of readers? Develop platform-independent design guidelines. This may require breaking with some old habits, but you’ll get a larger audience in return.
- This blog will give you the essentials of progressive design. See here for the in-depth version.
Navboxes are groups of lists of short links packed into a layout table. They are not mobile friendly.
- If an article is part of a group of articles, consider whether that navbox group should be a category instead.
- If an article is part of a group, but has an ordered relationship with others—like previous/next—it's best to put the navigation in an infobox.
Tabbers can be an effective way of displaying information. But it’s i…
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This is the third post in a series of six about admins on FANDOM, adapted from past posts written by Sannse.
Today I'd like to share some thoughts on how you should choose a new admin
The choice of admin or bureaucrat on a wiki is a very important one. A good admin can grow and nurture the wiki, and make it thrive. A bad one, at worst, can cause major disruption and drive good community members away".
There are different views on how many admins a wiki needs. Some prefer to have many, to divide up the admin tasks between them, and to make sure someone is always available. Others prefer a strong core of the best candidates, to make it easier for them to work directly together and in tune. I would advise starting with a very small group for a n…Read more >
Since the beginning of the year we've had a consistent goal throughout our product development: reducing the number of ads on the wiki page. This was a big part of the project we call Wiki Modernization. We knew that by making design and product improvements to the site, we would be able to provide a more modern web experience to users and advertisers without all of the ad clutter that we've had on pages up until now. We are happy to announce that we have achieved this milestone. As of this past Monday, October 2nd, a brand new ad experience is live across the world that has fewer ads per page. In fact, we have slashed over 30% of total ad units on our site. This is something FANDOM and users alike have wanted for years, and it's incredibl…Read more >
Whether you're looking for in-depth, comprehensive information on wikis or breaking news or stories from the entertainment world, FANDOM is the ideal place for fans to stay up-to-date on all the topics you're most passionate about.
Wiki content on some of our most popular communities has long been available to mobile users via our community apps, which can be found in the Apple Store and Play Store so you can browse wiki articles and participate in Discussions.
Today, we're proud to launch the FANDOM app so you can follow the latest on your favorite entertainment fandom from your phone!
The FANDOM app covers a broad range of TV, movie, and video game topics that are tailored to your personal interests and hand-curated by FANDOM to guarantee the…
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This is the second in a series of six posts about admins on FANDOM, adapted from past posts written by Sannse.
People on FANDOM want to help. It seems to be a characteristic of people around here, and is something really special about our community. Often that urge to help leads to questions like "please can I be a chatmod?" or "how can I join the VSTF?" So today let's look at that.
The most important thing to know is: you don't need to have rights or a profile badge to be helpful. There is a lot you can do without the admin profile badge, and a lot of pride and satisfaction you can get out of doing it.
The route to becoming an admin or getting other rights for a community will vary a lot from place to place. Some wikis have a voting page wher…
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This is the first in a series of six posts about admins on FANDOM, adapted from past posts written by Sannse.
These are some thoughts about the things that I strive for when I'm on FANDOM. My aim in life is to try to avoid adminitis and to follow the example of the best admins around.
Admins are role models. They are the people who others want to be. They lead by example, showing how it's possible to stay polite and reasonable in the most heated dispute. They are the ones that others trust and try to emulate. They choose their words and actions knowing that they are demonstrating good practice with everything they do.
Admins are supportive. They are the person that everyone turns to in a difficult situation, the one who brings calm and reason …
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Wiki Modernization is ensuring 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 both users and advertisers. To help readers discover great content, we’re excited to announce a revamped Fan Feed that showcases content from your wiki, Discussions, and FANDOM News and Stories.
English communities have had the Fan Feed at the bottom of wiki articles for some time. This list of recommended articles has helped readers find more content on the site. Tomorrow, we are releasing a new look and a more interesting content mix to the English Fan Feed.
Since its introduction, the Fan Feed has showcased a mix of FANDOM editorial articles. The new update c…
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As Discussions becomes more widely embraced across FANDOM, there are more and more communities with lots of posting activity. Not all of these have active admins with the extra time and inclination to moderate. That’s why we’ll be introducing a new global user group next week. Its members will step in across FANDOM to moderate Discussions where help is urgently needed — either because the community has no admins, because the admins have firmly decided not to take an interest in their Discussions, or because they’ve explicitly asked for support.
This group, called global Discussions moderators, will launch with a set of volunteers who have solid moderation experience in Discussions and on their respective wikis. In many cases they have alread…
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The Discussions feature has been evolving at a slow but steady pace. So far in 2017 we've added the new Notifications system, implemented the new page header, created Discussions Insights and made many other smaller improvements. Later this month, a Discussions module will also return to the footer area on wiki pages.
Discussions is now available on about 80% of FANDOM communities. For those communities that are ready, we're now able to migrate their Forum threads into Discussions. Some communities have been migrated already, either because they volunteered or because they were inactive or had a very low number of Forum threads.
Is your community interested in volunteering for Forum migration? If so, an admin can use Special:Contact to reque…
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There have been a lot of exciting updates to FANDOM lately, between continued work on Wiki Modernization and the launch of the new FANDOM News and Stories. One of our most recent updates was the new page and article headers, and we are excited to announce that the page header will be arriving on Discussions tomorrow!
The goal of Wiki Modernization is to offer a modern digital experience that provides the right content at the right time, is easy to navigate, and delivers a better experience for our audience. Tomorrow's update brings those goals into Discussions by making it much more visually connected to the wiki. Navigating back and forth between Discussions and wiki articles will become much easier.
Check out some screenshots of the update…Read more >