Whew. 2016 was a heck of a year, wasn't it? Fandom powered by Wikia is no exception. We've had a really exciting year! Now that we're only 10 days away from the start of a new one, let's take a look back at some of the biggest things that happened on Fandom this year.
- We rebranded! Our rebranding as Fandom powered by Wikia came toward the end of the year, in October, but it was the biggest step we took as an entertainment-focused company in 2016. This change brought our entire platform under one fan-first media brand that will give the company and your communities even more opportunities to grow in the future.
- Fandom news and stories launched. An important step in establishing ourselves as a comprehensive entertainment destination was the lau…
- Jen Burton is the Vice President of Community at Fandom powered by Wikia and has been with the company since 2011. She co-wrote this post with William Schulze, Senior Vice President of Business Development, who has been with the company since 2012.
Most big websites are built around a product or a service. Google is all about finding any piece of information you possibly can. Facebook and Twitter are about using a platform to express yourself as an individual. That's typical of most websites—but Fandom is different, and much bigger than just a product or service. It's a place where people come together collectively, to bring their individual passions and knowledge into a greater whole. As Fandom staff, that gives us the privilege of empower…Read more >
- Ted Gill is the Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Fandom powered by Wikia and has been with the company since 2014. He co-wrote this post with Andrzej Swędrzyński, Senior Vice President of Engineering, who has been with the company since 2010.
When Fandom—then-Wikia—was founded over ten years ago, the entire point of the company was to bring people together around their passions. So as we created our company values, it became obvious that we wouldn't be able to say who we are at our core without Collaboration.
Wikis are based around collaboration—we've talked about that before, and it's ingrained into the site's DNA. Wikis were popularized because one of us can never know as much as all of us combined. That started with Wikipedia, and it …Read more >
- Ann Watson is the Vice President of Human Resources at Fandom powered by Wikia. She joined the company in 2012. She previously wrote the intro to the Fandom Values series, which you can read here.
Let me start by saying that I love my job. Not like it, or put up with it, or enjoy it most days—I full-body-yes love my job. Now I know what you're thinking: I'm HR so I can't possibly like a job that's all about getting people in trouble or filing performance reviews. Ever seen The Office? Yeah, you're probably thinking of Toby right now, someone we love to hate, pity, or fear. But I get to be a different kind of HR person, because Fandom is different and we value Balance.
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If I had to choose my favorite value (which is li…
"Hear ye, hear ye..." is a call that historically announced meetings in America's Town Halls. These days, such a herald is often an electronic one.
At 2pm (US Eastern, 7pm UTC) on Saturday, November 19th, Fandom cordially invites all users to attend a very special "town hall" gathering of our own. "Portability: a Fandom Town Hall" is an event meant to educate, to inspire, and for us to listen and hear from you. Live stream at https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/ez67530.
Three presentations are scheduled for this two-hour portability festival, each followed by a session for questions and answers:
- "Portability, Elements, and Articles" by Isaac Fischer (FishTank)
- "Best Practices with Images" by CzechOut
- "Looking Forward: Portability and Mobile…
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- Ann Watson is the Vice-President of Human Resources at Fandom powered by Wikia. She joined the company in 2012.
Four and a half years ago, I came to a company called Wikia in a similar frame of mind to most of us who started around that time: I was completely in awe of this undersized company supporting such a huge and vibrant community. Without a doubt, my role as the first Human Resources team member was to build infrastructure and do all the things HR people do to help tiny companies become right-sized ones.
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What I was most excited about, though, was this company's community-oriented culture and my role in caring for its future. This is a place where people take care of one another. This is a place where employees go out to get their lun…
Every day, we see staff members walk through the door of Fandom offices eager to get to their desks. It's not because they want to get the day over with, and it's not because they're here for a paycheck. It's because they know they're here to help grow and support a community of millions of fans around the world. Those of us who are on the Community Team, like I am, get to work directly with the community each day, but not every Fandom Staff member has that opportunity. That's why, for the last several years, we've had an event called Wikia Day about twice a year, where every staff member takes an entire day to work on a wiki of their choosing.
In recognition of our new name, yesterday marked the first-ever Fandom Day! What's even more exci…Read more >
Ensuring that your content and our product is compatible with any kind of device has become an important part of development here at Fandom powered by Wikia. Everything we build has device compatibility in mind. One of the most important tools we've developed is the portable infobox -- part of a larger effort to ensure that all of your wiki's infobox content displays well on anything from a phone to a refrigerator.
We often get asked how much portable infoboxes can be customised. Lots of communities want extra functionality in their infoboxes, but many of those don't exist in the default infobox style. Even those of you who are more comfortable in the stylistic manipulation of portable infoboxes might have more questions about things like c…Read more >
For the last four years, we've had a huge presence at New York Comic Con, which is held every October in New York City. This year was our biggest event ever, as we brought Fandom powered by Wikia directly to the show floor! We hosted our Fantasy Food Truck for the third year in a row, partnered with BBC America's new series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to create an interactive escape room, and we teamed up with Twitch to host a series of panels featuring a number of special guests.
Not only did this let us showcase our new brand in a big way, but it also brought the power of your communities to a massive audience. The event was a blast! Here are some of the highlights.
This year's Fantasy Food Bracket Tournament was bigger than ever…
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Wikia, Inc. is built on a bedrock of collaboration. Everyday, fans work together on Fandom powered by Wikia to build communities and share what they love. Our new home for charitable giving, Wikia.org, is designed specifically to highlight another type of collaboration that is key to our values as a company: advocacy and charitable efforts. Wikia, Inc., the parent company of Fandom and Wikia.org, is committed to giving back to the global community through social awareness, volunteer work, and donations.
As part of that commitment, we want to give our Fandom communities the chance to channel their passions for helping others by voting on causes that are important to them.
We are proud to announce our first annual Wikia.org community selection…
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