Wikis on Wikia exist for many different reasons. Some are collections of information such as recipes or sewing patterns, some are chronicles of books, TV shows or movies and others are tips on how to play the latest popluar video game. There are also wikis though that exist to serve and support a particular social cause. This blog post will highlight some of these advocacy wikis that can be found here on Wikia.
The Sustainable Community Action (SCA) wiki is a wiki for anyone interested in sustainability, with a strong focus on connecting people with resources in their local community. The wiki aims to promote the idea that "Sustainability isn't just something for experts. It's about everyone's quality of life and we all have a part to play.…
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Yesterday, a number of users encountered warnings indicating that an ad provider we use was attempting to load malware on their computers. These warnings were triggered because the ad network was listed as suspicious by Google Safe Browsing. When Google lists a site, it causes certain browsers (especially Chrome) to show a big red warning message that the site is trying to load malware.
While we do have reports from users of Chrome, Firefox, or Kaspersky Antivirus that some ads were trying to load content from a potentially unscrupulous source, we have no reports of actual virus infection. For this reason, we believe that very few, if any, users were actually exposed to malware.
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We're updating a feature on Wikia next week, making the "Create a new article" process a little easier for new contributors.
The hardest thing about writing is staring at a blank page -- anyone who uses wikis knows that it's a lot easier to revise an existing page than to start one from scratch! That's especially true for new contributors, who aren't quite sure how to put their first wiki pages together.
When the update launches next week, clicking on the "Create a new article" link in the sidebar will open a dialog box that asks for the title of the new article. The box also offers a "standard layout" for new pages, which includes an image placeholder and two section headings. If a contributor wants to start with a blank page instead, then …
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As you’ve seen we are using the staff blog regularly now. And many more people are visiting to find out what’s happening on Wikia. But one big problem with the blog feature so far is that there's no easy way to know about a new blog post (although you can watch individual posts once they have been written and be notified of new comments.)
There seem to be two possible solutions to this: we could add a RSS feed to the blogs, which would let you see new posts in your RSS reader, or we could add a watchlist function to blog listings. This would mean new posts would show on Special:Watchlist and trigger an email to those that have that option set.
So the question is, which would you prefer? Which would you use most? All feedback appreciat…Read more >
Last month, Sannse posted on the forum to ask what you thought the future of Central should look like. It's a subject that we've been thinking about a lot at Wikia because we don't believe the current system supports the community in the best way possible. Today, I'd like to share some plans for the future of Central.
Good morning Wikia!
Today (13th January) we are rolling out an upgrade to our rich text editor across Wikia! Here are a few of the highlights:
- It's faster! We upgraded the core engine to CKEditor v3.1 which brings many feature improvements and a faster and more reliable editing experience.
- Reworked article parsing which means fewer spacing and formatting changes in underlying wikitext.
- Its now easier to move images and videos during edit mode using built-in browser drag and drop functionality.
- Advanced code (such as templates and parser tags) is represented by a 'puzzle' icon in edit mode - hover over them to see more info.
- Added support for Chrome, Opera and Safari.
We are also extending the use of the editor to all talk pages, and have reduced…
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It's that time of year again. The lights are up, the stores are packed and there lots of sweets to indulge in! The holiday season is upon us, and our wikis are decked out in their finest holiday attire. Stop by the and copy over what you see (if you like the lights at the top, you can find them here). Another impressive wiki skin and Christmas logo can be seen on the Phineas and Ferb Wiki.
There are also wikis whose content is focused on the holidays. Stop by Christmas Specials Wiki if you are looking to read up on your favorite holiday TV program. Or, if you need a good latke recipe for your Hanukkah get-together, stop the Recipes Wiki for some pointers.
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Know of other great holiday wikis, content or skins here on Wikia? Please post them b…
One of the fun things about working at Wikia is that, whatever the topic of the conversation, I get to say "Yeah, we have a wiki on that". Seriously, every time (well, almost). It can get annoying, perhaps, but my friends have already gotten used to the phrase and my colleagues at the Polish office don't seem to even fake surprise anymore when I utter it...
So this blog is going to be on just that – reminding myself and you that we have a wiki on just about every topic imaginable. And then some.
I've been meaning to start this for some time now, but had to wait for inspiration until tonight, whan I caught The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on TV. Now, you must know, that I am a huge fan of The Chronicles of Narnia. Sadly, I never got to rea…Read more >
Hi, We wanted to share today’s news with you. Mikhail Gorbachev has written a Call to Action on Wikia Green, asking everyone to get involved in the wiki and in other green projects.
This is fantastic recognition for everyone on Wikia Green and for the resource they are creating. Great work all!
The press release says:
- Mikhail Gorbachev, the Founding President of Green Cross International (http://www.gci.ch/), today called on climate change activists, educators and people across the globe to make their voices heard on environmental issues by participating in Wikia Green (http://green.wikia.com/wiki/Wikia_Green), coinciding with the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (http://en.cop15.dk/) held in Copenhagen this week. By embracing …
We're launching a new feature on My Home today called WikiStickies.
The idea originated from a common experience we hear from readers and new editors. A reader finds a wiki, gets really excited, wants to help out --- but isn't sure where to start. WikiStickies helps to answer that question. The feature uses the familiar metaphor of a "sticky note" to point contributors toward pages that need their help!
Right now, WikiStickies shows off three kinds of pages:
- Articles that don't have any pictures
- Brand new articles, which often need to be expanded
- Article titles that are linked to, but don't exist yet
You can browse through a selection of questions right on the My Home page, by peeling up a sticky note to see the next one. If the WikiStickies on M…Read more >