So, there's a new version of the global nav moving into town. And I'm gonna go on record here, and say I like it. Let's hope any upcoming revisions to the new article layout are also good, although changing this would be more complicated.
I'm not here to talk about other possibilities thought, I'm just gonna touch on whether this holds up with what I said in the original Myo's Musings post, since at least some people actually bothered to read that. This is gonna be a short one thought, but hey, it's follow up, what do you expect.
So, does this help or hurt Wikia? Well, there's certainly been positive response in these first hundred comments. You've [I'm gonna change person here and talk directly to Wikia staff] both satisfied many editors, a…Read more >
There are a number of ways of protecting data and digital content on your office or home computer.
- Keep all computer software up to date with automatic updating. As the update patches prevent personal information from being exploited by vulnerabilities on the internet.
- Installing internet security like anti-virus software and malware protection, there are so many different versions of anti-virus and malware protection on the market some of the free versions work just as good as the paid versions.
- Protecting your home internet router with a password will prevent unauthorised access to your wireless network without you knowledge adding to security of your network.
- When creating passwords remember to use a mix of letters and numbers uppercase and…
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Despite its success, the brand new film American Sniper has garnered some notoriety recently. One criticism is of the shoddy production values by Director Clint Eastwood, who, within an 'Empty Chair' moment, substituted a toy doll to get a real baby as to what was said to be a touching family scene showing returning GI Chris Kyle holding his newborn infant. Some movie audiences, it really is reported, actually started laughing loudly in theatres in the cheesiness from the scene. As far as Hollywood screw-ups go, this ranks with another classic movie goof by actor-turned director, John Wayne, who had direct sunlight set within the Pacific Ocean in their paean to your Vietnam War, The Green Berets (Vietnam is within the wrong end with the pa…Read more >
We're at a point where Wikia is going to introduce a major new feature, and once again we've got people complaining about it. One of the complaints is familiar: if you're gonna make a major change, it should in the Wiki Features menu so individual wikis can decide if they want it or not.
The reality is that that isn't always the best choice. The "why" will follow in a moment, but first the disclaimer.
If you look at my profile, it recently started saying "Wikia Star". That means a few people saw I was doing some good work and wanted to recognize me for that. What it doesn't mean is I'm going to automatically say yes to everything that Wikia does. Like everyone else, I might have a different idea about how to do something. But I am going to t…Read more >
Now, unless you've been sitting under a rock for the last month or so, you'll know that Wikia has introduced a few... less then appreciated features. Of course, I'm talking about the subject right now, the Global Navigation, and, moreso the New Article Layout.
Now, of course, both of these have their own supporters, however they are both generally disliked by most of the community. But this has all happened before. Wikia is not going to change it back because a lot of it's editors dislike them. Giving reasons why we don't like them is additionally not going to help. Of course, we must point out these flaws, but it's become apparent why they're not going to change it back. We're not the audiance.
For the sake of this discussion, there are three…Read more >
A wiki that has only one recurring user, with is me. A wiki that has six users and hasn't been edited for a week, except perhaps me. A wiki that has been gathering dust. Call it the Rail Rush wiki.
I took over this wiki some time ago, and overall my time as bureaucrat of it has been disappointing. I created pages for all the heroes and all the worlds. I created a new survivor-style contest. I worked to spread publicity of it, mentioning it in chat to the point of cracking jokes comparing the wiki to ghost towns. Still no regular contributors. It isn't even in the top 5000 wikis by WAM score.
Could it be that Rail Rush is simply past its experation date? Could it be that this wiki is simply ignored due to the game it is tied with …Read more >
Now, of course, there have been many blog posts, notably by local admins and wikia staff on what makes a good admin, and what criteria there are to chose a good one. However, this is of course in light of the usual encyclopedia wiki, which generally have topics with a limt; i. e. a wiki about a TV show can only have so many pages before building of the wiki is mostly done.
Now, under these wikis, an admin is kind of like the person running the place. Check for or respond to reported vandilism, go through the Admin Dashboard to check everything every once and awhile, make sure discussions are controled. Of course, an Admin is an integrated part of the community, but still, they more watch over it. Note this paragraph is a very dumbed down on…Read more >
Greetings fellow Wikians, I have found out that there seems to be some technical difficulties with the chat feature as of late. The crash was suppressed a few months ago, but somehow the chat crash has returned. Many wiki's chat have been crashing in the last day, and some users were experiencing some unfamiliar things going on in the chat. Some regular chat users see some users that they have never seen before. Some users also get sent to another chat, and that chat does not match the URL. It can annoy many users, as they might have to refresh multiple times, but do not worry, because I am sure that the engineers are working on the solution to the problem soon. Here is the list of glitches:
- People seeing random users in chat. Example: This ra…
NOTE: Crossposted from my personal blog on advice from Wikia Staff, modified slightly for posting on Wikia.
Around a year ago, All The Tropes opened for business with the bold and daring plan to create an alternative troping site for the disenchanted ex-TV Tropers to trope on and for those who didn't want to get anywhere near Fast Eddie or his minions because they didn't want to edit on a wiki where you can get banned for the dumbest reasons and where perversion and some of the more sad aspects of fandom pollute the internet with messed up drivel.
Our goals were lofty, but we decided that to stay open for more than a little while, we had to radically alter our approach if we wanted to avoid the perversion and fail that has rightly made TV Tr…Read more >
I feel as if the Wikia team isn't thanked enough for their enormous effort in making Wikia, and so, this blog is for everyone to take a moment and thank the Wikia team for their huge contributions in creating Wikia.
Thank you, Wikia. I have been a part of this site for a few years now and I have greatly appreciated all you guys have done for everyone involved in this community. You have allowed this young man from Australia and many other members of all ages come together with at least one thing in common; some sort of passion for expressing creativity and working together to provide the ultimate database in different areas. I have been able to do just that since I have been here, accomplishing much more than I would have ever thought I wou…
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