Thought it might be helpful to new administrators on getting some mentoring help beyond the blogs by Wikia staff and others. This is from my own experience here and essentially all of this works if applied correctly.
Get familiar with the all of the following, keep in mind these are restricted to sysop/admin only:
you can also access block and userrights via the user's contribution page
Make sure you know how to block someone (using special:Block, special:BlockList and from their contribution page), unblock someone (using special:Log/block, special:BlockList and from their contribution page), delete a page (blog, thread, comment, article, template, category, image or file), …Read more >
Over the past few years - and especially the past few months - I've been noticing that Wikia has a habit of instituting changes without a community's consensus.
This has to stop.
Wikia claims to pride itself on openness and individuality, and in many cases, it lives up to these claims. The tools Wikia gives users to collaborate on a specific topic are the best out there, bar none, and the multitude of ways in which users can customize themselves and their wikis is also unrivaled. And yet, Wikia has this strange habit of periodically trespassing on that by introducing a new feature that many communities don't need or want - something that either breaks the experience of browsing the wiki, screws up its styling, or just doesn't sit right with …
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Hey guys! I'm an admin over at The One Piece Encyclopedia, and I'm here to talk about a hot topic over at our wiki:
- We aren't even close to being ready for Venus Skin!
And have no idea how to go about getting ready for it! We don't even know when it is going to come out, which is another source of stress for our community. Without any kind of timeline, we don't know how hard we should try to fix our own pages. Is it coming in two weeks or 6 months? We have no clue, as far as I know.
And I've been looking around at other wikis to see if any others are ready, and I don't see any aside from the test wikis.
Even Community Central looks bad with Venus!
And unlike most people I talk to, I actually believe in the reasoning behind the Venus skin. I wan…Read more >
We all know that a huge part of the Wikia community is reviving old Wikias. After all, that is the whole reason for the adoption process, is it not? Well, believe it or not, there is a correct way to file an adoption request, just like anything else on Wikia.
Guidelines are there for a reason!
You know what I see all too often in adoption requests? The adopter either has too little edits, or has been there too little of an amount of time. Don't you think there is a reason for the adoption guidelines to be RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE?! And they explicitly state that you must have been editing there every day - or close to it - for at least a week.Read more >
Another often unfollowed guideline: the one that says "Admins must be inactive for 60…
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 >
Hello there, it's 343 again. I've created some blogs and today I'd like to create another. It's about how to go up in user rights the right way. Now, myself, when I first joined Wikia was keen to help out in any community I could. My heart was truly in the right place, but I went about it the complete wrong way. People used to consider me as power-obsessed and deranged but really, I just wanted to help. I know there are a lot of users out there with the same issue so I thought I'd help you.
When you want to help a Wiki further, it's important that you have been there a while, know the Wiki well and can consider yourself one with the rules and the way the Wiki operates. So for example, if you thought you'd be a great moderator you have to cons…
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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 >
Some tips and tricks for editing for Game Guides.
- Use simple wikitext or HTML instead of
style. Game Guides does not read style.
- Tables with more than 2 columns will not have borders.
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- Use simple wikitext or HTML instead of
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 >