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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It may be quite clear that not every wiki is the same. They all have different topics, different layouts and different hierarchies, among many other things that separates a wiki from another. I wanted to look at two different kinds of wiki, those being a content-based wiki and a community-based wiki, to see how much they differ in the way they're visited, and to see how much they differ in local staff positions.
Note: I use multiple wikis as examples. These wikis are (in my eyes) extreme cases of wikis where it is heavily relied on either the content on the pages or on the community. I do not include the forums and/or discussions, since on some wikis, the forums have been replaced by discussions, which is separated from the wiki itself. Thi…Read more >
A reference of the most important MediaWiki Wikitext functions used in making templates
Use a Template Parameter
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Are you an admin on a wiki and come across recurring IP address vandals with slightly different addresses each time? There's a neat less-known type of block known as a Range Block. It is a powerful tool and can be used by any administrator on a wiki, only if the vandal's IP addresses are known. If misused it can wreak havoc on a wiki, so it should be used wisely after necessary checks have been made.
Let's say there's an IP address called 18.104.22.168 and they vandalise your wiki. So you revert their changes and block them, as usual. However, a few minutes later another IP vandal appears called 22.214.171.124 and they do similar vandalism as the first. You're almost certain they're the same individual since the behaviour and address is so s…
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A little while ago, it was announced that Achievements was being deprecated. Achievements will still be supported, but it will require intervention from Staff to install or uninstall, and development on it has stopped. We do not know for how long this extension will still be supported.
Reading between the lines, I think achievements will become officially unsupported at some point within a few years. This is a major issue. Many smaller wikis rely on achievements as an incentive to get new users and maintain them. That got me thinking: "if achievements is officially abandoned, what other means do we have to maintain a user population and gain new users?". Here are some ideas I've had to maintain a user population with achievements on its las…Read more >
If you see this, you probably have a wiki. You are unsure what to do.
To-Do lists can be useful for this, but what stuff to add to a Wiki to-do list?
- Add categories to uncategorized pages.
- Add missing info on pages.
- Removing outdated info and replacing it with in-date info.
- Check Special:WikiActivity (On the wiki you are admin of) every now and then.
- Browse through the history of recently edited pages (To check for users who have been acting up.)
- View the wiki's insights. This should let you know what you need to change and edit.
- If the wiki has a chat, you can moderate it. (Which brings me to our next list)
- Moderate the chat.... That's about all Chat Mods do.
To-Do lists can be useful if you are doing them right. Take this blog as a note, whether y…
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Ok, so on the Baattle For Dream Island Wiki, someone created a vandalism account(MLG Doge V3), and vandalized over 100 of the pages there. Then a admin there (Phuocphuc46) comes there and says it's me; after i cleaned up some vandalism they made. And in defense, as i never did it, gave some facts. I said i had a Emergency Sockpuppet Account. Later, one of my fellow wiki friends (MrPokemonMeme) backstabs me and tries to copy the account, and vandalize pages; saying they're me. Later; the same admin says that i'm sockpuppeting. I Never used the emergency sockpuppet account on the wiki to attack it, and i never used it; until today to say that my "emergency sockuppet" is not me. Please back me if you can. Bracelety is love. Bracelety is life.…Read more >
I recently held a contest and it requires users to vote. What I found is so disturbing.
The existing poll feature only provides very basic functions, which I didn't use for the contests. I used Poll Maker and recently PollDaddy for the voting, but I found users stuffing the ballot box. When they see their desired candidate is left behind, they vote the same candidate using their phones, tablets, etc. which could be worse as this.
Even I set to block multiple votes by cookies and IP addresses, but since the ballot is tied to the device, it has no effect. You can view the results of the past contests here.
Users on Polandball Wiki are also having the same problem. Admins hold election via blogs, which requires users to use templates in order to…Read more >
Many of you know that there are many articles on how to build and promote a community but, to my knowledge, there are very few that actually tell people the best way to run a wiki.
I am no proffesional but have run a few short lived wikis. I have had to deal with vandalism, spam and people just being rude so I hope that the lessons I learnt from my mistakes will help others.
This is the first of the weekly blogs I hope to put on Community Central to help others in all aspects of wikia life!
When running a wiki you need to know that even though you have admin rights doesn't make you 'The Boss'. You can deal with problems, guide and create major things for the community but you need to remember it is a community. While at first you need to take…
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