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  • Meighan

    I have some great news for you: Today we’ve removed the fixed light or dark theme on both the Admin Dashboard and the Editor.

    It's important and necessary for you as communities to have your own look and feel. You have all worked really hard to define and make your wikis unique. And one good way to do this is through your own local color theming. So as of this morning, you'll see your Admin Dashboard and Editor pull in your wiki's customized colors.

    For those of you who are new on the scene, here's some background: earlier this year we rolled out the Wikia Editor and the Admin Dashboard. Both of these features had a universal color theme (Admin Dashboard having both light and dark theming depending on the color of your wiki) which separated …

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  • Meighan

    Last month we kicked off a series called Wiki Wisdom. It's a series where we share and highlight great user blog posts we read on Wikia. As a community, Wikia collects so much knowledge — our goal is to give shout-outs to well written, informative, and thoughtful blog posts.

    In today's post, we're highlighting RRabbit42's help page Dealing with Vandalism and Spam. It was written on the Phineas and Ferb Wiki, but has a boatload of helpful and valuable tips for dealing with trolls or vandals.

    At one point or another in our Internet lives, we all come into contact with a troll or a vandal. RRabbit42 offers calm and helpful advice. The post gives a few definitions, explains why people troll and vandalize, and then details how to handle yourself …

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  • Meighan

    We see users offering help and support in a variety of ways all over Wikia — through editing, comments, forums, etc. Blogs are an especially great way to offer guidance to the community. It's always inspiring to stumble upon blogs where users have taken a moment to share their experience or knowledge so that other users can learn from them. What better way to acknowledge these blog posts than to highlight them in a guest blog series called "Wiki Wisdom" on Founder & Admin Central?

    To kick off our very first installment, we're spotlighting a blog post by Tagaziel (The Vault, Command & Conquer wiki, S.T.A.L.K.E.R wiki, Prototype wiki), who wrote a very insightful and sharp piece about translating skills one learns and does on wikis to "Volunt…

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  • Trellar

    Achievements Unlocked

    October 10, 2011 by Trellar

    Hi all, we made the decision to make these blog posts into articles so we could better turn them into Guides for new users (and old users who would like to brush up ;) to easily find. You can find them here.



    When I first started editing the My Little Pony Wiki, I was thrilled to earn my first achievement badge! Day after day I would edit on MLP a little here and a little there. Each day, I'd scan the list of top contributors on the leaderboard (Special:Leaderboard) to see my name slowly start to rise. It was thrilling and exciting. I felt like I was helping the community to a better place by adding categories and editing articles. Some people pride themselves on edit counts which is great, but I try to focus on specific goals -- that's why …


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  • Meighan

    If you're an admin, you may have noticed that new email options appeared last week in your preferences. In June, we introduced improved emails for founders, including alerts to new edits, visitors, views, and an optional daily digest. We received a lot of feedback that admins should also have access to these emails, which makes sense. So if you're an admin, now you've got 'em!

    These emails are completely "opt in" — you won't receive any additional emails unless you change your preferences. To do that, hover over your user drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner of the wiki you admin, then click on "My Preferences." On the first tab called "User Profile," you'll find "Wiki Email Options" at the bottom of the list. You'll see a box at t…

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  • Meighan

    Hi all, we made the decision to make these blog posts into articles so we could better turn them into Guides for new users (and old users who would like to brush up ;) to easily find. You can find them here.


    In my last blog post Tracking Contributions: Wiki Activity, I mentioned that wikis by their very nature have a lot of activity and changes happening. Activity on a wiki is kind of like footprints of the editors, leaving tracks as they edit. And it's important to monitor this activity taking place.

    Now that you are armed with knowledge of how Wiki Activity works let's get a little more detailed and technical with Recent Changes.

    Recent Changes, or as it's sometimes referred to 'RC', is much like Wiki Activity -- they both track contributions…



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  • Meighan

    In the next week, you'll see a new button on the Admin Dashboard called Wiki Features. In this post, I'll tell you what it is, why we decided to create it, and how you can use it to improve your wiki:


    Wiki Features is a new SpecialPage that will allow admins and founders to enable or disable more of Wikia's optional features.


    We created Wiki Features so that some of our optional features, both new and old, can be controlled from one place. Right now we have Wikia Labs, where you can find some of the newest features, but there are no admin controls for other optional features. Often it's not even clear that those optional features exist!

    For example, right now Wikia Labs lets you enable or disable Chat, Article Comments, Achievements, Category …



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  • Meighan

    Hi all, we made the decision to make these blog posts into articles so we could better turn them into Guides for new users (and old users who would like to brush up ;) to easily find. You can find them here.


    Wikis by nature have a lot of activity on them. Once a wiki starts to attract a community -- whether that's two or three people or hundreds of people -- a lot of action can happen over any period of time. Editing, uploading an image, writing a blog post, leaving a comment, adding a new page, asking a question in a forum -- so much can happen! Because anyone can come and edit (and add any of the above contributions and more) it’s useful to be able to find all of that activity in one place.

    As a good admin, it's important to monitor the ac…



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  • Meighan

    F is for Forums

    August 26, 2011 by Meighan

    Have you stopped by to see what we’ve been up to on Founder & Admin Central recently? We've been busy!

    One of our main goals for developing Founder & Admin Central is to create a place where the community can ask questions (and give answers) about administrating a wiki. We know that sometimes admins have very specific questions, and we think that a forum space best serves those needs. So, we recently built the Founder & Admin Central Forum — check it out!

    The forum is divided into two main areas:

    Stickied Threads is the hot topic area; you'll see this at the top of the forum as soon as you land on the page. There, you'll find current topics that have users weighing in, asking questions, and dropping knowledge.

    Board Categories has four buckets …

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  • Meighan

    We have had lots of feedback since our launch of Admin Dashboard, last Thursday night. Many of you are upset and we understand. To put it frankly, we could have handled this roll out better. We didn’t give you enough information about the changes that were coming or what would affect you and your wikis to better prepare you. We see how frustrating that was. We’ve had internal meetings and discussions most of Friday and today on how we could have done things differently and the areas we didn’t handle well. Those are:

    • My blog post, New Tools to Start & Grow Your Wiki was not clear about the changes you would see to your UI, especially within Recent Changes. Had the blog post been more informative -- your opinions could have been raised about …
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