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  • 59
    Ieatrice

    For the past few months we've been working hard on a new way to present image galleries, and we're now ready to give everyone a first look! Today, the new image galleries are available to enable in the Labs section of WikiFeatures.


    Our goals for this updated design are to:

    • Increase reader engagement with images and image galleries. We believe that engagement can be improved via standardization of gallery presentation, making them easy to browse.
    • Increase average page views per visit. The current style of image galleries are not constrained by their height, allowing them to take up infinite vertical space on the page and limiting a user's ability to find content below the image gallery. By standardizing the height of image galleries in the new…

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  • 69
    Kirkburn

    Greetings Wikia!

    It has been a few months since the last VisualEditor update, and a lot has been happening in that time. Today, I am bringing you an update on all our recent improvements, news of an important change coming this month, and our future plans for the VisualEditor.

    Recent improvements

    In the last four months, we have overhauled the template tool, making sure it shows all parameters in a more intuitive order, adding filtering, allowing the dialog to be moved and greatly improving the experience when inserting a new template. We have added link suggestions to the editor's source dialog, and solved many of the remaining 'dirty diff' causes, while updates from the Wikimedia Foundation have significantly updated how complex templates a…

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  • 340
    Rupert Giles

    Greetings Wikians. My name is Chris, aka Rupert Giles, and I’m a Product Manager at Wikia. Over the past several months the team I’m working on has been experimenting with a lot of new and updated features. One of those features, global navigation, is nearly ready for a site-wide rollout, and I wanted to give you a sneak preview.

    There were a few goals we tried to accomplish with the new navigation - get more users to search, expose users to our new content hubs, and lastly to provide a consistent experience across screens and devices.

    Search is one of the most important features on Wikia today. Due to the passion and dedication of our fans we have over 300,000 communities and 32,000,000 pages of content. Many of these communities are so lar…

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  • 14
    TranStanley


    It's been over a year since the release of Game Guides 2.0. In that timespan, we’ve reached over 1.2 million downloads thanks to your edits and content curation.

    Now it’s time to take Game Guides to the next level. Armed with the largest body of gaming knowledge and a passionate community of experts like you, we’re all on track to become the top destination for gamers to not only find gaming help or information about lore, but to also discover the next games they want to play and, eventually, connect with other gamers in a meaningful way. But one step at a time…and Game Guides 3.0 is a big one.

    The gamer’s destination

    Aside from having a sleek, new look, the home screen now sorts your favorited Wikia communities by most recently opened, so if…


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  • 30
    Junior admin

    Hello Wikians! Since it's my first post, let me introduce myself: I'm Adam, and I work at Wikia on the Community Engineering team. Together with Grunny, I'm responsible for rolling-out Lua-based templates. I'd like to share some information on our first shared module—the InfoboxBuilder.


    The idea for InfoboxBuilder came from researching a number of wikias and their way of creating complex infoboxes. Not only is our goal to unify these templates and speed up the page loading times, but also to make the creation and maintenance of these templates easier for all Wikians. We also want you to benefit from the full power of Lua’s built in logical operators, making it easier to add conditional styling and code to your infoboxes.


    Once you have Lua an…



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  • 115
    Grunny

    Hi, everyone! If you don't know me already, I'm Grunny and I'm a software engineer here at Wikia. I'm here to introduce Lua, a new templating language, which we'll be rolling out to all wikias in the near future. This will make it easier for you to create and modify templates such as infoboxes, navigation tables, and many others.


    Most of you probably make use of templates on a regular basis. The MediaWiki platform upon which Wikia is built, makes use of special wikitext syntax such as parser functions to let you use logical operations and other features to build templates. The introduction of parser functions effectively turned wikitext into a limited programming language. While parser functions allow you to do many things in templates, com…


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  • 94
    Kirkburn

    Good morning Wikia,

    Today we're bringing you an update on the VisualEditor (VE) - what's happened in the last few months, where we're at now, and where we're going next.

    Over the past few months, our team has been hard at work adding features, fixing bugs, and improving the general feel of the editing experience. A combination of the work at the Wikimedia Foundation and our own work means the VE is now faster, has better media and template tools, a reorganized toolbar, better theming, and much more. We've also updated the editing preferences, allowing users more control over their experience.

    More recently, we have started rolling VE out as the default editor for anonymous users - starting at the smallest wikias, and working our way up. At th…

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  • 65
    Zhobbs


    Wikia music fans have a lot to be excited about this month. Our largest music community, LyricWiki, recently turned eight years old! To celebrate, we’re excited to release — today — a completely redesigned lyrics app called Lyrically. Along with the new mobile app, the LyricWiki community will get a fresh new look and name, LyricWikia. Since its launch in April 2006, LyricWikia has grown to over 2.7 million pages and has been used over a billion times by music fans around the world. Not only is LyricWikia one of our largest fan communities, it was also the first fan community to appear on a second screen, bringing more than a million fan-created lyrics to Wikia's first ever mobile app. Because of this, our mobile team was thrilled to have an…

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  • 104
    TranStanley

    Can you believe it? 2014 is now knocking on the door and we’re anticipating that in this upcoming year, more than half of all Wikia visits will be coming from mobile devices. For many of you, this may seem to be a surprise, especially when thinking about how mobile devices comprised less than five percent of total Wikia visits just a couple of years ago, but the reality is that each and every one of us now shares the responsibility of making sure our wikias are ready for the inevitable dominance of mobile traffic. And let’s not treat this as some change we have to cope with, but a challenging opportunity to get even more fans of our work. Just in case you’re curious, here’s how traffic share stands today:

    Please understand that these releas…

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  • 154
    BertH

    For the last couple of months we've been talking about the new VisualEditor and its role in Wikia's evolution: helping to make every community a collaborative space for all types of users. Your feedback from the beta release has been very helpful for setting priorities, identifying bugs, and making sure the feature is ready to take its next step into the spotlight. And that time has come!


    The new VisualEditor is now available to enable in the Labs section of WikiFeatures. We've been making updates over the past few weeks, to make sure this feature is ready to be the default editing experience for communities that choose to activate it. Those include:

    • Adding options to change the filename and set the license for newly added images
    • Making sure…

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