Wikia Staff Blog
Have you ever seen staff members around Wikia? Have you ever wondered: What are they doing here? Why are they editing that? Do they even lift, bro? If you answered yes to any of those questions- this blog is for you!
Today, I’ll be introducing some of the
bestWikia staff members, the Community Development team!
“We're the people in the field. We are there to help users create new Wikias, help existing Wikias, and to help guide admins and other users.” -Asnow89
The Community Development (ComDev) team members really are the people in the field. You can find them doing all sorts of things across Wikia sites, helping all sorts of people. Often, on Wikia, they are found spiffing and designing wikia sites, writing blog posts about press releases, ho…
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The logged-in user experience offers a number of benefits on Wikia. Registered accounts have features like Notifications, Chat, and the ability to follow articles and discussions, just to name a few. In the coming months we’ll be working to highlight these benefits more and see what we can do to drive more readers and anonymous editors to create accounts. With more motivations and prompts to return to a community, a user with an account is much more likely to become an active contributor and discussion participant.
Starting Thursday July 23rd, administrators on most communities now have the option to prompt visitors to create accounts by disabling anonymous editing. This can be accomplished via a new switch in WikiFeatures.
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From time to time we repeat the topics of our blogs, for the benefit of new users and as a reminder for our old experts, that have been editing on Wikia for a long time. I talk to a lot of Wikians and sometimes ask them for advice, primarily to understand how their communities work. If you look at a community from the outside, it can look quite chaotic! It reminds me of an ant-hill — lots of busy ants — and only if you look from a distance, you can see the structure. Everybody is working towards the same goal, or at least tries to. How does this all come together? You have guessed correctly: With the help of our awesome admin force!
Instead of just writing a blog and giving you my thoughts, I collected the thoughts of several …Read more >
Hey Everyone, I’m Tucker! I am working at Wikia this summer as part of the Community Development team in San Francisco. San Francisco is Wikia’s home base and I wanted to give everyone a little peek inside the Wikia offices.
In January of this Year, the Wikia offices moved just up the street to a new home in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. The new offices retain a lot of the same character, but are serving the growing company better than before. For many users, their impressions of the Wikia offices come from earlier pictures or Michael Cooksey’s admin visit series. When I first saw the offices, they were certainly not what I expected, so today, I’m here to take you on a tour of the new Wikia offices.
This is the first view…
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UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who nominated foods! Voting is now live!!
There were some overwhelmingly popular nominations, and we were super pleased to see a lot of newcomers to the bracket. Go vote for your favorites now!
This year, you can also nominate foods in separate brackets being run in multiple languages:
These brackets will include nominees from our international communities in those languages, so the foods will be different in these polls. Enjoy!
It's that time again—time for the 3rd Annual Battle of the Fantasy Foods!
For the last two years, we've run this bracket tournament so superfans like you can choose the greatest fantasy food fandom in all the land. And each year, dozens of amazing …
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I've given a lot of social advice to admins and to others on Wikia, but today I want to give admins some more practical advice on pages to use and skills to learn. These are the top five areas that I'd suggest any admin learn.
Wiki Activity is a useful page for getting an overview of what's going on on a wikia, but it's not the full picture. The full details of what's happening on any community are on Recent Changes. This essential page lists every change on the wikia, including edits on pages that are less often changed, like templates.
For an admin, or for any keen contributor, this page is the starting point for understanding everything that's going on on your community. You can see exactly what pages are being edited, and have links to …
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Howdy howdy howdy, Wikians!
Today we’re (choo-choo!) hopping on the mobile train. We have mobile app news and features to share. And oh my goodness these apps are incredibly popular.
Wikia released the first five Community Apps in November of 2013. Simple premise: Wikians produce high-quality, engaging content, and apps are a good way collect and organize content for viewers. Since then, we’ve released over 100 iOS apps and more than 80 Android apps, with no end in sight. Combined, these apps surpassed one million monthly active users a couple months ago. By any measure, those are incredible figures, and three cheers for our Mobile Apps team and their amazing products, as well as for you, the Wikians who create the amazing content featured in …Read more >
Wikia’s a big place with a big platform underpinning it. Have you ever seen a list of all the extensions that exist on Wikia? It is impressively long, and I’ll admit, somewhat confusing. I remember seeing it on my first day working here - I tried to parse it, but instead made a face and pouted.
An easy explanation for this is that we want the community to have access to as many curation and development tools as reasonably possible, but there’s another reason, too: Wikia has been around for quite a while (in Internet Time, anyway) and the platform has never stopped expanding.
Between new coding techniques, updated user interface standards, and flashier devices, sometimes we have to make decisions about how to proceed from a product perspectiv…Read more >
Many of you have created Facebook pages for your communities to help get news and updates to your readers and editors. Some of you also use your main page to promote the Facebook page of your community's topic. If you use the Like Box plugin/widget to show Facebook content on your wikia, you'll need to update to a newer plugin from Facebook.
Next week (on June 23), Facebook will drop support for the Like Box, which used the tags
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Got questions? Let us know in the comments. Need help? Let us know via Special:Contact.
I recently joined the Community Support Team at Wikia, and I’ll be helping you with your problems and answer any questions you might have.
Just like Andrea, who takes care of the German Wikia community, I grew up in Germany and live in the US now. I'm here to help out all English-speaking users. Before joining Wikia, I worked for a career network called e-fellows.net in Munich. There, it was my job to take care of the online forum and community, a group of about 50,000 students and graduates.
Obviously, Wikia has a much larger number of users and many communities on different topics. Two of my personal favorites are the Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings communities – you see, I like dragons, swords and medieval stuff! Bac…
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