Wikia Staff Blog
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:
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The first stage of Project Darwin — fluid layout — has arrived! All of your favorite Wikia communities now have fluid layout enabled. As we've discussed over the past few months, this update optimizes Wikia's layout for different display sizes. If you're using a larger monitor, you'll be able to see the article space increase in size. On a tablet, you'll get a reading experience tailored to the smaller screen, that keeps the focus on the article content.
Feedback from the community has helped to make this update a successful one. We received lots of questions and suggestions regarding fluid backgrounds and how certain types of images would be handled. Those discussions helped us develop additional settings in Theme Designer to address thos…Read more >
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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Hello, hello, Wikia Community! Michael here, once again, checking in with another dispatch from the Featured Wikian series. This week I have the pleasure of introducing a real superstar from the Wikia Community: MontagnaMagica!
MontagnaMagica is a roller coaster aficionado and overall Wikia expert. He's doing some fabulous things in his communities, like giving out badges and awards, and he also has some *great* advice for new folks, as well. Read all about it below!
Wikia: Tell us a little bit about yourself...
MontagnaMagica: The first thing people should know about me is that I'm hugely obsessed with roller coasters. I've ridden a total of 61 different roller coasters so far, and my local coaster, "Desert Storm," 104 times. I live in Arizona…
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Hi there! Michael again here, checking in with another report from our Admin Showcase program!
This month, we had the distinct pleasure of hosting Brickipedia Admin Ajraddatz in our San Francisco office. Aj is a long time community member and prolific contributor on Wikia, and we had an absolutely fantastic time learning more about him and getting his feedback on the community experience while he was here in person with us. Aj had the opportunity to meet with our Community team, the Design team, our Product team, as well as many other folks who all lined up to meet him during his time here.
This was also AJ’s first time in San Francisco, so in addition to meeting with folks in the office, we also spent some time showing AJ around town. Be su…Read more >
Oh hello, everybody! Michael here, with a very special Featured Wikian report for you. Yes, yes, I know it's been a while since we have done a Featured Wikian post. In my new role here at Wikia I am looking at rebooting this program, and picking up where we left off, as well as looking at different formats for these posts.
Needless to say, I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you all today to none other than Alaric Saltzman -- long time community member and Vampire Diaries expert!
Wikia: Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Alaric Saltzman: My username is Alaric Saltzman. I picked that name because he was one of my favourite characters from The Vampire Diaries. But my real name is Aljoša (pronounced AHLY-osh-ah). I live in Serbia and I rea…
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The knowledge and information on a Wikia community is just one part of the vast internet. But we all know that Wikia has some of the best content that's out there. Wikia's making it even easier to get your content out to the world. We hope you and your readers will share articles through Google+, Facebook and Twitter to make connections between your community's pages and the larger fan universe for your topic.
To highlight all the hard work that's being done by you and your fellow contributors! We've all published something new and then wondered if anyone will appreciate it; sharing is one way to make sure it's seen, and even get some feedback. Comments, shares, likes and retweets can all tell you how useful and relevant a page is for others.…
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As the snow starts to fall outside, it's time to bundle up. Don't let your fashion sense go to the wayside this winter. With the help of Wikia's top fashionista admins, we have determined the top winter fashion trends for 2013. From holiday outfits to the "it" accessories of the year, we've got you covered.
We've kept tabs on Fashion Week and what the celebrities have been wearing to bring you the hottest trends for this season. We have our eye on everything metallic this year...metallic blouses, dresses, flats, you name it!
Another style that you can't miss out on this year is the buckled boot. Buckles add a little something extra to your footwear.
The Vintage Patterns admin, Tarna, thinks that leather accents are another big trend of the ye…
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For the last few months we've been talking about fluid layout, giving users a chance to try it out, listening to your feedback and fixing bugs. Now it's time to bring this update to everyone! On Wednesday, December 4, fluid layout will be released to all Wikia communities.
Also included with the release are: Fluid editor preview, Special:CSS and the recently-added updates to Theme Designer. We're very excited to bring these improvements to all Wikia users and wrap up the first stage of Project Darwin.
You can review the details of these updates on the Darwin Help page, and you can read our suggestions for preparing your community on these forum threads:
- Preparing your main page for fluid layout
- Preparing your background for fluid layout
- Fluid l…
With over 72 million monthly visitors across over 320,000 wikis (and counting!), Wikia is a hotbed of passionate expertise on an incredibly diverse range of topics. With such a plethora of information to sift through, breaking into a new franchise or genre can seem a tad overwhelming. To help break the ice, we're going to be asking experts from various communities to tell us what it is about their area of expertise they find so captivating -- and the steps they recommend beginners take to set themselves on the path to geekery.
We're calling the series "Guided Tour," and today we're taking a look at Epic Fantasy.
The history of Epic Fantasy is more or less the same as the general history of Fantasy. Modern fantasy (our primary focus here) dif…
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