Wikia Staff Blog
Today I want to introduce a new resource for everyone wanting to know more about Wikia and how to use it. Wikia University is an ongoing series of video tutorials, ranging from introductions for those brand new to Wikia, to more advanced help on the trickier aspects of the Wikia world.
Each course will be based around a different skill level and area of interest, with short class videos to teach exactly what you need to know to get on. The videos are quick and helpful, and based on the topics we see the most questions about
The idea is to give you another way to find information, alongside the help pages and question/answer areas like the forums and chat. Everyone has a different way of learning, and hopefully these new videos will bring the…Read more >
There's a difficult balance on a site like Wikia, between the ideal of communities running themselves and the need for staff intervention. What we all hope for is a community, led by its admins, that runs on civility, good sense, and fluffy kittens. But, of course, no wikia is perfect. There can be angry disagreements, hasty admins, uncivil conversations, and often all of those at once.
That's when staff are often asked to intervene. Maybe someone has been unfairly blocked. Or their perfectly good edits have been reverted. Or perhaps the wikia has developed a habit of excessively hostile conversations, with no chance of a careful and thoughtful idea being considered. Or maybe it's just one overly grumpy admin who keeps leaving rude wall mes…Read more >
Hello, hello, everybody! It's time for another dispatch from the Community Development corner. Today I have something very special in store for you! It's a new blog series I'm rolling out called "Featured Wikias."
My Featured Wikias series is going to be similar to my Featured Wikian series, except this time, I'm selecting members of the Wikia community to share their favorite wikias with you and explain why they think these communities are special. Members who are selected to participate may choose to feature communities that they themselves work on, or, communities that they simply enjoy visiting. The goal of my new series is to introduce you to new communities you might not have seen before, and also introduce you to fellow wikians who h…Read more >
Happy Friday, everyone! Michael here, from Wikia's Community Development team. Hope you have all had a fantastic week so far -- we have had a wonderful week here on the Community Development team, mainly because we are still riding high on our recent in-person office visit from Vintage Patterns admin Tarna !
Tarna is a stellar contributor who has managed Vintage Patterns (along with Petit Main) since 2007, and has over 147,000 edits to her name. Wahoo! Not only is Tarna a super contributor and leader, but she's also really cool and fun. We all adored spending time with her in our San Francisco headquarters. See for yourself in the video!Read more >
Over the last year we here at Wikia have been working hard on finding ways to bring you licensed, high-quality video content, from exclusive trailers to fan videos to clips from your favorite TV shows, games and movies. As many of you know, this was why Wikia Video and the Licensed Video Swap tool were created. Wikia believes that videos have an important role in the way readers and fans consume information, and that internet users expect to see videos alongside other forms of content.
Over the coming weeks we will be conducting a set of tests to gain an understanding of what kind of videos our users want to see on Wikia. You will see a new videos module displayed in various places on your article pages, file pages and main p…Read more >
Hello Wikians! My name is Chris, aka Rupert_Giles (hello Buffy fans!), and I'm a Product Manager at Wikia. I work with a group of designers and engineers whose primary goal is to improve the reading and navigation experience across all communities. This will be my first post on Community Central since joining Wikia a few months ago and I'm really excited to get to know everyone.
I'm here today to talk to you about A/B testing and why it can make things even better for you and your communities. A/B testing, a big initiative for the Wikia Product team in 2014, is a way of optimizing site performance by delivering alternate versions of the same web page to different users at the same time. The tests will track the interactions of each group an…Read more >
2013 was the year of the Ramen Burger, the cronut, and the Cupcake ATM...but what does 2014 hold for us? Wikia's official trendspotters, aka the Lifestyles team, had the opportunity to check out San Francisco's annual 2014 Fancy Food Show, where we got an inside look on the hottest trends that are emerging this year.
We saw everything, ranging from bacon hot sauce to raspberry creamed honey, but here are some of our favorite new foods and drinks for the year.
Sugar and spice is a classic combination...one that will make your tastebuds turn. We found three new products with a little kick that we can't get enough of. One of the major trends of the year is sriracha everything. The Jam Stand just released a Not Just Peach, Sriracha Jam that is be…
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Hello again, friends! It's time yet again for an entry from our Featured Wikian series. This week, I am very excited to introduce Ilan xd !
Ilan is an Admin on the Grand Theft Auto wikia (generally known around here as the "GTA" wikia). According to his fellow Admin, LS11sVaultBoy, Ilan "...is so dedicated that you just don't understand." Oh snap! Well, with over 12,000 edits to his name on GTA, Ilan xd is clearly an amazingly prolific contributor. Not only that, he's nice! Newer contributors to the GTA community regularly seek out his help and guidance.
We're so pleased that Ilan is part of the Wikia family, and I'm thrilled to be able to feature my recent conversation with Ilan, below. Enjoy!
Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I'm just s…
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We put out the call and you answered. By an overwhelming majority, you told us that you want your communities to take part in The Day We Fight Back, the digital protest against mass surveillance and data collection being held tomorrow, February 11, 2014. Wikia is proud to stand with you.
Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fabulous week. We certainly had an amazing week here at Wikia HQ in San Francisco! The reason? On Monday, we had a very special visit all the way from Russia - Jormun (aka Sergej) , a Russian volunteer from our International Volunteer Team!
The International Volunteering Team (also known as "the IVT") is a group of super passionate community members from all over the globe who love Wikia and who also love to help and support our communities in their local languages. They are closely connected to the community and regularly report on upcoming products, help in identifying new topics and needs that haven't been addressed yet, and surface new and exciting wikias by creating spotlights, sliders…Read more >