Wikia Staff Blog
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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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.
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…Read more >
Today's topic was suggested by 452, and it's a good one. We've talked about the attributes of the ideal admin, and about the best ways to react to trolling. But between that is the best way to react to users you dislike or are causing problems on the wikia in ways other than simple trolling.
This is related to "Don't Feed the Trolls," but there are some differences. Not feeding trolls is generally about not giving feedback to those that are editing specifically to get a reaction to their disruption. But sometimes there's more involved than that, and sometimes your reaction is not just about not feeding, it's also about your own effect on the wikia and its community.
So let's talk about your reactions to vandals, users that don't listen, or w…Read more >
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…Read more >
Good day Wikia!
Every now and then, it’s important to remind our community about the important role you, our readers and editors, play in keeping our wikias free of pesky bugs. Helping squash bugs is the most intense but satisfying part of my job here at Wikia. We do the very best job we can to prevent bugs from appearing on your wikias but, considering how many features we are constantly tweaking, releasing, and testing, it's inevitable that some will always get past us.
It's important to establish first what constitutes a "bug." A bug, in the sense we are using it, is when our code causes something on your wikia to look broken or display incorrectly, or one of our features behaves in a way that does not seem as intended.
Let's look a real q…
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Here at Wikia, we're always looking for fun new ways to get to know our communities better, so we created a questionnaire to learn more about what you love and how we can create the best Wikia experience possible.
Where do you go to find news about your favorite TV show? How do you tell your friends about the latest new game? Answer a few questions to complete the survey and you'll be entered to win an iPad Mini!
Please note that if you state that you are under 13 years old or over 55 years old, the survey will end. It will also end if you enter all 0's for the number of hours you spend watching TV, watching movies, and playing video games, or if you say you spend $0 on movies, TV, and video games. The survey is intended for tho…
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Usually, we come together to share and celebrate what we know and love about our favorite subjects, but today the topic is a bit more serious. Wikia's foundational philosophy celebrates openness and transparency, based on the notion that knowledge is something that should be shared through collaboration. Simply put, our communities would not be possible without a free and open internet.
Currently, a battle rages surrounding the topic of network neutrality. Network neutrality protects the right to communicate freely and openly on the internet by making sure that all information is delivered equally. Some cable companies want to charge websites extra fees to deliver their content. Any site that refuses to pay this unfair tol…Read more >
We’re introducing a fun personality quiz for all our fans across Wikia! It’s a photo-driven quiz that asks a series of interesting questions like, “Where does your hero hang out?” and “What do you obsess about?” For each one, pick the image that best fits your personality. At the end, you’ll receive a personality profile to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Besides getting an awesome profile at the end, this quiz also gives you recommended Wikia communities you might like based on your answers. You never know, you might find your next favorite fandom!
Check it out and let us know your results -- are you a techie? A foodie? A TV fanatic? You just might be surprised!Read more >
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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Welcome to today's guest blog post, written by a Community Central contributor. Today we have a blog post by Mismagius Star. Mismagius edits on many wikis, including wikis about Pokemon. His username comes from Pokemon, and you can see a picture of the original Mismagius on his user page
This blog post is all about Message Walls. This feature is used on many wikias now, and it's one that I personally find invaluable for keeping track of conversations. Masmagius Star gives a useful overview of the feature for the beginner, and help with customizing the greeting for the slightly more advanced. I hope you find it helpful!Read more >