Wikia Staff Blog
So here's the problem. You've found a fascinating wikia, just ripe for growth, and you're raring to go. But for some reason or other, it's not eligible for adoption. Maybe the admin is almost active and had edited in the last month. Or you haven't been on the wikia long enough to be eligible. Or maybe you just aren't ready to adopt yet.
But even without being an admin, there are lots of things you can do to help the wikia, and maybe get ready for adoption.
The first thing I would do is look to see who else is on the wikia. There are two good ways to do this. One is to go to Special:RecentChanges, your one-stop shop for wikia information. This is one of the most important pages on the wikia, and If you can master reading this, you will be a wik…Read more >
Hello Wikians! This week you’ll start to see something new at the top of article pages — buttons for sharing your community’s work via social media.
These options will make it easier for both editors and readers to get your wikia’s expertly-crafted content out into the wider fan universe for your topic. Comments, likes, reblogs, and retweets can indicate how useful and relevant a page is for others. Some of those readers might even come visit and make some contributions of their own!
We’re especially excited to add sharing options for Reddit and Tumblr, and we’ll be adding language/region-specific buttons for non-English users in the coming weeks.
A few notes about what’s changing with this update:
- The Edit button and Comments/Talk button wil…
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Hey everybody, in last year’s article layout prototype, we tested out a number of different things and we got a lot of feedback that has been instrumental in how we’re going to try and move forward. The prototype helped us learn some important things about what works and what doesn’t (for example, removing the right rail was fairly disruptive). We are still going to move forward with gradual enhancements to article layout, but our plan is to focus on specific aspects of the layout one by one. This process is similar to how we updated the global navigation in January, but it will take a longer time to get all the changes to article layout out there.
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Today, Wikia is excited to announce a brand new opportunity for our superfans. Wikians like you will be given the ultimate fan experience at major pop culture events throughout 2015, beginning with Wizard World events throughout the United States. We're calling this program the Wikia Superfan Crew, and fans will be able to attend Wizard World shows to represent Wikia, their communities, and their fandoms. Wikia won't have an official presence at these shows - the Superfan Crew are the Wikia ambassadors!
Entering for a chance to become part of the Superfan Crew is easy! Simply visit our Superfan Crew page on Wikia Live and tell us which event(s) you want to attend and why. Anyone can enter, but we'll be looking for stellar candidates who are …Read more >
Gooooood morning Wikiaaaaa!
Ducksoup, checking in. Today - and for about a week - we're slowly rolling out updates to VisualEditor, trying to give as many Wikians as possible the chance to create, collaborate, and be original. And we're doing that by upgrading VisualEditor’s performance and introducing some really cool new features.
Our biggest change - which will roll out locally in a week, around March 25th - is support for IME. Now our Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese communities will have access to VisualEditor. I know a couple of my international colleagues on the community team have given it a spin and really enjoyed the experience. It should be seamless and intuitive - if you're fluent in any of those languages, give it a shot…Read more >
As many of you know, wikitext is the main building block of articles across Wikia, but it can often be hard to comprehend what you're seeing at a glance, especially on more complex pages. We're planning on introducing a feature called 'syntax highlighting', visible when editing the source code of an article, to help make this easier.
Essentially, syntax highlighting takes what is written on the page and highlights the various types of code in different colours to help a reader identify what part does what. For example, links are highlighted with a blue background, and templates become yellow.
We also plan to add a slightly different kind of highlighting to all CSS, JS and Lua module pages, much like you may already have se…
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Hey everyone. It's Rappy from the Community Support Team bringing you an update on the Volunteer Spam Task Force (VSTF).
As many of you may know, the VSTF is a volunteer group that helps keep Wikia free of spam and vandalism. They work behind the scenes to keep that annoying and pesky aspect of the internet under control on Wikia. The team is now 21 members strong with recent additions who speak several languages. Currently, the VSTF team covers Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish languages, and we are always working to add more to this growing list.
Spam is an unfortunate and inevitable part of the internet, which is why Wikia is so fortunate to have a group of people like the VSTF. The…Read more >
Hi Wikians! Ducksoup here!
In 2012, we launched a feature called Special:Promote, which allowed admins to use text and images to promote their community on Wikia.com. It quickly gained popularity - who doesn’t want to promote their community? - but as it became more widely used and its content was pulled into more features, it exceeded its original scale and experienced performance issues. What does that mean? Frankly, it actually became so popular that it couldn't handle usage anymore, which is a rather good problem to have.
It got so stressful on the back end that we had to shut it down last August and start work on a replacement. This is still only a beta product, but say hello to the Hero image!
While designing and building this - the offic…
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Earlier this month, we revealed a very important fact about Wikia: approximately 50% of all page views across Wikia are coming from mobile devices. That number will continue to grow, so we've made mobile optimization a key focus in 2015.
As we move forward with these mobile-friendly efforts, we're launching a series of "Best Practice" blogs and help pages to assist you in optimizing your communities for mobile devices. You can see a list of the best practice help pages that we currently have on our Mobile Help hub. Some of our big focuses are finding the best ways to optimize tables, stub templates, main pages, and more for mobile devices.
To kick this off, we've posted a Main Page Optimization help guide for our first topic. Main pages are …
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Heads up, Bracket fans!
Round Two is now live, including the four NEW couples from our commenters. GO VOTE !
Happy Valentine's weekend, Wikians!
For all you romantics out there, we've opened voting on our first ever cross-community Greatest Love of All Couples Bracket Tournament.
Two weeks ago, we put out the call for fandoms to nominate their favorite on-canon couple. Marge and Homer, Han and Leia, Katniss and Peeta, Mario and Princess Peach, and so many more - they're all here, thanks to the nominations that came in from across our thousands of communities.Read more >