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  • BertH

    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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  • Jamie

    The novelty of Twitter and Facebook has worn off. There isn't the same buzz around these platforms there once was. Instead, they have become part of the fabric of the Internet. They exist as a part of the constant hum of communication that engages users and creates loyalty to a celebrity, a corporate brand, or—most importantly—a web community.

    Most modern websites, like those on Wikia, are designed to engage users. The idea is to cause users to interact with the site, beyond reading it like the static text of a book. If a site is able to engage users weekly (or preferably daily) it can have the side effect of creating a sense of community, which in turn generates fierce loyalty and ‘net promoters’. (…

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  • TwoBearsHigh-Fiving

    Hey everyone, my name is TwoBearsHigh-Fiving, but you can call me Ryan, TwoBears, or as some have taken to calling me, Burrs.

    I'm very excited to be doing this guest blog. I'd like to talk a bit about something that I feel is a huge part of the Wikia community, and that's welcoming guests.

    Every single one of us was new at some time, and there are certain things we remember about our first days at Wikia, good and bad. When I started out over at the Fallout Wiki, I was immediately drawn in by how kind some of the users were. How you treat a newcomer can be a huge game changer in what kind of user they become. Here are some tips on how you can be extra welcoming:

    • If you see a user make a mistake on their very first edit, instead of pointing it …

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  • Sarah Manley

    Hello All!

    I'm excited to announce that we will be hosting our second live Google+ Hangout on Air at 4pm PDT today. This hangouts's topic is using Social Media (specifically Twitter) to help promote and grow your Wikia community.

    Myself, along with Wikia staff members and Nate Blonkenfeld will be live on-camera offering tips and tricks, as well as responding to your questions!

    Prior to our hangout, feel free to post questions here on what you would like to see covered. You can also tweet your questions to @Wikia_Community on Twitter now or during the session.

    The video is embedded here and will be begin playing live at 4pm PDT today. You can also watch it directly from our Wikia Youtube page.

    Update: Here is a recording of our hangout. The sound…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Wikis are community-built projects, and as successful as the community members who are a part of them. One of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an admin on wikis like Star Wars Fanpedia is being able to attract new readers and editors. Being able to successfully promote your wiki is crucial to the success of your project, so this blog will cover some of my tips and tricks for how to best attract new users.

    Wikis aren't nearly as fun if you're editing by yourself, so part of your time should focus on bringing in new users. If you're not promoting your wiki, then the odds of people finding it will go way down. To build a community and large amounts of content for it, people need to be able to find your wiki.

    Before I tell you some of …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    A user page is just what it sounds like—it's a page about a user. All user pages are in the User namespace, so they start with the word "User." My user page, for example, is User:Brandon Rhea. Creating a user page is often one of the first things someone does when they’re new to a wiki, because user pages can help introduce you to a community, but what should a user page actually be like?

    The best user pages tend to tell a story about a person's wiki life, so if you're looking to write a new user page, my suggestion would be to go that route. If I was going to write a new user page for myself today, and it was going to be for Wookieepedia, I might tell a little bit about myself when it comes to Star Wars. I would ask myself a few basic quest…

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  • Rappy 4187

    Magic Words 101

    February 7, 2013 by Rappy 4187

    When you hear the phrase "magic words", your first thought may be, "Is this some kind of hocus pocus mumbo jumbo?" Well in some cases it may be, but in terms of MediaWiki, a magic word is a keyword or phrase that triggers the software to do something special on a page. Mediawiki looks for magic words when a page is loaded for viewing. If a magic word exists on the page, the software runs the function associated with that magic word. Most magic words display text on the page or have some other form of output. Allow me to pull some knowledge out of my hat to share with you.

    In general, magic words help to accomplish tasks in the MediaWiki software that aren't possible otherwise. From text manipulation and formatting, to complex math and commo…

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  • Rappy 4187

    Guide to Infoboxes

    January 15, 2013 by Rappy 4187

    As a member of the Community Support Team and long time wiki editor, one of the areas I most often get questions about are Templates. Templates allow for you to create a consistent look across your wikia, but can be tricky to set up. Here I would like to offer steps of how to customize a basic template called an infobox. This guide is meant for those with at least a basic knowledge of templates and will cover some of the more advanced techniques. It may be helpful to read about Wikia's default infobox first. This template is included on all new(er) wikias and is set up to allow quick and easy infobox creation.

    Infoboxes are essentially templates that are generally organized to sit in the top right of an article to summarize what the article…

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  • BertH

    Wikia Help 101

    January 8, 2013 by BertH

    Many of you have probably consulted a help page on Wikia at some point. You might have done that here on Community Central, on your home wiki, or on a wiki you just founded. Did you ever wonder how the same help pages exist in all of those different places? When you're done reading this, you'll know all that and more!

    Until recently, there was a separate wiki called the Help Wiki where all of the Wikia Help articles resided. A few months ago, we migrated all of that content onto Community Central in the Help namespace so that they could be more easily monitored and maintained. Through a nifty extension called Shared Help, the content of these pages is automatically shared out onto the Help namespaces of all other Wikia wikis. This allows us…

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  • Trellar

    Greeting all! I'm sure many of you may recognize me from Chat here on Community Central. Over the past few weeks, Brandon has been providing great advice for admins be a great administrator and tips for becoming an admin. In addition to that, I thought it would be helpful to touch upon what the best behavior for chat is and how to manage chat/be a good chat mod.

    Chat is a great place to hang out with other Wikians. While chat is typically a relaxed and fun environment, sometimes guidelines need to be put in place in order to keep it that way. Here at Community Central, we have our own set of Chat Guidelines to help make our chat a friendly and welcoming place. Your wiki is free to craft its own guidelines. For example, My Little Pony Wiki h…

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