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My Home -- new feature launches on Wednesday

Toughpigs September 22, 2009 User blog:Toughpigs

We're launching a new feature on Wednesday -- My Home, a home base that helps contributors see what's happening on their wiki. My Home gives new contributors a way to get to know the community on the wiki, and it gives experienced contributors some new information that they haven't had access to before.

My Home includes a lot of new elements:

  • Activity feed is a friendly version of Recent changes that shows the latest activity on the wiki. The Activity feed adds some new information that you can't get on Recent changes, including thumbnails for new pictures and videos added to a page. You can also see your Watchlist using the new Activity feed layout.
  • Hot Spots is a new way to see what's happening on the wiki, showing the articles that have been edited by the most people in the last few days.
  • Community Corner is a spot for wiki admins to highlight things that are important to the community. Admins can use that space to organize a project, show off new pages that everyone should see, highlight a discussion that's happening on the wiki, or give a shout-out to a contributor who's added something special.
  • New user masthead -- There's also an updated version of the masthead on user pages. Now it includes the contributor's edit count, so everyone can see how much you've added to the wiki.

There are a few ways to get to the My Home page: There's a link at the top right next to your user name. There's also a tab on the user masthead when you're on your own user page or talk page. Also, logged-in contributors who bookmark the basic URL of the wiki -- wikiname.wikia.com -- will go directly to My Home, instead of stopping off at the main page first.

My Home offers a user-friendly version of some existing wiki features like Recent changes and Watchlist, but it doesn't replace the old versions. Recent changes is still where it's always been! My Home is designed to help newer contributors learn about the wiki, without taking away functionality that the experienced contributors are used to.

My Home and the user masthead use a few new color classes that you can customize in Monaco.css; the information is on the Help:Customizing Monaco page.

My Home will be live sitewide on Wednesday on all English-language wikis that use the Monaco skin. We hope that you find it useful and fun! -- Danny@Wikia (talk) 22:12, September 22, 2009 (UTC)

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