I am writing to you, because of the announcement of new features. Today, you have presented the new navigation. However, I could not find this blog in the German wiki, I can only see it in the English and Spanish Community Central. Why do we not get this feature? Does Wikia not like us? Why are we not involved or informed about such a thing? We also have very big communities and yet we (always) get announcements later than the English community. The Spanish community published the same time as the English community and are involved in the tests. If you do this in one community, you could also do it with two. The Wikia staff should understand this because they advertise. Here, however, the users are disadvantaged and deprived of those new functions and features.
I therefore urge the Wikia staff to communicate better and publish blogs simultaneously and I am asking that functions are also tested in the German community.
I am glad you contacted me, thanks for asking about this. In general, we always like to show features to all of our top languages at the same time.
As Avatar noted in his message to you, this first release of the global navigation is a test where we are hearing user feedback, but also collecting data about how our anonymous users interact with the navigation. Sometimes there are reasons why we do not show this to all languages right away. One example: the navigation menus are not ready to release on German communities (and some other languages) due to the different "hub" structure for some languages. German has an Anime Hub but English and Spanish do not have this. So our engineers need a bit more time to create the special menu code for German. (In the blog screen shot, you can see it is the Music icon showing for Anime). We did not want to show this to German users, especially the large number of anonymous users, until this was correct. I hope you can understand this reason. This is just one example, there can also be schedule changes and other factors that guide our choices.
It is true that we can still publish the blog at the same time as English, rather than a few days later, and we will strive to do this in the future. We very much appreciate the dedication of the German communities on Wikia, and your feedback is valuable. On a personal level, I also commend you for your help to the community and to ForestFairy. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. Thanks!
I am pleased that the coordination for the new galleries was better. This time the blog in Germany came even as the first. The best thing is that the galleries can be tested by all. I hope it will be like that in the future.
In addition, I would like to offer my wikia for tests. It is in Germany at # 1 (WAM). Perhaps tests can then be carried out in Germany. Klick
I am also pleased with how the international coordination went today with the blog. I am glad that users across the globe will get to experiment with the new look for galleries. Thanks for the note, and also thanks for volunteering your community!
Also now in some english wikis (I saw it in Shadow of Mordor first) the seach-line is missing and I only see it in the english Community Central Wiki. Was this just a beta-version, which the staffs delete or can the line be switched on and off?
Cyanide3 sagte: Also now in some english wikis (I saw it in Shadow of Mordor first) the seach-line is missing and I only see it in the english Community Central Wiki. Was this just a beta-version, which the staffs delete or can the line be switched on and off?
It was a beta version/test and has been taken down for now on most of the test wikias, but we left it on English and Spanish Community Central. The final version will be released to all wikias at some point in the future.