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  • MisterWoodhouse

    If you haven't read last week's staff blog about upgrading to a modern version of MediaWiki, please do so before reading this one.


    Hello all!

    Today we’re making a big announcement and entering into a long-term agreement with you, the community.

    In 2016, we announced that Wikia would be renamed Fandom powered by Wikia, a move to establish that the platform was more than a traditional wiki experience. The branding decision, while ultimately the correct one, was incomplete. It was an important decision to move our business forward, but the editor experience didn’t really change in any meaningful way. The name changed, but the back end was still the Wikia platform, as those of you who watch our github know very well. To borrow a construction meta…


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  • MisterWoodhouse

    Hello all!

    This is a big announcement, and one many of you have wanted for a very long time. We will be embarking on a massive undertaking to upgrade the tools and platform that are crucial to wiki editing. We are very excited to share that we are upgrading our instance of MediaWiki, the software that powers your wikis.

    To be upfront, we don’t have a lot of details yet. This is going to be a very long process. So while I may not have the specific what or specific how just yet, I want to talk about the why behind making this decision now and why it wasn’t made earlier.


    Back in August, we kicked off a series of conversations with the Community Council asking them for input on a lot of areas of the platform. That included how the community staff …


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  • MisterWoodhouse

    Hey editors!

    I’m Will. In the reorganization announcement, I was introduced as one of the Community Managers for the Gaming vertical. Since then, I’ve transitioned into a new role as the Global Community Lead, working on the Editor Experience team. Part of this role will be sharing new cross-vertical initiatives with you, like the two I’m announcing today!


    Since January, we have been studying unique aspects of Fandom and Gamepedia to discover opportunities to provide even better experiences on our wikis. One such aspect from Gamepedia that stood out as a great opportunity for Fandom was the Wiki Manager team. For those unfamiliar with Wiki Managers (WMs for short), they are part-time staff members assigned to specific wikis. They are here to…


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  • Smokie

    Hello, I’m Ben, co-founder of Gamepedia, and along with Brandon we're very excited to share some big news!

    Today we’re announcing a major change to how we’re organizing and approaching the core of our business: wikis and content sites. This is just one of the big announcements teased in our recent post about Featured Video.

    Fandom is an extension of the passion you demonstrate for your favorite games, shows, movies, books, anime, teams, artists, etc. every single day, from Minecraft to Borderlands, from Arrow to Game of Thrones, from Naruto to One Piece, from James Bond to Harry Potter, from the Boston Bruins to Liverpool. We serve this passion and our purpose is to provide you with the platforms to express it and be recognized for it.


    To tha…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    Featured Video has been a controversial feature. It helped achieve the goal of removing a lot of ad clutter and performance issues on wiki pages, but the content just didn’t work. Way too many videos are of too low quality, and many of them quickly fell out of date or relevance. Plus, the video player is really big, the videos were made almost entirely without community involvement, and they were added above community content.

    As a result, we have a product and content on the site that editors resent and doesn’t provide the right value to the broader audience. It made money for Fandom, but it cost us a lot—for many of you, that includes your trust in us. A lot of talented people tried to make it work, but no matter how good the intentions m…

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  • Mira Laime

    It’s been a long time since you’ve seen a meaningful update to Discussions, leaving communities feeling rightly frustrated with the state of Discussions and with Fandom for not providing long-awaited features. Honestly, we don’t blame you. You weren’t wrong.

    For the last eight months, we’ve been taking a long, hard look at our priorities and the things that we need to focus on in order to create a better community experience. There’s a lot we’re going to be announcing over the coming weeks and months because of that, but right now I’m excited to say we have some fresh improvements for Discussions that will go live next week!


    When analyzing how people use Fandom, we see that there are a lot of users who drop in on your wiki, find what they’re…


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  • FishTank

    For a while now, we've wanted to fix many of the outstanding issues with one of our widely-used but under-developed products: Portable Infoboxes. With the help of the Vanguard volunteers, many of our communities over the years have adopted these adaptable templates to put their best faces forward on all platforms. This has been especially apparent with the rise of mobile devices, where we've made recent changes to improve the look and feel of infoboxes for a clean user experience.

    As useful as these infoboxes have been for mobile presentation, there was a lot of room for improvement to help communities show off their data and content in the way that they wanted to. So, in addition to fixes and a new look on mobile web and the Fandom app, we…

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  • Mira Laime

    It’s been awhile since we announced that Fandom and Curse Media have joined forces, and we owe you some updates about what we’ve been up to in the last few months. Since then a lot of you have asked what coming together means for the future of Fandom, what our plans are, and a lot of other great questions that we weren’t able to answer yet. Today we’re excited to finally begin sharing some information about the progress we’ve been making and some of what you can expect to see happen in the coming weeks.

    To start with, we want to introduce you to something we’re calling Project Crossover.


    The goal of this project is pretty simple: We want to encourage and facilitate knowledge sharing, cooperation, and collaboration between Fandom users and Gam…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    We are excited to announce that Fandom and Curse Media are joining forces! Curse’s network includes properties like their wiki services Gamepedia, D&D Beyond, Futhead, and Muthead. By coming together, Fandom and Curse Media solidify our exciting new venture as the #1 online experience for entertainment and gaming fan communities.

    For years, Fandom and Curse Media have shared a common mission: to provide online tools and resources for communities in the entertainment and gaming spaces. By joining forces and combining knowledge, we are able to expand our resources and provide better support to our communities.

    As we work through the details, our teams are being purposeful and thorough in making decisions on how Fandom and Gamepedia in particul…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Categories are a simple tool that are a pretty fundamental part of organizing a wiki. What you might be surprised to know is that they also create some issues for how high a community’s content shows up in search results.

    We’re going to walk you through a simple category redesign we’re releasing tomorrow that keeps the same basic look and functionality, adds personalization, and addresses the SEO issues.


    Categories are a foundational part of MediaWiki and have existed since the beginning of the software. A few years ago, we developed new display options that included Category Exhibition. Communities could enable this and display gallery items visually.

    It’s a pretty solid idea. There’s value in readers being able to explore categories visuall…


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