Chat is a feature that allows us to connect with others users who want to talk about the content of the wiki, discuss guidelines, projects and even share a nice off-topic conversation with another person. Despite being used all over the internet, there are some people that still don't understand what is the proper etiquette in a chat. Which is why the figure of the chat moderator is a key component if we want to have a healthy and drama-free environment.
When you are a chat moderator, you are not a cop, you are not a class of security manager or a superhero, you are a user who gained the trust of both the administration and the users to always ensure harmony between users inside a chat. A good chat moderator is someone passionate and unders…Read more >
One of the first things some people do on their new wiki is write some rules and guidelines for the site. After all, we all want things to be done right from the start.
My advice would be: don't. For a new wiki it's much more important to make it welcoming and inclusive than it is to be perfect. At this stage of your wiki you are best concentrating on building content and attracting those elusive contributors.
But there comes a time when guidelines become important. Often it's when someone starts pushing limits and taking advantage of their being no written rules. But ideally you will start to get some guidelines written before that point.
FANDOM has its own guidelines, which lay out rules of behaviour for the whole site. That means the basics …Read more >
Late last year, we updated the community on our plans to migrate FANDOM to the HTTPS protocol. This is something many of you have wanted to see, just as we have, and a lot more work has been done to help make this happen!
FANDOM is all about empowering users to have the best possible experience on their Fan Journey. Our most recent Town Hall put the spotlight on building strong communities, a major part of making sure that readers and contributors alike have a great experience on the site.
As with all of our Town Hall sessions, we answered participant questions and shared tips and insights from FANDOM staff members. Here’s a recap of what was discussed!
- Seeding and Growing a Healthy Wiki. Doug Trein (aka TheBlueRogue) kicked off the event by sharing best practices for creating and building a new community. He outlined strategies for eye-catching styles and main pages, detailed how categories are key for community organization and mobile main pages, and explai…
FANDOM is beyond honored to be nominated for a Webby Award in the category of Websites- Movie & Film! Never heard of a Webby? Well, they honor excellence on the internet with their industry-leading international award — even The New York Times has hailed the Webbys as “The Internet’s highest honor.” Being nominated is a huge accomplishment in and of itself, and now, you can help us win! Public voting for the People’s Voice in this category is open through April 19th, so click here where you can vote for FANDOM!
This nomination couldn’t have happened without all of the hard work of the FANDOM team over the last year, and of course, none of this would be possible without you, our most dedicated fans and users. You are the building block of ever…Read more >
- This blog is Part 2 of 2. Part 1 was released Tuesday and can be read here.
Earlier this week we introduced you to the Fan Journey. It’s an idea that’s at the heart of making FANDOM a complete and inclusive destination for all fans. There’s a lot more product development work left to be done in order to realize that vision — and 2018 will be a big year for figuring out just how to best do it.
Over the years we’ve released a lot of features designed to reach a wider audience. We’ve had different apps, different products, and different ways to contribute and view content across platforms. But as each one of those solved different problems, a common theme emerged: the site had many disconnected and often confusing access points. The video below…Read more >
- This blog is Part 1 of a two part series. Part 2 can be read here.
FANDOM has evolved pretty significantly over the last few years. We’ve talked a lot about being a complete destination for fans, an idea that continues to inform the way we build our products. Modernization work in 2017 was a big part of reaching a wider audience, and that work is continuing throughout 2018. But what exactly does it mean to be a complete fan destination?
That question is at the core of what we’re talking about today. Most people reading this are wiki editors, and editing on wikis is where their passions and interests are rooted. But there’s also a whole fan community out there looking for all sorts of content, and FANDOM strives to make sure that we have some…
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FANDOM empowers you to add video directly into your articles, bringing them to life in ways that text or even images alone can't always accomplish. And as video becomes a more dominant part of audience expectations online, people will stay on your community longer if they have the right videos to watch.
That's why video is becoming an increasingly important part of FANDOM's content. While Featured Videos have been a major driver behind this shift, communities also have the ability to add additional videos anywhere they want on the page. Communities like Thomas & Friends and Tardis have taken full advantage of this for several years. By now, they have vast numbers of videos all across their content.
These video-rich communities are a great exa…
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From the beginning to the end of 2017, the average desktop page load time for FANDOM wikis decreased by 46%, thanks to all of the modernization development over the last year. That was only the tip of the iceberg, though, and our team has been hard at work on some significant performance improvements on the mobile site. We've already seen a great deal of success, knocking several seconds off of the loading times for users on mobile data connections.
So how did we get there?
When measuring loading times, there are multiple factors to consider. These are the primary ones, for both mobile and desktop.
- First Meaningful Paint. This is the moment when major page elements above "the fold" (defined as the immediately visible parts of the page) are lo…
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FANDOM is a diverse and complicated community. We all have different likes, dislikes, and ideas. We also come from many different places and cultures, and are varied in race, sexuality, gender identity and many other beautiful ways.
Most of our differences don't cause issues on wikis unless someone is involved who objects to our group. For example, age and religion don't generally have a strong influence on how someone edits on a wiki, but we have seen problems with people prejudiced against those groups. Be careful not to blame the target of attacks in such cases, and remember that a varied and interesting wiki comes from a varied and interesting community. You don't have to like everyone, or even approve of them. But that doesn't stop you…Read more >