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  • Alwaysmore2hear

    Adoption Advice

    March 9, 2018 by Alwaysmore2hear

    So you’ve recently started editing on a wiki about a topic that interests you, and you’ve decided that you’d like to take the next step and become an admin. If there are active bureaucrats, you may be able to simply contact one of them and state your desire to become an admin. But what do you do if there are no active bureaucrats or administrators? If you’re eligible, you can adopt the wiki.


    Adopting a wiki means that you are given bureaucrat and administrator rights to help you improve the wiki and its community. With these rights, you can customize the wiki’s appearance, delete spam, block vandals, and give admin rights to other editors in the community.


    A wiki with no active bureaucrats or admins (no edits in the last 60 days) is eligible…



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  • Brandon Rhea

    FANDOM's video offerings have grown tremendously in the last year. Last May we began introducing Featured Videos to high traffic wiki pages, and our Studio Video team is producing a slate of editorial and original video programming, such as the recently-launched first episode of FANDOM News. The growing video program at FANDOM continues to position the site as a top destination for audiences seeking more knowledge and depth about their favorite fandoms.

    To bring video to an even wider audience, we are excited to announce the launch of the new FANDOM Video home page. This new page provides fans with a go-to destination for the diverse range of video content FANDOM has to offer. The kinds of video you can find on the new destination range fro…

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  • Sannse

    Your First 50 Pages

    February 27, 2018 by Sannse

    I mentioned recently that one of the first things to do on a new wiki is start writing pages. For design help we ask that you have at least 50 pages on the wiki, and that's a good number to aim for. But 50 is a big number! How are you going to get there when all you have is a blank wiki?

    The key thing is to get started. Don't let the task overwhelm you, just pick a place to start and get that one thing done, followed by the next one thing, and then the next. It's much easier to write in bite-sized pieces rather than trying to take on too much too soon.

    The main page of any wiki is a critical one. It's your doorway into your wiki and making it interesting, attractive, and easy to use is an important early task. Of course, you aren't going to ha…

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  • TimmyQuivy

    Fifteen years ago I started editing my first wiki and it’s been a fun journey ever since - contributor, administrator, code developer, and for many years now FANDOM staff. Wiki coding now comes as naturally to me as breathing (and even easier than breathing today, when I have a cold!), but there was one thing that took me a long, long time to understand - bots.

    For the first few years of wiki editing, I heard people use the term “bots” a lot and it was unclear to me what that meant. Were there literally robots sitting at an office somewhere editing wikis? Were bots set up once and then run forever? Did they take breaks to dream of electric sheep? How did I get a bot for my wiki? For that matter, why did I need a bot for my wiki?

    Today, I'm g…

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  • Cal-Boy

    FANDOM International Force

    February 15, 2018 by Cal-Boy

    FANDOM is a multi-lingual company and we're hosting wikis in more than 100 languages. Although most of our users are from the US and other English-speaking countries, people probably don't realize that there are a large number of users who love to experience FANDOM communities in a form dear to their hearts and homelands. According to Google Analytics, about 40% of unique visitors to wikis on FANDOM in 2017 are English users, and the rest come from other languages, including 14% in Spanish, 8% in Russian, 7% in Portuguese, 5% in French, 4% in German, 3% in Chinese. Is that surprising to you? To help and support such a large number of international users, FANDOM has a large group of International staff and volunteers who serve our communiti…

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  • TimmyQuivy

    At FANDOM it is one our goals to give you, our user base, as much control over your account as possible. We provide our users scores of switches and buttons in Special:Preferences to customize your content tools, offer you the ability to add your own custom scripts, and even let you pick your own editor. We also give you easy access to the basics of account control - making sure you can change your email, set your password, and choose what emails you receive from FANDOM.

    And now today, we’re giving you the power to change your own account name. FANDOM is pleased to unveil the next step in user self-service tools: The User Rename Tool. FANDOM has offered users the ability to rename accounts since 2010, but this required staff intervention to…

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  • Sannse

    A few months ago we introduced you to FANDOM's Community Video Program, where admins and users on communities with Featured Videos can participate in the production process by writing and reviewing scripts. A number of communities are already involved, and this collaboration is a great example of what can be done when we partner with community members. It combines FANDOM's video resources and the scriptwriter or reviewer's intimate knowledge of the subject to produce a unique and informative video for anyone wanting a quick overview of the topic.

    For example, did you know that Cartman from South Park is so evil that he once made Scott Tenorman eat chili made from his parents? Or did you know that Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Star…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    We had a big product goal in 2017: Ensure that FANDOM is a modern digital experience that provides the right content at the right time, is easy to navigate, and delivers a better experience for users and advertisers. We called this project Wiki Modernization, which saw the introduction of Featured Videos, the redesign of the page and article headers, and a 30% reduction in advertisements across all wikis.

    We're excited to share the results of those efforts and introduce one of our first modernization efforts of 2018!


    As a result of video and design changes, we introduced a new ad layout that achieved a pretty significant reduction in page load times! Check out this graph, which shows the change in average page load times on desktop worldwide…


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  • Sannse

    Calm Over Conflict

    January 17, 2018 by Sannse

    I've been thinking a lot about conflict on wikis recently. There's a wiki I've been watching (I won't name it) where it seems everyone is fighting with everyone else. There are groups on one side or the other of the argument, and no one is managing to calm things down. Obviously this is affecting the productivity of the community, as well as driving away those who can't stand the bickering. As I tried to think of ways to help them resolve their differences, I found a blog I wrote in 2011 that talked about how to resolve disputes. I'd like to share it with you now.


    One of the earliest wiki principles was "Assume Good Faith". When we're disagreeing, it's easy to think the other person is being malicious or is trying to do harm. Usually though…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    In 2017 we redesigned the page and article headers at the top of every wiki page as part of a more modern design experience on FANDOM wikis. We couldn't be happier with the way it turned out, but we knew there were a few extra steps we could take to make it even more impactful for logged-in users.

    Today we have introduced new shortcuts to the page header that will appear for all logged-in users. These shortcuts include Add New Image, Add New Video, Recent Changes, and All Shortcuts. The All Shortcuts menu includes links to special pages, maintenance lists, and other pages that can be useful to editors and admins. You can see the placement of this new shortcuts menu here:


    With the release of the new menu, we will study the engagement data and…


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