MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 6 days ago
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This Month at Fandom - February 2021

Hey gang!

The shortest month of the year has come and gone, but what it lacked in length, February made up for in intensity! I’m feeling musically minded today, so all of the segments this week are titled with songs and lyrics.


  • 1 Harder, Better, Faster
  • 2 You say Goodbye, while I say Hello!
  • 3 New Rules
  • 4 We Are Born To Play
  • 5 Don’t Stop Me Now
  • 6 Hey Look Ma, I Made It! (Editors of the Month)
  • 7 That’s It

While the news this week that Daft Punk has broken up after 28 years of amazing music is sad, we’ll always have their incredible electronic beats and one of the greatest live action Disney soundtracks of all time. Seriously, if you haven’t watched TRON: Legacy let, go give it a watch this weekend and see if you don’t agree on that soundtrack being absolute …



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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 8 days ago
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Fandom Acquires Gaming E-Commerce Platform Fanatical

Hey everyone!

I have an exciting announcement for you today. Fandom has acquired Fanatical, a leading gaming e-commerce platform based in the United Kingdom. Fanatical offers a growing catalogue of over 8,000 digital games, ebooks, and elearning courses from more than 1,000 official publisher and developer partners, and has sold 80 million officially licensed game keys and ebooks to customers in 200 countries. With more than 150 million gamers coming to Fandom wikis each month, this acquisition will introduce Fanatical’s passionately curated, unique product bundles to an even larger global gaming audience.

We’ve acquired Fanatical as a next step in our vision to be the entertainment and gaming fan’s first choice for community and experience …

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 15 days ago
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Introducing the Wiki Rules and Blocking Policy

Hey gang,

This blog is a long time coming and, for some of you, it is the direct result of feedback you’ve given about our policies. Fandom has historically sided with admins on the validity of their local blocks, even if the reasons for the blocks aren't fair. With the onset of our new wiki creation policy’s prohibition of duplicate wikis, the prescribed remedy that users create their own wiki on the same topic is no longer valid, as it fragments communities of editors and readers. Thus, the best long-term solution was to figure out how we can handle instances of bad admins.

For a long time, our stance on local blocks for Fandom wikis was best summarized by the following phrase: admins can block you from a wiki for any reason or no reason at…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 16 days ago
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Introducing Fandom's New Community Team

I’m excited to be back on the staff blog today to announce a big change to how we’re going to be working with our communities in 2021. We’re re-organizing our community teams—previously set up in verticalized teams like Anime, Gaming, and Movies/TV—to bring a much more strategic focus to our support for editors and wikis.

Some of you may also know that those teams were previously part of what we called the Growth org. We’re officially changing our name back to Community org, to better reflect the core function that we serve within Fandom.

Let’s go through some of the high level details about what that means.


There’s a few key reasons why we wanted to change our name from Growth to Community. The first is that the name “Growth” being applied t…


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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 27 days ago
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2020 at Fandom and Last Month at Fandom - Jan 2021

Hey gang!

Another year and another month have passed, so the time has come to take a look back at 2020 and January 2021, while dishing out some honors.


  • 1 2020 was noteworthy
  • 2 The Lockdown Editors of the Month
  • 3 Editors of the Year for 2020
  • 4 Editors of the Month - January 2021
  • 5 Phew

For a lot of reasons, 2020 will be a year that gets referred to a LOT in history. Let's review some of those reasons.

  • Basically every movie was postponed.
  • Most big video games got delayed.
  • All TV production shut down.
  • Everyone found out that OMG, Mark is 24.
  • Carol Baskin got thrust into the spotlight.
  • One Piece hit 999 chapters.
  • Tom Brady changed teams.
  • We rolled out a new wiki platform.

2020 was also a year for some really big new arrivals, returns, and discovery.

  • Genshin Impact …


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FishTank FishTank 27 days ago
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Evolving Wiki Performance


As promised, we are beginning to share our analysis of how wiki-specific elements impact Google's Core Web Vitals metrics as part of our Evolving with the Web work. This blog will serve as a high-level summary of our initial findings. If you would prefer to read my very in-depth analysis, head over to this help page.


  • 1 The Metrics
  • 2 What we can do
  • 3 What you can do
    • 3.1 Short pages and stubs
    • 3.2 Tabbed pages
    • 3.3 Shortening pages
  • 4 What’s next?

To recap, Core Web Vitals is Google’s new project which measures 3 different aspects of how a website loads once you navigate to it. The purpose of this project is to ensure that websites which provide an immediately good user experience in terms of loading in and letting you engage are rewarded with better search r…




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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 2 February
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An update on Fandom and Gamepedia domain migrations

Update (March 4th): Remaining Gamepedia wikis will begin their migrations soon.

Hey gang!

I wanted to give you an update on how the Gamepedia to Fandom domain migration testing has gone and what our next steps are for this work.

Since the initial migration of wikis in the test group back in November, we have been monitoring the effect of the migration on inbound traffic to these wikis from Google. As a reminder for context, the initial migration set included wikis where Project Crossover had largely been completed and the affected wikis for archival with -archive.fandom.com had little traffic.

In monitoring the moves in the first five weeks, we noticed that established, active Gamepedia wikis moving to Fandom URLs held their traffic without mu…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 26 January
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Announcing Fandom's (Virtual) Community Connect 2021

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I last posted a staff blog here—almost two years, in fact. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Brandon and I’m the VP of Community at Fandom. I lead a team of around 70 people who support your communities, including many of those you know—like MisterWoodhouse and the Wiki Manager team.

I’ve come back to the staff blog today to tell you about an exciting announcement: we’re holding a virtual Community Connect on March 6th and March 7th! You may have some questions about what Community Connect is and why that’s important. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. And for those of you who remember the staff blogs I used to write, you’ll remember that I cover things in more detail than you probably asked fo…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 16 January
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Evolving with the Web: Keeping Google Happy

Hey gang!

Hope you all had safe and joyous holidays :)


As 2021 kicks off, let’s talk about search engine optimization (SEO) or, most succinctly, Keeping Google Happy. Some of you already know this, but it bears repeating often: search results account for the overwhelming majority of visits to the platform, with 90% of total traffic to the wikis originating from Google searches. It is the primary source of any established wiki’s traffic by a wide margin. There are no exceptions. None. This is a result of Google recognizing that the Fandom platform of wikis is the #1 authority on imagined worlds and, thus, reward your wikis with top search results. It is a fantastic way to attract an audience which is intently interested in the content covered …


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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 22 December 2020
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State of Video 2020

Hey gang!

It has been just over a year since we introduced The Loop as our new video series going into the JW Player at the top of select wiki pages, in many cases replacing the Featured Video content from years past. As we continue to gather data and experiment with different video types, I wanted to give you a recap of the work we have done and what you can expect from us in 2021.

For those of you who are new, JW Player is a video unit which shows up at the top of an article page for logged out users (and logged in users who set their preferences as such) once per community visit and plays The Loop or Featured Video content. What is The Loop? It is a weekly, vertical-specific mini show produced by Fandom’s original content team to cover th…

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