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TimmyQuivy TimmyQuivy 10 days ago

Introducing Fandom's New International Wiki Representatives

Today, I’m thrilled to introduce to the Fandom community our new International Wiki Representatives. In an increasingly interconnected era where the internet has allowed fans to discover entertainment properties and games from the far reaches of the globe, it’s become vital that fans can create content about what they love regardless of language or location. Today, about 20% of Fandom’s global traffic goes to non-English wikis, spread across dozens of languages.

Throughout the years, Fandom has provided support for various tools to our top members of these non-English communities, such as localized Community Centrals administered by native-speaking users, the support-focused International Volunteer Team, and the content-translation focused …

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Jpearson Jpearson 17 days ago

Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month with Fandom

Hey y’all!

The Community Team has been busy planning events, creating content, and finding new ways to celebrate members of the community through our DEI and Heritage celebrations. Our goal is to deliver content and programming that honors our diverse community and allows individuals to tell their unique stories! This month is Celebrate Diversity Month and we couldn’t let the month end without acknowledging Arab-American Heritage Month.

National Arab American Heritage Month has been observed during the month of April since 2017. With the support of Arab American Foundation and its sister organization Arab America, the official observance of the month was launched in 2017. It began with support from a few states but continued to gain momentum…

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Pikushi Pikushi 25 days ago

Interactive Maps are here!

Hi all!

In March 2021, we announced at Community Connect that we were beginning work on a new feature called Interactive Maps. Then, in May 2021, we talked more about the tool, and at the beginning of this year, we gave another peek into it in our blog post about 2022 plans. This has been a long-requested and much-anticipated feature, and I am so happy to finally announce that Interactive Maps are now live for all communities to use and bring the world that your community is all about to life in brand new ways!

  • 1 Background
  • 2 How Community Feedback Guided Interactive Maps
  • 3 Moving Forward
  • 4 Useful Links

I call it a new feature, but really, it is new-ish. Fandom implemented a map feature called Wikia Maps in 2014, and Gamepedia had IP-specific solut…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 11 April

Announcing Fandom's 2022 IRL Community Connect in Los Angeles

This is always one of my favorite announcements to make: we’re going to be hosting another Community Connect again this year! And unlike our two versions in 2021, it’s IRL!

That’s right, I couldn’t be happier to say that we’re holding an in-person Community Connect from May 27th through May 31st in sunny Los Angeles, California. We’ll bring 50 admins and close to 50 Fandom staff members together to talk face to face about what Fandom is going to be working on as the year goes on for wiki editors and fans, hear direct feedback from editors like you what they think about those ideas and what they’d like to see from Fandom, build deeper connections with one another, and have some fun hanging out and getting to know each other better.

Invites ar…

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Antonio R. Castro Antonio R. Castro 5 April

Let's Craft an Interactive Video for Minecraft Wiki

Do you know why the music in Minecraft is simply epic?

Every world in Minecraft is generated using a procedural system. It means every game is different from the previous one and the next because the world is simply different, and each time you will have a chance to play differently. There are ways to use a seed to generate a similar world, but it won't ensure you will live the same experience.

When you have a video game with that kind of freedom, it can become a serious challenge to add the music, to make the player feel part of that world. In a video game where the world is static, you can set which music track will play in every place. You can define where the door is to access a house and trigger a track when you enter, so you can have r…

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Pikushi Pikushi 23 March

Updates to Wiki Rules and Blocking Policy

Hi all!

Oh look, it’s my blog debut! My name is Jenny, & I am one of the Community Managers on the Community Safety team. One of our goals on the team is to work on ways we can help make sure wiki communities are safe, healthy places for all fans, and I am excited to announce that we are taking another step toward that goal! On April 4, we will be launching an updated version of the Wiki Rules and Blocking Policy.

In this blog, I’m going to go over some of the changes we are making to the policy as well as why we are making them.

Let’s start with the why - why are we updating the policy? Good question, and thank you for asking! The policy went live a year ago, and since then, we have received a lot of feedback from many users and communities.…

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Jpearson Jpearson 22 March

Editor Stories: How Olivia Breaks the Bias at Fandom

We’re excited to share the final spotlight of women editors on Fandom who break the bias for Women’s History Month! We’ve explored how these change-makers took a leadership role in their community, created inclusive spaces for others, and explained what “break the bias” means.

Each editor interpreted “break the bias” differently, but the one thing they have in common is their dedication to support their community and create a space for people to be their most authentic selves. Today, we’re putting the spotlight on an editor that has contributed over a decade and is the admin for the Barbie Wiki. For more than six decades, fans worldwide have found joy in the original girl empowerment brand. Barbie has a history of breaking the bias by launc…

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Jpearson Jpearson 15 March

Editor Stories: How Lostris Breaks the Bias at Fandom

Hey everyone!

We’re continuing to spotlight women editors on Fandom who break the bias! We’ll explore how these change-makers are taking a leadership role in their community, creating inclusive spaces for others, and explaining what “break the bias” means to them.

Meet Lostris, which happens to mean “Daughter of the Waters,” but don’t mistake that for her preference for fire-bending. She’s from the north of Belgium, and her native language is Flemish. According to Lostris, “Belgian fries are the best, as are the chocolate, beer, and waffles. All the stereotypes are true!” Not only are we fans of all of those things, but we’re also fans of this avid traveler, fan-fiction writer,  and community leader.

Fun fact: Although she’s never seen Star Wa…

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JimmyWalesQuiz JimmyWalesQuiz 14 March

Jimmy Wales wants to talk to you about Quiz Night Beyond

Did you ever play one of those badly-organized but extremely fun Zoom quizzes that sprang up in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic? Groups of friends or family members would sometimes get together to play trivia games and test their knowledge of pop culture or whatever their favorite subject might be. It was a great way to pass the time in the early days of shelter in place, when many of us were home for so much of the time.

I was playing those with my family when it occurred to me: I bet I could make it better.

At this point I should probably stop and re-introduce myself to the community here. Hi, I’m Jimmy Wales. I co-founded Fandom back in 2004 and I’m the founder of Wikipedia. I’m still involved in the business on the board of direc…

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TimmyQuivy TimmyQuivy 10 March

Introducing Fandom Auth - Our New Secure Login Service

The software platform Fandom runs on is constantly evolving in ways both noticeable and unnoticeable to our users. If you’ve been following the Staff Blog for the last few years, you of course are familiar with the Unified Community Platform and then the following front-end refresh for the FandomDesktop experience. Just last month we announced our plans for upgrading MediaWiki to 1.37. These are all changes that directly impact how you write on and design your communities.

Other changes are more subtle, more invisible. But these are just as important and valuable to our user base, even if you never see a single difference. The internet as a whole is continuing to evolve rapidly as a bunch of memes about the metaverse indicate, and unfortuna…

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