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Jpearson Jpearson 1 hour ago

Community Ad Bash: How YOU Can Help Shape Fandom's Ad Experience

Hello everyone!

Fandom’s biggest product commitment this year has been to build a better user experience, and we believe that a better ad experience is central to achieving that. As we talked about with our users throughout Community Connect, we understand that the ad experience for logged-out users has been a sticking point for a number of communities.

We’ve continued to make incremental improvements on the ad experience throughout the year.

  • We’ve audited the technical performance of our ads and made performance improvements to improve page loading speeds as well as avoid memory concerns on users’ devices.
  • Dramatically lowered situations where an ad loading could unexpectedly shift the position of content on a page.
  • We have been strengthening …
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Brian Linder Brian Linder 14 hours ago

Community Partnerships Update: Paid Partnerships and Community Benefits

Welcome back to our monthly* Community Partnerships blog series! Previously, we shared an introduction to gaming partnerships back in March and followed that up with an introduction to entertainment partnerships in April. *We missed May and June, and we apologize for that, but rest assured our team has been hard at work building relationships with gaming and entertainment partners.

Today, we’re excited to delve into another area of partnerships: how the Community Partnerships team builds collaborations between advertising partners and wiki communities to highlight upcoming releases, obtain cool perks for wiki editors, and more.

  • 1 Bringing Advertising Value Directly to Communities
  • 2 Assassin’s Creed: Shadows Activation
  • 3 Building Stronger Connectio…

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Spongebob456 Spongebob456 6 days ago

Celebrating 25 years of SpongeBob SquarePants

Are ya ready kids?

I’ve covered two fandoms in blogs so far - one about space wizards, and another about emotions fighting each other. In the year that is 2024, it makes sense to cover a certain fandom that’s behind my very creative username.

There’s one number that’s funnier than 24… SpongeBob SquarePants is 25 years old today! This is the first day Season 1 premiered on Nickelodeon back in 1999 (yes, that long ago). Now, before you ask, the show did technically premiere on May 1 at the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards (I’m writing this blog before the results come out, but congrats to SpongeBob winning the KCAs again in 2024). Nonetheless, it’s fitting to celebrate the show today as it’s summer and everyone’s happy, and the fandom has been having a…

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Pikushi Pikushi 7 days ago

Experiment Announcement: Mobile Drawer Variations

Hello all!

Last month, we launched a Mobile Drawer experiment for logged out users. (Read more about it here!) Based on data and feedback, we're ready to test new variations on how the Drawer appears.

Experiment Name: Mobile Drawer: Variants

Test Launch: Thursday, July 18

Test Closes: 1 week

Will Be Tested On: 12% of logged out users (each variant will be shown to 3%)

Hypothesis: We believe the Mobile Drawer provides a convenient way for users to engage with Fandom's offerings. By testing variants, we aim to find the most impactful and engaging version.

Variants: We will be running four variants of the Mobile Drawer:

V1: Compact on page load, slides open on scroll.
V2: Compact on page load, remains compact.
V3: Default on page load, compacts on scro…
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Lady Lostris Lady Lostris 11 days ago

Technical Updates: July 12, 2024

Eyo, my lovely people. Time keeps flying by. Feels like yesterday that I posted the last tech blog for June, and now we're already 2 weeks further, so I'm here with the first tech blog of July! As you know, we use these technical update posts to keep you all in the loop of what's happening on the platform by providing you with insights on some of the bugs that got fixed, changes we rolled out, and experiments we're running. If there's anything not clear or you have something to report, don't hesitate to reach out in the comments!

  • 1 Notable Changes
  • 2 Recent Fixes
  • 3 Development Updates
    • 3.1 Engagement
    • 3.2 News & Ratings (N&R) team
    • 3.3 User-Generated Content (UGC) team

  • Announced in May already but in effect since this week, non-emailconfirmed accounts are n…

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TimmyQuivy TimmyQuivy 7 days ago

Overviewing Fandom's Policies Regarding Political Content

As you may well know, the United States, where Fandom is headquartered and where the majority of our community lives, is having a Presidential election this fall.

It’s not Fandom’s role to discuss an election, so we’re not going to do so. Adjacent to that, though, is the topic of today’s blog, which is an overview and reminder of Fandom’s rules about politics and its role on the Fandom wiki platform.

One of the core strengths of Fandom wikis is that they are, most prominently, encyclopedic reference sites about the topics they cover across gaming and entertainment. What brings users to Fandom wikis is a shared celebration of a common interest, and that’s the fandom itself – whether you want to look up a piece of information, contribute conte…

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Antonio R. Castro Antonio R. Castro 19 days ago

Tweak Announcement: More protection for wikis aimed at children

Hello hello,

At Fandom we're committed to fostering a safe and inclusive online environment for everyone, especially our younger users. As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance child safety, we're excited to announce an important change coming to our platform on Monday. This change was anticipated in some of our Tech Updates in May, but it's time to give more details.

When creating a new wiki, you have the option to designate it as "for kids," which activates special protections to ensure that participating users have verified their accounts and are properly identified. The Fandom staff can also add this label later, the admins can request it by contacting us.

Up until now, users without verified email addresses have been able to contribute …

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Antonio R. Castro Antonio R. Castro 20 days ago

Experimentation Announcement: Suggested Pages

Hey everybody!

We have been publishing information about the experiments and tweaks in the Fandom Stars Wiki. After some conversations, we have decided to move the blog posts into Community Central to make them more visible to our users and give all of you the possibility to ask questions, make suggestions, and follow the changes.

This blog post is about a new experiment that we will run in the upcoming weeks.

  • Experiment name: Suggested Pages
  • Test Launch: Next week
  • Test Closes: 3 weeks
  • Will Be Tested On: New editors - to push them towards becoming loyal editors - and regular editors - to keep them active -
  • Hypothesis: Providing editors with a call to action and links to potentially relevant pages after each edit, will increase editor retention and nu…
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Pikushi Pikushi 20 days ago

Tweak Announcement: Closed Wiki Page Design Update

If you've visited our Closed Wiki page recently, you might have noticed it's been feeling a bit... well, closed off from the rest of Fandom. We heard your feedback, and we're excited to announce that a major refresh is underway! Our UX team is transforming this page to reflect the vibrant Fandom brand and say goodbye to that little remnant of the Monaco skin on Fandom in the middle graphic. Sorry, Monaco!

Tweak: Closed Wiki page design update
Launching: Next week
Premise: The Closed Wiki page is undergoing a much needed redesign. The update aims to modernize the page's aesthetic, aligning it with the current Fandom brand identity.

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Pikushi Pikushi 20 days ago

Tweak Announcement: Unification of Others Like You

Yesterday, I posted a blog announcing design changes to the Popular Pages & Recent Images widgets. We received the results for the Other Like You experiment and have turned the design change live to all users.

Tweak: Unification of Others Like You
Launching: Today!
Premise: We are unifying the designs of these widgets - instead of having similar but different designs, they will have the same design with differing content depending on the widget.
Data: Similarly to the other Unification of experiments, we did not see a massive pageview increase (we saw a slight one, though!), but that is okay because it was not our goal. However, unlike the other two experiments, we tested multiple variants - one with the new design, and one with the new design…

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