Dec Fanatical Dec Fanatical 2 days ago
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Meet the Fanatical Team

Hello there!

Will asked us to stop by and introduce ourselves, as you may be seeing us around the Fandom creator community now that Fanatical is part of Fandom. If you're hearing about Fanatical for the first time because you didn’t read Brandon’s blog about us joining Fandom and want to learn more about the company and the hard working staff behind the scenes, you've come to the right place!


Oh, you haven't heard of us before? Not a problem, we can help fill the gaps!

Fanatical is a UK-based digital retailer, specialising in officially licensed PC games - that means no grey keys and every developer and publisher that we work with is rewarded with each purchase that you make.

We began our story in the 1990s, making affordable software and game…


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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 20 hours ago
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A deeper look at Article Pages on FandomDesktop

Hey gang!

A couple of weeks ago, we gave you the first widely public preview of FandomDesktop, the unification of the desktop experiences of Fandom and Gamepedia. In that preview, we doubled down on our Community Connect commitment to “More is More” with you, meaning more transparency, more candidness, and more in-depth looks at changes well before they happen. In continuation of that commitment, let’s recap how article pages are changing with FandomDesktop with some additional insight into how we reached these changes.


  • 1 Starting at the heart of the matter
  • 2 Solving for multiple use cases
  • 3 But wait… there’s more!
  • 4 And those other buttons?
  • 5 Once more, into the editor!
  • 6 More is More
  • 7 What’s next?

When we talk about wikis being the core experience of F…



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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 16 days ago
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This Month at Fandom - March 2021

Hey gang!

Today is Meeting Day, the unofficial Parks & Recreation holiday marking the time that April Ludgate forgot March 31st actually existed and rescheduled all of Ron Swanson’s meetings for that date.

Ron had 93 meetings scheduled, which coincidentally is about 20 meetings fewer than Brandon Rhea has on a given day :)

In the spirit of large numbers which make the day special (and in keeping with tradition), we’re going to explore some cool community data right after I recap some BIG news from this month of March.


  • 1 More is More
  • 2 Wiki Rules and Blocking
  • 3 Smash the bugs!
  • 4 Domain Migration
  • 5 Data Time!
    • 5.1 The Mother of all Mother Boxes
    • 5.2 In Memorium
    • 5.3 Buddy Cop Show (but they’re superheroes)
  • 6 Editors of the Month
  • 7 In Closing

At the beginning of March,…



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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 21 days ago
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Bug Squashing Week 2 Roundup

Hey gang!

As promised, here is a rundown of all the bugs smashed in the second week of our pause to address quality of life bugs while the Design team iterated through all the great feedback we've received about the UCX preview at Community Connect. That public preview I promised? It was posted last night. Say hello to FandomDesktop!

This week, the following bugs were fixed:

  • A bug with wiki-description-site-meta on FandomMobile not being fully secure
  • A bug with code blocks in articles not displaying correctly on FandomMobile
  • A bug causing cursor on search results to miss the pointer property
  • A bug causing the upload form to duplicate the summary heading when manually adding a summary heading with no spaces (we're now being sanctioned by the UN f…
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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 22 days ago
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Introducing FandomDesktop, the new look and feel for desktop users

Hey gang!

One of the most often-asked questions throughout the migrations to the Unified Community Platform (UCP) has been, “what will the new design be for the platform?” That’s what we’re going to dig into today. You’re going to see what the new FandomDesktop experience looks like. You’re going to see what this project is and is not, the kinds of feedback we’ve incorporated, where we’ve drawn from lessons learned on both Fandom and Gamepedia, and what the different experiences for readers and logged in editors are.

A few weekends ago at Community Connect, one of the commitments we made is that “more is more.” More transparency. More context. More candidness. More information. This blog is really long, but it’s an effort to deliver on that …

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 29 days ago
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Bug Smashing Week 1 Roundup

Hey gang!

As promised, here is a rundown of all the bugs smashed in the first week of our pause to address quality of life bugs while the Design team iterates through all the great feedback we've received about the UCX preview at Community Connect. You can expect a public preview of the UCX very soon!

On Tuesday, the following bugs were fixed:

  • A bug causing the table of contents to show both numbered and bulleted styling
  • A bug causing the Project namespace to not have the right rail enabled
  • A bug causing updates to the Fandom Design System to cause issues with diff styling and icons
  • A bug causing Special:SocialActivity to parse templates, breaking the page layout and potentially causing abuse
  • A bug causing the characters F, D, and X to break gall…
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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 12 March
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Pausing new development to do some bug smashing

Hey gang!

Before we dive into the future of the platform and the new Unified Customer Experience (AKA UCX) - and we will VERY soon - I wanted to take some time to talk about an all-hands quality of life project we’re working on right now, as all but one of the migrations to the Unified Community Platform (UCP) are now complete.

Yesterday, all four wiki platform engineering teams took a pause on UCX and other development work and dove into UCP bug fixing mode. While these teams have been working on critical bugs consistently for the past few months, there has been a steady build-up of non-critical bugs which are best described as “quality of life” issues. These are things that don’t quite work just right, but aren’t completely breaking a feat…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 26 February
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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 24 February
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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 17 February
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Introducing the Wiki Rules and Blocking Policy

No, it's not an April Fools Joke. April Fools Jokes don't get blogged about 6 weeks in advance.

The bug with the banner not dismissing correctly has been ticketed for resolution with the engineering team.

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 …

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