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CuBaN VeRcEttI CuBaN VeRcEttI 8 November 2021

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Fandom

Hello everyone!

I’m here again, with something new to share with all of you! I’m Héctor Donís, one of the Fandom Community Managers, and you probably saw the last blog post I published which celebrated the Hispanic Heritage Month. I was personally delighted about the response we got from you regarding the different activities we planned (the above-mentioned blog post, the discussion around the highlighted wikis and the video roundtable), and moving forward I would like to bring another new observance we start this week: the Native American Heritage Month!

National Native American Heritage Month is an observance period in the United States for recognizing the histories, invaluable contributions and livelihood of American Indian and Alaska Nati…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 26 October 2021

We're retiring legacy Featured Video content and replacing it with new videos

This is a very "coming full circle" blog to be writing.

Back in 2017, I published the staff blog that announced that Featured Video was coming to Fandom communities, and then I went on to lead our Featured Video team from summer 2017 to summer 2018. And now today, almost two years after we announced that we were working on new video types to replace Featured Video, I’m publishing this staff blog announcing that we are retiring legacy Featured Video content and replacing it with The Loop, our video series produced by our Emmy-nominated Fandom Productions team.

Yes, you read that right. The videos that we posted from 2017 to 2019 are being taken down and in their place will be The Loop and other, newer video content we’ve been working on (more o…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 30 September 2021

This Month at Fandom - September 2021

Hey gang!

Fall has arrived for Fandom offices around the world and we’re diving into the busy season of big gaming releases, new TV seasons, and some major blockbuster movies! Let’s recap the month that was September 2021…

  • 1 Social Media as a hot topic
  • 2 For the Love of Fans
  • 3 The Downstream
  • 4 Gender Identity Guidelines
  • 5 Starlight Design-A-Gown
  • 6 Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 7 Theme Designer Support for Discussions
  • 8 Data Is Fun
  • 9 Editors of the Month

At last month’s Community Connect, a number of editors and admins expressed their desire to learn more about managing social media outreach for their wikis. This month, we’ve had a few new opportunities to engage in that conversation.

At the end of August/beginning of September, we launched a new Social Media channel…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 22 September 2021

Theme Designer support for Discussions

Hey gang!

Today, I’m excited to talk to you about an upcoming expansion of our Theme Designer tool for wiki administrators. As you know, Theme Designer 2.0 launched with FandomDesktop this summer which included Light and Dark theme support. We’ve already delivered a change to the feature, allowing you to set your community background as a header or full background, thanks to great feedback from administrators. In a few weeks, we’re delivering another big change that the community has requested for years and Theme Designer 2.0 allows us to achieve: Theme Designer support is coming to Discussions!

  • 1 Some Background
  • 2 The Unification of Theme Designer
  • 3 When can we get it?
  • 4 An Extra Benefit

Theming is how communities stand out and express their unique …

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CuBaN VeRcEttI CuBaN VeRcEttI 15 September 2021

Celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month with Fandom

Hello everyone!

For those who don't know me yet, I’m Héctor Donís, one of the Fandom Community Managers. Even though I've been working for this company for almost a decade, and I’ve been publishing more than one hundred blog posts on Comunidad Central, this is my first one here on Community Central! And the purpose why I’m doing it couldn’t be better: to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month with you!

The Hispanic Heritage Month is currently an observance period in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of the Hispanic Americans to their history, culture and achievements.

It started as the Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, being September 15 the starting point because the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, E…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 15 September 2021

Starlight Design-A-Gown Contest

Please note that the submission period has now closed. We will announce finalists on October 20th and open voting.

Hey gang!

Today, I’m really excited to announce a partnership that has become near and dear to my heart. Fandom is teaming up with Starlight Children’s Foundation for a very fun contest to help bring joy to kids dealing with serious illness across the United States by providing them with awesome hospital gowns that are more comfortable and more colorful than the standard gowns.

What is Starlight?

Starlight Children’s Foundation opened its doors in 1982 with a simple but impactful mission: Delivering happiness to seriously ill children. They are best known for their Starlight Gaming program, bringing gaming stations to children’s h…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 31 August 2021

This Month at Fandom - August 2021

Hey gang!

The dog days of summer (which are a real thing, defined as July 3rd to August 11th, the rising of the Sirius star system in the northern hemisphere) have passed us by and with them, quite a bit of exciting stuff. Let’s observe our rituals and traditions once more and dive into the month that was August 2021.

  • 1 New Brand, Who Dis?
  • 2 Community Connect: Part Deux
  • 3 Speaking of enhancements…
  • 4 Data Is Fun
  • 5 Editors of the Month
  • 6 One More Thing…

At the beginning of the month, we launched our refresh of the Fandom brand across all aspects of our company, from the wiki platform to D&D Beyond to Fanatical to our email signatures to our presentation slides.

The future of Fandom, as Brandon coined it, came as a surprise to some of you, but I’m pleased t…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 25 August 2021

Site Notice and Anon Notice return to Fandom

Hey gang!

The development team has re-enabled the Site Notice feature for all Fandom wikis. Admins can edit this on /wiki/MediaWiki:Sitenotice to provide wiki-level notifications to all users. This fills the stopgap solution provided by the WikiaNotification script, which will be deprecated now that Site Notice is enabled.

Why is this good for you? It allows you to provide high-value announcements to all of your wiki’s visitors, including logged-out users and mobile users, through a native MediaWiki feature.

Best Practices for Site Notice Use

  • Use a site notice for important or temporary messages updates only. If a site notice used too often, regular users to your wiki might begin to ignore it, which makes it harder to get the really important …
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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 11 August 2021

A trio of wiki enhancements for editors and admins

Hey gang!

Now that FandomDesktop is fully rolled out to all Fandom wikis, we’re ready to reveal our first post-release changes.

Theme Designer enhancement

Starting next week (the week of August 16th, 2021), Theme Designer will natively support full-sized backgrounds again.

In collecting feedback from a number of admins, many found that, while the CSS option for a full background was appreciated in the abstract, the actual work of implementation was not a good experience. Given the number of wikis wanting to go that route and admins not minding that user choice could render part of the background moot at wider settings, we met as a project team and decided to reverse course on this design decision.

You will have the option to set a banner backgr…

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