• Meighan

    F is for Forums

    August 26, 2011 by Meighan

    Have you stopped by to see what we’ve been up to on Founder & Admin Central recently? We've been busy!

    One of our main goals for developing Founder & Admin Central is to create a place where the community can ask questions (and give answers) about administrating a wiki. We know that sometimes admins have very specific questions, and we think that a forum space best serves those needs. So, we recently built the Founder & Admin Central Forum — check it out!

    The forum is divided into two main areas:

    Stickied Threads is the hot topic area; you'll see this at the top of the forum as soon as you land on the page. There, you'll find current topics that have users weighing in, asking questions, and dropping knowledge.

    Board Categories has four buckets …

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  • Meighan

    We have had lots of feedback since our launch of Admin Dashboard, last Thursday night. Many of you are upset and we understand. To put it frankly, we could have handled this roll out better. We didn’t give you enough information about the changes that were coming or what would affect you and your wikis to better prepare you. We see how frustrating that was. We’ve had internal meetings and discussions most of Friday and today on how we could have done things differently and the areas we didn’t handle well. Those are:

    • My blog post, New Tools to Start & Grow Your Wiki was not clear about the changes you would see to your UI, especially within Recent Changes. Had the blog post been more informative -- your opinions could have been raised about …
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  • Meighan

    Today, we're really excited to announce the upcoming launch of two new features: the Wiki Progress Bar and Admin Dashboard.

    Over the past few months, we've started to focus on founder experience on Wikia. We understand that building wikis can be a lot of work, especially if you are not familiar with the foundation of a wiki. One thing we hear often from new users is, "Okay, I started my wiki... now what? Help!" With this in mind, we built two new features to make the entire user experience easier. The Wiki Progress Bar will help founders build a wiki, and the Admin Dashboard will help admins run and maintain a wiki. These features will go live this Wednesday July 20 for all new wikis.

    When I first came to Wikia, I had never used a wiki before; I …

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  • Meighan

    Best Practices & You.

    July 9, 2011 by Meighan

    For the most part we all understand the general rules of what is expected online: be polite, don’t spam, be friendly/kind, etc, basically how one should act as you would in real life. Something that may happen when you come into a new online community is that although some rules are very clear, like the above, there are unwritten rules that aren’t always as clear. These rules can be even more elusive especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in online communities. Sometimes out of sheer excitement or just plain ‘newbie-ism’ one may not be aware of the code of ethics that go along with a site. Heck, I know I have been there -- I discover a new site and I want to dive in, say hello and mess around! Don't you?

    One of the upcoming sectio…

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  • Meighan

    Welcome to Founder & Admin Central! As you can see we’re still in the middle of decorating and sprucing up the place. It’s just the beginning of this community and we are really excited to get the ball rolling.

    So what IS the difference between the two spaces, Community Central and Founder & Admin Central? Some of you have asked and it’s not only a great question but a valid one as well. Community Central covers absolutely everything regarding the wiki experience for all users, where as Founder & Admin Central covers topics strictly surrounding founder and admin experience.

    Let me tell you what we are aiming for in this space (and I also invite you to tell me what you’d like to see in the comment section):

    Our intentions for creating an F/A Cen…

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  • Meighan

    When I first started at Wikia, I was amazed at how many wikis existed — there were (and still are!) so many wikis I wanted to get to know. But to be honest, I was too intimidated to start my own. I thought, “Wow, there’s so much information here; users have put so much time and energy into creating these wikis. I’ll just sit back and read — I don’t need to start my own.”

    I thought a lot about my “look, don’t touch” mindset on Wikia, and wondered how many users might feel the same way. I realized a good way to kick-start the discussion would be to share some advice about creating online content. The tips in this blog post can apply to any wiki, and I hope that you’ll add your experiences in the comments below.

    After writing my first blog post…

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  • Meighan

    You've Got Founder Mail

    June 16, 2011 by Meighan

    Have you noticed new emails in your inbox lately from Wikia? If you’re a founder you have! You’re receiving newly redesigned founder emails that were recently rolled out for the English community (international wikis will have them soon too). Below I walk you through the what, the why and the how of the new features surrounding these emails. We hope you will be as excited as we are about them.

    • We redesigned the emails with HTML.
    • We switched to local (each wiki you own) preferences as opposed to global (across the site).
    • Instead of one preference to control all of the founder emails, there are now multiple preferences.
    • Just like our older emails we still let you know who has joined and who has edited your wiki -- but we have also added a new em…

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  • Meighan

    Over the past few months, we’ve been sharing tips, tricks, and best practices to help you create and build the community you crave on your wiki. We’ve asked you to share what works best on your wiki (lots of great comments on that post, thank you!), and some of you have written awesome blog posts about how to make a wiki thrive — check out BobNewbie's Make Your Wiki Great and Fandyllic's Ways to Promote Your Wiki. These posts are two great examples (among many) of users sharing their knowledge with others. It’s exciting to see what we can learn from being a member of the Wikia community.

    Since I started at Wikia, I’ve noticed that some users create a wiki, but they're not sure what to do next. There are so many tips for growing a community;…

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  • Dopp

    A Tour of Special Pages

    March 29, 2011 by Dopp

    Have you ever wondered how some editors find content quickly, track down obscure details with ease, and always know what to work on next? Well, it's not a secret super power. It's just Special Pages.

    Special Pages is a collection of useful lists and tools that can help you better manage a wiki. To find this collection, just go to [yourwikiname] You may also want to add a shortcut to Special Pages on your toolbar (which is the useful strip of links at the bottom of your screen). Just click the toolbar's "Customize" link, search for the "Special Pages" tool, select it, and Save.

    Depending on what kind of user you are, you may see different links on this page. Logged-in users see more than logged-out users, an…

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  • Susanolivia

    Wiki founders and admins spend plenty of time making their wiki's main page an engaging and interesting space. After all, the main page is the first impression your wiki makes on both newcomers and dedicated fans. What can you do to make this space even more functional and pleasing? We recommend adding a Main Page Slider.

    The main page slider is a neat way to display amazing images from your wiki and to showcase your pages. And, we've recently implemented an easy tool to help you add a slider; it just takes a bit of initiative and a little bit of photo sizing magic.

    Step 1: Find your photos

    Choose the pages you want to highlight in the slider. There are 4 slider spaces to fill, so pick your 4 favorite pages. After you've decided, choose a phot…

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