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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 1 day ago

Fandom's plans for the first few months of 2022

How is it almost the end of January? It feels like it was just New Year’s Day, yet somehow here we are, nearly a month into what’s shaping up to be an exciting new year for Fandom and hopefully a safe, happy, and healthy year for all of you.

Now that we’re settling into 2022, I wanted to take some time to look ahead and talk to you about some of what Fandom is working on for the first few months of the year. Every team across the company, including the Community team that I have the privilege of leading, is really looking forward to putting into action the plans they have in store. I’m excited to share some of them with you today.

So, let’s dig in!

  • 1 Full 2022 Planning is Still Underway
  • 2 We’re Building Creator Tools, Like Interactive Maps
  • 3 Media…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 21 December 2021

My Farewell to You

Hey gang!

All things must come to an end and, on December 31st, two things ending will be the year 2021 and my time on Fandom staff.

It has been an absolute pleasure to be with you for four and a half years between my time at Gamepedia and my time here at Fandom. From Twitch streams and Checkpoints to Connects and This Month at Fandom to UCP blogs and Ask Me Anything sessions, I’ve loved getting to help you all with your own communities, celebrate your successes, and listen to your amazing feedback to make this place even better.

As I don my sunglasses and ride off into the sunset, I have some parting words for you:

Always remember that we are all passionate people united in our fan identity. The drama that comes from time to time is not impor…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 20 December 2021

This Year at Fandom - 2021

Hey gang!

With December almost finished and Fandom’s holiday break coming up, it’s time for us to look back at a year that was rather busy, with lots of evolution and exploration for Fandom, the platform, and you - our awesome editors!

This was 2021.

  • 1 A whole new world
  • 2 A community celebration
  • 3 Putting the new platform through its paces
  • 4 Welcome to the new Fandom
  • 5 No in-person? No problem!
  • 6 Safety is paramount
  • 7 Editors of the Year
  • 8 In Closing

The year kicked off with us in the process of finishing up development and rollout of the Unified Community Platform, Fandom’s largest project ever, bringing Fandom and Gamepedia wikis together on a single new codebase running a modern version of MediaWiki, with so many basic updates that we literally couldn’t c…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 30 November 2021

This Month at Fandom - November 2021

Hey gang!

The penultimate month of 2021 has come to a close and it is time to observe the rituals of community. Let’s review the month that was November 2021.

  • 1 Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
  • 2 Starlight Design-A-Gown winner
  • 3 Community Spotlight
  • 4 Data is Fun
  • 5 Editors of the Month

Like our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in October, we paused to recognize and celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November with a blog post highlighting movies and TV shows that incorporate characters and themes related to the tribes of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. We continued to use our special Heritage Discord server for discussing how wikis can best honor the heritage of the tribes and their people.

Back in September, we invited the…

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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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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 3 November 2021

Starlight Design-A-Gown winner

Hey gang!

In September, we announced our partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation, a fantastic organization that runs a few programs to help bring comfort to kids going through treatment for serious illnesses at children’s hospitals in the United States.

As part of that partnership, we invited the entire Fandom community - editors, readers, contractors, and staff - to take part in designing the next comfortable, colorful hospital gown for Starlight’s signature program, Starlight Hospital Wear. These side-cinching gowns provide additional comfort for kids braving long and, sometimes, frequent hospital stays. You stepped up. We got 91 fantastic entries into our Design-A-Gown contest, narrowed those down to 3 finalists, and let you choo…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 29 October 2021

This Month at Fandom - October 2021

Hey gang!

The spookiest month of the year is nearing its Jack-o'-Lantern-studded finale (Halloween) and it’s time to observe our not so spooky rituals with a recap of the month that was October 2021.

  • 1 Content Review and Dev Scripts on Historically Gamepedia Wikis
  • 2 We have a Bug Bounty program!
  • 3 Closing out Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 4 Welcoming a new Community Manager!
  • 5 The end of Featured Video and the launch of Interactive Video
  • 6 Community Spotlight - Forgotten Realms Wiki
  • 7 Data Is Fun
  • 8 Editors of the Month

Earlier this month, our engineering team finished the work necessary to enable Content Review on wikis which came to Fandom from Gamepedia. Content Review is a security process involving a manual review of changes to wiki-level custom JavaScript, t…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 28 October 2021

Introducing Interactive Video

Hey gang!

As Brandon promised on Tuesday, I’m here to talk about a new video content type Fandom has been working on for several months now. We’re calling this Interactive Video because the name really says it all, it’s video content that is interactive with the wikis.

  • 1 Some Background
  • 2 Why Interactive Video is important
  • 3 Some early examples
  • 4 Next steps
  • 5 How can you get Interactive Video on your wiki

In the nearly 2 years since we announced that Featured Video would no longer be the future of video on Fandom, we have been conducting research, doing experiments, and looking at how The Loop compares to Featured Video content in terms of viewership and other user metrics. Through this investigation, it became very apparent to Fandom that videos groun…

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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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RailTest RailTest 24 October 2021



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