• Sannse

    Stand Up and Speak Out

    January 28, 2014 by Sannse

    A while ago I was asked about online or cyberbullying and harassment, how to deal with it, and how to help those affected by it. I thought I would share some of those thoughts on this blog

    In any community there is good and bad. And when things are bad online they can be very bad. There can be nasty comments, over-aggressive reactions, and all sorts of bickering and conflict to disrupt the wikia.

    Of course, even in the best wikia communities not all interactions will be nice. Disagreements are part of life, and can be a healthy part of a community working out what the right choices are for them. But in the past there have been extreme cases around the Internet where normal disagreement and clashes have gone way further into harassment and bu…

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  • Semanticdrifter

    Sharing information is the backbone of editing on Wikia. Part of that sharing means that content is often reused and repurposed after the initial contribution. This freedom makes it much easier for all of us to share our knowledge, passion, and creativity.

    Giving credit where credit is due one of the cornerstones of polite society. And we all benefit from this generosity, so making sure to properly credit the source of any information that you find useful is the least you can do.

    No, really.

    It's literally the very least.

    Anything less violates the terms of the CC-BY-SA license. When you contribute text to a wikia, you agree to release it under the CC-BY-SA. (Images are slightly different, but we'll get to that in a minute.) While you do retain …

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  • BertH

    The knowledge and information on a Wikia community is just one part of the vast internet. But we all know that Wikia has some of the best content that's out there. Wikia's making it even easier to get your content out to the world. We hope you and your readers will share articles through Google+, Facebook and Twitter to make connections between your community's pages and the larger fan universe for your topic.

    To highlight all the hard work that's being done by you and your fellow contributors! We've all published something new and then wondered if anyone will appreciate it; sharing is one way to make sure it's seen, and even get some feedback. Comments, shares, likes and retweets can all tell you how useful and relevant a page is for others.…

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  • Jamie

    The novelty of Twitter and Facebook has worn off. There isn't the same buzz around these platforms there once was. Instead, they have become part of the fabric of the Internet. They exist as a part of the constant hum of communication that engages users and creates loyalty to a celebrity, a corporate brand, or—most importantly—a web community.

    Most modern websites, like those on Wikia, are designed to engage users. The idea is to cause users to interact with the site, beyond reading it like the static text of a book. If a site is able to engage users weekly (or preferably daily) it can have the side effect of creating a sense of community, which in turn generates fierce loyalty and ‘net promoters’. (…

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  • TwoBearsHigh-Fiving

    Hey everyone, my name is TwoBearsHigh-Fiving, but you can call me Ryan, TwoBears, or as some have taken to calling me, Burrs.

    I'm very excited to be doing this guest blog. I'd like to talk a bit about something that I feel is a huge part of the Wikia community, and that's welcoming guests.

    Every single one of us was new at some time, and there are certain things we remember about our first days at Wikia, good and bad. When I started out over at the Fallout Wiki, I was immediately drawn in by how kind some of the users were. How you treat a newcomer can be a huge game changer in what kind of user they become. Here are some tips on how you can be extra welcoming:

    • If you see a user make a mistake on their very first edit, instead of pointing it …

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  • Sarah Manley

    Hello All!

    I'm excited to announce that we will be hosting our second live Google+ Hangout on Air at 4pm PDT today. This hangouts's topic is using Social Media (specifically Twitter) to help promote and grow your Wikia community.

    Myself, along with Wikia staff members and Nate Blonkenfeld will be live on-camera offering tips and tricks, as well as responding to your questions!

    Prior to our hangout, feel free to post questions here on what you would like to see covered. You can also tweet your questions to @Wikia_Community on Twitter now or during the session.

    The video is embedded here and will be begin playing live at 4pm PDT today. You can also watch it directly from our Wikia Youtube page.

    Update: Here is a recording of our hangout. The sound…

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  • Brandon Rhea

    Wikis are community-built projects, and as successful as the community members who are a part of them. One of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an admin on wikis like Star Wars Fanpedia is being able to attract new readers and editors. Being able to successfully promote your wiki is crucial to the success of your project, so this blog will cover some of my tips and tricks for how to best attract new users.

    Wikis aren't nearly as fun if you're editing by yourself, so part of your time should focus on bringing in new users. If you're not promoting your wiki, then the odds of people finding it will go way down. To build a community and large amounts of content for it, people need to be able to find your wiki.

    Before I tell you some of …

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  • Brandon Rhea

    A user page is just what it sounds like—it's a page about a user. All user pages are in the User namespace, so they start with the word "User." My user page, for example, is User:Brandon Rhea. Creating a user page is often one of the first things someone does when they’re new to a wiki, because user pages can help introduce you to a community, but what should a user page actually be like?

    The best user pages tend to tell a story about a person's wiki life, so if you're looking to write a new user page, my suggestion would be to go that route. If I was going to write a new user page for myself today, and it was going to be for Wookieepedia, I might tell a little bit about myself when it comes to Star Wars. I would ask myself a few basic quest…

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  • Rappy

    Magic Words 101

    February 7, 2013 by Rappy

    When you hear the phrase "magic words", your first thought may be, "Is this some kind of hocus pocus mumbo jumbo?" Well in some cases it may be, but in terms of MediaWiki, a magic word is a keyword or phrase that triggers the software to do something special on a page. Mediawiki looks for magic words when a page is loaded for viewing. If a magic word exists on the page, the software runs the function associated with that magic word. Most magic words display text on the page or have some other form of output. Allow me to pull some knowledge out of my hat to share with you.

    In general, magic words help to accomplish tasks in the MediaWiki software that aren't possible otherwise. From text manipulation and formatting, to complex math and commo…

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  • Rappy

    Guide to Infoboxes

    January 15, 2013 by Rappy

    As a member of the Community Support Team and long time wiki editor, one of the areas I most often get questions about are Templates. Templates allow for you to create a consistent look across your wikia, but can be tricky to set up. Here I would like to offer steps of how to customize a basic template called an infobox. This guide is meant for those with at least a basic knowledge of templates and will cover some of the more advanced techniques. It may be helpful to read about Wikia's default infobox first. This template is included on all new(er) wikias and is set up to allow quick and easy infobox creation.

    Infoboxes are essentially templates that are generally organized to sit in the top right of an article to summarize what the article…

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