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Wikia Blogs (also known as Community Blogging) are articles written one person that can be commented on and organized into a listing like a typical blog.

Why Create Blogs?

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A sample blog post, also showing the masthead and comment area

They are different than a typical wiki article in that they are not intended to be a collaboratively written pieces of content, but instead a single user's composition. The idea is to create more of a community feel for a wiki, and give users more outlets for their endless creativity.

Some examples of why a user would choose a blog article instead of a traditional wiki article:

  • Fan fiction and original work
  • Op-eds and personal stories
  • Articles that pose questions and solicit responses
  • Reviews, suggestions or recommendations

Of course, it's entirely up to each wiki's community as to how it gets used.

Step by Step

Create a Blog Post:

  • To create a new blog post, go to the "Blog" tab on your user profile.
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  • Click the "Create Blog Post" button at the top of this tab. This will open an editing screen.
  • Create your blog post as though you were creating any other wiki page. The only difference is that this one will be attributed entirely to you.
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Enable or disable commenting

  • Decide if you want to allow comments by checking or unchecking the "Commenting" checkbox above the edit summary.
  • Click "Preview" to review your work.
  • Click "Publish" to share your blog post with the rest of your wiki community.
  • Return to the "Blog" tab on your profile to see a list of all of your blog posts.


Leave a Comment:

Comment

Leave a comment on a blog post

  • When viewing a blog post, scroll down to the area just below the blog post, and click the commenting field.
  • A comment area will load. Use the tools available to add a comment.
  • Click "Post Comment" to add your comment to the page.


Additional Details

Edit Rights: A blog post can be edited by the author of the post or an admin on the wiki. Other users do not have access to edit a blog post.

Deleting Comments: Admins can delete comments using a delete link, shown next to the comment's timestamp. In addition, when a blog post is deleted, all associated comments will be deleted.

Blog Listing Pages: Blog Listing Pages allow you to create a list of blog posts by category. You can create a new blog listing at Special:CreateBlogListingPage.

Cache delay: Blog listings do not update immediately upon creation of a new blog post. You can wait for the cache to clear (a couple of hours), or add ?action=purge to the URL of the listing page.

Embedded Blog Listing: A tag is available to allow you to embed a blog listing within a normal wiki article. There are a number of parameters you can define to format the embedded list to fit within different content pages - e.g. the main page, the community portal, a contest page, etc. - and it is extremely customizable. For more information on how to use this extension, see Help:Blog article/Bloglist.

See also

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