Discussions is your wiki's social space where community members can talk about the wiki's topic as well as the wiki itself. It's a great place to get a quick overview of what is going on in the community. Discussions is available on desktop web, mobile web, and the Fandom app.
On every community where Discussions is enabled, it can be found by adding
/f directly after the domain name. For example, https://dc.fandom.com/f Below is how Discussions appears in a desktop browser, with the post view set to Condensed:
What can you see in Discussions?
At the center, you see a feed of current conversations on the wiki and a module showing the articles on the wiki that most recently received significant edits. Articles that were redirected or just received minor edits do not appear in this module. Above the first post in the center column, you can filter the posts by category, sort them by hot or new, and change their card layout.
To the left, an info module provides a brief intro to the community and shows you how many pages and overall edits the community has. The wiki description you see here can be edited by admins via the Mobile Main Page curation tool. The Discussions guidelines are also linked here, which can also be edited by admins. The "Get Started" button at the bottom of the box links to the wiki's main page, or to Special:Community where it is enabled.
On the right side, the "Explore the wiki" module shows you which articles are currently most popular on the wiki, and the "Category Activity" module sorts the Discussions categories by recent activity.
Discussions reflects the color scheme and theme set by the wiki's admins via the ThemeDesigner and shows the same global and local navigation as the other parts of the wiki.
How to write a post or reply
Any logged-in user can participate in Discussions. Start a new post by choosing one of the options at the top of the feed if you are on desktop, or tapping the icon in the bottom right corner of the screen on mobile. For more information on polls, see Help:Polls in Discussions. A few select communities offer the option of creating a quiz, but this is a beta feature that's not available everywhere. You can also reply to any post of any type that has already been made.
Titles are required for all post types. In text posts and replies, you can format your text by using the toolbar at the bottom of the module, including bold, italic, and
preformatted text. You can also create numbered or bulleted lists by clicking the toolbar options, or by typing
- followed by a space. More options for text content are described in the sections below.
After hitting "next" while creating a post, you'll have the option to assign your post a category. On wikis where the admins have not created multiple categories, this step won't be necessary and the option will be hidden. Here, you can also add article tags to your post before publishing it.
Posts and replies can only be edited by their author in the first 24 hours after they are created. Admins and Discussions Moderators can edit any post at any time.
You can trigger a notification for a specific user by typing
@ followed by their username in your post. This is useful when you want to make sure that specific person sees your post or reply. Once your post with their name is published, they will receive a notification and, depending on their email preferences, an email informing them that they've been mentioned.
To add a link to your text, you can type or paste the full URL directly into the body of your text. Any link works, including links to article pages on the wiki. A visual preview of the link destination will appear in the post. In the Fandom app, article links to the same community will open seamlessly within the app.
You can also highlight text within your draft and use the toolbar option to add a hyperlink. Enter the URL to where you want your text to lead, then click the green checkmark to apply the link to the highlighted text.
When creating a post or reply, click or tap the image option on the right of the toolbar to select a file from your computer or device. JPG, PNG and GIF files are supported, with a size limit of 10 MB.
Wiki editors, note that files uploaded to Discussions will not appear on the wiki or its maintenance reports.
At the second step of post creation or editing, you have the option to add article tags to your post. You will see up to three suggested tags to choose from, based on keywords you have used in your post title and text and based on which articles are currently popular on the wiki. If you accept one of these suggestions by clicking it and adding it to your post, a new suggestion will appear. You can add up to 10 tags to your post.
If none of the suggested tags fit your post, you can also search for articles to tag directly by choosing "Add Tag +" and opening the search window. Only articles from the wiki's main namespace are available as tags.
On published posts, you can click on their tags to pull up a summary page of all posts tagged with that same article. This page also includes a link to the article itself, and a box showing which tags are used most often on the wiki.
Finding and following Discussions
The Discussions feed can be sorted by either 'Hot' or 'New'. The 'Hot' list shows recent posts that are receiving replies and likes from users, while the 'New' list sorts posts by when they were posted. The list can also be filtered to only show specific Discussions categories, using the category filter in the top right corner. You can also change the card layout of each post in the feed; the Standard option expands the contents of each post, while the Condensed option only shows the title of each post.
Use the Follow option in the dropdown menu at the top-right of each post to subscribe to conversations that are interesting to you. You will be notified when new replies are added to a conversation you follow. When you create your own post or reply, you automatically start following that conversation, unless you choose to "unfollow" in the dropdown menu.
To see a chronological list of all posts and replies by a specific user, click on that user's avatar by a post they made. If you are on a user's wiki profile, you can click on the counter of their Discussions contributions to see all of their posts and replies.
Liking a post
Use the share option on the bottom right to recommend a specific Discussions post on a social network or blog. As on article pages, the sharing options available to users will vary depending on language and location.
All users can receive on-site notifications and email notifications about certain events in Discussions, which can be adjusted in user preferences. Fandom app users can receive push notifications as well.
Users receive notifications when:
- A post they are following receives a reply. After a notification is sent for a specific post, additional notifications will not be sent for that post until 24 hours have passed, or until the user visits that post.
- A post or reply they created receives an upvote.
- Someone creates a post or reply that @-mentions them by name.
If you encounter inappropriate content (such as spam or insults against another user), you can choose to report the post or reply via the 'Report' option in the dropdown menu.
You will see an orange triangle and a "Reported to moderators" banner on any post or reply that you have reported. This is only visible to the user who reported that post or reply, and to Discussions Moderators and local Administrators.
The Fandom app gives logged-in users the option to upload an avatar and write a bio for themselves. Avatars uploaded via apps represent that user everywhere else on Fandom. Profile content added via the app will also be visible on wiki profile pages.
Administrators and Discussions Moderators have specific tools to keep Discussions friendly and appropriate.