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    • It depends on what you are referring to when you say "discussion board". Wikis may have discussions associated with specific pages, blogs, or users. They may also have a place where users can just come to discuss things not related to a specific page, blog, or user. For the rest of this post, I will refer to discussions associated with specific pages, blogs, or users as "comments" and the other type as "threads". All wikis have comments and threads. The question is which specific feature does a particular wiki use for its comments/threads.

      Out-Of-The-Box

      Out-of-the-box MediaWiki (the core software behind Fandom wikis) uses talk pages for comments (example). A talk page is a page intended to host discussion about another page. Other then that, it is no different from any other page on the wiki. Users can edit the page however they want; including the content added by other users. Out-of-the-box MediaWiki does not have threads. However, there is an extension called DPLforum which provides a way to organize lists of pages such that wikis have an extra namespace for threads (example). Talks pages exist on all wikis but sometimes Fandom auto-redirects users to an alternative feature. DPLforum is available to all wikis but is disabled by default.

      Fandom Legacy

      On the legacy platform, comments for pages in the main, user, and user blog namespaces are handled by a post-based system. The type of content you can add is the same as any other page but each user creates their own post and only they (and admins/mods) can edit that content. Relates posts are displayed in chronological order on a page. The page on which they are displayed is not the same as the page on which the content is stored. The content for each post is stored on its own page which cannot be edited except though the interface provided on the display page. The threads version of this is Special:Forum; what we are using right now. These features are available to legacy wikis but may be turned off in favor of the out-of-the-box features. Special:Forum and DPLforum can be used side-by-side if desired. Some legacy wikis have Discussions which will be discussed in the next section. Discussions and Special:Forum can be used side-by-side if necessary but Fandom had been pushing and is now forcing wikis to disable Special:Forum and enable Discussions. The dev wiki actually had all 3 thread features enabled until around mid-September when Special:Forums was disabled.

      Fandom UCP

      UCP is the new platform Fandom is pushing out. It uses a version of MediaWiki that is much more recent then the version used by the legacy platform. Since it is still MediaWiki, the out-of-the-box features are still available should wikis desire to use them. However, there is also Feeds. Feeds is UCP's version of the post-based discussion features. Discussions is the Feeds-based version of Special:Forum. UCP wikis cannot use the legacy post-based features. There are a number of differences between the legacy post-based features and Feeds. Feeds is essentially completely separate platform. It does not recognize any of the text markup used by MediaWiki. Therefore, the content you can put in a post is not the same as the content you can put on a page. Additionally, all content is stored in some sort of hidden database. These are just some of the differences. DPLforum and talk pages for the user blog and main namespaces can be used side-by-side with their Feeds-based counter parts.

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    • Oh. Okay. Thank you. I think I was refering to the "threads". 

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    • Anyway, which wiki do you need help with how to find the discussion area?

      The type of forums we are using right now is retired by Fandom. This wiki is one of the last wikis to have them, and they are planned to be converted to the new type by the few next weeks.

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    • If you are talking about the "threads", then check the wiki for the page Forum:Index. If that page does not have an archive message on it, then the wiki is using DPLforum. If it does have an archive message on it, the message will contain a link to either Special:Forum or Discussions; whichever is in use by the wiki.

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    • Um, Knights of Arrethtrae Chuck Black wiki. I can't find it. Okay! Will do! Thank you for your help kind Sir!

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    • Based on the name, I have found these two wikis.

      1. Arrethtrae Wiki
      2. The Kingdom of Arrethtrae Wiki

      I am guessing you are talking about #1 as that is listed in your user masthead. Both of those wikis are using DPLforum so you can find the "boards" by going to Forum:Index. If you want one of the alternative features to be enabled, it will have to be Discussions. Fandom is no longer allowing wikis to enable Forum. In fact, Fandom is pushing for all wikis to be migrated off of Forum by the end of this month.

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    • I just had a closer look and I don't think you are going to get anyone to respond. On both of those wikis, you are the only registered user to have edited anything within the past 3 months. The last edit on #1 by a registered user (other than yourself) was back on July 17, 2019. While #2 has had anonymous users edit, it is just you and two others in terms of registered users in 2020. The two others only edited once each and the last user to edit prior to that did so just over 2 years ago (October 12, 2018).

      Given the lack of activity on these wikis, Fandom might be planning to close them.

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    • Well. That's disappointing... so I'll find the D boards on the Forum page? Mk. Thank you. :)

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    • Yes, that is the feature those wikis are using. If you plan on being active on the wikis for a while, you could consider adopting them. Fandom has put a 90-day wait period between adoptions but if you are eligible on both and propose merging the two, they may make an exception. To clarify, merging the two wikis would mean transferring the content from one to the other and then closing one of them.

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    • Much gratitude, kind person. I think I just won't go on the fandoms for now. It seems a bit boring, don't you think? Quite bland and empty. Thank you for your help though, this clarifies much for me. :)

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    • It is your choice. However, without any activity, Fandom might decide to just close the wikis. In which case, you wouldn't be able to visit either of them.

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    • Oh well. I like discussing a book's topic rather than staring at the articles... either way, you've answered my questions ten-fold, and thank you for that. :)

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