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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 2 June
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New Fandom features and experiences announced at Community Connect 2022

Well folks, we did it! Community Connect 2022 happened this past weekend, and it was a huge success. I was thrilled to see so many admins and editors there and to get a chance to talk about the future of the Fandom community platform, meet new people who hadn’t been at previous Connects, and rekindle some friendships with people I haven’t seen since before the pandemic.

Community Connect is always a great way to hear feedback directly from admins and editors, and this time was no exception, with 45 community members there from across anime, books, gaming, movies, TV, and more. It’s important because it helps bring our company values to life with the community:

  • We Serve a Global Community and part of that includes coming together from time to…
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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 11 April
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Announcing Fandom's 2022 IRL Community Connect in Los Angeles

This is always one of my favorite announcements to make: we’re going to be hosting another Community Connect again this year! And unlike our two versions in 2021, it’s IRL!

That’s right, I couldn’t be happier to say that we’re holding an in-person Community Connect from May 27th through May 31st in sunny Los Angeles, California. We’ll bring 50 admins and close to 50 Fandom staff members together to talk face to face about what Fandom is going to be working on as the year goes on for wiki editors and fans, hear direct feedback from editors like you what they think about those ideas and what they’d like to see from Fandom, build deeper connections with one another, and have some fun hanging out and getting to know each other better.

Invites ar…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 24 February
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Fandom is upgrading to MediaWiki 1.37 as part of our commitment to keeping the platform up to date

Last month, we announced a number of initiatives that we’re working on here at Fandom to kick off 2022. One of those announcements was that we will be upgrading the platform MediaWiki 1.33 to MediaWiki 1.37, and today I’m excited to walk you through some of the details. The big headline is that the upgrade is going to begin in March! And also, that not much will change. This should be a fairly easy update, especially when you compare how massive of an upgrade the transition to the Unified Community Platform (UCP) was.

In this I’ll get into the details of why it’s so different from UCP, what the rollout timeline is, and what you can expect to see in terms of some minor changes here and there.


  • 1 What is a MediaWiki upgrade?
  • 2 What are the benefit…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 22 February
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Fandom is expanding Trivia Quizzes after a year of successful experimentation

Last month, we announced a number of exciting initiatives that we’re working on at the start of this year, including our upcoming MediaWiki upgrade (there will be a staff blog on that this week) and continued work on Interactive Maps. The other big one we mentioned was an expansion of our Trivia Quiz feature, which has been on select communities since 2019 but that we’ve done a lot of experimenting with over the last year to find out how and where people want to take quizzes on Fandom.

Fortunately, we’ve learned a lot and are ready to roll it out across more of the site based on successful experimentation. In this blog, we’re going to walk you through a lot of the specifics behind it, including: how quizzes have become an increasingly impor…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 25 January
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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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