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FishTank

aka Isaac

  • I live in San Antonio, Texas, US
  • I was born on November 18
  • My occupation is Editor Experience Specialist at Fandom
  • I am male
  • Bio I don't always help Fandom users; but when I do, it's as an anthropomorphic fish in an armored military vehicle.
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  • FishTank

    Fandom is the most comprehensive source of information for fans of all varieties of what we love. Contributors from the most comprehensive chroniclers to devoted enthusiasts share every aspect of their fandom topics on wikis. This leads to a lot of material for readers to explore, and getting these readers to what they seek is the purpose of nearly every wiki.



    Sometimes, though, such information is not as easily found because it is buried or scarce. Many wikis use tabs and tab panels (called "tabbers") to arrange their content. In this post, we're going to talk about how to organize some article content to make it more accessible to seekers.


    There's a big difference between b…




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  • FishTank

    Something that sets wikis apart from other knowledge bases is that a broad number of contributors can take part in building and maintaining it.  


    We all think of blood as being an essential component to the human body, but in reality it only makes up a small percentage of the overall whole. In the same way, contributing editors only make up 0.05% of our wiki ecosystem and are just as vital. We depend on wiki contributors for new content, improving and curating text and images, and keeping communities flowing socially.

    A common struggle for many wikis is bringing talented new editors in. Research from Wikipedia shows that communities require a steady flow of new editors and contributors to keep wikis vibrant even after what they are documenti…


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    Infoboxes on Fandom

    March 13, 2020 by FishTank


    Infoboxes are a traditional part of wiki pages, usually providing a summary of basic facts about a page's topic. They're meant to inform and inspire readers to read the associated page. They can also overload a reader and drive them to frustration.




    This seems like a simple question for many wiki readers and editors, but many wikis consider the answer differently. An infobox is an element on a wiki page that provides short data, information, and navigation about the main topic of the page. Whether on desktop or mobile devices, the first and most common component on a page is the primary infobox. Readers expect it to contain a bri…





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  • FishTank

    Part of the fun of wiki editing is the flexibility and interactivity that come from templates and scripting, by building internal and external layers (respectively) onto page content. The more involved into wiki community building editors go, many will get involved with creating layers deeper or atop the wiki page through those templates and scripts.



    While the most important parts of a community are the people involved and the content inside, these additional layers have best practices recommendations, too. Like icing on and filling in a cake, a solid foundation of content deserves details to make things interesting.


    JavaScript (sometimes abbreviated as "JS") can be a great way of adding some fun flair to communities. Because of how it is di…




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    Showing Data on Fandom

    November 2, 2019 by FishTank

    There are several ways in which Fandom communities craft their articles. Some are focused on encyclopedic-like descriptions, while others are oriented towards fanon, role-play, or other discussion. The vast majority document a specific game, television show, animanga, or films. When presenting documentary articles, sometimes narrative text and images stand alongside data tables. Presenting data can be a challenge to avoid overloading a reader's attention while informing with the most clarity.


    An important part of presenting data in articles also involves imagining if that data were not there, adding clarity to the text. Like images, data should enhance the article itself. If the article is not sufficient length without adding fact tables an…


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