MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 15 days ago
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This Month at Fandom - May 2021

Hey gang!

Another month has passed and woah it was a big one! We ramped up towards the first deployment of FandomDesktop, which is now in an opt-in period, and launched a new Twitch series called The Downstream.


Let’s dive into May 2021…


  • 1 FandomDesktop Preparations
  • 2 The Downstream
  • 3 Big Data for Big Fun
  • 4 Editors of the Month

In May, we published two additional blogs about FandomDesktop changes, preparing editors and admins for the new design, which went live for opt-in exploration this week!

The blogs in question focused on the fully-designed Theme Designer and Creator Tools with a preview of what comes next (cough MAPS cough).


While this was also on Tuesday and, therefore, not actually in May, it’s worth noting that FandomDesktop brings a new Cust…




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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 17 days ago
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The FandomDesktop opt-in is now LIVE

Hey gang!

I am pleased to announce that FandomDesktop is now LIVE for opt-in exploration! During this time, logged-in users will be able to switch from Oasis or Hydra to FandomDesktop as their wiki experience through an opt-in toggle, found in an on-site banner and in user preferences. They will also be able to switch back to their respective legacy experiences from their user preferences.

The purpose of this period is to let editors and admins get used to the new design and, especially, for admins to prepare their communities for full migration, which will come early this summer.

Please note! Initially, your wiki will have default theming for both Light and Dark mode. Don't freak out! It just means your customizations haven't been applied yet.…

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 23 days ago
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Announcing The Downstream

Hey gang!

This Friday, May 28th, Zoe Catfu and I will be hosting the very first event of a series we’re calling The Downstream.


After Community Connect this year, you made it clear that you wanted more opportunities to hear from us in different ways beyond blog posts and on-wiki communication. The Downstream is a Twitch stream that extends our coverage from Community Connect, giving you updates on major initiatives like FandomDesktop, the Fandom brand, and Fanatical. Join us for conversations with the Product Design team, the Marketing team, the Fanatical team, and more!

When? Friday, May 28th at 8am US Pacific (click the link to convert to your timezone!)

Where? Fandom’s Twitch channel

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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 29 days ago
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A Deeper Look at Creator Tools and What's Next

Hey gang!

As promised in the introduction to FandomDesktop back in March, we’re continuing our More Is More approach to previewing what’s coming for Fandom and Gamepedia users. More transparency, more design thinking, more in-depth looks at what is changing before the rollout.

Today, we are looking at the creator tools that our Product team will be able to improve or build once FandomDesktop is live.


  • 1 This is a huge milestone
  • 2 What’s coming soon?
    • 2.1 The Editor
    • 2.2 The QuickBar
    • 2.3 Keyboard Shortcuts
  • 3 What’s coming after that?
  • 4 One more thing…
    • 4.1 Interactive Maps

It’s wild to think that by the time FandomDesktop rolls out and completes a majority of the work we began with the Unified Community Platform, it will have been almost two years since we first …



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MisterWoodhouse MisterWoodhouse 13 May
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A Deeper Look at Theme Designer on FandomDesktop

Hey gang!

As promised in the introduction to FandomDesktop back in March, we’re continuing our “More Is More” approach to previewing the changes coming to Fandom and Gamepedia for desktop users later this Spring and into the Summer. More transparency, more design thinking, and more in-depth looks at what is changing before the rollout.

Today, we are looking at how Theme Designer is leveling up with FandomDesktop with new features, better performance solutions, and more customization options to bring your community’s identity to life.


As part of the UCX project, we’ve rebuilt Theme Designer from the ground up as a stronger feature to enhance the new experience. In other areas of the UCX, we’re focused more on optimizing existing features for t…


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