Community Central

Sannse Sannse 3 June

Update to the community guidelines

Have you ever actually read a site's Terms of Use? After all, it's a document you "sign" when you make an account on Fandom or most other sites you join. But they are long, and dry, and frankly more than most people want to read.

But it's good to know what you are signing. After all, you might be signing to give the company your first born child. Or to agree the contract will be void if there's a zombie apocalypse (yes those are real examples). One company even offered $1000 to the person who read enough of the document to find the offer! It took four months before anyone did!

So while we definitely recommend that you read the ToU, we have also written a simpler version of the user conduct section to help everyone understand what's required …

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Sannse Sannse 2 December 2019

The Advisor Experiment

Hi everyone,

This is a semi-staff-post. It's not in the staff blog category and won't be advertised anywhere. The idea is just to give a central space to talk about the advisor experiment we are working on at the moment - both for those taking part in the experiment, and those interested in it.

This project is based on a similar project on Wikipedia. The idea is to give new editors a specific person to contact about any problems or questions they have on a wiki. The "apprentices" will be able to choose their advisor, and then can expect to have that person available to them for help and advice.

Advisors are volunteers from the wiki in question, and/or users with global experience who can give guidance on any wiki. They will commit to being av…

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Sannse Sannse 22 May 2018

Taking Your First Steps on FANDOM

This blog is for all you readers out there. You've looked around some of the 300,000 wikis on FANDOM, looked at some News and Stories, found some great reads on the wikis, and maybe even visited Discussions. So what's next for you?

Well, one thing you've probably noticed is the rich community on FANDOM. Each fandom is its own community, and then there is the overall community on Community Central and the other language versions of this wiki.

  • 1 Building Your Identity
  • 2 Making Your First Contribution
  • 3 Discussions, Another Way to Join In.
  • 4 Let's Talk!

To join a community, the first thing I would always suggest is to make an account. You can do some things on FANDOM without being logged, including reading, editing, and commenting on articles. But logg…

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Sannse Sannse 1 May 2018

Some Guidelines on Guidelines

One of the first things some people do on their new wiki is to write some rules and guidelines for the site. After all, we all want things to be done right from the start.

My advice would be: don't. For a new wiki, it's much more essential to make it welcoming and inclusive than it is to be perfect. At this stage of your wiki, you are best concentrating on building content and attracting those elusive contributors.

But there comes a time when guidelines become essential. Often it's when someone starts pushing limits and taking advantage of their being no written rules. But ideally, you will begin to get some guidelines written before that point.

FANDOM has its own guidelines, which layout rules of behavior for the whole site. That means the bas…

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Sannse Sannse 14 March 2018

The Diversity of FANDOM

FANDOM is a diverse and complicated community. We all have different likes, dislikes, and ideas. We also come from many different places and cultures, and are varied in race, sexuality, gender identity and many other beautiful ways.

Most of our differences don't cause issues on wikis unless someone is involved who objects to our group. For example, age and religion don't generally have a strong influence on how someone edits on a wiki, but we have seen problems with people prejudiced against those groups. Be careful not to blame the target of attacks in such cases, and remember that a varied and interesting wiki comes from a varied and interesting community. You don't have to like everyone, or even approve of them. But that doesn't stop you…

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