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…Read more >
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.
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 in, you can read, edit, comment on articles. But logging in gives you the ability to do much more. You can move pages, upload images, comment on blogs and message walls,…
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One of the first things some people do on their new wiki is 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 important 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 important. Often it's when someone starts pushing limits and taking advantage of their being no written rules. But ideally you will start to get some guidelines written before that point.
FANDOM has its own guidelines, which lay out rules of behaviour for the whole site. That means the basics …Read more >
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…Read more >
I mentioned recently that one of the first things to do on a new wiki is start writing pages. For design help we ask that you have at least 50 pages on the wiki, and that's a good number to aim for. But 50 is a big number! How are you going to get there when all you have is a blank wiki?
The key thing is to get started. Don't let the task overwhelm you, just pick a place to start and get that one thing done, followed by the next one thing, and then the next. It's much easier to write in bite-sized pieces rather than trying to take on too much too soon.
The main page of any wiki is a critical one. It's your doorway into your wiki and making it interesting, attractive, and easy to use is an important early task. Of course, you aren't going to ha…Read more >