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  • Mira Laime

    As Discussions becomes more widely embraced across FANDOM, there are more and more communities with lots of posting activity. Not all of these have active admins with the extra time and inclination to moderate. That’s why we’ll be introducing a new global user group next week. Its members will step in across FANDOM to moderate Discussions where help is urgently needed — either because the community has no admins, because the admins have firmly decided not to take an interest in their Discussions, or because they’ve explicitly asked for support.


    This group, called global Discussions moderators, will launch with a set of volunteers who have solid moderation experience in Discussions and on their respective wikis. In many cases they have alread…


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  • BertH

    The Discussions feature has been evolving at a slow but steady pace. So far in 2017 we've added the new Notifications system, implemented the new page header, created Discussions Insights and made many other smaller improvements. Later this month, a Discussions module will also return to the footer area on wiki pages.

    Discussions is now available on about 80% of FANDOM communities. For those communities that are ready, we're now able to migrate their Forum threads into Discussions. Some communities have been migrated already, either because they volunteered or because they were inactive or had a very low number of Forum threads.


    Is your community interested in volunteering for Forum migration? If so, an admin can use Special:Contact to reque…


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  • Mira Laime

    There have been a lot of exciting updates to FANDOM lately, between continued work on Wiki Modernization and the launch of the new FANDOM News and Stories. One of our most recent updates was the new page and article headers, and we are excited to announce that the page header will be arriving on Discussions tomorrow!

    The goal of Wiki Modernization is to offer a modern digital experience that provides the right content at the right time, is easy to navigate, and delivers a better experience for our audience. Tomorrow's update brings those goals into Discussions by making it much more visually connected to the wiki. Navigating back and forth between Discussions and wiki articles will become much easier.

    Check out some screenshots of the update…

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  • DaNASCAT

    Later this month, FANDOM will be presenting a Community Connect Town Hall, where we'll discuss the status and specifications of our mobile offerings. We hope that we’ll be able to help you improve the functionality of your wikis on mobile devices.

    Before you come to our Town Hall, though, we want to take a few minutes to catch everyone up with recent progress on our mobile web development and to highlight some changes that have made our mobile experience better in recent months. And if you want to join us at the Town Hall, you can find out how to do that at the bottom of this post.


    In order to properly explain the state of our mobile experience, we need to clarify some key terms.

    If you go to a FANDOM website on your PC, you see the desktop sk…


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  • Bobstone33
    Rob Johnstone is the Director of Product Marketing at FANDOM.

    When we launched FANDOM News and Stories last year, we were able to provide fans with a destination where they could learn about trailers and fan theories, read about speculation, find news and opinion, and watch original videos. Now fans can do all of these things in combination with wikis, completing the fan experience on the largest entertainment fan site in the world. It was a major success, with tens of millions of people reading thousands of articles, nearly 40% of which were created by fans like you through the FANDOM Contributor Program.

    Today we are thrilled to show you a redesigned FANDOM News and Stories!


    Head to FANDOM.com to check out:

    • New content feeds. We've introduce…

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  • Bobstone33
    Rob Johnstone is the Director of Product Marketing at FANDOM.

    In January 2016 we launched FANDOM News and Stories, an editorial site that had a simple idea: putting fans at the center of entertainment and pop culture by combining fan reporting with the greatest moments in pop culture.

    With the success we've seen so far, we're getting ready to launch the next phase of News and Stories, which we'll talk to you about on Thursday. Before we do let's take a look back at where News and Stories came from and where it's taken us so far.


    Collectively, you and your communities have used wikis to build the largest entertainment fan site in the world. Wikis are amazing at cataloging a large body of knowledge and building upon that knowledge over time, bu…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    In March we tested a brand new design for the page and article headers, the area of wiki pages that includes wiki navigation and important article actions like the Edit button. The test involved targeting users with the new and old designs to see how each one impacted traffic and how visitors use the site. Before the test started, we hadn't updated the header area since 2011. It looked out of date, lacked a modern feel, and left a lot to be desired.

    We're happy to say that the test was a huge success and we're releasing the new headers on all FANDOM wikis during the week of June 12th!


    Community feedback was very positive, and so was the data we collected. The community response was so positive that we kept the test headers up even after we h…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    Wiki Modernization has brought a number of exciting changes to Fandom. Featured wiki videos have been introduced on many of our top communities, giving us the opportunity to test the removal of some ads from the site. So far, Wiki Modernization has focused on desktop, but now it's time to start bringing these updates to mobile web.

    Last week we released the first version of wiki videos on mobile web. These were for the rare cases where a page has a wiki video but no infobox, such as the Skills page on Mass Effect Wiki. Beginning on Thursday, May 18th you will also be able to watch mobile wiki videos when they live on pages that have an infobox.


    So how will mobile videos work?

    • Mobile pages without an infobox. In these cases, the video appears …

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  • Pinkachu


    When a wiki no longer has any active administrators, an eligible user can adopt that wiki, become the new admin, and foster the creation of a brand new community. This Wiki Adoption process has been around for years and has allowed thousands of communities to be adopted by new admins.

    Fandom staff members also often adopt wikis, and even create them from scratch. We watch for the latest trends and release dates, and we keep up with the hype around new shows, movies, and games. In addition, we look for communities related to upcoming releases and offer our support to admins and users. If there is no active community, we bring our toolbox of creativity and fix it up. We then seek admins to nurture the growth of the community.

    Many of the commu…


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  • Brandon Rhea

    Ad Tests on Fandom

    April 25, 2017 by Brandon Rhea


    Over the last few months, we've talked to you a lot about the ad experience on Fandom. We told you why we want to have a better ad experience, what we've done so far, and how we plan to do it. These discussions led to the introduction of Wiki Modernization, where we will use ads in front of great featured videos that will allow us to remove other ads across the site and improve site performance.

    So what will that look like? We're getting very close to that answer.


    Alongside our development of wiki videos and the new page and article headers, we've been hard at work developing tests to determine the perfect mix of ads for both users and advertisers. For each test variation we are running, we kept these points in mind:

    • There needs to be fewer a…


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