Idekmandy has just made a test wiki, which includes new and improved designs for the wiki, which I hope you'll be blown away by as much as I was! Hopefully, before the TV series airs, we can move these ideas onto the actual wiki. These were the ideas for the changes in design and Mandy has, so far, done the wordmark & theme, I did the navigation a few months ago (any suggestions welcome) and the home page & infoboxes will come soon! You've been given admin rights on the test wiki too (until it's deleted) so you can see how certain things work on the new sceme.
Not everything's set in stone, though, feedback/suggestions/questions are welcome on the test wiki. At some point, a Discussions post/Message Wall thread will be made where you can post things like that.
Another thing to change is the URL of the wiki. Mandy has suggested changing hdm.fandom.com to hisdarkmaterials.fandom.com to make the wiki more searchable. Doing this will have a major impact on our SEO, help more potential readers find the wiki and (possibly) help us overtake other sites in search ranking (particularly trying to get the wiki to the top spot when searching Lyra Silvertongue).
Please let me know as soon as you can if you're ok with the wiki's URL being changed so Mandy can ask staff to update it before the TV series is out. If you have any suggestions for a better URL feel free to reply with that too. Hope to hear back from you by Sunday so that we can update it quickly! Thanks!
Well, hisdarkmaterials.fandom.com already redirects to hdm.fandom.com, so I don't mind if the URL is changed to that (but I'm not sure if it will change our search rankings). I trust your opinion on the matter though!
Hello! Just in case you haven't heard, Fandom has launched a new Editor Rewards Program to thank hard-working users for their contributions to the platform. You can check out all of the information in this blog post. Feel free to comment on the blog if you have any feedback, questions, or concerns, and the Editor Experience Team will be happy to answer!
Hi! I'm here to bring you big news from Fandom! The new Analytics feature has just been released for admins, which you can read more about in this blog post. This feature is particularly exciting because it will give you access to insightful statistics that allow you to see what areas are doing well and how to best capitalize on them in order to strengthen the community. You can visit Special:Analytics to access the data, and if you need any help, you can check out the help page for additional information. Please let me know if you have any further questions or feedback and I'll be happy to answer :)
P.S. Can you update the poll as per the forum? And maybe even share some of the new statistics from Special:Analytics if possible (where users are reading the wiki from, what devices users are reading it on, how many readers there are a week) - it would be great to see who the wiki is reaching!
A user (184.108.40.206) recently made a vandal edit to the Billy Costa page, replacing the appearance of Northern Lights with something rather explicit. Funnily enough, they attempted to undo their vandalism but, not knowing about the version history function, simply re-wrote the appearance unformatted. This made it particularly tedious to undo as I had to leaf through several different versions of the page.
I think adding the 'ty' makes it more of a common American slang and not really a swear word...but don't quote me on that! But, yes, they did attempt to undo the vandalism after 24 mins (quite some time really) - seems we're getting quite a few anons & registered vandals!
Musical33, would you be able to share some of the figures at Special:Analytics so we can focus on certain pages on the wiki and see what kind of audience are viewing the wiki? (Most popular pages, Geolcation, common search terms, number of mobile users etc.)
Hi Musical33, my name is Antonio and I am a Community Manager of the TV/Movies vertical for Fandom. I wanted to introduce myself and see if you need anything, have any problems, or would like to share any ideas you have. As you may already know, our Community Org is changing. From now on our team will focus even more on building closer relationships with the communities, admins, and users.
We are here to support you and help make this community thrive. If you need anything, feel free to contact me or our Wiki Manager directly at any time. And just so you know, Wiki Managers might be more available than me on weekends.
I will be here together to Idekmandy -Wiki Manager- for anything you need.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to hear back from you soon! :)
Hey! Just in case you don't know, I'm excited to inform you that Fandom now has an official Discord server for Fandom and Gamepedia editors! If you're interested in joining, you can learn more about it in this blog post. Ultimately, the server allows for better communication with staff and fellow editors, and I will be easily accessible there if you ever need any help. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!
Hey there! My name is Mandy, and I’m the Fandom Wiki Manager assigned to the His Dark Materials Wiki. No worries, I am not here to take over. My job is to help the community and serve as a liaison between contributors and full-time Fandom staff. I will be your primary point of contact should any assistance be needed, so if you ever have a question or issue relating to the wiki, editing, etc., don't hesitate to leave a message on my wall and I will do my best to help. If I am unable to solve your issue, I will be able to get in contact with a staff member that can. I will also be getting in contact with the rest of the active admins in this community to introduce myself and inform them of my position. In the meantime, please let me know if there's anything I can do for you or if you have any further questions regarding my role, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Looking forward to working with you in the future!
Additionally, I am happy to inform you that Fandom will be upgrading to a more modern version of MediaWiki, the platform that powers your wiki. You can read more about it in this blog post.
I remember reading about these 'Wiki Managers', I'll have a look around to see what you can offer.... I do have a few questions as an editor: how many wikis are you managing - it must be loads with only 7 TV/Movies managers? Will you drop in with us every week, every month, whenever we get in contact on your Message Wall? When you say assistance, is this things like adding a feature (which we can do via S:C) or things like needing help with code/blocking vandals/advice on how to run a wiki?
I also see that you're a Wiki Manager for TV/Movies, are you aware that we are a books community? Although the series has been adapted into a film and is going to be adapted for TV in a few months, will being in this TV/Movies help category change anything - will we have to change our content so that we are specifically for the TV series? Will we have to change from being in the literature column to the TV/Movies column? Another question, I know you're not here to do editing for us - but I would like to ask - have you ever read the books/seen the film or are planning on watching the TV series?
It says on the blog that "Wiki Managers are being matched up with select wikis based on where we have found the best opportunities for improved service" - do you know what kind of oppurtunities these are? Where exactly do you think you could help us - I think there are quite a few areas that need improving, but it would be good to see what you think?
As for the MediaWiki update - I saw the blog and briefly scanned the comments - I see it's probably going to happen in a few years, right? I assume that means that you'll help us with any transitioning, CSS/JS changes that are needed?
Sorry for asking so many questions! I look forward to seeing you around. Thanks!
Don't be sorry, I understand that the WM team is new and potentially a bit confusing, so I encourage everyone to ask as many questions as they want.
I'm not allowed to disclose exact numbers to you due to NDA, but yes, we are all managing quite a lot of wikis. However, that does not affect the quality of my service and I will still be here whenever I am needed. I will be around every so often to check in and make announcements about important things happening at Fandom, but for the most part, I will be the most active when I am specifically asked for help. If a message is left on my wall, I will respond within 24 hours.
Vandalism should always be reported to VSTF, as they have a lot more experience with handling those issues than I do. But I am here to help with adding features, coding, design, and giving advice on best practices for running the wiki. Keep in mind that the implementation of Wiki Managers is meant to replace the need for S:C entirely. Fandom feels that S:C is too formal and robotic, and the WM team is their effort to become more closely involved with communities on the platform. Instead of using S:C, all the admins have to do is shoot me a message and I will handle the rest for them. It establishes a real relationship rather than having to email a totally random staff member for help.
Yes, I am aware this is a books community, but because there is an adapted film and TV show coming (and book WMs aren't a thing yet), I have been assigned here. There are actually a lot of books communities that are being handled by TV/Movie WMs for that exact reason. As long as it involves TV or film in any way, we can help. Fandom just wants to make sure you guys have all the tools you need to prepare for the upcoming TV series, since it will most likely lead to a spike in viewership for the wiki. This doesn't change anything whatsoever. Content can stay the same. Column can stay the same. The main focus can still stay on the books. I'm not here to change anything that you don't want to be changed. However, I will say that the content regarding the TV adaptation will probably get the most attention, so that's something to consider.
No, I haven't read the books or seen the film. I am admittedly not much of a reader. But I am a massive Lin-Manuel fan and have been excited about this TV series for quite some time, so I will be watching and editing a bit if I have time.
Ideally I would love to hear input from the community on what you think needs improvement and how I can help, but I will say that my strengths are in the field of design. I think the overall look of the wiki is pretty solid but I think I can take it a step further. Infoboxes could definitely use some customization. I think the home page could use more content and should display a bit more about the TV series and include the trailer, etc. I noticed there's quite a lot of red links on pages that need to be removed. This is just based on first glance and I'm sure I'll find more things as I continue to explore the wiki moving forward. But keep in mind that I cannot work any of my magic without the full permission of the admins here.
Yes, the MediaWiki updates are a huge project and it will certainly take a few years to be rolled out. Most of the transition should be seamless if everything goes as planned, but yes I will be here to help with any changes that are needed.
I hope I covered everything to your satisfaction, and if you or anyone else has any more questions, feel free to ask.
Thanks for the reply! The design, infoboxes, main page etc. are definitely something I think we need to work on before the release of the new book (and definitely by the time the TV series airs!). The wordmark might want to be redone (I know JoePlay did it last year), perhaps it could be better by using the font they're using for the TV series. Maybe the wiki navigation should be changed too - I read the blog last month about how to improve your wiki navigation (and one of the things was not having a section with links for editors), I think we definitely need important things like the alethiometer, the subtle knife and the amber spyglass in the navigation - 3 of the most important objects in the books - and also more of the most prominent locations in the first book (London, Svalbard and Trollesund for example).
Perhaps you'd be able to make a forum explaining your ideas, linking images to use in the design, linking templates on other wikis and things like that because I think those things need urgent attention! I've seen some of the other designs on the wiki's you're admin on (I don't know whether you've done all of them) but they look brilliant!
One more thing I forgot to mention in my first reply, do you know if the wiki will get a spotlight in October (when the book comes out) and/or during the time when the TV show airs? Or will one of the admins have to apply for one on CC? I know FANDOM are aware of the TV series as they've RTed the trailer on Twitter, and it was on the app too, I just wanted to make sure!
I completely agree with everything above, and I am more than happy to help out with all of those things, but as I stated previously, I can only follow through with the work if the admins request it. In which case I will start making direct changes if they trust me, or I can build a mock design on a test wiki to show them for approval. But as of right now, I cannot go over their heads and start talking to the entire community about changes.
Thank you so much, I have indeed done all of the designs on my wikis, and I'm really glad to know that you like them! I have a lot of ideas for this wiki as well and I'm excited to bring my creativity here if I am permitted.
As far as the wiki nav goes, the community section doesn't necessarily need to be removed entirely if that's something the admins would like to keep, but it definitely shouldn't be listed first. And it would of course be beneficial to add important items and locations to the nav as you suggested, as all key content should be easily findable to readers.
In regards to the spotlight, I believe the admins will have to apply for it on CC. Spotlights are kinda on the back burner for Fandom right now so the wiki won't just be given one. But yes, the TV series is certainly on Fandom's radar and that's why I'm here :)
The wiki has just reached 1000 pages! Can I just thank you for all the time and effort you've put into the wiki over the years - all the admin work you've had to do, replying to messages/talk pages/forums quickly, cleaning up any vandalism, blocking, deleting, warning and the brilliant expansions to Lyra and Will's pages - on behalf of the wiki.
It's been great working with you for the past (nearly a) year. Thank you so much!
Haha, I really appreciate this post! Thank you for all of your hard work as well. A lot of the new pages are thanks to you and LimeInABush, so you should take some of the credit too! It's been great having a couple other active members here, otherwise I'd be terribly lonely and might've even given up on this wiki xD It's been great working with you too!
Thanks so much, I'm sure we'll have a lot more users coming in the future with the fan community ever-growing. Wasn't sure where to post this, but I thought you'd want to know, I got a message from Amy that I've shared here about her not coming back to the wiki.
I'd like to report a couple of incidents of vandalism. I have rolled both of them back but they should probably receive a warning or punishment.
The first was on the page Tokay by a user called LemonBro who added info about 'weed' and 'ice' to the page.
The second was a logged out user who edited your talk page with nonsense. This user also edited Balliol College changing the name on the infobox to 'collage'.