I'm here with another update, this time on details on Phase 1 of Unified Community Platform and additional context with more information on the MediaWiki upgrade. It details the plans within the next few months, including a new wiki creation process. The next stage will involve approximately 3,000-4,000 wikis.
You can read the post here.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop a question or or on the blog!
Additionally, with the upcoming season, we have a few plans. Do you think we can chat more about it on the Discord?
Ah ok. One of our things planned involved creating a Discord separate from the current embedded one so we could have more control.
We would also like to see an increase in engagement and hope achievements can help that. We also would like to see more engagement in discussions and were thinking by disabling the article comments it could help increase engagement in discussions, as the same type of comments occur there.
We also were interested in enabling the gadgets extension which would allow for us to create 4 new skins based on the 4 parks in the series.
I'd like to see more engagement as well, it is not easy to keep people involved with such a long gap between seasons though we are seeing new editors working now that the new season is nearly here. I'm pleased to see the content manager and yourself here - that will help will fill the gap.
Discord: Have there been problems with the current Discord channel?
Article Comments: Are article comments being retired? Is there a timeline for this? I like the Discussions but comments there are not associated with a particular page or even an Episode or Season so I'm reluctant to disable Article Comments unless there's a Fandom statement that they're going to be retired. Article comments are one of the ways fans engage with the Wiki, I don't think that should be discouraged.
Gadgets: This sounds good - where can I find out more?
Discord: No problems, but will help with current editing efforts, as for example, several wikis would have wiki-editing/discussion related channels. We could help maintain it for you if you don't actively use discord.
Comments: Aren't retired, and it will be migrated to UCP but the replacement feature hasn't be developed yet. Would be better to promote discussions with the broader/more public space with the app. There are still talk pages but of course isn't a big obstacle if you wish to keep comments.
You can look here for an example of what else gadgets does.
Also we were interested in creating a landing page for the upcoming season. AN example of one would be like this, we would even have a give away involved like Stranger Things had. Would you be fine if I set one up?
The link for the Stranger Things landing page doesn't work, this sounds interesting though. A Season 3 landing page for the mobile version would be good.
Leaving comments enabled won't effect the availability of Discussions, whereas disabling Article Comments would remove a way for users to engage with the material. I'm happy with Article Comments, and unimpressed with Discussions.
Great, I'll work on the landing page and get the community manager to enable achievements.
That's fine if you'd like to keep article comments.
For Gadgets, we'll use CSS for the design, but only available on desktops. It won't affect mobile viewers.
As for anonymous editing, it should only be a temporarily measure to defend against anon vandals but shouldn't be always enabled, as a wiki is very large. So could be good to allow anonymous users to edit again for a while and see how that goes.