How would you like to get more readers and editors onto your community? We’re building a new feature that we hope will do just that, and you can help shape it.
Over the last year, we’ve been working on a brand new feature - Community Builder, and we’ve identified a few wikis as the best candidates to have this first experience. And, your wiki is one of them! Why? Because it has a great structure for characters, seasons, episodes, etc! You can simply customize the page type to fit your needs. We designed the Community Builder from the start in mind to mirror that same structure.
This new layout is still early in its life, and we’re testing a bunch of ideas. We would be thrilled to have you help us learn how to make it even better! Would you be interested in joining us on this journey?
Before you give it a try, I would like to tell you some exciting key points about this tool:
Mobile capabilities: Community builder is designed to work across all devices, including desktop and mobile! It means you can create and view pages super easily. We want the fans of your community can contribute anytime and anywhere, no matter with their phones or their desktops. Simple and easy!
Structured data: All content on your community can display in a more powerful way. Visitors can easily find the information they want to read, and you can even present the information with less edits: by updating a single character page, you can have that data added to all other relevant pages automatically. How cool is that?!
Here is a great example how it looks like: Yellowstone wiki. Feel free to check it out!
I hope this has grabbed your interest. If you have any questions, ask away. If everything looks good to you, we’d love to switch you over to the new layout. Does this sound good to you? Please let me know and I will take care of the rest.
Nice to hear back from you so quickly! We don't have a preview setting for it because the builder is built on a totally different platform from Mediawiki. If you click Yellowstone wiki, that is pretty much how it's going to look like for now. We will add theming functions by the end of December to give admins some customization options and more. Do you like the builder layout and how it organize the content?
I'm concerned with what this will be mean for stuff like the wordmark, background, and most importantly the template designs. Will all of the infoboxes look like that? Does this take away from the unique designs made for each wiki? On the wiki that you've linked, it all just looks kind of plain. :/
Our team is currently working on adding a theme designer to it and it will be done by the end of December. That will give some customizations to the admins because we agree that this is very important and it's what most users want to have.
About Infobox, we would like to provide a standard format to users when adding content. The current design is plain but we will explore how to make it more unique to fit the admins' needs. What specific design of infoboxes do you like? We have been asking communities to use portable infobox because it's very mobile friendly. That is the direction we may go for the page types on the Community Builder in the future too. Do you think portable infobox works well for you?
I recently got help in converting all of the infoboxes here to be portable. I don't use wiki on any mobile devices so I'm not exactly sure how that normally looks, but I do know that I prefer the style of how it looks on a desktop. If you look here, you'll see we have the red borders and lines. I think it's a simple design that's still aesthetically pleasing for the reader. On the site you linked, the infoboxes were without any border or color, which I was not a fan of.
The theme designer is very important as it's what makes each wiki unique, fitting whatever topic the site is about. I don't really like the idea of converting the site to this new mode without a theme designer. It sounds like you guys have a good idea on what you want to include in this update, but until those additions are made, I don't think I'm ready for the wiki to make the change just yet.
I've completed drafting of Four Infoboxes (Cast, Crew, Character and Location) and soon(Maybe this weekend because I've a load of office work for two or three more days) I'll complete the others two (Episode and Season). so check them out here and if want you can approve the draft.
Sorry for delay, got busy IRL issue. I've completed all the infoboxes if this met your expectation you can approve the Draft of Episode Infobox(I've already approved the Season Infobox by mistake), or if you wanted to change anything write that here I'll do try to do the same.