Hello! I'm Sannse, from Fandom's Editor Experience team. I'm contacting you as the most recently active admin. Hopefully you can pass this on to others as needed.
One project that we're excited about launching is an initiative to pair newly registered users with experienced advisors (which they can choose from). These advisors would be available for answering basic editing questions and guiding appropriate edits, in the hope that these users will become active in the local community.
Why do this, rather than rely on admins and moderators? We've seen from research and experience (both from Wikipedia) that establishing a human bond with a peer "senpai" or mentor can have a better effect on the comfort of the newcomer, especially where the high volume of edits may cause the quick response of rollbacks rather than taking the time to walk new editors through their early work. While some communities do take that time and care among their leaders, we feel an additional level might put new users at ease and help them be more comfortable with editing. Ultimately, we feel like this project will either free up some time for admins and moderators, or designate them as approachable welcomers to talk to and guide new users. We want to see how effective this is on a relatively small number of communities and see if Fandom's results are consistent with those experienced on Wikipedia. If they are, we may pursue expanding the pilot program and perhaps seeking to build it into a core part of the new platform.
Here's what we would wish for your community to agree to:
At least one volunteer advisor, acting as an advisor and advocate helping newcomers. For the most part, this means responding to questions that newcomers leave the advisor in Discussions. Sometimes this may mean the advisor interacts with admins and moderators to address concerns regarding the newcomer. We have some advisors-at-large (those not tied to the local community, but available as fallbacks) already, but if you have ideas on who you might want to represent you in this role (or if you'd like to do so yourself!), feel free to contact me on my Wall.
Discussions / Feeds. Your community must have this active for the current solution to work. This is the primary method in which advisors have open communication with the users that choose them. We also recommend a Feeds channel of “Help Desk” where the communications can be placed, if you do not have a similar channel.
A change to your Welcome Messages to allow a method where a newcomer can choose an advisor. If you are currently participating in the MyDashboard program, there will be a card there to interact with an advisor.
We are testing this for the next two months, and will see what the future of the program is thereafter. Is this a program you would feel comfortable with placing on your community?
Hey Superbike10, just checking in with you to let you know about global taxonomy if you haven't had time to check out the blog from a couple weeks ago. Basically, we're working to better personalize recommendations like how Netflix does based on what you have watched. If you'd like to learn more, feel free to check out the blog or ask any questions.
Hi. Just wanted to remind you and other admins of this wiki that a lot of links that are supposed to direct to the Kevin 11 (Episode) page end up leading to the Kevin 11 page instead. Even the episode box thing for the OG Series still has this problem. I already took care of some of links for you.
Hey Superbike10, in case you haven't read the Community Central blog from earlier this week, Fandom officially announced the Editor Rewards program. Fandom has been looking for ways to give back to users for the work they've done. Recently they have done things such as buy movie tickets, or offer products from their favorite fandoms. Stay tuned as perhaps you, your co-admins, or other contributors for this wiki may even be eligible!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment on the blog so the Editor Experience team can answer directly.
Hello Superbike10, in case you didn't hear, a new Analytics dashboard has just been introduced! This should give a clearer understanding of search terms viewers are using and which devices they come from.
so, i was looking at the Sumoslammers pages, and found an error i don't know how to fix with acadently delteing the article, and since your a bureaucrat and stuff. so, the REBOOT version of the article linkes to the classic version, but when you click on the classic version to go to the reboot, it says that the page dosent exist and asks if you want to make a new one. Not only choud this create lots of uneassery pages on this wiki, but it's very un helpful. Do you think you can fix it?
Hey there, if you haven't read the latest Community Central blog post, we'd like to inform you that Fandom has their very own Discord server akin to the Ben10 Wiki's own server. Feel free to join and check it out if you'd like. The vanity url is https://discord.gg/Fandom.