Recently I just discovered what the Wiki feature was for. And upon searching, most seem to not know what its purpose is and therefore don't care about it. Never fear, I'm here. It's been approximately never since I wrote an informative article so you are all in for quite the treat!
"It's a glorified article."
I've seen several comments that Wikis are a "glorified article", insinuating that what you can and would
put in a Wiki, you can and would put in an article. That is simply not true. See below for example.
Above is what you can do with an article. That is noticeably missing when you go to create a Wiki for a very simple reason. Wikis are strictly informational.
For arguments' sake, I have tried to put the information I would put in a Wiki in an actual article to show the difference. The result is below.
Okay Heather, you make an excellent point as always. But what DO I put in a Wiki?
This just does not look right.
Thank you. And as I've said before, make Wikis informational. Think of Wikipedia + Wikia (a fandom spinoff of Wikipedia which ultimately is what Fanpop is going for here.) This would especially be easy (or difficult depending on your POV) for tv show clubs. I have already made a total of 5 Wikis for 2 different tv shows, and I've only just begun. There is a wealth of knowledge out there to inform current and potential fans of.
Improper use of Wikis
I can't tell you how many times I have found a club on here for a character, tv show, movie, or celebrity and wanted to learn more about them only to have to open up another tab and Google it for more information myself. Think of how much foot traffic that has lost Fanpop, when it could all be easily accessed right here!
(More) proper use of Wikis
Here are some ideas of Wikis you could make for clubs you are in:
- A page for each season, episode, and character
- A page for each character, and spinoffs/sequels
- A page for characters they have played, tv and movies they appeared in
- A page for each album
Awesome! What's to stop people from copy/pasting from Wikipedia/Wikia?
Nothing. But it doesn't mean you
should. Not entirely anyway. I copy/pasted summaries for tv episodes for my Wikis but I also didn't take the easy way out and just c/p everything into a Wiki and call it a day. I went the route of Wikia and took screencaps to accompany my words. Take a look at the world's leading Wikia page link
. Where I got my inspiration.
A Wiki I created for one season of a tv show.
We at Fanpop like images. I think anyway. There's nothing that says Wikis have to be a pile of informative words. Make it fun for the fan! Here are some links to Wikis I have already made so you can see first hand for yourself. I have only just begun tweaking with this and I can think of so much I could add just to one season page. One annoying thing about Wikis is that if you upload an image, it uploads automatically to the club sans keywords/credit. Hopefully this gets fixed.
Thanks Heather! This was very helpful. I'm off to watch John Wick now.
You're welcome ;)
Make your Wikis informational, opinion pieces and lists don't belong there!