Rethinking how we approach "genre" communities & one-and-done releases
On FANDOM there are communities for topics large and small, broad and niche. Sometimes broad topics can be successful and inspire a dedicated community, and other times they can feel daunting in scope. On the other end of the spectrum, sometimes specific games or movies can be very popular, but don't always fit the traditional approaches that wikis take, and so not much happens with the wiki portion of those communities.
We believe there are ways to bridge these gaps and better meet the needs of fans, and we'd like your help in figuring out how to approach this.
As you may have seen if you use our FANDOM app, we showcase some of these "broad/genre communities" alongside the news and stories that are applicable. For example, the "Nintendo" topic in the app includes the wiki and Discussions from https://nintendo.wikia.com/.
Here are some other varied examples of broad topic communities:
· Encyclopedia Gamia at https://gaming.wikia.com/
· Animanga Wiki at https://animanga.wikia.com/
· Horror Film Wiki at https://horror.wikia.com/
· Xbox Wiki at https://xbox.wikia.com/
· Comic Book Series Wiki at https://comics.wikia.com/
Sometimes these genre communities serve as an index of communities or fandoms within the broader topics, which can help boost the profile of smaller topics that may otherwise get overlooked. But the wikis are only part of the solution, since there are also reviews, news, conversations and recommendations. Discussions can be a place where people engage and talk about both the broad genres and specific titles even if the wiki doesn't end up as a focus. In the past, our attempts at "hubs" tried to capture the whole scope of these topics but did not find much success.
With editorial and Discussions now living alongside wikis on a modern FANDOM, we're looking at how to approach these challenges in a better way, and we'd like your help in answering some questions. We need your input!
· What do you like about the communities focused on broad topics?
· Do these types of communities sufficiently refer or relate to more specific communities you regularly participate in?
· Do you (or would you) participate in communities that cover the broader topics (such as "Comics" rather than the more specific "DC")?
· Do you tend to read news about broad topics?
· What would make you more interested in participating in a genre community than a more specific fandom?
· How can FANDOM better promote the genre communities without minimizing the role of the more specific fandoms?
· What, if anything, should connect the more specific fandom communities to the broader topics and genre communities (visually, or through navigation)?
· If you are participating in or editing a genre community (for example, "Xbox"), what role does opinion-based content (like subjective reviews of a new game) play versus fact-based content (only the release date and public information)?
In the gaming world, some titles are immensely popular but can be finished quickly or don't lend themselves to repeat playing. Playdead's games "Limbo" and "Inside" are great examples. Wikis were created for these, but the nature of the games didn't fit the traditional deep knowledge format of a wiki.
On the entertainment front, it can be difficult for fans of popular non-franchise movies – such as "Love, Simon" and "Baby Driver" – to find places to connect with one another. As with games, these types of films often don't end up with great wikis to be the core of a fan experience. Here, too, we need your input.
· What do you see as advantages of one-and-done communities? What might attract readers to them?
· When they start to fade from attention, what should be done (if anything) to keep them fresh and interesting?
· At what point, if any, is it acceptable to let them close?
· How should these communities be related to the genre communities mentioned above?
We'd very much like to hear your thoughts, as they will help when considering our near term and long term strategies. Thanks!