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ProfessorTofty's Travelogue - On My Way to Wikia Headquarters

Well, my trip has begun and I am now on my way to Wikia's headquarters, where I shall discover the deepest secrets of Wikia. ... ... :D Okay, well, maybe not, but it should be a good time.

Currently I am in the Dallas Airport, waiting for the trip to San Francisco. Trip's been fine so far - flight to Dallas departed a bit later than scheduled, but then arrived earlier than scheduled, so I've got a bit of extra time.

I'll keep you updated here as the trip continues, so watch this spot. And if you have any questions or anything about Wikia (the headquarters), you can ask them here, and I'll see if maybe I can answer them.

Day 2 - Morning

I am in San Francisco - I am scheduled to arrive at Wikia's headquarters in about an hour. Trip was fine - flights were good and I arrived at the hotel okay. The hotel is nice, but it doesn't have free wifi. I didn't want to pay for it and I didn't feel like doing much but sleeping last night, so no update last night. It's morning now, though, and I am up and at 'em.

Update - Arrived

I have just arrived and I am here at Wikia's headquarters. It's very nice - they have sections that are named after various wikis (no Harry Potter one that I've seen so far, but they do have a Lego one that includes Lego Star Wars and Lego Harry Potter) and the computer station I am seated at has a Harry Potter Wiki logo with Gryffindor on it.

Video Presentation

Just had a presentation and discussion regarding video features on Wikia. We had some good conversations regarding what types of videos are available on Wikia, which ones are best to put where, and some bugs & things that need to be improved. One idea that was mentioned that we aren't really doing at the moment but might be something to consider was having videos that are sort of like highlight clips - for example, Quidditch could have a reel showing major highlights from the Quidditch matches. Something to consider. We have access to the library of the eight Harry Potter films and I also mentioned that it would be great if we could access material from the video games as well. Another thing that I'll be exploring today is updates to the editor - we've had a lot of issues with the visual editor feature in the past and that's something that they're going to be working on improving. Stay tuned!


Thursday Morning

A special thank you to Wikia for paying for wifi at the hotel - they are awesome! The presentations and everything went well last night, but I was rather tired after that and spending some time exploring the sights of San Francisco, so no post last night. I had several excellent presentations, including some more discussions about how to implement videos and regarding several other upcoming major Wikia features. I'll have more to say about it soon, as well as some photographs to post. In the meantime, I'll mention the Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki, which has some of the latest updates in videos that they've been working on. So if you have a moment, check that one out, it's great. This is one where the staff was allowed directly in to edit the pages to update everything with the latest in video content and they have some neat video galleries. Another thing that's on the pipeline is a new visual editor. I can't really say too much about this one at this point, as it's still in the newest stages, but it's intended to solve a lot of the problems related to the current visual editor, which has caused several headaches in the past. If you check out MediaWiki's visual editor project, you can get an idea of the basics of where they're going.

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