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The Wiki Awards
The Wiki Awards The Wiki Awards are annual awards held to commemorate the best articles that the Star Wars Fanon Wiki has to offer, as voted upon by the Star Wars Fanon community. There have been four processions held since 2006, held annually. For the first two ceremonies, the Wiki Awards were held in the summertime, although this was changed by the third ceremony to take place in the beginning of the new year to commemorate articles written in the entirety of the preceding year. A small blue medal () in... Star Wars Fanon
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The future of Flags

Hullo!
Last year we created a new feature called Flags, which has been live on your community for a while. As I'm sure some of you have noticed, we've been quiet about development on this front for a while. It's time for an update.

A visit to Shady Pines retirement home
The brief summary is: we're planning to retire Flags in the near future. While the feature had some aspects we really liked, it simply hasn't been as beneficial as we hoped, especially now that Template Types has been launched sitewide.
After careful consideration over whether it makes sense to spend time to build out the feature further or to simplify article editing by removing it, we feel the latter makes the most sense.
However, we do not think this was wasted time - we learned a lot while creating this feature, and it's quite possible we'll use some of the code in other features in the future.

How we'll retire it
In essence, we will run a bot that will switch Flags back into being a normal part of your article wikitext. We want to make this process as smooth as possible - ideally, viewers should see little difference, and editors will go back to editing notices just as they did in the past.
We will provide an update when we have more specific timing for this switchover, and feel free to continue using flags in the meantime.
I want to thank you all for helping try out this feature - we really appreciated all the feedback, suggestions and bug reports we received while it was available. If you have more thoughts and feedback about the feature, we'd still love to hear it - for example, was there some aspect that you really appreciated? Just let us know either below or via Special:Contact/feedback!
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Flags - a new way to maintain article notice boxes

Good morning, Star Wars Fanon fans!
As part of our ongoing work to help ensure articles display well across many kinds of devices, we've been hard at work on a new article feature to update the way 'content notices' behave, which we are calling Flags.
What we're talking about are the kinds of notice templates you see at the top of articles with information like 'major updates are incoming...' or 'this page should be divided...'. Essentially, they are metadata for an article - communicating the status of that article, rather than being article content itself.

A Flags access point A sample flags dialog What does it do?
With Flags, the notice templates are separated from the article content and given their own management tool. They still use the exact same templates as before (and you can continue to create new ones and update existing templates, just as you do today) - but now users can browse, add and remove them without resorting to fairly specific knowledge of how the templates work.
By adding a quick layer of data to these templates, communities will have more control over which notices appear to which people (e.g. a 'Major' notice would be relevant to all readers, but a 'Divide' notice may only be relevant to logged-in contributors.) The layer of data would also allow for custom reports via Insights (e.g. an Insight list of all pages that have a certain flag.) The content of these templates will no longer clutter Google and on-Wikia search results, and we'll be able to display abbreviated versions of the notices on mobile phones.
Other potential ideas include mobile users easily being able to mark pages that need work (e.g. you notice a page is full of typos, and flag it for yourself or others to improve later), or even modifying how the page behaves based on the flags (e.g. hiding spoiler article text from on-Wikia search results). If you have more ideas around this, we’d love to hear them.

How can you help?
We have been working on a simple version of the Flags tool, which is already live on several communities, such as WARFRAME Wiki, The Maze Runner Wiki, 007 Wiki and Red Dead Wiki. We're really interested to see how it works on active, smart communities like yours, to help us understand how it works in real-world environments.
We're looking to globally enable this feature in the future, and we think SWFanon would be an excellent place to gather early feedback. Any and all feedback on how it works will be invaluable, and will likely strongly influence future development in this and other areas.

What would enabling it mean for your community?
When Flags is enabled, we'd automatically convert usages of notice templates to the new type of code. (If it needs to be reversed, this is possible.) Afterwards, you'd use a new option on the 'Edit' button dropdown to choose which flags should appear on an article.
You can view the current, draft flags setup for your community on Special:Flags., which TK-999 helped set up (thanks!). This can't be directly edited yet (we're working on that functionality), but we're able to easily update it to cover any other 'notice' templates you may have (or correct any errors).
You can read lots more detail about how exactly the tool works on Help:Flags. The tool is under heavy development right now, and more abilities and options will be added as and when they are completed.
So - we'd love to hear all your thoughts and feedback about this feature. We'll keep an eye on this thread for any ideas or questions you may have - assuming there are no major concerns, we'd love to get it enabled here within the next few days.
Thanks!
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Infobox migration - main thread

In the CT discussion, the community has approved the migration of existing infobox templates to Wikia's new format. This thread shall serve as a venue for discussion pertaining to this process—please post any bug reports and the like here!

Customization
You can customize the appearance of the new infoboxes for yourself by going to Special:MyPage/common.css and defining stylesheet rules for them. Here are some to get started:

If you find the new infoboxes too large, try this stylesheet: https://gist.github.com/TK-999/ce03caf814ddf6466b0b
If you find the font size of the new infobox titles too large, try this stylesheet: https://gist.github.com/TK-999/36cd519bd4dc9b6bff1f
New features
Infoboxes that have been converted to the new format now accept new parameters that allow you to customize their appearance. This way, if you don't like the default color scheme, you don't have to create your own template—all that's needed is specifying a few extra params:

|bg1= specifies a new background color for the infobox title,
|bg2= specifies a new background color for the infobox subheadings,
|c1= specifies a new text color for the infobox title,
and |c2= specifies a new text color for the infobox subheadings.
All these parameters take hexadecimal color codes as input, without the leading #. Example: |bg1=C2B119
Additionally, you can now use the |type= parameter of the {{Character infobox}} to generate any of the other prebuilt infobox themes, so there's no need to use templates like {{Jedi character infobox}}. See the docs for more info.
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Message Wall enabled

Hello everyone. I am happy to announce that Star Wars Fanon is now utilizing a feature known as Message Wall, which has replaced user talk pages here (user talk pages still exist as archives, which you can find on your Wall). The feature was developed several years ago by Wikia, but, at the time, many users here were opposed to the replacement of talk pages.
Now, in order to create an easier and more intuitive environment for user-to-user communication, I have gone ahead and enabled Message Wall. You can find your Message Wall by hovering over your avatar in the global navigation bar, and you will see a Message Wall link that you can click.
Posting on Message Walls is very straightforward. Walls are broken up into threads. If it is your Message Wall, you will receive a notification on the top-right of any page whenever there is a new message on your Wall, as well as a reply to an existing thread on your Wall. You will also receive notifications for any threads you have posted in on any other Wall, as well as any other Wall threads you choose to follow. Additionally, all Wall messages are auto-signed, so you don't have to type a manual signature.
You also no longer have to wonder if you should reply on your own talk page, or on the other person's. Because Message Walls work as threads, you keep everything in the same discussion. All participants in the discussion will be notified whenever there's a new reply.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or consult the Message Wall help page. Thanks!
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