Entertainment site Fandom is adding much-anticipated features for creators, “Interactive Wikimaps” and “Fandom Quizzes”.

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fandomA wiki hosting service and fan platform with over 300 million monthly active users and 250,000 wiki communities, has just announced its latest features and tools, interactive wikis and Fandom Trivia.

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Fandom creators knew about Interactive wiki maps as well as fandom general information through the community blog for over a year as features have been tested and improved. Today, the platform is announcing features to the public for the first time.

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Interactive wiki maps are a highly customizable mapping tool that the creator community has long dreamed of. In the meantime, Fandom Trivia is a built-in wiki feature that allows creators to empower fans and test their knowledge of every detail of imaginary worlds they can’t get enough of. Creators across Fandom communities can now create their own cards and quizzes to further immerse fans in imaginary worlds that provide them with information about their favorite games, TV shows and movies.

The features were finally implemented last month after a period of testing, bug fixes, and feedback from the creators. The team is still working on developing the map tools and implementing new features such as custom map markers and more.

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Some examples of published maps include the world “Avatar: The Last Airbender“and the planet Batuu from”Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge“.

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The interactive wiki map feature was created using the Leaflet open source JavaScript library and defined using JSON (JavaScript Object Notation). It can be created as a wiki page in the Map namespace and embedded in other pages, including the template. Inclusion is the use of MediaWiki template features to include identical content in multiple documents without having to edit those documents individually. The JSON file is the source editor and the base code. In addition, the team has created a much more intuitive editor.

Then, to make creating interactive maps accessible to everyone, Fandom created a visual editor tool that simplified the creation process. This tool is similar to the current theme designer and allows users to conveniently upload a map image, place custom markers on the map, add descriptions, and more without having to work with JSON source code. Users familiar with JSON can still edit the code in the source code editor.

This isn’t the first time Fandom has tried to implement maps. In 2014, an attempt was made to use the older Wikia Maps feature; however, Fandom had fewer resources in its arsenal to implement something that would have the right tools and get enough attention from users.

Gamepedia, which was a separate wiki platform that Fandom acquired in 2018, had IP-specific interactive map solutions but was never centralized in one tool. The development team was also smaller than Fandom’s current team. This new unified, customizable mapping tool delivers on a promise made to its creators that has taken years to perfect.

Fandom Trivia also passed a number of tests, especially the location of the quizzes on the site.

For example, Fandom found that not many fans interacted with this feature when it was at the top, side, or even bottom of the page. FROM data and research, the team found that engagement increases when a feature is placed within the content itself. Over 12 million people (4% of users) interacted with Fandom Trivia when the quizzes looked like they were part of the content and not the ad side of the page.

Below is an example of how placement in content looks on mobile devices.

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Unlike the limited Trivia Quiz feature that was developed in 2019, this newly enhanced interface uses an internal tool that can be accessed by staff, Wiki representatives, and Wiki experts. Wiki staff and team can run quizzes efficiently using a catalog of pre-written questions or simply creating them from scratch.

In addition, after a lot of research, Fandom determined that game users are most interested in completing quizzes (73%). At the same time, 44.4% of anime fans wanted to take quizzes. In addition, Fandom found a strong desire to see both users create quizzes and quizzes created by fandoms. In fact, 64% of the people who answered said that a combination of the two made the most sense.

TechCrunch spoke to Community VP Brandon Rhea, who said Fandom is in talks to open fan-hosted quizzes. Difficulty levels, community leaderboards, challenges, and even an element of gamification are also taken into account.

Fandom’s CMO Stephanie Fried also chimed in and stressed that the main goal of the platform is to offer everything a fan could possibly need and keep coming back to the platform for more. With these two features and other improvements going forward, Fandom aims to be the one-stop shop for fans. Brandon adds that he wants users to say that Fandom is not only a place to find answers, but also a place where they can have a complete fan experience.

“Fandom is thrilled to have passionate creators running our 250,000 wikis and their contributions to our platform allow us to be the #1 source of information and leading site for gaming, TV, film and pop culture,” Rhea said. “These new features will provide them with a more immersive experience for fan exploration of their wiki, as well as inviting new users to our communities, providing a smoother and more immersive experience on the site.”


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