Comparing Miraheze to Fandom
This community essay compares a few aspects of Miraheze and Fandom
This page is an essay written by various community members and does not represent Miraheze's official stances in any way whatsoever, though in the mainspace. The community members contributing to this essay make no guarantee that this page is always up-to-date or unbiased.
The following is a comparison between Miraheze and Fandom, written by community members.
|Accounts||Fandom uses its own custom login system. All accounts on Fandom are shared across all wikis. Users can see which wikis they've contributed to at Community Central.||Miraheze uses CentralAuth as its login system. All Miraheze accounts are global and shared across all wikis. Anyone can see a user's global contributions through Special:CentralAuth.|
|Advertisements||Fandom uses banner and inline advertisements, usually inserted at the sides of articles or at the very top of the page. Fandom derives its income from advertising and sold content.||Miraheze does not use advertisements and relies on a donation model for funding.|
|Core principles||Fandom (formerly known as Wikia) is a wiki hosting service which offers free wiki hosting with advertisements. Fandom allows all types of wikis to be created on their platform but mainly focuses towards entertainment wikis. Fandom is operated by Fandom, Inc., a for-profit business.||Miraheze is a free wiki hosting service with no advertisements. Miraheze allows all types of wikis to be hosted on its platform, provided that they abide by the Content Policy. Miraheze is operated by Miraheze Limited, a not-for-profit company.|
|Editing||Fandom offers three editors: VisualEditor, a source editor, and the 2010 WikiEditor.||Miraheze offers three editors: VisualEditor, the Source Editor, and the 2010 WikiEditor.|
|Extensions||Fandom offers 27 extensions by default, and around 11 extensions upon request. Fandom does not allow users to request extensions outside of the defined list, although they intend to introduce a new security review process for outside extensions soon.||Miraheze offers 51 extensions by default, and around 220 extensions that can be enabled via ManageWiki. Extensions may be requested and must be reviewed by Site Reliability Engineering first before installation. Extensions are installed after a thorough security review has been conducted on the extension and it is confirmed that the extension is compatible with its setup.|
|Namespaces||Fandom offers the standard 16 editable namespaces that ship with MediaWiki by default, along with the "Forum" and "Forum talk" namespace for wiki-style forums. Custom namespaces can be requested and are usually limited to a maximum of three.||Miraheze offers the standard 16 namespaces and the wiki-style forum namespaces, and allows for custom namespaces to be created using ManageWiki. There is no limit to the number of custom namespaces that can be created.|
|SEO||Fandom has a team that is dedicated to SEO and as a result, generally fares well on search engines. Fandom applies specific SEO techniques on all their wikis to ensure they have a good search engine ranking, including specific tweaks to skins and page formats.
Fandom actively uses their anti-spam filter to prevent wiki administrators from accessing the Google Search Console.
|Miraheze does not have any dedicated SEO team. Miraheze applies a few techniques and offers users tools to help in their SEO endeavors, including access to the Google Search Console, but does not officially offer any dedicated SEO support. Some community members may step in to assist.|
|Software||Fandom uses MediaWiki 1.37.6 and has said that they intend on continuing to upgrade their MediaWiki version when possible. In early 2023, Fandom will upgrade their MediaWiki version to 1.39. Fandom uses the Long-term support (LTS) branch of MediaWiki and deploys new versions of MediaWiki LTS once testing of new versions concludes. Fandom has many proprietary extensions and features, many of which are currently closed-source. Fandom employs these extensions to curate a uniformed look across all wikis, allowing local wiki administrators to tweak their wikis within their predefined mold.||Miraheze uses MediaWiki 1.39.1 (af96af1) and has committed itself to updating to the latest MediaWiki version as soon as possible following software testing. Miraheze offers many extensions, all of which are open-sourced extensions.|
|System messages||Fandom allows wiki administrators the editing of a select number (i.e. whitelist) of MediaWiki namespace pages. Changes to any other system message must be reviewed by Fandom Staff.||Miraheze allows wiki administrators to edit the MediaWiki namespace freely by default like Wikimedia Projects. No change has to be reviewed by Miraheze Stewards or Site Reliability Engineering.|
|Staff||Fandom employs full-time paid staff that are not elected by the Fandom community. Officially, staff only intervene with local wiki communities in certain circumstances, such as ToU violations, but are known to take actions outside of that scope, including forcibly enabling extensions without community input, changing URLs for SEO purposes without notification, and removing local wiki administrators that object to forced changes. Wiki communities do not hold all the power over their wikis; if they migrate, they cannot close their old wiki and may only link to the fork for 2 weeks before having to revert everything back to how it was. Fandom Staff may appoint new administrators after removing old ones if a wiki community migrates.
Employees of the company have anonymously claimed that users have been banned by staff members for disagreeing with the company's actions, and that employees have been fired for speaking out in a similar way. Additionally, they claim that the sales, HR, and marketing teams collaborated to write inauthentic reviews of the company on Glassdoor.
|Miraheze does not employ any full-time staff and instead is run by volunteers. Some of these volunteers focus on the technical, behind-the-scenes operations of the wiki farm and generally do not involve themselves in on-wiki issues. Stewards generally fulfill many of the roles that the Fandom Community Team takes on; they are also unpaid and are elected by the community. Because Miraheze is a not-for-profit, Miraheze allows wikis to migrate away from the platform and will close a wiki if that is the consensus of the community.|
|View permission||Fandom does not allow wikis to be private and has a policy against protecting a majority of the pages on a given wiki.||Miraheze offers a private wiki option and allows for a "page whitelist" which allows certain pages to be public in a private wiki, while the other pages are still private.|
- User blog:Brandon Rhea/New Fandom features and experiences announced at Community Connect 2022 | Community Central | Fandom
- User blog:MisterWoodhouse/Unified Community Platform: The Vision, Purpose, and Process | Community Central | Fandom
- URL change done without community consultation or even notification | Community Central | Fandom
- User blog:Ciencia Al Poder-fduser/Portable Infoboxes, the first step into Wikia taking control over our content | Community Central | Fandom