Hey! So I have an update on the program to interlink X-Men Wiki and X-Men Movies Wiki. Having spoken with staff about this, it makes sense to initially just have both wikis linking to one another.
I've made an example here showcasing this, just by simply adding two links into the <navigation> section of the infobox. Don't worry if it looks off styling wise, that can be fixed! :)
This works out well as you're linking to other sources of knowledge for your readers in a prominent location so they never have to go far to find what they're looking for. How does this sound to you? Questions welcome!
I can't think of any place at the moment. But wouldn't the system we have in place at the moment suffice? At the bottom of the article, there's links to the Marvel Database and Wikipedia for anyone interested in reading more about the characters. We could add one for the X-Men Wiki.
The downside with putting it so low down in the article is that there wouldn't be any real SEO benefits. Those would be brought from having the links high up in the article and in the portable infobox itself which is designed to be search engine friendly.
I think also the idea behind it is to allow users to easily and organically find what version of a character they're looking for. An infobox of an article contains key information and including a couple of links to important versions of a character (ie, comic articles on X-Men Wiki and MDB) falls under that criteria really.
Would perhaps, instead of links at the bottom of the article, another row titled "Versions" be a better, less conspicuous design? I've updated the infobox design with that, under a "Versions" heading.
It seems weird to give the content of other wikis such prominence in our articles. I get that it's meant to entice readers to find more information on a topic that they're interested in, but at the same time, we have to prioritize our own content before promoting other wikis. I prefer the set-up we have now.
Hi! I think the idea behind it is for wikis to interlink more. So, if the merge happened, the content would have been on this wiki. Instead, X-Men Wiki would be treated as a partner to this wiki so you would work together to give readers what they want. Likewise on X-Men Wiki, they would link to movie iterations of characters here. Think of it like a web, everything interconnecting.
You could put a link to X-Men Wiki in the external links section, but it wouldn't give you much SEO traction and the idea is for readers wanting to see the Comic book iteration of a character (where the movies draw inspiration from), they can see a link front and center. You're encouraging readers to go and explore in a way.
The majority of people who frequent this wiki come for information regarding the movies. It would be kind of strange to put links to comic wikis in the infobox, which should only have information about aspects relevant to the movies. I was thinking of renaming the external links section to "Further Reading" as a good compromise.
Sounds fair! While it may not gain as much SEO and reader traction, that would still be a positive step towards interlinking your wikis and sharing each other's content as it were.
Oh! Just so you know, Phantom Stranger was made an admin over at X-Men Wiki. We're just sorting out a few aspects of that wiki and I'll be discussing interlinkage with them too. It'll be great to have two awesome X-Men Wikis working together! :)
Hey! So with the infobox idea, I just wanted to add something with regards to the partnership.
So having spoken with staff to clarify this, I can confirm you wouldn't lose anything from this change and would have it all to gain.
While you don't want to give "other wikis" prominence, these wouldn't be other wikis as such, rather they would be your partners in an endeavour to attract more readers to your high quality X-Men content and give them the content they want in an efficient way.
It's worth stressing that X-Men Wiki would do the same here, linking to you guys as you would be to them. That's how the partnership would work, each party taking equal measures to create a really successful union. :)
So yeah, you really wouldn't lose anything from this, putting the links in the infobox. You would have it all to gain with an increased search engine presence (so more views) as well as new users viewing this wiki through links to here on X-Men Wiki. There wouldn't really be much benefit from putting the links at the bottom unfortunately.
As bureaucrat & fellow admin of this wikia, I've basically handed over the reigns of this wikia to MutantLivesMatter, since they are far more invested & focus on this one wikia while I am spread across several others. However, I agree with them that I prefer that the X-Men Movies wikia remains a separate wikia, and not merged with the greater X-Men wiki. That being said, while I prefer the set up we have now, I am not closed to the discussion of linking to the other wikia.
Hey! Thanks so much for your input in this. I totally get your concerns with the merge and after speaking with staff, they think developing a closer relationship between the wikis rather than a merge would be a great way forward.
In terms of the wiki interlinkage, at the moment, you would only really be looking at a couple of links in the infobox (per here) as opposed to having them at the bottom of the article. The reason for putting the links in the infobox is that portable infoboxes, by design, are really search engine friendly. This means Google picks up information in the infoboxes really easily and that drives up your search ranking as a result.
If you put the links at the bottom of the article, that doesn't help your search ranking and readers generally don't click on them or even see them if they don't scroll down that far.
So the general idea is that this would be a partnership. Both wikis would link to each other with both gaining the rewards of new users coming from each other's wikis. So on here, if a user wants to find the comic book version of Magneto, they can find an easy link in the infobox to that. With the link being in the infobox as well, it is a sign that you endorse the wiki you are linking to as generally important information goes in the infobox. :)
Just to say, my example is only one way of going about it - there would be other ways to incorporate links into the infobox potentially. :)
I get where both of you are coming from, and again, I've seceded the "admin final say" here to MutantLivesMatter, but I don't mind having the "versions" in the infobox. It doesn't seem too detracting, in my opinion. I do prefer having it at the bottom of the page, under External Links, but I do also acknowledge that many readers may not see that or scroll that far down, and that Spongebob456's suggestion has greater SEO benefits, and I personally am fine with this, in my perspective, relatively minor change.
Hey guys! Sorry for the late reply, I was out of office for a few days but I'm back now.
Have you had any more suggestions re links in the infobox? One idea I had considered was, if you didn't want links to wiki names, was whether you wanted to link to X-Men Wiki, but just have the link read Comic interation as per here. What do you think? :)
I was thinking that we could include the interwiki links at the bottom of the infobox. Emma Swan's page on the Once Upon a Time Wiki is a good example of what I think it should look like. Instead of "Relevant Pages", it could say "Other Versions".
That's really awesome! So I guess, if you're happy, the next step would be implementation. In terms of how to proceed, the code above and in User:Spongebob456/Test infobox are free to be used. I can append the new row to the main template if you'd like.
In terms of organisation, I can help with that. It might be a good idea to enlist the help of the community and give yourselves a ratio of character articles to do each. I don't think it would take too long actually.
Oh, don't forget to remove the link to Marvel Database from the External Links section of those articles as you don't need it twice. :)