Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you have no doubt learned of Wikia's new initiative to improve the user experience: Project Darwin. If you haven't, it is essentially a new "evolution" for Wikia's user interface (skin), which is going to be rolled out in stages. The first stage implements a "fluid" layout which adjusts page size according to your monitor resolution - a big change from the current fixed-width pages of 1000px. It also adds a new tool for administrators - an editor for MediaWiki:Wikia.css which includes syntax highlighting and real-time error checking.
As members of the Community Council (essentially beta testers for Wikia's new features), Drkdragonz66 and I have both known about Project Darwin's release for a while. During that time, we have both expressed extreme interest in having Project Darwin tested here at the Call of Duty Wiki to Wikia staff. We believe that the changes it brings are a big step in the right direction for not only our editors, but all of our readers as well, and all of the feedback we can provide will be invaluable in making Darwin the best it can be. Thankfully, Wikia has offered to include us in the next batch of wikis to have it turned on for testing, which should happen in a few weeks - provided the community here is fine with it.
So, my question to every member of our community is: Are you ready to play an important role in the future of how Wikia looks by trying out Darwin? If your answer is yes, I can promise you that you're not making a mistake - this is going to bring some seriously awesome improvements to the wiki.
- A normal width page vs. a main page with Darwin enabled.
- Editing Wikia.css now vs. using Special:CSS in Darwin.
- Community Central, which has Darwin's fluid layout enabled.
- The Community Test Wiki, which also has Darwin enabled.
- The Darwin Wiki, which also has Darwin enabled.
- The original blog post announcing Darwin.
- Also I got Council rights while we were in San Francisco, how come I didn't hear anything about this? 18:08, September 7, 2013 (UTC)
Speaking purely from a width perspective I'd say Darwin is a great improvement. The main reason I never switched to new Wikia format (or whatever they wish to call it) was because of the gigantic waste of space it introduced. Poketape Talk 22:47, September 7, 2013 (UTC)