Hello, I’m Tim, Fandom’s Director of Technical Support. I’m here to inform you that on the 14th of February, Fandom will remove the Top 10 List feature from our wikis.
The removal of the feature will mean that previously created Top 10 Lists will be deleted from your community and be irretrievable. As this community has a higher-than-usual amount of Top 10 Lists, I wanted to give you advanced notice so you can determine if you want to save any lists and, if so, copy the content elsewhere on the wiki.
Please know that the decision to remove any feature from our platform was not easy. In this case, Top 10 Lists were not very widely used by our wikis, with only a couple thousand being created in the five years we’ve had this feature. That may sound like a lot, but consider Fandom has over 340,000 communities. Additionally, many of special features Top 10 Lists had, such as voting, ranking, and the list creation form was prone to break due to older coding standards and would not have been easy to modernize considering the uniqueness of the platform.
At the end of the day, Fandom decided we would rather invest our time and resources into newer content tools or repairing tools that are much more widely used. Sorry that I cannot do more - Top 10 Lists were, in fact, a feature I designed - but I hope this explanation helps understand Fandom’s rationale. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for the explanation, DaNASCAT. I completely understand why this feature will be removed, and I hope that the time spent maintaining the feature can reutilized in supporting other features. (
I really appreciate the notice, as I would like to save this data somewhere. That being said, is there a call, or a set of calls a part of the API I can use to scrape the data in an automated way? We have a lot, and it would be really nice if I could write a quick script to save off the data.
My next question pertains to left-over artifacts. You mention that all top 10 lists and list entries will be removed. At the end of the day, will there be anything left over for me to clean up? (Redirects, references, dead-links, etc...)