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As many of you have discovered in your email, FANDOM is retiring the Monobook skin because it will not be compliant with the new GDPR laws in the EU. For those of you that want to retain as much of the Monobook look as possible, this might be a good solution:

Go to the Community Central Wiki and edit your Special:MyPage/global.css page, and add the following line at the top:

@import "/load.php?mode=articles&articles=u:dev:MediaWiki:PseudoMonobook.css&only=styles";

This will import some custom CSS for you on all wikis that you visit.

If you want to see the reaction to this announcement, you can checkout The Future of Monobook on FANDOM and Common Questions about GDPR & Privacy Policy Updates.

You have my condolences.
Moviesign (talk) 16:37, May 21, 2018 (UTC)

What a load of crap! grumbles...8 years ago, when FANDOM forced the default skin, the big DnD wikia left with all the content and set up their own server. I'm half tempted to suggest we do the same...
Regis87 (talk) 16:57, May 21, 2018 (UTC)

I think there are a lot of very good reasons to leave Wikia, assuming proper hosting can be secured and funded.
Dark T Zeratul (talk) 02:04, May 22, 2018 (UTC)

RIP Monobook, my always faithful companion. You will be missed.

I don't even live in the EU. Bah.

Given recent developments, like the name change (FANDOM? Mo' like FANDUM, amirite? Will they try to copyright fandom itself next?), forcing us to make videos (no more than excuses for video advertising, with the threat of their own crappy videos if we don't), and now getting rid of Monobook (the clear and easy arrangement all these big old wikis were begun and designed under, which the fundamental Main Page and article layouts are still designed for), this is just no longer the wiki group I joined years ago. For all that they call themselves FANDOM now, they seem less in tune with the needs of fans than ever before.

But while going independent and moving to a new site has its appeal, it seems like it would require a much greater effort in back-end coding and web-page design, security issues, and getting funding for it all. I don't expect a lot of fans to give us donations while we struggle to get attention and respect as it is. Like it or not, we get what we pay for. We suffer ads and corporate crap in exchange for a free, secure, and stable platform with shared resources. We don't have to like it or take it quietly however.
— BadCatMan (talk) 06:42, May 22, 2018 (UTC)

Well, PseudoMonobook is no Monobook, more like a PseudoOasis, but it's an improvement with the wider reading panel and reduced advertising. I miss the map background, but since Oasis often replaces that with advertising, it's a moot point.
— BadCatMan (talk) 06:59, May 22, 2018 (UTC)

Sadly the main issue with going indy is not funding or back-end stuff, it's not expensive nor that time consuming to set-up and maintain a VPS, it's the fact FANDOM has a lock on the SEO (which is why it's always top of searches for FR topics), and this wikia is linked to all over the web for years now. I'll get used to the default skin.
Regis87 (talk) 14:08, May 22, 2018 (UTC)