The idea of training African on how to write and maintain script such as js
coding, and fixing issues with script seem like a brilliant one to me.
Thus, I have gone ahead and endorsed your proposal. I am also very happy
that people would be trained on how to contribute to Wikimedia project as
part of this project. From experience, engaging participants after event is
usually not a very easy task, and I think this is one area I think we
really need to work on. This is not a problem peculiar to Africa, it's a
@Felix and Derrick, may I suggest that you take a look at
I adapted from
To be honest with you, it really worked. User:Jaybakky
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jaybakky> and User:Amunique
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Amunique> continued to edit as a result
of that method. See
. Both user
stopped editing after my banned from the English Wikipedia last year since
I could no longer continue with them. One of them stopped in May during my
ArbCom case and the other, less than a month after my banned. This is
unfortunate but we just have to live with it.
Many thanks to Felix and others for their continued effort to improving
contributions from Africa and Derick for stepping in with a rare skill.
United we stand, divided we fall!
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 6:10 PM, Sherry Antoine <sherryantoine(a)gmail.com>
This sounds awesome,
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 5:59 PM Felix Nartey <flixtey(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I am excited to introduce the African Wikimedia Developers Project (AWMD)
AWMD is a project that focuses on recruiting volunteer African Developers
for the benefit of the WIkimedia Movement. This idea was inspired by a
conversation with Quim Gil at Wikimania Esino Lario in 2016, and was
followed through to Wiki Indaba <http://2017.wikiindaba.net/> where
talks was concluded on how to further put this to work.
The project's main goal is to increase the number of volunteer developers
who can solve related Wikimedia issues on the continent and in the movement
at large. We intend to equip prospective volunteers through trainings and
the creation of a community of developers. We will work closely with
affiliate groups (user groups, chapters and thematic organisations) and
other aligned developer groups (GDG, Linux user groups, mozilla groups,
etc.) to push this agenda.
To ensure scalability of the program we intend to start our first
training in Ghana where we are adequately equipped to closely monitor and
create a useful learning pattern that may be applied to future events. We
intend to have this event from the 23 - 24 June, 2017 and we’ll closely
monitor for about 2 months before planning the next place of training. The
next phase of the project will involve moving to different countries and
trying to emulate the success of the project there. We encourage you to
visit and endorse the grant proposal
of our first training in Ghana here.
All interested in developing and/or wish to share ideas on projects are
invited to join the mailing list
our social media outfit (facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/AfricanWikimediaDevelopers/> and twitter
<https://twitter.com/AfricanWikiDev>) or learn more via the MediaWiki
the project. We encourage all to share this within their
communities and to others who may be interested.
Stay tuned for more updates soon!
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