We've heard from a few of you that it's hard to see the effect your
work is having, especially when individual students are unresponsive.
So I wanted to show you the attached chart. The chart tracks the
contributions, by month, of all students in the Public Policy
Initiative classes -- the students you are helping in class or
mentoring online. The chart measures bytes our students have
contributed to the article namespace alone (so it doesn't count talk
In short: last month, our students contributed 2.9 million bytes of
content to the English Wikipedia article namespace. That's the
equivalent of about 1,944 printed pages of work.
This incredible amount of high-quality contributions is due in large
part to your volunteer efforts -- the presentations you make in class,
the messages you exchange on-wiki with your mentees, the help you
provide in IRC. Our program is having a quite noteworthy impact on the
rate at which content on the English Wikipedia grows, and you are
front and center in that effort.
On behalf of the entire Public Policy team: THANK YOU! It would be
impossible to achieve this without you.
Communications Associate - Public Policy Initiative
(415) 839-6885 x6649