Summary: Please tell me how you and your groups communicate at
The Wikimedia Foundation is planning a global consultation about
communication. The goal is to improve tools for communication for all
contributors, regardless of their experience level, their computer skills,
or their devices. I want you, your teachers, and your students to be
represented in this consultation. I need you to talk to your communities
and user groups about what they do and what they need.
*You can help by hosting a discussion with your group.* Here's what to do:
- First, please sign up your group on wiki.
- Next, choose a place to collect information from other people in your
group. It could be an e-mail thread, a page on wiki, a discussion on
Facebook – whatever is natural and normal for your group. You do not need
to make people vote or have a decision-making discussion. It's just for
- Then ask people what they think about their communication. The team
particularly wants to hear stories and other information about how people
communicate with each other on and off wiki. All information is valuable.
People might not be sure what to say, so please consider asking these five
questions (it might help people get started):
1. When you want to discuss a topic with your community, what tools work
for you, and what problems block you?
2. What about talk pages works for newcomers, and what blocks them?
3. What do others struggle with in your community about talk pages?
4. What do you wish you could do on talk pages, but can't due to the
5. What are the important aspects of a "wiki discussion"?
- Finally, please go to the Talk pages consultation 2019 page on
MediaWiki.org and report what you learned from your group. Please
include links if the discussion is available to the public.
*You can also help build the list of the many different ways people talk to
each other. *Not all groups active on wikis or around wikis use the same
way to discuss things: it can happen on wiki, on social networks, through
external tools... Please tell us how your group communicates.
You can read more about the overall consultation process on
MediaWiki.org. If you have questions or ideas, you can leave feedback
about the consultation process in the language you prefer.
*Thank you!* I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Sherry Snyder (WhatamIdoing)
Community Liaison, Wikimedia Foundation