Hi Dan,

Let me ask about this question from a different angle. What *is* WMF's plan for growing our contributor base?



This is an Encyclopedia
One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies
The deep rock of our past, in which we must delve
The well of our future,
The clear water we must leave untainted for those who come after us,
The fertile earth, in which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,
And the broad fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not know.
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On Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 10:17 AM, Dan Garry <dgarry@wikimedia.org> wrote:
I've split this off because it has the potential to derail the other conversation about Wikidata descriptions.

On 22 March 2015 at 09:53, Pine W <wiki.pine@gmail.com> wrote:

I do wonder if it would be better to focus on encouraging more mobile app users to become Wikipedia and/or Commons contibutors instead of Wikidata contributors. Thoughts?

We've considered such problems at great length, and so far never actually managed to succeed at drawing people in to editing on mobile devices. As always, there are the obvious exceptions to that (people like you and me), but we're by far the minority.

No other mobile app out there has the same kind of barrier to entry for a contribution as Wikipedia. Some of that is a result of the core product (contributing to an encyclopedia requires serious thought!), but some of it is for no good reason (wikitext is scary to newbie).

On the other hand, the mobile uploads feature did draw a lot of people in... to uploading selfies. So that was problematic from the other side: it got a lot of engagement, but of the totally wrong kind. There was considerable backlash, which naturally makes the team want to avoid trying something similar again.

Do you have any specific suggestions?


Dan Garry
Associate Product Manager, Mobile Apps
Wikimedia Foundation