Hello! On incentives...
The Smithsonian has a very active transcription volunteer program
<https://transcription.si.edu/browse?filter=all&sort=notdone>, where people
complete microtasks / microcontributions (on desktop) like the ones Anirudh
found. In return the people who participate get things like:
- behind the scenes tours with staff members of the Smithsonian
- regular chats with people who work with the Smithsonian
- priority access to newly digitized collections 
So nothing of monetary value, but something that makes them feel invested
and part of a larger community. Some of the tasks are exactly the same —
transcribing, image transcription, and validation. The person who runs the
program thinks a lot about how to build community around these kinds of
microtasks, which make it more likely that people follow through to
completion. It might be worth reaching out, because there are likely things
we can learn from how they've approached this. Happy to put you in touch.
(I wrote this and interviewed tons of people who think about the incentive
portion of microtasks. A lot are listed there. Happy to put you in touch
with them, or provide more details...)
On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM, Jon Katz <jkatz(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Great find, Anirudh! I didn't know about it.
I just downloaded it. The mechanics are great, but the incentives
A great, upvoted quote from a user on the news page:
*"Oh, so I'm supposed to help a company whose value is over 500 billion
for free just for fun?..."*
Google does, on the other hand, encourage you after submitting...something
we don't do. They literally say "you are making the world a better
BTW, I also get notifications from google maps after I visit somewhere
saying something like:
"help us by answering some questions about Joe's House of Coffee".
Some screenshots of the app below. I encourage everyone to think about,
spread and participate in the consultation Moushira posted.
After you submit, they encourage you. CRAZY!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anirudh S <anirudh24seven(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 10:31 PM
Subject: Re: [WikimediaMobile] Readers as contributors
To: Moushira Elamrawy <melamrawy(a)wikimedia.org>
Cc: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>rg>, mobile-l <
I am not sure if this is off-topic but I'd like to let the community know
that Google has released an app recently that allows people to improve its
Translation services. The app is called Crowdsource
. Also added a news article
for more context .
I thought this knowledge might help us plan better, assuming that mobile
Readers would get exposed to the concept of contributing through their
phones, in general. We, as readers, might also have something tangible for
us to base our opinions on (for example, the reward system in that app is
just plain Internet Points and does not provide any value to the user).
 - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.a
 - http://www.androidauthority.com/google-releases-crowdsourc
On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 10:57 PM, Moushira Elamrawy <
I am writing to share with you an effort from the Android team to start identifying
themes of products
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Reading/Readers_contributions>  that
would allow readers to create micro-contributions that are welcomed and
actually needed by fellow Wikipedia editors.
The team has already identified 18 ideas as examples of tasks readers can
do to help editors, we would like to expand the conversation to help us
evaluate the importance of the idea*s*. While thinking, the team
already had criteria for evaluating the ideas
but this is still missing community input on how ideas are evaluated and
what would actually get high votes for being something that matters, in
order for the team to start working on. Please feel encouraged to add
more ideas and adjust criteria for evaluation if needed.
This work is a continuation of the reading consultation
done in April. The team is excited to continue the conversation early with
the community in order to define product themes.
Ideas promoted from this conversation will be designed in Android first,
given the consideration of lower traffic and relative ease of
implementation, but the team will be excited and watching for lessons
learned in order to move ideas to the web.
This work is made possible by Jon Katz, Reading team's senior PM, and
Dmitry Brant, the product owner of Android. Thanks for their thoughtful
and collaborative approach".
We will allow the conversation to run for a month, after which we can
already start exploring ideas for implementation in Q3. Please help
spread the word across village pumps.
Looking forward to your input --
Community Liaison for Reading team
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