I think that we need to engage editors & to be consistent in our follow-up.

In October, we had the largest monthly meetup that I have been to. We did not have a one in November because several of us did a panel at Mako's class instead. In December, we teamed up with the 3rd Monday Techno-Activist folks for the year-end holiday party instead of a meetup. In January, we did meet on a 2nd Tuesday, but at UW, not the café. In hindsight, I realized that anyone used to Café Allegro & not likely to travel elsewhere would have not attended our meetup for three months. I am not implying that we need to meet there every month since we have UW's schedule to consider, but we should consider our schedule at Café Allegro.

I thought of few things as a result of the 'I Love To You': Critical Wikipedia / Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon. Next time, & thereafter, we should have CWUG flyers & a means to join our user group. We could not have done that in time for this event, but we can do it going forward.

The event begged for a follow-up. Since ten groups co-sponsored the event, it is unclear who owned this. I would like to work collaboratively with someone on either the Draft:Feminist Hackerspaces or the Women Writers' Suffrage League ‎articles. However, none of us created a contact list to coordinate those interested in editing these articles further.

I agree with Sage here in that “bringing newcomers into the online wiki community (after) local outreach events” is the hard nut to crack. I think that we may be able to engage editors by doing two types of “deep dives”:
  1. Topical
  2. Going beyond the basics

The first entails topic-specific editing sessions or following up on previous edit-a-thons. Maybe that means a series of meetups or organizing a focus group, perhaps with an experienced Wikimedian who is willing to take part. Examples include art & feminism, GLAM, or regional interests, like the list being drafted at http://cascadia.wiki/List_of_Cascadia_topics

The second is sharing our expertise. Most teaching edit-a-thons don't go beyond the basics. Maybe we need some “200” level sessions where we explore further into one aspect of Wikimedia/Wikipedia, like:

This list is neither meant to be exhaustive nor exhausting, but a springboard. Maybe we can encourage casual editors to go beyond the occasional, casual edit by showing them what is possible.


On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM, Sage Ross <ragesoss+wikipedia@gmail.com> wrote:
If the point is to demonstrate that we have an organized volunteer
community (in order to get funding to do the projects we really want
to do) then I think we'd be better off focusing on outreach to active
Wikimedians instead.

We know that we *don't* know how to really bring newcomers into the
online wiki community via local outreach events — this is the big
unsolved problem for every chapter and user group. So building up our
nominal volunteer base via events that we know don't really work, just
so that we can reach the participation numbers that WMF is looking
for, seems like putting the cart before the horse. I suggest that we'd
have a much easier time if we started by refining the planning work
we've done so far into a concise vision for where we want to go, and
then using that to recruit active editors in our region. "Here are the
big things we want to do, and what they will mean to you." (Press
credentials! Wikimedia-in-Residence opportunities! Hanging out with
other editors to talk shop and complain about everything that's wrong
with Wikipedia!)

To the extent that we can "develop a volunteer base" by doing things
we already want to do, that's great. But I don't want to plan our
activities around chasing metrics; that leads down the same
well-trodden path that so many other ineffectual chapters have already
gone down.


On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM, Pine W <wiki.pine@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> If the plan is to have us focusing on developing a volunteer base, I think
> that natural places for us to start would be UW (including UW libraries,
> archives and museums), the Seattle Public Library, and the King County
> Library System.
> To that end, how would people feel about making some of our editing
> workshops more externally focused on training new editors, probably with the
> use of VisualEditor from the start? For example, we might consider having
> one social unconference type meetup like we have had at Cafe Allegro each
> month, and one outreach-focused editing training and editathon combination
> event at an institution that is well placed for recruiting.
> I am also thinking that we could have one event each month in Seattle, and
> one event each month on the eastside, with the locations alternating for the
> unconference-social and the workshop-edititathon.
> We could also try a variety of focuses for the workshop-content contribution
> events. For example, instead of or in addition to content improvements on
> English Wikipedia people might be interested in photo uploads or editing for
> Commons, technical events such as the CDSW events, or subject-matter focused
> events such as highlights of particular subjects at libraries or museums.
> What do you think? I'm brainstorming ideas here. I think some variety would
> be good, but if we're also interested in recruiting new long-term
> contributors then we might also want some continuity, so I'm trying to find
> the right balance, especially with our limited volunteer resources. If we
> expand our volunteer base then it will be easier for us to have a broader
> range of events.
> I'm cc'ing Alex and WMF Evaluation here to see if they have suggestions.
> I'll incorporate everyone's input here into the revised draft goals and
> budget. Some of the tasks that we had originally planned for this year may
> be moved to next year since WMF is unwilling to fund them this year.
> Thanks,
> Pine
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> 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.
> —Catherine Munro
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