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
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.
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