Hi Manoj Khurana,
Thank you for your great feedback on how a novice contributor sees the
Wikipedia environment in the Indian context.
However, despite the apparent learning troubles, I am sure that we will
strive and conquer...
(On Sep 15th)
On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM, Manoj Khurana <hello(a)manojkhurana.com>
Hi. I'm more active on Hindi Wikipedia. My
observation is that many people
who come from english wiki to local wikis tend to enforce quality too much.
Its like forcing diet of a body builder upon a kid. This takes toll on new
contributors who do have good intentions and may be groomed. Keeping in
view the life-cycle thing, we have to compromise a little on quality till a
critical mass is reached and enforce the quality slowly and steadily.
I've been here for last one year and i think hindi wiki is showing a
steady growing trend.
As far as new tech like tablets, smartphones are concerned, i feel they
are helpful as local language typing apps are more easy to operate on
tablets etc than on a pc.
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> I have been noting declining contributions across Indian Wikipedias for
> last few months.
> triggered to write this mail.
> This is my view on what's happening:
> 1. Most of the Indian Wikipedias have crossed 10 years. Many of the active
> and first generation contributors are burnt out, taking a leave or have
> left for good. If you are not creative, intentional and consistent in your
> efforts to replenish and nurture the next generation, you will see a
> declining trend.
> 2. Malayalam Wikipedia which once had 30 contributors who made 100+ edits
> month registered only 10 such editors in May 2014. The last time they had
> activity this low was during May 2011. At the same time, their Wiki Source
> is registering a phenomenal growth. So, some resources could be split
> between projects too. This is a good reason to not start too many
> Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource should be good enough unless you have a
> huge community.
> 3. Focus on offline projects like events, celebrations. While they are
> good, over doing can stress few active contributors. In my experience,
> every time after organizing some offline event, there is too much burn out
> and people return after months.
> 4. Things that plague all global Wikipedias - archaic editor, social media
> distractions, increasing use of tablets / smart phones.
> Future will be quite challenging :)