New editors across Indic Wikipedias often face problems while editing for
which need they help. However, most don't know where they can ask questions
or get clarifications as they are usually unfamiliar with village pumps or
mailing lists or even talk pages on basic editing. Many existing editors
want to help new editors and could appreciate a central place where they
can meet and help new editors. India Program has started a pilot to
support the Odia community's help desk,
(Incidentally, "Chata" means student and "Sabha" means community, in Odia.)
This pilot will build on the community's existing efforts - and seeks to
provide a structured way of designing and running a Help Desk. It takes
learning from English Wikipedia's Tea
House<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:Teahouse>as well as other
experiences on Help Desk and similar services.
The Help Desk that is being piloted is user friendly, has guidelines to
provide simple answers to new editors and tries to manage the work load of
existing community members by providing ready answers to frequently asked
questions. The user friendliness of the Help Desk is in the form of being
able to ask questions without getting stuck on Wiki markups as well as
illustrated answers to some questions.
I have put a page on meta which has the pilot
Eventually, we would like to help other Indic languages build similar Help
Desks. Please do provide your feedback on the talk
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!*
Just a gentle reminder for today's IRC on Social Media pilot at 8:00 p.m
(IST). You can join the meetup by clicking on this link:
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-office . Enter a nickname
and channel name is #wikimedia-office.
Since there is another IRC scheduled at 9:00 p.m for Wiki Loves Monuments
in India, we'll try and wrap this up by sharp 9:00 p.m. We'll be discussing
the progress on the already active social media groups (English and Odia),
explaining strategies to start it on new groups, discussing ways to retain
new editors. For those of you who may not have been following this
discussion, here's the link to the Social Media
we are running on Facebook right now. Here's the link to the blog
the Social Media pilot.
Since this has been a collaborative process, I would urge all the mentors
(existing editors who are helping out on Facebook) to attend the IRC. Your
inputs and suggestions would be really helpful in deciding the course of
See you there!
I am back in Delhi and still cherishing the time I spent with you guys in
Guwahati. The tenth anniversary celebrations were fabulous and getting 60
participants for an Indian language Wikipedia meet up is extraordinary!
Just wanted to share a couple of suggestions with you all. These are things
we should do quickly before the energy and enthusiasm dies out.
- We should send out one mail to all those email IDs welcoming them to
Assamese Wikipedia and ask them to keep editing. In that mail, we can
mention the Facebook group link to Assam Wiki group also. They can connect
with us there. 60 people is a big number, let's not lose them guys!
- As I spoke to you earlier about using Assam Wiki Facebook group to do
small editing sessions, we should start those sessions from today itself if
possible. Here is a comprehensive 20 point
we've prepared. I hope this helps you out. To start with, maybe you
can start doing editing hours for Wikiproject: Districts of Assam.
- *Example*: *"Hey friends, we have started the new Wikiproject:
Districts of Assam. Which district are you from? I am from Tinsukia. Here
is the article on Tinsukia <insert link>. This article needs more
information! Who all are from Tinsukia? Reply here and we can make our
district article good!"*
- The Districts of Assam project can create a sense of competition and
make people work faster to write their district article. We should do it
like a fun competition on Facebook group. Post one district everyday. Don't
forget to tag some new members and your friends in that post! :-)
- We also spoke about doing outreach programs in our own cities. You can
also post this on Fb group:
- "*Hey friends! We are bringing Wikipedia to your city! Do you
study in a college or work in a company? Do you want us to conduct a Wiki
workshop for you? Reply here and let's contribute to Assamese Wikipedia!"
- Please post all these messages in *Assamese only. *Also, can we start
posting the same message on some "Assamese language group" or "Assam
community" group also? That will bring us new members. Gitartha has already
volunteered to start posting these messages. Anybody else interested in
taking up the responsibility for posting on Fb group?
I am writing a blog post on my experience of the celebrations in Assam.
Till then, let's get the social media and Wikiproject started in full
steam! :) Please feel free to ask me any questions.
The celebration ceremony of 10th anniversary of Assamese Wikipedia was held at the historic “Sudmersen Hall” of Cotton College Guwahati on 10th June 2012. The prizes of the Article and Photography
competition were also distributed on the event. Besides of a Wikimeet it was basically an workshop and an outreach program to attract more
Assamese netizens towards Wikipedia. More than 60 people attend the event including the media persons.
Here are the minutes of the meeting
1:00 PM : Jyoti Prakash Nath the guests with reading the agenda of the workshop.
1:10 PM : Dr. Kulendu Pathak (Retired VC of Dibrugarh University) and Kamrupratna Jatin Giswami (Former Vice President of “Asom Sahity Sabha”, Researcher on Assamese language and script ) inaugurated the workshop
by lightening the earthen lamp. (It was for the celebration of 10th
anniversary of Assamese Wikipedia).
1:25 PM : Introduction of Noopur Raval and felicitated with a “Eri Chadar” by Anjana Tamuli.
1:30 PM : Gitartha Bordoloi gives a presentation about Wikipedia. His topic was “What is Assamese Wikipedia”.
1:50 PM : Questions from the guests. Answered by Gitartha Bordoloi.
2:00 PM : Banajit Pathak gives a presentation about Assamese typing
tools. His topic was ”Unicode and various Assamese typing tools” .
2:20 PM : Questions from the guests. Answered by Banajit Pathak.
2:30 PM : Uddip Talukdar gives a presentation about necessity of Assamese wikipedia and his
topic was “The necessity of Assamese wikipedia and its current state”.
2:50 PM : Questions from the guests. Answered by Uddip Talukdar.
3:00 PM : Bishnu Saikia gives a presentation about how to contribute to the Wikipedia. His
topic was “How to contribute to Assamese Wikipedia”. Meanwhile a winner
of the article competition Indranil Gayan edits his article (produced
3:25 PM : The new “Betupat” (Main Page) of Assamese Wikipedia released by Bishnu Saikia and Gitartho Bordoloi.
3:30 PM : Dr. Kulendu Pathak and Shri Jatin Goswami shares their views about the outreach program and Assamese Wikipedia.
3:40 PM : Light Snacks served.
3:50 PM: Tridip Baruah (Designer of Inscript Assamese Keyboard Ramdhenu) speaks about “The future of Assamese typing tools”.
4:00 PM: The name of the winners of the Photography and Article
competition declared and prizes are distributed by Kushol Kumar Rabha
(Chief photographer of Indian Railway NFR) and Ananta Mohan Sharma
(Professor, Botany, Bajali College, Pathsala) respectively.
4:15 PM : Noopur Raval gives a presentation about Wikimedia
Foundation and talks about the policies of uploading media to Commons.
4:30 PM : Jyoti Prakash Nath give a small speech about conducting the event and declares the end of the workshop cum meetup and celebration
ceremony of the 10th anniversary of Assamese Wikipedia.
Winners of the Photography Competition
1. First : Mauchumi Bordoloi for the article "Malita" (Offline).
2. Second : Indranil Gayan for the article "Gunamala" (Offline).
3. Third : Upama Kalita for the article "Mising Lokageet" (Offline).
4. Special: Manjil Kownar for maximum number of articles (Online)
Winners of the Article Competition
1. First : Akashdip Goswami for this Picture
2. Second : Jugal Bharali for this Picture
3. Third : Anirudha Burhagohain for this Picture
4. Special: Nitul Bora for maximum number of photos.
Jyoti Prakash Nath