[Foundation-l] encouraging women's participation

Noein pronoein at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 09:02:47 UTC 2010

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Some ideas to increase the social aspect of Wikipedia:
- - insert a small chat with channels for each chapter (for example where
the interwiki links were ;) )
- - make a tab for personal comments for articles, where people can
express their feelings
- - show the last 10 comments on the right side of the article
- - soften the notability criterion
- - make a reward system for spell correction (automatically attributed by
bot unless reverted), for adding references (must be validated by
moderator or voted by users)
- - associate galleries of sounds and/or photos that you can expand or
browse with one click
- - create challenges or games for wikipedia: charades pointing to an
article to be discovered, collections to be completed (find ten articles
with x or y characteristics), create fantasy articles only useful for
the game with a warning that it's only RPG, etc.
- - allow a friend system and allow to import them from facebook
- - develop the homepage of wikipedia and wikinews so that they combine
major news with the major updates of the pages we are watching, and more
information about your friends
- - allow a button "recommend this article to a friend" with feedback from
the friend, like a karma count, a thank you count, or the likes

On 19/06/2010 08:37, Milos Rancic wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 7:40 AM, Nikola Smolenski <smolensk at eunet.rs> wrote:
>> Дана Saturday 19 June 2010 07:37:18 Milos Rancic написа:
>>> On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 7:30 AM, Nikola Smolenski <smolensk at eunet.rs> wrote:
>>>> Or perhaps we don't even have to build one, but just use the existing
>>>> ones. [People are always against making Wikipedia a social network.] Have
>>>> RSS feeds of articles you created/pictures you uploaded. These could then
>>>> be connected to Facebook or wherever for your friends to see what are you
>>>> working on.
>>> Then you are using Facebook, not Wikimedia. And Flickr is much better
>>> for private photos than Wikimedia.
>> Then your Facebook friends will see that you are doing interesting things on
>> Wikipedia projects and will want to do them too.
> I don't think that it is particularly interesting to see someone's
> edits. If you are not a passionate Wikimedian, of course.
> Besides that, contemporary term for "site" is "social network". There
> are just more and less successful social networks. Wikimedia is
> successful social network for a very specific type of demographics:
> young middle class males. Actually, not so young anymore. I think that
> we are loosing males from younger generations, too.
> That means that we have to work on diversification of our editor
> demographics. And one edit in ten days is better than no edits at all.
> We need cleverly created concepts which would make editing easy, fun,
> causal. With a lot of interesting content around; probably, based on
> existing Wikimedia content, but not necessary.
> The time when wiki concept was new and interesting passed a few years
> ago. And even Microsoft has better sense for new technologies than us.
> For example, our goal is not to make a possibility to read Wikipedia
> from iPhone. Apple did that. The goal is to have easy access to
> editing from iPhone.
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