[Foundation-l] A fundraiser for editors

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il
Mon Jan 2 17:29:24 UTC 2012

I tend to agree. At times of Fundraising, public interest grows
noticeably. People have been asking me aobut the banners almost every
day for the last few weeks. (A few times they even asked me whether
they are going to see a personal appeal from Amir Aharoni soon.)

I don't think that i ever saw a focused "personal appeal + photo"
banner that asks people to edit instead of asking them for money. I
did sometime see graphical banners in Wikipedias in various languages
that invite people to edit or participate in writing contests.
Something like this is happening in the Tamil Wikipedia now (
http://ta.wikipedia.org/ ). I don't know how effective it is - it's
worth checking.

2012/1/2 James Heilman <jmh649 at gmail.com>
> The fundraiser for money has been working exceedingly well with our
> number of donors increasing 10 fold since 2008. What we need now is a
> fundraiser for editors. I meet well educated professionals who use
> Wikipedia but have no ideas that they can edit it. We need to run a
> banner with the same energy we use to raise money to raise editor
> numbers. This idea has been trialed to a limited extent here
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Invitation_to_edit but the
> effort did not have sufficient data crunching behind it to determine
> if it works.
> --
> James Heilman
> MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian
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