[Foundation-l] A fundraiser for editors

Oliver Keyes okeyes at wikimedia.org
Mon Jan 2 22:11:33 UTC 2012

One simple idea I had (personal capacity, etc etc) - we stick lots of
banners at the top of the article saying "this has X problem! Be
careful!". Would it be possible to have them appear differently to
say, anonymous IPs, and display a more friendly message encouraging
the users to register and deal with the problem themselves, linking to
a guide focused on that specific tag (an "unreferenced" tag would lead
to a "here's how to add references to articles" short guide, for

On 2 January 2012 21:24, Przykuta <przykuta at o2.pl> wrote:
>> 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.
> Data in the file from 2011-01-26 is not too good
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ENnewEditors.jpg
> Look at December 2011 -> in the file <7k, on the site >7k:
> http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikipediaEN.htm
> Nov 2011 = 6734 now. These stats are not stable - last month is always the worst.
> But invitation to edit is good idea. In pl wiki it works well. The last edition (http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:10_prac_na_10_lat_Wikipedii invitation by anonnotice only) gave us in July 2011 more active editors:
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/pl/activeusers/365
> Compare with ja, it, nl, sv, ru or es wikis
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/ja/activeusers/365
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/it/activeusers/365
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/nl/activeusers/365
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/sv/activeusers/365
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/ru/activeusers/365
> http://www.wikistatistics.net/wiki/es/activeusers/365
> These actions work well for a month. We ask readers for improve articles (the quest must be specific -> What do we need to do / how could you help us)
> Przykuta
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