[Wikimedia-l] What community initiatives have made an impact on editor engagement?

Asaf Bartov abartov at wikimedia.org
Wed Jun 26 02:07:25 UTC 2013

Briefly, from the train (so no links):

1. The Wikipedia Challenge competitions were not community initiatives;
they were Google initiatives.

2. Agree with Nemo about tools' importance.

3. I'd call out the Tamil Wikipedia Media Contest: great return on very
modest investment (of funds); and the Malayalam WikiSangaMotsavam, a series
of community and outreach events around a big community gathering, that
correlates with a noticeable rise in active editors in MLWP.  Both are
community initiatives supported by WMF grants.

On Jun 25, 2013 11:05 AM, "Steven Walling" <steven.walling at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo)
> <nemowiki at gmail.com>wrote:
> > 1) I'm confused: first you ask about community initiatives then you list
> > activities by chapters and the like. "Community initiative" makes me
> think
> > of edit drives, custom tools and scripts, processes, guidelines,
> > configurations.
> >
> Sorry for the confusion. I'm open to hearing about any non-WMF activity,
> but I assumed that people would be most knowledgeable
> about initiatives that came from chapters or other parts of the community.
> > 2) Are you interested in last year or all our history?
> >
> Let's say since about 2011, with more recent being of primary interest.
> >  3) Is it really impossible to look for the impact on the statistics
> > (assuming you're speaking of eiting activity) and then ask what caused
> the
> > impact? How much big but indetected/undetectable impact is there? (There
> > must be contrasting forces for that.) Are you interested in impact that
> > can't be even seen in statistics?
> >
> We're also looking at which projects are growing, so as you say, looking at
> the stats and then asking what caused it. If you are aware of a editor
> recruitment or retention activity that measured, I'd also be interested in
> hearing about that, even if it didn't necessarily make some kind of visible
>  jump in the total active editors of a project.
> Steven
> P.S. Thanks to the folks who reached out off-list with examples.
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