Uploaded on Sep 16, 2011
Date: 5.8.2011, 12:00
Encouraging Participation in Wikimedia Projects
Brandon Harris, Howie Fung, Steven Walling
The recent research on trends within the Wikipedia editor
community highlight a need to focus on participation. This session
discusses some of the features, experiments, and ideas that
are aimed at encouraging participation, particularly among new
editors. Some features discussed include: Article Feedback Tool,
Section Edit Link experiment, New Editor Projects, Wikilove.
31:55 - Newbies Incubator
One of the biggest problems of the Russian Wikipedia and
probably of other language editions as well, is that people often
start editing by creating a small article that is almost immediately
deleted for being too short, on obscure topic and not having
any sources, copyright violation or just not looking good. After
that this editor leaves disappointed. The Newbies Incubator was
created in the Russian Wikipedia for solving this issue.
54:20 - What place for companies on Wikipedia?
For years Wikipedian have been "hunting" companies trying
to "improve" their articles. During my presentation, I'll try to
explain why companies might be our next "GLAM" and how
they can improve our projects. I'll also try to show we can have
companies participating in Wikipedia, respecting all of our rules.
1:05:50 - Account Creation Improvement Project
A series of tests and surveys told us some fascinating things
about the new users' wishes. But would the community like the
results? And what account creation process works the best?
In essence, how many readers can we turn into editors just by
changing some words?