Welcome to the Community Growth Space at Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm!
- Verena Lindner (WMDE)
- Marshall Miller (WMF)
- Bence Damokos
- Christine Domgörgen (WMDE)
- Jonathan Morgan (WMF)
- Benoît Evellin (WMF)
- Sailesh Patnaik
Description[edit | edit source]
People in our movement have been working hard to make Wikimedia communities sustainable by recruiting and retaining newcomers to the projects. Wikimedians have been running local events, evolving our software, and working to improve the processes and culture on our wikis – but we still have a long way to go. In this space, we will come together for discussions, presentations, and workshops that address these questions:
- What is and is not working around attracting and retaining newcomers?
- How should Wikimedia activities evolve to help communities grow and flourish?
- How should our technology and culture evolve to help new populations to come online, participate and become community members?
We want voices from as many parts of the movement as possible to discuss experiences from their projects, findings from research, and results from affiliates’ and project leaders' work. We want to translate that learning into ideas and best practices that Wikimedians can bring back to their communities.
This space is related to five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with their icons shown on this page. To read more about the goals, see this page.
Background[edit | edit source]
The questions of how to find new contributors and how to keep them involved in the Wikimedia projects have been challenging our movement for over ten years, starting with a steep decline in active editors in 2007. During this time, different communities have tried many approaches to growing contributors, some of which have succeeded and some of which have not. These approaches include both offline programming, such as edit-a-thons; online programming, such as the French Wikipedia Forum des nouveaux; and technology changes, such as the Guided Tour extension.
When we talk about newcomers, there are a few important terms:
- Recruitment: identifying people who are interested in contributing for the first time.
- Activation: the moment when someone makes their very first contribution.
- Retention: when contributors stick around and continue to contribute over time.
Over the years, we have collectively learned a great deal about newcomers and their needs, and developed programming and technology to address them. Here is a selection of relevant information:
- Wikimedia Foundation New Editor Experiences research project
- Wikimedia Foundation Growth team
- Wikimedia Deutschland activities around recruiting and retaining new editors (in German)
- CivilServant's Wikimedia studies (Gratitude prompts and Retaining newcomers)
- French Wikipedia "Help and Welcome project"
- Wikimedia Hungary Editor retention program
- The English Wikipedia Teahouse project
Topics[edit | edit source]
Topics recommended by this space's co-leaders[edit | edit source]
We are looking for proposals that fit into one of the categories below.
- Recruitment, activation and retention: online and offline strategies, case studies, considerations, and research.
- Technology work: software tools for engaging and educating newcomers.
- On-wiki engagement: techniques for mentorship, teaching, and keeping newcomers involved from on the wikis.
- Off-wiki engagement: programs, events, and communication for training and keeping newcomers involved in the off-wiki world.
- Newcomer experiences across projects and cultures: research and experience reports around what it's like to be a newcomer and interact with newcomers in different wikis and languages.
- Supporting diversity: how to evolve our contributor communities to better reflect the diversity of our global readership.
- Learning from outside our movement: research and lessons on newcomers from other types of online and offline communities outside the Wikimedia movement.
- The future of newcomers and editing: how will our beliefs about newcomers and our technology around editing need to change in the future as more new people come online and get involved?
- ↑ https://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfaker/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline/halfaker13rise-preprint.pdf
Program[edit | edit source]
Friday 16 August[edit | edit source]
|13:00||Introductory Panel: Challenges and approaches to Community Growth|
|13:30||What we know about newcomers and how to nurture them|
Marshall Miller, Benoît Evellin, Martin Urbanec
|15:00||Building organizations for growth: Wikidata in India, Wikimedia Armenia, Wiki Women for Women Wellbeing, and Wikimedia Sweden|
|16:30||Events? Competitions? Engagement? CentralNotice is your friend|
David Strine, Joseph Seddon
Saturday 17 August[edit | edit source]
|9:30||Campaigning for growth: WikiFundi, Women in Red and Caucasian collaboration|
Florence Devouard, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, Mehman Ibragimov and Oleg Abarnikov
|11:30||Onboarding and Retention: Hungarian and French Wikipedias|
|12:00||Encouraging the spirit of new editors - A structured approach to mapping onboarding efforts|
Christine Domgörgen, Verena Lindner
|14:00||Technology for Growth: future of mobile editing
Olga Vasileva, Alex Hollender, Jess Klein, Ed Sanders, Peter Pelberg
|15:00||Technology for growth: tools and experiments from Scribe and CivilServant
Lucie-Aimée Kaffee, Hady Elsahar, Nathan Matias, Julia Kamin, Max Klein
|16:00||Lightning talks: growth ideas to take home|
|17:30||Please join the Poster session in the Allhuset.|
Proposed submissions[edit | edit source]
- Community Growth
- Community Growth/A wiki-a-thon the Amnesty way
- Community Growth/Advanced mobile contributions
- Community Growth/After Flow: A new direction for improving talk pages
- Community Growth/Building a member-driven affiliate: which are the fundamental questions and how do we answer them?
- Community Growth/Building organizations for growth
- Community Growth/Business 101 for community growth
- Community Growth/Campaigning for growth
- Community Growth/Caucasian Collaboration
- Community Growth/Czechs, recruitment and retention
- Community Growth/Designing for Organizing in the Wikimedia Movement
- Community Growth/Encouraging the spirit of new editors - A structured approach to mapping onboarding efforts
- Community Growth/Events? Competitions? Engagement? CentralNotice is your friend
- Community Growth/Freaking Reporting!
- Community Growth/From nothing to large community
- Community Growth/Growing Wikidata in Emerging Communities (India as a case study)
- Community Growth/Growing a community using WikiFundi: the case of the WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique
- Community Growth/Let's Talk about Campaigns and Contests
- Community Growth/Lightning talks: growth ideas to take home
- Community Growth/New Zealand Wikipedian at Large
- Community Growth/Old helping new helping old: cross-wiki collaboration
- Community Growth/Onboarding and Retention: Hungarian and French Wikipedias
- Community Growth/Personal invitations, coffee and small talk - how regular editathons can increase new user retention
- Community Growth/Retention program in Hungary
- Community Growth/Scribe: Supporting (Under-resourced) Wikipedia Editors in Creating New Articles
- Community Growth/Small grants for great results
- Community Growth/Something small for everyone: quick contribution ideas with Wikidata
- Community Growth/Space Intro
- Community Growth/Submission form
- Community Growth/Technology for growth
- Community Growth/Technology for growth: future of mobile editing
- Community Growth/Technology for growth: tools and experiments from Scribe and CivilServant
- Community Growth/Telugu village project: Fixing a large quality issue and growing community
- Community Growth/Testing tools for Growth: Two case studies with five Wikipedia communities
- Community Growth/The Wiki Guy-I am listening
- Community Growth/Visual editing on mobile: An accessible editor for all
- Community Growth/WMF Growth team: what we know about newcomers and how to nurture them
- Community Growth/Welcome and help: how to keep a community ready for newcomers
- Community Growth/Why not a campaign to donate time rather than money?
- Community Growth/Wiki Women for Women Wellbeing
- Community Growth/Wiki loves Monuments is (should be) more than just a Photo contest
- Community Growth/Wiktionary as Teaching Tool: Case Study
Discussion[edit | edit source]
Questions? Comments? Write them here!
Retention of old users[edit source]
I wonder weather we dont forget for old users and their retention, in the run for newbies. Also old users creates the community and they could have same approch as newbies. If we will not be taking care of old users, who will take care of newbies in the future? Juandev (talk) 20:36, 28 May 2019 (UTC)
- Hi Juandev, thank you for your question and sorry for the late reply. This is definitely an important aspect of Community Growth and we would welcome sessions about this topic as well. --Christine Domgörgen (WMDE) (talk) 07:14, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Missed the boat but...[edit source]
Hi. I just discovered this project, and wondered if I'm in the right place?
I am trying to find volunteer contributors who would be interesting in improving an existing Wikipedia page with a C-class quality rating: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IWG_plc
If here's not the right place, does anyone have any recommendations for where I could seek help? 184.108.40.206 13:58, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
- Hi User:220.127.116.11 -- this is the wiki about Wikimania, the Wikimedia movement's annual conference. If you're interested in working on that article, you are welcome to start editing it yourself by clicking its edit button. If you're looking for collaborators, one place to ask is at WikiProject Corporations, which is a group of editors who like to edit about corporations. Let me know if you need any more help! -- MMiller (WMF) (talk) 02:40, 13 November 2019 (UTC)