When you visit most wikis years after years, you will see the same user names. Where are newcomers?
Our wikis are not optimal when you start to contribute (if you think they are, you should definitely attend). In 2011, French Wikipedia decided to make some efforts about newcomers, to ease their first steps:
rewriting help contents and documentation
privileging tools that are easier to use for newcomers
providing a central safe place for newcomers
redesigning the mentorship system and the welcome message
providing on-line classes and in-person workshops
more and more!
During this talk, you will discover the different efforts led by the French community since years to welcome newcomers and reduce the barriers they face. The talk will be about tools and methods used to know what newcomers need, that are both freely reusable. We will also discuss about the community changes (so as pain-points and blockers) that followed those efforts to make French Wikipedia a better place for newcomers.
Overall a long journey, but that worth the change.
Those changes have made our wiki a place with a better infrastructure (goal 9). We have been working on reducing inequalities (goal 10) by lowering barriers to make successful edits, looking for a more sustainable community with newcomers joining the existing community (goal 11).
We also hope that those efforts help to reduce gender equality (goal 5) by providing a better way to get on-boarded, and, by creating better help pages, we have been working on quality education (goal 4).
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
The organisers of the community growth space wish to provide any necessary support to presenters and participants that they may need and also wish to have an active role in shaping the content of the space to maximise the benefit of all attendees. Please let us know if you would appreciate any help, and if you consent to constructive suggestions from the organiser team that would allow the largest amount of people to share and benefit from each other's contributions.
I would be interested in receiving help in shaping my submission: NO.
I consent to the organisers of the space contacting me to discuss alternative ways to present my knowledge (for example, merging two proposals into a common presentation, a panel debate instead of a lightning talk, etc.), or ways to modify and improve my proposal (for example by ensuring a gender diversity on panels) : YES
If my proposal is not selected for a presentation, I would be interested in presenting my proposal in the form of a poster in the Community Growth space: NO
I consent to my proposal being proposed to organisers of other spaces if it would be a good cross-over topic or if it fits better into the other space's scope: YES
Note: I'm submitting this proposal as a volunteer. Since I'm one of the co-leaders of the Growth space in my professional capacity, so I'll abstain when the decision to have or not have this presentation will be taken.