Marathi Wikipedia Workshop in Maharashtra, during the Women Edit-a-thon 2017
- Verena Lindner (WMDE)
- Marshall Miller (WMF)
- Bence Damokos
- Christine Domgörgen (WMDE)
- Jonathan Morgan (WMF)
- Benoît Evellin (WMF)
- Sailesh Patnaik
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.
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:
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?
Even if you are not submitting a proposal, please feel free to ask inspire others by listing an idea below.
It is important that the Community Growth space helps people hear perspectives from as many communities as possible. Therefore, we prefer sessions that are participatory, interactive, promote conversations, and give a voice to parts of our movement that are heard less often. Proposals should specify the prospective format which works best for the topic. The organizers of the community growth space are happy to help if submitters feel unsure about their capabilities for the different formats. The submission form contains a section where the favoured kind of assistance can be indicated.
- Roundtable discussion: facilitated discussion among all session participants around a central topic
- Panel discussion: facilitated discussion among a small group of experts, with audience Q&A interspersed
- Lightning talk: a set of short (5 minute) talks from multiple presenters
- Working session: workshop-style collaborative session that involves all participants in a shared activity or collaborative development of a shared artifact
- Teaching session: course-style interactive session focused on teaching participants a method or technique
- Conference presentation: formal presentation of research or an experience report with Q&A
Posters are also a good way to introduce a topic, or show some results of an action. Please consider to submit one!
- ↑ https://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfaker/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline/halfaker13rise-preprint.pdf
Submissions are now closed, as of June 10, 2019. Please contact the organizers on the talk page with any questions.
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)