Opening panel from the Community Growth space
- 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?
- ↑ https://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfaker/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline/halfaker13rise-preprint.pdf
|| Juristernas hus
||Campaigning for growth: WikiFundi, Women in Red and Caucasian collaboration|
Florence Devouard, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, Mehman Ibragimov and Oleg Abarnikov
||Onboarding and Retention: Hungarian and French Wikipedias|
||Encouraging the spirit of new editors - A structured approach to mapping onboarding efforts|
Christine Domgörgen, Verena Lindner
||Technology for Growth: future of mobile editing
Olga Vasileva, Alex Hollender, Jess Klein, Ed Sanders, Peter Pelberg
||Technology for growth: tools and experiments from Scribe and CivilServant
Lucie-Aimée Kaffee, Hady Elsahar, Nathan Matias, Julia Kamin, Max Klein
||Lightning talks: growth ideas to take home|
||Please join the Poster session in the Allhuset.
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)