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Brainstorming about Wikipedia’s diversity

A large group of people from all over the world gathered in Berlin to find ways to improve our diversity. It was a busy schedule (my workshop is the second one from the bottom in the middle). Recently I was able to participate in the Wikimedia Diversity Conference in Berlin…

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What we learned from the English Wikipedia new editor pilot in the Philippines

English Wikipedia’s contributors are scattered across the globe, and this diversity of geographic representation gives us hope that we’ll someday fully realize our vision of making the sum of all human knowledge available to everyone. People from some regions are editing the encyclopedia more than others, however. The majority of…

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Try the new login and account creation on Wikimedia projects

An account creation and login process that is simple and pleasurable to use is a must-have for engaging more contributors to Wikimedia projects. On just Wikipedia’s English-language version, more than 3,000 people sign up for an account on an average day. These interfaces are often the first time a new…

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Wikimedia Sverige hosts first fashion editathon

Friday, the 22nd of March, was a different and exciting day at work as Wikimedia Sverige had its biggest edit-a-thon to date – with 47 participants! Also the participants and the topic of the event were something that we unfortunately don’t always connect to Wikipedia: that is, women and fashion. Wikipedia,…

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Wikipedia Teahouse Celebrates its First Birthday

Teahouse was launched on Wikipedia one year ago, with the hope that building a warm and friendly community space for new editors to connect with experienced Wikipedians might help decrease Wikipedia’s gender gap. The goal was to measure the impact of a many-to-many support system targeted at newbies. Would inviting newcomers…

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Mobile Beta: a sandbox for new experimental features

In the fall of 2012, the Wikimedia Foundation’s mobile team released a new interface to Wikimedia mobile sites, adding a navigation layer that allows for easy opting-in to our experimental Beta site. We created the Beta site as a prototyping area to house early work on features that could help us…

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Literature contest on Hungarian Wikipedia a success

After six weeks of fierce competition, the Hungarian literature article writing competition came to an end with 47 editors creating 127 new articles on writers, their works and other literature-related topics. The top contestants received prizes including an Amazon Kindle, gift vouchers and Wikipedia hoodies at the combined Wikipedian meetup and 4th birthday celebration…

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Coaching new Wikipedia editors by email

Workflow of the Taghreedat-Wikipedia editor project Within the scope of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Editor Growth and Contribution Program, the Taghreedat[1]-Wikipedia Editors project was piloted on the Arabic Wikipedia over four months between 1st June and 30th September 2012. The key idea was to attract new editors from among the followers…

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Improving dispute resolution processes on Wikipedia

In any large volunteer community, dispute resolution is a vital service that helps alleviate contentious issues and problematic behavior. On Wikipedia, where volunteer editors have made the online encyclopedia the success it is, resolving disputes is essential for maintaining a supportive space to continue writing and collaborating. Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)…

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Pilot project on Arabic Wikipedia helps move the needle on editor growth

Snapshot of the Contribution Portal main page (Arabic) Within the Wikimedia Foundation’s Editor Growth and Contribution Program, the first phase of a new contribution portal project was piloted on the Arabic Wikipedia over four weeks between 18th June and 17th July 2012. According to a preliminary analysis, it appears to…

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