Grants:IdeaLab/Get inspired by the Stack Overflow community gamification to strengthen Wikipedia contributing community

Get inspired by the Stack Overflow community gamification to strengthen Wikipedia contributing community
Stack Overflow has an impressive track record at developing gamification tools that motivate contributors with points and badges. Let's do the same on Wikipedia? This will help the Wikipedia community know itself better (who is doing what, who is good at what), create healthy cooperation incentive, etc.
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created on07:05, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

Project idea edit

What Wikimedia project(s) and specific areas will you be evaluating? edit

Is this project measuring a specific space on a project (e.g. deletion discussions), or the project as a whole?
The project as whole. The idea is that each contributor gets evaluated in details for any action on the platform.

Describe your idea. How might it be implemented? edit

Provide details about the method or process of how you will evaluate your community or collect data. Does your idea involve private or personally identifying information? Take a look at the Privacy Policy for Wikimedia’s guidelines in this area.
1) Get inspired by Stack Overflow -- Write equivalent specifications for Wikipedia 2) Implement on the Wikimedia platform 3) Beta-test with volunteer contributors 4) Loop back...

Are there experienced Wikimedians who can help implement this project? edit

If applicable, please list groups or usernames of individuals who you can work with on this project, and what kind of work they will do.
Unfortunately, no idea...

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed? edit

If usage statistics ramps up (more contributions, more meaningful contributions) then it will be a success.

How would your measurement idea help your community make better decisions? edit

After you are finished measuring or evaluating your Wikimedia project, how do you expect that information to be used to benefit the project?
By identifying motivated contributors, their strength, etc., this will help the community cooperate better.

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need? edit

Do you need people with specific skills to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? If you can’t implement this project, can you scale down your project so it is doable?
No time and no programming skills for this. But I can help with specifications and testing...

Get Involved edit

About the idea creator edit

Sustainability Innovation Consultant. I have contributed to many Wikipedia articles.

Participants edit

  • Volunteer Interesting idea to explore Cirdan (talk) 16:44, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

Endorsements edit

  • I quit editing Wikipedia for several years due to burn-out from dealing with disagreeable users, and contributed to Stack Exchange sites, instead.
    On WP, the only times you ever interact with other users are negative: reverts, arguing, disputes, wikilawyering, etc. It hurts morale and leads people to leave in exhaustion.
    On SE, you mostly interact with other users in positive ways, by voting up their questions and answers, and every time you visit, you see your reputation increase from all the users who have found your content helpful. It's very good for morale and reminding you that your work is appreciated.
    The "Thanks" feature that's been added to Wikipedia is a step in the right direction, and I've been trying to use it, but there is room for more. — Omegatron (talk) 17:59, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

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Would a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation help make your idea happen? You can expand this idea into a grant proposal.

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No funding needed? edit

Does your idea not require funding, but you're not sure about what to do next? Not sure how to start a proposal on your local project that needs consensus? Contact Chris Schilling on-wiki at I JethroBT (WMF) (talk · contribs) or via e-mail at cschilling for help!