Grants talk:IEG/Improve 'Upload to Commons' Android App
I will be traveling from the 11th April to 26th April, so I might not be able to respond to questions in a timely manner during that period. Apologies for the inconvenience. Misaochan (talk) 06:59, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
selfie-pocalypse of 2013Edit
I'm concerned by these two lines:
publicity is needed to inform non-Wikimedians about this app account creation from within the app
The WMF already built a Mobile Media Uploads app aimed at non-editors. It had to be shut down. Editors know about copyright and they upload pictures that are useful for the project. Non-editors didn't. They uploaded massive numbers of selfies and copyvios that had to be researched and deleted. Any images that weren't outright deleted were generally useless. The rate of useful images was so low that it wasn't worth the cost of dredging thought the bad images to find anything worthwhile. Alsee (talk) 13:59, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
- Hi Alsee, thanks for the feedback! I wonder if it would help to educate new users on the Commons upload policies especially pertaining to selfies and copyvios? We already have a short tutorial that pops up the first time someone installs the app - it should be possible to add a page about this. What do you think? Misaochan (talk) 17:25, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
- The reason the Commons app was removed from Google Play is NOT selfies/copyvios. As explained on the mailing list and in the Git commit, "Due to our team being small and our focus being on the Wikipedia app, we don't support this app anymore." was the real reason. By the way, I just checked the 500 latest uploaded pictures, and found only 1 user who had uploaded 6 selfies, and zero obvious copyvio. Sneaky copyvios might have slipped in, but I would argue that sneaky copyvios are probably more common via the website upload: most Android-uploaded pictures have the typical phone camera dimensions and were taken by each user in a particular geographical area showing local festivals/landscapes/objects, so not your usual copyvio. Other than that, 3 pictures that could be described as uninteresting (2 of the sky and 1 of a plant), but the 491 other pictures could realistically be used to illustrate Wikipedia or Wikivoyage articles, in particular a picture of a Member of Parliament, a picture of the newly released Caterpillar truck, and a nice pic of a celebration in Uttar Pradesh. Conclusion: The benefits far outweigh the hassle you describe. Anyway, point taken, educating users would be very useful, and the tutorial explanation suggested by Misaochan sounds great. Cheers! Syced (talk) 09:06, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
This Individual Engagement Grant proposal is under review!
We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for review and scoring. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during this community comments period (through 2 May 2016).
The committee's formal review begins on 3 May 2016, and grants will be announced 17 June 2016. See the round 1 2016 schedule for more details.
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Aggregated feedback from the committee for Improve 'Upload to Commons' Android AppEdit
|(A) Impact potential
|(B) Community engagement
|(C) Ability to execute
|(D) Measures of success
|Additional comments from the Committee:
Thank you for taking the time to read and review my proposal, I greatly appreciate it. :) I hope you will not mind me addressing a few of the concerns here:
- Campaigns: We are open to the prospect of implementing campaigns in the app; a campaigns feature was in the app previously and was removed because there appeared to be no interest in it. If there is strong support for implementing campaigns in the app, and if someone familiar with campaigns is willing to talk to us and provide feedback on our old implementation, we could work on that.
- Duration/time frame: There seem to be three different and potentially conflicting concerns here - could be done in shorter time, might not be doable in the provided time, and unspecified. Either way, if a consensus could be reached I am happy to adjust the durations or task list as needed, do let me know.
- Experience: It is true that I am relatively new to Wikimedia - I was introduced to WM via the Outreachy programme last year and most of my non-code-related contribution consists of photos uploaded to Commons. However, I have developed a few other Android apps, and I believe that I have made significant contributions to this app's source code, as evidenced by the contribution graph. I am also doing my best to learn the WM ropes along the way, through reading/talking to fellow Wikimedians and by working closely with my advisor, who has been a Wikimedian since 2005.
Round 1 2016 decisionEdit
Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for an Individual Engagement Grant.
The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, $7,800
Comments regarding this decision:
The committee is pleased to support the improvement and promotion of the Upload to Commons Android app. We appreciate the coding work you have already done on this project, and we’re glad to fund you in making further advancements to the tool. We recognize the importance of supporting users who interact solely or primarily via mobile phones. The committee especially looks forward to seeing the improvements aimed at guiding new volunteers toward useful contributions.
- You will be contacted to sign a grant agreement and setup a monthly check-in schedule.
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- Use the new buttons on your original proposal to create your project pages.
- Start work on your project!
Let's continue at translatewiki:Thread:Support/Former_WMF_app_now_community-maintained,_where_to_crowdsource_localization?. Nemo 08:34, 18 June 2016 (UTC)
- @Syced:: Marti told me that she would be in touch within the next two weeks with further setup info about the project pages. So I think I should probably wait for that before filling in the timeline - will let you know ASAP. :) AFAIK the IEG is quite flexible, there isn't a strict deadline like Outreachy. Cheers! Misaochan (talk) 03:20, 20 June 2016 (UTC)