Grants talk:Project/CEE Spring User Group/CEE Spring 2020
In my work on Campaigns, I generally find this campaign really important as a model for the movement and a place where the CEE community learns different practices and tactics for campaign design and distribution. Its an important community building tool and
However, I have noticed that several things make the campaign tactics hard to replicate, and may be putting limits on the impact of the campaign:
- More focus on newcomers?: most of the national campaigns have rules that include allowing folks to expand articles from the list (which is great for new contributors -- who are often intimidated or run into community issues by doing things from scratch), and retention of new contributors who participated in the campaign is high in the campaign, but I don't see encouragement of newcomers folks -- by most of the rules focus on most points -- which means that new editors are very unlikely to receive an award. Is there any way that we could encourage newcomer focused awards as well?
- Communications/Central notice strategy? -- Facebook seems to be a very successful tool for this community -- and that is great, but also means it probably includes a lot of newcomers, which may or may not be incentivized by the current model (see above). Also, I am not seeing a budget for Facebook ads -- which are very effective at inviting folks into this kind of stuff. On a related note, Central Notice has been historically one of the most successful tools for encouraging participation in Campaigns from readers and signed in users -- but in the 2019 Central Notice documentation, it was not coordinated centrally. What is the strategy for international communications? Do you want to grow the reach of the communications on this campaign?
- Wiki-data driven list is highly customized and hard to localize/replicate -- I tried using a version of the CEETable for WikiForHumanRights and had to dive into a lot of lua code. How does this effect the local communities in their use of the Wikidata topics, especially since the campaign is so decentralized? Have you considered trying to use the wikidata:Property:P5008, P5008 property so that you can generate. This is probably not something to address this year, but it would be awesome to talk with the organizers after the campaign, and talk through the tactics on this.
- Hello, Alex, I will try to respond to the newcomer issue first. We do rely a lot on local organizers, besause they know their community best — it would be hard for someone from Austria to understand the needs of Georgian community. However, we have put a lot of effort into best practices sharing both online and on conferences (CEE meetups during these can take hours). To add my own local context (besides being on international team, I also organize contest on Latvian Wikipedia), we do have multiple prize categories (last year we had 7), some of them specially targetting new users. --Papuass (talk) 21:41, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
- @Papuass: I understand: have you thought about documenting which campaign newcomer approaches work well? If not I can help. Also, in general, I am totally for localizing campaigns to make them work in context, its actually something that we learn again and again around Wikipedia editing contests: they are going to be localized, so you need to embrace that diversity. However, a couple months ago, I also did a quick analysis of the CEE results from the last few years: your reported newcomer retention is comparatively high when compared to other writing contests and campaigns -- it seems like a strength that could be built on especially as you already have a facebook strategy, already are funding local affiliates for prizes (but not comms per my comment above)-- providing guidelines and support for ramping up more newcomer recruitment and rewards might be an interesting next step if that is what the communities want. Also, especially as the mw:Growth team features start rolling out on more wikis in the next year or so, this campaign might be a good incentive for the local communities to translate and localize them. This is mostly me thinking out loud, and I realize that you are fairly far down the planning cycle for this year-- but its worth thinking about. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 14:33, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
Eligibility confirmed, Round 1 2020Edit
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