The editing contest is organized as the name suggests at the beginning of the spring in the Northern Hemisphere (and thereby in the CEE region) from 21st of March until 31st of May. The first edition of the contest took place in 2015.
Organization of the CEE Spring is run by an International team, volunteers from various countries, and local coordinators/organizers per community. Local coordinators prepare an editing contest on their home wikis, which can run during the above mentioned time frame (21.03.-31.05.). The duration of the contest is not strictly defined; thus local contests can last shorter, like for example one month.
在當代，中東歐地區經歷了數次令人遺憾的春季，導致了許多誤解、衝突、以及失望（例如：發生在1996年4月的替換亞歷山大·杜布切克用以扭轉 布拉格之春，卻惡化了1988年春天的納戈爾諾-卡拉巴赫衝突、1992年3月加劇了聶斯特里亞衝突、1992年4月塞拉耶佛圍城戰役的起始點、以及最近的2014之春，它標記了頓巴斯戰爭的起始點）。從另一個角度來看，這個區域的維基媒體人定義了一個相反的目標 - 重新建立一個春季，把他們全部結合起來。
-243 days to 2023年維基媒體中東歐之春
The main objective of CEE Spring is to increase the number of articles written about other countries in the CEE region, but at the same time to improve the quality of existing articles.
During the editing contest, participants are expected to:
- create new articles and improve existing ones; as inspiration for writing new articles, article lists exist for every CEE community that mostly have English Wikipedia entries that can be used as a template
- add credible external links to articles; and
- add images to articles to make them more vivid.
Prior to the editing contest, local coordinators have to prepare the following:
- create separate project pages for CEE Spring and their separate editing contest on their home wiki;
- discuss the rules of the contest with their community and afterwards publish this on the main page for CEE Spring (Rules);
- define a list of around 100 articles about their country, region or language, which can be distributed in ten per possible categories (such as Geography, History, Economics, Agriculture, Science, Society, etc.). Article lists can be provided directly from the local coordinator or through a discussion page on the respective home wikis with the help from the respective communities, especially when the content of the article list is disputed;
- inform the community and active editors about upcoming CEE Spring on their home wiki; and
- Optional: organize a jury from other volunteers in the movement, who will not take part in the contest. Examples for various rules for local contests can be found here (Rules).
During the editing contest, local coordinators are asked to:
- make sure that all participating articles on their own wiki have the CEE Spring template (Template:CEE Spring 2023) with parameters for username, topic and country, which is needed to acquire proper statistics about the local contest; and
- promote the contest and give additional information about the contest through sitenotice, social media, blogs, or other ways.
Example site notice
Below you can find example of the site notice, that you can use on your home wiki. Additionally, you can find other examples for site notice.
As local coordinators create separate editing contests on their home wiki, they usually determine the prize funds for most active participants. Every CEE community receives prize money, including in their annual plans, or through general CEE Spring grant. Participants are then given prizes, depending on their achievements both in quality and quantity of articles, determined by a jury of volunteer community members.