List of editor engagement projects
The following is a list of all editor engagement related WikiProjects, collaborations, and individual efforts occurring on different Wikimedia projects. Please feel free to add to, provide translations for, or update this page!
What is this list?
This list includes tests conducted by individual editors, volunteer-led collaborations, and pilot projects led by WMF community fellows that are aimed at finding ways to engage and retain editors on Wikimedia projects. The goal of this list is to provide a space for knowledge-sharing between communities and editors, and to facilitate more collaboration across all parts of the movement.
What this list is not
Not included here are technical features (e.g. the Article Feedback Tool, MoodBar; see mw:New editor engagement and mw:Category:New Editor Engagement), and or the short-term experiments conducted by the Editor engagement experiments (E3) team at WMF.
- Wikipedia:Teahouse – the Teahouse, a peer-to-peer new user mentoring space
- Wikipedia:WikiProject user warnings/Testing – the template A/B testing project
- Wikipedia:Help Project/Community fellowship – a help pages redesign project
- Wikipedia:WikiProject Editor Retention – focused on discussing challenges faced by editors on Wikipedia and finding ways to solve them
Since October 2011, number of editors on fr.wiki have merged some related WikiProjects to form Project:Help and welcome. Currently, their activities include automatically and more friendly welcoming new users, testing out a friendlier newbie forum and revamping help pages and user talk templates. In February 2013, they plan to test a sitenotice aimed at IPs, encouraging them to visit a welcome page that will provide a friendly introduction to Wikipedia.
- See also: English-language summary of current fr.wiki Project Help and welcome activity
- Projet:Aide et accueil (Project:Help and welcome)
- From 1st April to 15th April of 2011 a group of editors run a Campaign using sitenotice to atract new editors (by AnonNotice) and to wikipedian take care of newbies (sitenotice). We used redirects to track how many IP clicked at the banner that was linked to Be bold. We had a problem to random those banners so just 2 of 5 had a good numbers of visits (total:41.000). Banners for registred users had a total of 2172 visits at random and all banners worked. Banners linked to "Café dos novatos."
- Since June 12th another small project taking advantage of doodle at google is trying to engage more readers to start editing. Two banners were tried and none were successful to catch reader's attention to pt:Wikipedia:Introdução.
So far results are reported here. Doodle atract a huge incoming of readers that read a few more links but they don't pay attention to the banner.
- No project
The Russian Wikipedia began experimenting with a new user article-drafting space in 2009. It has since expanded from an individual user's effort to save newbie articles, to a WikiProject with dozens of active Russian Wikipedians monitoring and reviewing hundreds of articles, to its own namespace (Incubator:).
- Incubator for new users' articles
User:Samal - creator of the Incubator
Tamil volunteers ran editor campaigns on Tamil Wikipedia. First, they wrote up short bios of 50+ Tamil Wikipedians who agreed to be featured in the editor campaign. Next, they turned those into banners on the Tamil Wikipedia main page, switching out a banner every two weeks. Along with a picture and bio, the banner featured a short message such as "Do you see a typo? You can fix it by clicking "edit"" and "You can also sign up!"
These messages have been running on ta.wiki for about 2 years, with positive results, so the community added a new sitenotice encouraging new users to write articles, and linking to a landing page that provided simple instructions on editing and article creation and article creation. This sitenotice was run from July 2011 to Feb 2012 and led to a jump in new editors.
Currently, the community is planning a new iteration of this experiment and have taken down the sitenotice to avoid the inevitable banner blindness that is caused by permanent banner campaigns. One negative aspect of the previous iteration of the experiment is that the search snippet in Google may show the site notice for all the articles. This has to be tested as the snippet itself can vary based on the search query.
Both the front page intro and site notice intro are proudly accepted by many users as a form of recognition from the community.
Sister projects (A-Z)
- en:Wikipedia:Editor engagement.
- en:Wikipedia:Editor engagement experiments.
- Wikimedia Report Card. Timeline stats for number of articles, page views, and active wikimedia editors. Another version.
- commons:Category:Wikipedia article counts
- commons:Category:Wikipedia active editor statistics
- commons:Category:Wikipedia page view statistics
- Page Views for Wikimedia, All Projects, All Platforms, Normalized.
- Welcome message delivered by a bot to new users on fr.wiki
- Fr.wiki New user forum
- Fr.wiki help page index
- Fr.wiki template workshop
- Planned campaign to inform/attract new editors
- Toolserver statistics on the Incubator (in Russian)
- Bios of Tamil Wikipedians
- Stats for Tamil Wikipedia courtesy stats.wikimedia.org
- Example of a ta.wiki editor displaying her banner on her userpage