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101 ways to contribute to Wikimedia

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This is a page to co-ordinate a proposed project to create appealing invitations (calls to action) to contribute in specific ways to Wikimedia, beyond the "default" (and itself implicit) "write articles on Wikipedia".

The idea is spelled out in these slides by Asaf Bartov:

101 Ways to Contribute to Wikimedia

Main landing page[edit]

A section to discuss designs and ideas for the "landing page" for "101 ways to contribute to Wikimedia".

A quick initial list of issues to consider:

  • keep it brief
  • make it easy to translate (avoid idioms and language-specific wikijargon)
  • make it appealing
  • make it easy to self-direct towards the avenues of contribution most relevant for the reader (e.g. make it easy for non-programmers to exclude tasks requiring programming)

The main "101" list[edit]

Each activity type here should link to a sub-page for developing documentation for that activity type. For each, we should have:

  • A brief text description
  • A brief video tutorial demonstrating UI and method.
  • Clear expression of pre-requisites ("programming ability", "access to a library", "ability with graphics software", etc.)
  • A designated path to mentorship (usernames, a talk page, real-time chat) for that specific task
  • ...?

The list[edit]

# Task brief description for newbies venue of contribution video tutorial script (link) skills needed path to mentorship (link[s])
General tasks (on all projects)
Correcting spelling and grammar
Facilitate a meetup / talk (not necessarily as speaker!)
Investigate copyright violations
Teach anything using Wikimedia resources
Wikipedia (...)
Expanding an existing article on Wikipedia
Adding useful inline wikilinks or See also links
Improving categorization on Wikipedia
Reading an article and leaving feedback on the talk page
Adding a citation for a fact (e.g. [[m:1lib1ref]])
Translating an article from/into another language
Add maps to illustrate articles
Integrate media into Wikipedia articles
Fix dead links
Offer an opinion in content disputes
Mediate in disputes
Teach a How to make the most of Wikipedia class
Help reviewing articles in Draft or sandboxes
Wikimedia Commons (image repository)
Creating an illustration for an article
Restoring, cleaning up, or cropping a photograph
Help reach out to subject-matter experts
Upload photography to Commons
Categorize images on Commons
Add structured data claims on images on Commons
Import images to Commons for other people (mass upload/personal collections/GLAMs/etc)
Nominate or judge valued/quality images on Commons
Organize a photo walk event
Help the teams organizing Wiki Loves X events
Wikisource (...)
Proofread a page on Wikisource
Scan old books for Wikisource
MediaWiki (software development)
Help fixing out software on Phabricator
Create a partnership between the community and an institution
Develop a software tool (bot etc.)
Report bugs
Reproduce reported bugs

101. Write a new article on Wikipedia

Interested in helping?[edit]

If you're interested in helping out, please don't just sign your name below! Instead, sign your name and say something about what you would like to actively help with.

  1. I'm interested in project coordination, international communication, volunteer recruitment -- Asaf (WMF) (talk) 12:26, 1 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  2. I can help with video. Ainali talkcontributions 10:20, 3 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  3. I can dissect and describe workflows, step by step. Ciell (talk) 10:20, 3 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  4. --TohaomgTohaomg (talk) 10:21, 3 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Braveheart (talk) 10:36, 3 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  6. I can help with document preperation and testing things locally.Basak (talk) 12:38, 3 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  7. I interested in popularization of the sister projects and out-editing ways of contribution. --Kharkivian (talk) 10:41, 13 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  8. I am interested in testing it locally in my outreach and retention activities and contributing back to the concept --Pavan Santhosh Surampudi (talk) 13:40, 7 August 2023 (UTC)[reply]

See also[edit]