Diff (blog)

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Learning from others has been the bedrock for development and growth in our movement. Communications is establishing a platform for community storytelling and learning with Diff, a community-focused blog platform. You can find Diff at diff.wikimedia.org. With Diff, we are promoting the sorts of enriching exchanges by welcoming people from every background to build strong and diverse communities, breaking down the barriers for entry to our movement, and focusing our efforts on facilitating collaboration, including from communities that are new to our movement.

Background[edit]

Diff builds on the experiences of the Wikimedia Blog, the Wikimedia Foundation News, and Wikimedia Space, and it offers a combined archive of 3,200 posts from these channels. Diff aims to become a predominantly community-authored platform, in which volunteers can share their stories, learnings, and ideas with each other.

The name of the new community blog is"Diff" – named after the wiki interface for showing the difference between two revisions of a page. Also a nod to "the difference" our communities make in the world every day.

Mission Statement[edit]

Diff enables a predominantly community-authored platform for sharing and learning by and for the Wikimedia movement. Diff has an inviting and simple editorial process to encourage participation from all – especially emerging and under-represented communities. Content can be written and translated into languages to reach a wide audience.

We are using existing off-the-shelf technological solutions and plans for integration with Wikimedia wikis to allow for expansion into common volunteer workflows.

Objectives[edit]

  • Help community members share and learn from on another across geographies, language, and areas-of-interest.
  • Increase the diversity of voices and involvement in community discussions and activities.
  • Provide a wellspring of storytelling opportunities for Comms work from communities and individuals.
  • Welcoming and safe to newcomers. Friendly interface, familiar features, encouraging participation, and a code of conduct.
  • A central place for volunteers to learn about foundation activities, from new products, experiments, consultations, and more.

Audiences[edit]

Diff is internally focused toward community members, affiliates, and projects who want to share their experiences with others and invite those outside their normal channels of activity into their own efforts.

Externally speaking, Diff allows for the movement to share with the rest of the world its breadth and flurry of activity.

Structure[edit]

  • A blog using WordPress VIP hosting where contributors can login with their Wikimedia account to submit drafts.
  • Category-based navigation to highlight strategic interest areas of content
  • An open and minimal editorial process where volunteers and staff can submit blog posts for inclusion in their own voice.

Compliments, comments, and questions[edit]

Please start a new topic on the talk page or email the project team at diff(_AT_)wikimedia.org

Bug reports and feature requests[edit]

Bugs reports and feature requests can be made on Phabricator. Please add the #diff-blog tag when creating new tasks.

Code[edit]

A public repot of the Diff code and configuration can be found on Github.

See also[edit]