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Female Wikipedia readers and fiction
Find out what female readers interested in fiction would like to find on Wikipedia, encourage them to become editors, create a group feeling that will attract more women in the long run
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created on11:24, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

We know too little about what female readers of fiction would like to find on Wikipedia

What is your solution?[edit]

Benefit from an inclination to reading as an obvious activity of users coming to Wikipedia (where they find lots of words to start with).

Focus on a likely interest in reading also other things, e.g., fiction. Try to attract attention from the high-percentage group of female users in reading forums and make Wikipedia more similar to such forums in at least one aspect.

Step one: reply button. Address women in particular and place button

  • in articles about female writers and
  • in entries about books written by these authors

to find out more about what female readers like finding and what they may be missing in this case.

Next step: Link this button to a group of users who share the same interests and invite them to start collaborating, if preferable in personal contact with a more experienced colleague, so they can themselves add what they found was missing.

Maybe start with feminist/queer authors because it is less likely that sexism-against-women inclined users seek out these articles actively.


  • Win new readers who are interested in commenting on Wikipedia content
  • Win new editors who are interestd in listening to what readers want and write articles accordingly
  • A team feeling about which to spread the word because it may attract more women editors in the long run
  • Run a successful project with this community's subgroup so it can be adapted for the aims of other subgroups

Get Involved[edit]


  • Researcher I search and want to find ideas to realize the first step (maybe with the help of technicians?). FCT Berlin=>?! • 17:50, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Project manager Help the project reach its goals, e.g., by a friendly atmosphere in the project group and by good management of resources, including time C.Koltzenburg (talk) 21:59, 27 March 2015 (UTC)


  • I often read Wikipedia AND fiction - I find the idea very good, to compose this themes. FCT Berlin=>?! • 17:48, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

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