Grants:IdeaLab/High-profile writers serve as role models for wiki editors

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High-profile writers serve as role models for wiki editors
Enlist well-known female and male writers, journalists, and scientists to tell their stories of why they are a wiki editor.
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created on07:01, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

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

Statistics won't inspire participation, but role models might.

What is your solution?[edit]

Enlist editors who are already prominent in their public image, to serve as role models for other editors. They may already be established editors on Wikipedia, or they may be relatively recent (recruited in part for this purpose).

Share the stories of both women and men, so it's not perceived as a charity project. The aspirational image should be one of equality.

But don't choose this proposal (or any other) just because it sounds good! Test this and other ideas with your intended audience... Grants:IdeaLab/Study the gap with in-depth targeted interviews, not just statistics and crowdsourcing


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  • Perhaps WMF could support some short videos, or perhaps a documentary film? Pengo (talk) 03:08, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
  • As per Pengo, I think short video interviews with high profile editors would be good! Or maybe posters/images that can be used on social media, something like the Get Caught Reading] campaign. Skud (WMF) (talk) 23:52, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Stories are often more persuasive than data. I like this idea to use personal 'testimony', sounds compelling Ocaasi (talk) 00:34, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

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