|SEE UPDATED PROPOSAL at Grants:IdeaLab/Meetup Page Creation Tool|
What is the problem you're trying to solve?
I spend a significant amount of time categorizing meetup pages at English Wikipedia by year and geographic location. Category:Wikipedia meetups once contained far too many pages and provided no trend indicators (for example, the number of meetups per year or the number of meetups in Hyderabad, India). Curious about the historical number of meetups, I created Category:Wikipedia meetups by year, along with subcategories for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Similarly, I created Category:Wikipedia meetups by country to separate meetup pages based on geographic location. Meetup pages were then sorted into nation subcategories. This is a manual and time-consuming process.
Also, creating a new meetup page is not a user-friendly process, especially for new contributors. Naming conventions and page structure are inconsistent.
What is your solution?
Provide a preload template at WP:Meetup that allows users to easily create meetup pages and automatically categorize them appropriately.
This template could include:
The template would be accessed via a button on the page for a meetup type or campaign (e.g. WP:Meetup, WP:Wiki Loves Libraries, WP:Wiki Loves Pride), so that each version of the template can be customized with different preloaded text to fit the type of meetup.