Grants:PEG/Shipmaster - Community of Arabic Wikipedia/Producer Prize-2015/Report

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Project status[edit]

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?
Is your project completed?


Producer prize is a half-annual prize which is awarded to the participants who made significant contributions to one or more of the Arabic Wikimedia projects during each round.

Lessons learned[edit]

What worked well?
  • Running mid-term competitions can help retaining editors
  • Offering monetary prizes can motivate users to generate new and high quality content
  • Managing the contest required only minimal amount of time of a small team of volunteers.
What didn't work?
Sending Money (and goods in case the winner decided they want something bought with the prize money) was a challenge as some countries have access to limited options for transferring the prize.
What would you do differently if you planned a similar project?
We completely eliminated Western Union as an option and replaced it with Moneygram as it was somewhat easier and more predictable. We would also eliminate the option to buy goods with the prize as it proved a logistic challenge.

Learning patterns[edit]

Outcomes and impact[edit]


Provide the original project goal here.
Producer prize aimed to :
  • Contribute to a better quality and quantity Arabic contents on the Internet within the scope of Wikimedia projects.
  • Provide monetary prizes to users in order to enable them continue their on-wiki activities.
  • Promote the spirit of competition among the participants.
Did you achieve your project goal? How do you know your goal was achieved? Please answer in 1 - 2 short paragraphs.
  • Most of the goals were achieved by creating large amount of new contents and contributing to boosting the quality of existing articles by the participants.
  • Most of the participants in the contest showed high commitment during the contest period of six months, and many of them continued contributing to the Arabic Wikipedia after the end of the contest, and became prolific editors to the project.

Progress towards targets and goals[edit]

Project Metrics[edit]

See Global Metrics.

Global Metrics[edit]

We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the Global Metrics. We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" where necessary.

  1. Next to each required metric, list the actual outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for an edit-a-thon which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 36 note : total active editor participation over two halves/rounds
2. # of new editors 7 note : total new editor participation over two halves/rounds
3. # of individuals involved 50 approx. number of active editors + jury over two halves/rounds
4a. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages N/A
4b. # of new images/media uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (Optional) 3,612 note : self-reported by participants
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 2,117 note : self-reported by participants
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects N/A
Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
A lot of the contributors are returning contributors, most of them had their goals planned out before the contest began (they did not just go about their regular editing work and record it). Some others have actually talked about forming teams for the next rounds of the contest.


What impact did this project have on WMF's mission and the strategic priorities?

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

  • This project resulted in an increase of engagement level among participants, evaluation committee, and organizers.
  • This project motivated participants in pursue their pre-set goals by providing them with an incentive.
  • This project contributed to the increase of participation on the Arabic Wikipedia, which most of its editors are either located in developing countries, or they edit articles to readers in developing countries.
  • The contest contributed to the increase of quality of content, where each participant set a minimum size limit for newly created articles, and many participants contributed a large amount of their time to maintenance work and expanding existing articles.

Reporting and documentation of expenditures[edit]

This section describes the grant's use of funds


Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".


Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here.
  • 1st round - 1st prize (split) : $500 (250/250) + $30 (20/10) Transfer Fees
  • 1st round - 2nd prize : $250 + $10 Transfer Fees
  • 1st round - 3rd prize : $100 + $12 Transfer Fees
  • 2nd round - 1st prize (split) : $500 (250/250) + $30 (20/10) Transfer Fees
  • 2nd round - 2nd prize : $250 + $10 Transfer Fees
  • 2nd round - 3rd prize : $100 + $10 Transfer Fees
  • Total = $1802.

Total project budget (from your approved grant submission)
Total amount requested from WMF (from your approved grant submission, this total will be the same as the total project budget if PEG is your only funding source)
Total amount spent on this project
Total amount of Project and Event grant funds spent on this project
Are there additional sources that funded any part of this project? List them here.

Remaining funds[edit]

Are there any grant funds remaining?
Answer YES or NO.
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No funds remaining