Welcome to IdeaLab
Hey folks, welcome to the community space for IdeaLab on Connect. I'm Jethro, and I maintain IdeaLab (and the Inspire Campaigns associated with them). You are welcome to use this space to:
- introduce yourself,
- ask questions about IdeaLab,
- seek others to help build and implement new ideas for Wikimedia projects, or
- offer advice or guidance to others with questions about how to develop and idea for our projects and implement it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do Wikimedia Foundation staff do?
Staff are here to check out ideas that have been submitted as grant proposals. Some WMF collaborators also endorse, help out with Ideas, or create their own from time to time. WMF collaborators may also serve as advisors on ideas projects.
I need help with my idea. Can I ask for help from Wikimedia Foundation staff?
It depends. General questions about IdeaLab and how to use it are always welcome here on Connect, or you can contact I JethroBT (WMF) who maintains this space.
For direct involvement and review of your project, while staff occasionally endorse or assist individual ideas, we're not as active or available as other members of the IdeaLab community. Staff will get involved with your idea once it has moved into the grant proposal stage.
If you have an idea that does not need funding, staff may be able to provide advising support to provide some guidance on how you might consider implement your idea. The good news is that IdeaLab is full of skilled Wikimedians from all around the world looking to engage with others. Meet them here.
I'm excited about my idea and want to develop it. Where do I go from here?
After you start developing your idea, it's a good idea to get some support from the IdeaLab community. Volunteers, endorsements, and discussion within the community can help make your idea happen, and is also a factor when making funding decisions for Wikimedia Foundation grants. You can also find potential volunteers for your idea here.
Some ideas are about changing project policies or guidelines. In many projects, this is achieved through discussion, often through a process called Requests for Comments. You can learn about Requests for Comments from the community here.
What type of Grant is right for me?
Some ideas in IdeaLab can be expanded into either Rapid or Project Grants. You can use the "Expand your idea" section at the bottom of each idea page, but make sure to read the guidelines and criteria for Rapid or Project Grants first. It's also a good idea to look at previous grant proposals for inspiration and examples.
Are there any tools to help me plan and implement my Idea?
Yes! Phabricator is a great tool to manage tasks and coordinate support with your idea, especially if it is related to a feature request, software development, or tool building. See this page to get started.
Hi, I'm Carl a Wikipedia Projects Contributors and I wish I would help you by proposals about the implementation and the sharing of knowledge by Wikimedia in my country. I disposed to help you everytime. Carl Zona (talk) 07:49, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Members at a Glance
Need some help with your Idea?
Here, you can view IdeaLab members who share interests in certain types of projects, or who have relevant experience to your idea. If you'd like other IdeaLab members to be able to find your name here, then add your profile to one of the categories listed below, which are organized by interest and experience:
- IdeaLab members interested in gender gap projects
- IdeaLab members interested in global south projects
- IdeaLab members with community organizing experience
- IdeaLab members with design experience
- IdeaLab members with programming experience
- IdeaLab members with project management experience
- IdeaLab members with research experience
Hello! My name is Sbonelo Mhlongo, I am a South African college professor and blogger. I have been editing Wikipedia English for a short space of time. I am still an apprentice and I seek to become better as time goes by. I am mostly interested in South African Biographies as I think they are not celebrated enough on the internet.
I am a Software Engineer and a Wikimedian from Nigeria. I have over 7 years experience of voluntary building developer and tech communities from Google to Facebook, Wordpress and Wikimedia group in Nigeria. My major role includes striking partnership deals with incubators around town so we won't pay for meetup spaces and canvasing for gender balance within the tech space in Africa.
Designing, creating, writing, shooting, storytelling, like no one else. I volunteer to improve Igbo language content via Igbo Wikimedians User Group.
Hi, I'm Justice! I am a Digital Strategist, Photographer and a part time blogger. I volunteer for Wikimedia Ghana User Group as the social media lead.
I'm a 21 year old Wikimedia community builder at the University of Ilorin. Coding since 14, I am passionate about open knowledge and idea design. I do branding graphics, shirt printing, animation, social media management, web development. I make Wikimedia better because it first did the same to me.
Hey folks! I'm a free software & free culture enthusiast. I'm advocating for free sharing of the knowledge in the DRCongo. I also promote Kiwix software to allow everybody to access the world knowledge. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me to talk about free sharing of knowledge, be it coding or not
Hi everyone. I love the idea of helping people acquire knowledge for free. I would like Wikipedia to be as error free as possible and for everyone in the world to contribute even if it just one piece of information that they might know. I am based in South Africa. I have been actively contributing to Wikipedia for the last few years. Any questions please don't hesitate to leave them on my talk page