Grants talk:Project/Rapid/DhanalakshmiKT/Editathons to bridge gender gap in Kannada Tulu Konkani Wikipedias/Report

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Report accepted[edit]

Hi, Dhanalakshmi .K. T, thank you for submitting this final report and your expense documentation. I have reviewed and accepted both. Congratulations, this grant is now complete!

  • We are happy to hear that your project was so successful! Thank you for budgeting judiciously so that you could have enough funds to conduct an extra edit-a-thon and a meetup. It sounds like there was enough interest to warrant these additional events, and it is exciting to see that the community is responding so enthusiastically to your efforts.
Thank you very much for your appreciations. Kind words like this are the much needed motivational factors for volunteers like me.--Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 18
07, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

  • It's exciting to hear, too, that you have been able to keep some new editors engaged since the edit-a-thons and that there is demand for follow-up events. You planned to engage people through email and social media; has that been effective or have you found that people are taking initiative on their own to keep editing?
Yes, we created Facebook and Whatsapp groups. These are quite effective, especially Whatsapp groups. Keeping in touch regularly through these groups keeps their motivation alive.--Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 18
07, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

  • Do you think any of the editors you trained through this project could potentially carry forward efforts to bridge the gender gap in their respective communities? Or do you anticipate needing to return to the communities to sustain these efforts?
Yes. We found some persons who are self motivated and can carry forward the activities. But they need more training. But their number is very small. Organising editathons and providing advanced trainings to the same group will definitely help in motivating the group as well as generating some new torch bearers. People need constant support and motivation to retain their interest. There should be continuous events for this. Because, it has been observed that, participants will be very active during editatons, they contribute more and contribution starts decreasing after some time.--Dhanalakshmi .K. T (talk) 18
07, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Thank you again for all the hard work you put into this grant and for sharing what you learned with WMF and the community.

Warmly, LSmith (WMF) (talk) 23:04, 20 March 2019 (UTC)[]