Grants talk:Project/Rapid/Wiki Universitarios + Wiki UANL + Wiki FaPsiUANL 2020
Comments from WMF
Hello BrendaPadilla3, thank you for submitting this rapid grant application. We have reviewed it and left a few questions and comments regarding your application:
- As we noted in our response to the final report from this year’s grant, we cannot allow grant funds to be used to compensate the event organizers, even with gift cards. Please remove this item from your budget. If you would like to use the gift cards as prizes for edit-a-thon contributors instead, you are welcome to make that adjustment.
- Given that there is not an experienced Wiki editor at ULSA, how did that university come to be chosen as one of the participants for this year? Are you confident that there are enough enthusiastic students and staff to make the event a success?
- You mentioned in the application that coordination might be a challenge this year, with two new participating universities. What strategies have you considered to make coordination easier?
Reply to comments
Hello WJifar (WMF). Thank you for your comments. I will try my best to address them:
- Yes. In the description of activities, we have included that "during the editathon sessions we will have mini-contests for people that do the most edits (a prize per session)". I confirm that event organisers will not participate in these contests. I have clarified this in the description of the activities and also in the budget.
- I have a very good friend who works at ULSA, and she has support from the academic coordinator. I have collaborated with her students in the past (but not in Wikimedia-related activities). I am confident that she will make things happen. Ideally, we will find the funds to get an experienced someone from UANL over there to provide support face to face during the editathons (and hopefully to give a talk on open knowledge and Wikipedia). If this is not possible, UANL and UDV will offer support online. I will personally try to help my friend as much as possible so she can manage during the day(s). Fortunately, we do have enough time to adapt our plan.
- The first strategy is the early planning. We have enough time to sort everything before the events. Also, the people who are coordinating at ULSA and UDG are my close friends. We might find challenges, but we trust each other enough to talk openly about everything. The previous experiences I've had organising editathons are very helpful. I will share tips and lessons learned with them. For example, now I know that it is better to have a relaxed environment, where people can socialise and enjoy themselves as they contribute (as opposed to a very formal, serious environment). I know that several shorter editathons (about 2 hours) are more efficient than a single longer session (it's easier to train everyone at once on how to edit). I can list the benefits of editathons to respond to potential criticisms. I can warn them about this. I'm a bit worried about the mini-contests, as this would be the first time we run them. But we have enough time to make some tests.
Thank you so much, WJifar (WMF)! This is great news! Your support is greatly appreciated! :)
Request: New effective date to start incurring grant funds
Hi. Would it be possible to change the effective date to start incurring grant funds for the 15th of January? This would enable us to buy a cheap flight if we can find one. Many thanks!