Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Sources/Wikimedia Levant's meeting

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Name of group Wikimedians of the Levant
Virtual location Amman, Jordan (offline), and a Skype conference (online)
Location type Physical and a Skype conference
# of participants in this discussion 11
  • The meeting was held in joint between an in-person group based in Jordan and an online group connecting through Skype (laptops and phones were used during the in-person meetup in order to keep the track with people on Skype).
  • The Strategy discussion was one of the main 3 agendas of the meeting, it took about an hour of the total time.
  • The points discussed might not have been focused well enough. Several attempts were made by some members to reorientate the discussion unsuccessfully.

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Summary for the discussion:

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1 One of the primary issues for us right now is language and grammar. Wikipedia's content is growing drastically, but little is being done to maintain its quality. The most effective approach to deal with this would be to hire language specialists to revise Wikipedia articles. Hiring, grammar
2 Hiring does not work. Abu Ghazaleh, a Jordanian businessman, have previously tried to hire paid writers to create a site which would compete with Wikipedia, and failed miserably. Hiring
3 It is also quite costly, a single page might be charged for as much as forty to fifty dollars. Spending
4 It might be a good idea because of the massive amount of low quality content being produced by Education Program's students, as they make very long but poorly written articles. Wikipedia Education Program
5 In Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, some new financial resources where proposed and discussed. They might help to fund such a project. Berlin, funding
6 A possible solution would be to develop automatic grammar correction software. We could use the help of one being made by some Jordanian university students. Software
7 The AutowikiBrowser also offers the feature if grammar-check, but in a much machine like ineffective manner. AutoWikiBrowser
8 We might be able to use the help of the Education Program to deal with this, by cooperating with language departments in the active universities. Wikipedia Education Program
9 In that case, each professor involved in the Program should also be in charge of revising articles created by their students and making sure they are well written. Wikipedia Education Program
10 Science related articles should be a focus of language revising, since their content is of high importance but could be misunderstood because of language. Science
11 We could make groups specialized in revising articles according to their subject, so they get rewritten by able hands. Review
12 People in charge of reviewing Wikipedia articles should be trustworthy, as in language specialists or academic researchers. Academics
13 Since we do not ask for particularly trusted people to create Wikipedia's content, we should not need such people to review it. Content, review, volunteering
14 Wikipedia's trust is gained by the large number of people who participate in building it, rather than their individual knowledge or expertise. Content, review, volunteering
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