Tremendous Wiktionary User Group/Annual Report 2017
Report of the Tremendous Wiktionary User Group for the first year: September 2016 to September 2017.
Starting during Wikimania 2016, it went recognized on September 26. After a year it reaches 42 affiliates. Short term objectives for the first year were to unite the communities, to set up a page where to find infos about Wiktionaries and have a common activity (LexiSession).
- Wiktionary/External works: Academic publications reviews.
- Wiktionary/Internal Communication: Users' presentations in conferences.
- Wiktionary/Meetings: A list of event where to find wiktionarians.
- Wiktionary/Wiktionarian skills list: Translation from French and improvement of a list of what Wiktionarian learns by contributing
- d:Wikidata:Wiktionary/How to help
We promote LexiSession as a monthly dynamics for each Wiktionary. Publicity was made mainly in French, English and Spanish and results are compiled on Meta. August to August: 35 participants (few of them active members of the User Group), 17 thesauri created in French Wiktionary.
This action is managed by very few people and have erratic results, depending on the topic. To be more effective, this action need more pivot people in different languages to disseminate monthly announcements. This action will continue with the same process, planning to be more popular with the time going.
French Wiktionary Actualités is a monthly news page about the project. It is translated in English since August 2016.
It is not a publication by the User Group but it participates to the promotion of the projects. Main authors may try to collect more news from other Wiktionaries but they do not plan to write editions in other languages. People in other communities may start by themselves dedicated editions but the User Group do not plan to impulse it.
After the conference made in Wikimania 2016, three activities were proposed for the WikiConvention francophone in August 2016: a conference on Why every featured articles on Wikipédia shouldn't skip Wiktionary, a workshop/training to contribute on Wiktionary and a meet-up with a dozen participants.
In February 2017, a public conference was made in a museum in Paris in French, Wiktionnaire : au delà du dictionnaire.
The User Group did not submit any proposal for Wikimania 2017.
There is not enough material to diffuse Wiktionary during fairs or conferences. There is very few slides in English to present Wiktionary. The page Wiktionary/Internal Communication suggests a leaflet and a draft for a poster, both in French, but no collaborative efforts were made yet to translate them and to work on a new material. It will be a task for the future to collect and create an easy-translatable support document for wiktionaries.
Meta and WMF activities
We took part in the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey and inaugurate the first subpage dedicated to Wiktionary in this kind of survey. The most supported idea, Add "Insert Citation" to VisualEditor, was pushed to be included in the 25% of dev time dedicated to small projects.
Benoît Prieur went to the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin to represent the User Group and Wiktionary interests.
Publicity of this report
Plan for 2017-2018
As mentioned in the report, many actions were planed since the beginning and most of them are on-going. A focus on documenting languages was planed and had to be postpone for the future. Nearest activities will be to communicate more about the group on wiktionaries and to build a better way to communicate inside the group.
Personal initiatives in the group includes:
- Produce multilingual communication material like banners (Noé)
- Set up a centralized deposit with template structures like conjugaisons, inflections, declensions... (Lyokoï)