Wikimedia CEE Spring local organizer manual
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Being a local organizer of CEE Spring article contest can be a a challenging task but is a rewarding one. These are the tips from organizers of past local contests. Generally international organizers will be very supportive, make use of it :)
- Consult lists from previous years or other countries. There might also exist similar non-Wikimedia related lists.
- Make sure that there are some missing articles in all languages, even if it means including less important topics.
- Do not include topics which are covered in every language, even if they feel important.
- Do not include article if English version of it is a poor one.
- Start early, creating lists from scratch can take multiple hours. Doing this early will also give international organizers more confidence in your participation.
- Example prize categories:
- Best article (judged by jury)
- Most contributions (bytes added)
- Most new articles
- Most contributions (new user, bytes added)
- Most new articles (new user)
- Most new articles from lists
- Most women/science/<other weak area in your wiki> articles
- Lottery between participants which have covered a topic from each country
- Limit prizes to 2(?) per user, have clear rules who is next in line.
- Generally topics from the lists should be considered more valuable.
Things that might work for you
- Arrange promotion of contest in site notice
- Use social media to promote contest
- Schedule reminder for each thematic week
- Promote newly created articles (maybe just the best ones)
- Make an effort in writing a longer post before contest (or transalting sample press release from internationa organizers)
- Lead by example, be one of most active contributors
- Leave private invitations in user talk pages to participate
- Trick people into starting 100wikidays
- Promote closing gender (or other content) having a dedicated prize for that.
Awarding the prizes
- Do not procrastinate this - it can take time.
- Make sure users have confirmed email account so that you can send them email via Wikipedia.
- Include some postage fees in your calculations, as winners might live in different city or country.
- Consider if prizes are attractive (travel to a Wikicamp might be interesting only to wikimaniacs)
Here is a list of users who have contributed to this manual. You are welcome to contact these people directly.
- Papuass (CEESpring in Latvia 2015, 2016)