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Amir E. Aharoni
Hi,

In the Hebrew Wikipedia there's a page [1] that highlights editors who
recently became active - shows a short interview with them and welcomes
them to the community in a nice way.

It's not so much a help and a support page like English Wikipedia, but more
like a newsletter or a blog that describes newcomers, in a form of an
regularly updating wiki page.

Is there anything like that in other projects and languages? (Not
necessarily Wikipedia, of course.)

Thanks!

[1] https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:BIK

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Pine W
The Teahouse on English Wikipedia has a guest profile page (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests), although it's low
traffic <http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests> I like
the idea of a higher profile way to welcome newcomers to the community.
Perhaps newcomers could be interviewed periodically in the Signpost.

Pine

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM, Amir E. Aharoni <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> In the Hebrew Wikipedia there's a page [1] that highlights editors who
> recently became active - shows a short interview with them and welcomes
> them to the community in a nice way.
>
> It's not so much a help and a support page like English Wikipedia, but more
> like a newsletter or a blog that describes newcomers, in a form of an
> regularly updating wiki page.
>
> Is there anything like that in other projects and languages? (Not
> necessarily Wikipedia, of course.)
>
> Thanks!
>
> [1] https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:BIK
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Szymon Grabarczuk
Thanks Amir, this is inspiring :) by this, I mean, there's no such page in
Polish projects.

As of enwiki, and in general, first of all, an interview sounds much better
to me than 'fill a template and become a part of this depersonalised crowd
below'. Second, traffic must be taken into account. I hope it's obvious a
page doesn't fulfil its function should isn't highly linked or read with a
permanent high frequency. Therefore, designing a page isn't such an issue
as much as providing traffic and good UX.

On 20 January 2016 at 09:00, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:

> The Teahouse on English Wikipedia has a guest profile page (
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests), although it's
> low
> traffic <http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests> I like
> the idea of a higher profile way to welcome newcomers to the community.
> Perhaps newcomers could be interviewed periodically in the Signpost.
>
> Pine
>
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM, Amir E. Aharoni <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > In the Hebrew Wikipedia there's a page [1] that highlights editors who
> > recently became active - shows a short interview with them and welcomes
> > them to the community in a nice way.
> >
> > It's not so much a help and a support page like English Wikipedia, but
> more
> > like a newsletter or a blog that describes newcomers, in a form of an
> > regularly updating wiki page.
> >
> > Is there anything like that in other projects and languages? (Not
> > necessarily Wikipedia, of course.)
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > [1] https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:BIK
> >
> > --
> > Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> > http://aharoni.wordpress.com
> > ‪“We're living in pieces,
> > I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Asaf Bartov-2
It is indeed one of my favorite community ideas on the Hebrew Wikipedia.
Some of you have heard me pitch it at conferences.  Let me add a couple of
notes:

It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of volunteers
who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to have
successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of good
contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request for an
interview and a description of this page.  Those new contributors who are
interested are interviewed and featured on the page.

A fun additional feature of the page, is that alongside the one or two
featured new contributors, there is a sidebar where some *veteran*
contributor offers an appreciation of some other contributor.  This page
updates only once a month, and it's great to have these occasional
reminders of appreciation among the old-timers too.

Cheers,

    A.

On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 6:29 AM, Szymon Grabarczuk <[hidden email]
> wrote:

> Thanks Amir, this is inspiring :) by this, I mean, there's no such page in
> Polish projects.
>
> As of enwiki, and in general, first of all, an interview sounds much better
> to me than 'fill a template and become a part of this depersonalised crowd
> below'. Second, traffic must be taken into account. I hope it's obvious a
> page doesn't fulfil its function should isn't highly linked or read with a
> permanent high frequency. Therefore, designing a page isn't such an issue
> as much as providing traffic and good UX.
>
> On 20 January 2016 at 09:00, Pine W <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > The Teahouse on English Wikipedia has a guest profile page (
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests), although it's
> > low
> > traffic <http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests> I
> like
> > the idea of a higher profile way to welcome newcomers to the community.
> > Perhaps newcomers could be interviewed periodically in the Signpost.
> >
> > Pine
> >
> > On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM, Amir E. Aharoni <
> > [hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > In the Hebrew Wikipedia there's a page [1] that highlights editors who
> > > recently became active - shows a short interview with them and welcomes
> > > them to the community in a nice way.
> > >
> > > It's not so much a help and a support page like English Wikipedia, but
> > more
> > > like a newsletter or a blog that describes newcomers, in a form of an
> > > regularly updating wiki page.
> > >
> > > Is there anything like that in other projects and languages? (Not
> > > necessarily Wikipedia, of course.)
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > [1] https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:BIK
> > >
> > > --
> > > Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
> > > http://aharoni.wordpress.com
> > > ‪“We're living in pieces,
> > > I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Andy Mabbett-2
On 20 January 2016 at 20:56, Asaf Bartov <[hidden email]> wrote:

> It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
> good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of volunteers
> who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to have
> successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of good
> contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request for an
> interview and a description of this page.

Sounds great. If en.WP do this as part of The Signpost, it would have
a high level of reach, immediately. Same with Wikidata's weekly
update.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Risker
On 20 January 2016 at 17:51, Andy Mabbett <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 20 January 2016 at 20:56, Asaf Bartov <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
> > good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of volunteers
> > who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to have
> > successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of good
> > contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request for
> an
> > interview and a description of this page.
>
> Sounds great. If en.WP do this as part of The Signpost, it would have
> a high level of reach, immediately. Same with Wikidata's weekly
> update.
>
>

Heh. I think back to when I first started editing.  I would have been
completely freaked out at that level of "notice" and would never have
edited again.

Risker/Anne
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska
I love the idea! It makes newcomers immediately feel welcomed and valuable
for the community. Also it helps us to listen to them. I really hope that
maybe we could start something similar on Polish Wikipedia.

Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska

2016-01-21 0:12 GMT+01:00 Risker <[hidden email]>:

> On 20 January 2016 at 17:51, Andy Mabbett <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > On 20 January 2016 at 20:56, Asaf Bartov <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > > It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
> > > good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of
> volunteers
> > > who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to
> have
> > > successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of
> good
> > > contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request for
> > an
> > > interview and a description of this page.
> >
> > Sounds great. If en.WP do this as part of The Signpost, it would have
> > a high level of reach, immediately. Same with Wikidata's weekly
> > update.
> >
> >
>
> Heh. I think back to when I first started editing.  I would have been
> completely freaked out at that level of "notice" and would never have
> edited again.
>
> Risker/Anne
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Todd Allen
In reply to this post by Risker
I'm sure there are plenty of people who would feel uncomfortable with that.
So if something like that were to be done, people should certainly be asked
first, and that only be done if they explicitly agree.

Still, I think a lot of others would feel like their efforts are being
noticed and appreciated. So long as it's opt-in only, I think it's a great
idea.

Several people have, from time to time, done "editor of the day" type
things, but those usually only recognized people who'd already been around
a while. One that specifically focuses on promising newer editors might
work quite well and make people feel more welcome.
On Jan 20, 2016 4:12 PM, "Risker" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 20 January 2016 at 17:51, Andy Mabbett <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > On 20 January 2016 at 20:56, Asaf Bartov <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > > It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
> > > good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of
> volunteers
> > > who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to
> have
> > > successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of
> good
> > > contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request for
> > an
> > > interview and a description of this page.
> >
> > Sounds great. If en.WP do this as part of The Signpost, it would have
> > a high level of reach, immediately. Same with Wikidata's weekly
> > update.
> >
> >
>
> Heh. I think back to when I first started editing.  I would have been
> completely freaked out at that level of "notice" and would never have
> edited again.
>
> Risker/Anne
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Amir E. Aharoni
The whole point of that page is that they are _interviewed_ and the stories
are published if they _want_ it. If they are uncomfortable with the
attention, no story is published.

I thank all the people who say that they like the idea :)

My original intention was to try to find similar pages and so I could add
relevant interlanguage links, but if there's nothing similar at the moment,
I can wait patiently.

If anybody wants to start such a page in their project, I'll be happy to
make the connection with the people who run it in the Hebrew Wikipedia to
share the experiences.


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2016-01-21 10:17 GMT+02:00 Todd Allen <[hidden email]>:

> I'm sure there are plenty of people who would feel uncomfortable with that.
> So if something like that were to be done, people should certainly be asked
> first, and that only be done if they explicitly agree.
>
> Still, I think a lot of others would feel like their efforts are being
> noticed and appreciated. So long as it's opt-in only, I think it's a great
> idea.
>
> Several people have, from time to time, done "editor of the day" type
> things, but those usually only recognized people who'd already been around
> a while. One that specifically focuses on promising newer editors might
> work quite well and make people feel more welcome.
> On Jan 20, 2016 4:12 PM, "Risker" <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > On 20 January 2016 at 17:51, Andy Mabbett <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > On 20 January 2016 at 20:56, Asaf Bartov <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
> > > > good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of
> > volunteers
> > > > who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to
> > have
> > > > successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of
> > good
> > > > contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request
> for
> > > an
> > > > interview and a description of this page.
> > >
> > > Sounds great. If en.WP do this as part of The Signpost, it would have
> > > a high level of reach, immediately. Same with Wikidata's weekly
> > > update.
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Heh. I think back to when I first started editing.  I would have been
> > completely freaked out at that level of "notice" and would never have
> > edited again.
> >
> > Risker/Anne
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A page about new editors in different projects

Ravishankar Ayyakkannu
Amir,

We feature community member profiles in Tamil Wikipedia homepage and
Wikimedia India chapter archives. It gives a brief intro about their
background and links to their significant Wikimedia related contributions.

Tamil Wikipedia archive - https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/7pi

Wikimedia India acrhive for 2015 -
http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Featured_Wikimedian/Archive/2015

We do not interview but let them write these short profiles. There is also
a nomination process. While only more seasoned contributors are featured
this way, it is definitely a motivation for newcomers to contribute more.

Whenever there is a community gathering, we also try to create video
interviews.

Indian community interviews -
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs-r163EeuFFPIhJHorSttw/videos?sort=dd&shelf_id=0&view=0

Tamil community interviews -
https://www.youtube.com/user/TamilWikimedia/videos?shelf_id=0&sort=dd&view=0

These interviews then help us create mashups for social media promotion -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05PoBbwsZV0

Ravi
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