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Innovative Ways of Engaging the Public in the Wikimedia Movement

  • Title: Innovative Ways of Engaging the Public in the Wikimedia Movement
  • Proposed by: Andrew Lih User:Fuzheado
  • Description: In what ways might we find new ways of engaging the public in Wikimedia's mission, beyond asking people the click on the "Edit" button? It's time we talked openly about ways to engage folks where they live -- on mobile devices and social media platforms. What if we could encourage the use of wikilink syntax outside of Wikipedia, so that Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat would support direct linking to Wikipedia? How might we use people's social media networks to refer articles or editing tasks to others? In what way could Wikipedia use the notification layer to keep people informed?
  • Purpose: Find new ways of engaging new audiences for Wikimedia content.
  • Targeted participants: Novice and experienced Wikipedians
  • Preparatory readings or materials: TBD

Questions and Comments 31

  • Hi Andrew, thank you for your proposal. Do you think you can narrow the topic a little? Also, shouldn't we try as hard as we can to engage the public as editors? Thanks, --Gnom (talk) 12:25, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
  • I find the topic has the right scope... and also consider that our goal should not be only to engage the public as editors. Sorry Gnom ;) Fuz, maybe you may give a few examples (such as Wikipedia Weekly which was so useful during Jan-Feb crisis). Well, I do think you should expand on the prep material, not keep it TBD. Anthere (talk)
  • @Fuzheado: Oh, me likes it! We should make a choice though - are we talking about a PR-kind of approach, or something inside our projects (smaller edits, data collection for Wikidata, etc). Effeietsanders (talk) 20:19, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
    @Fuzheado: Oops, forgot to work this out, but we scheduled this topic here: Discussions/New_ways_of_engaging. Effeietsanders (talk) 23:03, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
    @Effeietsanders, Anthere: - Thanks, I originally pitched this as a way to think of alternatives to edit-a-thons and other standard enagement methods. Thanks -- Fuzheado (talk) 04:50, 14 June 2016 (UTC)