Submissions:2024/Wikimedia outreach could do what WikiProjects can't

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Wikimedia outreach could do what WikiProjects can't

Type of session:

Lecture (15-30 min)

Session theme(s):

Community Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Wild Ideas


Both WikiProjects and Wikimedia movement outreach have struggled to accomplish the gold standard of a collaborative project: forming dedicated teams capable of collaborating to produce quality content. This is mainly due to projectspace inertia; the WikiProject format of simply congregating editors in one space has by-and-large failed because the that format was the best we could do when WikiProjects were invented in the mid-2000s. True, WikiProjects and Wikimedia outreach have succeeded in coordinating groups of users to produce content *individually*; but with the right focus of resources and strategy, we could be training and making groups of editors capable of producing good and featured articles, upending the current paradigm in which most quality content is produced by a single editor.

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Estimated length of session

15 minutes

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