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Submissions/Handholding of newbies from India

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Handholding of newbies from India
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Subhashish Panigrahi
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
I will be sharing ideas and experience about hand holding newbies of outreach sessions across the nation (India in this case) led by community members. In most cases community members organize outreach sessions during the weekends which create an awareness among people about Wikipedia editing, but after the session is over and a new week starts people get busy in work/study and community members loose track of keeping in touch with the new wikipedians. I will be discussing about how we can support the new editors remotely after the event is over so they do not loose interest because of the complexity of mark up and such stuff. It is also important overflow of knowledge after seeing long text based articles about Policies, NPOV, Notaility, etc. drag them away from core editing and gradual decline of interest from Wikipedia. My focus in this presentation would be how to make Wikipedia more fun than overload of information in short span of time and making the learning process gradual. I would be sharing live case studies and experiences from interactions with Indian language Wikipedians. There are also few serious problems I have observed with most new wikipedians; during the academy most of them understand basic editing but they often stumble upon later, they online follow up sessions are very much required for most of them. Moreover, communications in talk pages/emails linger the problems. I would also interact with the audience about the similar kind of problem they might have encountered. We will discuss how Teahouse project could be more customized across various languages and how this/similar projects will support new editors. Moreover, I want to share information about video tutorials for basic editing could be shared in popular media sites and social networks and blogs to enhance visibility and support. Diversity in India and hurdles related to multiple languages are another challenge while approaching to masses and post academy support from community members is very critical in case of Indic languages. Bringing up a similar system across languages will be another matter of discussion during this presentation.
  • WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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