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Submissions/Interproject Review Workshop

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

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Interproject Review Workshop
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Dirk Franke
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Without feedback nobody would stay at Wikipedia. Feedback can take many forms. Feedback can consist of a breathtaking flame-war, or of and small hug and a picture of a kitty. It can be more formal as shown through the several forms of virtual barnstars and medals given to members of projects. Or it can be much more content-driven and showing much more effort by the person giving feedback.

A content driven form of feedback which is formalized in many Wikipedias is a kind of Wikistyle Peer-Review. Wikipedians read as aspiring authors article, and comment on it in a helpful way.

A good review shows an author that her or his work is valued, and that somebody spent considerable time and effort to help this author. It is one of the most elaborate ways to say “I’m proud of your work” invented by Wikipedians. Of course, the review also has the potential to verbally destroy an author’s work while the reviewer can still claim to adhere to the Wikiquette.

The reviewer has to walk the edge between being not helpful and not being supportive. Where does one draw the line between personal opinion and things an author should rectify? How much sugar put one onto scathing critique? How formally structured should a review be, or should it show great flexibility to the individuality of an author and its work? Do automated reviews do more harm than good? Are the reviewers in the project always the same people, or is there a big pool? How does one motivate people to contribute to the review?

This workshop aims to bring together participants of the Wikiprojects on Review from different Wikipedias, and possibly from other Wikis as well. It will be an exchange of experiences, offering perspectives from different cultures and different stages of Wikipedia development. Hopefully the interproject review communication will not end with this workshop. Maybe at the end there will even be a best practice tutorial or at least some other form to follow up.

  • WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education

Length of presentation/talk
45 Minutes
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