Clever name. I wonder what it is:
Most WikiProjects on the English Wikipedia fail to encourage collaboration. We can fix that by learning about those that succeed.
online community organizing
*Harej will be the project manager for WikiProject X. James has been a Wikipedia editor since 2004. From 2007 until 2011 he developed and maintained several bots on the English Wikipedia, including RFC bot, RM bot, GA bot, and One bot. In developing these automated processes he worked with groups of Wikipedia maintenance volunteers to develop solutions to inefficient procedural workflows on English Wikipedia. As a result of this effort, the amount of work necessary to list article RFCs or good article nominations has been reduced, making it easier to coordinate discussions across English Wikipedia. He is also a founding member of Wikimedia District of Columbia's Board of Directors, though he is applying in a strictly personal capacity.
*Isarra is the designer for WikiProject X. Isarra is a user experience designer, experienced in designing MediaWiki interfaces. In 2013 she participated in the Outreach Program for Women, where she designed wireframes for new discussion pages.
Wow, $20,075 to fix WikiProjects, and Harej and Isarra are respected members of the community. This should be interesting.
*Project Manager: $10,000
This is a stipend, but based on the following calculation: $20/hour, 20 estimated hours/week, 25 weeks (~6 months)
Roles: Overall management and direction; communicating with the public and stakeholders; designing and distributing surveys; data analysis; developing interview lists and interviewing WikiProject participants; working with the designer on developing interfaces and workflows; carrying out in-person usability tests
This is a stipend, but based on the following calculation: $20/hour, 10-30 hours/week, 25 weeks (~6 months)
Roles: Researching current interfaces and workflows in use; designing new ones to achieve project objectives; carrying out online usability testing where feasible; continuously refining designs according to feedback and testing
Breakdown: $15/t-shirt, 5 t-shirts to raffle.
Wow, $10,000 to Isarra and $10,000 to Harej, plus a stylish new t-shirt for the suckers volunteers! Oh wait, what's this?
Do you have any unspent funds from the grant?
Please answer yes or no. If yes, list the amount you did not use and explain why.
*We did not use our $75 budget on merchandise, as we ultimately canceled our interview program (in deference to another WikiProject-related interview program that was already going on).
If you have unspent funds, they must be returned to WMF. Please see the instructions for returning unspent funds and indicate here if this is still in progress, or if this is already completed:
*It was never disbursed to us per se, so... problem solved?
At least it was successful enough to get renewed:
Toolkit for WikiProjects on the English Wikipedia: Complete work for deployment of CollaborationKit in order to better to address live issues and assess results
Wew, $10,000 to "complete work for deployment" of whatever this is. Looks like Isarra ran into some trouble, per an old revision of her midpoint report:
We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on how the experience of being an grantee has been so far. What is one thing that surprised you, or that you particularly enjoyed from the past 3 months?
This has been quite possibly the most singularly stressful project I have ever worked on, for various reasons, and the only reason I'm even continuing to go anywhere near it is because I said I would. I don't know if this is healthy, but I made a commitment and I intend to stick to it as much as I am able. -— Isarra ༆
Okay, it's going better now, but next time remind me to hire a dev. I'm not a dev. I'm a dressmaker. -— Isarra ༆
The remarks above didn't make it to the final "midpoint report".
I lost the URL for this:
WikiProjects are community spaces dedicated to specific subjects or goals.
WikiProject X is an initiative seeking to improve and streamline these WikiProjects that they may better serve their purpose, through research, design, and experimentation. This project is a community initiative initially led by Harej and Isarra and funded by the Wikimedia Foundation through an Individual Engagement Grant, and now now being completed by Isarra with funding through a Project Grant.
*For the first iteration of the project, we delved into the extant WikiProject landscape and created an onwiki prototype: the WikiProject X UI
*For the second iteration, we began work on an extension to more effectively implement a subsequent prototype, based on what we learned from the first: the MediaWiki extension CollaborationKit; the completion and deployment of this is what Isarra is now working on.
The "first iteration" resulted in the WikiProject X UI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_X/Dashboard
It's just a list of WikiProjects that have adopted their whatever this is. Oh look, WikiProject Women in Technology! Surely WikiProject X has "encourage[d] collaboration" on that WikiProject? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_in_Technology/Members
Only three users on this very important WikiProject. :sad trombone:
The last newsletter released on English Wikipedia is interesting (sorta):
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Newsletter • December 2018
This month: A general update.
The current status of the project is as follows:
Progress of the project has been generally delayed since September due to development issues (more bitrot than expected, some of the code just being genuinely confusing, etc) and personal injury (I suffered a concussion in October and was out of commission for almost two months as a result).
I currently expect to be putting out a proper call for CollaborationKit pilots in January/Febuary, with estimated deployment in February/March if things don't go horribly wrong (they will, though, don't worry). As a part of that, I will properly update the page and send out announcement and reach out to all projects already signed up as pilots for WikiProject X in general, at which point those (still) interested can volunteer specifically to test the CollaborationKit extension.
Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Pilots was originally created for the first WikiProject X prototype, and given this is where the project has since gone, it's only logical to continue to use it. While I haven't yet updated the page to properly reflect this:
If you want to add your project to this page now, feel free. Just bear in mind that more information what to actually expect will be added later/included in the announcement, because by then I will have a much better idea myself.
Until then, you can find me in my corner working on making the CollaborationKit code do what we want and not just what we told it, per the workboard.
Until next time,
-— Isarra ༆ 22:38, 20 December 2018 (UTC)
To be quite frank I don't understand what they hope/hoped to achieve except Isarra got $20,000 and Harej got $10,000, so that's a pretty good achievement IMO.
EDIT: Oh look, here is Isarra and Harej presenting WikiProject X at Wikimania 2015. I wonder if there's a video or updated image of them presenting WikiProject X at a more recent Wikimania. I will have a look and add it here if i find one.
EDIT 2: Found a video of them presenting, but it's at Archive.org so idk how to embed it here. WikiProject X starts at 1h 11m and 46s: https://archive.org/details/videoeditserver-97
EDIT 3: [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NewEditorExperiences_ConceptGen2_Organizing.pdf]This .pdf file[/url] won't display the .jpg preview but it looks sorta like this:
Also, here is WikiProject X's page at the Wikimania 2015 wiki.
ugh edits 4 and 5, fixed the pic i omitted and corrected the link to the pdf