Wikipedia:Contribution Team

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The Wikipedia Contribution Team is a group of editors who are part of the Wikimedia Foundation's outreach effort to the English Wikipedia community. The Contribution Team is working to increase the number of editors making quality contributions to our articles and to improve overall contributions to the project.

Important news[edit]

  • none at this time

Frequently asked questions[edit]

What is the Contribution Team?

The English Wikipedia thrives upon its reputation for having good quality articles on a wide array of topics. Currently however, we aren't doing a good enough job of encouraging readers to become editors - most new editors are dissuaded by the complexity of the community, or confused as to how they could help. This team will be working to help change that, which has obvious benefits for the long-term health of Wikipedia. One of the stated goals of the fundraiser was to increase the number of editors, and our support will allow the Foundation to achieve that goal faster than it otherwise would. This will in turn improve the quality of articles on English Wikipedia, bring new editors into the community, and further the project's goals. Finally, it will be an opportunity for interested editors to work more closely with WMF staff.

How is the team structured?

Although the project is initially being organized by a few members of the Foundation staff, this is intended to be a volunteer-owned project. The Contribution Team will have a list of tasks that need to be accomplished suggested by the Foundation -- some of them being one-shot, such as individual 'learn to edit' events, while others will be ongoing and able to be performed by multiple people simultaneously. The team is not, however, limited to just those tasks suggested by the office staff. The Foundation staff works with and through the team as full and equal members. Like most things on Wikipedia, editors are encouraged to step up and take the reins to help organize the project and suggest new ideas and new tasks. Team members can suggest new goals, new tasks and projects, and will be helped to find the funding or other support needed to accomplish them. We want to determine a basic framework together, and then let the team structure the organization however works best.

Foundation staff will be actively working alongside editors on this project: we will be holding meetings with individuals, adding to and updating the task list, and keeping track of what works/doesn't work and logging outreach efforts. The rest is up to the individual editors on the team. Editors are freely invited to "edit this team" by suggesting new tasks, figuring out what kind of organization works best, doing their own recruitment and outreach, etc.

How can the WMF staff assist you?

There are several WMF staff members either primarily or partially involved in this effort, who will be available for questions, suggestions, brainstorms, complaints, etc. The Foundation and individual chapters will have resources available to assist editors in their outreach efforts -- for instance, if an editor wanted to organize a learn to edit session at their university, the Foundation may be able to support that by giving that editor some branded merchandise and giveaways, thank-you cards, etc. Some small expenses incurred can also be reimbursed by the WMF or a local chapter. If you have a suggestion how the office staff can help, please do not hesitate to ask any staff member listed on this page.

How can you assist the WMF staff?

There are a number of ways that you can help the office out. That includes working on the task list, taking ownership of 'orphaned' tasks, and brainstorming new tasks. We also would like to spread awareness of the project through our social networks -- both online and offline. We'll be creating some sample messages/talking points/data to that end as well. Other ways include identifying and working with WikiProjects that may be able to spread on-wiki awareness, and brainstorming new ways that we can improve contributions both financial and otherwise.

Most importantly though, you should come up with your own methods. Make ideas and suggestions, ask a staff member what they need or how they can help, or if your idea would benefit them. We'll be available to you for all of this.

Current tasks[edit]

The following list contains tasks that currently need to be done. High-priority tasks are bolded, and some tasks are linked to pages that provide further information or instructions.

  • Create a Welcome Page for new users - This should be focused on helping new editors through the contrib team and with contrib team activities
  • WikiProject outreach and notification: help notify WikiProjects about this team, and encourage their members to join our team (ongoing).
  • Recruitment of new editors for this team: reach out to individual editors directly on their talkpages (or email) and ask them to join this team (ongoing).
  • Writing scripts for the videos we are planning on creating: Helping to put these together so that we can then create our welcome pack for new users
  • Create new welcome templates focused on the Contribution team - such as the one found here.
  • Have new Welcome Templates added to Twinkle/Friendly - For better outreach!
  • Keep the Signpost updated on our latest events
  • Create leaflets for our newest recruitment events - This includes leaflets to say: We are coming! as well as leaflets to help students and new editors

Please discuss tasks on the task planning page before adding them to the list. When a task is done, please move it to the completed task log.



Everyone is welcome to join the Wikipedia Contribution Team, regardless of their editing frequency or areas of interest. To join, please add your name to the list below.

  1. Ravi Nishant
  2. Adityavagarwal
  3. Alaney2k
  4. Amadscientist
  5. Alex Zariv
  6. Andrew Davidson
  7. Argos'Dad
  8. Assassin's Creed
  9. Bejinhan
  10. Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry
  11. Cherryguy93
  12. ChromaEmprise
  13. Derild4921
  14. DGG
  15. DoctorJoeE
  16. Elonka
  17. Faizan Munawar Varya
  18. Fetchcomms
  19. Gaeser
  20. Greenshinobi
  21. Guerillero
  22. Ozair Mehmood
  23. Heathey
  24. Ironholds
  25. James Alexander (staff)
  26. Jamietw
  27. Jayjg
  28. Jimbob271 (staff)
  29. Joluata
  30. Jpgovekar
  31. John L
  32. Katarighe
  33. Lionratz
  34. Magnusmagnussen
  35. Macadamia14
  36. Maggie Dennis (WMF) (staff)
  37. Mattg82
  38. User:Matthewrbowker
  39. Megan Hernandez (staff)
  40. MJS1991
  41. Moka Pantages (staff)
  42. MikeLynch
  43. Nihiltres
  44. OlEnglish
  45. P199
  46. Panyd also All Hail The Muffin
  47. Peter.C
  48. Philippe Beaudette (staff)
  49. Prakyat
  50. Quiddity
  51. Reaper Eternal
  52. Rock drum
  53. Sɛvɪnti faɪv
  54. SWATJester
  55. sehmeet singh
  56. Silverwood
  57. Sj (Board of Trustees)
  58. slvUS
  59. Smallman12q
  60. Strikerforce
  61. Sven Manguard
  62. Tashif
  63. The Founders Intent
  64. The Interior
  65. Theo10011
  66. US2Wheels
  67. Vihelik
  68. WereSpielChequers
  69. Wireless Keyboard
  70. Ysjzysn
  71. Seth K
  72. Pete (talk)
  73. Justice007
  74. TYelliot
  75. Kirananils
  76. User:Ashish Singh
  77. User:Miszatomic
  78. User:ලක්මාල්
  79. user:Ndumiso Gumede
  80. User:Olivettilly
  81. User:T-national
  82. Rajeesh Melath
  83. Brahmaputra Chakraborty
  84. User:Coleh21
  85. User:Ergeffen
  86. Ravirro
  87. Spittingllama42
If you wish to display a userbox, please use {{Wikipedia:Contribution Team/Userbox}}, which produces the following:
This user is a member of the Wikipedia Contribution Team.