I believe the Ukrain case well illustrates a key characteristic of this election - the high participation rate from the middle and small sized communities. It looks like we have we had voters from 184 wikis participating, an amazing number!

As greg already pointed this is probably related to the Board clear statement for the election, the high number and diversity of candidates and active encouragement from local communites and local affiliates.


And for the original question from Milos. Yes I agree we should try to collect more data on the health of our communities. And participation rate in election can be one of these indicators. And then it tells us, we have vibrant communities among the middle and small sized projects, but people from these extremely rarely participate in lists like this. This list I find mainly engage people from our biggest communities, especially English, and in this election actually the participation rate from enwp was lower then the mean participation rate....

Anders



attolippip skrev den 2015-06-01 00:14:
There were only 9 votes from Ukrainian community in 2013, I believe

So this year we just made sure that our community REALLY knows about the
elections, thus we:

- translated the candidates statements into Ukrainian
- prepared a short table with the essence of these statements in Ukrainian
and posted it in the Village pump [1]
- created a list of everybody eligible to vote from Ukrainian Wikipedia and
sent them a message with invitation to vote and with the links to read more
about the candidates via talk pages
- and just talked :)

[1]
https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%92%D1%96%D0%BA%D1%96%D0%BF%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%96%D1%8F:%D0%92%D0%B8%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8_%D0%92%D1%96%D0%BA%D1%96%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%96%D0%B0-2015

Best regards,
antanana
ED of Wikimedia Ukraine

2015-06-01 1:00 GMT+03:00 Johan Jönsson <brevlis...@gmail.com>:

2015-05-31 22:57 GMT+02:00 Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com>:

... it would be good to talk a bit about the state of our community
and movement.

Initially, I was quite positively surprised by the fact that this will
be the best WMF Board elections ever in the terms of turnout of
voters. It will beat 2007 elections and it will be likely 2.5 times
better than previous one.

I would really like to know what's so different than in 2013. Also, if
this is the sign of the community health, how come that we are now
better than we were at the peak of our movement?

There's a fair chance the difference says far more about the amount of
effort spent getting the word out about the election, than about how much
the movement cares about it compared to previous elections.

//Johan Jönsson
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