Hi, Michal-
Very interesting, thanks for sharing! Some comments in-line:

On Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 2:59 AM, Michal Lester <mles...@wikimedia.org.il>

> We are pleased to share with you the initial results of the HEWP editors
> survey:
> Wikimedia Israel conducted an editors’ survey in August among HEWP editors.
> The questionnaire was based on the WMNL survey in order to to enable
> international learning  in the future.
> The survey had two target audiences: active editors (with voting rights
> [1])
> and contributors. The questionnaire was the same but distributed
> differently. Active editors got an invitation to participate on their talk
> page, while contributors were invited through a “Sitenotice”. Some 151
> active editors and 171 contributors participated.
> *Gender*: Almost 20% of the respondents were women.
> Among the active editors, only 10% were women whereas 29% of the
> contributors were women. The explanations (open answers) for limited
> diversity among the editors ranged from a negative work atmosphere to a
> conservative point of view about gender roles.
> Editors in general did not find the low participation of women negatively
> affects the coverage of topics in Wikipedia.

Did this vary by gender? i.e., do both men and women agree that low
participation affects coverage?

> Answering a question about how
> to increase the participation of women, respondents offered workshops,
> encouraging high school students to participate, expanding the wiki-women
> group and providing general support.
> *New editors*: A large majority of editors acknowledged that new editors
> wanted to contribute to HEWP. They recognized the importance of a
> continuous arrival of new editors and felt that new editors were welcome.

Did this vary by age of editors? i.e., did new editors agree that new
editors were welcome? :)

> *Work Atmosphere*: 34% of the respondents reported that they were satisfied
> with the work atmosphere on the Hebrew Wikipedia. Only 5.5% of the editors
> were not satisfied with it at all. However, 46% noted that there was a
> large number of conflicts. Active editors (66%) reported such conflicts
> more than contributors (29%). Almost 46% of the active editors stated that
> they felt like they were in a conflict in the past six months, while only
> 29% of contributors expressed the same. 61% of the editors indicated that
> conflicts were either mostly or sometimes resolved in a good way.


> Ideology, worldviews and egos were considered to play a major role in the
> development of conflicts. Contributors also mentioned lack of patience from
> the active editors.

> *Wikimedia Israel*: 60% of the respondents are familiar with Wikimedia
> Israel. As expected active editors are more acquainted with WMIL than
> contributors. Among them, 78% agree with the statement that WMIL provides
> practical support to editors.

That's terrific.

> The survey provides important information for the HEWP editors’ community
> and for Wikimedia Israel.
> Wikimedia Israel will learn the data and use it to develop better support
> for editors, contributors and newbies.

Please do keep us up to date on this; it would be very interesting to see a
model for transforming data into action. (My own department has been
thinking about this in light of our recent hire of a survey specialist;
hopefully something for us to keep improving on across the movement.)


Luis Villa
Sr. Director of Community Engagement
Wikimedia Foundation
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