It is indeed one of my favorite community ideas on the Hebrew Wikipedia.
Some of you have heard me pitch it at conferences.  Let me add a couple of
notes:

It is an excellent and popular way to *celebrate* (not just describe)
good-faith new contributors.  The way it works is a couple of volunteers
who run the page look for a relatively new contributor who seems to have
successfully integrated on-wiki, and has made more than a handful of good
contributions, and they approach the new contributor with a request for an
interview and a description of this page.  Those new contributors who are
interested are interviewed and featured on the page.

A fun additional feature of the page, is that alongside the one or two
featured new contributors, there is a sidebar where some *veteran*
contributor offers an appreciation of some other contributor.  This page
updates only once a month, and it's great to have these occasional
reminders of appreciation among the old-timers too.

Cheers,

    A.

On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 6:29 AM, Szymon Grabarczuk <tar.locesil...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Thanks Amir, this is inspiring :) by this, I mean, there's no such page in
> Polish projects.
>
> As of enwiki, and in general, first of all, an interview sounds much better
> to me than 'fill a template and become a part of this depersonalised crowd
> below'. Second, traffic must be taken into account. I hope it's obvious a
> page doesn't fulfil its function should isn't highly linked or read with a
> permanent high frequency. Therefore, designing a page isn't such an issue
> as much as providing traffic and good UX.
>
> On 20 January 2016 at 09:00, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > The Teahouse on English Wikipedia has a guest profile page (
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests), although it's
> > low
> > traffic <http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/Wikipedia:Teahouse/Guests> I
> like
> > the idea of a higher profile way to welcome newcomers to the community.
> > Perhaps newcomers could be interviewed periodically in the Signpost.
> >
> > Pine
> >
> > On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM, Amir E. Aharoni <
> > amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > In the Hebrew Wikipedia there's a page [1] that highlights editors who
> > > recently became active - shows a short interview with them and welcomes
> > > them to the community in a nice way.
> > >
> > > It's not so much a help and a support page like English Wikipedia, but
> > more
> > > like a newsletter or a blog that describes newcomers, in a form of an
> > > regularly updating wiki page.
> > >
> > > Is there anything like that in other projects and languages? (Not
> > > necessarily Wikipedia, of course.)
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > [1] https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:BIK
> > >
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