Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know about some experimental outreach we have planned
for today's solar eclipse, which will be partially visible from parts of
the Americas, as well as spots in Asia, Africa, and Western Europe.

We put together a blog post
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/08/18/solar-eclipse/> [1] and infographic
to encourage photographers of the upcoming solar eclipse
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017> [3]  to
upload them to Commons. This request was placed on the Village Pump [4]
last week.

We're planning to publicize the blog post on our social media channels
today, and the only *specific* outreach we have planned is to encourage
people who post high-quality photos on those platforms to upload them to
Commons. We're deliberately limiting our push so we don't flood Commons
with poor-quality photos, and/or make life difficult for anyone.

Please feel free to use the infographic [2] to reach out to photographers,
and let us know if you have any comments or concerns with anything. We'd
love to work with you all on improvements as needed. This is definitely an
experiment, and your feedback will help us figure out if we'll want to
repeat it for other (perhaps more global) events. [5] We are also going to
collect some basic metrics and will send them out once we assess today's
experiment. Thank you!


[1] Featuring an interview with Wikimedia Commons user: Juliancolton, the
post details how to take eclipse photos and how to upload them to Commons

[2] English:

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017


[5] If this works, we would love to help make templates or encourage
photographers to upload in the future. Please let us know what events might
work with this approach.

Melody Kramer <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:MKramer_(WMF)>
Senior Audience Development Manager
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