To close the loop here: we've posted a Wikimedia Blog post about what we
did during this limited experiment, and how it went. https://blog.wikimedia.
If you have thoughts, comments, and ideas for future similar initiatives,
please get in touch with us.
On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:22 PM, Melody Kramer <mkra...@wikimedia.org>
> 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/>  and infographic
> to encourage photographers of the upcoming solar eclipse
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017>  to
> upload them to Commons. This request was placed on the Village Pump 
> 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  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.  We are also going to
> collect some basic metrics and will send them out once we assess today's
> experiment. Thank you!
>  Featuring an interview with Wikimedia Commons user: Juliancolton, the
> post details how to take eclipse photos and how to upload them to Commons
>  English:
>  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017
>  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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