You know, this is pretty awesome. It's an idea I hadn't even thought of till I read it here.
Would love to see the data - particular sitenotices to spikes in contributions. Thank you. Best, Gautam ________ http://blog.prathambooks.org/p/social-media.html On 12 September 2011 16:38, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik....@gmail.com> wrote: > Hello all, > Untill July, Site notice in Tamil Wikpedia used to give only prominent links > to Fonts / typing tutorial / Village pump. Occasionally when > meet-ups/workshops happen, we would announce them. We thought to put this > system into good use and we are already seeing positive results. > > Starting July we introduced "Please correct errors, you too can edit". There > was a significant jump in anonymous edits in the weeks that followed. After > discussions, we planned to showcase faces of Tamil Wikipedia. > The idea was to put a notice featuring a picture, brief profile on editing > topics and suggesting one to start creating articles. The short profile > showcased the diversity of editors across region / age / interests.Putting > faces of Tamil Wikipedians into sitenotice was not a big effort since we > already had profiles of people featured on main page. We just needed to > summarize them into a couple of lines. We have got atleast 10-15 new > contributors (> 50 edits and continuing) through this exercise. One editor > who came in after this drive is editing prolificly and already has 2000 > edits now in ~ 2 months and is now being featured on the main page :) We had > more new users signing up as registered users. We roll over 4-5 banners over > a parser code during each campaign, so that people dont get the same banner > all the time. > Now we have separate notices for logged in / anonymous users. While > anonymous users get "Contribute" campaign with faces of tamil wiki with > Anonnotice, logged in users get messages about policies / help pages / > talk pages / DYK etc with help of Sitenotice. DYK nominations has seem a > jump off late with 100+ entries coming in from contributors who didnt know > about it after the notice. We plan to introduce policies of Wikipedia slowly > through these notices, so editors who come in are aware of them. At present > we lack extensive help pages, and plan to expand them as part of this > exercise which will also improve help pages coverage in parallel. > There was a posting related to same on the list way back in Nov / Dec 2010 > regarding Contribute Indic campaign central notices by Salmaan, We find > these localized notices too work well and might be a good idea for other > Indic wiki's to try it out. >  http://defn.me/r/ta/2gav >  http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Sitenotice >  http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediawiki:Anonnotice >  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2010/Contribute_Indic > -- > Regards > Srikanth.L > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > _______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l