Submissions/Community empowerment through professional Community involvement. Will it blend?

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 1023
Title of the submission

Community empowerment through professional Community involvement. Will it blend?

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission

Dirk Franke

E-mail address


Dirk Franke (WMDE)

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Deutschland

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

I love Wikipedians. All of them. I have to. It’s my job. But this is not about me. This is about a long and exciting journey through the dense forests of mistrust, up against high mountains of community pride, along tightropes of being inside or outside, through the minefield of community discussions. It features identity confusion, evaluation desparation and volunteer dedication. It is a journey that is designed to lead into the happy meadows of constructive, creative collaboration - welcome to the-thing-that-cannot-be-called-community-management.

The Wikimedia movement has several programs worldwide and some established procedures for volunteer support. The movement has spent years on outreach. But little do we know about inreach - the art and technique to support the existing community from within. Inreach means to offer support, help communicating, trigger discussions, moderate hotspots.

Drawing from the experiences of last years WMDE-supported community project on paid editing and drawing from the experiences of some more orthodox community liaision activities, this year we try something new: being as a Wikimedian active in a Wikipedia - trying to moderate, help, support the community to communicate with itself - inmidst the tensions of the Wikimedia/Wikipedia relationship and inmidst all the tensions of the community relations itself. Will it blend? How far will it go? How far should it go? Where is the limit of community acceptance? Where is the limit when community empowermemt becomes community dependence?

Last years experimental paid editing project was designed to facilitate and attend to a community wide discussion on all aspects of paid editing. It attempted to empower the community enough, so that it could reach some common decisions and conclusions, to develop some structures, on how to deal with this problem. In doing that the project used a whole range of measures online and offline..This year we will consider several lessons learned and try to deal with new projects, new discussions and new topics. Long and enriching journeys are awaiting us.

  • WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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