The Growth team primary worked on helping newcomers who'd like to edit Wikipedia. Growth features are now available at all versions of Wikipedia, and some sister projects communities have expressed their interest in getting the Growth features as well. This is the case of Wikivoyage community.
This page summarizes the conversations between the Growth team and the Wikivoyage community, and the different findings.
At the moment, our lead question is: which kind of tasks newcomers could do when arriving at Wikivoyage?
What are the Growth features?
Growth features provide a set of tools to ease newcomer's first steps:
- a Welcome survey to know more why people register.
- a central Homepage where newcomers can find:
- Suggested Edits tasks to work on, based on common tasks for the wiki and, potentially, topics newcomers can select
- Mentorship, with a mentor who'd help them editing
- Impact module, which shows the top 5 of pages views help links
- Help module, which shows 5 help links curated by the community and a link to more help resources.
- a Help panel that provides guidance to the newcomers while they edit. It also includes the Help module.
We really encourage you to test the features out before participating to this page. If you'd like to know more about Growth tools, go to your favorite Wikipedia, and turn the features on there.
Growth features and Wikivoyage
Growth team's goal is not to just apply the features as they are to all wikis beyond Wikipedia especially when some of these features aren't designed for Wikivoyage. The team wants to provide proper tools to the communities and their newcomers.
Questions at the Welcome survey may need to be more Wikivoyage specific.
The Homepage is composed of modules. These modules could be displayed and hidden during the configuration, but it might require some additional design from the Growth team.
Suggested edits have been designed for Wikipedia and need to be adapted to Wikivoyage.
At Wikipedia, people select a topic of interest (sport, Asia, music...) and a type of maintenance task based on a maintenance template. It appears that at Wikivoyage, maintenance templates aren't that common.
- Instead of asking for subject areas (e.g., art, history, people) as done at Wikipedia, the tool could ask which part of the world the person is interested in. Nearly all destinations (and definitely all cities) are plugged into a geographical hierarchy: Europe > France > Brittany > Rennes.
- Adding images might be popular, especially if there are only one, two, or three images in the current version.
- Wikivoyages take a very structured approach to articles. Every destination has (or should have) a section named ==Eat== and another named ==Sleep== (or equivalent in the local language). When these are empty, a suggestion to add a listing would always be welcome. These sections could be topics to work on too.
- A possible task would be to ask people to check for listings that haven't been updated for several years.
Post edit dialog
When an edit has been completed, new users are invited to work on another article/page. If a system that says "You're interested in Brittany" is built, then other places in the area should be suggested.
This module hasn't been covered during the first conversation. The mentorship works well at Wikipedias and should be as popular as Wikivoyage.
This module hasn't been covered during the first conversation.
The help module doesn't need improvements, since the links can already be curated by the community.
The help panel is connected to Suggested edits. Links there can already be curated by the community.
Growth team specific work
- The Growth team gathers some anonymised data about newcomers' editing experience. We'd need to check if we plan to work on Wikivoyage data, and, if so, what to measure.
Possible next steps
Two possibilities for the next steps are to be considered:
- deploy Growth tools minus SuggestedEdits,
- wait until a variation of SuggestedEdits is created for Wikivoyage.
Updates on this project
- 2022-04-11: creation of this page after a quick chat with a WIkivoyager.