It is uncomfortable to write that “the Spring has ended” but the CEE Spring article writing competition is really over. It lasted for 10 weeks – a long time, enough for the fruits to ripen. Let’s see what we all acquired during this wonderful time.
The contest was extremely successful. Around 9000 articles were created and more than 300 were improved, which means that our main quantitative goal is met. Around 400 authors joined our contest – just as was predicted. And we are still in the process of gathering stats, so the numbers might appear to be even larger. What can be more delightful? 0:)
Countries cooperated happily and shared knowledge about each other – the contest was truly international with international organisers from four communities and bot makers from two, living in six countries in total. Having started with 24 regions/countries we ended with 30. Maybe we were not exactly geographically correct … but that only means that next year the contest will be much better 🙂
Not only the articles written by the contest participants from various parts of CEE region are what makes us glad. Leaders emerged from the volunteers, who offered support without being part of any organisational teams – the bots helped people choose topics and offered the possibility to see the progress of the contest all the time in a transparent way. They also counted much more data than the minimum amount needed by the Wikimedia Foundation for our report, helping the international organisers to understand the impact of the contest.
Oh-oh, we are not saying ‘goodbye’ yet! In the next weeks the winners will be named and will receive their prizes. Stay tuned 😉