Wikimedia CEE Spring article contest

7 tips that will make your list for CEE Spring even better

This year’s CEE Spring is coming soon and it will be more fun than ever before! In order to achieve that we are starting a series of blog posts about how you can organise it easier. Today we start with a few tips on how to create better article lists.

  • Choose the 10 categories which suit your needs the best. If you also organise Wiki Loves Earth or Wiki Loves Monuments or you participated in the Ethnography of the Carpathian project you can add one or more of these categories instead of some others
  • Make sure that the articles in every category have good articles in other common languages. In each category put 10 articles, most of which are well written in at least one language from which most of the editors on your wiki would be able to translate, e.g. English, Russian, German, but also think about the languages of your neighbours, e.g. Ukrainian for those in Belarus, Czech and Slovak and Polish, etc. You can leave a place or two for an article which needs a lot of research.
  • Choose articles that have a story to tell. Sometimes the most interesting articles tell a not very well-known story of a place or person that might not be the most representative of your country, but will certainly pique the interest of always-curious Wikipedians!
  • Split up the work by category. You can spread the joy of creating lists (yes, Wikipedia loves lists) and engage more volunteers at the same time! For example, ask a Wikipedian who is very well versed in an area like economy to pick ten good articles for the economy category!
  • Mind the small Wikipedias of this world… – smaller language versions of Wikipedia will probably have trouble writing about a specific house in a street in a village that doesn’t have an article either. Try to keep the article as general as possible.
  • … and the bigger ones too! The same goes for Wikipedias with lots of articles too, albeit in the other direction. Try to find topics that are not very well represented in bigger language versions so that they too can create new articles easily! Large wikis already have many articles, so for them you need to provide articles like the one about Jacek Dukaj, a great Polish contemporary author, while for smaller wikis you need to provide articles like Geography of Bulgaria, which should exist in every wiki.
  • Learn from previous years. Go through the lists of 2015 and 2016 and analyse which articles were created/improved. Maybe you can find a pattern that will help you make a more informed choice for this year’s list – dump the articles that no one was interested in and focus on similar articles to the ones that users found interesting.

Are there other tips or tricks that would make this year’s list even more interesting and awesome? Let us know in the comments!

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