Proposal: Wikis

The proposal has gotten little followers despite being created for quite a while already. I hope to use this question to keep track of places where this proposal has been advertised.

If you have many connections with people who are involved in editing Wikipedia or using other wiki systems, please do contribute by sending them an email to tell them about this proposal! Note that the Wikimedia mailing lists will be used when the proposal enters commitment phase, so that they do not get the same contents of email twice.

So far, advertisements on Wikipedia/Wikimedia projects has been:

If you can, please do publicize this proposal so that more people can follow it and increase the speed of this proposal entering beta! Do also upvote on the many example questions that is available so that we can reach our goal of 40 questions with 10 or more scores.

What you can do to help out

If you are someone who has many connections with people (especially those that use/edit wikis a lot), you can help spread the message about this new proposal:

  • Existing StackExchange sites (i.e. site-based chat rooms)
  • People using non-MediaWiki wiki systems (i.e. mailing list of DokuWiki, etc)

If possible, do get people to add more example questions and vote on existing questions too!

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    There was another wikis and wikipedia proposal before, which seems to have gone now. Good luck with this one! Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 10:24
  • What if were to collectively pool some money together and setup ads on AdWords and, most obvious, StackExchange. Never seen their ad prices though... Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 19:54

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Concerning spreading the word via Reddit...

I submitted a thread regarding this proposal to /r/wiki a couple of weeks ago, and searched a while for better subreddits to get the word out but /r/wiki appears to be the largest community where this would strictly be on topic. I use "community" loosely, as it hosts 111 subscribers with no active community to speak of. /r/Wikipedia looked opportune as it is much larger, but it unfortunately appears to be strictly for the submission of interesting Wikipedia articles only.

Here is a list of smaller communities than /r/wiki that I believe that this would be on-topic at, but I'm not sure that it would help visibility at all because they are so inactive:

If anyone associated with this proposal has any interesting experiences relating to Wikimedia or developing a wiki product, another option may be to stop by /r/IAMA and plugging this effort while fielding questions about your experiences, but that may be a bit unconventional for an Area 51 proposal.

Other than that, we may simply be better off creating a sister "discussion" community to drive traffic towards the proposal. There don't seem to be many "general" wiki discussion communities around.

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    I thank you for that post on Reddit. I did not expect Reddit to have a community of wiki users. Also, if you would like to initiate a discussion, Wikimedia has some Requests for comment section on Meta to drive some attention to this
    – Hydra
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 23:21

I didn't see this question yet, when I sent out a mail to the wikimedia-l mailinglist just now.

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    Its okay, I intended to send the mail to the list when this proposal entered commitment phase. Looks like you beat me to it, and thanks! :)
    – Hydra
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 13:00

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