Invite more editors from more projects to join firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Resolved||kaldari||T105941 Recruit more people for the tech ambassadors list|
|Resolved||kaldari||T105940 Find out stats about the wikitech-ambassadors list|
Yes, inviting Tech News subscribers to join the mailing list once in a while sounds like a good idea. However, those two venues are already both under the common "Tech ambassadors" umbrella, so you might not get many new subscribers to the mailing list.
There is already some overlap between the two venues, and we've been presenting them as two different ways to get the same information: subscribe to the mailing list to get the news as soon as they come, and subscribe to Tech News to get a curated weekly digest of the same news. Some prefer the mailing list, some prefer the on-wiki newsletter, and some subscribe to both.
Occasionally reminding the on-wiki subscribers that the mailing list exists is probably a good idea; I'm just trying to set reasonable expectations.
Ah thank you @Qgil - I must admit I was a little confused! This is almost exactly what I'm going for - hence the creation of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Tech_Ambassadors for enWP
I would like to add that with just a single mailing list you would have the same feature. Mailman already lets people decide whether to get every mail separately or just in a digest and technically that would work just as well with a single list.
True to some extent, but Tech News has other characteristics not available in the mailing list, most notably:
- the curation: it offers a selection of items, written in simple language.
- the multilingualism: it offers tools to translate the content, and to receive it in your language.
- the on-wikiness: it's posted on you talk page, where you edit, and not in a (perhaps overwhelmed) email queue.
I think the two options are complementary.
I talked with the Learning and Evaluation team about interfacing with the chapters. We came up with a better plan than emailing email@example.com and asking them to join firstname.lastname@example.org (which, now that I think about it, doesn't make much sense). Instead, they are going to help us build a contact list of email addresses for the designated contact persons at each chapter. In the future, we'll be able to just email this ad hoc list (via BCC) which they think will be much more effective than using a mailing list. Maria, in Learning and Evaluation, has already started working on this.