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Feedback gathered on the two workshops conducted so far and ideas for next steps below and in this doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AsX-aVQn3nS9ITV9XugqU6VvNEmMFLo9vS_k02zIlnU/edit#heading=h.iozhmhjc3xn6:

  • Overall, workshops are useful. Participants are getting to learn about the new topics.
  • Recording of the sessions should be made available.
  • Follow-up sessions can be conducted to resolve any doubts folks might have and see how they are doing on the issues or the topics.
  • Workshop topics:
    • Toolforge and tools to make the work of repetitive tasks easier, such as moving pages, categories, fixing articles.
    • Modules and Lua to consider as the highest priority.
    • Bots workshops (e.g., articles generated/edited by bots).
    • Creating a blacklist/whitelist of users. From one of the members via email: “We have a set of gadgets that edit the contents of articles and have many users who can use gadgets, but here sometimes users use these gadgets without reading the gadgets' instructions or they don't care about them because they may think that gadgets are completely automatic and that users just click on the gadget's buttons without knowing what the result is. Of course, we warn them to use gadgets carefully, but I can say they don't care about our message. Here, blocking is cruel, but we can create a blacklist that prevents users from using a specific or a set of gadgets. Or create a whitelist to insert the usernames who work well as a reward. I think it makes users do better to reach more gadgets. This topic is not only on one gadget, but also for gadgets that may pose a major risk to the content of articles. I know there are user groups, but some users in those groups may not be good to use a specific gadget or more. Generally, I'm not saying we ban users from using gadgets at all times, but it's temporary. There may be a situation where a user must be permanently banned. I think the blacklist is required to discipline some users and the whitelist is needed to reward some other users. I repeat that we don't use the blacklist unless we have to.”
    • Phabricator topic session.
  • Live vs. pre-recorded sessions:
    • Live sessions are helpful. You can directly ask questions from the instructors.
    • Separate sessions where participants can share screens and show what they learned during a workshop. Kind of like share and tell sessions.
  • Frequency - once per month is good.
  • Time - 2 hrs for complex / broad topics and 1 hr for smaller topics. For longer than that, there can be multiple workshops planned.
  • Sidenote-Srishti to check w/ Partnerships team if they talked about the search topic with Google or find out if anyone from Google India’s languages team can be put in touch w/ Kurdish group.

"Integrating growth features on a wiki" and "Phabricator Q&A" are the upcoming workshops: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Small_wiki_toolkits/Kurdish_Wikimedians/Workshops. Mentors are Aklapper and @trizek

Feedback gathered on the two workshops conducted so far and ideas for next steps below and in this doc:

As a follow-up to this, a short workshop guide developed that documents the role and responsibilities of organizers and mentors of small wiki toolkits technical capacity-building workshops. This will help ensure that we follow all the steps: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Small_wiki_toolkits/Workshop_guide

In the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021-22, we ran two workshops for the Kurdish user group on Phabricator and growth features.

As a result, growth features were enabled on one of the Kurdish wikis, another in process: T287867,
T287868

For the third workshop, participants will watch a pre-recorded session on how to create bots developed by Joaquin for Indic communities. Sometime in mid-October, we will do a follow-up session with mentor Jayprakash to resolve any doubts about the topic.

One of the topics requested by the community was learning about essential tools, and as a follow-up, we will push for T292135 via Outreachy.

srishakatux closed this task as Resolved.EditedJan 18 2022, 8:46 PM

We conducted one workshop with the Kurdish community in Q2 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Small_wiki_toolkits/Kurdish_Wikimedians/Workshops#Q&A_Session:_Technical_queries_around_developing_a_bot. As per a revised plan, we plan to invite the group to participate in future workshops with other communities.

Some of the challenges that we experienced in our efforts to continue running the workshops for individual communities are listed here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZX1OU3jv67qYYkQWW_-T4plInjAj7DixbF8rZTRPpK8/edit#heading=h.6amb0ml5sgbm.