Wikimedia Communities and Contributors survey is to be sent to participants around the world this week. If you are volunteer developer, and have contributed code to any pieces of MediaWiki, gadgets, or tools, please take 30 to 40 minutes to complete the survey: https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ABs6WwrDHzAeLr?aud=DEV
History of the project
- 2016 was the start of a brand new, cross-departmental project for the Wikimedia Foundation. The project, Community Engagement Insights, wasn’t only a survey for contributors and community members, it also represented a systematic approach by the Foundation to consolidate previous survey efforts, and to improve the way it supports communities overall. It’s a joint effort from teams across the organization to design a survey that allows us to connect better with our Wikimedians, build trust, and foster collaboration.
- The first Wikimedia Communities and Contributors survey went out in January 2017, and was sent to randomly-selected contributors, program leaders, affiliates, and developers. Translated to about a dozen different languages, the survey aimed to understand challenges faced by particular regions, language groups, or communities. Since 2018 marks only the second iteration of the Wikimedia Communities and Contributors survey, its findings will be particularly valuable, in that it will be the first set of data that can be compared to previous results.
What did we learn about volunteer developers in the last survey?
- With last year’s survey, the Technical Collaborations team - that works with volunteer developers and technical contributors - learned that developers are mission driven, free software driven, and willing to help editors while learning and helping themselves, and that they seem to be quite satisfied about the software developed by the Wikimedia Foundation.
- The survey also yielded plenty of valuable data about community health, collaboration, contributions, and scores of other data points. You can learn more about the results of the data summarized here, with more detailed information in the full report.
- To look at the reports generated for volunteer developers, explore just the Technical contributors audience results.
Remember: if you are a volunteer developer and have contributed code to any pieces of MediaWiki, gadgets, or tools, please take 30 to 40 minutes and complete the survey: https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ABs6WwrDHzAeLr?aud=DEV
We hope to have an even more insightful experience this round, and look forward to continue learning from communities.