Join us 19-20 March 2017 SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day, Around the world, around the clock, together
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Join us 19-20 March 2017 SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day, Around the world, around the clock, together 10 Feb 2017 11:18 #20407

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Join us on 19-20 March 2017 for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) topics just ahead of World Water Day on 22 March 2017.

Who is the organizer of this?
Myself together with a small team of people working under the BMGF-SEI grant (see here for more info about this grant: forum.susana.org/component/kunena/10-ann...l-knowledge-platform)

What is an edit-a-thon?
It's an event where people come together (either in a physical or in virtual space) to edit and improve Wikipedia pages (for more information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edit-a-thon)

Why bother to edit Wikipedia?
Wikipedia, while not an academic or professional source, has great value to those working on the periphery of the sector. For example local government actors working on policy and legislation or media need information on WASH issues. On international UN days such as World Water Day is one such occasion where the number of people looking to Wikipedia to gain an understanding of WASH related issues will peak.

It is in our power to ensure that they read the right information. Joins us on the occasion of World Water Day (which is on 22 March) for a 2-day edit-a-thon just prior to World Water Day to collectively make a big push to improve Wikipedia’s content on WASH topics!

Venue:
Your own desk but be connected to other amazing Wikipedia editors and SuSanA members by using a virtual workroom via Adobe Connect. We will provide the URL for this virtual workroom a bit later in this thread.

Date & time:
Exact start and end time will be announced soon, but we are planning for 48 hours on 19-20 March.
The room will open on Sunday 19 March at 12 noon and stay open for 48 hours until Tuesday 21 March

Where can I register?
A registration page for the event will be created soon and the link posted here.

How will this edit-a-thon work?
We are getting an enthousiastic crowd together who will jointly, or on their own, edit those Wikipedia articles that have a connection to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) topics. We are also going to contact SuSanA's working group leads and working group members.

Which articles should we edit?
These are articles that have been tagged with the WikiProject Sanitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProj...ion#Lists_by_content

There are about 500 of them but if you feel overwhelmed and don’t know which one to work on, we have selected 50 articles to work on. We will provide a listing of the pre-selected articles soon.

Meanwhile, these might be in the Top 4:
  1. World Water Day: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day
  2. World Toilet Day: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Toilet_Day
  3. Sanitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitation
  4. Sustainable Development Goals (with more detail for SDG6): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goals

Can I also help if I only have a shaky internet connection?
Yes, there are a number of way you can get involved, even with a slow internet connection. We will detail these later in this thread.

So: stay tuned, more information will be provided soon.
Or ask your questions or provide your feedback in this thread here now.

Regards,

Esther

together with Ruth Miskelly, Elisabeth von Muench, Carol McCreary, Diane Kellogg (members of the Grant Consortium of the SEI grant by BMGF on “Supporting SuSanA and the broader Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Community of Practice through an online platform”)
Esther Shaylor
WASH Communications and Knowledge Management Adviser
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Working on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Phase 3 SuSanA project (see here: www.susana.org/en/resources/projects?search=SEI)
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Re: Join us 19-20 March 2017 SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day, Around the world, around the clock, together 17 Feb 2017 14:40 #20494

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Hi,

There is a flag at the top of the Spanish Wikipedia pages for the ArborLoo, UDDT, and others saying that these should be merged.
es.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArborLoo

I do not agree, as these are different technologies and I would suggest that we should have more tolerence of different ideas. Baño Seco Ecológico is similar to the UDDT, but not the same and, of course, an ArborLoo is very different.

I suggest we keep all of these separate pages and just edit their content and make sure there are adequate links between them.

Who puts these flags? Can they be undone? Can there be some sort of democratic decision-making process.

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Re: Join us 19-20 March 2017 SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day, Around the world, around the clock, together 17 Feb 2017 21:38 #20498

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Dear Chris,

Thanks for keeping a close eye on the Spanish Wikipedia articles! I am only looking at the English ones so far (and every now and again the German ones, but rarely).

Yes, such flags can be set or taken away by any Wikipedia editor. So YOU can voice your opinion on the talk page of the affected articles. You can also simply remove the flags (and put a comment in the summary field when you make that edit). To do so, you need to use the source editor not the visual editor.
The flag looks like this at the very top of the page in the source editor:

{{fusionar a|Baño seco ecológico|ArborLoo|Sanitario ecológico seco}}


To remove it, you would just delete that line. But better than just removing the flag is to enter into a dialogue with the person who added the flag. Please do this on the talk page of the article. It's also good practice to mention the user's name so they get a direct message that they have beem mentioned. You can find out who added the flag on the history page of the article.

I had a look and it is this person who added it 10 days ago:

10:01 2 feb 2017‎ Erik Streb (discusión · contribuciones)


Here is his user page:
es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usuario:Erik_Streb

(note to users: it is better NOT to use your real name as your Wikipedia name; most people use names that are somewhat related to their real names, e.g. I am user EvMsmile)

It is not a "democractic" decision making process, i.e. there are no votes and majority "wins". It is built on the "wisdom of crowds" and on an effort of consensus building. You will find that most Wikipedians are very open to discussion of these things. If someone has taken an interest in the Spanish Arborloo and UDDT articles then this could be a good sign.

Please let me know if I anything is unclear and needs more explanation?

Do you think you will participate in our edit-a-thon? There will be many different options to participate. Translating articles, like you have done already, will be one option. We will spell out more options next week here on the forum.

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Re: Join us 19-20 March 2017 SuSanA's Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for World Water Day, Around the world, around the clock, together 20 Feb 2017 14:24 #20524

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Dear all,

As you have probably noticed already the organizing team of the Wikipedia edit-a-thon for World Water Day is also engaging with the members of the SuSanA working groups, by posting on the forum in the Working Group (WG) section and by sending out e-mails to the WG mailing lists.

If you've received an e-mail for a working group that you have subscribed to and want to know what the other working groups are doing (e.g. which Wikipedia articles they will tackle), then please see here:
forum.susana.org/component/kunena/6-susana-working-groups

If you want to change your subscription (e.g. join or leave a working group) then please do that at the SuSanA website login at the top left here:
www.susana.org/en/

(note: please don't confuse this with the forum login, which is separate; we are working in the background to combine the two login pages but so far they are still separate).

So far the following working groups have addressed their members on the Forum (the others will follow soon):

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Video - How to Start Editing 27 Feb 2017 17:24 #20656

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Hi everyone,

Great to see such a reaction to the World Water Day Edit-a-thon!

Please click on to watch a 5 min youtube video on how to start editing Wikipedia.

It would be wonderful if all those who will be participating in the Edit-a-thon could try out the beginning steps on the video prior to the event.

If you have problems , questions , or feedback on the instructions, please post them here so that we can sort them out together.

We will soon be posting the links to 1 or 2 other short videos which will explain a few more simple aspects of editing to you.

Thanks a lot,
Ruth
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