The "Oh Shit" Graph: What We Can Learn From Wikipedia's Editor Decline Trend

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B302/303

Excerpt

Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects have been hemorrhaging editors for the past five years. We're going to talk about the reasons why, how they can affect other projects, and what you can do to prevent it in yours.

Description

Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects have been hemorrhaging editors for the past five years. If this trend of editor decline continues, the projects will die – there will be no one to tend to them.

These type of declines are common in open source projects and, while largely cultural in nature, are often aided and abetted by software.

We’re going to talk about what is happening and why it happens. Then we’ll talk about ways to recognize and fix it, and what you can do to help – with Wikipedia and in your own projects.

Speaking experience

I've spoken on four continents and am a prior speaker at Open Source Bridge (last year: "Identity, Reputation, and Gratitude").

Speaker