iKnowHow: building a wiki for the voluntary sector (part thirteen) - Contributions
May 09, 2012 by Lilly Price
We have spoken a lot about engagement and what it means to be a contributor to iKnowHow. So now I would like to celebrate all of the contributions we have had so far and talk more about what it really means to let anyone contribute to iKnowHow.
I came across a rather telling statistic this week; that the median number of contributors for the 9000+ public wikis that use the same software as Wikipedia is 7 (Kittur & Kraut, unpublished data). Doesn't sound promising does it? But this is good news for us, as that means we have beaten the curve; with over seven contributors in our first week.
There have now been a total of 19 contributors and a number of others who have expressed an interest in writing new guides. So, I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of those who have contributed to iKnowHow and continue to do so.
The following examples reflect the quality iKnowHow has attracted so far:
- ehjp wrote a guide on tendering strategy and followed up on users comments
- TPP and TB55 adding their advice on building a board
- makeadifference significantly edited the section on Charity mergers.
Every contribution is helping educate, expose or reaffirm knowledge or experience about the voluntary sector, that will help with development of our own knowledge and others.
Not all useful though
But on a less serious note, i'd like to share with you a few examples of not so helpful contributions. These illustrate some of the drawbacks to allowing anyone and everyone to come in and share their views via iKnowHow. Despite our spam controls and terms and conditions, individuals can still post inappropriate material if they have the energy and time. However, we'll always spot spam and remove it.
This first example is a new page entitled Lady Heaven on saturn which shares KnowHow about angels and creation. We decided that this was not very non-profit specific or related to one of our iKnowHow sections so deleted it.
The second example is 'Old Single Women Seeking Men', lots of useful links but removed asap.
These are just a few chosen examples. Count yourself lucky that we didn't show you the shamelessly devoted how-to guide dedicated to pop boy band JLS! If you're looking at how you can have a go at taking on some of are 'real' guides see below.