Wikipedia:Meetup/Feminists Engage Wikipedia

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Like a group of political advocates storming the White House, we'll be storming wikipedia!

Though of course, Jimmy Wales doesn't have 24/hour armed security so it's not like we'll be in any danger.

Event details

  • tooFEW: Feminists Engage Wikipedia
  • Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Time: 8 am - 12 pm Pacific / 11 am - 3 pm Eastern
  • Location: All over the world
    • THATCampFeminisms West (Scripps College): We will be working in person (at Honnold-Mudd Library in Claremont) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. We are encouraging all THATCamp attendees to join us and we welcome those who cannot attend in person to join us virtually.
    • Duke University: We will be working in person at the FHI Conference Room, Bay 4, C-107, Smith Warehouse from 1pm-3pm. Anyone is welcome to join in, or if you cannot come physically, do think about joining us virtually! In addition to wiki editing, we'll be collaboratively constructing a speculative FemWikiBot (#femwikibot)
    • THATCampFeminisms South: Join us in person at Emory University Library – Jones Room, 3rd Floor, 11am -3pm EST
    • JustPublics@365 [1] at the Graduate Center of CUNY. 11am-3pm EST. 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6304.01. Anyone welcome - just need a photo ID for entrance to the building.
  • Event: An edit-a-thon! Learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and collaborate with others to write about topics related to women and feminism!
  • Hashtag: #tooFEW
  • More info, resources and a #tooFEW blog roundup at this wiki page.

Preparation and participation: Watch this video to learn just how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video as it’s an hour long. (Although, we will provide editing help at the edit-a-thon, if you don’t have time to do this.)

Even if you can’t make it to one of our physical locations on the day of the edit-a-thon, you can participate virtually – use the hashtag #tooFEW to let us know you’re out there and to ask questions the day of.

Contribute to the world's most popular encyclopedia! In conjunction with THATCamp Feminisms and WikiWomen's History Month, several schools around the country are hosting a simultaneous Wikipedia edit-a-thon to improve the coverage of women, women's history, and feminism on Wikipedia. Join us! Anyone with an interest in editing collaboratively and having a great time is encouraged to attend.

What to bring

  • Ideas for topics or articles you might want to work on (though suggestions will be provided for those just looking to be put to work).
  • Any relevant reference materials you might have.
  • Any digital photos you've taken that you would like to use on Wikipedia.
  • Or, if you don't have any of the above, just bring yourself.

Sign up

Attending

  1. Benjaminadam2971 (talk)
  2. Wadewitz (talk)
  3. Moyazb (talk)
  4. Zimbythefourth (talk)
  5. Thereen (talk) 08:53, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
  6. DCavendish (talk)
  7. Digitalcavendish (talk)
  8. AnitaConchita (talk)
  9. Gobōnobō + c
  10. Pediatrist (talk)
  11. Thorgodofwar (talk)
  12. comixgrrl (talk)
  13. CPGSaw (talk)
  14. Thillb (talk)
  15. NazcaTheMad (talk)
  16. SuzannTee (talk)
  17. Barnetter (talk)
  18. George H. Williams (talk)
  19. Cultures66 (talk)
  20. Ssenier (talk)
  21. Iscamaya (talk)
  22. Penny Richards (talk)
  23. Wichitanlineman (talk) (asynchronously)
  24. sialam (talk)
  25. Vlasmana (talk)
  26. Maximilianklein (talk) I'd like to participate remotely, is there an IRC channel to coordinate, or should I just follow the hashtag?
  27. sandbergja (talk) -- I'm also interested in particpating from afar -- I would be excited about an IRC channel, as I don't really use Twitter.
  28. User:Thenmozhi Soundararajan I am working with Dalit and Adivasi Women in India to get our articles up. It is a longer project than a day as there are translation issues but would love any support from folks interested in supporting! [n.b.: this username isn't registered; to do so, go here; or sign this page with ~~~~ to see your current username (spacing and capitalization matter). phoebe / (talk to me) 17:51, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  29. messiemonkey (talk) -remote-
  30. Bc.rox.all (talk)
  31. user:brackman1066
  32. Leonid6475 (talk)
  33. TheIC2013On
  34. Tannakin (talk)
  35. FaulkTest (talk)
  36. Zhizhiweizhizhi (talk)
  37. phoebe / (talk to me) remote; feel free to leave me messages on my talk page this a.m. and I can try to help with/troubleshoot editing issues. I can also help with sources/research/help figuring out what's a reliable source.
  38. bookwormlm (talk)
  39. User:Ninakupenda14
  40. Leslie Barbara Knope
  41. Gwen10132001 (talk)
  42. JessieNYC
  43. Mattia Holmwood (talk) 16:08, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  44. EminBk [n.b.: this username isn't registered; to do so, go here; or sign this page with ~~~~ to see your current username (spacing and capitalization matter). phoebe / (talk to me) 17:51, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  45. freyabbo
  46. gehgoi
  47. SeMelmoth
  48. Prince&Scholar (talk) 18:00, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  49. Miriamkp (talk) 18:02, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  50. RedTech14 (talk) 18:02, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  51. janaremy (talk)
  52. KLGBROOKLYN
  53. Apalimpsest (talk) 18:11, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  54. egbklyn
  55. caitmacktheknife
  56. Kaysih (talk)
  57. Ang san mei
  58. snapdragon8
  59. Geraldshields11 (talk) 19:50, 15 March 2013 (UTC) (remotely from the area next to SlowKing4)
  60. miamelba (talk)
  61. janieboy (talk)
  62. lisanyc

Might attend

  1. Chealsye
  2. Lawrlafo (talk)
  3. Hmprescott

Cannot attend

Articles to improve and to create

NB - you're welcome to place your initials to the right of topic/article that you plan to work on.

lists to work from

try improving an existing article -- most of them need copyediting, references added or other work! This is often a better place to start than writing a new article from scratch.


specific articles


Outcomes

Track Change How did the editing go? What troubles did you face? Any responses out there that you want to report?

  • Go Penny! Janaremy (talk) 20:15, 15 March 2013 (UTC)janaremy
  • I've nominated this article to appear on the front page in the Did You Know? section. Gobōnobō + c 02:56, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks! That's very exciting. Fingers crossed. Penny Richards (talk) 17:39, 17 March 2013 (UTC)Penny Richards
  • It's on the front page right now, picture and all, so I guess it worked! Very cool. Penny Richards (talk) 16:49, 19 March 2013 (UTC)Penny Richards
  • I worked on editing the entry on Terry Tempest Williams. Although I got sidetracked when I realized that the article about her best-known book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place was awful (like a high school book report) and marked for possible deletion because of its lack of notability. Now working on that, but it's harder than I thought to fix someone else's bad entry, especially without a copy of the book at hand. Janaremy (talk) 20:18, 15 March 2013 (UTC)janaremy
  • Goodness, that is a pretty awful article. Sometimes the best thing to do is just to cut everything that seems ridiculous, stick it on the talk page, and rewrite the summary yourself! Don't be afraid to, as we say around here, be bold :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 22:39, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Yes, I should be BOLDer, shouldn't I? I'll do more once I have the book in hand and am not just working from memory. Janaremy (talk) 05:26, 16 March 2013 (UTC)janaremy
  • Margaret J. M. Ezell
  • created Cheryl Savageau. Was very encouraged by prompt help and mentoring from an experienced editor.Ssenier (talk) 00:08, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
  • Worked on Kate Millett article for a little while, but there's so much more to be done on it. It's kind of overwhelming. Please pitch in if you are so inclined! Arthistorygrrl (talk) 01:26, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
  • worked on the Margaret_Cavendish,_Duchess_of_Newcastle-upon-Tyne page - added several inline citations and reworked some of the prose. It's an article that needs a lot of work - initial entries were done by an undergraduate class and there is some bad summary and a few plain wrong items. Will need to return to repeatedly. Also added a book to the bibliography for Katherine Park. I was hoping to create a page for Tara Nummedal, who is a prominent historian of science, but it seems she may not be prominent enough to meet the "notability" bar, which is a damn shame because her work is as important to the history of alchemy field as that of the men who have pages. 71.119.157.211 (talk) 03:38, 16 March 2013 (UTC)
  • created an article for Clementine Helm - it still needs lots of work but it's a start
followed up here with attempt to add more citations - I've only added links to digitized copies of her work from NYPL and Princeton libraries - hope that's useful to keep the article up for now; searching for more content to embellish the article meghaninmotion (talk) 15:16, 25 March 2013
  • Thanks for that! There's an article, 'Wives and daughters of early Berlin geoscientists and their work behind the scenes', with more relevant information but I'm having real trouble getting access to the Earth Sciences History journal. I'll try to get hold of it next time I'm at the British Library.Miamelba (talk) 13:23, 26 March 2013 (UTC)
  • I created a Wikipage for Beverly Guy-Sheftall. I started with just a little stub and a content warning that it might all be deleted but I kept at it. Some more senior wikipedians were actually very helpful in making the page stick by adding some sections to the entry and ISBN to the books. I was also able to edit the Spelman College, Women's studies, and Tip Drill pages with information that stuck! Moyazb (talk) 12:16, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
  • My minor edits and page suggestions on disambiguation pages were all deleted. That said, Bearcat took up my suggestion on the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives talk page that their national portrait collection inductees be listed. Now we can hook into that list to create new pages -- in fact Bearcat has started three barnstar-worthy ones: Persimmon Blackbridge, Jovette Marchessault and Lynne Fernie. Now I (we?) need to rush in there with links and peer-reviewed sources to make sure that the fledgling pages stay. SeMelmoth (talk) 18:54, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
A quick update: there is now a LGBT in Canada working group.