PortlandWiki talk:Barnraising

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Michael Andersen: "Ten really useful pages." Michael's Portland Afoot features "really useful" content that he uses to introduce new readers to the publication's value. Suggests we do the same for PortlandWiki, and that such content is a good candidate to organize PortlandWiki's "barn raising" activity around.

Kotra: Tangible rewards: Barnstars[1] (as seen on TV Wikipedia). Adopt Wikipedia's custom of rewarding PortlandWiki contributors for hard work and due diligence by awarding them a barnstar.

Kotra: Reward board. Another Wikipedia custom where an informal page is created where folks can offer specific rewards to editors willing to take on a particular task. [2]

PortlandWiki Social Media Person

Dave: Can PortlandWiki interest a local marketing services provider to include PortlandWiki in her / his marketing services repertoire? For example, Poor Boy Possibilities, LLC is one local marketing services provider who provides social media marketing services to Portland mom & pop businesses. If we (core PortlandWiki admins and larger PortlandWiki community) were to consider this kind of approach to creating "starter pages" for local businesses, what "rules" will we want to have in place? This is potentially a controversial area, so we'll want input from a core group of PortlandWiki admins at the very least.

Proposed Rules

  • The local business owner must clearly understand that she/he is not required to pay for PortlandWiki page, but voluntarily agrees to pay a social media service provider to put up a starter page on her/his behalf, and as a benefit to the PortlandWiki community.
  • The assumed motivation for the business owner to pay for someone to start her/his page is because s/he realizes s/he may never get around to it and doesn't want to wait for someone else to voluntarily take the initiative.
  • The business owner must clearly understand that others may come along and contribute to the page. Those contributions may not necessarily meet the business owner's approval, but nonetheless can be legitimate and appropriate contributions.

Barnraising notes from MondayMeets | December 27, 2010.

Kotra figures that PortlandWiki's Barnraising should feel like an "event."


Guest speaker(s)

Maybe DavisWiki folks
confirmed - Pete Forsyth
Update: Pete confirmed he'll deliver keynote. 07:08, 25 January 2011 (PST)
invited - Steven Walling
invited - Mayor Adams - declined (see below)
invited - Skip Newberry
Update: Cevero C.G. Gonzalez, Executive Assistant to Mayor Sam Adams, turned down our invitation to Mayor Adams ("scheduling conflicts") but offered up Skip Newberry (Economic Development Policy Advisor) instead. We have now followed up on Cevero's offer. 07:08, 25 January 2011 (PST)
invited - Kristin Wolff - WikiWednesdays
invited - Amber Case - new media, outreach, how business could benefit from PW - declined
Dawn Foster - business, ....
confirmed - Michael Andersen
confirmed - Mark Dilley
invited - Ray King - declined
invited - Melissa Chavez


  1. Wikipedia:Barnstars
  2. Wikipedia:Reward board

Door prizes/free raffle

What do you folks think of a free raffle as a way to attract people? We could give away things like leftover Wikipedia swag (if Travis is ok with it), fully written PortlandWiki pages on the winner's choice of topic, and other random things (may not need to be wiki related). Like a framed photo of one of Jimmy Wales' most smug/creepy' "glamour shots" (eg. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jimmy_Wales_Fundraiser_Appeal.JPG ). What do you think of this idea? -kotra (talk) 08:32, 11 January 2011 (PST)

A very personal appeal.jpg
Update: I made this lovely picture which is ready to be framed and given to some lucky attendee: File:A very personal appeal.jpg -kotra (talk) 11:56, 11 January 2011 (PST)
  • Keep Portland Wiki bumper stickers
  • PW stickers

PortlandWiki - Get Involved!

(Preliminary text for flyer to distribute in PDX WP10 event.)

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PortlandWiki - Get Involved!

PortlandWiki is the wiki-based "knowledge commons" for Portland. It's a bit like having a "Wikipedia for Portland." The PortlandWiki difference? PortlandWiki is about Portland (duh) and it's more FUN!

PortlandWiki wants YOU! To contribute. To share your knowledge. To have fun building a community-powered knowledge commons with other PortlandWikians.

Getting Started

  • Come to one of our twice-weekly meetups (each Monday & Wednesday).
  • Start your own meetup.
  • Create a PortlandWiki account and share your knowledge.
  • The list of possibilities is endless!

PortlandWiki Barnraising

PortlandWiki is having a "barn raising" party in early March. Our goal is to focus on fleshing out PortlandWiki's content. We're still sorting out the date for our barn raising party, but we've narrowed it down to Wednesday, March 2nd or Saturday, March 5th. Please join us!

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(We should also incorporate Kotra's "very personal appeal" pic.)

Flyer text v2

Here's a shortened version so people aren't overloaded with text. If it is too short I can still go with the original version!

begin text

PortlandWiki - Get Involved!

PortlandWiki is a free online "knowledge commons" for Portland. This "Wikipedia for Portland" wants wants YOU! To contribute. To share your knowledge. To have fun building a community-powered knowledge commons with other Portlandians.

How to get involved? Why not come to a "barn raising" event in early March! What you can expect:

  • a journey through the intriguing world of wiki and online collaboration
  • great conversation
  • free beer, drinks, good food
  • speakers ranging from local wiki and new media experts to maybe Mayor Adams (not yet confirmed!)
  • a free raffle with tons of great prizes, including a chance to grace your bedroom ceiling with this beautiful framed picture of Wikipedia heartthrob Jimmy Wales: (picture)

Everything is free! Can you beat that price?! No. The answer is no.

When and where? Check out portlandwiki.org.

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-kotra (talk) 15:46, 14 January 2011 (PST)

Awesome, kotra! Let's roll with your modifications to the above text. -WikiMaster (talk) 22:03, 14 January 2011 (PST)

consider this a vote for a Saturday.

thx! :) Michael (talk) 22:51, 20 January 2011 (PST)

Planning Session: Kotra, Pete, Dave

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chat session. Pete joined in from S.F. Summary to follow.

Debriefing notes after meeting with Marie Deatheridge

From Pete:

  • We need a venue. Meyer sounds unlikely to work, though maybe not to be totally given up on. Here are some random other thoughts. I have connections at each, so may be able to help arrange something.
    • Free Geek
    • WebTrends
    • Bus Project
    • Eagles Lodge
    • AboutUs
    • The Oregonian (the space Abe Hyatt arranged for the Journalism event in 2009)
  • We need a clearer articulation of what we're trying to do, and the on-ramps.
    • A monthly email newsletter?
    • Collaboration of the Month?
  • We need to get the word out, pronto! If we want to have, say, 25 people, we need to get on it. I guess we really need a venue for that.
  • We should explore the Nonprofit Association of Portland (or was that …of Oregon?) and see if they are a useful resource for reaching other non-profits. We should probably have a nice one-page pitch for non-profits before doing any active reaching out though.
  • We should make sure we're in touch with other LocalWiki folk. Get their input; maybe they have good ideas on all this (well, maybe not the venue, but…)
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