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<translate> Welcome! This is an initiative to support [[<tvar name="small">Small_and_large_wikis#Small_wikis</tvar>|small wiki]] communities. Here you can learn and share technical skills to support, maintain, and grow your community.

This is work in progress. See [[<tvar name="help">#Help_us_with_this_initiative</tvar>|how you can help]].


Toolkits consist of a set of recommended tools and teaching and learning resources on specific technical skills needed for developing, growing, and maintaining small wikis. You can use these toolkits to learn a variety of technical skills or use them in workshops to teach more people. </translate>

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Ask your technical questions[edit]

Is something unclear? Please ask! However, unfortunately we cannot offer (yet) the "one place" where you will definitely receive an answer to your question. Good places to ask are usually the [[<tvar name="support">mw:Special:MyLanguage/Project:Support desk</tvar>|Support desk on]], some [[<tvar name="comms">mw:Special:MyLanguage/Communication</tvar>|mailing lists and IRC chat channels]], the Tech page on meta-wiki, or the talk pages of the links above after you have checked that the talk page has actually been active lately. </translate>

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Help us with this initiative[edit]

Do you have an idea for building technical capacity in your wiki community? Are you interested in workshops, virtual events, toolkits, video tutorials, or interested in exchanging problems and challenges in smaller wiki communities? Join us: [[<tvar name="talk">Talk:Small wiki toolkits</tvar>|add a comment on the discussion page]]!

We organize and track what to work on in the [[<tvar name="phab">phab:tag/small-wiki-toolkits</tvar>|Small-Wiki-Toolkits Phabricator project]]. We sometimes have video meetings, and we might have other discussion places in the future once the group becomes bigger.

Develop toolkits[edit]

We want to provide a limited number of links to high-quality, task-oriented ("How can I…?") material. This often requires improving existing documentation first, to be consistent, up-to-date, and in simple English. We collect and discuss existing, non-optimal documentation pages for a specific area in a corresponding Phabricator task instead of listing ten "See Also" links for one topic on this very page. Ideally, we would also love to have short, [<tvar name="youtube"></tvar> well-done] video tutorials on some topics, with [[<tvar name="subtitle">c:Commons:Timed_Text</tvar>|subtitles that could be translated]].

If you want to develop and document a toolkit yourself, here are some recommendations:

  • Think task and user oriented. The question to answer is "How can I solve this problem?", not "Can you tell me more about this technology area?".
  • Use the [<tvar name="template"></tvar> toolkit template] if you don't already have one. The template is also available in [<tvar name="odp"></tvar> ODP file format].
  • Include notes for trainers on the slides where applicable so that both potential trainers or learners can benefit from it. See for reference [<tvar name="scripts"></tvar> user scripts and gadgets toolkit source] and its [[<tvar name="pdf">c:File:Userscript_and_Gadgets_workshop_toolkit.pdf</tvar>|PDF version with detailed notes]].
  • Upload your toolkit with detailed notes on Wikimedia Commons & add the [[<tvar name="cat">c:Category:Small_wiki_toolkits</tvar>|Small wiki toolkits category]]. In the File Description, add a link to the PDF source if you are willing to let a potential trainer make a copy and modifications to the source. See for reference, the description section of [[<tvar name="example">c:File:Userscript_and_Gadgets_workshop_toolkit.pdf#Summary</tvar>|these slides on Wikimedia Commons]].

Ongoing regional initiatives[edit]

  • [[<tvar name="1">Small wiki toolkits/South Asia</tvar>|Small wiki toolkits <> South Asia]]
  • [[<tvar name="2">Small wiki toolkits/Kurdish Wikimedians</tvar>|Small wiki toolkits <> Kurdish Wikimedians]]

Past events with related activities[edit]



  • [[<tvar name="wcna19">wikiconference:2019/Main_Page</tvar>|WikiConference North America 2019]] (November 8-11, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    • [[<tvar name="wcna19understand">wikiconference:Submissions:2019/Understanding_the_technical_challenges_of_small_wikis_in_North_America</tvar>|Understanding the technical challenges of small wikis in North America]] workshop ([[<tvar name="summary">Small wiki toolkits/Summaries#WikiConference North America 2019, Cambridge, Massachusetts</tvar>|Summary and Notes]])
  • [[<tvar name="wa19">metawiki:WikiArabia_2019</tvar>|WikiArabia 2019]] (October 4-6, Marrakesh, Morocco)
    • [[<tvar name="wa19howto">metawiki:WikiArabia_2019/Program/How_to_Build_Technical_Capacity_for_the_Arabic_Community</tvar>|How to Build Technical Capacity for the Arabic Community]] (workshop)
  • [[<tvar name="wm19">Special:MyLanguage/Wikimania 2019</tvar>|Wikimania 2019]] (August 14-18, Stockholm, Sweden)


Members are free to self-identify as Small wiki toolkits group members. You may do so by editing the members list below and adding the following userbox to your user page by typing <tvar name="userbox">{{User SWT}}</tvar>. Also, add this page to your watchlist to receive notifications about changes made to its content or discussion page. </translate> Template:User SWT


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