Jacqueline Broad, Marilyn Stendera, Patrick Spedding, and Mia Goodwin are planning a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to increase the visibility of early modern women philosophers and women writers (c. 1600-1800) —and they need our support.
They are preparing an application to the Wikimedia Foundation for a Project Grant, which is due on 30 November. The purpose of the grant is to invite academic experts from around the world to update and/or create Wikipedia entries about early modern women philosophers/writers.
Jacqueline Broad sent me the following request which I am passing on to all of you along with the instructions for endorsing the project.
One of the criteria that Wikimedia uses in assessing proposals is the number of public endorsements a project receives on the official grant portal. These can be anonymous or linked to your Wikipedia account (if you have one already).
Please would you kindly consider endorsing us? It should take only a few minutes of your time. We need every endorsement we can get by the end of the month; it will make a huge difference to our application’s feasibility.
We have included instructions on how to endorse our project below, plus a link to the application itself. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you in advance for your help—it’s greatly appreciated!
How to endorse our project:
1 Head to our project proposal – you can also read our full grant application there.
- Scroll down a bit until you see the bright blue ‘Endorse’ button on the right side, and click this.
- A new window will pop up. Write up a comment explaining why you want to support the project; length is up to you. Keep in mind that it will be publicly available indefinitely, so be careful with any identifying information. Anything that you can add which will add weight to your comment (expertise but also role as part of Wikipedia’s target audience) would help. E.g. “As someone who researches/has published on X…”, “I use Wikipedia all the time and would love to see more articles on X…”, “I direct my students to use Wikipedia as a first stop in their research, and it would be great if they could see more information about X…”.
- Click ‘Endorse’ to publish the comment.
- If you don’t have a Wikipedia account/are not signed in, the comment will appear linked to IP address of the computer you’re using (which is how Wikipedia tracks you anyway).
- If you have a Wikipedia account and are signed in, the comment will appear linked to your profile.
- We don’t recommend creating a Wikipedia account just for this. However, if you do, please familiarise yourself with the Wiki guidelinesfor this, especially their argument against using your real name. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.