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Cross-wiki policy and features discussion

Author Angela Beesley
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Angela Beesley is an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. She has been an active editor of Wikipedia since early 2003.

Angela co-founded the free wiki hosting site, Wikia.com, with Jimmy Wales in 2004. She works as Wikia's Vice President of Community Relations, supporting over 30,000 registered users and developing over 1500 wikis, all of which follow the free content and open editing model of Wikipedia.

Prior to her involvement with Wikipedia, Angela was a researcher and test developer for the National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales.

This 45 minute "birds of a feather" discussion about cross-wiki policy and features will be of interest to all wiki editors, especially those with experience of editing multiple wikis, or those who have launched their own wikis.

The topic itself is open for discussion and can be adapted to suit the interests of those who attend. One general topic this discussion will cover is wiki policies. We will look at how policies are applied across different wikis and whether the same policies work on different projects, or whether different communities have different needs that can not be met by another project's guidelines. The discussion will look at the way policies may need to change as a wiki community develops and grows over time.

Another focus of this discussion will be the features editors feel are needed for different wiki projects. Tips and techniques on how to manage, or be part of, a wiki community will be shared, covering topics such as promoting your wiki, and attracting new users to it, as well as ways of dealing with vandalism, spam, and difficult users.

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