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Merger of Denelezh and WHGI projects into Humaniki

What do Wikipedians need to make more diverse content; better redlink listmaking, highlighting more translation opportunities, building editathon and campaign tracking software, or something else?

We’re pleased to introduce ‘Humaniki’, the merging of two previous Wikimedia projects Wikidata Human Gender Indicators (WHGI) and Denelezh, providing data tools for diversity-focused editors. Both of these previous projects enabled statistics about the biography gender gap in Wikimedia projects, but need extra work to make these insights actionable for editors. This new WMF-grant-funded project seeks to do that work by participatory co-designing features with the editor community. Are you a diversity-focused editor? …

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I study online peer-production communities like Wikipedia. I try to understand how social, technical, cultural, and political environments shape people’s decision to participate in some online communities vs others.

This blog will cover some examples of user behavior patterns that I take into account while analyzing user research data generated from qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, including but not limited to interviews, ethnographic studies, contextual inquiries, surveys.

There are various aspects of human behavior that should be taken into account while analyzing behavioral user data. Behavioral data examples: 1. user’s website navigation flow, skipped sections, attention to CTAs — tracked for optimizing website performance, 2. user’s moderation activity (on platforms like Reddit, Wikipedia), blocking/unblocking harassers — for validating moderator’s efficiency, 3. user’s opting in for sharing privacy details, device location — to evaluate transparent information flow, etc. …

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Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash

With the global pandemic, the work dynamics have certainly changed — companies moving to remote work environments, changes in recruitment strategies, etc. These changes in dynamics demand rethinking the networking strategies — we can no longer visit a nearby networking event and engage in dynamic in-person conversations. But no worries, the online realm is to rescue, but not many of us how to navigate the online domain to network and establish new professional connections, especially when you are looking for a job. In my opinion, networking plays a crucial role in the hiring process, but this depends on your field of interest. …

open letter

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To my lovely batchmates, friends, and the class of 2020, what an amazing journey it has been! Tackling challenges and grabbing opportunities, we all have done it together. As we graduate in these changing times, let’s stand together and lead the world to be a more informed and inclusive place! ☮
Congratulations Class of 2020 🎓 🎊

I am grateful to have gotten the opportunity to collaborate with accomplished individuals and work on innovative projects at the University of Washington (UW). Most of the projects didn’t see the light of the day but were part of a great learning experience. My friends at UW have inspired me every step of my way and helped me understand the importance of teamwork. Thank you!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do much.” — Helen Keller

Technology, Experience, Psychology

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I recently read the book “Experience Design: Technology for All the Right Reasons” by Marc Hassenzahl which introduced me to a new paradigm in the field of design — Experience Design. I am excited to share some of my understandings in this blog post.

Things that we interact with in our day-to-day life provide different experiences depending on our perception, action, motivation, cognition in correspondence with the world (place, time, people, object). The study of Human-Computer Interaction helps us think about the ways in which we can make technology more interactive and usable but it does not help us understand the ways in which we can improve the experience provided by the technology. …

Empathize 💥 , Define📝, Ideate💡, Prototype 👩‍💻, Test 👷

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From left: Yao Way, Yuhui Mao, Kirti Kumari, Sejal Khatri, Siddharth Naik, Garrett Mar

On October 24th, Airbnb organized a Design Jam in the University of Washington. We were presented with a problem space and were supposed to come up with a design intervention in limited period of time. In this blog post, I am sharing the design process that we followed.

Design Question: How to support international Students and make them feel welcomed in new communities?

We followed the design process and the general UX guidelines to come up with a solution. We started by understanding the problem, this is a very crucial step as you would not want to start building a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. The next step was to interview possible stakeholders for our solution which helped us define our project scope. Since there are strict time constraints in a design jam, we decided to interview our team members. Considering the possibility that this could lead into biases in our design, we asked one of the Airbnb organizers to volunteer for our user interview. Based on our research, we created user personas in which we identified and grouped users who had similar motivations and goals to use our product. This step helped us identify user pain points which we leveraged to come up with a design intervention. …

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Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

High-fidelity (hi-fi) prototypes appear and function as close as possible to the actual product that will ship. Designers use demo-builders, to multimedia tools, to high-level languages to build hi-fi prototypes. Hi-fi prototyping has its place in: selling an idea, testing look-and-feel, detailed proof-of-concept, testing changes to an existing system, and so forth. But it also has some problems:

Group photo (wave) by User:Ckoerner

Done > Perfect

This May, I got the opportunity to attend Wikimedia Hackathon organized at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The focus areas of this Hackathon were Technology related to content translator, Documentation, WikiCite, Design and Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons. Along with technical sessions, mentors and mentee pairing sessions were also organized for new comers followed by many fun activities. More than 200 developers, designers, translators and many other Wikimedians gathered for 3 days to hack, collaborate and share knowledge.

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Medha Bansal, Me and Petr Urbanec during Hackathon

Mentoring Experience

In this hackathon, me and Medha Bansal helped participants get started with the P&E Dashboard project. One such participant, Petr Urbanec was successful in making his first contribution. It was fun collaborating with Petr. …

UI/UX Designing.

Last week, I worked on adding Sticky Header functionality to a Nested Table of which each row contained a subtable. In this post, I’ll share the things I learned while implementing this functionality and a link to the code.

1. Avoid using fixed pixel dimensions for the width property

If you define it in px then it will have a fixed width. On the other hand, if you define it in % it will be relative to its containing element or the screen width which will make your web page responsive and scalable. …

Third Hindi Wikipedia conference organized by the Hindi Wikipedia community.

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Hindi Wikipedia Community

This January, I got the opportunity to attend Hindi Wikipedia Conference held in Delhi, India. I even got a chance to meet Wikipedians from Odia and Maithili community.

I explored many new things. Some of them being coordinating such large scale event and helping with the media coverage of the conference. One of the most important things I did was to create awareness about the advantages of using Programs and Events Dashboard. I also helped Maithili Wikipedians from Nepal by solving the problems they faced with the Dashboard.

As it is rightly said that, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, here are some pictures from the conference —


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