User:Fabrice Florin (WMF)

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Fabrice Florin
Product Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
"Let's improve Wikipedia together, by making it easier for new and experienced users to collaborate productively."
Fabrice Florin, Product Manager

About me

I am product manager for the Wikimedia Foundation, where I build new tools that engage readers and editors to contribute more productively to Wikipedia. I started as a contractor in October 2011 and joined as an employee in January 2012. See also my personal Wikipedia account, which I created in 2006.

I am the founder of NewsTrust.net, a nonprofit social news network promoting quality journalism, which was recently acquired by the Poynter Institute. I was elected an Ashoka Fellow for that work as social entrepreneur.

My previous ventures include: Handtap, a wireless content service for mobile phones; shockwave.com, a web entertainment site at Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a new media R&D group; and Videowest, a producer of rock journalism for ABC, MTV and public TV. I also produced "Hackers", a documentary about the heroes of the computer revolution -- and earned four patents for my interactive TV work at Apple.

I look forward to collaborating with you and other Wikipedians to help engage readers and editors to participate thoughtfully on Wikipedia. Please be patient with us, as good products take time to develop. With that in mind, I highly recommend reading this fine Wikipedia essay.

My work

My role at the foundation is to develop new tools to help readers and editors contribute more effectively on Wikipedia. We strive to encourage collaborations between new and experienced users -- so they can learn from each other and improve Wikipedia together. I'm honored to be working with you all to help make this possible!

Here are some of the first projects I am working on -- I will expand this list as I take on more assignments:


Disclaimer: Although I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, contributions under this account do not necessarily represent the actions or views of the Foundation unless expressly stated otherwise. For example, edits to articles or uploads of other media are done in my individual, personal capacity unless otherwise stated.

Contact me

Videos[edit]

How can we make Wikipedia better?[edit]

At Wikimania 2012 in Washington DC, I asked some of the participants for ideas on how to make Wikipedia better.

Here are their suggestions, which can be viewed either as a short video slide-show (see thumbnail to the right) -- or in the photo gallery below.

To watch this quick video slide show, click on it -- or view the full screen version.

You can also view in different file formats on YouTube and on Vimeo.

Thanks for the inspiration!



Page Curation Tour[edit]

Welcome to Page Curation, a new suite of tools to for reviewing new pages on Wikipedia.

This editor engagement tool helps offers a better experience for page patrollers, by making it easier for them to curate new pages -- and by providing more feedback to creators so they can improve Wikipedia together. Read more on our blog announcement.

This quick video tour (3:30) shows how this feature works, with a demonstration of the New Pages Feed and Curation Toolbar. It was created and narrated by yours truly.

To watch this video tour, click on it -- or view the full screen version.

You can also view this video in other formats on YouTube and Vimeo.



Article Feedback Tour[edit]

Welcome to Article Feedback V5, a new feature from Wikimedia Foundation.

This editor engagement tool helps readers contribute more productively on Wikipedia. Readers now have an easy way to give suggestions about articles -- and editors can make improvements based on that feedback.

This quick video tour (3:50) shows how this feature works, starting with the feedback form and ending with the feedback page and its moderation tools. It was created and narrated by yours truly.

To watch this video tour, click on it -- or view the full screen version.

You can also view this video in other formats on YouTube and Vimeo.



Photos[edit]

How can we make Wikipedia better?[edit]

For more recommendations, check out my full photo set on Flickr. See also my related slideshow on Wikimania 2012.

Enjoy these first photos. More to come!

© 2012 Wikimedia Foundation -- Text and images available under CC-BY-SA: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 and CC-BY: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licenses.