We've talked about
having a feature that would highlight one profile per week or month. I think that's a great idea, but I'm thinking we should start with a feature that highlights photos instead. Photos have broad appeal and are fun to review. Once we get this off the ground we could add a parallel feature for profiles.
I'm envisioning a "Family History Photo of the Week."
Hundreds or even thousands of images are uploaded to WikiTree every week. Half or more are private, but that still leaves a lot of public images to choose from. And having a feature would encourage more.
A.) Gallery of new images.
To facilitate nominating photos, we'll have a gallery of new, public images so it's easy to browse them.
B.) Selection criteria.
I'm not sure what criteria we'd use for selecting the images. It probably wouldn't need to be very strict.
A winning image might be historically interesting. Or engaging because of the people photographed. Or have an interesting story behind it.
We might also use it once in a while to highlight "lost and found" photos. Perhaps by having a group of people looking at it and puzzling over the clues some of the photos would find their homes.
C.) Project members.
Anyone who is interested would be part of the "Photo of the Week" project and get a badge for it.
Members would nominate photos and vote on the winner.
D.) Project leader.
We should have a project coordinator.
The leader would make sure that we have enough nominations, coordinate the voting, inform the nominees and winner, maintain the list of past winners, etc.
E.) Featuring the winner.
The winning image would be featured on the home page for a week. They'd also go on a list of past winners. And we'd highlight the photo on the social networks.
The person who uploaded it would get a badge for it.
What do you think? Input or ideas?
If we do this, would you be willing to be a voting member?
Would anyone be willing to be the leader?