I’m used to plain language interpretations so to me a person leading a project is a ‘Project Leader’. I now understand WikiTree Leaders do not always lead projects and may instead act more like a ‘Project Sponsor’ in the business world.
My original question above was based on the Project Leadership statement “All top-level projects need to have at least two WikiTree Leaders involved in them”. Only one Leader is named for this project.
The Leaders Help page says there are only a “few hundred” Leaders, yet the WikiTree Leaders page lists just 65 Leaders. Which is correct? If the latter is correct, this is worrying given the number of projects!
The Leaders Help page states there can only be one Leader for every 1,000 registered members. Is this placing unnecessary restrictions on projects? Does this need to be relaxed?
On the one hand the Leaders page says Leaders must maintain a high-level of participation. One commentator said it was undoubtedly a very large task. But where a Project Coordinator is ‘leading’ a project, a Leader’s involvement can be much less onerous.
At the very least, one Leader should award badges when members join the project and periodically check the badge page to make sure the membership list is current. Another Leader, or the Project Coordinator, should keep the project page updated, maintain communication with members etc.
Given the apparent shortage of Leaders and heavy workloads, why is it that only Leaders can award project badges? Can this not be delegated to Project Coordinators? As the Leader has said, “it doesn’t take any knowledge of a specific subject to award a badge”.
I believe One-Place Studies deserve equal status to One-Name Studies. They are growing in popularity. Maintaining a separate identity through an active project and badge will help broaden their appeal to the WikiTree Community.
FACT: WikiTree has the potential to become the leading community for hosting one place studies.
Currently 96 badges have been awarded (although one badge holder’s account is now closed). Up to 15 badges are overdue. I suspect the reason for this is the G2G question asking for members to join was posted by the Project Co-ordinator. It should have been posted by the Leader so they would receive the email notifications.
I’ve been asked what I would like to see:
· the project continue with its current status
· clear guidance up front on what a one place study is and what commitment is required
· a warm welcome and badges awarded promptly when new members ask to join and all overdue badges awarded
· clear guidance on setting up a free space page and how to categorize it and individual profiles correctly
· extra support for those who need help
· follow up communications to individual members asking how they are getting on, whether they have any issues etc., what their goals are
· regular communications sharing best practice
· setting up of a Google Group so members can discuss issues, make suggestions etc.
· promoting the project to the wider WikiTree community whenever possible
· contact existing members without study places showing to see if they wish to continue or withdraw
· updating and synchronizing the badges and project members lists
· consider introducing a fresh design for the sticker
· pragmatic approach allowing flexibility when needed
· review and update project documentation, goals etc.
I’ve worked behind the scenes to keep the hierarchal index categories updated. I’ve been doing one-place studies for nearly 20 years. I’ve run the free One Place Studies Register (now Directory) for five years. I’ve offered to be Project Coordinator. Let’s work together and make it succeed!
FACT: Did you know 16 Leaders are doing one-place studies? That represents 25% of all those on the WikiTree Leaders page and demonstrates just how popular one-place studies are with those in the know!!