Help:Recruiting New Project Members
Categories: Leader Help
Limits on Project Participation
Topical Projects should be open to anyone who would like to join. Participating in a project does not give a member any extra powers, so it should not be seen as risky to add someone who has little experience.
Membership in Functional Projects and Committees may be limited. They are generally performing tasks or interacting with other members in manners that take specific knowledge or skills. This doesn't mean new members cannot be guided and trained to fill those roles — communication and education make for a better community — but some discretion is left to the creators and leaders of the project.
Finding New Members
Projects are always in need of new members to help them achieve their goals. There are several ways to search out new members.
Monitoring the Project Tag
You can check to see who is following the tag associated with your project. It's a bit of a "hack": you do it by pretending the tag is a surname and going to the URL for what would be the surname index page, i.e. https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/tag
For example, the tag for the Categorization Project is "categorization". You would manually create this URL and check the page:
You will need to resort the list so that the advanced features appear. This will include a list of those following the tag.
This same strategy could also be applied to surnames that are strongly linked to a project.
While checking the followers of tag, you can make sure that all the current members are following it.
Guests who volunteer to help grow WikiTree are invited to include a comment when volunteering.
These comments are great. They can remind us of the excitement of joining WikiTree as well as give us inspiration to work on some research we may have put aside.
Another great thing they do is give us an opening to invite new members to join projects. Often the new volunteers will mention something that interests them, a region, certain surnames, or specific ancestors. These can provide wonderful opportunities to welcome the new member and let them know about projects at the same time.
The volunteer feed can be seen here.
Another great way to draw the attention of potential project members is to use G2G for questions and discussions. Be sure you are applying tags and using title questions that will grab interest. Often people see these and realize that they are not the only folks with an interest in a certain area.
Example Profile of the Week
Facebook and External Communities
WikiTree isn't the only place that genealogists gather on the Internet.
Although you need to be respectful of the other communities' etiquette and rules, it's generally appropriate to mention a WikiTree Project when it's related to the community's subject matter.
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