Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Black in Genetics

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When and Where
When:February 11, 2021
Time6:00PM - 8:00PM EST

In celebration of Black History Month, Genspace is teaming up with In Those Genes, Black in Genetics and Wikimedia NYC to host a Wiki Edit-a-Thon.

Volunteer editors will receive a training session and materials from Wikimedia NYC on February 11th, and volunteers will have two weeks to write and edit articles highlighting prominent Black geneticists, including health advocates, researchers, genetic counselors, and other professionals. We will provide the names and additional sources to assist with writing. Volunteers will have access to a Slack channel for Wiki Q&A from experts, and we’ll provide ongoing support for the duration of the editing period.

Please join us for our Human Nature Watch Party and Panel on 2/25 to view the finished pages!

All attendees are subject to Wikimedia NYC's Code of Conduct.

How to join usEdit

  • Create a Wikipedia account and join our team! When creating an account, we recommend choosing a username that is personal to you, but doesn't personally identify you, as edits are publicly tied to your username. If you already have an account, please sign-up via the Dashboard. This helps us track everyone who edits with us and see how many pages we add to and create!
  • Register to attend the training! We will meet at 6PM on Thursday, February 11th for an optional training to help get you started.

Suggested articles to create or editEdit

When creating a new article for an academic, the first step is to make sure they meet Wikipedia's notability criteria. Then find at least 3-5 reliable sources that substantively describe - but are independent from - the person (e.g. not their employer's website) to write their article.

Core policiesEdit

Content policies

  • WP:NPOV All encyclopedic content on Wikipedia must be written from a neutral point of view, which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, all the significant view that have been published by reliable sources on a topic.
  • WP:RS Wikipedia articles should be based on published, reliable sources, making sure that all majority and significant minority views that have appeared in those sources are covered. If no reliable sources can be found on a topic, Wikipedia should not have an article on it. (See: Wikipedia's notability policies)
  • WP:V On Wikipedia, verifiability means other people using the encyclopedia can check that the information comes from a reliable source. Wikipedia does not publish original research. Even if you're sure something is true, it must be verifiable before you can add it. If reliable sources disagree, then present what the various sources say, giving each side its due weight.

Community policies

  • WP:AGF Assuming good faith is a fundamental principle on Wikipedia. It is the assumption that editors' edits and comments are made in good faith. Most people try to help the project, not hurt it. If this were untrue, a project like Wikipedia would be doomed from the beginning. . . When disagreement occurs, try as best you can to explain and resolve the problem, not cause more conflict, and so give others the opportunity to reply in kind. Consider whether a dispute stems from different perspectives, and look for ways to reach consensus.
  • WP:BB Go for it. The Wikipedia community encourages users to be bold when updating the encyclopedia. Wikis like ours develop faster when everybody helps to fix problems, correct grammar, add facts, make sure wording is accurate, etc. . . Fix it yourself instead of just talking about it. . . Don't be upset if your bold edits get reverted. . . Though the boldness of contributors like you is one of Wikipedia's greatest assets, it is important that you take care of the common good and not edit disruptively or recklessly.