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See Wikimedia:To-do#Fundraising-related.


Publishing instructions

It's best to use a browser with tabs for this.
  1. Open the English source (for example: core messages)
  2. Open the translation in a tab next to the English pages.
  3. Open up all the pages using the links below, they'll auto-fill the English source (or last year's translation for the footer) and open up the "destination".
  4. Fill in the pages with the translations, for the most part they're in the proper sections. However...
    • "Ways to Give" (other-ways-link) and "Help protect it, now." (story-text-link) are two that are in "Other lines to translate"
    • non-profit-text, give-to-chapter-text, and validation-error-minimum should be in last year's page if it exists (Donate/Now/xx)
    • If we don't have a translation for something, leave it in English. There will be another request soon for the missing pieces.
  5. Some specific "localizations" to keep in mind.
    • Links to FAQ/en, Chapters/en, Donate/Donor Privacy, Ways to Give/en, Stories2/en, etc. should link to the English pages.
    • Links to Special:ContributionHistory and DonateNonJS/en should link to translated pages (just add the language code for the special page; change DonateNonJS to Donate/Now/xx)
    • Currency should use something fitting for the language (it might also be on last year's page). Check Wikipedia to see what countries the language is common in and see if we support an applicable currency. If not, leave it in USD. If you notice that the country is on the poorer side, lower the default USD currencies.
  6. CentralNotices. There are a lot.
    • Be sure to change "Wikipedia" in the local language to {{SITENAME}}. If it looks too complicated for you (weird script, seems like the letters at the end are different, etc.), leave a message for Alex or Casey.
    • Lowercase the words... make your best judgement by looking at what they do with "Wikipedia Forever" in Phase 3. Don't capitalize them by hand, use {{subst:lc:}} – a character may look like a Latin one, but could actually be something different.
  7. Smile at your work, then move on to the next language.

Reminders for next year

At the moment, this is a bit of a whining list. However, the points raised on here are important and will be converted into something more clear when the fundraiser's over. Please expand this list.
From a chapters point of view
  1. Involve the chapters more, and communicate more
  2. Provide heads-up of planned changes before they happen, and ask for feedback
  3. Have as many possibilities for volunteers to help as possible (donation messages, page design, ...)
  4. Don't break the GeoIP functionality ;-)
  5. When things go wrong, say what's going on rather than leaving people in the dark (they start complaining then. ;-) )
  6. Don't make it all about Wikipedia - that's not all that Wikimedia is about.

Rand Notes

  1. Jan_eissfeldt: hire more technical support; call for local slogan/banner/x-proposals by the project communities with a deadline and central evaluation by a team of volunteers/chapter persons/committee, responsible to you. that maybe generate, combined with a strong core message of the foundation or jimbo, more specific fundraising potentials on the one hand and productive volunteer-activicy on the other
  2. Rjd0060: Between Nov 10-20 (226 emails), Nov 21-30 (236 emails), Dec 1-Dec 10 (562 emails), Dec 11-20 (1321 emails), Dec 21-31 (1586 emails), Jan 1-5 (324 emails)
    • out of 4255 total answered emails in donations queue, 1066 emails were answered by staff
    • more than 5 volunteers are needed for OTRS donations queue, particularly to handle the rush during the holiday season