As part of a Wikimedia Fellowship project, I worked with the creators of the Wikipedia Teahouse to create a set of badges and incentives to see if they would help motivate participants. We set up a pilot project on the Wikipedia Teahouse and created a badge collection that rewarded key contributions to the project such as inviting users, asking good questions, and answering questions. We used MediaWiki templates and adapted the Wikipedia tool ‘WikiLove’ to allow participants to reward badge to each other.

By the end of the pilot 450 badges were given out to participants. Although the badges made some sense as rewards for existing Wikipedians, newcomers to the Teahouse project needed more structured guidance.

Methods and Tools Used:

  • MediaWiki Templates
  • Interactive HTML/CSS prototypes