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{{portals}}{{TOCnestright}}A '''Ballotpedia project''' is a way to organize the development and growth of a particular theme or topic on [[Ballotpedia:About|Ballotpedia]].  It allows editors to keep track of progress, inspire others to help finish a particular topic area, and helps topics that are covered on Ballotpedia develop in richness, quality and informational value.
 
{{portals}}{{TOCnestright}}A '''Ballotpedia project''' is a way to organize the development and growth of a particular theme or topic on [[Ballotpedia:About|Ballotpedia]].  It allows editors to keep track of progress, inspire others to help finish a particular topic area, and helps topics that are covered on Ballotpedia develop in richness, quality and informational value.
  
The purpose of this page is to explain how you can '''''start''''' a project or '''''join''''' a project.   
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The purpose of this page is to explain how you can '''''volunteer''''' on a project.   
  
You can also go right to [[Ballotpedia:Project Directory]] to see a list of ongoing or finished projects, or to suggest one e-mail [mailto:editor@ballotpedia.org editor@ballotpedia.org].
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You can also go right to [[Ballotpedia:Project Directory]] to see a list of ongoing or finished projects, or e-mail [mailto:editor@ballotpedia.org editor@ballotpedia.org] for further suggestions.
  
==What topics are suitable for projects?==
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==What kind of topics are suitable for expansion?==
  
Any theme or topic area that, ultimately, should include a series of articles on Ballotpedia is suitable for a project. Examples would include:
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Examples would include:
  
* A project to make sure that Ballotpedia has an article about every [[marijuana initiatives|marijuana initiative]] that has ever been on a state's ballot.
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* Making sure that Ballotpedia has an article about every [[marijuana initiatives|marijuana initiative]] that has ever been on a state's ballot.
* A project to enrich and improve Ballotpedia's articles about all [[South Dakota 2008 ballot measures]].
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* Enriching and improving Ballotpedia's articles about all [[South Dakota 2008 ballot measures]].
* A project to review and improve [[Help:Editing|Ballotpedia's articles for new editors]].
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* Reviewing and improving [[Help:Editing|Ballotpedia's articles for new editors]].
* A project to expand and develop Ballotpedia's selection of articles about [[laws governing petition circulators|laws governing ballot access]].
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* Expanding and developing Ballotpedia's selection of articles about [[laws governing petition circulators|laws governing ballot access]].
* A project to clean-up a certain set of articles, or to [[Special:Wantedpages|write requested articles]].
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* Cleaning-up a certain set of articles, or [[Special:Wantedpages|writing requested articles]].
  
You can start a project to expand or enrich an existing set of articles, or start an ambitious, bold project to create an entirely new set of articles on Ballotpedia covering a topic area that currently has few or no articles on Ballotpedia.
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==How to volunteer on a project==
 
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==How to start a project==
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To start a project:
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* Go to [[Ballotpedia:Project Directory]] and describe what you have in mind.
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* Recruit writers and editors for your project.  You can do this among your circle of friends and acquaintances who are not currently Ballotpedia editors.  Probably the fastest way to get started, though, is the visit the [[Help:Talk page|talk pages]] of some current Ballotpedia editors, and leave them a note describing your project and inviting their participation.
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* Write a note on your own user talk page describing your project and soliciting help.
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* One way you can make it easy for others to help you is to come up with the titles of the articles they could add content to--or, to make it even easier for others, you could start stub articles that fit within your project.  This makes it much easier for others to understand exactly how to help build your project.
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===Other tips for a successful project===
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* Be very specific about what you hope to accomplish.  For example, "I am starting a project on recall laws.  This project will be completed when there is at least a stub article on Ballotpedia about the recall laws in each of the fifty states."
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* Use deadlines.  For example, "I am starting a project to clean up red-links on Ballotpedia.  The objective of this project is to write articles for each of the first 50 requested articles on Ballotpedia by the end of April 2008."
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==How to join a project==
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* Periodically review [[Ballotpedia:Project Directory]] for projects that need help.
 
* Periodically review [[Ballotpedia:Project Directory]] for projects that need help.
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* If you see a project you're interested in, leave a note on the user talk page of the editor who started it.  
 
* If you see a project you're interested in, leave a note on the user talk page of the editor who started it.  
 
* Let that person know which articles you're volunteering to work on.
 
* Let that person know which articles you're volunteering to work on.
 
===Creating a portal twinned with a project===
 
 
A [[Ballotpedia:Portals|portal]] associated with your project can help you organize your project's material, help readers browse the collection of articles associated with your project, and help you attract people to help you with your project.
 
  
 
==Questions?==
 
==Questions?==

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A Ballotpedia project is a way to organize the development and growth of a particular theme or topic on Ballotpedia. It allows editors to keep track of progress, inspire others to help finish a particular topic area, and helps topics that are covered on Ballotpedia develop in richness, quality and informational value.

The purpose of this page is to explain how you can volunteer on a project.

You can also go right to Ballotpedia:Project Directory to see a list of ongoing or finished projects, or e-mail editor@ballotpedia.org for further suggestions.

What kind of topics are suitable for expansion?

Examples would include:

How to volunteer on a project

  • Periodically review Ballotpedia:Project Directory for projects that need help.
  • Leave a note on your user page saying that you're willing to work on projects.
  • If you see a project you're interested in, leave a note on the user talk page of the editor who started it.
  • Let that person know which articles you're volunteering to work on.

Questions?

Visit Ballotpedia:Editorial discussions and questions.

State projects

See: Ballotpedia state projects

Examples: