Here are some ways you can encourage the community to contribute to the wiki.

Think in terms of benefits and rewards, not incentives. We can’t, for example, make any promises after someone contributes a certain number of articles.

But we can point out these benefits:

  • A screen name
  • Attribution: Your name associated with the articles you create
  • Increased search ranking by linking from the wiki to your blog
  • Possible spotlight of your articles on DevCenters and TechCenters (depending on discussions with your extended team, especially site owners)
  • Social networking aspects of the wiki
  • Swag: TBD
Since that article was written, new Achievements and Points system was introduced into forums. Now writing quality articles can bring points and achievement medals in addition to feeling good about contributing to the community knowledge.