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Encourage Self Set Deadlines

Notes

You can't set deadlines externally. But you can encourage contributors to self-set deadlines.

Context

This pattern applies in any Collaborative Translation context where contributors are mostly volunteers

Problem description

When the bulk of contributors are volunteers, it can be hard or nearly impossible for an organization or Community Manager to set deadlines. Yet, deadlines are a useful tool for ensuring the timely completion of tasks.

Solution

Therefore, encourage contributors to provide self-set deadlines for the tasks they are volunteering for. Of course, such deadlines cannot be enforced, but they still act as a self-imposed pressure to perform, which can also be effective. Also, the self-set deadline provides the basis for Community Managers to plan when a big project (ex: a Campaign ) is likely to be completed.

Links to related patterns

Real-life examples

  • Kiva.org uses this pattern.