WMF researchers have agreed to participate in an office hour about WMF research projects and methodologies.
The currently scheduled participants are:
* Aaron Halfaker, Research Analyst (contractor)
* Jonathan Morgan, Research Strategist (contractor)
* Evan Rosen, Data Analytics Manager, Global Development
* Haitham Shammaa, Contribution Research Manager
* Dario Taraborelli, Senior Research Analyst, Strategy
We'll meet on IRC in #wikimedia-office on April 22 at 1800 UTC. Please join us.
We just deployed a new version of Notifications (formerly called 'Echo') on MediaWiki.org.
Today's main new feature is 'bundling'  , which only sends a single notification about related events, to reduce information overload.
For example, if several users post messages on your talk page in a row, you only get one web notification: "Kaldari and 2 others posted on your talk page."
To test this feature, check out section 6 of this testing page:
We've also started collecting our first metrics , tracking notifications events on this preliminary dashboard:
More features coming soon. Our next deployment will be Tuesday morning.
Thanks to Benny, Dario and Kaldari for making these new features possible!
Product Manager, Editor Engagement
Per Howie's prompting (this was cool! You should send it out to the team)
some research I did in my spare time - http://blog.ironholds.org/?p=31
Planning to do a pile of followup work, so any feedback, hypotheses or
requests for info gratefully received.
Community Liaison, Product Development
I have thrown together an interactive prototype of Flow. It's fairly functional and I intend to make it even more so.
You can play with it here: http://elohim.gaijin.com/flow/
Nothing is saved to disk. You can reply to topics or even add new ones but on refresh everything reverts to state.
Right now, the "you" you are logged into is "Jorm" but I'll be adding functionality to handle that.
In the sidebar are a couple links to various "board examples":
* Fully Chaos (everything is generated randomly.)
* Jimmy Wales
* Maggie Dennis (Moonriddengirl)
* A single topic (this is what you get to if you get an echo notification)
Speaking of, if you click the echo badge, and then click on the unread notification, you'll get the experience of the user getting a reply and going to the single conversation view.
You can also click the "Feed" link and you'll be brought to your feed. The "feed" view is different from the "Board" view. The feed is private - it's all the conversations that you my be interested in or are subscribed to (have a solid star). You also see activity from the boards of *people* you're subscribed to as well, but it floats away fairly quickly if you don't subscribe to it.
* The "New Topic" dialog doesn't close when you click the "X" button. No idea why; it worked the other day and now it doesn't.
* Some of the conversations are threaded weird. This is an artifact of the JSON.
* The tab highlights are a bit goofy.
* The search functionality will work
* You'll be able to add and edit tags
* Stuff like archive/split/whatever
* Edit your own post, etc.
Please share your thoughts.
Brandon Harris, Senior Designer, Wikimedia Foundation
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Dragonfly6-7 (User:DragonflySixtyseven ) was on IRC trying to get a handle on how to modify skins, due to various flaws s/he has identified in Vector and Monobook. I pressed her/him to gather all the points into a single page, and voila: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:DragonflySixtyseven/Skin_fussiness
Some of the points seem legitimate to me, but I don't know the domain very well, so I figure I'd e-mail this out to invite some closer scrutiny and to poll for interest.
I've mocked up the first 4 levels of The Wikipedia Adventure in an
interactive text program called Twine. You can get a pretty good feel for
the content, spirit, and tone of the game.
I'd *love* to hear first impressions, suggestions, feedback about what
works or needs improvement, and any other thoughts you have. I think this
game could be a valuable tool for outreach and onboarding. Help make it
Sumana Harihareswara, 22/04/2013 21:02:
> A few people were passing around a paper that "could be potentially very
> useful for EE. tl;dr: just look at figure 8." -Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
> Steven Walling wrote:
>> Fascinating. Someone should _definitely_ run a similar study of how it
>> takes editors to pick up markers of in-group Wikipedia jargon, if they
>> haven't already. A lexicon would be fairly easy to develop.
The point however is different: «A way to summarize this finding is to
say that users generally die “linguistically old” (i.e., at a stage when
they have relatively little reaction to linguistic change), no matter if
they contribute relatively few posts to the community, or if they are
This means that, by checking if they're getting linguistically old, we
could predict which users (old or new) are dangerously approaching their
wikilifecycle end. What to do with this information would be another
challenge, but it would be interesting to find some project where the
local coaching group would be interested in having such lists/data to
work on. Of course the Germans come to mind, but a smaller wiki may be
more viable to start with.
> Tilman Bayer added:
>> See also this paper:
>> http://www.mpi-sws.org/~cristian/Echoes_of_power.html (reviewed
> Hope this is useful!
This is a (couple hours late) notice about what Editor Engagement
Experiments deployed today.
First up: after weeks of controlled testing and lots of follow up work, our
redesigns of account creation and login are available for testing on all
Wikimedia projects. Per our blog post, we're doing this on an opt-in
basis for about a week, to ensure localizations have time to be done
correctly and that there are no critical bugs undiscovered. After that,
we'll enable the new forms as defaults.
Along with this, we deployed a change to the CAPTCHA extension used across
Wikimedia projects to add a refresh button, whether you're viewing the
CAPTCHA on login, account creation, or the edit window. Hopefully this will
lessen frustrations for new or anonymous editors when trying to fill out
one of our security checks.
If you want to talk further about the login and account creation updates,
I've posted to the Village Pumps of the top ten Wikipedias, and will
shortly to the English version of the other sister projects. We're also
holding an IRC office hours on Saturday, at 18:00 UTC, to discuss these