Begin forwarded message:
> From: Adam Wight <awight(a)wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Rough draft of Workflow design
> Date: September 10, 2013 5:11:56 PM PDT
> To: Maryana Pinchuk <mpinchuk(a)wikimedia.org>, fr-tech <fr-tech(a)wikimedia.org>, Terry Chay <tchay(a)wikimedia.org>
> I've outlined some thoughts about how to design a workflow engine, at
> My main concern is that we produce something that is appropriate for general on-wiki use, and for Fundraising's internal needs.
> Please review,
Last week the Editor Engagement Experiments team deployed a new extension
to all wikis, Extension:Campaigns (
The campaigns extension does one thing: if you add "campaign=example" to a
link pointing at the account creation form, it logs the campaign name at
the time of signup.
This capability has been around a long time in some form or another, but we
disabled it so we could get to work on our redesign of account creation and
login. Now that's it's finished, we wanted to make it available again.
There's more in the documentation I linked to above, but the general point
is that this gives us a low cost, minimally invasive way to figure out how
many people are coming to sign up via a particular avenue.
Among our first test cases, my team would really like to know if
significant numbers of people are signing up via the links English
Wikipedia puts in system messages directed at those viewing semi-protected
pages and anonymous editors. I've put up a proposal about this on-wiki at
If you have any questions about how campaigns work and how they might be
applied elsewhere, please speak up. :)
Here's a quick update on today's notifications release on the English Wikipedia.
The main features this week are new links to diff pages, which were requested by a number of power users for talkpage messages (1), as well as for mentions and thanks notifications.
These diff links now appear both on the notifications flyout, near the timestamp ('View changes') -- as well as in the plain text emails.
We are now working on a couple more features in coming weeks:
* HTML Email notifications (2)
* Improved Notification Structure (3)
* More Metrics Dashboards (4)
Once these final features are done, we plan to start deploying Notifications on more wiki projects, starting with Meta and a couple non-English Wikipedias. In the fall, we hope to take on more features, as time and resources allow. For more information about our next steps for this project, check our 2013 plan for the E2 team (5).
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ryan Kaldari for all his fine work on Notifications: he has now joined the Mobile team, where I am sure he will continue to amaze us with cool new features. Many thanks as well to Benny Situ, who will be leading our development work on Notifications going forward, and is the man to talk to about engineering questions for this project.
Please let us know if you have any questions about notifications. Enjoy the new features!
Fabrice, on behalf of the E2 team
(1) Bugzilla Diff Links - Bug #48183:
(2) HTML Email Spec:
(3) Improved Notification Structure:
(4) Notifications Metrics Dashboards:
(5) Editor Engagement Features Plan:
Something I saw today that has me amused -
E3 team, since you're doing work on the registration/login screen - this
might interest you :).
The transcript is here:
I've set a calendar reminder for myself to organize another office hour
next month, probably somewhere around the 20th-25th. We'll coordinate
through the analytics list and try to push out the announcement through as
many other channels as possible.
On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Cristian Consonni
> 2013/9/23 ENWP Pine <deyntestiss(a)hotmail.com>:
> > Reminder, office hour is happening now.
> I have missed the announcement, but I would have enjoyed to join.
> Are there some minutes or transcript of the Office hours?
> Thank you.
> Analytics mailing list
Jonathan T. Morgan
Popular Science is turning off its online comments section:
Why? Turns out, incivility ruins people's ability to think clearly and
"Uncivil comments not only polarized readers, but they often changed a
participant's interpretation of the news story itself.
In the civil group, those who initially did or did not support the
technology — whom we identified with preliminary survey questions —
continued to feel the same way after reading the comments. Those exposed to
rude comments, however, ended up with a much more polarized understanding
of the risks connected with the technology.
Simply including an ad hominem attack in a reader comment was enough to
make study participants think the downside of the reported technology was
greater than they'd previously thought."
Food for thought...
(h/t to Jared Zimmerman)
Product Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
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.