On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM, Quim Gil <qgil(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
How are these guided tours supposed to be triggered
(apart from appending
manually a string to the URL)?
There are a couple ways you can trigger a tour. Via a link or button, or by
setting a tour cookie based on some event. For community members, the
easiest way to trigger a tour would be to do something like appending the
parameter on links or buttons. The Wikipedia Adventure project on enwiki
starts their tour this way.
For these two particular tours (firstedit, firsteditve) we will be
delivering them post-registration, when you are sent back to the page you
were on pre-signup. The goal here is to test providing nearly all
first-time editors a guided tour, and to try a version of GettingStarted
suggestions where we don't force everyone through Special:GettingStarted
right after signup. Users will be given a choice of either taking a tour of
how to edit the current page (if allowed), or taking a GettingStarted
suggested task. We're hoping to launch that as an A/B test against the
current GettingStarted experience as a control, probably next week.
Already we know guided tours work for new editors accepting a
GettingStarted task, and we're hoping it will have similar positive
effects for the many new users who don't accept a GettingStarted
suggestion, typically because they signed up with a page to edit already in
1. "Among the users who viewed a GettingStarted article and were given a
guided tour, we found a statistically significant 3.9% difference in the
rate of first edits made, and an even larger 13.6% increase in the rate at
which new users attempted to edit."