This last message of yours Jonathan is very insightful and true.
I wonder how it would be possible to set up some kind of controlled study
on how different edit capabilities lead to different engagements. One
could always set up controlled mirrors of the Wikipedia for a small set of
pages on a coherent topic, and perhaps measure the difference in
engagement? Do you think that there is a way to do this?
There are also pages that are very different. The rapidly evolving page on
a current event requires rapid communication of edits. Instead, a novice
that edits a page on a topic with little traffic is best left alone (no
tweaking that causes edit conflicts) until she/he is done.
On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM, WereSpielChequers <
We have had endless discussions about this in the new
community. Basically there is a divide between those who think it important
to communicate with people as quickly as possible so they have a chance to
fix things before they log off and people such as myself who think that
this drives people away. So before we try to make people more aware that
they are dealing with a newbie it would help if we had some neutral
independent research that indicated which position is more grounded in
reality. Simply making it clearer to patrollers that they are dealing with
newbies is solving a non problem, we know the difference between newbies
and regulars, we just disagree as to the best way to handle newbies.
Investing in software to tell patrollers when they are dealing with newbies
is unlikely to help, in fact I would be willing to bet that one of the
criticisms will be from patrollers saying that it isn't doing that job as
well as they can because it doesn't spot which editors are obviously
experienced even if their latest account is not yet auto confirmed.
There is also the issue that some patrollers may not realise how many edit
conflicts they cause by templating and categorising articles. Afterall it
isn't going to be the templater or categoriser who loses the edit conflict,
that is almost guaranteed to be the newbie. Of course this could be
resolved by changing the software so that adding a category or template is
not treated as conflicting with changing the text.
On 25 Sep 2014, at 23:23, Luca de Alfaro <luca(a)dealfaro.com> wrote:
Re. the edit conflicts happening when a new user is editing:
Can't one add some AJAX to the editor that notifies that one still has the
editing window open? Maybe editors could wait to modify work in progress,
if they had that indication, and if the content does not seem vandalism?
On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM, James Salsman <jsalsman(a)gmail.com>
Aaron, would you please post the script you used
I would be happy to modify it to also collect the number of extant
non-redirect articles each desirable user created.
>... You'll find the hand-coded set of users here
> 1. Vandals - Purposefully malicious, out to cause harm
> 2. Bad-faith - Trying to be funny, not here to help or harm
> 3. Good-faith - Trying to be productive, but failing
> 4. Golden - Successfully contributing productively....
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