Of course we want them keep editing, not just starting. :-) And there are
several measures we can have for success, but Sue Gardner and several others
have spoken about the focus this year. One measure that have come up is that
we look at the newcomers' first 100 edits. After that they should be
prepared for what Wikipedia is. And to get them to actually make 100 edits
we may need to handhold them better.
But let's step back a bit. I think we need to think of this in several
1 let non-Wikipedians know that they actually *can* edit (more people than
you imagine do not actually know that *they* can edit Wikipedia, even if
they know that *you* can edit)
2 encourage them to start editing
3 not scare them away
What this project is focused on is not step 1 or 3, but parts of 2. My
Fellowship is after all only 6 months long and we need to have some limits
The Account Creation is something fairly simple to improve. We change some
pages and measure what effect that has, and pick whichever change has the
best result. The other things are much more difficult, and may even *gasp*
require some soulsearching among the regular Wikipedians to see what we can
do better. So let's start with something easier and make more versions of
the landing pages.
2011/2/21 Elias Friedman <elipongo(a)gmail.com>
Okay then, let me ask how do you intend to measure
"start them editing"?
Raw edit counts? Over what period of time? Will what namespace matter?
Frankly I'm not as interested in getting new people *started* editing as I
am I in *keeping* them editing. Many new editors get frustrated because they
don't understand basic rules like proper sourcing and citation. Many are not
good at reading our written rules - that's why I was excited to see those
tutorial videos. I really think they can bridge the gap for the majority of
people who don't do well with just RTFM. That's why I say that at least a
link to those videos should be on *every* version of that landing page.
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Elias Friedman A.S., CCEMT-P
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On Feb 20, 2011 6:33 PM, "Lennart Guldbrandsson"
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