On Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Oona Castro <ocastro(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
For now, it's worth mentioning the Portuguese Wikipedia community has been
working on this antivandalism project
order to build alternative measures to deal with vandalism and
inappropriate edits with a very small portion of the community reverting
edits - considering the short and mid terms.
They are already aware that even the return of emergency CAPTCHA won't be a
definite measure (lasting no more than one year, as per what was agreed)
As much as I dislike captchas, this seems like a considered decision
by the Portuguese Wikipedians. We should support local wiki
communities in making choices for themselves -- and help them to run
short-term experiments, evaluate the results, and correct mistakes.
Letting communities make and learn form their own mistakes is more
important than always being 'right' for one definition of rightness:
we can learn from many independent communities, each with their own
standards. Of course we all want to improve editor engagement +
retention, and overall quality + coverage - the pt:wp community does
too! The question is how to trade off between these.
One requirement for making a controversial configuration change - or
for continuing it beyond a short initial test period - might be the
ability of the requesting community to evaluate its effect.