[Foundation-l] Interview: Wikipedia usability and test results

David Moran fordmadoxfraud at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 22:43:21 UTC 2009

*No, there will be no edit wars at all! There will be no quarrels, no
uncertainties, no cybermobbing*

Oh, I can't wait to see THIS.


On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 6:23 PM, Ziko van Dijk <zvandijk at googlemail.com>wrote:

> Hello,
> A couple of days ago I have contacted our project manager in San Francisco
> who is dealing with the improvement of the usability of Wikipedia. I have
> done this interview for [[de:Wikipedia:Kurier]] and translated it to
> German,
> but originally it is in English and so I thought that I can also send it to
> this list.
> Kind regards
> Ziko
> http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Kurier
> *Kimura: Wikipedia Usability by Better „Ranking“*
>  *Wikipedia is difficult to edit, many people say, and Wikimedia Foundation
> encountered the problem by installing Naoki Kimura as a project manager.
> Her
> team will make proposals to improve Wikipedia Usability. In an interview
> with Ziko van Dijk she unravels test results and the next step.*
> ZvD: Dear Naoki Kimura, previously you told us that you would run some
> tests
> about the problems of our new users.
> NK: Yes, first results confirmed that new Wikipedia users find it very
> difficult to link to the already existing community, to fit in and to learn
> the rules. Most difficult this is because the rules change and there is no
> clear authority. You don't know whom to direct to.
> ZvD: That is exactly the Wiki principle which made Wikipedia big.
> NK: But is it suitable to keep Wikipedia running? We lose a lot of people
> or
> scare them away even before they join, the statistics show us. Wikipedia
> can
> only go on by making the collaboration better.
> ZvD: So if I am a new user, what will change?
> NK: In fact, as a new user you already have only limited rights compared to
> more experienced users. You cannot vote, you cannot sight versions in
> Wikipedias with flagged revisions, and so on. This must become more
> systematic. So as a new user you will start as a „rookie user“, and after
> six months, after trainings and tests, you might become an „advanced user“
> and later a „user major“. A bigger step will be to become an „editor
> adjunct“ etc. In the end, you can become a „senior editor general“.
> ZvD: I see. And what about non editors?
> NK: You mean developers and admins? It will be the same or similar.
> ZvD: And the "commander-in-chief" of the three service branches will be
> Jimmy Wales?
> NK: Yes of course, that will not change at all.
> ZvD: So the word "edit war“ will get a totally new meaning?
> NK: No, there will be no edit wars at all! There will be no quarrels, no
> uncertainties, no cybermobbing. We will even be able abolish the talk
> pages.
> ZvD: Because everyone knows who is senior and has what rights.
> NK: Exactly.
> ZvD: But will Wikipedians accept such a system?
> NK: That is funny, you know. I worried about that until I presented the
> idea
> to the staff members in San Francisco. They told me that they are all Star
> Trek fans and when they were children at play, they called each other
> "captain“ or "midshipman“ or "commander“.
> ZvD: Naoki, I wish you all the best for implementation (it will certainly
> not be easy) and thank you for this interview.
> NK: Dismissed.
> ---------------------------------------------------
> Ziko van Dijk
> NL-Silvolde
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