[Foundation-l] How to improve quality of Wikipedia?
Federico Leva (Nemo)
nemowiki at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 07:02:03 UTC 2010
Przykuta, 11/10/2010 08:37:
> BTW - I've seen, that in some (smaller) Wikipedias newbies are welcome by bots. We try welcome only users with any activity and newbies are welcome by [[MediaWiki:Welcomecreation]] page with links to help pages.
[[MediaWiki:Welcomecreation]] is almost useless, IMHO: you can't read it
again after account creation.
Welcome on talk page is useful because the user can read hints when he
wants (I appreciated this a lot when I was a newbie) and because it
offers help from another user (simplest form of coaching/mentoring).
Bots are ok, even if someone is worried about disk space (when
substituting) or job queue (when leaving a template). Welcoming inactive
users may be useful because 1) lots of users get lost and don't edit
even if they would to, and some hint may encourage them, 2) usually bots
won't re-check activity of older accounts and you may end up with lots
of not welcomed users. Default configuration of welcome.py is to welcome
every non-automatically created (SUL) account, if I remember correctly.
Recently some wikis have started to use
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