[WikiEN-l] How friendly are we to Newbies? Update on the create an article as a newbie challenge

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 19:04:28 UTC 2009

2009/10/30 geni <geniice at gmail.com>:
> 2009/10/30 David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com>:
>> 2009/10/30 WereSpielChequers <werespielchequers at googlemail.com>:

>>> I'm hoping that we won't have too many "trick" articles in this
>>> process, or articles that should be deleted but not by CSD (the
>>> criteria are "write an article that doesn't meet the deletion
>>> criteria".

>> Yeah, any such article ahs to be done in good faith, not an attempt to
>> catch people out. The test criterion is anonymity. Write as good an
>> article as you would in your known identity.

> Not a reasonable test since anything that heavy with markup is
> unlikely to look anything like something created by a new user.

I fear it won't be that bad a test. Try doing your usual editing as an
anon. You'll be surprised just how preremptorily anons get treated
these days, and the excuses for the clearly unthinking actions. ("How
dare you! I couldn't possibly cope with the load if I had to think
about what I was doing!" Really.)

- d.

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