[Wikimedia-l] Editor retention implies social features

Thomas Morton morton.thomas at googlemail.com
Tue Apr 17 15:13:35 UTC 2012

On 17 April 2012 15:56, Jan Kučera <kozuch82 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I understand your objections. Surely privacy is a key here. We should
> make "social" our way, taking in account various aspects of privacy
> and commerce...
> The goal definitely is rising the the number of editors... we should
> do this through all possible ways... as someone wrote here the only
> question is _how many resources_ (money etc.) is WMF wanting to invest
> into editor retention...
> Kozuch

I think my major concern is that "social features" encourage the wrong sort
of editor - i.e. those here for hat collecting, chat, community, etc. I'm
not against the idea of community but I think that
a) On-wiki it should be incidental/casual (as it is now)
b) Any more social collectives should exist off-wiki (what we are missing)

The editor retention program should be looking to bring in quality editors
willing to work primarily on article content. Whether they also want to
socialise with other editors is somewhat a secondary


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