[Foundation-l] A fundraiser for editors

Brandon Harris bharris at wikimedia.org
Tue Jan 3 23:42:34 UTC 2012

On 1/3/12 3:30 PM, Michael Snow wrote:
> On 1/3/2012 3:08 PM, Erik Moeller wrote:
>> The Feedback Dashboard itself has response mechanisms, including
>> now a "Mark as Helpful" feature for new users to quickly acknowledge
>> whether a given response has been useful to them.
> Not disputing that the talk page system might have bigger issues, but it
> strikes me that adding "Mark as Helpful" specifically to user talk
> messages could be a good addition as well, assuming that the current
> implementation indicates the feature has a positive impact.

	The "Mark as Helpful" functionality was actually implemented as its own 
extension rather than a subset of the Feedback Dashboard with precisely 
this intent in mind (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mark_as_Helpful)

	We didn't want to lock the widget into only working on FBD responses; 
we think it might be useful to explore its effects on the quality of our 
help pages, for instance, or even possibly revisions themselves.

	Of course, the feature may not actually work at all or have so little 
impact as to be negligible.

Brandon Harris, Senior Designer, Wikimedia Foundation

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