[Wikimedia-l] Editor retention (was Re: "Big data" benefits and limitations (relevance: WMF editor engagement, fundraising, and HR practices))

Nikola Smolenski smolensk at eunet.rs
Tue Jan 15 09:49:58 UTC 2013

On 15/01/13 00:21, Richard Farmbrough wrote:
> Of course any effort to make article source more readable meets with
> opposition - in the case of references in particular.  And not only from
> those who cite CITEVAR legitimately, but from at least one admin who
> will block for putting references in numerical order.  These are the
> sorts of things which would not have lasted long in (admittedly slightly
> mythical) Good Old Days

Unfortunately, even this admin has some justification for what he's 
doing: he probably encountered someone who was using reordering to 
introduce subtle vandalism (since it can't be checked in diff).

Again I see that part of the problem is that there are too few people 
guarding too much content, but I don't see what to do to change this.

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