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New editors not welcome: When Wikipedia articles trend


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My lightning talk at WMF All Hands 2011 on trending and semi-protected Wikipedia articles that are mostly read-only (or hard to edit) for anonymous users

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New editors not welcome: When Wikipedia articles trend

  1. 1. New editors not welcome:!When Wikipedia articles trend
  2. 2. User experience with trending articles Engaging with readers of trending articles Supporting editor activity with trending articles
  3. 3. Daily page views for semi-protected articles N400300 random semi-protected200100 Views 10. 100. 1000. 10 000. 100 000.
  4. 4. Daily page views for semi-protected articles total page views median page views semi-protected 6.4M 565! random sample 109K 6 India: 7.8M Australia: 7.3M! Wikimedia Traffic Analysis Report for period April 2010 - March 2011
  5. 5. Erik Zachte, Edit and revert trends, 2010
  6. 6. Article Feedback: Semi-protection of frequently rated articles (10+ ratings per day) 31%46% " among top rated of frequently rated articles " 60% among lowest rated " Data collected: 2011-10-12
  7. 7. Semi-protection of trending articles (3x hourly views increase) all trending articles unprotected trending articles 1.8% " edits by new registered users 3.5% " edits by new registered users 7.4% " edits by new anonymous users 15.6% " edits by new anonymous users 4x more edits to unprotected trending articles than to semi-protected trending articles " Yusuke Matsubara, Trending articles and new editors, 2011
  8. 8. Coordination in high-traffic articles on rapidly changing events 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami! 533,700 page views in 1 day Higher probability of locks/conflicts! Ineffective on-site coordination Migration to IRC Success of encapsulated contributions! 208 edits to casualty count templateB. Keegan, N. Contractor (2011) Hot off the Wiki: Dynamics, Practices, and Structures inWikipedia’s Coverage of the Tōhoku Catastrophes
  9. 9. Engaging with readers of high-traffic articles Edit article Edit encapsulated sections of an article Edit article with curation mechanism (flagged revisions?) Rate article Provide constructive feedback Contribute sources/citations Subscribe by email Help perform general maintenance tasks Learn that articles are not static (even when they cannot be edited)A trending/high-traffic article API to enable reader engagement features?!
  10. 10. Image creditsKittens and Flowers for the Ewoks CC BY-NC-SA image by Stéphan Vader is watching youCC BY-NC-SA image by Stéphan Taraborelli. New editors not welcome: When Wikipedia articles trend !!